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Christine Lagarde

Christine Lagarde, born January 1, 1956, Paris, France, French lawyer and politician who was the first woman to serve as France’s finance minister (2007–11) and as the managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF; 2011–19). In 2019 she became the first woman to be elected president of the European Central Bank.

After being admitted as a lawyer to the Paris Bar, Christine Lagarde joined the international law firm of Baker McKenzie as an associate, specializing in Labor, Anti-trust, and Mergers & Acquisitions.

A member of the Executive Committee of the Firm in 1995, Christine Lagarde became the Chairman of the Global Executive Committee of Baker McKenzie in 1999, and subsequently Chairman of the Global Strategic Committee in 2004.