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Client profile: Maaike de Bie, Royal Mail Group

The new group general counsel on handling a recently privatised 500-year-old institution.

Royal Mail’s group general counsel (GC) Maaike de Bie likes to do things a little differently. Originally from the Netherlands, de Bie was the first person to arrive at Canada’s McGill University having never studied in English before. She then relocated to New York, completed the New York Bar and joined White & Case in the early 1990s, and says she was the first foreigner working there as a US associate. In some ways it is unsurprising that the international lawyer has found herself at the helm of a British institution still in the throes of a transition from long-time government-owned entity to public limited company.