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Which is correct?

  1. The training material was prepared by Bill Jones, who we believe to be the preeminent authority on the subject.
  2. The training material was prepared by Bill Jones, whom we believe to be the preeminent authority on the subject.

What is the rule?

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Version 2 is correct in formal writing. Take out the subordinate clause to play with it, with a different pronoun:
"We believe him to be the best choice." You could not use "he" there; objective case is required.

You could avoid the "whom", and the question, by saying "who we believe is the preeminent authority...".

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