Herbert Smith Freehills
(HSF) has named Andrew Pike as its next Australian regional managing partner amid a leadership revamp in the Asia-Pacific.
Starting 1 October, the firm will have separate regional managing partners for Australia and Asia. Pike will assume the new role at that time as well.
, HSF’s current joint regional managing partner for Australia and Asia, will be focusing full-time on her IP disputes practice which she has successfully maintained during her time as regional managing partner.
Justin D’Agostino will continue as the firm’s regional managing partner for Asia and as the firm’s global dispute resolution practice head.
The appointment comes just two weeks after the firm named Hong Kong partner May Tai as the firm’s next Greater China managing partner
The structural change aims to “heighten the focus each role can bring to driving a regionally aligned strategy that is agile and tailored to the needs of our diverse markets and clients,” said Mark Rigotti, HSF CEO.
Rigotti also recognised Gilchrist’s achievements as regional managing partner.
“As RMP, Sue has led the Australian region strongly, and has been at the forefront of several important business and client initiatives, including bringing the Australia and Asia regions more closely together, and setting the strategic direction of relentless client focus for our Australian business,” he said.
“Sue has also made an important contribution to the global executive and has been a strong advocate of and role model for the firm's diversity and inclusion efforts, as well as our pro bono and citizenship commitments – in particular championing our collaboration with clients in these important areas,” Rigotti added.
Gilchrist said it is now time to bring her focus back to the firm’s growing IP practice.
“One of my favourite initiatives that I led in the role is a program of work which reflects our strategic direction of a relentless focus on our clients. Perhaps ironically, but also happily, I now have to walk the talk as my own growing client demands call me back to our leading IP practice and team,” she said. “I am handing on the reins to a valued colleague and friend and know the Australian firm is in very capable hands. I wish Andrew all the best in his tenure in the role.”
Rigotti described Pike as a strong leader with astute insights and unwavering client focus and commitment. He said he is confident that Pike will lead the firm and its people well through the firm’s next phase of growth and development.
Pike said he is excited by the challenge and the opportunities that the role will bring.
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