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HSF names new executive partner for Australia and Asia

Following Andrew Pike’s recent decision to step down from the role, global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills has appointed a new executive partner for its Australian and Asian offices.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 13 December 2022 Big Law
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In late October, Herbert Smith Freehills regional managing partner and executive partner for Asia and Australia Andrew Pike announced, in an email to all staff, that he will step away from his roles in May of next year.

In that email, Mr Pike noted that his family is “really important to [him]”, and it is for them that he has made this decision.

“I came to fatherhood later in life, and I want to make a real go of it. My girls are reaching that age where I feel (and hopefully they agree) that they can have the best possible support and guidance from a dad who is more present and available,” he wrote.


“My hope is that I will have a little more time and headspace to be there for them, lift more of the household load and, together with my wife, spend more quality time as a family.”

Mr Pike had been in the role since 2017.

Now, the global firm has appointed Kristin Stammer to the role of executive partner for Australia and Asia, who will assume the role on 1 May 2023, when Mr Pike steps down.

Ms Stammer has been appointed for an initial three-year term.

She has been with HSF for 25 years and is a partner in the firm’s IP practice in Sydney. She co-leads the firm’s global consumer sector.

In a statement, HSF chief executive Justin D’Agostino said: “Kristin is highly regarded by our clients and our people, with news of her appointment strongly received across the firm.

“She has the global and client-focused mindset and the collaborative and inclusive leadership skills required for one of the world’s leading international law firms.

“I’d also like to thank Andrew for his immense contribution to the firm, and particularly leading the region through the pandemic and the launch of our global strategy.”

Ms Stammer added: “I am honoured to be chosen to lead the firm in Australia and Asia at such an important time for our region.

“I’m immensely proud of our firm, passionate about our people and clients, and committed to leading in everything we do.

“We have the people and expertise to achieve our bold ambitions through even closer collaboration across Asia-Pacific and by enhancing our strong and inclusive culture.

“From May, I will be building on Andrew’s impressive legacy, and I sincerely thank him for the leadership he has shown.”

Mr Pike will remain at the firm in a new managing partner role, “driving growth under the firm’s strategy in priority areas, including private capital, energy transition, ESG and cyber”, HSF noted.

“It has been a real privilege being part of the leadership of such an ambitious firm, consisting of such inspiring people, and I’m delighted to be handing the reins over to Kristin,” Mr Pike said.

“I know that the Asia-Pacific region will thrive in her highly capable hands. She is a wonderful colleague — I congratulate Kristin and wish her all the best in her new role.”

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