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Herbert Smith Freehills CEO reappointed

Justin D’Agostino has won a second term as chief executive of global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills, which will commence in May next year.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 13 November 2023 Big Law
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First appointed at the end of 2019, Mr D’Agostino (pictured) has been reappointed by a partnership vote, meaning he will continue leading HSF and its more than 5,000 staff for another four-year period.

Mr D’Agostino, a Scottish native, was first a paralegal with HSF in 1990, then rejoined the firm as a trainee solicitor in 1998 and became a partner in 2007. Prior to becoming the firm’s chief executive, he served as its global disputes practice head and led its Asia region.


Speaking about his reappointment, Mr D’Agostino said: “I am greatly honoured and immensely proud to be taking on a second term as the CEO of the firm. Notwithstanding market challenges and uncertainty, our firm continues to act on some of the most exciting mandates in our markets.

“I am privileged to be working with all our outstanding people as we support clients around the world on their greatest business challenges and further build on our reputation and success.

“I look forward to continuing to work with all our colleagues and our leadership team to deliver our strategy and achieve our ambitions.”

HSF senior partner Rebecca Maslen-Stannage added: “With a truly international mindset and as a highly effective communicator, Justin has the energy and drive to deliver on our firm’s goals.

“The reappointment of Justin shows the strength of the firm, our confidence in our strategy and the strategic momentum we have achieved, and I personally look forward to continuing to work closely with him.”

His second term will commence on 1 May 2024.

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