Herbert Smith Freehills Herbies brings in Aussie corporate chief to rejig London corporate structure By Lucy Burton 9 May 2013 11:23 17 December 2015 13:31 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Cityboy 9 May 2013 at 12:11 That’s not good for the once-great energy team. Disappear into some giant M&A group, with (dilutive) cross-group working….. Reply Link Anonymous 9 May 2013 at 14:34 I suspect this has ruffled a fair few feathers in the corporate department. Lets not forget that lawyers don’t like change, particularly if that change means ending up in a team that appears to have named itself after a boyband. Sixth South v. Fifth North Reply Link Anonymous 9 May 2013 at 14:42 Brilliant! This is real progress – adopting the same group structure that was in place 8 years ago before the latest change! Same structure, same target emphasis for each group. The only difference? Then, they were imaginatively called Group 1, Group 2, Group 3 and Group 4 Reply Link oops 9 May 2013 at 15:27 Perhaps they could relocate to the east and west of the building instead of the north and south in order to cover different time zones. Reply Link Walker Arnott 9 May 2013 at 23:51 I am deeply concerned whether everybody experiencing this new dawn will still be able to see their allocated portion of the Blue Sky. The overwhelming likelihood is that they will all be blinded by the new horizons afforded by this monumental shift in thinking. Reply Link Tintin 10 May 2013 at 15:52 Hate to break it to you, but it’s a reverse takeover! Reply Link Anonymous 12 May 2013 at 17:05 Not a well-planned reverse takeover … Herbies is an international outfit whereas Freehills was a very Australian firm with a string of very bad office failures across Asia and an equally shocking flop in London (an inconvenient truth). That itself brings into serious question the suitability of the legacy Freehills management team to run an international firm. Additionally, there are question marks over Gavin Bell’s health and Mark Rigotti does not sound like the one ring to rule them all – he has been relocated to London for yonks already, but now Mike Ferraro has to be put on revolving airport duty? No wonder top partners are leaving and headhunters are ringing. Reply Link Anonymous 13 July 2013 at 01:17 Reminds me of the following, albeit apocryphal, quote: We trained very hard, but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form into teams we would be reorganized. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing, and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress, while producing confusion, inefficiency and demoralization. — Gaius Petronius (ca. 27–66 A.D. ) Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.