Herbies names new Greater China head

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has appointed Hong Kong arbitration partner Justin D’Agostino as its new managing partner for Greater China as incumbent Andrew Tortoishell retires.

D’Agostino will take over the managing partner role on 1 May, while Tortoishell will retire from the firm’s partnership on 30 June.

D’Agostino, currently head of the firm’s arbitration practice in Greater China, will continue to lead the international arbitration practice across Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. He joined Herbert Smith as a trainee in 1998 and was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2000 before coming a solicitor advocate in 2005. He was made up in 2007 and moved from London to Hong Kong in 2009 (2 September 2009). He was admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong in 2010.

Justin D'Agostino
Justin D’Agostino

Retiring partner Tortoishell joined Herbert Smith’s London office in 1984, moved to Hong Kong in 1990 and became a partner in 1994. He has held a range of offices during his 22 years in Hong Kong including head of corporate, managing partner of the Hong Kong office and managing partner for Greater China.

HSF Asia managing partner Mark Johnson said in a statement: “Over the course of more than a quarter of a century, Andrew has made an outstanding contribution to the firm both as a highly respected corporate lawyer and as a senior manager and leader. We are sad to see Andrew go and wish him every success and good fortune for the future.”

“Justin will bring his leadership skill, sound judgment and knowledge of the region to the new post and will play a key role in nurturing further growth of our well-regarded practices in the region. I look forward to working with him in this role,” he added.

The firm currently has 25 partners in Greater China.