Herbert Smith Freehills’ global executive team confirmed

Herbert Smith and Freehills, which will merge on 1 October, have confirmed the full membership of the enlarged firm’s global executive team, which is made up of 13 members with six from Freehills and seven from Herbert Smith.

At the helm of Herbert Smith Freehill’s global governing body are David Willis and Gavin Bell, the current managing partners of Herbert Smith and Freehills respectively, who will lead the merged firm as joint CEOs.

Four of the members are global practice heads: Sonya Leydecker (disputes), Mike Ferraro and Patrick Mitchell (corproate), and Patrick St John (finance, real estate and project practice).

Four of the members are the merged firm’s regional managing partners: Mark Johnson (Asia), Ian Cox (UK), Allen Hanen (EMEA) and Jason Ricketts (Australia).

The remaining three are Mark Rigotti (managing partner industries and clients) and joint COOs Janet Young and David Robinson.

The Lawyer reported earlier this month (9 July 2012) that there have been several appointments as the firms restructured in anticipation of the deal. In addition to the global disputes, corporate and a combined finance, real estate and project practices, the merged firm will also have a global employment, pensions and incentives practice, to be led by Freehills partner Graeme Smith as the global head, and a global competition, regulation and trade group co-chaired by James Quinney and Paul Hughes.

The merger was confirmed at the end of last month (28 June 2012). The merged firm will have 2,800 lawyers, including 460 partners, and 20 offices worldwide. It is set to be a full-equity merger with a single profit pool.