Mark Rigotti


Mark is a Partner and Senior Adviser at Herbert Smith Freehills, an international law firm with offices in over 25 countries.

He is the immediate past CEO of HSF having served as the Global CEO for 2 terms over 2014-2020. He was also Chair of the firm’s Global Executive, Chair of the Global Diversity & Inclusion Group and a Member of the HSF Global Partnership Council. Mark was based in London from 2013 until 2020.

As CEO Mark was responsible for developing and driving the firm’s “Beyond 2020” global strategy, which centred on five key areas: clients, sectors and products; people, performance and leadership; service delivery; innovation and technology; and platform.

During his 6 years as CEO large parts of HSF’s “Beyond 2020” global strategy have been implemented under his leadership including:

  • 8 office openings,
  • Continued strong financial performance including year-on-year growth in revenue and profit,
  • developing the firm’s global Alternative Legal Services business – including by rapidly extending the Belfast office operations it into Australia, China and Africa, and
  • over 150 partner promotions and 75 lateral partner appointments.

Underpinning this is his deep belief in:

  • serving clients brilliantly, obsessing about their needs and constantly asking them about what they need and want,
  • the power and importance of caring for your people and finding ways to motivate and empower them, and
  • delivering today while preparing for the Future.

Prior to becoming our CEO, he was a member of the management team having led a number of practice groups including Head of the Banking group and Head of the Corporate Practice. Additionally he undertook the role of managing the global client portfolio as Managing Partner, Clients and Industries.

Before his senior leadership roles, Mark practised in the Finance Group based in advising banks and sponsors with a focus on the infrastructure, real estate and financial services sectors.

He is a member of the Business Council of Australia and the Financial Services Institute of Australia.

Mark is a Board Member of the European Australian Business Council, Redkite Children’s Charity and Marymount International School for Girls in London.

Mark Rigotti

Partner and Senior Adviser
Herbert Smith Freehills

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