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Taking over – one leader at HSF but is the culture clash over?

Five years since the turbulent union of Herbert Smith and Freehills, the global challenger has chosen Mark Rigotti as its sole chief executive. Is the culture clash over?

Managing the delicate power balance between managing partner and senior partner is tricky at the best of times. But how do you address the cultural minefield as a foreigner taking the lead executive role of a 134-year-old City institution still coming to terms with a turbulent merger, especially when your opposite is a particularly influential and strong-willed senior partner?