Gadens has appointed Mark Pistilli as the new Chief Executive Officer of its Melbourne and Sydney partnership.
Mark joins Gadens from
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), where he was a legal partner on PwC’s legal
leadership team and practising across corporate and commercial matters
including in M&A, strategic Boardroom advisory, major projects and
litigation strategy. Mark was a
founding (and a managing) partner of Clifford Chance in Australia and its
predecessor firm Chang, Pistilli & Simmons.
are delighted to appoint someone of Mark’s calibre to lead our firm”, said
Jeremy Smith, Chairman. “Gadens is a firm on the rise, and Mark’s background and experience will be of enormous benefit to us – especially
as we look to significantly grow our presence in the Sydney market. Mark has a
wealth of experience in building and managing high-performing law firms and
Commenting on his appointment, Mark says:
“Gadens is a firm that is going places,
and I am delighted to have been entrusted to lead the firm through the next
stage of its strategic plan. Gadens has a significant
growth strategy focused on the quality of its people and work the firm does to provide
clients with an outstanding client experience, innovative solutions and value.
“Gadens is known as a leader in the lawtech space, and continues to collaborate
with other businesses to develop innovative solutions for clients. The firm’s commitment
to flexible ways of working, building a collaborative culture and attracting
quality people are areas that really resonated with me in our discussions as
being critically important to the partners in their aspirations as to where
they want to take the firm – all of which manifests in the wellbeing of all
people within the firm.
recruitment process I was extremely impressed by the passion shown by the
partners in their firm, their ambition to build a leading national firm, and the
acceptance that the firm needs to evolve to meet the ever-changing market.
Their desire to continue to build depth in key practice areas and Sydney was
another area that attracted me to Gadens”, concludes Mark.
“Forty percent of the firm’s current
partnership has been appointed in the last three years, many of whom have
joined from top
tier Australian and global firms. These appointments have
enhanced the firm’s capabilities in key practice areas such as banking and
finance, construction, corporate advisory, disputes and litigation, and
intellectual property and technology”, says Jeremy. “Mark is an exceptional
candidate, great leader and ideally suited to the role. The learnings he will
bring to Gadens from leading domestic and global law firms will be of
significant benefit in growing our firm in the years to come. We are all looking
forward to the contribution he will make”.