Legal, Risk, Compliance & Government Affairs

Heidrick & Struggles' Risk, Compliance, Government Affairs & Legal Executive Search Practice closely partners with some of the most prominent and influential public and private organizations spanning the globe.  As a firm, we continuously leverage the strength of our global platform to provide clients with strategic counsel and more than 60 years of deep leadership expertise.

Our experienced team understands the complex nature of today’s business environment and works in lockstep with clients to best navigate these core Practice areas:

  • Our Legal team frequently interfaces with attorneys who have strong regulatory expertise in diverse markets and jurisdictions around the world. We have witnessed the evolution of the General Counsel over the past decade, providing progressive General Counsel executive search alignments to CEOs and other C-suite executives. Based on a myriad of assignments, we know that CEOs are looking for attorneys who can not only act as trusted legal advisors, but as valued business partners with impeccable integrity, making the appointment of this role critical.
  • The Risk function has been elevated to the “top of the house” with factors such as unstable markets, greater regulation, heightened public scrutiny and data security creating both challenges and opportunities. Our experts understand that organizations need leaders who can effect change, manage credibly through influence across business lines and provide true partnership at the highest levels with senior management and Boards.
  • For the Compliance function, companies today face intense pressure given the current regulatory environment. This dictates a need for leadership who can foster close collaboration between compliance and other functions as well as communicate to a more complex and sophisticated set of stakeholders, internally and externally. We know that the talent landscape is thin for executives who possess the long list of “must have” leadership competencies who serve in this complex role. However, our vast experience and deep relationships with diverse talent around the world mitigates this challenge.
  • Our Global Government Affairs experts have an established track record of placing world class senior Government Affairs talent within multinational organizations. We have a particular expertise with cross-border assignments in emerging markets. We possess a deep understanding of how regulators and legislators think, and assess candidates carefully for the intangible qualities of leadership, judgment, integrity, as well as technical core competencies.

These critical roles often navigate the organization's route to profitability and success while balancing increasing amounts of legislation, litigation and regulation. As The Leadership Company®, Heidrick & Struggles’ commitment is to help our clients succeed through talent acquisition, development and management on a global scale.


Victoria S. Reese Victoria S. Reese Global Managing Partner