28 June 2007

Withers elects corporate lawyer as chairman for first time


International law firm Withers LLP has for the first time elected a corporate lawyer as Chairman. Anthony Indaimo, currently head of the firm’s Milan office, takes up his post with effect from 1 July 2007.

The election of 45-year-old, Australian-Italian Indaimo is a reflection of the international nature of the firm and the commercialisation of the private client sector.  Global private wealth is escalating and is currently estimated to total US $125 trillion.  Indaimo’s appointment reinforces the firm’s commitment to advising high net worth clients and entrepreneurs with sophisticated personal and business needs in all the major financial centres of the world.

Indaimo, who joined Withers in 1995, has helped to build an impressive corporatepractice with clients such as the Renault F1 Team, Max Mara, Henkel and Rentokil Initial plc. In 2002, he was asked to set up the Milan office and he also heads the firm’s International Commercial Practice Group.

Anthony Indaimo succeeds Diana Parker, who was elected the first female Chairman of a Top 100 law firm in 1999. Parker guided the firm through a period of international expansion, notably with the transatlantic merger with Bergman, Horowitz & Reynolds, and the opening of the New York, Geneva and Greenwich (CCT) offices.

From 1 July, the firm also moves to a single Managing Director – commercial litigator Margaret Robertson (currently joint Managing Director). In the US, leading wealth planning lawyer Bill Swift (currently joint Managing Director) becomes Regional Senior Partner, working with Robertson on issues such as US remuneration, governance and strategy.

Indaimo will work alongside Robertson and Swift, who have jointly overseen the firm’s development since the merger in 2002. Together, the new management team plans to extend both the geographic reach of the firm and the depth of personal and commercial services available to clients.

Anthony Indaimo says, “I am very honoured to be given this chance to build on the firm’s success since our groundbreaking transatlantic merger. We owe Diana a real debt of thanks for the impressive achievements of the past eight years.

“I am listening carefully to what our clients and our people tell us. What is certain is that expertise in corporate practices, asset classes and financial instruments is a prerequisite for offering first class advice to high net worth individuals. This knowledge benefits our traditional private client base every bit as much as the entrepreneurs, philanthropists, institutions and companies we advise.”

Diana Parker, adds: “Anthony will take Withers on the next exciting new phase in its international development. He has been key in the evolution of our International Commercial Practice and will bring key insights to help guide the firm in the future.  I wish him every success.”

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