Lex Mundi Announces New Chair and Officers

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Keith Simmons, Partner at Leading Tennessee Law Firm, Elected Chair of Lex Mundi Officers and Four Directors Begin New Terms

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I look forward to leading this extraordinary group of law firms that is providing unparalleled service to clients worldwide.

Keith Simmons, Managing Partner of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC, Lex Mundi member firm for Tennessee, was elected Chair of Lex Mundi by the organization's Board of Directors during the 2012 Lex Mundi Leadership Summit and Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Lex Mundi is the world's leading association of independent law firms with 160 member firms and more than 21,000 lawyers worldwide.

"I am honored to assume the role as Chair of Lex Mundi," said Mr. Simmons. "I look forward to leading this extraordinary group of law firms that is providing unparalleled service to clients worldwide. Lex Mundi is in the forefront of providing a unique client service solution that combines global coverage, local market knowledge and relationships, coordinated cohesive service delivery, and the depth and breadth of expertise of more than 21,000 lawyers on which to rely."

Lex Mundi's Board of Directors also elected Nadège Nguyen of Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. (France) to the position of Chair-Elect, Keith Vaughan of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP (USA, North Carolina) to the position of Secretary, and James DeMent of Baker Botts L.L.P. (USA, Texas) to the position of Treasurer.

Christel Van den Eynden of Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick (Belgium) and Alvin Shiozaki of Nishimura & Asahi (Japan) will serve on the Executive Committee along with Mr. Simmons, Ms. Nguyen, Mr. Vaughan, Mr. DeMent, Simon Truskett of Clayton Utz (Australia), the out-going Chair, and Carl Anduri, Lex Mundi's President.

At the same Annual Meeting, the membership elected four new directors to the Lex Mundi Board of Directors: Pallavi Shroff of Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff & Co. (India), Rob Granatstein of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Canada, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec ), Paulo Coelho da Rocha of Demarest e Almeida (Brazil), and John Matson of Arthur Cox (Ireland and Northern Ireland). They will serve four-year terms.

About Lex Mundi
Lex Mundi, the world's leading association of independent law firms, has more than 160 member firms around the world, representing approximately 21,000 lawyers. Lex Mundi provides members with a trusted network of top-tier law firms that share similar values and a similar focus on quality. Through Lex Mundi, members can access unparalleled legal resources that enable them to serve their clients' needs worldwide and to continuously improve all aspects of their firms. Member firms are located throughout North America, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.

Through its nonprofit affiliate, the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation, Lex Mundi member firms provide pro bono legal assistance to social entrepreneurs around the globe. For more information, please visit http://www.lexmundi.com and http://www.lexmundiprobono.org.

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