Simon Truskett, Partner at Leading Australian Law Firm, Elected Chair of Lex Mundi

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Officers and Four Directors Begin New Terms

Simon Truskett, a partner with Clayton Utz, Lex Mundi member firm for Australia, was elected Chair of Lex Mundi by the organization’s Board of Directors during the 2011 Lex Mundi Annual Meeting in Vienna. Lex Mundi is the world’s leading association of independent law firms with 160 member firms and more than 21,000 lawyers worldwide.

Mr. Truskett is a senior partner in Clayton Utz’s Corporate Advisory/Mergers and Acquisitions group in Sydney. He has served on Lex Mundi’s Board of Directors since 2006.

"I am honored to be taking on the role as the Chair of Lex Mundi," said Mr. Truskett. “I look forward to enhancing the visibility of Lex Mundi and its member firms and to demonstrating the strength of Lex Mundi as an unparalleled network of top-tier firms around the globe for handling complex cross-border transactions and disputes for multinational clients.”

Lex Mundi’s Board of Directors also elected Keith Simmons of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC (USA, Tennessee) to the position of Chair-Elect and Nadège Nguyen of Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. (France), to the position of Secretary. Cheryl Hodder of McInnes Cooper (New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, Canada) will continue to serve as Treasurer. Luigi Bendi of Chiomenti Studio Legale (Italy) and Daniel Del Río of Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C. (Mexico) will continue to serve on the Executive Committee along with Mr. Truskett, Mr. Simmons, Ms. Nguyen, Ms. Hodder, Michiel Wesseling of Houthoff Buruma (the Netherlands), 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: James DeMent of Baker Botts LLP (USA, Texas), Audrey Chen of Jun He Law Offices (China), Christopher Mangum of Alston & Bird LLP (USA, Georgia), and Keith Vaughan of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC (USA, North Carolina). They will serve four-year terms.

Lex Mundi is the world’s leading association of independent law firms. The association has more than 160 member firms around the world, representing approximately 21,000 lawyers. Membership in Lex Mundi provides member firms with a trusted network of law firms that share similar values and a similar focus on quality through which they can access global legal resources that enable them to serve their clients better and to improve continuously all aspects of their firms. Member law 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. Through the Lex Mundi Learning Network, Lex Mundi delivers on-line training opportunities to member firm lawyers and clients. For more information, please visit http://www.lexmundi.com, http://www.lexmundiprobono.org and http://www.lexlearn.com.

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