Faegre Drinker’s Angella Castille takes up role as new Chair of Lex Mundi

Four Officers and Three Directors Begin New Terms

Angella Castille, Partner at Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP (“Faegre Drinker”), a founding member of Lex Mundi and the exclusive member firm in Indiana and Minnesota (USA), takes up office as Chair of the leading global legal network.

Castille will take up her new role as Chair of Lex Mundi’s Board of Directors at the 2021 Lex Mundi Annual Meeting on 5 May and will serve a one-year term. Lex Mundi is the world’s leading network of independent law firms with 150 member firms and more than 22,000 lawyers worldwide.

In addition to co-chairing Faegre Drinker’s international team, Castille serves as a seasoned international general counsel, partnering with companies to plan and implement their international growth, transactions and trade. For those doing business in emerging markets, she guides them through the maze of managing risk, resolving challenges, and operating ethically in those jurisdictions.

Commenting on her new role, Castille said:

"I am thrilled to start my term as the Chair of Lex Mundi and will build on the great work of my predecessors. Despite the challenges of the past year, Lex Mundi has continued to collaborate and invest in tools to help our member firms serve clients – evidenced by the 2020 launch of Equisphere, our global legal service delivery model. As businesses continue to adapt to the ripple effects of the pandemic, the ability of our top-tier independent law firms to collaborate on global business initiatives and transactions for our international clients is more vital than ever before.

I am also looking forward to supporting Lex Mundi’s “LM WINS” initiative which is focused on promoting diversity and inclusion across the profession, and Lex Mundi’s campaign to drive innovation across all of its member firms through the Lex Mundi ZIP Initiative.”

“We are delighted for Angie to start in her role as Chair. We have exciting plans for Lex Mundi and, with her wealth of expertise as an international general counsel, look forward to implementing these strategies under her guidance,” added Helena Samaha, Lex Mundi President & CEO.

Other changes to Lex Mundi’s Board of Directors include Michelle Liberman of S. Horowitz & Co. becoming Chair-Emeritus from Chair, taking over from Ben Haglund of Day Pitney LLP (USA, New Jersey) who steps down from this role; Christoph Lang of Pestalozzi (Switzerland) becoming Chair-Elect from Secretary; and Kate McGilvray of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Canada, Ontario, Alberta and Quebec) becoming Secretary.

The membership has also elected three new directors to the Lex Mundi Board of Directors: Megan DeVault of Akerman LLP (USA, Florida), Aly Shalakany of Shalakany Law Office (Egypt) and Tamar Tammes of Burness Paull LLP (Scotland). They will serve four-year terms.