Lex Mundi’s board of directors has appointed Helena Samaha as its next President, beginning immediately after June 1, 2019. She will succeed Carl Anduri, who has led the organization for the last 19 years.
Ms. Samaha is an experienced and versatile international practitioner, dual qualified in France and England, with over 25 years of experience in London, Paris, and Dubai. She has a diverse background, having spent significant time both in corporate legal roles and in private practice. During her career in-house, Helena has held General Counsel or senior in-house legal positions at Virgin Management, AlixPartners, OSN, and Liberty Global. Her private practice experience has included serving as a partner at DLA Piper and as a solicitor at Clifford Chance. She is an active contributor to many global forums for in-house lawyers. Says Tiziana Sucharitkul, Co-Managing Partner at Tilleke and Gibbins, Lex Mundi member firm for Thailand, and Chair of Lex Mundi, “Ms. Samaha will bring a unique perspective and focus to the position at Lex Mundi. We look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead for the network under her leadership.”
Following Mr. Anduri’s announcement in 2017 that he would step down this year, Lex Mundi initiated a comprehensive global search led by Lex Mundi’s Executive Committee and global legal recruitment firm, Major Lindsey & Africa. Ms. Sucharitkul said, “This new leadership is part of a thoughtful and carefully executed succession planning process. Carl has led our network through a period of incredible growth and modernization, and we are truly grateful for his exceptional service. His excellent leadership has helped to position Lex Mundi as the world’s leading network of independent law firms, and he leaves behind a very strong foundation for the next President to continue to build on.”
Under Mr. Anduri’s leadership Lex Mundi has evolved far beyond the basic network model and now comprises 21,000+ lawyers at 160 top tier firms with resources to help clients solve cross-border problems that require deep expertise across multiple jurisdictions. “It has been an honor to serve as Lex Mundi’s President for the past 19 years and to have the opportunity to work with our outstanding member firms and headquarters staff. It has been an incredibly exciting and rewarding professional experience. I now look forward to Helena leading Lex Mundi to new heights,” said Mr. Anduri.
Ms. Samaha commented, “I am excited and privileged to be the next president of Lex Mundi. I appreciate the confidence the Board of Directors has placed in me. I look forward to working with our member firms around the globe to continue to build upon Lex Mundi’s tremendous global client service platform.”
About Lex Mundi
Lex Mundi is the world’s leading network of independent law firms with in-depth experience in 100+ countries. Lex Mundi member firms offer clients preferred access to more than 21,000 lawyers worldwide – a global resource of unmatched breadth and depth. Each member firm is selected on the basis of its leadership in – and continued commitment to – its local market. The Lex Mundi principle is one independent firm for each jurisdiction. Firms must maintain their level of excellence to retain membership within Lex Mundi. Through close collaboration, information-sharing, training and inter-firm initiatives, the Lex Mundi network is an assurance of connected, on-the ground expertise in every market in which a client needs to operate. Through its global client service platform, Lex Mundi members are able to handle seamlessly their clients’ most challenging cross-border transactions and disputes. Member law firms are located throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean and North America. Through Lex Mundi’s nonprofit affiliate, the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation, members also provide pro bono legal assistance to social entrepreneurs around the globe.