LONDON--()--Lazard Ltd (NYSE: LAZ) announced today that Lord Mandelson, former Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, will serve as a Senior Adviser to the firm, effective immediately.
“Lord Mandelson has exceptional experience and acumen in business and public affairs. I believe his counsel will be invaluable to our clients and colleagues in Europe and worldwide, and I look forward to working with him.”
As a Senior Adviser, he will provide independent strategic counsel to the firm and its clients.
Kenneth Jacobs, Chairman and Chief Executive of Lazard, commented: “Lord Mandelson has exceptional experience and acumen in business and public affairs. I believe his counsel will be invaluable to our clients and colleagues in Europe and worldwide, and I look forward to working with him."
Lord Mandelson commented: “Lazard is one of the great global advisory firms. I am looking forward to working alongside the Lazard teams in London, Paris, New York and the firm’s other offices, as well as its network of Senior Advisers. I hope that my experience in supporting trade and investment opportunities across the globe will enable me to offer real value to the business and its clients."
William Rucker, Chief Executive of Lazard London, commented: "Lord Mandelson has a vast knowledge of international business matters and an extraordinary range of contacts in both the commercial and political worlds. As a pure advisory firm, which does not engage in proprietary trading or lending, Lazard is able to provide bespoke, independent advice to a wide range of clients, from sovereigns to corporates. Lord Mandelson brings a unique perspective to the firm, and his insight will be of tremendous benefit to our clients.”
Lord Mandelson is a member of the House of Lords. He was European Trade Commissioner from 2004-2008. He held four different Cabinet positions in the British government under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, the most recent being First Secretary of State and Business Secretary. Prior to entering parliament he was Director of Campaigns and Communications for the Labour party between 1985 and 1990. In January 2011 he launched Global Counsel, a strategic advisory firm, of which he is the Chairman.
Lazard, one of the world's preeminent financial advisory and asset management firms, operates from 41 cities across 26 countries in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Central and South America. With origins dating back to 1848, the firm provides advice on mergers and acquisitions, strategic matters, restructuring and capital structure, capital raising and corporate finance, as well as asset management services to corporations, partnerships, institutions, governments and individuals. For more information on Lazard, please visit www.lazard.com.
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