|Biondi Establishes Interdisciplinary Teaching Fund
The late Michael Biondi, L’83, WG’83 benefited from the analytical skills he learned at Penn Law School and the business background he got at Wharton to build a successful career as an investment banker. That’s why he gave back by establishing the Biondi Interdisciplinary Teaching Fund with his wife, Cynthia (nee Ginn), WG’83.
Biondi, former chairman of the Institute of Law and Economics, was co-chairman of Investment Banking and managing director at Lazard Ltd. He joined Lazard from Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein where he held a number of senior positions, including chairman and co-chief executive of the Americas and co-head of Global Investment Banking.
A founding partner of Wasserstein Perella & Co., Biondi served as its chairman and chief executive officer from 1996 until its sale in 2001. The company sold for nearly $1.4 billion. Biondi began his career as a lawyer at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Biondi died in November.