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Michael Biondi, L’83, WG’83, of Greenwich, Conn., died last November. A renowned mergers and acquisitions banker, Mr. Biondi was co-chairman of investment banking at Lazard. He had recently become chairman of Penn Law School’s Institute of Law and Economics. Mr. Biondi spent his career advising companies and independent board committees on domestic and cross-border transactions in a broad array of industries including media/communications, transportation, utilities, general industrial, and retail. He started his Wall Street career at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, the New York corporate law firm. He soon moved to First Boston, but Mr. Biondi left in 1988, along with several bankers, to join a new firm called Wasserstein Perella. Mr. Biondi moved to Lazard four years ago from Germany’s Dresdner Bank, which had acquired Wasserstein Perella in 2000. Two years ago, Mr. Biondi worked with investor Carl Icahn in a proxy battle against Time Warner. “Mike was an exceptional banker and reflected the spirit of Lazard,” said Bruce Wasserstein, chairman and chief executive of Lazard, in an internal memo quoted by the Financial Times. “He was recognized for his intellectual acumen, wisdom and integrity by our partners, our employees and clients.” (contd.)
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