Lazard forms alliance with Independence Point Advisors

Press releases — New York

November 22, 2021

NEW YORK, November 22, 2021 – Lazard Ltd (NYSE: LAZ) and newly launched Independence Point Advisors (IPA) announced today that they have formed a strategic alliance, effective immediately, to provide a suite of bespoke C-suite and board-level services beyond traditional investment banking.

Lazard will hold a minority interest in IPA, which was founded by industry veteran Anne Clarke Wolff in 2021. IPA’s team of women and diverse leaders with proven track records will provide clients a modern approach to investment banking services that complement Lazard’s M&A, Restructuring and Capital Markets Advisory businesses. As a result of the alliance, Lazard will be the exclusive partner on M&A assignments generated by IPA.

“We are looking forward to collaborating with Anne, a fantastic and proven leader, and her team, who have a broad network of CEOs, senior executives and board members,” said Peter R. Orszag, CEO of Lazard Financial Advisory. “IPA brings a new look and feel, and level of perspective and professionalism to Wall Street that fits well with our continuing evolution in modernizing our firm, while providing a broad array of services to clients, supporting diversity and creating commercial opportunities and adjacent businesses.”

“Lazard is a preeminent investment bank, and has the right leadership, culture and forward thinking approach to business that make it a perfect match for us,” said Anne Clarke Wolff, Founder and CEO of IPA. “I look forward to working with our colleagues at Lazard to widen the aperture of traditional investment banking and bring clients an unparalleled combination of diverse experience and authentic perspectives.”

Prior to founding IPA, Wolff has held senior leadership roles for more than three decades at the largest global investment banks including Bank of America, JP Morgan and Citigroup.

About Lazard

Lazard, one of the world's preeminent financial advisory and asset management firms, operates from 43 cities across 26 countries in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Celebrating its 175th year, the firm provides advice on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and other strategic matters, restructuring and capital solutions, and asset management services to corporations, partnerships, institutions, governments and individuals. For more information on Lazard, please visit Follow Lazard at @Lazard.


Judi Frost Mackey

+1 212 632 1428

Media Contact

Nadia Damouni

+1 646-818-9217

Media Contact

Remy Marin

+1 646-818-9298


Alexandra Deignan

+1 212 632 6886