Lawrence M. Shindell
Lawrence Shindell is the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of LMI Group International, Inc. LMI Group is a specialty firm that provides investment bank-like services to the international art industry primarily in the form of underwriting the market release of major orphaned artworks. Orphaned artworks lack the typical forms of documented history but are surrounded by substantial credible evidence suggesting that they are authentic works attributable to what the market calls a blue chip artist. LMI Group serves the interests of owners of these artworks and third-party investors participating in returning these important pieces of lost history to the world while simultaneously realizing attractive investment returns. Lawrence is a trial and appellate litigation lawyer by background, holding licenses in a number of U.S. jurisdictions including admission to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. Previously and sequentially between 2000 and 2017, Lawrence co-founded, corporately organized and served as the chief executive officer of a U.S.-New York-headquartered title insurance company, ARIS Title Insurance Corporation (a National Association of Insurance Commissioners member company), which became a global brand in the art industry and was acquired by a leading international specialty insurance and reinsurance company (NYSE:ARGO) in 2010. As a leading authority on asset and transactional integrity in the art industry, Lawrence has provided expert testimony of first impression before the United States Tax Court on the interrelationship among legal title, valuation and tax questions involving high value fine art and expert testimony before the United States Congress, House Financial Services Committee, regarding terrorism financing through the looting of cultural objects and related issues surrounding financial integrity and money laundering in the international art industry. Lawrence received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his law degree Emory University School of Law.