CPA Global appoints LSO head following departure of ex-Rio Tinto attorney

CPA Global has appointed a new head of legal service outsourcing (LSO) to fill the gap left by Leah Cooper, who departed the business late last year.

Leah Cooper
Leah Cooper

Anand Sharma, who is also CPA’s chief financial officer and head of management services in India, has taken on Cooper’s mantle to lead the firm’s IP and legal support services business.

Cooper left CPA late last year “to concentrate her time and energy on her personal and family life”, according to a spokesperson for the company. “In her time at CPA Global, Leah did much to develop our LSO business and to help establish CPA Global as a leader in the sector,” added the spokesperson.

Cooper joined CPA’s executive team from mining company Rio Tinto, where she was managing attorney and did pioneering work in outsourcing, in February 2010 (16 February 2010).

News of the departure comes as CPA looks set to be bought by private equity house Cinven (20 January 2012).

Last week CPA rival Integreon announced the launch of its onshore legal process outsourcing delivery centre in Bristol. According to Integreon, the office is the first of its kind in the UK and will provide clients with a full suite of LPO services, including document review, contract management, M&A due diligence and compliance support.

Global head of legal process outsourcing at Integreon Janet Taylor-Hall added that although the company had no firm plans, it would not rule out further launches in the UK.