Tony Petrello was often described as a wunderkind when he was growing up. Getting nearly all straight A’s throughout high school, Petrello was accepted to the Yale mathematics department. There he studied under famed mathematics professor Serge Lange. He proved to be one of the most promising students of that year’s class aspiring mathematicians.
However, he ultimately decided not to pursue a career of academics. He applied to and was accepted at the Harvard Law School in 1976. There, he proved to be a likewise capable student, graduating at the top of his class. He was noticed by the famed law firm Baker McKenzie and was quickly taken on board as a junior lawyer. Throughout the ‘80s, he worked in a wide variety of corporate law cases, including tax restructuring, mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructuring and bankruptcy law.
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His record of highly successful litigation and helping major corporations through difficult restructuring led to his being noticed by one of MacKenzie’s largest clients, Nabors Industries, at that time still referred to as Anglo Oil, a company that was going through its own insolvency tumult.
Petrello was offered an executive position with the company as it came out of chapter 11 reorganization. In 1991, he was appointed chief operating officer, a position that he would hold for the next 20 years.
Anthony Petrello led the company through its period of greatest success, completing a large number of strategic acquisitions and solidified Nabors Industries position within the oil services sector.
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