Chadbourne & Parke Adds Partners To Latin America Practice In New York, Adds Office In Mexico City

Five New Partners Enhance International Capital Markets and Arbitration Practices

NEW YORK, March 3, 2008 – – The international law firm of Chadbourne & Parke LLP announced today that five attorneys with experience across Latin America will join Chadbourne as partners in New York and México City. As part of its expansion, Chadbourne plans to open an office in México City, the Firm’s first office in Latin America.

Marc Rossell, who concentrates on cross-border capital markets work, and Oliver Armas, who is a litigator and international arbitration practitioner, will join Chadbourne & Parke LLP in its New York office. Boris Otto, a corporate lawyer, and Luis Enrique Graham, a litigator and international arbitration practitioner, will also join Chadbourne & Parke LLP and will be based in Mexico. José Antonio Chávez, a corporate finance lawyer, will join as a partner in the Mexican partnership, Chadbourne & Parke, S.C. The office in México City is expected to open with approximately 20 attorneys.

“The addition of these new partners to our Latin America practice and the opening of a Chadbourne office in México provide on the ground presence to enhance our services to the firms extensive client base throughout Latin America,” said Charles K. O’Neill, Chadbourne’s Managing Partner. “Our new colleagues and their teams in México City and New York know the marketplace and will advise our clients on mergers, acquisitions, private equity, capital markets, and bank and project finance as well as litigation and arbitration and other matters.”

Chadbourne has for more than 20 years been one of the major international law firms active in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, México, Venezuela and elsewhere in Latin America. The firm has served leading Latin American companies and U.S. and global companies investing in the region in a broad range of industry sectors through its New York, Washington, Houston and London offices. Chadbourne has taken part in many landmark transactions throughout the region, ranging from mergers and acquisitions, private equity and capital markets to bank and project finance and restructurings. Chadbourne’s Latin America practice includes attorneys fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, as well as attorneys educated and admitted to practice in various Latin American countries. They have hands-on knowledge of the local customs, legal systems and political environments of most countries in the region.

”We envision México City as a key office in Chadbourne’s growing international network. These five new partners with significant Latin America practices, together with having a substantial office in one of the two largest economies in Latin America, are a major step forward for the firm,” commented Allen Miller co-head of Chadbourne’s Latin America Practice Group. Added Talbert Navia, co-head of the practice: “Our emerging markets private equity practice has experienced exponential growth in recent years, with transactional work at all stages from investment to exit. Our presence in México will provide a platform for our U.S. and global funds that focus on those markets.”

Details on the new partners are as follows:

Marc Rossell, age 53, has a broad range of experience in privatizations and international securities offerings and compliance, principally in Latin America, as well as international corporate restructurings, leverage financings and liability management transactions.

Oliver Armas, age 43, has been involved in complex domestic and international litigation and arbitration cases in New York. He has an extensive practice in U.S. federal and state courts, as well as before regulatory agencies. In 2007, he was the Chair of the International Law and Practice Section of the New York State Bar Association.

Boris Otto, age 37, advises Mexican and foreign companies and financial institutions on all matters related to financial transactions. Mr. Otto also advises clients on all aspects of corporate organizations, mergers, acquisitions and privatizations, as well as on debt restructuring for private companies, states and municipalities, and infrastructure projects.

Luis Enrique Graham, age 46, has broad experience in complex civil and commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution procedures, as well as extensive experience in bankruptcy-related matters in Mexico (concurso mercantil). He is the President of the Mexican Bar Association and an advisor on international private law to the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

José Antonio Chávez, age 36, advises Mexican and foreign companies and financial institutions on all matters related to financial transactions. He has worked on securitizations by states and municipalities backed by federal contributions, as well as state and municipal revenues.

About Chadbourne & Parke LLP

Chadbourne & Parke LLP, an international law firm headquartered in New York City, provides a full range of legal services, including mergers and acquisitions, securities, project finance, private funds, corporate finance, energy, communications and technology, commercial and products liability litigation, securities litigation and regulatory enforcement, special investigations and litigation, intellectual property, antitrust, domestic and international tax, insurance and reinsurance, environmental, real estate, bankruptcy and financial restructuring, employment law and ERISA, trusts and estates and government contract matters. Major geographical areas of concentration include Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and the CIS, the Middle East and Latin America. The Firm has offices in New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Houston, London (a multinational partnership), Moscow, St. Petersburg, Warsaw (a Polish partnership), Kyiv, Almaty, Dubai and Beijing. For additional information, visit

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