LAWFUEL – The Lawyer Newswire: St. Petersburg Lateral Brings Strong…

LAWFUEL – The Lawyer Newswire:

St. Petersburg Lateral Brings Strong Abilities in Capital Markets and Corporate Transactions

New York, NY – August 1, 2007 – The international law firm of Chadbourne & Parke LLP announced today that Irina Skidan has joined the Firm as Counsel in the St. Petersburg office. Ms. Skidan will draw on her experience in corporate and financial matters, with a particular focus on capital markets.

“Irina brings rich and varied experience to Chadbourne,” said Chadbourne Managing Partner Charles O’Neill. “Her Russian language fluency and knowledge of the Russian legal and business environment will enable her to provide creative legal advice to our clients.”

Ms. Skidan joins the Firm from Jones Day in Moscow, where she had been Of Counsel. Prior to that she worked for several major law firms in New York on transactional matters involving global corporations and financial institutions. Earlier in her career, Ms. Skidan worked as a certified public accountant.

“Irina is a very welcome addition to our growing St. Petersburg office,” said Laura M. Brank, head of Chadbourne’s Russia and the CIS practice. “She has a wealth of experience advising on cross-border corporate transactions. Irina will enhance the services we offer in St. Petersburg, Moscow and elsewhere in Russia.”

She holds a B.A., magna cum laude, in theater management from Marymount Manhattan College and a J.D., summa cum laude, from Brooklyn Law School, where she held a fellowship in international business law and was co-editor of the Proceedings of the Symposium on Risk-Based Capital Adequacy Guidelines.

Chadbourne’s St. Petersburg office opened in November 2005 and its attorneys advise on infrastructure projects, oil and gas, forestry, paper and pulp, telecommunications, real estate, corporate transactions and corporate finance. It forms part of a team of almost 100 experienced Russia/CIS practitioners based in offices in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kyiv, Almaty, Tashkent, Warsaw and London. Chadbourne was one of the first foreign law firms to open an office in Moscow, in 1990.

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, Tashkent, Dubai and Beijing. For additional information, visit

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