New York, January 23, 2008 — LAWFUEL – Legal Newswire – The international law firm of Chadbourne & Parke is expanding its London offices, adding over 1,000 square meters (10,800 square feet) to its Regis House location on King William Street.
The expansion will enable Chadbourne & Parke to grow its practice at its current office, providing space for additional attorneys and support staff.
“London is the key to our European presence,” said Chadbourne Managing Partner Charles K. O’Neill. “This additional space enables us to have the room we will need in the immediate term as we continue expanding our presence with lateral hires.”
Chadbourne’s London operation has enjoyed steady growth and activity in recent months. In December, it announced that three partners from the London firm of Berwin Leighton Paisner — Jon Nash, Sohail Barkatali and Agnieszka Klich — were joining the project finance practice as a team, with a focus on Middle East and Africa transactions.
In the last quarter of 2007, the office’s English law team played a key role in four M&A deals in six weeks, involving transactions in Russia and Ukraine. The deals involved: Bank Hapoalim’s acquisition of 76% of Ukraine Innovation Bank; Marfin Popular Bank’s acquisition of a 50.04% stake in Russia’s RosPromBank; the owners of a chain of Ukrainian cosmetic shops on the investment by a private equity group in that business; and Bank of Cyprus in the acquisition of 95% of the share capital of Ukrainian bank AvtoZAZBank.
The architectural firm of Christian Garnett Partners is overseeing the project, which will give Chadbourne a third floor in the building. London Office Managing Partner Claude Serfilippi said Chadbourne had used Christian Garnett Partners before and it was a natural decision to use it again on the latest office project. In 1998, Christian Garnett Partners designed the fit out of the Firm’s current London offices on two other floors of Regis House. The current work is due to be completed in May.
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 www.chadbourne.com.