Moscow and New York – February 8, 2007 – LAWFUEL – Law Firm News -…

Moscow and New York – February 8, 2007 – LAWFUEL – Law Firm News – Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is pleased to announce that Samuel Raymond Tillett has joined the firm as International Counsel, resident in the Moscow office.
Mr. Tillett will be a member of the Corporate Department and will focus on international securities, mergers and acquisitions, and financing transactions.

Mr. Tillett joins the firm from the ITI Group, Poland’s largest diversified media and new media group, where he was General Counsel since 2001. During his tenure at the ITI Group, he focused on a wide range of matters, including international securities offerings, commercial lending arrangements, merger and acquisition transactions, and joint venture and strategic partner arrangements.

Prior to joining the ITI Group, Mr. Tillett spent more than 20 years in private practice. From 1997-2000, he was a partner at Altheimer & Gray, where he was the Managing Partner of the Prague office from 1999-2000. From 1985-1997, he was a partner at Mayer, Brown & Platt. While in private practice in the U.S., his practice focused on securities and financing transactions. From 1977-1980, he was a Law Clerk to the Office of Administrative Law Judges at the Federal Trade Commission. Mr. Tillett received his J.D. in 1977 from Case Western Reserve University and his A.B. in 1973 from Hamilton College, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

“Ray’s broad and deep experience over 30 years of practice will make a significant contribution to the continued expansion of our corporate practice in Moscow and we look forward to having him as a colleague,” said Dmitri V. Nikiforov, Managing Partner of the firm’s Moscow office.

“We are all delighted to have someone of Ray’s caliber and experience in international securities, M&A and financing transactions join our leading Russian practice,” added James A. Kiernan III, Managing Partner – Europe.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has had full time lawyers in Russia since 1992 and opened a fully accredited office in Moscow in 1997. The Moscow office now has 17 lawyers who focus on mergers and acquisitions, securities, equipment finance, joint ventures and investment funds.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is a leading international law firm, representing a wide range of clients around the world. Founded in 1931, the firm has offices in New York, Washington, D.C., London, Paris, Frankfurt, Moscow, Hong Kong and Shanghai. The firm now has over 650 lawyers, including more than 130 lawyers in Europe. For more information, please visit www.debevoise.com.

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