NEW YORK, Nov. 7 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Networ…

NEW YORK, Nov. 7 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network — The international law firm of Chadbourne & Parke LLP today announced that it has opened an office in St. Petersburg, Russia. The office initially is being staffed by three attorneys all of whom
have been previously associated with Coudert Brothers in St. Petersburg.

The St. Petersburg team includes counsels Alexander A. Kalinov and
Konstantin A. Osipov and associate Nonna K. Crane. A fourth attorney, senior
associate Ludmila A. Yegorova, formerly from Coudert’s Moscow office, joined
the Firm on November 1 in Moscow and will split her time between Moscow and
St. Petersburg.

The establishment of the St. Petersburg office extends Chadbourne’s
significant presence in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) where it
currently has offices in Moscow, Kyiv, Almaty and Tashkent, and expands its
capabilities in areas such as oil and gas, telecommunications and real estate
infrastructure as well as increasing its capabilities in corporate and
corporate finance work. The Firm announced the opening of its six-lawyer
Almaty office in July 2005. The Almaty office is staffed with attorneys all
previously with Coudert Brothers.

“This acquisition reinforces Chadbourne’s commitment to expand our
presence across Europe and the CIS to offer clients increased capabilities in
global markets,” said Charles K. O’Neill, Chadbourne’s managing partner.

“We are very pleased to have this group join us,” said Laura M. Brank,
managing partner of the Firm’s Moscow office. “By expanding to St.
Petersburg, we are able to meet our local clients’ needs in this rapidly
growing market.”

Mr. Kalinov, 36, has extensive experience advising Russian and
multinational companies on a variety of legal, transactional, regulatory,
corporate, commercial and finance matters. His work has included assisting
major U.S. oil companies in structuring investment in the Siberian oil fields;
advising with respect to oil field exploration in the Russian Far East; and
participating in work related to the Sakhalin II project. In addition, Mr.
Kalinov has advised a number of telecommunications companies on transactional
matters. He received his law degree, with honors, from St. Petersburg
University in 1992, MPA from the American University in 1996 and an LL.M.,
with distinction, from Georgetown University Law Center in 2002. He is
admitted to practice in Russia and the State of New York.

Mr. Osipov, 34, has focused his practice on civil and commercial,
corporate, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions and litigation
matters. He has provided a broad array of legal services to a major Russian
pulp and paper producer over the course of a two-year anti-hostile takeover
defense, including advising on issues of Russian corporate law, civil
procedure and civil law. Mr. Osipov also has significant experience in the
telecommunications sector. He received his law degree, with honors, from St.
Petersburg State University School of Law in 1996. In 1994-95, Mr. Osipov
studied law in Cleveland State University. He is admitted to practice in

Ms. Crane, 33, specializes in corporate, securities, real estate, secured
lending, leasing, telecommunications, pharmaceutical and hotel industry
matters. She has advised on structuring of cross-border leasing operations in
Russia, engaged in a number of merger and acquisition transactions; and
rendered advice in a wide range of foreign investment deals in Russia. She
received her B.A. from St. Petersburg State University, MPA from Appalachian
State University and J.D., cum laude, from the University of Florida College
of Law in 2001. She is admitted to practice in the State of New York.

Ms. Yegorova, 39, advises U.S. and European companies in the
telecommunications, real estate, oil and gas and pharmaceutical sectors on a
wide variety of corporate transactions in Russia and the CIS. These include
mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, inbound investment and real estate
transactions. She received her degree in law, with honors, from Leningrad
State University in 1989, and her LL.M. from the University of Illinois
College of Law in 1994. She is admitted to practice in Russia.

“This is a great move for Chadbourne as we have been increasing our
presence in Russia and the CIS for some time now and Russia’s northwest region
has been experiencing rapid economic growth,” noted Ms. Brank. “And with the
recent opening of our office in Almaty, the strengthening of our Moscow
operations and plans to further expand our global reach, we intend to make
certain we have the ability to respond to the growing demand for legal
services from our clients in all industries around the world.”

Chadbourne attorneys have been advising clients doing business in the CIS
for the past 15 years. Thirteen attorneys in the practice have recently been
listed in Chambers Global — The World’s Leading Lawyers 2005/2006 as leaders
in their fields.

The Firm opened its Moscow office in 1990 and now has over 80 lawyers in
its CIS and Central European Practice. The Firm’s CIS practice with offices
in Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan represents clients in large
transactions as well as advising on day-to-day legal issues in a range of
areas, including banking, capital markets and securities, investment funds,
mergers and acquisitions, privatizations, general corporate and tax, joint
ventures, secured/project and trade finance, energy, oil and gas,
telecommunications, real estate and litigation. Chadbourne’s team of
business-oriented lawyers has years of experience in the region working on
complex and novel transactions and on major litigation matters.

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, corporate finance, energy,
telecommunications, commercial and products liability litigation, securities
litigation and regulatory enforcement, white collar defense, 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. The Firm has offices in New York, Washington, D.C., Los
Angeles, Houston, Moscow, Kyiv, Warsaw (through a Polish partnership), Almaty,
St. Petersburg, Beijing, Tashkent and a multinational partnership, Chadbourne
& Parke, in London.

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