US Law Firm Chadbourne & Parke Expands London Office Capabilities In Cross-Border Transactions, Oil & Gas, And LNG – Legal Newswire – Partner Shane DeBeer Will Work Out of London and Moscow Offices New York, NY – January 12, 2009 – The international law firm of Chadbourne & Parke LLP announced today it has strengthened cross-border transactional, oil and gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) capabilities in its London office. Partner Shane DeBeer will work out of the Firm’s London and Moscow offices.

Mr. DeBeer, who has spent 11 years in Moscow, will now spend time both there and in London, focusing on cross-border transactions, in particular those involving the Firm’s oil, gas and LNG practice and other energy-related areas. He will continue to work on Russian and CIS projects while increasing his involvement on projects in the Middle East, Africa and the UK.

Mr. DeBeer, 45, provides extensive hands-on experience in intricate international transactions to the Firm’s Moscow and London offices. In addition to energy-related work, he has handled matters involving project finance, real estate development and transnational mergers and acquisitions, with a particular focus on transactions in the CIS nations of the former Soviet Union, as well as in the Middle East.

“Shane not only enhances our cross-border transactions and energy-related capabilities in the UK, but his gifted and broad skill set also complements our London office practices in numerous other areas, including, project finance, real estate and mergers and acquisitions,” said Chadbourne Managing Partner Charles K. O’Neill. “We are happy to have a partner of Shane’s caliber split his time and talents between two very significant centers for international business.”

Among Mr. DeBeer’s clients are a variety of Western, Middle Eastern and CIS-based private and state-owned companies, which he advises on the structuring, financing, acquisition and disposition of projects, some of which have been in the multi-billion dollar range. Now that he will be dividing his time between London and Moscow, clients in the UK, Middle East and Africa will more readily be able to tap into Mr. DeBeer’s broad and deep experience. He will also spend time in the Firm’s Dubai office to work on Middle Eastern deals.

Mr. DeBeer currently leads the Chadbourne team advising the Russian state-owned gas company Gazprom on the structuring and financing of the multi-billion dollar Shtokman LNG project, and advises other energy companies in the Middle East, Africa and the CIS. He spoke at the 2008 World Junior Oil and Gas Congress, held in London in December. Mr. DeBeer, along with a fellow Oil, Gas and LNG practice partner, Charez Golvala, spoke on “SEC Reserve Accounting: Prospects for Change” and “Approaching, Tackling and Championing the M&A and A&D Markets.”
Mr. DeBeer received his J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center, and an M.S. degree from Georgetown University. He is fluent in Russian and Dutch and is the author of a highly regarded Russian-English/English-Russian dictionary.

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, Mexico City, London (a multinational partnership), Moscow, St. Petersburg, Warsaw, Kyiv, Almaty, Dubai and Beijing. For additional information, visit

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