11 April 2012, 13:39

Dechert, Chadbourne, Jones Day, Hunton: Business of Law

LONDON. April 11. KAZINFORM Dechert LLP (1154L) said energy attorney Kenneth E. Mack, who led Chadbourne & Parke LLP (1224L)'s Kazakhstan office, joined the firm along with a team of 10 lawyers.

Mack, a partner in Almaty, the commercial capital of Kazakhstan, focuses his practice on transactions in the energy and natural resources sectors, Bloomberg reports.  

"Kazakhstan is of great strategic importance not only to our Russian client base, but also our Chinese and multinational corporate clients," said Laura Brank, head of Dechert's Russia practice.

Chadbourne "will continue to refer those clients who need counsel in Almaty to the office as the opportunities arise," managing partner Andrew Giaccia said.

"The departure of the Almaty office is not inconsistent with our strategic vision for the firm," he said. "In the last few years we began shifting our resources to our offices in other markets with greater potential for us and expanding into other high growth markets, as evidenced by our recent opening of offices in Brazil and Turkey."

Three additional partners are joining Dechert: Victor Mokrousov who advises on corporate, finance and regulatory matters, particularly in energy and mining; Sergei Vataev, who focuses on arbitration disputes, as well as corporate and project finance; and Mukhit Yeleuov, who advises clients on litigation, energy and finance.

Seven associates also joined: banking and finance lawyers Ainur Abdalova, Yevgeniya Nossova and Benjamin Paine; litigator Abzal Kassymzhanov; and corporate lawyers Nadezhda Oparina, Elshat Seksembayeva and Asel Yermekova.

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