The international law firm of Chadbourne & Parke LLP has 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 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.
Mr. Kalinov's 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.
Mr. Osipov 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.
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 .
Douglas R. Jensen has been named counsel in the litigation group, resident in the firm's New York office. A former assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York for 11 years, Mr. Jensen most recently served as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division. Mr. Jensen's expertise includes complex commercial litigation, white-collar criminal defense and SEC investigations.Mr. Jensen joins Chadbourne from Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP, where, among other things, he acted as an independent examiner to ensure compliance with non-prosecution agreements entered into with the Justice Department and SEC.