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Chadbourne & Parke LLP

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  • 30 Rockefeller Plaza
  • New York
  • New York
  • USA
  • NY 10112
  • Tel:+1 212 408 5100
  • Fax:+1 212 541 5369
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  • Management Committee Partner: Andrew A Giaccia
  • Number of partners: 104
  • Number of lawyers: 359

Firm Overview: Founded in 1902, Chadbourne & Parke LLP has evolved into an international law firm with 12 offices in key markets around the world. The firm’s diversity of practices and unitary structure enable its attorneys to work together to meet its clients’ full range of legal needs, both within the United States and internationally. With its global network of attorneys, the firm is positioned to analyse market, institutional and regulatory trends as they evolve and offer clients a full range of legal services on virtually all matters affecting them. In addition to its Western European work, the firm has established substantial practices in Central and Eastern Europe, Turkey, the Middle East and Latin America.

Main Areas of Practice: Arbitration, antitrust, insolvency/financial restructuring, commercial and product liability litigation, corporate finance, energy/renewable energy, insurance and reinsurance, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, project finance, real estate and US and international tax.

Brazil: Main Areas of Work: Capital markets, commercial arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, corporate finance, energy, infrastructure, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, privatisations, public finance and seruritisations.

Mexico: Main Areas of Work: Capital markets, commercial arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, commercial and civil litigation, corporate finance, energy, infrastructure, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, privatisations, public finance, real estate and securitisations.

Poland: Main Areas of Work: Mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and foreign investment, restructurings, capital markets, energy and climate change, tax, project finance, banking and finance, real estate and infrastructure, litigation, arbitration and mediation, corporate and telecommunications, media, technology and data protection.

Russian Federation: Main Areas of Work: Banking and finance, insolvency and restructuring, capital markets, dispute resolution, energy, general corporate, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, mining and metals, oil and gas, project finance, private funds, real estate, regulatory and telecommunications.

Turkey: Main Areas of Work: Mergers and acquisitions, private equity, privatisation, capital markets, corporate finance, general corporate, joint ventures, banking, foreign investment, energy, project finance, telecommunications and tax.

Ukraine: Main Areas of Work: Banking and finance, capital markets, energy, general corporate and tax, dispute resolution, compliance, government relations and regulatory, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, mining and metals, oil and gas, private funds, project finance and real estate.

United Arab Emirates: Main Areas of Work: International dispute resolution and arbitration, project development and project finance, construction, contracts, cross-border acquisitions, joint ventures and new businesses, capital markets and funds and energy.

United Kingdom: Main Areas of Work: Commercial law and regulatory advice, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, project finance, insolvency and restructuring, insurance and reinsurance, tax, international dispute resolution and arbitration.

United States: Office Profile: As the hub of Chadbourne’s international network, the New York office draws on the expertise of the firm’s offices in Washington, DC, Los Angeles and nine others outside the United States to represent its clients in all major practice areas.


  • Av. Pres. Juscelino Kubitschek, 1726,
  • 16th Floor,
  • São Paulo - SP,
  • Sao Paulo
  • Brazil
  • 04543-000
  • Tel +55 11 3372 0000
  • Fax +55 11 3372 0009
  • Room 902, Tower A,
  • 7 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu,
  • Chaoyang District,
  • Beijing,
  • China
  • 100020
  • Tel +86 10 6530 8846
  • Fax +86 10 6530 8849
  • Paseo de Tamarindos No 400-B,
  • Piso 22,
  • Col Bosques de las Lomas,
  • Mexico City,
  • Federal District
  • Mexico
  • 05120
  • Tel +52 55 3000 0600
  • Fax +52 55 3000 0698
  • ul Emilii Plater 53,
  • Warsaw,
  • Masovian
  • Poland
  • 00-113
  • Tel +48 22 520 5000
  • Fax +48 22 520 5001
  • Email : warsaw@chadbourne.com
  • Riverside Towers,
  • 52/5 Kosmodamianskaya Naberezhnaya,
  • Moscow,
  • Russia
  • 115054
  • Tel +7 495 974 2424
  • Fax +7 495 974 2425
  • Email : moscow@chadbourne.com
  • 25B Sahaydachnoho Street,
  • Kyiv,
  • Kyiv City Municipality
  • Ukraine
  • 04070
  • Tel +380 (44) 461 7575
  • Fax +380 (44) 461 7576
  • Email : kyiv@chadbourne.com
  • Boulevard Plaza Tower 1,
  • Burj Khalifa District,
  • PO Box 23927,
  • Dubai,
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Tel +971 4 422 7088
  • Fax +971 4 422 7089
  • Regis House,
  • 45 King William Street,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC4R 9AN
  • Tel +44 20 7337 8000
  • Fax +44 20 7337 8001
  • Email : london@chadbourne.com
  • 350 South Grand Avenue,
  • Suite 3300,
  • 32nd Floor,
  • Los Angeles,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 90071
  • Tel +1 213 892 1000
  • Fax +1 213 892 2045
  • 1200 New Hampshire Avenue, NW,
  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20036
  • Tel +1 202 974 5600
  • Fax +1 202 974 5602
  • Email : washington@chadbourne.com
  • Büyükdere Cad. No 191,
  • Apa Giz Plaza, Kat 17,
  • Levent,
  • Istanbul,
  • Turkey
  • 34330
  • Tel +90 212 705 4200
  • Fax +90 212 705 4205

Projects - Africa-wide

What the team is known for Involvement in many of the largest and most significant projects in Africa, with particularly impressive activity in the power sector. The team is sought out for its experience on sizeable matters in African jurisdictions from Morocco to South Africa.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "We've done work with Chadbourne and they're quality." 

Work highlights Represented Absa Bank and Nedbank on the USD250 million financing for the 100 MW Dorper Wind Farm project in South Africa.

Advised winning bidders Sithe Global and Industrial Promotion Services (part of the Aga Khan Development Network) on the financing and development of the Ruzizi III hydropower project bordering Rwanda, DRC and Burundi.

Notable practitioners  

Lynne Gedanken is senior counsel at the firm and has years of experience advising on projects in Africa.

Since publication, Robin Mizrahi has joined Baker Botts UK LLP.

Significant clients GDF SUEZ, Mitsui, AES, Standard Bank.

Projects - Global-wide

What the team is known for A standout power practice in the USA and the Middle East, alongside formidable groups handling work in oil and gas, mining and project finance. Africa and Latin America also furnish the team with significant mandates. The firm is noted for its skills in renewable energy deals and counts numerous key players among its clientele.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Expertise: "A very strong firm with a broad-based practice across the energy spectrum."

Work highlights Acted for a sponsor consortium led by ACWA Power on its successful bid for the development of the 1,800 MW Rabigh II IPP in Saudi Arabia.

Advised the lenders on the development and financing of the Moatize IPP, a power and coal project to supply electricity to the Moatize mine and Electricidade de Mocambique.

Notable practitioners

Based in Washington, DC, Rohit Chaudhry and Keith Martin co-head the global project finance group. In London, Robin Mizrahi heads the Africa practice and Agnieszka Klich is a key contact for the Middle East.

Significant clients GDF SUEZ, Mitsui, BNP Paribas, Sumitomo, IFC.

Projects - India

Peter Fitzgerald of the firm's Washington, DC branch is highly regarded for his project financing expertise, both in the USA and in a number of emerging markets, including India. He is particularly adept in the handling of high-profile matters requiring the co-ordination of financing by two or more parties. 

Rohit Chaudhry, also of the Washington, DC office, has extensive experience of advising on project finance mandates in a number of different jurisdictions, including India, where sources describe him as "a very good and capable lawyer who has acted on a number of transactions." He is especially noted for his expertise in handling renewable energy and other power projects.

Arbitration (International) - Latin America-wide

Chadbourne remains highly involved in commercial arbitrations throughout Latin America - its London branch is recognised for its expertise in Latin American insurance arbitration. The firm also has significant disputes expertise in the energy, financial services and pharmaceuticals sectors, and benefits from having offices in Mexico City and São Paulo. Mark Beckett is the head of the practice and the main contact point for clients.

Banking & Finance - Latin America-wide

Peers acknowledge Charles Johnson's expertise in trade finance, particularly in the Brazilian market. He heads the firm's São Paulo office and has acted recently for such clients as Comgás, Deutsche Bank and Export Development Canada. He advised the latter on establishing a USD500 million credit facility to Petrobras.

Also based in São Paulo, Daniel Spencer has also represented Comgás - specifically in relation to its receipt of a loan valued at USD75 million from Scotiabank.

Capital Markets - Latin America-wide

Allen Miller has over 30 years of experience and receives high accolades from his clients. "With Allen you know that things aren't going to get bogged down and any problems will be resolved quickly," observed one source. Another highlighted his "intelligence and sensitivity" when dealing with South American civil law frameworks.

Corporate/M&A - Latin America-wide

New York-based Talbert Navia co-heads the group and speaks fluent Spanish. His main focus is on venture capital and private equity matters, including fund formation and structuring.

Fellow co-head Allen Miller represented Macquarie Capital Advisers and FEMSA in the sale of their stakes in the Ion Wind project (Mexico) to Mitsubishi and Dutch pension fund PGGM. His practice also focuses on capital markets.

Insurance - Latin America-wide

Sources agree that Christopher Cardona is "definitely one of the key players in the market." He is fluent in Spanish and has extensive experience in insurance and reinsurance matters. He takes the lead on the majority of the team's highlights.

Senior associate Rebecca Huggins is currently assisting Cardona on a major arbitration seated in Lima. She has substantial experience in representing clients from the London market.

Projects - Latin America-wide

Co-head of the project finance group Rohit Chaudhry led the team representing a consortium in the acquisition, development and USD693 million debt financing of a wind farm in southern Mexico.

Projects - Middle East-wide

What the team is known for Considerable activity on power and water projects across the region. Wind and solar mandates form the core of the team's busy renewables practice, while the team's water expertise includes desalination plant and waste water treatment projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "A great power practice - good in the Middle East." 

Work highlights Represented ACWA Power on the USD190 million refinancing of the Barka I IWPP, and on a USD43 million financing to expand its water desalination facility.

Advised the State of Kuwait's Partnerships Technical Bureau on the procurement of its USD2 billion IWPP plant at Az Zour North.

Notable practitioners  

Agnieszka Klich is highly visible in the power and water market and peers praise her technical skills in this area. She led the team advising on the Barka I financing, and also represents regional clients such as GDF SUEZ on projects outside the Middle East.

Significant clients Sumitomo, GDF SUEZ, Qatar Electricity & Water, AES Electric, Mitsui.

Corporate/Commercial - Oman

Chadbourne & Parke is a regular presence on projects across the MENA region and is led by teams in London and the USA. The practice enjoys a strong reputation in the market for its expertise in the power and water sectors. Work highlights include advising ACWA Power Barka on the USD190 million refinancing of Barka I IWPP, and on the USD43.1 million financing to expand its water desalination facility. Dubai-based partner Sohail Barkatali has significant experience in representing government entities in projects in Oman.

Banking & Finance - Poland

Co-head of department Marek Król recently advised a consortium of international and domestic banks on the refinancing of an investment loan provided to meat producer Sokołów.

Corporate/M&A - Poland

Włodzimierz Radzikowski is a highly regarded practitioner with extensive experience in privatisations, joint ventures and restructuring, amongst other areas.

Dispute Resolution - Poland

Sources highlight Sylwester Pieckowski as a “good mediator interested in alternative dispute resolution.”

Tax - Poland

Market commentators praise department head Dorota Szubielska as an "excellent tax litigator." Clients describe her as "an experienced and committed lawyer who responds quickly to our needs." She is known for her solution-oriented approach.

Banking & Finance - Russia

Clients recommend Konstantin Konstantinov for his ability to grasp their needs fast and to "structure transactions in the best way." He has a broad practice, advising clients on financial and commercial matters.  

Dispute Resolution - Russia

Mikhail Rozenberg's practice includes both international arbitration and domestic litigation. Clients acknowledge him as a "strategically minded and knowledgeable" individual, and he is well known for offering expert opinions on elements of Russian law.

Julia Romanova advises on international arbitrations and domestic disputes. With experience ranging from bankruptcy to real estate matters, she has a broad practice and is endorsed by commentators as a "commercially minded" lawyer.

Corporate/M&A - Turkey

Istanbul managing partner Ayşe Yüksel heads the MENA/Turkey corporate group. She acts on many cross-border transactions for domestic, regional and global clients.

Insurance - UK

Christopher Cardona is fluent in Spanish and is widely regarded as a leading expert in the Latin America region, including Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. He specialises in reinsurance matters including high-value property damage, business interruption and financial institutions cases.

Adrian Mecz is highly regarded for his considerable experience in insurance and reinsurance matters, which spans over three decades. Sources compliment him as "a very good lawyer, very sharp," who is "one of those long-standing market figures - very well respected."  

Foreign Desks The formidable Latin America practice here handles a range of insurance and reinsurance matters, including business interruption claims and financial institutions insurance. International arbitration forms a considerable part of the team's workload in the region. Key clients include Brit Insurance, Lexington Insurance Co. and Antares Underwriting.

Projects - UK

Agnieszka Klich advises clients on energy and infrastructure projects. She particularly focuses on the Middle East and anglophone Africa. She advised ACWA Power integrated water and power plant (IWPP) on a debt financing. Sources say: "She has a great knowledge of project finance in general, knowledge of our business and an ability to work under significant time pressure."

Banking & Finance - USA

Foreign Desks Chadbourne's highly respected Latin America practice has extensive expertise in all areas of financial law including banking transactions and project finance. Allen Miller and Talbert Navia are key contacts for the group.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - USA

Practice chair Howard Seife is particularly experienced in creditor representations and cross-border restructurings. Interviewees praise him as "an excellent strategist and relationship manager with an established presence; he is calm and deliberate and doesn't come to snap judgements." Other sources note that Seife is "good at articulating issues to clients and drawing out the key legal questions in a way that the client can understand."

Capital Markets - USA

Allen Miller is a corporate and capital markets attorney with a recognised expertise in the Latin America market. Sources attest that "he has the intelligence and sensitivity to understand that the South American legal frameworks, driven by civil law, are at times hard to reconcile with common law and the best US market practices."

Foreign Desks This firm's expertise in Latin America capital markets matters is illustrated by its representation of Enersis in relation to a USD6 billion capital increase. Allen Miller is a key contact.

Corporate/M&A - USA

Allen Miller heads the firm's corporate department, and co-chairs its respected Latin America practice group. He recently represented Macquarie Capital Advisers and FEMSA in the sale of their stakes in the Ion Wind project (Mexico) to Mitsubishi and Dutch pension fund PGGM. His practice also focuses on capital markets.

Fellow Latin America group co-chair Talbert Navia is also highly lauded in deals involving Latin America, and speaks fluent Spanish. His main focus is on venture capital and private equity matters, including fund formation and structuring.

The "very well-respected" Marc Rossell is highly regarded for his expertise in Latin America, particularly in relation to IPOs, an area in which he is singled out for his talent.

Foreign Desks Talbert Navia and Allen Miller are both key contacts for the Latin America practice group. The firm is known for its strong connections in and understanding of the markets within Latin America and India. 

Energy & Natural Resources - USA

Charles Hord is "extremely knowledgeable, and a good negotiator who always remains cool under pressure," according to one impressed client. Sources also appreciate his ability to "promptly react to a situation as soon as it arises." He applies his corporate and finance expertise to a wide range of matters, including joint ventures and restructurings for the benefit of various energy companies and financial institutions.

Robert Shapiro is a project finance lawyer with a real strength in electricity matters. He has enjoyed an active year, representing the likes of Bloom Energy, which he is currently acting for in all the financing and regulatory aspects of its solid waste project.

International Arbitration - USA

Mark Beckett is a recent addition to the practice, arriving from Latham & Watkins in late 2012. He is experienced in handling both investment treaty and commercial disputes. He is "extremely bright and hard-working," with "excellent rhetorical skills and a thorough approach to research."

Projects - USA

Sources hail the "phenomenal" Keith Martin as the "dean of the renewable energy tax Bar." Clients praise him for his calm demeanour and the fact that he "knows the industry inside out." He serves as head of the firm's project finance team, and clients benefit from his deep experience in project finance and tax matters.

The "excellent" Peter Fitzgerald is an industry leader in project finance and development, attracting a host of high-profile clients in both the USA and India. He is "extremely experienced, knowledgeable and just great," according to sources.

Douglas Fried enjoys a solid reputation for providing advice on PPP projects, with sources particularly highlighting his "very high knowledge of the infrastructure industry." He is also adept at handling large and complex energy matters.

Commentators laud Chaim Wachsberger as "very experienced and knowledgeable in the finance area, and he understands well how to deal with difficult situations." Notable clients in the past year include Duke Energy and several prominent financial institutions funding power-related projects. 

Todd Alexander is applauded as an excellent project finance lawyer, who is "exceedingly knowledgeable in the renewable field." He regularly represents large sponsors and lenders in energy projects ranging from wind and solar to clean coal facilities. He recently acted for LS Power, the sponsors of a USD550 million solar photovoltaic project.

Kenneth Hansen has extensive expertise in alternative energy projects, and was recently part of the team representing a subsidiary of Ormat Technologies in connection with the refinancing of a geothermal power complex.

Noam Ayali serves as chair of the oil and gas project finance group, but is also highly experienced in matters concerning power and renewable energy. He has had a busy year leading the team on some of the largest oil and gas financings of the past year, including in relation to the Sabine Pass LNG liquefaction project, which involved the representation of multiple lenders.

The "very good" and "highly accomplished" Rohit Chaudhry is noted for his international capabilities, and recently acted for investment fund Macquarie Capital in connection with the largest wind farm project in Latin America to date. He is also known for his expertise on projects in India.

The deeply experienced Lynne Gedanken is able to offer developer and lender clients a range of services, including advice in relation to both international and domestic transmission and electricity generation projects. She is also involved in advising governmental bodies in connection with utilities-related privatisation. Her international expertise has a particular focus on African projects. 

Paul Weber continues to assist clients with a wide range of energy-related transactions, and has recently acted on behalf of GE Energy Financial Services in connection with the purchase of shares in two big-ticket wind projects. 

John Baecher focuses his project finance practice on the private power sector, and has continued to act for the AES Corporation in a variety of projects. 

Foreign Desks Chadbourne has deep expertise spanning a number of markets, particularly across Latin America, Africa and India. Allen Miller is co-head of the Latin America practice and handles a range of project finance matters, Lynne Gedanken is a key contact for work across all regions of Africa and Peter Fitzgerald is a contact for Indian projects work.