11:50, January 29 308 0

2018-01-29 11:50:17
White & Case opens second office in Central Asia

White & Case has opened its second office in Central Asia, launching a new offering in Uzbekistan.

The US firm is to launch in the country’s capital Tashkent, with the office focusing on disputes and large cross-border matters.

At first a couple of lawyers from White & Case’s international offices will spend significant time in the new base, with a number of Uzbek-qualified lawyers expected to join the firm in the coming months.

Washington DC partner Carolyn Lamm will play an important part in setting up the office, having advised the Uzbek government and foreign investors on international arbitration matters since the 1990s.

“Uzbekistan is increasingly open for business following the election of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, and we will continue to work with the government, state-owned entities and private sector clients,” Lamm said.

“We also anticipate that there will be further opportunities for our arbitration, project finance and M&A/corporate lawyers to advise on deals and disputes in sectors including oil and gas, petrochemicals, power, infrastructure, construction, mining, telecoms and automotive.”

Lamm will be joined by New York litigation partner Scott Hershman and London project finance partner Kamilla Azamat, an Uzbek national who advises on financing deals in the region and further afield.

The office gives White & Case its second base in Central Asia, with the firm also present in Astana, Kazakhstan.

White & Case closed its second Kazakhstan office in Almaty two years ago, having been the first foreign law firm to be licensed in the country in 1998.

It also closed its Ankara office with the firm’s Turkish operations instead being led out of Istanbul. Istanbul office executive partner Zeynep Çakmak is set to leave the firm’s partnership at the end of this month, handing over the reins to Güniz Gökçe.