Global law firm White & Case LLP has opened a new office in Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan.
"Our new office in Tashkent underlines our commitment to our Uzbek clients, and to our international clients who are taking advantage of increasing opportunities to invest in the country," said White & Case Chairman Hugh Verrier.
White & Case has a long history of advising clients in Uzbekistan. The Firm has been active in the country for more than 25 years, including representing the Uzbekistan government and overseas investors on significant arbitration and trade matters. The focus of the new office on disputes and large, complex, cross-border matters aligns with the Firm's 2020 growth strategy.
"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," said White & Case partner Carolyn Lamm, a member of the Firm's Washington, DC disputes team that has advised the Uzbek government and foreign investors on international arbitration and trade matters since the early 1990s.
"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 & gas, petrochemicals, power, infrastructure, construction, mining, telecoms and automotive."
A number of partners including Lamm, New York-based litigation lawyer Scott Hershman and London-based project finance lawyer Kamilla Azamat – an Uzbek national who has experience advising on transactions in Uzbekistan and strong contacts in the country – will spend significant time in the new office. It is also expected that a small number of Uzbek-qualified lawyers will join the office in due course. The Firm's operation in Tashkent will be supported by White & Case lawyers in the Washington, DC, New York, London, Moscow and Astana offices, among others.
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