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Akin Gump Raids Chadbourne for 4-Partner Project Finance Team


Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has raided Chadbourne & Parke for a four-partner project finance team in Los Angeles.

The new Akin Gump lawyers are Thomas Dupuis, Lloyd MacNeil, Adam Umanoff and Edward Zaelke, the firm announced today in a press release. Zaelke, who formerly served as managing partner of Chadbourne’s office in Los Angeles, and Umanoff will head the firm’s project finance practice group.

“This is a tremendous day for our clients and the firm,” says Akin Gump chairman R. Bruce McLean in the release. “We have a premier international energy practice. Building on that to establish a world-class project finance practice and becoming a leader in the renewable energy industry are strategic priorities for the firm. This is reflected in the additions last year of Robert Nelson, Dino Barajas and Elliot Hinds, who are all noted leaders in this space, and continues with the arrival of this impressive team.”

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