Akin Gump Expands International Corporate Transactions Practice

Monday, June 1, 2009 - 01:00

Matthew D. Roazen, the former deputy general counsel and chief international counsel at Alfa Bank in Moscow, has joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Moscow as a partner in the international corporate transactions practice.

A transactional lawyer by training, with an emphasis on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and private equity, Mr. Roazen also has significant experience in managing and providing strategic advice in a wide variety of litigation and arbitration matters.

Richard K. Welsh has joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in Los Angeles as a partner in the litigation practice.

Mr. Welsh is a trial lawyer who represents companies in diverse industry sectors including energy, telecommunications, entertainment, video-gaming, finance, satellite, real estate and retail in matters ranging from high-stakes class actions and novel insurance coverage disputes to commercial contract and tort disputes involving billions of dollars of potential liability. He is currently lead counsel in the Northern District of California for one of the largest energy companies in the world in a dispute involving property damage claims allegedly resulting from global warming and related insurance coverage litigation in Virginia arising from that suit.

For the second year in a row, Turnarounds & Workouts has named Fred S. Hodara to its annual list of Outstanding Restructuring Lawyers. The bankruptcy industry publication has also named Abid Qureshi to its annual list of Outstanding Young Bankruptcy Lawyers.

Mr. Hodara heads the financial restructuring practice at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. He was recognized for his representations of the official committee of unsecured creditors of Washington Mutual, Inc. and WMI Investment Corp.; the informal noteholder committee of Mrs. Fields; an informal second lien lender group of Recycled Paper Greetings; and the steering committee of lenders of Philadelphia Newspapers.

A partner in Akin Gump's financial restructuring practice, Mr. Qureshi was recognized for his work on high-profile litigation matters in connection with the Chapter 11 filings of Calpine Corporation, TOUSA, Wellman, IdleAire Technologies, Propex, Lehman Brothers Holdings, Pliant Corporation and Philadelphia Newspapers, as well as for his leading role in the U.S. proceedings related to the collapsed Bear Stearns hedge funds.