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Private Equity, Finance Lawyer Melinda Rishkofski Joins Baker Botts L.L.P. as Partner in Moscow



MOSCOW, February 28, 2012 -- Melinda Rishkofski, who has represented private equity fund managers, international financial institutions and portfolio companies in Russia, Eastern Europe, the UK and the US, has joined Baker Botts L.L.P. as a partner in the firm’s Moscow office.

Rishkofski’s experience includes working with Russian and Eastern European privatization policies, policy advice and drafting laws for the new Russian economy, development of Russian corporate securities and regulatory structures. She also worked on regulatory and legislative matters with representatives for the U.S. and Russian governments.

“Melinda adds depth to our international transactional resources,” said Baker Botts Managing Partner Walt Smith. “Her focus on the Russian market and her extensive private equity experience are significant additions to our client offerings.”

Prior to joining Baker Botts, Rishkofski was general counsel for Russian-based Baring Vostok Capital Partners. As principal advisor, negotiator and transaction counsel, she provided legal support to financial institutions, multilateral development banks, private equity fund managers and Russian companies with respect to debt and equity financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, employee incentive programs, dispute resolution and general corporate matters.

In this role, Rishkofski has worked with and served more than 35 investee companies and the legal needs of private equity investment funds with more than $2 billion in capital and assets. She has also worked extensively with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) on secured credit and debt and equity financing transactions.

“Melinda’s extensive knowledge of the private equity and funds sector in Russia and the CIS, a market sector where we expect to see significant increased activity in 2012, will provide our clients working in or entering into this sector an expertise not currently available from legal consultants in the region,” said Steven Wardlaw, Partner in Charge of Baker Botts’ Moscow office.

Rishkofski obtained a BS from the Pennsylvania State University in the U.S., a J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law (now part of the Pennsylvania State University), and an LL.M in International Business and Finance from the University of London, Kings College in the UK.

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