Huntsman Lewis Pulls Out of Uzbekistan Over Akbar Abdullaev Case
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Huntsman Lewis Pulls Out of Uzbekistan Over Akbar Abdullaev Case

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Huntsman Lewis Pulls Out of Uzbekistan Over Akbar Abdullaev Case PR Newswire LONDON and TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, July 17, 2012 LONDON and TASHKENT, Uzbekistan,

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Huntsman Lewis Pulls Out of Uzbekistan Over Akbar Abdullaev Case
PR Newswire LONDON and TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, July 17, 2012
LONDONandTASHKENT, Uzbekistan,July 17, 2012/PRNewswire/ --Huntsman Lewis are sad to announce we will have to close ourTashkentoffice. Because of the perceived threats to Western interests inTashkent, our three lawyers specialising in the region will in future convene meetings on Uzbek-related matters on 'neutral soil' inLondon. We will continue to advise clients in the telecoms, property, textile, banking and oil sectors. Paul Lewis, the partner who heads the firm's Uzbek team, said: "We are proud of the work we have done inUzbekistan, in particular representing the plaintiffs in fraud charges brought against Akbar Abdullaev. However, in the wake of that case, we have received several serious threats to our persons, and those of our staff." "As such, we have taken the decision to have no one physically on the ground as it is perceived to be too dangerous to be working there. We have decided to put our expansion strategy on hold until Mr. Abdullaev is brought to justice." "However, we are pressing ahead with more investment in the region and will hire another lawyer with experience ofCentral Asiain the next few weeks." The investment reflects the volume of work H&L is handling through meetings with clients in the region, but outsideUzbekistan. This has included acting working on trademark applications, obtaining land rights and oil concessions, and arranging for leases on properties for news agencies and security agencies.