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Dewey seeking to shutter Russian, Kazakh offices

The firm says the process will take six to 18 months and could earn up to $158,000

The Dewey & LeBoeuf saga took on some international flavor this week, as the bankrupt firm asked for permission to shut down its offices in Russia and Kazakhstan.

Dewey opened its Russian office in 1991 and its Kazakh outpost in 1995. Following the firm’s bankruptcy, however, 42 attorneys from those locations jumped ship for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.

In a court filing, the firm urged a U.S. bankruptcy court to authorize the proposal, saying that “if [Dewey] does not properly wind down its former Russian/Kazakh offices, the temporary registered representatives of the offices will likely resign, and [Dewey] may face possible criminal and civil liability for failing to comply with applicable Russian and Kazakh law.”

The firm also cited the potential financial gains resulting from the wind-down. It estimates that it will cost $11,480 to close both offices. After those costs and taxes, the firm says it could collect as much as $158,000 from clients and the offices’ bank accounts, which would go toward paying off its estimated $315 million debt. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan will consider Dewey’s proposal at a Sept. 20 hearing.

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