By USCF Executive Board   
April 11, 2010
RichardConn.jpgUSCF is pleased to announce that former World Champion Anatoly Karpov, candidate for the office of FIDE President, has offered a spot on his ticket to the prominent international attorney Richard A. Conn, Jr.  The Executive Board has unanimously endorsed the inclusion of Mr. Conn on the Karpov ticket and enthusiastically supports the ticket.  Mr. Conn, a USCF member with a rating of 1943, will run for Deputy President of FIDE, a post exceeded in prominence only by the President.  If elected, he will be the highest ranking American in FIDE history.

Mr. Conn is Managing Director of Conn International Group LLC, a Moscow/NY-based financial and legal advisory firm. Prior to founding CIG in 2003, Mr. Conn practiced international corporate law for nearly twenty years as an equity partner with the international law firm Latham & Watkins. He founded the firm's Moscow office in 1992 and managed it for four years prior to returning to U.S.

A longstanding member of the Board of Directors of the U.S.-Russia Business Council, Mr. Conn regularly consults with the World Bank, Members of Congress, and the Administration regarding Russian economic issues. He Co-Chaired the U.S.-Russia Business Council and American Chamber of Commerce (Moscow) joint initiative to facilitate Russian accession to WTO. He now serves as Strategic Advisor to DLA Piper US LLP, a 3,500 lawyer international law firm with 67 offices worldwide.

A graduate of Dartmouth College and Fordham University Law School, Mr. Conn clerked for the Honorable Gordon Thompson, Jr., Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, authored Collier Labor Law and the Bankruptcy Code and is fluent in Russian and Spanish. Mr. Conn is married and has four children.