White & Case Adds Three Partners to Moscow Office
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In recent days, global law firm White & Case LLP announced it has added three new partners to its Moscow office. They are Grigory Chernyshov, Jonathan Langley and Alexandra Schukina.

Chernyshov joins from Egorov, Puginsky, Afanasiev & Partners, and will head White & Case’s Russian dispute resolution practice. Langley relocates from the Firm’s London office as a local partner in the corporate practice. Schukina joins from Skadden Arps as a local partner in the capital markets practice.


Partner Jan Matejcek, Regional Section Head for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) was quoted as saying in a press release at the firm’s website: “Ever since White & Case moved into Russia 20 years ago, our Moscow office has been a strategically important foothold for the Firm. We take our role as a market leader in Russia very seriously. The arrival of three new partners in our key practice areas – dispute resolution, corporate and capital markets – gives a significant boost to our strategy to provide clients with outstanding legal service and direct access to partner teams across the entire spectrum of our practices in Russia.”

Chernyshov is a leading Russian litigator who has extensive experience in Russian commercial litigation. As well as his active dispute resolution practice, Chernyshov acts in antitrust matters. He is a board member of the non-commercial partnership “Promoting the Development of Competition”. He was involved in the drafting of Russian antimonopoly legislation and its subsequent amendments.

With Chernyshov’s arrival, White & Case continues the growth of its CEE Dispute Resolution Practice. Numerous significant lateral hires have been made during the last two years in Bucharest, Budapest, Prague and Warsaw. In March 2011, White & Case recruited a 20-person Polish litigation team lead by Pawel Pietkiewicz, to head its dispute resolution practice in Warsaw. In April 2011, White & Case joined forces with leading Czech lawyer Luděk Chvosta, Sr., who brings vast experience in dispute resolution, insolvency and restructuring to the Firm’s Prague office. In 2010, the Firm brought in David Goldberg, a leading Russian-speaking international arbitration partner, to join its London and Moscow offices.

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Partner John Willems, Regional Section Head of the Firm’s Disputes Practice in Western Europe, the Middle East and Africa was quoted as saying: “White & Case is now strongly positioned to handle all types of disputes matters for our clients, whether domestic or international, arbitration or litigation, with leading capability in Moscow and London, and other major arbitration centres in Stockholm, New York, Washington DC and Paris.”

Jonathan Langley focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures.

Partner Eric Michailov, co-head of White & Case’s CEE and Russian corporate/M&A practice, was quoted as saying: “We already have a strong base of English law M&A capability in Moscow, and we intend to continue growing it both through lateral hires and organically by capitalising on our existing legal talent to service our clients’ needs where they arise. Jonathan has been working on Russia-related transactions since joining our London office in 2007, so this move is a natural progression for him, and we welcome him to our Moscow team.”

Schukina’s concentrates her practice on equity and debt capital markets transactions. She is experienced in representing both issuers and underwriters in equity and debt securities offerings. She has also advised several leading Russian corporates in a wide variety of industry sectors on their listings on the London Stock Exchange, the Moscow Interbank Currency Exchange, and the Russian Trading System.

Hermann Schmitt, Executive Partner of White & Case’s Moscow office was quoted as saying: “We are continuously strengthening our Russian practice in line with our strategy and growing client demands. The new arrivals are a testament to the investment we are making in serving our clients in Russia and globally.”

A leading global law firm, White & Case LLP has lawyers in 38 offices in 26 countries.


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