Eversheds Sutherland has announced the opening of three new offices, extending its geographic footprint to 66 offices in 32 countries. The new offices are in Luxembourg, Moscow, and St Petersburg.
Eversheds Sutherland takes over the entire Russian operations of Hannes Snellman, which entered the Russian market in 2006 by acquiring ETL Law Offices. The Russian offices will be led by former Hannes Snellman St. Petersburg Managing Partner Victoria Goldman, who is joined by four additional partners and 17 lawyers. The firm reports that "a full range of corporate law services will be offered, with a particular emphasis on real estate, litigation, corporate and M&A, and corporate crime & investigations advice."
The firm reports that Managing Partner Victoria Goldman, "has over 20 years of experience in corporate law and has successfully advised on numerous major investment projects and complex international transactions. Victoria will be supported by Partners Yury Pugach (real estate, litigation and dispute management), Luke Wochensky (litigation and dispute management, corporate crime and investigations), Anu Mattila (corporate and M&A), and Mikhail Timonov (corporate and M&A)."
Hannes Snellman Senior Partner Johan Aalto explained the decision to sell its offices and withdraw from Russia. “After more than a decade of serving esteemed clients with a very experienced and proficient team in the Russian market, it is time for Hannes Snellman to hand over the reins to Eversheds Sutherland, a firm which is more than well equipped to further develop the solid practice at hand. We are confident that both clients and staff will be pleased with the opportunities that this new chapter brings. The team in Russia is very well functioning and delivers high quality. We will recommend the team to clients going forward and look forward to co-operating on joint assignments in the future as well,”
Lee Ranson, Eversheds Sutherland Co-Chief Executive, commented: “The strategic expansion of our global platform is a key element of our 2020 vision, and one which continues to gather real momentum. Luxembourg and Russia are both a natural fit for us in terms of our client base, practice strength and geography. I’m delighted to welcome the new teams to Eversheds Sutherland.”