Russian lawyer Alexei Zakharko has been elected Russia Managing Partner at Dentons. In his new role, he will be responsible for the development of the firm's Moscow and St. Petersburg offices.
Alexei Zakharko commented: “I am honored to be elected to this role. As Managing Partner, I will focus on further strengthening Dentons’ leading position in Russia in order to meet our clients’ growing needs for top quality legal services and innovation.”
Dentons reports that Zakharko has "extensive experience in acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures, corporate finance and leveraged acquisitions, [and that] he also has considerable experience in private equity transactions, port/terminal transactions and bank equity deals." He graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations in 2003 and received a law degree from Cornell University in 2005. He joined Dentons’ Moscow office as a trainee in 2002 and worked in the London office from 2007 to 2008. He was appointed Partner in 2011 and Head of the Energy and Natural Resources practice in 2017.
Zakharko takes over leadership from Florian Schneider, who was Russia Managing Partner from 2012 until 2018, and who will continue working as a Partner in Dentons' Real Estate and Corporate/M&A practices. According to the firm, "under Schneider’s leadership, Dentons strengthened its Corporate/M&A, Private Equity, Life Sciences, Capital Markets, Energy, White Collar Crime and Competition practices."
Tomasz Dabrowski, Chief Executive Officer of Dentons Europe, commented: “Dentons has a powerhouse team in Russia and I am confident that under Alexei’s competent leadership, we will maintain and grow our position as the top international law firm in Russia and CIS.”
Florian Schneider added: “Alexei’s knowledge of the Russian legal environment, strong leadership skills and commitment to clients will ensure his success in this new position.”