Bird & Bird has promoted Anna Shashina, the head of its London-based Russian desk, to partner.
Shashina advises businesses on entering and working in the Russian market, as well as assisting Russian companies with their outbound activities. Bird & Bird describes her as "experienced in commercial, corporate, data protection, IP/IT, and regulatory transactional work." She joined Bird & Bird in 2010 after working for both Clifford Chance and Linklaters.
Along with Shashina, Bird & Bird promoted 23 partners as part of its annual round, including 11 women, seven senior counsels, 19 counsels, and two legal directors. Among the new partners are Budapest-based Partner Laszlo Nanyista and Warsaw-based Partner Izabela Kowalczuk, both of whom were promoted in November 2018 (as reported by CEE Legal Matters on November 5, 2018).
Bird & Bird CEO David Kerr commented that: "the fact that this cohort represents such a spread of our different offices is testament to the firm's continued balanced growth all around our network. These individuals will form a central part of the next chapter of that journey. I'm also absolutely delighted that women make up 47% of our partner promotions this year. Bird & Bird is strongly committed to eliminating the gender gap within the partnership, and the promotion of 11 of our most talented female lawyers is an important milestone in achieving that goal.”