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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld’s Russian operations are taking a major hit, with Moscow rainmaker Ilya Rybalkin citing ongoing geopolitical tensions as being behind his decision to leave the Am Law 100 firm and form an independent 13-lawyer outfit in the city.

Alongside former Akin Gump partner Suren Gortsunyan and a number of other firm colleagues, Rybalkin is launching Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners (RGP), which will be focused on cross-border disputes and high-end corporate work.

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Dan Packel

Dan Packel covers change and innovation in the legal services market, and writes a weekly briefing for Law.com, "The Law Firm Disrupted," on these subjects. He is based in Philadelphia. Contact him at [email protected] On Twitter at @packeld

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