Morgan, Lewis & Bockius appears to be in international expansion mode.
The firm has added eight lawyers, including two partners, to its Moscow office just days after announcing plans to open a location in Dubai.
Morgan Lewis said Monday it has added two partners and six associates to its business and finance practice from law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel.
Partner Grigory Marinichev is the former head of Gide Loyrette’s banking and finance and restructuring practices. He created the banking and finance practice at the firm 10 years ago, Morgan Lewis said. He has worked closely with partner Konstantin Kochetkov, who will bring his project finance practice to Morgan Lewis.
Morgan Lewis opened in Moscow in the summer of 2012 as part of its acquisition of a team of Dewey & LeBoeuf lawyers across Moscow and Almaty, Kazakhstan. There are currently 28 attorneys in the office, according to the firm’s website, which does not yet include Marinichev and Kochetkov.
Morgan Lewis said the new Moscow team’s practice fits in with the firm’s emerging market finance practice in London and the new finance team the firm has added to launch the Dubai office.
“Grigory and Konstantin’s team of top-tier finance and corporate transactional lawyers represent many large financial institutions and corporate enterprises that are particularly active in Russia and Europe,” Morgan Lewis Chairman Francis M. Milone said in a statement.
Marinichev’s practice focuses on structured finance and secured lending as well as debt restructuring and insolvency matters for blue chip borrowers, Russian and European lenders and debtors undergoing liquidation or reorganization. He also counsels companies in a variety of industries, including metals and mining, telecommunications, oil and gas, energy and municipal infrastructure. Kochetkov advises clients on project finance transactions, as well as on issues relating to pre-export finance, export finance, restructuring, equity financing and private equity transactions.
- Read more about it in Tuesday’s Legal.