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Squire Patton Boggs has become the latest Big Law firm to pull out of Ukraine, having closed its office in Kiev as part of a restructuring in the region, The American Lawyer has learned.

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Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson is based in London, where he writes about global law firms and the business of law. Contact him at cjohnson@alm.com. On Twitter: @chris_t_johnson.

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  • Carroll Burdick McDonough
  • Clifford Chance
  • Dentons
  • Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • Squire Sanders

/uploads/sites/405/2017/10/Squire-Patton-MP-Article-201710121529.jpg" width="279" height="372" /> Squire Patton Boggs has become the latest Big Law firm to pull out of Ukraine, having closed its office in Kiev as part of a restructuring in the region, The American Lawyer has learned. A Squire spokesman confirmed the closure, saying it was due to "continued challenging market conditions." The spokesman added that the firm will continue to service Ukraine work through its <a href="http://www.salkom.ua/about/salkom_deg/" target="_blank">formal association</a> with eight-partner local practice <a href="http://www.salkom.ua/" target="_blank">Salkom</a>, which has <a href="http://www.americanlawyer.com/id=1202624716061" target="_blank">been in place since 2013</a>. A spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for information on staff layoffs or relocations as a result of the closure. Peter Teluk���s LinkedIn profile <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/peter-teluk-a7b9bb20/" target="_blank">still lists him as a partner at Squire</a>, but his page on the firms website <a href="http://www.squirepattonboggs.com/en/professionals/t/teluk-peter-z" target="_blank">has been removed</a>. He did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Squire is the fourth Big Law firm to withdraw from Ukraine in the past four years, with the countrys economy���and legal market���<a href="http://www.americanlawyer.com/id=1202644844066" target="_blank">heavily impacted by civil unrest</a> and the annexation by Russia of Crimea. "Transactional work is completely dead. Law firms are barely surviving. There are no new clients," one Ukraine-based lawyer <a href="http://www.international.law.com/id=1202659726859" target="_blank">told The American Lawyer in 2014</a>. (The resulting international sanctions against Russia have also <a href="http://www.americanlawyer.com/id=1202793477594/The-Global-Law-Firms-Survival-Guide-to-Russia" target="_blank">significantly affected law firms operating in that country</a>.) Legacy Chadbourne &amp; Parke (now Norton Rose Fulbright, <a href="http://www.americanlawyer.com/id=1202791973009/Chadbourne-Is-No-More-as-Deal-With-Norton-Rose-Fulbright-Goes-Live" target="_blank">following a combination earlier this year</a>) and Germanys��<a href="https://www.beiten-burkhardt.com/en/" target="_blank">Beiten Burkhardt</a>, both shuttered their offices in 2013, with their lawyers being picked up by <a href="https://www.dentons.com/en/whats-different-about-dentons/connecting-you-to-talented-lawyers-around-the-globe/news/2014/september/kseniya-ostrovska-joins-kyiv-office-as-bf-associate" target="_blank">Dentons</a> and French firm <a href="http://www.gide.com/en" target="_blank">Gide Loyrette Nouel</a>, among others. Fellow German firm <a href="https://www.noerr.com/" target="_blank">Noerr</a>��also closed its Kiev base that year, with its lawyers <a href="https://www.nobles-law.com/single-post/2013/09/25/Noerr-office-in-Kyiv-became-independent-law-firm-in-Ukraine-known-as-Nobles" target="_blank">forming a new independent boutique���Nobles</a>. This was then mirrored in 2015 by <a href="https://www.cliffordchance.com/people_and_places/places/europe/ukraine.html" target="_blank">Clifford Chance</a>, whose Kiev attorneys established <a href="https://redcliffe-partners.com/en/publication/the-clifford-chance-office-in-kyiv-has-been-re-established-as-an/" target="_blank">Redcliffe Partners</a> when the Magic Circle firm decided to exit the market. Both Noerr and Clifford Chance maintain referral ties with their former lawyers in Ukraine. The latest closure leaves <a href="http://www.bakermckenzie.com/en/locations/emea/ukraine/" target="_blank">Baker McKenzie</a>, <a href="https://cms.law/en/UKR/Office/Kyiv-Instytutska-Street" target="_blank">CMS</a>, <a href="https://www.dlapiper.com/en/us/locations/kyiv/" target="_blank">DLA Piper</a> and <a href="https://www.dentons.com/en/global-presence/russia-and-cis/ukraine/kyiv" target="_blank">Dentons</a> as the only <a href="http://www.americanlawyer.com/id=1202798544462/The-2017-Global-100" target="_blank">Global 100</a> firms with offices in Ukraine. Big Four accounting firms <a href="https://www2.deloitte.com/ua/en/services/legal.html" target="_blank">Deloitte</a>, <a href="http://www.ey.com/ru/en/services/tax/law/ey-law-cis---ukraine" target="_blank">EY</a>, <a href="https://home.kpmg.com/ua/en/home/services/tax/global-legal-services.html" target="_blank">KPMG</a> and <a href="https://www.pwc.com/ua/en/services/legal.html" target="_blank">PwC</a> also each have <a href="http://www.americanlawyer.com/id=1202798990924/How-Law-Firms-Can-Counter-the-Growing-Big-Four-Threat" target="_blank">legal services operations</a> in the country. The market is otherwise dominated by independent local practices, including <a href="https://aequo.ua/" target="_blank">Aequo</a>, <a href="https://arzinger.ua/" target="_blank">Arzinger</a>, <a href="http://www.asterslaw.com/" target="_blank">Asters</a>, <a href="http://attorneys.ua/en/" target="_blank">Ilyashev &amp; Partners</a> and <a href="http://www.sk.ua/" target="_blank">Sayenko Kharenko</a> Russia���s <a href="http://epam.ru/eng/" target="_blank">Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev &amp; Partners</a> also has a strong presence in Ukraine. Legacy Squire Sanders, which <a href="http://www.americanlawyer.com/top-stories/id=1202656684269/Squire-Sanders-Partners-Approve-Patton-Boggs-Merger%3Fmcode=1202615731542&amp;curindex=97" target="_blank">combined with Washington, D.C.-based Patton Boggs in 2014</a>, first launched in Kiev in 1995, but <a href="http://www.legalweek.com/legal-week/news/1148729/squire-sanders-spins-kiev-base" target="_blank">spun-off the practice in 2003</a> to local outfit The Silecky Firm in a deal that saw the pair form an exclusive alliance. Squire then <a href="http://www.legalweek.com/sites/legalweek/2008/05/21/squire-sanders-enters-ukraine-with-kiev-launch/" target="_blank">re-opened in Ukraine in 2008</a>, hiring an eight-lawyer team from Silecky. (The founder of that firm, <a href="https://www.dentons.com/en/markian-silecky" target="_blank">Markian Silecky</a>, is now a partner at Dentons.) Aside from closing its Ukraine office, Squire has continued to expand since its formative merger in 2014. The firm <a href="http://www.americanlawyer.com/id=1202750322923/Squire-Patton-Boggs-Inks-Merger-With-Californias-Carroll-Burdick" target="_blank">acquired 55-lawyer San Francisco-based Carroll, Burdick &amp; McDonough</a> in 2015,��while its <a href="http://www.americanlawyer.com/id=1202782387319/Still-in-Growth-Mode-Squire-Patton-Boggs-Boosts-Partner-Profits" target="_blank">revenue increased 6 percent in the last fiscal year</a>, to $983 million. Global managing partner Steve Mahon told The American Lawyer at the time that the firms financial performance had exceeded its budget by almost 10 percent. <em>Chris Johnson is based in London, where he writes about global law firms and the business of law. Contact him at </em><a href="mailto:cjohnson@alm.com" target="_blank"><em>cjohnson@alm.com</em></a><em>. On Twitter: </em><a href="https://twitter.com/chris_t_johnson" target="_blank"><em>@chris_t_johnson</em></a><em>.</em> <

  • Carroll Burdick McDonough
  • Clifford Chance
  • Dentons
  • Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Squire Patton Boggs
  • Squire Sanders

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