Two partners exit Akin Gump in Russia to launch independent firm

September 7, 2018
Two partners from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld’s Moscow office have departed from the firm to launch their own independent firm.

The new firm, which will operate as Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners (RGP), is led by Ilya Rybalkin and Suren Gortsunyan and includes 11 other members, including associates, paralegals, and counsel. Following the team’s departure, Akin Gump’s Moscow office will have a new total of 18 lawyers.

The move signals a shift away from western firms and toward independent firms in Russia, where business have seen recent tensions with their western counterparts.

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