Firms Hungry for More Lawyers in Russia

January 6, 2008 Although Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom has been in Moscow since 1992, its office in the Russian capital is still rather modest. Around 30 attorneys handle a typical Skadden diet of high-end corporate finance work. But reinforcements are available on short notice. The firm has Russian visas for every one of its 115 lawyers in London, to avoid the usual overnight delay in visa processing whenever extra English- and U.S.-qualified lawyers are needed on the ground in Russia. The IPO surge has fueled considerable growth at the international firms in Moscow, such as Clifford Chance, White & Case, Simmons & Simmons, Jones Day, and Baker & McKenzie...

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