The international law firm of Jones Day has announced the opening of an office in Moscow, the Russian Federation. The Moscow office, the firm's 30th, will concentrate on cross-border M&A, international capital markets and finance transactions.
The Moscow office opens with five Russian, U.S. and UK qualified attorneys.
Vladimir Lechtman, a corporate partner who coordinates the firm's practice in Russia and other FSU countries, will serve as partner-in-charge of the Moscow office.
Mr. Lechtman has acted as lead counsel in some of the most significant transactions involving Russia. Most recently, he led the Jones Day team representing Alfa Group and Access-Renova Group (AAR) in the formation of TNK-BP, an historic $18 billion joint venture with BP. Representing AAR in the sale of AAR's 49.5 percent equity interest in Slavneft to TNK-BP, and representing Alfa Group in the $3.7 billion monetization by AAR of their respective rights to future delivery of BP ordinary shares.