Camerons raid forces Chadbourne into Ukraine changes

US firm Chadbourne & Parke has renewed its commitment to Ukraine after last week’s raid by CMS Cameron McKenna.

Chadbourne, which is currently in merger negotiations with Watson Farley & Williams, has made up two associates in its Ukrainian office into the partnership and has made four external associate hires – two from Salans, and one each from local firm Shevchenko Didkovskiy & Partners and consulting firm Munk Andersen & Feilberg.

The two new partners are finance and capital markets specialist Oleg Mazur and corporate expert Sergiy Onishchenko.

As revealed by The Lawyer yesterday (17 September), Chadbourne suffered a partner raid by Camerons as the City firm launched its Ukrainian offering, the first UK-headquartered firm to do so.

In total, Camerons took five partners to launch the office, taking corporate partner Adam Mycyk from Chadbourne as well as four other partners from Baker & McKenzie, Levenets Maciw & Partners and Ukraine’s justice ministry.

There were rumours that Chadbourne was pulling out of the country, a move that the firm denies. Rather, the firm is committing to the region through a growth strategy that will see it move into a bigger office by the end of the year. The new hires take lawyer numbers to 16.