CMS Derks Star Busmann has opened up a Dutch desk in Kiev to work together with its CMS partner firms there.
CMS Derks commercial partner Ton Heebing will start up the Dutch desk and the firm claims to be the first Dutch firm to set up a Dutch desk in the Ukraine.
CMS Derks managing partner Dolf Segaar said: "In a way it is a kind of joint venture here in Kiev, like we have in Moscow and other eastern European cities.
He said that the desk is a Dutch operation but that it operated in alliance with CMS Cameron McKenna, German CMS Hasche Sigle and Austrian CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz, who are also based in Kiev.
He said he would expect the operation to grow with local lawyers in the near future.
Segaar added that the opening was not connected to the recently decided CMS alliance convergence initiative which pledged greater referrals and integration between firms in the network. He said that the opening was "business as usual".