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Moscow newcomer Dechert has scored a coup by hiring Clifford Chance’s local head of litigation and arbitration.
Ivan Marisin has joined Dechert’s four-strong dispute resolution team as a partner, bringing with him counsel Vasily Kuznetsov and associate Alexander Sidorov.
Marisin had been at Clifford Chance in Moscow since 1992, where he represented domestic and international clients, most notably the Bank of New York Mellon in a $22.5bn (£15.3bn) claim brought by the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation.
Dechert launched in Moscow in June 2009 with two partners from Chadbourne & Parke. The office is headed by Laura Brank, who is also in charge of the firm’s CIS practice.
Marisin’s move marks the second partner departure from Clifford Chance’s Moscow office this month.