Russia partner joins DLA Piper board

DLA Piper has elected its first Russia-based international board member to fill the void left by Nordic chief Henning Øglænd, who stood down halfway through his term.

Russia and CIS managing partner Constantine Lusignan-Rizhinashvili won the election, seeing off competition from London partner Matthew Saunders, Abu Dhabi managing ­partner Stephen Webb and Hamburg partner Klaus von Gierke.

Lusignan-­Rizhinashvili said his appointment reflected the increasingly global priorities of the firm, adding: “It outlines the drive by the firm to internationalise its ranks. The non-UK business has been growing very rapidly over the last few years.”