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Linklaters is drafting in a London corporate partner to manage its Moscow office as the incumbent prepares to return to the UK after 13 years in Russia.
John Goodwin is expected to move to Moscow next year, taking over the running of the office from Dominic Sanders, who has headed the operation for the last four years.
Before leading Moscow, Sanders was managing partner of Linklaters’ St Petersburg office, which shut down in 2000. Sanders will return to the UK in late summer 2005, where he will continue to practise in both capital markets and corporate on UK and Russian deals.
It is anticipated that Goodwin will run the Moscow office for between two and three years.
While capital markets is a large part of Linklaters’ Moscow branch, the 50-lawyer office also specialises in corporate, banking, project finance and, most recently, real estate, after partner Xavier Hunter relocated to Russia in January last year.
Nick Eastwell, global head of capital markets and managing partner of Central and Eastern Europe at Linklaters, said Goodwin’s role as head of Moscow will be slightly different to the previous role.
Sanders, as well as significant fee-earning, was also charged with building up the operation over the past four years.