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The Ukraine office of German firm Noerr is to split off from its parent firm to become an independent operation, known as Nobles.
The split will take effect on 1 August and the two firms intend to work in close cooperation with each other moving forward.
Current Kiev managing partner Mansur Pour Rafsendjani is relocating back to Munich, where he will head a new international trade team alongside Berlin partner Bärbel Sachs and be the local contact partner for the Ukrainian market.
Local partner Alexander Weigelt will take over as Kiev head, working alongside Ukraine head of corporate Tatiana Khandazhevska and commercial head Volodymyr Yakubovskyy.
Weigelt said there would be continuity for clients and the majority of the Kiev team would remain at Nobles.
Noerr co-managing partner Alexander Ritvay said in a statement: “Given the market environment in Ukraine, we have come to the conclusion that a cooperation is the most sensible solution. Maintaining the Kiev office with the established Noerr team will continue to guarantee the high standard of service and quality our clients expect.”
Noerr will maintain its other Central and Eastern European offices in Bratislava, Bucharest, Budapest, Moscow, Prague and Warsaw. The firm is preparing to launch a Brussels office to focus on regulatory work, with the initiative led by partner Alexander Birnstiel (3 May 2013).