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Norton Rose is shaking up its international offices by replacing the managing partners at its Moscow and Paris operations.
Valentina Glukhovskaya, a corporate finance partner specialising in construction and real estate, will take over the Moscow post on 1 May from Simon Renton, who has led the office for the last four-and-a-half years.
Corporate partner Alain Sanchez is taking over leadership of the Paris office from Michael Lee, who returns to full-time fee earning in the arbitration and litigation department.
Glukhovskaya says: "My appointment shows that the firm is committed to its international operation and developing its Russian client base."
Commenting on Renton, she says: "Basically he wants to spend his time between London and Moscow."
The firm's Russian office currently has three partners, including Glukhovskaya, and eight lawyers.
Glukhovskaya says that Norton Rose - the first UK practice to set up in Moscow - intends to launch a recruitment drive.
But she adds that it has not been decided whether the firm will recruit at partner or associate level.
Glukhovskaya says that the firm will be looking for lawyers in existing areas of expertise and will also look at extending its reach into other sectors.