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Norton Rose has revamped the management of its Moscow office as the firm looks to exploit trade between Russia and China.
Property specialist Peter Burrows, who has been head of the firm’s China practice since 2008, will take over from Valentina Gluhovskaya as head of Moscow. Burrows will remain head of the firm’s China practice, dividing his time between Beijing and Moscow.
Gluhovskaya, who has led the Moscow practice for the past 10 years, will become the office’s senior partner, with responsibility for developing the business and clients.
On top of taking charge of the day-to-day running of Norton Rose’s China and Russia practices, Burrows is tasked with developing synergies between the practices in the two countries.
Norton Rose group chief executive Peter Martyr said: “Peter’s appointment is the latest step to broaden the senior leadership of our Moscow office to enhance our offering in this key market. He’ll be in a unique position to identify opportunities for us on the fast-growing trade and investment route between China and Russia.”
In September 2010 Russian president Dmitri Medvedev said his country’s relations with China had reached their “highest point”, after the two countries completed a cross-border pipeline that will see Russia send China $150bn of oil over the next 20 years.
Norton Rose opened its Moscow office in 1991, its Beijing office in 2001 and its Shanghai office in 2006.