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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.”