Squire Sanders wins Mongolian clients with new Moscow chief

Squire Sanders & Dempsey has strengthened its position in Mongolia by hiring a new managing partner for its Moscow office who has significant Mongolian connections.

Russian lawyer Ivan Trifonov has joined Squire Sanders‘ Moscow office as managing partner from Canadian firm Macleod Dixon’s outpost in the Russian capital. He is qualified to practise law in Russia and Central Asia and brings along his own clients from Mongolia.
Squire Sanders is already advising the Mongolian government on privatisation and regulatory issues. The firm has been involved in a project reviewing the Mongolian laws with a view to future privatisation.
There are no international firms currently in Mongolia. Squire Sanders’ European practice coordinator Brian Hartnett admitted that the firm has brought Trifonov on board to consolidate its position there.
“Ivan greatly enhances our ability to serve clients in Mongolia,” he said. “He brings his own set of clients from within Mongolia, and strengthens existing relationships in terms of actual entities there, such as Mongolian banks and the government.”
Trifonov, who was head of the mining group at Macleod Dixon, is the latest in a series of Squire Sanders hires from the Canadian firm. Six months ago, two associates from Macleod Dixon’s Moscow office joined Squire Sanders’ Moscow office. Macleod Dixon focuses mainly on energy work and has 20 lawyers in the capital, while Squire Sanders has nine.
Trifonov has replaced Squire Sanders partner Randy Bregman as managing partner of the Moscow office. Bregman has returned to Squire Sanders’ Washington DC office and will now shuttle between the two offices, together with Sarah Carey, another DC-based partner.
Before joining Macleod Dixon, Trifonov was a senior assistant diplomat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the former Soviet Union. He was also a member of the Soviet Mission to the United Nations in New York.