LeBoeuf raids Camerons for Moscow disputes head

The volatile Russian market sees another defection today with LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae picking up a new regional head of dispute resolution from CMS Cameron McKenna’s Moscow office.

Sergei Volfson will join LeBoeuf as counsel, heading up the Russian and CIS dispute resolution practice.

His hire is a boon to LeBoeuf, which has lost two key lawyers in Moscow since announcing its intent to merge with fellow New York firm Dewey Ballantine in late August. Russia head of real estate Dmitry Kunitsa last week announced he would go to Squire Sanders, while the next day Latham & Watkins took capital markets partner Mark Banovich.

LeBoeuf maintains that the two departures predated the merger talks, which are due to be voted on by the two firms in the next two weeks.

Moscow managing partner Brian Zimbler said: “Litigation capacity is essential in the Russian market. Sergei also joins us at an exciting time in the history of the firm, given the proposed Dewey & LeBoeuf merger.”

Meanwhile, this is the third high-profile departure for Camerons’ Moscow office in as many months. In July, Clifford Chance poached the firm’s Central and Eastern Europe energy and projects coordinator David Griston and Moscow head of banking and international finance Jared Grubb.