Change at the top for Latham in Moscow as managing partner calls it a day

Latham & Watkins Moscow managing partner Mark Banovich is leaving the firm, to be replaced by M&A partner Christopher Allen.

Banovich, a securities lawyer, will withdraw from the firm’s partnership at the end of the year and return to the US, where he has no plans to return to practice.

“My plan is that I don’t have a plan,” said Banovich. “I’ve spent enough time away from my family. I’m going to go back to the States and will be leaving the firm. There’s really not much more to it than that. I’ll eventually ­figure out what I’ll do; it may or may not involve the law.”

Banovich, who joined as office managing partner from Dewey & LeBoeuf’s Moscow office in 2007, is working with Allen on the handover.

Allen joined Latham’s London office from ­Linklaters in 2000 and moved to Moscow in 2002. He is relationship partner for mobile telecoms operator MTS and is advising on its merger with Comstar.

“We’re strong in capital markets and M&A,” said Allen. “I have no plans to change that.”