Magister continues global drive with Georgia launch

Ukranian firm Magister & Partners has launched an office in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, marking the next move in the firm’s international expansion.

Magister has absorbed a group of four local lawyers for its new office in Georgia. Tbilisi is an important centre for the oil and gas sector and Magister’s client roster includes BP, Naftagas and Shell.

Managing partner Oleg Riabokon said: “In the past year we’ve been working with lawyers on the ground in Tbilisi. We’re very happy with them and they’re becoming of counsel to the firm. The office will be staffed with local lawyers with full support from the firm.”

Magister has employed a strategy of expansion to take advantage of a booming legal market in Eastern Europe over the past year. The firm boosted its Moscow office with two partners at the end of last year, hiring Rosneft legal director Andrey Shevchenko and Russin & Vecchi counsel John Patrick Ryan.

Riabokon said he intends to double the firm’s capacity in Moscow from four partners and 25 lawyers to around 10 partners and 60 lawyers.