Dentons adds Baker Botts arbitrator to London, Moscow offices

Dentons has hired Baker Botts partner Dominic Pellew into its international arbitration group in Russia and London.

The partner, who is dual-qualified in the UK and France as well as being a Russian speaker, will join partners Liz Tout and Michelle Bradfield in London and Mikhail Ivanov in St Petersburg.

Pellew’s arrival at the firm follows four years spent at Baker Botts. Pellew joined Baker Botts’ Moscow office in 2010 (6 August 2010), three years after joining legacy firm Lovells from legacy Herbert Smith in 2007 (6 February 2007).

Dentons’ offering in Russia and the CIS spans offices in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakstan, Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan and is set up to capitalise on opportunities in oil and gas flowing out of the region (9 September 2013).

Since the tripartite merger between Salans, SNR Denton and Canada’s Fraser Milner Casgrain in March last year (22 February 2013) a number of litigators have left Dentons, including former Middle East arbitration chief Paul Stothard, who left for legacy SJ Berwin’s London office (3 September 2013).

That followed the departure of Salans’ former head of UK international arbitration, George Burn, to Vinson & Elkins (15 July 2013).  

Dentons recently unveiled a new structure for its UKMEA LLP with five new divisions. Arbitration comes under division D, litigation, headed up by Tout from London (10 March 2014).

The news of Pellew’s hire comes just days after Dentons confirmed it was courting Patton Boggs for a tie-up, despite the fact the latter was already in talks with US outfit Squire Sanders (2 April 2014).