Sweden’s Magnusson launches in St Petersburg through local merger

Fast-growing Swedish firm Magnusson is merging with Russian outfit Kachkin & Partners, gifting it an office in St Petersburg – its second in Russia.

Magnusson has had a Moscow office since 2005. The Kachkin merger adds three partners and 19 other lawyers to the firm’s Russian presence.

Kachkin was founded in 2001, and focuses predominantly on real estate, construction, corporate, IP/IT and dispute resolution.

In the past three years Magnusson has expanded rapidly across the Baltic Sea region. Last year it launched in Berlin (5 February 2013), Lithuania (4 March 2013) and Kiev (1 October 2013). In 2012, the firm opened in Malmö (9 January 2012), Estonia (28 March 2012), Norway (16 August 2012) and Latvia (4 October 2012).

The firm now has 16 offices in 12 countries around the region.

Kachkin founder Denis Kachkin said the merger would make his team better-positioned to attract cross-border work.