Squire Sanders teams up with Ukrainian firm in association move

Squire Sanders has signed an association agreement with eight-partner Ukrainian firm Salkom, boosting its presence in the country.

The US firm is one of a handful of international firms to have a presence in Ukraine. Rivals with their own offices on the ground include Baker & McKenzie, Clifford Chance, CMS, Dentons and DLA Piper.

The two firms have worked together for over 15 years and have acted on a range of matters together, including representing gas turbine company Zorya-Mashproekt in US litigation.

The duo will operate as Squire Sanders – Salkom International Association.

Squire Sanders’ Moscow managing partner Ivan Trifonov said: “Investment in Ukraine is becoming increasingly more appealing to foreign companies and, crucially, Ukrainian businesses are looking to access legal expertise overseas. Our key goal is to open up those foreign markets and multiple jurisdictions for Ukrainian companies to implement their projects. So it was a natural step to cement a relationship in Kiev that would enable us to offer comprehensive services to Ukrainian and international clients in virtually any country of the world.”

The association model is relatively unusual for Ukraine. Recently Swedish firm Magnusson announced it was launching a Kiev office (1 October 2013).

However Germany’s Noerr is now working in cooperation with its former Ukraine team, after the local lawyers split off to create an independent firm (26 July 2013).

Earlier today Ukrainian firm Sayenko Kharenko announced it was launching a London office (28 October 2013).