Hogan Lovells loses another Moscow partner

Hogan Lovells has lost another partner from its Moscow office, this time to US firm Baker Botts.

Dispute resolution partner Dominic Pellew, who leaves Hogan Lovells three years after joining legacy firm Lovells, will join Baker Botts’ Moscow office as a partner on 9 August. He will lead the firm’s dispute resolution practice.

The move is the third partner departure from Hogan Lovells’ Moscow office since the merger between legacy firms Lovells and Hogan & Hartson on 1 May. Ilya Rybalkin and Suren Gortsunyan left to join Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld’s Moscow office, in May and August respectively (24 May 2010 and 5 August 2010).

A Hogan Lovells spokesperson said: “Our domestic Russian litigation capability in the Moscow office remains the same while our international litigation and arbitration work will continue to be led out of London where we have numerous litigators and partners heavily engaged in disputes arising out of the Russian market.”

Pellew joined Lovells as head of the Russia and CIS dispute resolution practice in February 2007 (6 February 2007). Before that he was a senior associate at Herbert Smith’s Paris-based international arbitration practice.

Baker Botts’ three-partner Moscow office was established in 1993. In May 2009, Lovells’ former Dubai head Shibeer Ahmed joined Baker Botts’ Dubai office (29 May 2009).