Leading Ukraine firm fastracks Russian merger

Ukrainian firm Magister & Partners and Russian litigation boutique Legas Legal Solutions have brought forward their merger plans and will unify operations from 1 November.

Magister and Legas formed an exclusive alliance in July (The Lawyer 17 July) but advanced its merger plans following discussions, and will now look to expand into other CIS countries.

The merged firm will be known as Magister & Partners in both Russia and Ukraine, with offices in Moscow and Kyiv.

Magister managing partner Oleg Riabokon will continue as firm-wide managing partner while Legas managing parter Dmitry Dyakin will become managing partner of the Moscow office.

The merger gives Magister established dispute resolution and real estate practices in Moscow to go with its established banking and finance, corporate M&A and IP practices in Kyiv.

The merged firm will have some 10 partners and 85 lawyers, with projected annual revenue topping US$18m.