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Severing Russian Ties: Eversheds and Morgan Lewis To Leave Russia

Severing Russian Ties: Eversheds and Morgan Lewis To Leave Russia

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Eversheds Sutherland and Morgan Lewis have confirmed they will no longer have a presence in Russia.

"This decision has not been made lightly and is not a reflection on our valued colleagues in those offices, but we will not continue to operate in Russia given its government’s invasion of Ukraine," said an Eversheds spokesperson, explaining that the firm's priority is to support its 50 colleagues in Moscow and Saint Petersburg and to "ensure an orderly transition of the business."

A Morgan Lewis statement informed that, after the firm focused over the last two weeks on "colleagues in Moscow, assisting them in addressing the disruption in their lives, potential threats to their safety, and in implementing their personal plans, including relocating to other jurisdictions where they have made that choice," it is now winding-down all its operations in Moscow, noting that many of the lawyers who had previously practiced in the office will continue with the firm in other jurisdictions. "We join with others in condemning the Russian government’s aggression and violence that has caused unspeakable suffering to innocent people," the statement concluded.

This morning, CEE Legal Matters reported the exits of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Latham & Watkins, Mannheimer Swartling, and Gowling WLG, following Linklaters, Borenius (as reported on March 7), and Norton Rose (as reported on March 8) also announcing the winding-down of their Russian offices.

Eversheds Sutherland at a Glance

Eversheds Sutherland with offices in Bratislava and Prague and as part of an international network, provides comprehensive legal advice also in foreign jurisdictions.

Our team consists of a total of more than 40 lawyers in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, most of whom have previously worked at major international and local law firms and have extensive experience in particular in the areas of corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, real estate, employment law, competition law, litigation and arbitration, energy, infrastructure, as well as environmental and ESG law.

Our advisory services are offered in Slovak, German, Czech and English language. Members of our team include attorneys registered with the Austrian Bar Association. On this basis, and because we are part of Eversheds Sutherland, we are also able to offer extensive legal support on various foreign legal issues.

We listen to our clients, we understand their business and we also understand what they need. So we can always find the best solution for the particular situation. We work quickly, efficiently and take responsibility for our work.

Firm's website.