Latham’s Moscow office brings together a leading team of capital markets, M&A, finance, and disputes lawyers qualified to practice Russian, US, and English law.

As an integral part of Latham’s global platform, the Moscow office excels at helping local and international clients with interests in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) navigate cross-border transactions, litigation and arbitration proceedings, financial restructuring transactions, as well as bank and project financings in Russia and the CIS.

Latham’s Russian team is also well-placed to assist with various aspects of clients’ day-to-day operations in Russia. We regularly advise on data privacy, investigations, commercial contracts, real estate, currency control, and other regulatory matters.

Giving Back

Pro bono and community service are fundamental parts of our culture, including in Moscow, where our pro bono work includes advocating for children’s causes and disability rights, volunteering at legal clinics, boosting nonprofits and NGOs, and supporting women’s rights.

Latham & Watkins' Moscow office provides pro bono assistance to a variety of local and international non-profit and charitable organizations, including:

  • AIDS Foundation East-West (AFEW)
  • Dobroe Delo
  • Dobrynya Club
  • Moscow Union Chernobyl
  • NGO Volunteers to Help Orphans

Latham ranks first in the provision of pro bono services in Russia, according to the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s third annual TrustLaw Index of Pro Bono. The 2016 index was “compiled with data collected from over 130 law firms—both large and small—and representing 64,500 lawyers in 75 countries, [and it] provides a snapshot of the resources mobilised by the industry in support of social causes, while also monitoring the growth of the sector globally.”

The office regularly participates in the Public Interest Law Institute’s Moscow Pro Bono Clearinghouse, and sponsors Moscow’s annual United Way Christmas Bazaar.

In 2012, the Moscow office began working with the Centre for Development of Legal Clinics (CDLC), a non-profit organization established in 2011 by legal clinics of such well-known Russian law schools as Moscow State University, Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, Moscow State Academy of Law and others. CDLC is focused on the formation and development of legal clinics in Russia.

As part of the firm's collaboration with CDLC, Latham's Moscow-based lawyers are conducting a series of trainings and presentations for students on legal clinics in jurisdictions outside of Russia, basic principles of legal ethics and on representing, interviewing and advising clients.

Survey of Pro Bono Practices and Opportunities

A multi-office team of Latham & Watkins lawyers and professional staff from across the firm’s offices globally conducted extensive research to prepare the 2016 edition of the “Survey of Pro Bono Practices and Opportunities” report. Conducted in conjunction with the Pro Bono Institute (PBI), the unique report is an essential resource for local practitioners, in-house teams and non-profits on pro bono practices around the world.

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