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AstapovLawyers expands its CIS dispute resolution practice with new top-tier hires

June 2012

AstapovLawyers has recently recruited two senior high-level litigators Ivan Mishchenko and Vlad Rieznikov to boost its CIS litigation practice.

AstapovLawyers already has an unprecedented track record of representing clients in national and international corporate disputes, post M&A and shareholder litigations. This new core team willcertainly bring the Firm beyond the competition in the area.

Both newcomers have extensive experience in handling complex corporate disputes for large blue chips, industrial groups and high net worth individuals (oligarchs).

Ivan Mishchenko joined AstapovLawyers as Counsel. Ivan began his legal career in 2003 as a Senior Specialist at Ministry of Justice of Ukraine where he obtained valuable government relations experience. Later Mishchenko moved to Vasil Kisil and Partners, where he held a position of Senior Associate for over 6 years. Prior to join AstapovLawyersIvan Mishchenko was Head of litigation practice at Engarde law firm. While there, he was assisting clients with commercial and administrative litigation, real estate and debt related disputes.

“I had a lot of good reasons for joining AstapovLawyers. Such include high-profile cases you can read about in local and international newspapers and the firm’s credibility with worldwide reputation. I’ll make every effort to bring more clients, quality and a top-level services to the firm”, - said Ivan Mishchenko.

Another important hire: Vlad Rieznikov. Also a former member of Engarde litigation team, Vlad joined as Senior Associate. Mr Rieznikov advised clients on matters related to tax litigation, real estate, debt collection and general business issues with a focus on banking and FMCG sector.

Mr. Rieznikov explains his move to AstapovLawyers: “ AstapovLawyers has become a real brand on the CIS legal market. However, it never slows down and keeps working hard to provide a first-class global service to all of its clients. Working with this team of professionals is a great opportunity for growth as well as a very serious challenge”.

Such expansion confirms the ambition of the firm to be a definite CIS leader in dispute resolution practice and a new team will only add more value and synergy to clients.

AstapovLawyers’ Managing Partner Andrey Astapov commented: “We are happy to welcome a new team of “best & brightest” litigators and offer impeccable service for our existing and potential clients. We are certain that two beautiful legalminds of Ivan and Vlad will bring us close to perfect in what we do.”


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