BIRCH LEGAL continues to strengthen its position and announces the joining of an ex-BCLP team

Moscow, May 19, 2022. Among the new colleagues are Anton Sitnikov, ex-Senior Partner and Head of Corporate / M&A, and Vera Gorbacheva, ex-Associate Director, Corporate / M&A at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner.

Just one month after the former Russian team of Eversheds Sutherland announced the launch of its own brand, the firm has begun actively strengthening its position by merging with lawyers from one of the strongest, most versatile and high-profile teams in the Russian market formed under Anton Sitnikov’s management. Anton was responsible for establishing and leading the Corporate / M&A practice for over 20 years. His experience includes acting on a number of landmark M&A deals, private equity transactions and joint ventures in various sectors.

Vera Gorbacheva also has extensive experience and has been advising public and private companies, financial institutions and private equity funds on M&A, private equity and joint venture transactions for over 18 years.

Mikhail Timonov, Co-Managing Partner: “I am delighted to welcome our new colleagues as part of our cohesive team. In spite of everything, we continue to develop and consider all opportunities for further growth. New colleagues joining one of our leading practices is always a promising development. The new partnership will undoubtedly be an important step towards strengthening our position in the Russian market and creating one of the most formidable teams.”

Yury Pugach, Co-Managing Partner: “I am confident that in today's rapidly changing business environment, we will continue to provide our clients with legal services meeting the highest international standards, and the significant strengthening of our team will certainly contribute to this. We wish our colleagues good luck and new victories.”

Anton Sitnikov: “We are excited about this new stage in our professional careers and delighted to join our forces with the energetic and dynamic BIRCH LEGAL team in providing support to our valued clients in their projects and deals.”

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