French Desk in Russia

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Mathieu Fabre-Magnan,
Partner in Dentons' Moscow office, Head of Dentons' European and Russian Luxury, Fashion and Beauty Practice, Head of the French Desk in Russia, specializes in advising French clients. He speaks about Dentons' Russian Practice

Dentons has announced a major new expansion just one year after three leading international law firms — Salans, SNR Denton and Fraser Milner Casgrain (FMC) — combined to form Dentons. How will these changes affect the Russian practice?

The combination of Dentons and leading Chinese law firm† (pronounced "da CHUNG") announced in January 2015 will be unique in the marketplace. The new firm will have more than 6,600 lawyers and professionals in 125 locations across more than 50 countries. Last year, the firm continued opening new offices, mainly in Africa and most notably in its francophone regions.

Our Russian clients wishing to do business abroad will gain access to an even wider network of lawyers across Europe, the CIS, China, the U.S., U.K., Canada, Asia Pacific, Central Asia, and the Middle East and Africa.

Has Dentons been developing its French desk in Russia?

The link with France remains central to Dentons' identity in Russia. Historically, Paris was the birthplace of our legacy firm, Salans. For this reason, companies from France have always formed an important part of our clientele in Russia.

To serve our French clients here, we have a core team of 15 French-speaking attorneys across our Moscow and St. Petersburg offices, along with a full range of French-speaking local support staff. In addition to Russian nationals, our team has several French citizens, who are members of the Paris Bar and speak perfect Russian after living in Moscow for many years. We can also call upon other French colleagues specialized in Russian business law in our Paris and Berlin offices.

Our experience shows us that beyond the difficulties inherent to legally complex transactions, there are often intercultural barriers that may make contact more difficult or turn negotiations into a real challenge. Perfectly bilingual legal counsel with a genuine understanding of both cultures will often be of great help in such situations, saving time and money for all involved.

Whether they are multinational corporations or smaller companies, our French desk in Russia is able to provide French-speaking clients with a full range of legal services to help them do business in Russia, in sectors as varied as luxury goods, services, agribusiness, construction, life sciences, financial services and many others.

Attentive to the needs of our French clients and at their service, I am an active member of the French business community in Moscow, where I have been living for 22 years, and am very involved in the promotion of economic ties between France and Russia.


Russia - France 2015
Russia - France 2015
Welcome to Russia-France business supplement, devoted to strengthening bilateral relations between Russia and France.
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