Eastern Europe Law


We don’t just talk the talk.

We speak business.

Nothing compares to having a strong ally on the ground.

Our Russia and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) practice group offers our clients unparalleled service in their international commercial transactions and legal matters.

Eastern Europe contains some of the most dynamic and diverse markets in the world. Doing business in Russia and CEE is not without risk, but our team has the experience, knowledge, and connections to help our clients reach the wealth of business opportunities available to foreign companies in that region.

Our direct experience spans the Russian Far East, Moscow, St. Petersburg, the Baltic States, Poland, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic, and our extensive legal network extends to Ukraine, Belarus, the Commonwealth of Independent States, Hungary, Romania, and Southeast Europe. These strong connections help us provide unparalleled legal support whether our clients need counsel at home or abroad.

We focus on protecting our clients through strong bilingual contracts, intellectual property protection, and due diligence. We also assist with entity formation, statutory compliance, operations finance and local partnerships, and we have successfully resolved countless legal disputes between entities from different countries.

With over two decades of experience, our team knows what works, what doesn’t, and which strategies will best support our clients in their operations in this part of the world.

Our Russia and CEE services include, but are not limited to:

  • Entity formation
  • Partnerships, representative and branch offices
  • Intellectual property protection
  • Franchising and licensing
  • Real estate
  • Energy
  • Banking, and corporate and project finance
  • Contract negotiations
  • Labor law
  • Immigration law
  • General commercial transactions
  • Debt collection
  • Litigation and alternative dispute resolution



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