U.K. firm CMS has elected a new managing partner for its Kyiv office.
Vitaliy Radchenko succeeds Graham Conlon who is moving to a “revised CMS role”, according to a CMS statement. Conlon will remain the firm’s head of international private equity for central and eastern Europe, and the Commonwealth of Independent States. He will continue to advise clients on “big-ticket transactions”, with a special focus on the Middle East region.
Radchenko joined CMS in 2007 and focuses on M&A, financing, commercial law and regulatory advice in the energy sector. He has led the firm’s energy and projects practice in Kyiv since 2013.
“We are very committed to our Ukraine business and have great confidence in its future success,” said Stephen Millar, CMS managing partner. “I look forward to working alongside Vitaliy who will be instrumental in building on the strengths of our Ukraine offering and supporting colleagues and clients through this difficult period and thereafter.”
CMS closed its Kyiv office following Russia’s invasion, but the office’s team is assisting clients through the firm’s operational hubs in other parts of Ukraine, and in Budapest, Hungary.
CMS promoted Kyiv-based dispute resolution lawyer Olga Shenk to partner in its latest promotions round, its largest ever. Her promotion came six weeks after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.