Russia sanctions climate forces high-billing Moscow team to leave Akin Gump

Akin Gump Moscow rainmaker takes team to launch new firm amid pressure on Russian clients

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld’s Russian operations are taking a major hit, with Moscow rainmaker Ilya Rybalkin leaving to form an independent 13-lawyer outfit in the city, citing ongoing geopolitical tensions as a driver for the move.

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