Akin Gump Attorneys Earn Recognition; Firm Welcomes Hires In Moscow And Geneva

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 17:49

Akin Gump has announced that six of its attorneys have been selected to receive a 2013 MVP award from Law360.  The awards, now in their third year, recognize “the elite law firm partners whose exemplary work on critical litigation, mammoth deals and first-of-their-kind global matters earned them a spot on this year's list.”

The honorees are John Goodgame (Energy); Patricia Millett (Appellate); Daniel Nash (Employment); Ed Rubinoff (International Trade); Adam Umanoff (Project Finance); and Stephanie Webster (Health Care).

This is the second year in a row that Patricia Millett has been recognized by Law360.  By having six partners so honored, Akin Gump ties for third place among the 58 law firms represented in these ranks.

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Akin Gump has announced that highly experienced senior Russian banking and finance lawyer Dmitry Shiryaev joined the firm from Dentons on October 29.

Recognized as a “Leading Individual” in the EMEA Legal 500 for banking and finance in Russia, he is also ranked in Chambers, where he is acknowledged as having a “fine reputation for his market knowledge.”

Mr. Shiryaev will lead Akin Gump’s finance team on the ground in Moscow, working closely with the London-based finance practice and the firm’s international capital markets team, including Moscow capital markets head Varun Gupta.

He advises Russian and international clients on a broad range of banking, finance and capital markets transactions, including secured and unsecured loans, ECA covered and other trade finance, project finance and securitizations as well as in relation to restructurings, insolvency proceedings and related litigation.

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Alan Yanovich, who for the last 12 years has served at the World Trade Organization Appellate Body Secretariat, has joined Akin Gump and will be a senior counsel in the firm’s Geneva office.

Mr. Yanovich served as counselor at the WTO Appellate Body Secretariat since 2004. In this capacity, he served as the lead lawyer responsible for supervising all case management aspects of an appeal before the Appellate Body, the WTO’s highest tribunal. 

Among the work he performed was service as co-lead lawyer in the two largest and most complex appeals – Airbus and Boeing, in claims worth over $15 billion and $6 billion, respectively – before that body. Most recently, he was responsible for the appeal of the first dispute brought to the WTO involving government support policies in the renewable energy sector. His duties also included conducting specialized training activities on the WTO's rules and dispute settlement procedures for government officials around the globe.

Alan Yanovich has extensive experience on international trade matters at the multilateral, regional and bilateral levels. Prior to his work with the World Trade Organization, he served as legal advisor at the General Secretariat of the Andean Community in Lima, Peru.  In this capacity, he drafted Andean Community legislation and regulations, wrote briefs and participated in litigation before the Andean Court of Justice, and provided advice to member countries and Secretariat staff in the context of bilateral and regional negotiations with third countries and other regional blocs.

While at the WTO, Mr. Yanovich also engaged in numerous research activities. He worked closely with the WTO’s Economic Research Division in the drafting of the WTO’s premier publication, the World Trade Report, in 2010 (Trade in Natural Resources), 2011 (Regionalism), 2012 (Non-Tariff Barriers) and 2013 (Factors Shaping the Future of Trade), Mr. Yanovich also is the co-author of the most comprehensive study of dispute settlement mechanisms in regional trade agreements, classifying and analyzing the dispute settlement mechanisms of the 226 regional trade agreements notified to the WTO as of the end of 2012, as well as the author of an article on the WTO's rules relating to the energy sector and of several articles on WTO dispute settlement.

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Akin Gump has advised USM subsidiary Garsdale on its sale of Yota, a major Russian 4G provider, to leading Russian mobile operator MegaFon, for $1.78 billion.  The transaction closed on October 2, 2013.

Vladimir Kouznetsov, a corporate partner in Akin Gump’s Moscow office, led the team advising Garsdale.

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For the seventh year in a row, Akin Gump has earned a perfect score of 100 in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI)—the “national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT employees,” according to the organization.

The CEI’s criteria have four main objectives: provide equal benefits for same-sex partners and spouses, end benefits discrimination for transgender employees and dependents, demonstrate firmwide organizational competency on LGBT issues and demonstrate firmwide public commitment to the LGBT community.