Russia

Working in Russia

We recruit enterprising, talented and ambitious team players who share our commitment to providing the highest possible level of service and added value to our clients. Our team has outstanding academic and professional qualifications, and we expect each of them to contribute to the collegial and supportive atmosphere that we cherish in the Moscow office.

The Firm recognizes that our employees spend a significant part of their everyday lives at the workplace. That’s why we provide excellent benefits and maintain a positive and friendly work environment, support ongoing personal and professional development, and reward outstanding achievements.

Russia’s market has been a key facet of White & Case’s global development since the early 1990s, guiding Russian and international corporates, banks, funds and governments through a diverse range of challenges, as well as opportunities. We work at the very heart of a vibrant and complex multijurisdictional market, demanding reliable lawyers with highly nuanced local-market knowledge who understand this constantly evolving legal landscape.

Our lawyers provide pragmatic commercial insight, matched with innovative solutions gained from a quarter of a century of hands-on experience, both locally and globally.

Practice areas

Our Moscow office lawyers, qualifying to practice law in Russia, England and Wales, and the United States, provide integrated legal advice for all of our clients’ needs in the following key areas: 

  • Antitrust / Competition
  • Capital Markets
  • Banking
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Financial Restructuring and Insolvency
  • M&A
  • Real estate
  • Tax

We are also very proud to be active in our community through a diverse range of pro bono activity and charitable initiatives. 

Students & Graduates

At White & Case, we believe that renewal is essential for our growth and development, both globally and in specialized national markets. Our clients benefit from the diversity, vitality and new perspectives of high-achieving individuals beginning their career journey with us.

Our law students and associate trainees share common characteristics. They are passionate about law, with top academic results to back up their enthusiasm. Both creative and analytical thinkers, they are committed to their own professional growth and have the self-motivation and proactive approach that will enable them to achieve their ambitions. Being able to be an effective team member is important, as is fluency in both written and spoken Russian and English.

We understand that the part-time nature of law students’ work is fundamental to ensuring the successful completion of their studies and becoming qualified lawyers. We offer a wide variety of exciting opportunities for law students and recent graduates including full-time and part-time arrangements:

  • Summer law student
    (for senior-year(s) students)
  • Law student
    (for senior-year(s) students)
  • Associate trainee
    (for law graduates without work experience)
  • Junior associate
    (for law graduates with at least two years of work experience)

Download our recruitment brochure to learn more.

If you are interested in joining our team, please view the opening vacancies with described requirements here and submit your application in English.

Please prepare your resume and cover letter in English, stating the reasons why you would like to apply to work with us. The interview process usually includes in-person interviews with our HR team, lawyers and partners to enable us to get to know you and allow you to get a feel for our working environment. Interview questions include a mix of general motivational and legal questions. You will also be given a legal research assignment in our office. The selection process takes approximately one month.

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I joined the Moscow team while still a student in law school. It was during this challenging time when I first experienced the support and commitment extended by all White & Case lawyers.

Ekaterina Logvinova, Local Partner
2006 Summer Program alumni, Moscow State University of International Relations (2008)
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I truly appreciate White & Case has provided me with a great opportunity to work on major and complex cross-border disputes with a top-class team of bright and talented professionals based in the Firm’s worldwide chain of offices.

Alexander Sysoev, Associate
2014 Summer Program alumni, Higher School of Economics (2016)
Marina Zenkova

It was the attitude of White & Case’s employees to summer students that surprised me the most, their helpfulness and the quality of the assignments. 

Marina Zenkova, Associate
2011 Summer Program alumni, 
Novosibirsk State University (2012)

The 2020 White & Case Summer Program

Please note that the 2020 White & Case Summer Program has been postponed. An update on the recruitment process for the Program will be released later on.

The cornerstone of our graduate recruitment efforts, this program is designed to give Russian law students insight into what it's like to be a White & Case lawyer.

You’ve worked hard to get where you are, and you want to choose exactly the right firm to launch your career. Our Summer Program is tailored to make the most of your skills and ambition. We provide real work with real deadlines for real clients. You would have the opportunity to work in two practice areas of interest to you. We want you to get to know our people because they are the biggest indicator of what your full-time experience will be like. You will work hard, learn a lot through our training program and your work assignments, and also have plenty of opportunities to get to know our lawyers and your peers at social events.

The Summer Program is based on a mentorship principle. Each student will be allocated two mentors from two legal practices. This gives you a chance to work closely with lawyers who will:

  • Share their know-how and experience
  • Guide you in your daily work and life
  • Work together on assignments and provide regular feedback

Training program: The training program is intensive, and the requirements for trainees are high. Your training will be combined with work on specific individual projects and practical tasks set by mentors and lawyers at White & Case. At its core, this is what the program is all about—to immerse you in an environment as close as possible to that of our workplace and to give you a chance to see if we are the right match for each other.

The training program is based on a module principle. The first two weeks are devoted to a review of priority skills and the Firm’s software, including office applications and hardware. Summer trainees are introduced to the overall structure of the Firm, its history and traditions, professional standards, corporate culture and interoffice rules. After this comes practice group weeks, overviews, interactive seminars and intensive self-sustained work.

Social events: We have a variety of social events, which are key to the Summer Program because they allow you to get to know your fellow summer law students and our lawyers in a casual and relaxed environment. We believe that a truly well-developed person continually broadens not only their professional but also their personal horizons. It’s also a great opportunity for students to make friends and to have fun together.

We try to acquaint you with distinctive places that are truly unusual and meaningful in modern culture. It is symbolic that most of the museums and culture centers we visit are our pro bono clients. In this way, we acquaint our students with examples of our pro bono practice and help instill in them a culture of pro bono legal services. Back in 2014, we launched a Summer Theatre Laboratory in collaboration with cutting-edge stage directors and artists. Along with summer law students, the cast includes lawyers and business services personnel. The lab involves team-building, skills development and a lot of fun!

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  • Russian university full-time law students in senior and final years of studies (graduating in 2020 and 2021)
  • Passion for law
  • Enthusiastic and proactive
  • Strong knowledge of Russian civil law
  • Fluent spoken English
  • Excellent written English
  • Team players
  • Participation in Jessup, Willem Vis and/or other moot court competitions or any other extracurricular activities a plus
  • Top academic results
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Please submit in English:

  • Your resume
  • A cover letter stating the reasons why you would like to apply for the Summer Program and indicating two practice areas of your choice
  • A written essay on one of the below topics:
    • Who is your favorite influencer/ writer/ poet/ film or drama director and why? Or what is your favorite book/ film/ performance/ blog etc. and why?
    • Are there any differences between your generation and others? What would motivate your generation to go the extra mile, do whatever it takes to put an idea or project into life?

Application Deadline: Please apply online by 15 April 2020

Compensation: We offer competitive salaries to our summer interns. More information on compensation will be provided during the interview process.

Interview process: Our interview process usually includes in-person interviews with HR team, lawyers and partners to enable us to get to know you and allow you to get a feel for our working environment. Interview questions represent a mix of general motivational and legal questions. You will also be given a legal research assignment in our office. The selection process takes approximately one month.

Download our recruitment brochure to learn more.

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Events

2020 Jessup Russian National Championship, September 2019   February 2020
Locations: White & Case Moscow office, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow State University of International Relations

Since 2002, our Moscow office has organized and sponsored the Russian National Round of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Participants from various cities and regions have the unique opportunity to try their hand in mooting (both in preparing written arguments and delivering oral presentations) and meet Russian and foreign professional lawyers and judges, diplomats and academics.

2019/2020 University Lecturing Season, September 2019 – May 2020
Locations: Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow State University of International Relations, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Kutafin Moscow State Law University

Launched in 2005, the Moscow office lecturing program includes ten lecturing courses on basic lawyering skills, an overview of key law practices and fundamentals of the English law system.

2019 Professional Responsibility & Legal Ethics Training Program, September – 6-9 November 2019
Locations: Lomonosov Moscow State University, White & Case Moscow office, DLA Piper Moscow office

The program is a four-day interactive course taught in English. It addresses a wide range of topics including regulation of the legal profession, proper screening and engagement of clients, conflicts of interest, confidentiality and disclosure, anti-corruption, issues particular to in-house lawyers, corporate social responsibility and pro bono legal assistance.

2020 White & Case Moscow office Open House Day, March (TBD)
Location: White & Case Moscow office

  • Gain insight into what it is like to work for an international law firm
  • Meet Moscow office partners who will share their background and experience
  • Get to know White & Case Summer Program alumni
  • Find out more about opportunities for students and graduates

University Lecturing Program

In implementing our University Lecturing Program, we work in close collaboration with four leading Russian universities, empowering our lawyers to pass on their wealth of knowledge to a new generation of young law students, as well as supporting a wide range of educational initiatives across the region.

Legal education in Russia has longstanding traditions and history and is recognized for providing an excellent foundation in legal fundamentals. At the same time, modern law practice in Russia has matured over the last three decades, making practical legal skills even more critical for young lawyers. Academic legal education in Russia has been gradually evolving to meet the needs of international commercial law practice, and our Moscow office plays a central role in this transformation.

The University Lecturing Program was launched in 2005. Each year Moscow office lawyers deliver 11 to 16 lecturing courses in four leading Russian universities: Lomonosov Moscow State University (MGU), Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO), National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) and Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MGYuA). Annually, up to 1,000 students attend White & Case lectures on a regular basis (in addition to numerous visitors to our open lectures for career days and students’ conferences).

We are proud that 80 percent of our courses have already been integrated into the universities’ curriculum, and some are even mandatory for certain specializations. Over recent years we have signed two cooperation agreements with some of our key universities—this brings our partnership with them to a brand new level. White & Case lawyers are always invited to take part in the final state examination commissions for bachelor students at MGU and MGYuA.

About 25 Moscow office lawyers (both partners and associates) contribute to the University Lecturing Program annually: They deliver lectures, arrange practical exercises or master classes, create case studies and conduct final exams.

Our courses continue to be very popular among students. One of the main reasons is that they cover three diverse major blocks:

  • Overview of practices: M&A transactions, banking & finance deals, real estate deals, oil & gas deals, capital markets deals, international commercial arbitration, international tax planning, taxation of business and investments in Russia
  • Lawyering skills: series of role-play games and practice-oriented workshops on legal ethics, drafting, legal research, presentation, negotiation and problem-solving skills
  • Fundamentals of English law system

We are truly committed to the development of legal education and support a whole variety of initiatives ranging from international moot court competitions, national contests and conferences to practice-oriented courses taught by our lawyers and tailor-made internship programs.

Download our University Course Descriptions to learn more.

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Working in Russia

We recruit enterprising, talented and ambitious team players who share our commitment to providing the highest possible level of service and added value to our clients. Our team has outstanding academic and professional qualifications, and we expect each of them to contribute to the collegial and supportive atmosphere that we cherish in the Moscow office.

The Firm recognizes that our employees spend a significant part of their everyday lives at the workplace. That’s why we provide excellent benefits and maintain a positive and friendly work environment, support ongoing personal and professional development, and reward outstanding achievements.

Russia’s market has been a key facet of White & Case’s global development since the early 1990s, guiding Russian and international corporates, banks, funds and governments through a diverse range of challenges, as well as opportunities. We work at the very heart of a vibrant and complex multijurisdictional market, demanding reliable lawyers with highly nuanced local-market knowledge who understand this constantly evolving legal landscape.

Our lawyers provide pragmatic commercial insight, matched with innovative solutions gained from a quarter of a century of hands-on experience, both locally and globally.

Practice areas

Our Moscow office lawyers, qualifying to practice law in Russia, England and Wales, and the United States, provide integrated legal advice for all of our clients’ needs in the following key areas: 

  • Antitrust / Competition
  • Banking
  • Capital Markets
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Energy and utilities
  • Financial Restructuring and Insolvency
  • M&A
  • Real estate
  • Tax

We are also very proud to be active in our community through a diverse range of pro bono activity and charitable initiatives.

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I find the people at White & Case amazing and diverse—they create this friendly, open and supportive environment. It’s a good place with good people around you.

Andrei Dontsov, Partner
Moscow State University of International Relations (1994)
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At White & Case, lawyers of diverse nationalities and backgrounds based in different countries come together in a transaction or a proceeding, complementing each other’s skills and expertise, to achieve the best.

Julia Zagonek, Partner
College of London, UK (PGDL, LPC, 2000)
D558_Izmaylova_Rimma

What I like most about being a White & Case lawyer is working on very high-profile cross-border transactions and advising top-notch international clients. 

Rimma Izmaylova, Associate
Moscow State Linguistic University (2006)

Experienced lawyers

We offer our experienced lawyers complex, intellectually challenging and cross-border work right from the start of their journey with us. You will have the opportunity to advise on high-profile and innovative deals, working in close collaboration with our network of offices across the globe.

We are committed to excellence, with a naturally diverse team of globally minded, highly qualified lawyers with exceptional experience and academic achievement. Our lawyers are leading practitioners in the high-profile Russian legal market and excellent mentors, who contribute to the development of future generations of lawyers every day. This is realized both at work, by guiding and supervising junior colleagues, and at law schools, via the White & Case University Lecturing Program. We also have a strong commitment to pro bono practice in Russia, focused on supporting and improving our community.

We believe that ongoing professional development is an integral part of becoming a great lawyer, and offer globally available training programs, supplemented by local practice-specific and business skills training sessions. Associates are also encouraged to take advantage of our unmatched global network of offices and secondment opportunities to gain insight into the international nature of our work. We balance high demands with great benefits, offering competitive salaries, late taxi/meal reimbursement and fostering your network of relationships with social and sport outings, and great office facilities.

If you are interested in joining our team, please view the open vacancies with described requirements here and submit your cover letter and resume in English.

Our interview process for experienced lawyers usually includes several stages of interviews: an in-person interview with our HR team, and interviews with senior lawyers and partners to enable us to get to know you and allow you to get a feel for our environment. Interview questions will include a mix of general motivational and legal questions. For some positions you might also be given a written legal assignment. The selection process usually takes approximately three to four weeks.

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Events

2020 Jessup Russian National Championship, September 2019   February 2020
Locations: White & Case Moscow office, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow State University of International Relations

Since 2002, our Moscow office has organized and sponsored the Russian National Round of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Participants from various cities and regions have the unique opportunity to try their hand in mooting (both in preparing written arguments and delivering oral presentations) and meet Russian and foreign professional lawyers and judges, diplomats and academics.

2019/2020 University Lecturing Season, September 2019 – May 2020
Locations: Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow State University of International Relations, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Kutafin Moscow State Law University

Launched in 2005, the Moscow office lecturing program includes ten lecturing courses on basic lawyering skills, an overview of key law practices and fundamentals of the English law system.

2019 Professional Responsibility & Legal Ethics Training Program, September – 6-9 November 2019
Locations: Lomonosov Moscow State University, White & Case Moscow office, DLA Piper Moscow office

The program is a four-day interactive course taught in English. It addresses a wide range of topics including regulation of the legal profession, proper screening and engagement of clients, conflicts of interest, confidentiality and disclosure, anti-corruption, issues particular to in-house lawyers, corporate social responsibility and pro bono legal assistance.

2020 White & Case Moscow office Open House Day, March (TBD)
Location: White & Case Moscow office

  • Gain insight into what it is like to work for an international law firm
  • Meet Moscow office partners who will share their background and experience
  • Get to know White & Case Summer Program alumni
  • Find out more about opportunities for students and graduates

University Lecturing Program

In implementing our University Lecturing Program, we work in close collaboration with four leading Russian universities, empowering our lawyers to pass on their wealth of knowledge to a new generation of young law students, as well as supporting a wide range of educational initiatives across the region.

Legal education in Russia has longstanding traditions and history and is recognized for providing an excellent foundation in legal fundamentals. At the same time, modern law practice in Russia has matured over the last three decades, making practical legal skills even more critical for young lawyers. Academic legal education in Russia has been gradually evolving to meet the needs of international commercial law practice, and our Moscow office plays a central role in this transformation.

The University Lecturing Program was launched in 2005. Each year Moscow office lawyers deliver 11 to 16 lecturing courses in four leading Russian universities: Lomonosov Moscow State University (MGU), Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO), National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) and Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MGYuA). Annually, up to 1,000 students attend White & Case lectures on a regular basis (in addition to numerous visitors to our open lectures for career days and students’ conferences).

We are proud that 80 percent of our courses have already been integrated into the universities’ curriculum, and some are even mandatory for certain specializations. Over recent years we have signed two cooperation agreements with some of our key universities—this brings our partnership with them to a brand new level. White & Case lawyers are always invited to take part in the final state examination commissions for bachelor students at MGU and MGYuA.

About 25 Moscow office lawyers (both partners and associates) contribute to the University Lecturing Program annually: They deliver lectures, arrange practical exercises or master classes, create case studies and conduct final exams.

Our courses continue to be very popular among students. One of the main reasons is that they cover three diverse major blocks:

  • Overview of practices: M&A transactions, banking & finance deals, real estate deals, oil & gas deals, capital markets deals, international commercial arbitration, international tax planning, taxation of business and investments in Russia
  • Lawyering skills: series of role-play games and practice-oriented workshops on legal ethics, drafting, legal research, presentation, negotiation and problem-solving skills
  • Fundamentals of English law system

We are truly committed to the development of legal education and support a whole variety of initiatives ranging from international moot court competitions, national contests and conferences to practice-oriented courses taught by our lawyers and tailor-made internship programs.

55.7546378, 37.6090163

Working in Russia

We recruit enterprising, talented and ambitious team players who share our commitment to providing the highest possible level of service and added value to our clients. Our team has outstanding academic and professional qualifications, and we expect each of them to contribute to the collegial and supportive atmosphere that we cherish in the Moscow office.

The Firm recognizes that our employees spend a significant part of their everyday lives at the workplace. That’s why we provide excellent benefits and maintain a positive and friendly work environment, support ongoing personal and professional development, and reward outstanding achievements.

Russia’s market has been a key facet of White & Case’s global development since the early 1990s, guiding Russian and international corporates, banks, funds and governments through a diverse range of challenges, as well as opportunities. We work at the very heart of a vibrant and complex multijurisdictional market, demanding reliable lawyers with highly nuanced local-market knowledge who understand this constantly evolving legal landscape.

Business services

At White & Case, we foster a culture of respect, support and collaboration, both locally and globally, to offer the highest levels of service. Our team members complement and mentor each other to achieve the high standards of excellence demanded of a truly global law firm.

We look for talented and dedicated people who share our enthusiasm and passion for what we do. We require integrity and a high level of responsibility from our people, and value enthusiasm and a proactive approach, the ability to innovate and be a team player, fluency in spoken and written English, and an aptitude for analytical and creative thinking. We offer continuing personal and professional development.

White & Case is a high-demand workplace that offers great benefits, with competitive salaries, medical insurance, flexible working hours and a truly inclusive working environment.

More than 40 experienced business services professionals support our Moscow office in the following departments:

  • Accounting & Billing
  • Business Development & Marketing
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Knowledge (professional support lawyers and assistants)
  • Office Administration
  • Reception (day and evening/weekend)
  • Secretarial (legal assistants and executive assistants, including evening secretaries)

Applying in Russia

If you are interested in joining our team, please view available positions online and submit your cover letter and resume in English.

The interview process for business services departments usually includes in-person interviews with HR team, team leaders and department head, to enable us to get to know you and allow you to get a feel for our environment. Interview questions include a mix of general motivational and professional questions. For some of the positions you might also be given a written assignment or test. The selection process usually takes approximately three to four weeks.

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I truly enjoy working here—White & Case has great resources and colleagues work collectively side by side to create valuable knowledge for our clients. I feel I am an important part of that process.

Natalia Yefanova, Counsel, Records and Information Governance
Moscow State University of International Relations (1998)

55.7546378, 37.6090163

The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. Student teams prepare oral and written pleadings arguing both the applicant and respondent positions of the case. Nearly 700 teams from 100 countries participate in the Jessup Competition every year, making it the largest moot court competition in the world. Founded in 1959, it is administered around the world by the International Law Students Association (ILSA).

In 2002 White & Case founded the Russian National Championship of the Jessup Competition. Since then, a team of White & Case lawyers and administrators have organized the Championship every year. Rather quickly Russian National Championship has become one of the world's largest national competitions, every year welcoming 30-40 teams from all over Russia.

Since 2007 White & Case is the Global Partner of The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

Around the world, participation in the Jessup Competition is regarded as a great start for a career in law. The contest engages students in legal research, preparing written submissions to a Court and presenting oral arguments in a courtroom setting. The competition is held entirely in English, which makes it challenging but also very exciting.

In order to participate in the Jessup Competition, each university is to form a team of 2 to 5 law students. Good level of English is crucial for potential participants.

The 2021 Jessup Problem is to be released on 11 September 2020. It will concern a global pandemic, and the obligations and responses of States with respect to the outbreak. It will also involve questions of the jurisdiction of the Court, a desperate claim for political asylum by and alleged rogue scientist, and State responsibility for a suspicious aircraft explosion.

The registration for participants opens on 7 September and closes on 20 November 2020. Every team that registres for the 2021 Jessup will be invited to compete in the virtual Global Rounds on 13 March – 18 April 2021.

If you have any questions regarding the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, please contact Irina Yakusheva, the Competition Coordinator for Russia ([email protected]; +7 495 645 4969).

White & Case LLC
4 Romanov Pereulok
125009 Moscow
Russian Federation
T +7 495 787 3000
F +7 495 787 3001

For more information on the Jessup Competition, please check the websites of the International Law Students Association and Threefold LLC.

Competition materials

«The 2021 Jessup Problem will be released on 11 September 2020»

«The Corrections and Clarifications to the 2021 Jessup Problem will be released on 16 November 2020»

2021 Jessup Schedule

Official Rules

Russian National Supplement to Official Rules

Frequently Asked Questions

Useful information and resources

Suggested Questions for Basic Preparation to the Jessup Competition

Suggested Sources for Basic Preparation to the Jessup Competition

Access codes to research databases will be available to eligible teams upon registration and payment of the registration fee.

Mergers & Acquisitions Course

The author and leading lecturer of the course is Andrei Dontsov, partner, Head of the Moscow office's M&A and Corporate practice

Andrei Dontsov

 

Content of the course:

  1. Legal requirements applicable to the negotiation process
  2. Two tactical goals in structuring M&A deals
  3. Structuring and balancing interests of seller and buyer in the SPA
  4. Structuring and balancing interests of minority and majority shareholders in the SHA
  5. Valuation for the purposes of M&A

 

List of key legislation recommended for review

List of recommended literature

Sequence of steps in a typical M&A deal

Structured approach to value retention – buyer's perspective

Structure of a typical Sale-Purchase Agreement

Court Practice on Pre-contractual Liabilities

Certain recent court practice on M&A-related matters

List of questions for self-assessment. Part 1