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Statement: White & Case to Close Moscow Office

 

 

 

We are horrified by the terrible events taking place in Ukraine and condemn Russia’s unjustified invasion. White & Case stands with the people of Ukraine.

Our review of Russian and Belarusian client activity is ongoing, and goes beyond our requirements to comply with sanctions. We are ceasing all representations of Russian and Belarusian state and state-owned entities in accordance with our professional responsibilities, and not accepting any new mandates from Russian and Belarusian state and state-owned entities.

After careful consideration, we have decided to close our Moscow office. We will continue to support our people there, and their safety and wellbeing remains our priority. We are in the process of winding down our operations in Russia and are committed to an orderly transition.

White & Case has made a donation of US$1 million to the Ukrainian Red Cross Society, and we are matching donations made by our people to qualifying relief organizations. Our lawyers are providing pro bono services to support Ukrainian refugees in several jurisdictions. This includes a legal aid hotline, employment advice, visa application assistance and legal guidance to multiple non-profit organizations.