Statement on DLA Piper's presence in Russia
A DLA Piper spokesperson said: "In light of Russia’s actions in Ukraine and the resulting humanitarian crisis, and our consequent decision not to act for clients connected to the Russian state, we have concluded that maintaining a presence in Russia is not aligned with our values and therefore no longer viable.
"Accordingly, after 17 years in the country, we are withdrawing from our operations and will no longer have DLA Piper offices in Moscow and St Petersburg. Our intention is to transfer the Russian business to our team there. We will ensure an orderly transition in accordance with our legal and professional obligations to both our clients and our people. As previously stated, we will continue to act for our international clients with regard to managing their own responses to the conflict.
"We are acutely aware of the impact this will have on our colleagues and friends in Russia, many of whom have been with the firm for a significant portion of their careers. We will continue to prioritize their safety and support them through this very difficult time and would like to thank them for the many contributions they have made to our firm.
"We stand with the people of Ukraine and all those affected by this tragedy.”