Heading the new office is Ekaterina Smirnova, a well-known attorney with an LL.M. in Intellectual Property from Melbourne Law School. From 2015 to 2019 Ekaterina led the intellectual property and information technology practice of a large Russian law firm that topped the Pravo.Ru-300 ranking for several consecutive years. Ekaterina has also been featured in the international World Trademark Review 1000 ranking, in Enforcement and Litigation, as well as Russian Trademark Law categories. In both 2016 and 2017 she received an award from the Chamber of Lawyers of Saint Petersburg "For the achievements in the field of copyright and Intellectual Property".