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Law360: Dentons, CMS Close Kyiv Offices Amid Crisis In Ukraine

February 24, 2022

Several international law firms have closed their offices in the capital city of Ukraine, Kyiv, following Russia’s military invasion into the country and recent cyberattack on Ukraine’s governmental websites. O’Melveny & Myers LLP is advising its clients to prepare for potential Russian cyberattacks and double-check their cyber-defense systems. “Past incidents demonstrate that Russia, whether by itself or acting through proxies, may target the private sector to exert pressure in the middle of an international standoff,” O’Melveny counsel John Dermody said. “Relying solely on prevention is untenable. If they haven’t already, companies should be assessing now how their operations could be impacted.” Dermody, a member of O’Melveny’s data security and privacy group, added that companies should be assessing the potential decisions they would need to make if they fall victim to a cyberattack.

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