Global firm Akin Gump has said it is ‘deeply troubled’ by events leading up to one of its partners being charged with misconduct.
The SRA has referred Igor Krivoshekov to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal over events that took place while he was at the firm’s central London office.
It is alleged that between December 2016 and June 2018, he submitted expense claims to the firm for expenses that were not incurred. It is further alleged that he amended electronic taxi receipts from May 2008 which had been altered to show his own name as the person ordering the taxis, instead of the original recipient.
The allegations are subject to a hearing before the tribunal and are as yet unproven.
In a statement, Akin Gump said it was ‘deeply troubled’ by the matter and took steps to thoroughly investigate Krivoshekov’s conduct before obtaining his resignation. No client was prejudiced by his conduct, and the firm said it made appropriate reports to the SRA and other authorities.
The statement added: ‘Honesty and integrity are of paramount importance at Akin Gump.’
The cross-border transactions partner was held up as a significant capture when he joined Akin Gump in December 2016. His practice focused on mergers and acquisitions and other private equity transactions, particularly in the energy and natural resources sector.