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No. of offices 9
No. of lawyers Approx. 160
Date founded 2008

Kinstellar is an international law firm operating in Central and Eastern Europe, Turkey and Central Asia. It was formed in 2008 from the Bratislava, Bucharest, Budapest and Prague offices of Linklaters, and has since expanded into Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine. The firm employs more than 200 lawyers, with a focus on business law in emerging markets. The firm's rankings by international legal directories[1][2] have consistently improved since the spinoff from Linklaters.


Kinstellar's Prague office, founded in 1992 as a joint venture of member firms of the Alliance of European Lawyers, became part of Linklaters & Alliance in 1999. The Bucharest and Bratislava practices were established in 1993 and operated as Burns Schwartz, a regional Central European law firm, until January 2000 when they merged with Linklaters. The Budapest office was established by Linklaters in 2000. In November 2008, the four CEE offices became a separate practice again, as they were spun off into a regional independent firm under the name Kinstellar (an anagram of Linklaters). Kinstellar opened offices in Belgrade and Istanbul in 2010,[3] and in Almaty in 2013, integrating a team from Dentons.[4][5] In November 2014 it opened its eighth office in Sofia, Bulgaria.[6] A ninth office, in Kyiv, Ukraine, was launched in March 2016.[7]



  1. ^ Chambers & Partners. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  2. ^ Legal 500. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  3. ^ Links CEE spinoff Kinstellar opens in Turkey. The Lawyer. 14 June 2010. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  4. ^ Kinstellar launches in Kazakhstan with Dentons team. The Lawyer. 3 September 2013. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  5. ^ History-Kinstellar. Kinstellar. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  6. ^ Kinstellar Opens Sofia Office. CEE Legal Matters. 4 November 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
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