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Andrey Goltsblat

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Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP

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Corporate / M&A and investment projects


Andrey Goltsblat is the Managing Partner at Goltsblat BLP. He concentrates primarily on M&A, restructuring, JVs, commercial / industrial real estate, advising directors and senior management of domestic and overseas companies in connection with investment projects and deal structuring on Russia / CIS. He represents clients in major complex litigations and has acted in a number of high profile cases, developing the case strategy and leading the team. Andrey Goltsblat has been awarded the medal of the Federal Chamber of Advocates of the Russian Federation "For services in support of human rights and liberties".


Andrey's previous roles include Chief of Staff for the Constitutional Commission of the Russian Parliament.


Andrey Goltsblat fulfils an active role in the work of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce (RBCC) Advisory Council.
He is a member of the IBA (International Bar Association) and the ABA (American Bar Association).

Russia: Commercial, corporate and M&A


Within: Leading individuals

Andrey Goltsblat - Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of Berwin Leighton Paisner

Within: Moscow

Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of Berwin Leighton Paisner’s ‘excellent’ team has ‘a very high level of industry knowledge’ and ‘takes a practical approach to all assignments’. Department head Anton Sitnikov is ‘constantly working to evolve the practice’; managing partner Andrey Goltsblat has strong joint venture and investment project expertise; and Ekaterina Dedova is ‘a true professional who is always up to date with the client needs’. Highlights included advising Rolf Group on its business consolidation with Pelican Auto Finance.

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Russia: Dispute resolution


Within: Litigation

At Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of Berwin Leighton Paisner, the ‘thorough and responsive’ team is ‘recommended for cross-border corporate disputes’. Andrey Goltsblat represented Ikea in a land ownership dispute. Oleg Arkhipov is also noted. Since publication Rustam Kurmaev has left the firm.

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