Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP has advised Da Vinci Capital, a leading emerging markets private equity firm, on investing in DataArt, a leading global technology consultancy that designs and develops unique software solutions for supporting company growth momentum in key industries. 

DataArt will continue to focus on its three key markets: the US, the UK and continental Europe, where Da Vinci Capital has substantial assets and a proven track record, including steering software engineering powerhouse Epam to an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange in 2012.

Headquartered in New York City, DataArt employs over 2,500 professionals at 20 locations throughout the US, Europe and Latin America and has achieved exceptionally strong growth over the last eight years. The company is renowned for its profound expertise in developing customised enterprise and mobile software applications in key industries, including financial services, healthcare and life sciences, media and entertainment, and travel and hospitality.

Under the agreement, Da Vinci Capital acquired a substantial, non-controlling interest in DataArt, while DataArt operations remain under the control and leadership of the existing DataArt executive management team.

The Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner cross-office team was led by Ekaterina Dedova, Partner, Corporate / M&A, Head of TMT in Russia, and Christopher Hazlitt, Partner, Technology and Commercial in USA, and included, in Moscow: Evgeny Timofeev, Partner, Head of Tax in Russia, Anna Zvereva, Associate Director, Tax, Anna Zelenskaya, Senior Associate, Tax; in St. Louis: Philip Wright, Partner, Tax and Controversy, Mary Beth Dolan, Associate, Tax and Controversy; Derek Rose, Counsel, Tax Advice and Controversy; in Denver: Erika Labelle, Partner, Tax and Controversy; in Washington, D.C.: Megan Alicia Gajewski Barnhill, Partner, International Trade, Mark Srere, Partner, Investigations, Financial Regulation and White Collar, Jennifer Mammen, Counsel, Investigations, Financial Regulation and White Collar; in Boulder: Scott Perlov, Associate, Technology and Commercial; Kansas City: Suzanne Rodekohr, Partner, Tax and Controversy; in Denver: Sarah Bhagwandin, Counsel, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation.

About Da Vinci Capital

Da Vinci Capital is a leading emerging markets private equity manager. Backed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and other major institutional investors, Da Vinci Capital has over $300 million of assets under management. Recent exits include EPAM Systems Inc. (NYSE: EPAM) and PJSC Moscow Exchange (MCX: MOEX). Da Vinci Capital’s current portfolio investments include mobile ride hailing service Gett; global information technology solutions provider Softline; alternative investment and ETF platform ITI Funds; financial technology and online trading broker ITI Group; collection agency First Collection Bureau; electronic procurement platform B2B-Center, and other fast-growing companies.

About DataArt Enterprises Inc. 

DataArt Enterprises Inc. is a global technology consultancy that designs, develops and supports unique software solutions. Recognized for their deep domain expertise and superior technical talent, DataArt teams create new products and modernize complex legacy systems that affect technology transformation in select industries.

DataArt has earned the trust of the world’s leading brands and most discerning clients, including Nasdaq, Travelport, Ocado, Betfair, Regus, Meetup and Apple Leisure Group. DataArt draws upon the expertise of over 2,500 professionals in 20 locations in the U.S., Europe and Latin America.

About Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP 

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP (formerly Goltsblat BLP in Russia) has one of the oldest, most resourceful, best established and stable teams in Russia, top-ranked in most legal directories. The highly respected Moscow team of over 100 lawyers, qualified under Russian and English law, has over 20 years of experience in providing legal support for major Russian businesses, as well as multinationals implementing large-scale investment projects in Russia. Clients include over 1700 companies, among them major multinational investors operating in Russia (among them 130 Forbes Global clients), Russian and international banks and financial institutions and Russian industry-leading companies. Five times winner of Law Firm of the Year in Russia since 2009, including Chambers Europe Awards 2010, 2014 and 2015; The Legal Business Awards (The Legal 500) 2010; The Lawyer European Awards 2014. No. 2 by revenue in the top-50 law firm ranking by revenue in Russia (according to the leading national ranking 2017). Top-ranked by The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners in core practice areas: corporate/M&A, real estate and construction, dispute resolution, competition/antitrust, tax/customs, IP. Number One Firm by M&A deal count among all law firms in Russia for H1 and Q3 2018, according to the renowned international publication Mergermarket and also by deal count and in the general legal advisor league table for H1 and Q3 2018 according to (Cbonds Group), a well-known Russian information and analytical platform. 

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