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CAPITAL CITY COMPLEX, MOSCOW CITY BUSINESS CENTRE
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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP > The Legal 500 Rankings
Russia > Competition Tier 1
The ability to handle the full range of both contentious and advisory antitrust work differentiates the team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP. Working closely with colleagues from the London, Brussels, and US offices, the firm frequently leverages its global footprint to represent leading international companies in complex cases under Russian, UK, and EU competition law. In Moscow, key names include practice head Nikolay Voznesenskiy and Vitaly Dianov; the latter has particular expertise in cartel investigations, including dawn raids. Counsels Alexander Muravin and Andrey Neminuschiy are also noted.
‘Combine excellent knowledge of the rules with an understanding of how they work and how they are applied in practice by the antitrust authority and can explain that clearly. They are creative, looking for different ways to solve a problem, always ready to offer a strategy and do not shift problems onto the client.’
‘Vitaly Dianov is an honest and straightforward lawyer who loves his job and fights for the client’s interests not so much for money as for the result and reputation.’
‘Strong expertise, excellent knowledge of the FAS and courts. Ability to conclude projects on a tight schedule.’
‘Nikolay Voznesenskiy is an outstanding professional, always ready to delve into the problem and competently advise, at the same time, friendly and pleasant to talk to. Alexander Muravin is the best expert in pharmaceuticals and antitrust issues, he perfectly understands the needs of clients and finds the best solutions.’
‘Very good understanding of the specifics of our sector, knowledge and understanding of trends.’
‘Great involvement of all team members.’
‘Vitaly Dianov really listens and understands the request, takes into account the wishes of the client as much as possible.’
Peugeot S. A. (PSA)
Aqua Investments LLC
Federal Freight Company
United Metallurgical Company
Vimpel Communications (VimpelCom)
Two new sub-teams have recently been introduced to further widen the range of specialist advice provided by the intellectual property offering at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP; the data protection and advertisement group is headed up by Natalia Belomestnova and the IP in technology department is under the leadership of Anton Nefedev. 'Brilliant organiser' Elena Trusova continues to oversee the practice, which is particularly known for its successes in representing clients from the IT and media sectors in trade mark, copyright and patent litigation. Counsel Evgeny Oreshin is also recommended.
‘Natalia Belomestnova’s advice has always been really clear, prompt and concise. I feel confident following her recommendations and appreciate the steps she has taken to understand our business and make sure the advice is applicable to us.’
‘The practice is uniquely able to really perfect the proposed solutions.’
‘Elena Trusova is a high-level specialist, a brilliant organiser, a perfectionist in a good way. She perfectly selected the composition of the team, thanks to which tasks are solved at 110% efficiency. Anton Nefedev is a high-level specialist.’
‘Non-standard approach, the ability to work through the situation to benefit the client.’
‘Stability, creativity, individual approach to the client.’
Prosveshcheniye Publishing House
Association of International Pharmaceutical Manufacturers (AIPM)
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries
Mobile TeleSystems (“MTS”)
Tokyo Broadcasting System Inc.
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP utilises its ‘legal knowledge, analytical and communication skills’ to take the lead on high-value commercial and industrial property transactions for a mix of domestic and international clients; Rustam Aliev is a key figure for transactional work. The practice is at the forefront of commercial property leasing matters; in a recent highlight, Yuri Chernobrivtsev successfully acted for Tinkoff Bank and negotiated the biggest-ever office lease arrangement with developer AFI Development. On the construction side, practice head Vitaly Mozharowski stands out for his longstanding experience spanning brownfield and greenfield investment projects, infrastructure work and land law issues, while counsel Dmitry Ilyin is adept at handling EPC contracts. The firm recently gave its real estate portfolio management offering a boost with the launch of Corporate Real Estate Solution, a global platform ensuring the swift management of property projects by coordinating counsel worldwide.
‘Extremely flexible and available on very short notice. Straight to the point. Project-orientated.’
‘Reliability, flexibility and project orientated. I have been working with Vitaly Mozharowski for years now and I still appreciate our cooperation.’
‘I think that legal knowledge, analytical and communication skills in real estate and construction of BCLP is of very high level and quality. When preparing documents and conducting negotiations, the firm always correctly and accurately considers the wishes of the client, responds promptly and in a timely manner to inquiries.’
‘We can mention Rustam Aliev and Dmitry Ilyin. They are significant lawyers with both hard skills and soft skills at a very high level. They have wide knowledge of real estate law and we always engage them when we face complex issues.’
Embassy of Canada
New Zealand Embassy
Sheremetyevo International Airport
Accent Capital Partners
South Stream Transport B.V.
New Concession Company
Russia > Transport Tier 1
As a global firm with extensive international capabilities, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP is well placed to advise on complex cross-border mandates in all the relevant sub-sectors, including freight and rail logistics issues and matters involving major airports. The cross-departmental team comprises specialist practitioners including Vitaly Mozharowski, head of the construction and real estate practice; Oleg Khokhlov, who leads the banking and finance team and also oversees the aircraft finance group; and Tatiana Parshak, who advises on all types of secured and unsecured financings.
Far East and Arctic Region Development Fund
Sheremetyevo International Airport / Moscow
South Stream Transport B.V.
New Concession Company
Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF)
A key port of call for large Russian corporate borrowers, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP is growing its market presence in the area of financing and refinancing transactions. The team’s recent work includes assisting leading steel and coal producer Mechel Group with the debt restructuring of its $6bn debt to VTB and Gazprombank; managing partner Andrey Goltsblat and the highly regarded Tatiana Parshak led on this work. The team is also very active in real estate and infrastructure finance; practice head Oleg Khokhlov acts on high-value mandates in this space.
Other key lawyers:
‘Deep knowledge of the industry, the ability to quickly adapt to the tasks of the client, to delve into the client’s business for the purpose of implementing the transaction, creating a comfortable working atmosphere between the team of lawyers, the client and the parties to the transaction.’
‘Good teamwork, efficiency when working on tough deadlines, willingness to resolve disputes in stressful conditions, deep analysis of issues. This applies to Tatiana Parshak and Igor Zhivotov.’
‘A balanced strong team that can handle large, complex transactions and process a large volume of documents in a short time. The BCLP team works well with various departments and client representatives and tries to provide the most practical advice based on the objectives of the transaction.’
‘Ability to work non-stop 24/7 and in a short time to solve assigned tasks. The extensive experience of the team allows us to successfully implement new projects. A high level of competence allows you to provide variability in solving problems and find compromises in difficult situations.’
‘Tatiana Parshak stands out for qualities such as multitasking, high efficiency, the ability to correctly and efficiently manage your team in order to obtain the best result for the client, availability (24/7, when work is underway on the project), and openness. After working with Tatiana, an extremely positive impression remains.’
Raven Property Group
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP distinguishes itself through its experience in both lender- and borrower-side work, as well as its expertise in acquisition, project and asset finance. Practice head Oleg Khokhlov has a specialism in secured and unsecured lending, and is regularly instructed by key clients of the calibre of Sberbank Investments. In addition, the team’s recent work demonstrates a strength in regulatory issues, a core area of expertise for ‘highly motivated and client-oriented partner’ Tatiana Parshak. Sergey Milanov is a key contact for Asia-related project finance mandates. Other key team members include counsel Igor Zhivotov and associate Artemiy Bondarev.
‘Focus on results, as well as systematized and accurate work in conditions of tough deadlines.’
‘Tatiana Parshak is a highly motivated and client-oriented partner, who understands the details of the project and the work performed.’
‘I would like to mention Tatiana Parshak and Artemiy Bondarev. Loyalty, the willingness to resolve any issues that arise, the high quality of the deal, protection of the interests of the client – all are striking.’
‘The team of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is distinguished by its high professionalism, creative approach in solving non-standard tasks, depth of analysis of emerging legal issues and responsibility in decision-making.’
‘One of our long-term and reliable partners. Excellent service, fast response times, flexible approach, full support and excellent relationships.’
‘Tatiana Parshak and Artemiy Bondarev are excellent lawyers, with a creative approach, very reliable and dedicated to their work.’
International Investment Bank
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Japan Bank for International Cooperation
Russian Agricultural Bank
Far East and Arctic Region Development Fund
Praised for its ‘legal expertise, industry knowledge and sound business judgement’, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP handles a wide range of M&A and joint venture transactions. The group has a strong offering in the energy and natural resources industry, and has been notably active in the mining sector, where it attracts mandates from large clients including Swedish gold exploration company Kopy Goldfields; group head Anton Sitnikov and Matvey Kaploukhiy both have extensive energy sector experience. The team has also seen an uptick in technology sector mandates; clients single out TMT practice head Ekaterina Dedova in this space. Managing partner Andrey Goltsblat is a key contact for investment law matters.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team brings legal expertise, industry knowledge and sound business judgement.’
‘Anton Sitnikov is personable, measured, and very on-the-ball on legal matters. Nikolay Kholshev is noted both for his skills and expertise.’
‘A very strong and large team of professionals who are ready to help with any complex problem at any time. Extensive knowledge in all areas of law and excellent understanding of business aspects.’
‘Ekaterina Dedova is our key contact. A knowledgeable and very professional lawyer. Very business-oriented and able to focus on really important aspects of work.’
‘Anton Sitnikov – professionalism, honesty, reliability.’
Siberian Generating Company
Da Vinci Capital Management
Far East and Arctic Development Fund
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP’s utilises its ‘strong expertise in cross-border litigation and arbitration’ to handle investment treaty and commercial arbitration, as well as related litigation proceedings. As a result of its access to the wider firm’s global network, the group is noted for its multi-jurisdictional work, which often involves disputes in the financial and construction sectors, as well as complex issues relating to parallel proceedings and anti-suit injunctions. Elena Trusova jointly leads the team with Roman Khodykin, who splits his time between London and Moscow. Recently promoted partner Yury Babichev is recommended for his ‘authoritative knowledge and experience’.
Roman Khodykin; Elena Trusova
Other key lawyers:
‘BCLP’s Russian team has strong expertise in cross-border litigation and arbitration. As our counsel, they keep us fully informed on the progress of the case in a timely manner and are always ready to explain the related intricacies.’
‘Yury Babichev provides timely information about the proceedings. His authoritative knowledge and experience ensures quick interactions with the tribunal and the other party to the arbitration proceedings. He describes in great detail the course of proceedings and all available options.’
Donna Union Foundation
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP's team attracts praise for its ‘brilliant client-oriented approach’. It prides itself on its in-house advocacy capabilities, coupled with team members’ dual qualifications in the US and the UK; New York-qualified Yury Babichev, who was recently promoted to the partnership, is a key contact for shareholder litigation. The practice stands out for its high-value recent work on contentious debt recovery and contractual issues, particularly in the mining sector; its pharmaceutical and construction sector work is also noted. In addition, clients also benefit from the team's advanced use of technology, including the Clear/Cut tool utilised during the early stages of assessing disputes. The department is spearheaded by IP litigator Elena Trusova and Ivan Veselov (‘tries to understand each case inside out’). Counsel Evgeny Oreshin focuses on product liability cases.
Elena Trusova; Ivan Veselov
‘BCLP’s dispute resolution practice demonstrates brilliant client-oriented approach and is determined to provide business-driven and realistic advice. The lawyers take any opportunity to better understand the specifics of the client’s business and apply this insight during the cooperation. Despite the fact that BCLP is an international law firm, the dispute resolution practice is the proper fit in the Russian litigation (and negotiation) environment.’
‘Ivan Veselov is a true encyclopaedia when it comes to Russian litigation and practice. Ivan tries to understand each case inside out and propose often non-standard approaches and solutions.’
‘Elena Trusova is a brilliant speaker, listening to her presentations is always a pleasure.’
‘I am well acquainted with Ivan Veselov, a partner of the practice. Ivan is well versed in the legal field; in the context of constantly changing legislation, he builds effective judicial strategies.’
‘A strong team with deep expertise in bankruptcy law and dispute resolution, ready to offer unconventional solutions in various situations. They react quickly, communicate honestly and openly with the client.’
‘BCLP’s team knows how to take the client’s side. They understand not only the legal details of the case, but also develop a technical view of the issue. They also clearly explain to the client some of the legal features and possible options for resolving issues.’
Prosveshcheniye Publishing House
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.
Rusagro Group of Companies
Russia > Employment Tier 2
At Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP, the workload is split equally between contentious and advisory matters. The employment disputes team is particularly well known for its successful representation of high-end employers in the most complex cases; 'star practitioner' Yuri Ivanov is the key name to note for litigious work, and frequently handles unfair dismissal claims. Nadezhda Ilyushina, who heads up the practice, has extensive experience advising clients from various industries on immigration law, regulation and structuring of labour relations with top managers, personnel restructuring, and communications with trade unions.
Other key lawyers:
‘ Everyone knows they have awesome expertise!’
‘A creative approach to each case, a desire to give practical advice, and not just rewrite the law.’
‘Yuri Ivanov is just a star practitioner of the labour practice, a very charismatic and hardworking lawyer, who fights for every case to the last, even if the chances are minimal.’
‘The labour practice lawyers are distinguished by a practice-oriented approach, which allows them to find realistic solutions in each specific case, without going into deep theoretical fabrications. This allows you to quickly and efficiently achieve the desired results. It’s a pleasure to work with them!’
‘I highly appreciate the professionalism of Yuri Ivanov – working with him is always very productive, he is very attentive to details and is very good at finding non-standard solutions. Nadezhda Ilyushina has vast experience, which, in my opinion, helps her to provide clients with an excellent service and offer legal advice on complex cases at a very high level.’
Pipe Metallurgical Company
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP is able to leverage the cross-departmental expertise provided by specialists at its 30 global offices to advise key players from the natural resources, oil and gas, and mining sectors at every stage of the production cycle. Practice head Aydin Jebrailov, noted by one client as an 'outstanding specialist in his field', is equally adept at handling transactional and regulatory matters, and also has comprehensive experience of complex reorganisations and transfers of subsoil rights. Corporate specialists Anton Sitnikov, Matvey Kaploukhiy and Anton Panchenkov are noted for their work on M&A and joint ventures. Yury Babichev, who was promoted to the partnership in January 2021, handles contentious matters.
‘In my opinion, this company has an excellent system for the selection of a team of multi-directional lawyers who can answer all questions during the transaction, even the most unexpected.’
‘Aydin Jebrailov perfectly selects and leads the team. Always correct and very sociable person. Has a wide range of knowledge beyond his competence.’
‘The BCLP team is distinguished by the high quality of work on the most complex and large-scale projects – both locally and internationally. The BCLP team always provides valuable and effective strategic advice and quickly responds to our requests, offering carefully calibrated solutions, which contributes to the successful implementation of any complex tasks, cross-border transactions, and projects of strategic importance for our activities. We have been working with individual lawyers of the team for many years and are certainly pleased with our cooperation.’
‘Aydin Jebrailov is an experienced and professional lawyer with valuable knowledge of oil and gas regulation. His extensive experience and thorough knowledge of the specifics of this industry cause admiration and confidence that any problems will be solved at the highest level.’
‘We have established working relations with BCLP and Aydin’s team and the first concrete steps in our work confirm our positive work experience. The fact that I have been working with Aydin’s team for such a long period of time, despite the fact that I personally know the leading lawyers of the largest law firms working in Russia, gives an idea of my opinion about the professional level of the team in comparison with competitors.’
‘In my opinion Aydin Jebrailov is an outstanding specialist in his field, an equal to whom it is difficult to find in Russia. My opinion is the result of many years of experience.’
‘Accumulated expertise and experience, as well as a wide industry network related to energy and renewable energy in Russia and beyond. Personal interest and involvement of lawyers to drive new approaches in the energy sector in Russia, engage in complex projects, and work not only with the customer, but also with regulatory authorities to form new market rules. Strong focus on results and search for creative solutions, compromises and new opportunities for the industry, customer, supplier and practice.’
‘The BCLP team stands out for their technical excellence in all aspects of their work. Their advice is precise and pragmatic, both legally and commercially.’
Siberian Generating Company (SUEK Group)
KOPY Goldfields AB
South Stream Transport B.V.
Coral Energy PTE
Eurasian Resources Group
PAO Mechel Group
With real estate and construction expert Vitaly Mozharowski, and banking and finance specialist Oleg Khokhlov at the helm, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP offers clients a multidisciplinary approach to PPP and infrastructure projects. The firm has substantial experience advising notable sponsors, lenders and developers on the full gamut of matters, including corporate and tax structuring, financing, and regulatory issues. The group has a project portfolio which includes all major types of infrastructure, among them transport, energy, social and communications, and frequently handles complex cross-border work.
Oleg Khokhlov; Vitaly Mozharowski
Far East and Arctic Region Development Fund
South Stream Transport B.V.
Sheremetyevo International Airport / Moscow
Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF)
New Concession Company
JSC Yenisei TGK
Charity foundation Podari Zhizn (“Gift of life”)
Russia > Private client Tier 2
Under the leadership of managing partner Andrey Goltsblat, specialists from a number of departments, including employment, real estate and banking comprise the private client offering at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP. Evgeny Timofeev oversees the tax practice, while counsel Anna Zelenskaya leads the tax advisory group. The firm's expertise in tax-related mandates was further strengthened by the recent arrival of senior associate Dmitry Paramonov, formerly head of international tax at FBK Legal. Anton Gusev, who heads the white-collar criminal defence team, acts in the full range of criminal proceedings and civil disputes.
‘Professionalism, speed of work, understanding of the client’s specific requirements.’
‘I would like to especially note the professionalism of Evgeny Timofeev and Anna Zelenskaya. Deep knowledge of Russian and international legislation, an integrated approach to solving the client’s tasks, accuracy of assessment and speed of work. Fluency in English, which simplifies communication with colleagues abroad and allows you to quickly achieve results.’
The restructuring and insolvency team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP benefits from access to the wider firm’s global network, which serves as a testament to its ability to handle substantial cross-practice restructuring work and contentious insolvency issues. The practice is noted for its use of multiple document automation systems and its cooperation with the in-house forensic technology team; in complex transactions, clients also benefit from BCLP Cubed, a tool allowing them to manage work streams and associated risks. Dispute resolution expert Ivan Veselov is a key contact, among others.
‘A very detailed and comprehensive approach to the task at hand; providing information in a full and timely manner; strict adherence to all deadlines.’
‘Ivan Veselov is constantly in touch, even after working hours; he is always attentive to details, offers non-standard solutions and knows how to clearly explain his position.’
‘Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP has adopted a variety of programs to insure that their clients get the most consistent and best possible service experience they can.’
‘BCLP’s lawyers are distinguished by a high level of professionalism, client focus and communication skills.’
‘Professionalism, openness, client orientation, extraordinary thinking.’
‘Ivan Veselov is not only a great professional, but also a person with whom it is always pleasant to communicate and exchange opinions.’
Samsung C&T Corporation
PAO Mechel Group
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries
Great Wall Motors (China)
Coral Energy PTE
Russia > Tax Tier 2
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP handles tax disputes for a mix of domestic and global companies from a wide range of industries, including energy, financial services and technology. Praised for his ‘deep tax knowledge’, practice head Evgeny Timofeev has tax consulting and litigation expertise. Also recommended is counsel Alexander Erasov, who is noted for his tax crime defence work. Counsel Anna Zelenskaya heads up the tax advisory practice. In addition, the firm recently expanded its associate-level capabilities with five appointments, particularly bolstering its offering in international tax and tax dispute resolution.
‘Vere competent professionals and charismatic individuals.’
‘Good combination of professionalism, involvement into the client’s business, and a sense of humor. Evgeny Timofeev and Alexander Erasov are excellent examples of that.’
‘Highly qualified specialists, quick response and quality of proposed solutions, deep understanding of the market and business risks, as well as high reliability of the proposed solutions.’
‘Evgeny Timofeev has deep tax knowledge and shows understanding in developing effective solutions. Alexander Erasov stands out for his client focus, speed of reaction, and depth of knowledge of the intersection of tax and criminal law.’
‘The BCLP Tax team are capable of understanding a case not only as advisers but also from the perspective of tax officials, since certain members of the team have experience of working for the Russian fiscal authorities. Members of the team constantly improve their professional level and even add new areas of the Russian tax law to the scope of their focus.’
‘Professionalism, quality and terms of performance of work, client focus. I would especially like to note the professionalism of Evgeny Timofeev and Anna Zelenskaya, who have excellent knowledge of Russian and international legislation.’
Da Vinci Capital Management
Russian Gas Turbines
Siberian Generating Company
Russia > White-collar crime Tier 2
Many former experts from government bodies bring their experience to the team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP, ensuring that the firm remains 'well aware of procedural legislation and its subtleties'; one such recent arrival is associate Antonina Potanina, who previously worked at the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The group handles the full gamut of corporate crime cases, and displays an increasing focus on economic crime allegations, representing the interests of investors and high-net-worth individuals at all stages of the proceedings. 'Brilliant' counsel Anton Gusev leads the team, which also includes 'excellent lawyer' Angela Glamazdina and tax specialist Alexander Erasov.
‘Good availability, ability to offer the client a non-standard solution, proactivity, excellent understanding of the practical context of the area of expertise and the ability to act in it.’
‘Very quick response, always pragmatic advice, taking into account business specifics, willingness to help at any time and as quickly as possible.’
‘Anton Gusev and Angela Glamazdina display very effective interaction with colleagues.’
‘A team of professionals that quickly responds to requests, and is certainly focused on the interests of the business and understands its needs and specifics. The lawyers have in-depth knowledge to develop a successful line of defence, they are well aware of procedural legislation and its subtleties that can be encountered in Russian realities.’
‘Anton Gusev is a brilliant lawyer who studies in detail all the subtleties of the case and builds defence tactics for such large-scale cases, taking into account the specifics of the case, its extensive background, as well as the framework of the current political situation and the specifics of the work of the Russian legal system. I can also note the constant support for any issues that arise in the course of the case.’
‘Angela Glamazdina is an excellent lawyer with deep knowledge of the judicial system and the specifics of her work in Russia. Angela always gives clear and verified comments and advice.’
MKNT Import LLC
Russia > TMT Tier 3
Ekaterina Dedova heads the practice at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP, which stands out for its corporate focus, assisting with M&A matters, restructurings, joint ventures and complex international transactions in the TMT space. Contentious and advisory IP work with a nexus to technology is another area of strength for the firm; Elena Trusova takes the lead on such mandates.
Other key lawyers:
‘Experienced. Fast response times. Dedicated to clients.’
‘Ekatetina Dedova is a clear leader with strong client skills, expertise and management.’
‘Highly qualified practicing lawyers. There are specialists in narrow industries. All answers can be received in one place.’
‘We were lucky, we immediately chose BCLP. The team led by Ekaterina Dedova joined in solving our problem. The team is distinguished by the exact solution to the task, several solutions are offered with a description of the pros and cons of each option. The team is in touch almost around the clock.’
‘A very strong and large team of professionals who are ready to help with a complex and voluminous problem at any time. Extensive knowledge in all areas of law and excellent understanding of business aspects.’
‘Ekaterina Dedova is our key contact. Knowledgeable and very professional lawyer, very business oriented and able to focus on really important aspects of the work.’
Da Vinci Capital Management
Mastercard Members Association
X5 Retail Group
PJSC Mobile TeleSystems / MTS
ITI Capital, the FCA
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP > Firm Profile
The firm: Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP is one of the top-tier international law firms, the Russian practice of a major global firm, able to provide top-level international advice and transactional support for complex high profile deals for both big multinationals and major Russian corporates. We focus on complex transactional and litigation work and continue to utilise fully the firm’s full service capabilities, which is, de facto, our competitive advantage on the Russian market, allowing us to support expertise-specific deals. We have unrivalled capabilities for assembling for each particular complicated project a tailored multi-functional team including specialists from various of the firm’s practice groups.
In Moscow, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP has over 100 lawyers, qualified under Russian and English law. The highly respected Moscow team has over 20 years of experience, providing legal support for major Russian businesses, as well as multinationals implementing large-scale investment projects in Russia.
Globally, the firm has 30 offices in 11 countries and a platform of 1,400 lawyers with integrated international teams and strong global M&A, real estate, international financial services practice and litigation and corporate risk practices boasting a wealth of hands-on experience of international projects, diverse industry expertise and in-depth knowledge of local specifics in various jurisdictions.
Main areas of practice
Antitrust and competition: The practice brings together unique experience in a wide variety of antitrust projects: dawn raids, representation before the competition authorities in Russia and Europe, obtaining clearances for major international transactions, drafting commercial and pricing policies in consideration of Russian, foreign and international law, including FCPA requirements. Our associates are active members of expert organisations liaising with the Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) of Russia with a view to improving the national antitrust laws.
Banking and finance: Our team has excellent international capabilities and deep knowledge of local specifics, this enabling us to advise our clients on every possible type of finance-related work, including international and domestic transactions with complex structures, structured finance and securitisation, project finance and PPP, restructuring and insolvency, real estate and acquisition finance, asset finance, trade and ECA-backed finance, derivatives and capital markets. We act on many complex multijurisdictional transactions both in Russia and internationally.
Commercial: Leveraging off the wealth of resources and accumulated experience at our disposal, the firm is well-positioned to deliver high-quality legal assistance on various aspects of contractual work and regulatory requirements, subject to industry specifics and established practice, including drafting and negotiating distribution agreements, leasing, public procurement contracts, and supply, agency and other commercial contracts.
Compliance: A well-established compliance team offers a full of range of compliance-related advice, particularly in areas such as regulatory, competition, anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws, licensing, data protection, etc.
Corporate/M&A: Our team is one of the most resourceful and diversified in Russia: more than 20 lawyers qualified under Russian, English and US law (State of New York) with substantial experience of mid-to-large-scale cross-border and other complex transactions. The team is well-positioned in terms of expertise and resources to provide any type of corporate/ M&A and other transactional and general corporate services supported – when the scope so requires – by leading practitioners in all relevant areas of practice, each being long-established and top-ranked in their respective areas. We have substantial experience of mid-to-large-scale cross-border and other complex transactions.
Customs and international trade:The firm advises clients on topical issues relating to their business needs, including localisation, sanctions-related matters and imports of new equipment, and represents them before the Russian customs authorities and courts. Our specialist team has extensive customs litigation experience and has won 98% of its cases.
Dispute resolution: The firm is recognised as having one of the biggest litigation teams in Russia, with 40 trial lawyers based in Moscow, each specialising in a particular area (corporate, commercial, real estate, customs, tax, labour, IP, digital, hi-tech and consumer disputes).
Employment, pensions and benefits: The firm has the biggest employment team in Russia, with extensive experience in both consulting and litigation. Areas of expertise include internal restructuring; staff reduction and redundancy procedures; employee benefits; corporate pension planning; outsourcing; health and safety; employment regulations and work permits for foreigners.
Energy and natural resources: An established team with more than 20 years’ experience representing clients in natural resources and mining sectors on large-scale projects and high-profile deals including legal support for use and protection of subsoil deposits, forest, water and other natural resources; advice on land-use, licences and permits; regulation of natural resource management; construction, reconstruction and infrastructure projects, including oil & gas pipelines.
Insolvency and bankruptcy: Our team has extensive experience in providing appropriate support for company bankruptcy procedures and acting for creditors during troubled debt recovery in various areas of business. This helps our lawyers evaluate correctly the prospects for debt repayment by troubled debtors, select the best option for a client for settling troubled debts and make sure all the client’s claims are satisfied as far as possible during debtor bankruptcy procedures.
Intellectual property: Our IP team is a unique combination of lawyers providing a comprehensive offering of IP-related services and lawyers with unrivalled experience in IP litigation. The team has a successful track record in complex high-profile litigation projects, including a number of precedent-setting cases, and is known for its creative and practical solutions to help clients when an ordinary approach becomes ineffective.
International Arbitration: Our cross-border team provides a fully-integrated legal service to both Russian and foreign clients in high-profile international arbitrations from mounting an international defence strategy at all major arbitration centres and in ad hoc arbitration through enforcing awards in various jurisdictions.
PPP/infrastructure: The cross-practice team has substantial experience in all aspects of PPP/Infrastructure, from corporate and tax structuring to financing and regulatory. Our extensive legislative drafting experience allows us to work confidently on any projects involving amendments to the legislation, as well as practical implementation of laws and regulations in the field.
Private client: We focus on helping high and ultra-high net worth individuals of Russian origin and with an international presence and work together seamlessly across our global network to deliver to our clients, many of whom have complex affairs in multiple jurisdictions, advice tailored to their needs, objectives, values and future plans, including on all aspects of their business, personal and family wealth.
Real estate and construction: The practice is widely recognized as the first real estate port of call for many high-profile international companies established or investing in Russia, and one of the teams in most demand on the market with over 25 years of experience advising on the most challenging and complex domestic and cross-border deals including high-profile acquisitions and disposals of commercial property assets, complex commercial property leasing matters, large-scale construction and development projects, social infrastructure projects.
Tax: The firm has one of the biggest and strongest teams in Russia. The team is made up of experts specialising in different areas of tax, offering both tax advice, including tax structuring and investor support, and tax litigation support, including tax crime defence issues. Tax practice lawyers won 98-99% of more than 1000 cases.
TMT: Our team of lawyers takes pride in its role as a regular, active and reliable adviser to the companies of TMT sector, proving the extensive experience in the industry and an in-depth knowledge of TMT sector specifics ranging from corporate and commercial aspects of TMT company business to industry-related technical and regulatory issues. We cover the full range of disciplines in which clients might need legal support implying excellent knowledge of sector specifics: financing, licensing, compliance, litigation, competition and employment, with a special focus on Сorporate / M&A and IP legal support.
White-collar criminal defence: Our team is among the strongest in Russia for advising on white collar crime defence. Our specialists have extensive experience of defending companies, as well as directors and senior managers, against regulatory and/or criminal prosecutions. We have experience of acting for clients in courts, before law-enforcement agencies and other state authorities in virtually all Russian regions and CIS countries.
|Partner-in-Charge (Russia), PhD (Law), Private Client, M&A, Investment Projects||Andrey Goltsblat|
|Antitrust and Competition||Nikolay Voznesenskiy|
|Antitrust and Competition||Vitaly Dianov|
|Banking and Finance||Oleg Khokhlov|
|Banking and Finance||Tatiana Parshak|
|Business Restructuring||Anton Sitnikov|
|Business Restructuring||Anton Panchenkov|
|Business Restructuring||Ekaterina Dedova|
|Business Restructuring||Matvey Kaploukhiy|
|Business Restructuring||Ivan Veselov|
|Business Restructuring||Oleg Khokhlov|
|Business Restructuring||Tatiana Parshak|
|Business Restructuring||Evgeny Timofeev|
|Corporate / M&A||Andrey Goltsblat|
|Corporate / M&A||Anton Sitnikov|
|Corporate / M&A||Ekaterina Dedova|
|Corporate / M&A||Matvey Kaploukhiy|
|Corporate / M&A||Anton Panchenkov|
|COVID-19: Client Task Force||Andrey Goltsblat|
|Customs and International Trade||Vladimir Tchikine|
|Dispute Resolution||Elena Trusova|
|Dispute Resolution||Ivan Veselov|
|Employment, Pensions and Benefits||Nadezhda Ilyushina|
|Energy, Natural Resources, Mining & Infrastructure||Vitaly Mozharowski|
|Energy, Natural Resources, Mining & Infrastructure||Anton Sitnikov|
|Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals||Nikolay Voznesenskiy|
|Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals||Vladislav Vdovin|
|Insolvency & Bankruptcy||Elena Trusova|
|Insolvency & Bankruptcy||Anton Panchenkov|
|Insolvency & Bankruptcy||Ivan Veselov|
|Intellectual Property||Elena Trusova|
|Intellectual Property||Ekaterina Dedova|
|International Arbitration||Yury Babichev|
|International Arbitration||Roman Khodykin|
|International Arbitration||Elena Trusova|
|International Arbitration||Rimma Malinskaya|
|International Arbitration||Julia Romanova|
|Israeli desk||Anton Panchenkov|
|Israeli desk||Oleg Khokhlov|
|Legal support for foreign direct investment projects in Russia||Andrey Goltsblat|
|Private Client||Andrey Goltsblat|
|Public-private partnership (PPP) / Infrastructure||Oleg Khokhlov|
|Public-private partnership (PPP) / Infrastructure||Vitaly Mozharowski|
|Real Estate & Construction||Vitaly Mozharowski|
|Real Estate & Construction||Rustam Aliev|
|Real Estate & Construction||Yuri Chernobrivtsev|
|Sanctions advisory services||Andrey Goltsblat|
|Sanctions advisory services||Nikolay Voznesenskiy|
|Sanctions advisory services||Oleg Khokhlov|
|Sanctions advisory services||Vladimir Tchikine|
|Tax consulting / tax litigation||Evgeny Timofeev|
|TMT (Telecommunications, Media and Technology)||Ekaterina Dedova|
|TMT (Telecommunications, Media and Technology)||Elena Trusova|
|TMT (Telecommunications, Media and Technology)||Anton Sitnikov|
|TMT (Telecommunications, Media and Technology)||Oleg Khokhlov|
|White Collar Criminal Defence||Andrey Goltsblat|
|White Collar Criminal Defence||Anton Gusev|
|Ayta Aduchieva||Associate||View Profile|
|Mr Rustam Aliev||Partner||View Profile|
|Mr Dimitri Antipin||Senior Associate, Solicitor||View Profile|
|Mr Yury Babichev||Partner, International Arbitration, Cross-Border Litigation, Shareholder Disputes||View Profile|
|Anna Bakhaeva||Senior associate, Antitrust and Competition practice||View Profile|
|Ms Natalia Belomestnova||Counsel at Dispute Resolution practice, Head of Data Protection and Advertising||View Profile|
|Ms Elena Belozerova||Associate Director, Customs & International Trade||View Profile|
|Mr Yuri Chernobrivtsev||Partner, Real Estate & Construction practice||View Profile|
|Dr Ekaterina Dedova||Partner, PhD, Head of TMT (Russia)||View Profile|
|Mr Vitaly Dianov||Partner, Antirust and Competition practice||View Profile|
|Mr Alexander Erasov||Counsel, Head of Tax Dispute Resolution Group | Tax Crime Defence at Tax…||View Profile|
|Mikhail Erokhin||Associate||View Profile|
|Mikhail Filatov||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Inna Firsova||Counsel, Real Estate & Construction practice||View Profile|
|Ms Angela Glamazdina||Senior Associate, White Collar Criminal Defence||View Profile|
|Mr Andrey Goltsblat||Partner-in-Charge (Russia), PhD (Law), Senior Partner, Private Client, M&A, Investment Projects||View Profile|
|Ms Vera Gorbacheva||Associate Director||View Profile|
|Mr Anton Gusev||Counsel, Head of White Collar Criminal Defence Practice||View Profile|
|Mr George Gutiev||Senior associate, Tax practice||View Profile|
|Mr Dmitry Ilyin||Counsel, Real Estate & Construction practice||View Profile|
|Ms Nadezhda Ilyushina||Head of Employment (Russia), Advocate||View Profile|
|Mr Yuri Ivanov||Counsel, Advocate||View Profile|
|Marina Ivanova||Senior Associate, Dispute Resolution||View Profile|
|Mr Matvey Kaploukhiy||Partner||View Profile|
|Mr Oleg Khokhlov||Partner, Head of Banking & Finance||View Profile|
|Mr Nikolay Kholshev||Counsel||View Profile|
|Denis Khramkin||Senior associate, Tax practice||View Profile|
|Mr Alexander Kirilchenko||Head of Customs Dispute Resolution Group, Attorney||View Profile|
|Mr Alexey Koshelev||Counsel||View Profile|
|Anastasia Kudryashova||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Mr Sergey Likhachev||Associate Director, Tax practice||View Profile|
|Ms Irina Malikova||Counsel, Customs & International Trade||View Profile|
|Ms Rimma Malinskaya||Counsel, Dispute Resolution, International Arbitration, Insolvency & bankruptcy||View Profile|
|Valerian Mamageishvili||Associate||View Profile|
|Valentina Mikhaylova||Associate||View Profile|
|Tuyana Molokhoeva||Senior Associate, International Arbitration||View Profile|
|Mr Vitaly Mozharowski||Partner, Head of Real Estate & Construction practice||View Profile|
|Mr Alexander Muravin||Counsel, Antitrust and Competition practice||View Profile|
|Mr Anton Nefedev||Counsel, Dispute Resolution practice, Head of IP in Technology and a Trademark…||View Profile|
|Ms Inna Neminuschaya||Senior Associate, Commercial practice||View Profile|
|Mr Andrey Neminuschiy||Counsel, Antitrust and Competition practice||View Profile|
|Ruslan Nurullaev||Associate||View Profile|
|Mr Evgeny Oreshin||Counsel, Dispute Resolution||View Profile|
|Ms Oksana Orlovskaya||Counsel||View Profile|
|Mr Anton Panchenkov||Partner, Co-Leader of the global BCLP Food & Agribusiness priority sector||View Profile|
|Dmitry Paramonov||Senior Associate, Tax Practice||View Profile|
|Ms Tatiana Parshak||Partner, Banking & Finance||View Profile|
|Mr Maksim Popov||Associate Director, Real Estate & Construction Practice||View Profile|
|Ms Julia Romanova||As Counsel in our Dispute Resolution Practice, Julia has extensive experience acting…||View Profile|
|Mr Vladislav Safonov||Senior Associate, Head of Trade Investigations (Russia)||View Profile|
|Elena Shelomenzeva||Associate||View Profile|
|Ms Kseniya Shevchenko||Senior Associate||View Profile|
|Mr Anton Sitnikov||Partner, Head of Corporate / M&A (Russia)||View Profile|
|Ms Anastasia Speranskaya||Associate Director||View Profile|
|Mr Vladimir Tchikine||Partner, Head of Customs and International Trade (Russia)||View Profile|
|Mr Evgeny Timofeev||Partner, Head of Tax practice||View Profile|
|Ms Elena Trusova||Partner, Head of Intellectual Property; Dispute Resolution; Insolvency & Bankruptcy; International Arbitration||View Profile|
|Mr Vladislav Vdovin||Counsel, Head of Commercial / Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals Practice (Russia)||View Profile|
|Ms Ekaterina Verle||Counsel, Real Estate & Construction practice||View Profile|
|Mr Ivan Veselov||Partner, Dispute Resolution, Insolvency & Bankruptcy||View Profile|
|Mr Nikolay Voznesenskiy||Partner, Head of Antitrust and Competition||View Profile|
|Mr Igor Zhivotov||Counsel, Banking & Finance||View Profile|
|Tsyden Zoriktuev||Senior Associate, Dispute Resolution||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : +100 Number of partners : 20
MembershipsAmerican Chamber of Commerce in Russia RBCC Franco-Russian Chamber of Commerce & Industry ICC Russia The Association of European Businesses in the Russian Federation German-Russian Chamber of Commerce (AHK) Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (RSPP)
Press Releases26th January 2022 The prominent global Mergermarket directory has ranked Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Moscow among the TOP-3 legal advisors in Russia by number of major public deals closed during the last year. BCLP also made it into the Top Ten law firms with the biggest project portfolios in 2021.
19th January 2022 Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has successfully advised Avito on a USD 1.2 m investment in HR Messenger, an automated staff recruitment and integration platform. This is the first deal of this magnitude involving chatbot design companies. HR Messenger will use the investment to develop its business and take on more staff.
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner retains its leading M&A counsel position in Russia and is ranked #1 in the Mergers.ru research for three quarters of 20219th November 2021 As per the results of the first nine months of 2021, the BCLP Corporate / M&A practice was ranked #1 in the overall ranking, including #1 by deal volume and #3 by deal value (in excess of USD 2.6 bn) in the study of best M&A legal advisors in Russia according to the Mergers.ru information and analytical project.
BCLP advises Irrico Limited, a VTB Capital and CEECAT Capital joint venture, on selling its agricultural business15th October 2021 Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP is advising Irrico Limited on sale of an agricultural holding company engaged in intensive crop and vegetable farming in the south of Russia.
6th September 2021 Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP advised Mubadala Investment Company and its co-investor, a large investment fund, on their USD 21 m venture investment in Dostavista Group.
11th August 2021 Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner lawyers in Paris, London, Brussels and Moscow have been selected for inclusion in the Who’s Who Legal list of top antitrust and competition lawyers in the world for 2021.
BCLP Russia advises Sberbank Asset Management on acquiring logistics property portfolios from major developers11th August 2021 Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP is advising Sberbank Asset Management, a leading Russian asset management company, on its acquisition of a number of logistics property portfolios from several major developers across Russia.
3rd August 2021 Vitaly Mozharowski, Real Estate and Construction Partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Russia (formerly Goltsblat BLP in Russia), has been named first among the top legal advisers in CRE-100, which ranks the most influential people on the commercial real estate market.
BCLP Russia advises Sberbank Investments and the Russia-China Investment Fund on a RUB 1.6 bn investment in Eruditor Group holding28th July 2021 Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has advised Sberbank Investments and the Russia-China Investment Fund (RCIF, established by the Russian Direct Investment Fund and China Investment Corporation) on a RUB 1.6 bn investment structured as a syndicated venture loan in Eruditor Group holding, owner of the leading Russian professional services marketplace Profi and Zoon information service.
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner advises GetCourse Founder/CEO on private equity deal with Goldman Sachs, Winter Capital Partners and Baring Vostok27th July 2021 Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner team is advising Sergey Mikhaylov, a founder and the CEO of the GetCourse online educational platform, on a USD 50 m private equity deal with Goldman Sachs, Winter Capital Partners and Baring Vostok Capital Partners funds.
23rd July 2021 Chambers & Partners, a pre-eminent international legal rating, has released its 2021 ranking once again recognising Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Russia as a top-ranked Private Wealth Law firm.
17th December 2021 Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP (formerly – Goltsblat BLP LLP) advised Sberbank on the recently completed sale of debt and equity in Eurocement Group, following electronic auction, to the winning bidder – Mikhaylovsky Construction Materials Plant – for an aggregate consideration of RUB 161 bn (circa $2.16 bn) – positively viewed by Sberbank:
21st July 2021 Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP (formerly Goltsblat BLP LLP), together with co-counsel in Uzbekistan Kosta Legal (kostalegal.com), advised Sberbank on selling 84.2% of the shares in JSC Akhangarancement, which were pledged to Sberbank, as part of a global arrangement for settling the debts of Eurocement Group.
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner acts for 12 STOREEZ and its Founders in a private equity deal with Baring Vostok Capital Partners15th July 2021 Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner advises 12 STOREEZ and the founders of this Russian apparel brand on the private equity deal with Baring Vostok Capital Partners Fund.
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner represented MTT Group in the sale to PJSC MTS of 100% of the shares in leading provider of telecom and it solutions MTT9th July 2021 Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) lawyers advised MTT Group on selling 100% of the shares in MTT, one of the top-10 biggest telecom companies in Russia and a leading provider of intelligent connectivity solutions for businesses, to Mobile TeleSystems PJSC.
BCLP Russia Antitrust & Competition team wins “Matter of the Year” Award in Global Competition Review’s 2021 GCR Awards for its involvement in the Fiat Chrysler/Peugeot deal, advising PSA Group on obtaining Russian antitrust clearance for the merger25th May 2021 The Fiat Chrysler (MI:FCHA) Automobiles N.V. (FCA) / Peugeot S.A. (PSA) merger has won the GCR award for Matter of the Year. The award in this category covers merger control, cartels, unilateral conduct, litigation or any other competition matter worldwide and praises creative, strategic and innovative work by teams of in-house and external lawyers and economists.
28th April 2021 International law firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP (BCLP) is recognised for the third consecutive year by IsraelDesks as having one of the most active and well-recognised Israel Practices of any international law firm.
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner top-ranked by The Legal 500 2021 across 17 practice areas in Russia. 36 lawyers recommended20th April 2021 Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Russia is once again named one of the best law firms on the Russian legal market by the recently released The Legal 500 2021.
30th March 2021 On 18 March 2021, Chambers Europe, a pre-eminent international legal rating, released its 2021 ranking according to which Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Russia is once again recognised as a top-ranked law firm in the following key areas: Real Estate & Construction (Band 1), Competition/Antitrust (Band 1), Corporate/M&A (Band 3), Dispute Resolution (Band 4), Intellectual Property (Band 3), Tax (Band 3), Employment (Band 2), ТМТ (Band 3), Banking and Finance (Band 4), Restructuring/Insolvency (Band 4), Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals (Band 4).
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner defends Double Data in a precedent-setting dispute with VKontakte over use of public web data23rd March 2021 After the 12 February 2021 hearing in a case brought by the owner of the VKontakte social network against Skolkovo resident OOO Double (Double Data), developer of Double Data software, over lawfulness of processing open data on the VKontakte social network, the Moscow Commercial Court awarded the case to Double Data, represented by Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner. The full judgement was produced on 22 March 2021 and may be found here.
12th March 2021 Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has advised Algorithmics, a well-known international maths and programming school, on raising USD 10 m in investment from Winter Capital Partners and the Russia-China Technological Investment Fund (RCIF, set up by the Russian Direct Investment Fund and the China Investment Corporation), and on acquisition by Winter Capital Partners of the stakes held by a number of the company’s minority shareholders.
26th February 2021 Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Russia is once again a top-ranked law firm according to Chambers Global 2021, one of the pre-eminent international legal ratings.
14th January 2021 Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is delighted to announce that Yury Babichev has been appointed Dispute Resolution Partner effective 1 January 2021.
23rd April 2021 After the 12 February 2021 hearing in a case brought by the owner of the VKontakte social network against Skolkovo resident OOO Double (Double Data), developer of Double Data software, over lawfulness of processing open data on the VKontakte social network, the Moscow Commercial Court awarded the case to Double Data, represented by Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner. The full judgement was produced on 22 March 2021 and may be found here.
19th April 2021 Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, formerly Goltsblat BLP in Russia, has completed its mandate for Gazprom Neft relating to its JV with Zyfra for developing a digital industrial platform and promoting new process solutions in the oil and gas sector.
19th April 2021 Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has advised Mubadala Investment Company on an investment in MEL Science. This London-based company has raised USD 14 m in Series B funding from investors to support expansion of its subscription-based science education business.
19th April 2021 Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has advised Algorithmics, a well-known international maths and programming school, on raising USD 10 m in investment from Winter Capital Partners and the Russia-China Technological Investment Fund (RCIF, set up by the Russian Direct Investment Fund and the China Investment Corporation), and on acquisition by Winter Capital Partners of the stakes held by a number of the company’s minority shareholders.
26th September 2018 Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP has successfully acted for the International Investment Bank (IIB), a multilateral development bank mainly operating in Eastern Europe, Russia and Asia, on a RUB 6bn (USD 96.5m) revolving multi-asset secured facility for financing and refinancing the acquisition of a number of passenger and special purposes aviation and mining assets with one of the biggest Russian lessors, State Transport Leasing Company (GTLK). The financing terms permit the funds to be used for the acquisition of Let L-410 Turbolet regional passenger jets, helicopters Ansats and Mi-8s with medical modules and BELAZ mining trucks.
3rd November 2016
Acting for Severgroup, Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), advised on sale to PAO Sovcombank of a 100% shareholding in AO Metcombank, the biggest commercial bank in the Volgograd Region and a leader on the Russian car lending market.
23rd January 2017
Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of the international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), advised on the acquisition by Rossium group of companies of a 90.99% stake in ONEXIM's PJSС OPIN. The purchaser’s beneficiary is Credit Bank of Moscow majority shareholder Roman Avdeev.
7th February 2017
Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), has advised Gett, a global on-demand mobility company, on its USD 100 m financing from Sberbank.
17th February 2017
Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), has advised ICBC International Leasing, the leasing subsidiary of the world’s biggest financial group, on delivery of six Airbus A321-211 aircraft to Aeroflot.
2nd May 2017
Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of the international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), announces appointment of Vitaly Dianov, PhD in law, as Competition & Antitrust Partner with effect from 1 May 2017.
Goltsblat Blp Advised On The Sale Of Drinking Water Production And Distribution Business In Russia T2nd May 2017
Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of the international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), advised on the sale of a drinking water production and distribution business in Russia (Noringa and Clear Water brand names) to Borjomi.
16th May 2017
Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of the international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), has advised Fasten (owner of Saturn and RedTaxi brands), a major player on the taxi aggregator market in Russia, on its merger with RuTaxi (Vezyet / Везет and Leader / Лидер brands).
19th October 2017
Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of the international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), won a landmark dispute in the Supreme Court of Russia for Wine Brandy Plant Alliance-1892 LLC against Russia’s Federal Tax Service’s Inter-district Office for Major Taxpayers No. 3.
19th October 2017
Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of the international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), has advised Sberbank Investments as restructuring agent on debt portfolio restructuring for the Genser group of companies, one of Russia’s biggest car dealers. Sberbank, VTB, Sviaz-Bank, Bank SOYUZ, Credit Bank of Moscow, and Bank ROSSIYSKY CAPITAL were involved in the restructuring, with Sberbank Investments as the advisor.
19th October 2017
Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of the international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), has advised PJSC MTS, the leading telecommunications provider in Russia, on its acquisition of a controlling stake (50.82%) in the Russian retail software developer Oblachny Retail LLC operating under the LiteBox brand.
16th November 2017
Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of the international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), has acted as the Russian legal counsel for Ferronordic Machines AB on the offering and listing of its ordinary shares on Nasdaq Stockholm.
16th November 2017
Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of the international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), announces that Julia Romanova has joined the team as Head of Group, International Arbitration, White Collar Criminal Defence, to strengthen further the firm’s Dispute Resolution Practice. Before joining Goltsblat BLP, Julia Romanova was Head of the Litigation/Arbitration Practice of Moscow Office of Chadbourne & Parke LLP.
1st December 2017
Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of the international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), has advised a syndicate of the Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) and International Investment Bank (IIB) on a project finance transaction for construction of two hydro-power plants with a total capacity of 49.8 MW in the Republic of Karelia (Russia). The RUB 8.15 bn facility will be repaid in 12 years. This is also a pilot project in Russia for the New Development Bank set up by the BRICS countries, as the creditors have used its resources for funding.
15th January 2018
Goltsblat BLP advised AFG National on sale of a 35% stake in its subsidiary OOO Yuzhniye Zemli to Volga Group Agro (a company consolidating Volga Group’s agricultural projects). The deal was signed on 26 December 2017. Yuzhniye Zemli produces top quality apples by a super intensive technology. The company currently manages 400 ha of orchards. In 2018, it intends to launch an additional 300 ha, build the second stage of its fruit storage facility and ramp up apple production to 10 thousand tonnes.
13th February 2018
Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), has advised Alfa-Bank on its acquisition of shares in a mobile acquiring operator working under the Pay-Me brand. The deal contemplated the early-stage investor shareholding transferred in its entirety to the bank.
13th March 2018
Following a vote by the Partnerships of both Bryan Cave LLP, one of the leading US law firms, and Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) LLP, including its Russian practice Goltsblat BLP, the two firms have announced they will merge, officially launching in April 2018. The new firm will be called Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner with combined revenues of over US$900 million. As the result of the merger Goltsblat BLP will continue to operate in Russia under the new name Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP. The merger brings together two organisations widely recognised for their innovative approaches to client service, into one global, fully financially integrated law firm. Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner will provide clients with access to international practice and sector teams in 32 offices across 11 countries and a platform of approximately 1600 lawyers.
22nd March 2018
Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), which will operate as Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP from April 2018, advises Open Mobile Platform-DC LLC and RUSINTECH LLC on sale of 75% in Open Mobile Platform-DC and 75% in Votron LLC to Rostelecom PJSC.
25th April 2018
Acting for PAO VimpelCom, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP has triumphed in the first instance, appeal and cassation arbitrazh (commercial) courts in a dispute between mobile operators and the FAS of Russia over changes to B2B SMS service tariffs.
25th April 2018
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP is a market-leading law firm in Russia according to the recent release of the prestigious international ranking The Legal 500, which top-ranks the firm in its key practice areas: Real Estate and Construction, Competition, Intellectual Property, Corporate/M&A, Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation, Tax, Employment, Banking and Finance, etc.
31st May 2018
The Arbitrazh (Commercial) Court of the City of Moscow has heard a trade mark dispute between Prosveshcheniye Publishing House and another Russian publisher, Ventana-Graf. The court has satisfied all the claims by Prosveshcheniye Publishing House, the claimant, recovering RUB 3.7 bn in compensation for breach of trade mark rights.
31st May 2018
On 22 May 2018, after hearing both parties, the Intellectual Property Court (IPC) adjourned until 17 July 2018 the hearing of the dispute between Skolkovo resident OOO Double (Double Data) and VKontakte over use of public data from the social network in a search engine manner.
28th June 2018
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP has advised MasterCard Member Association on launching an innovative service on the Russian market: simultaneous cash-out with POS payment by bank card at shop tills (tentatively named “Cash-Out” or “Purchase with Cash Back”).
BCLP (Russia) represents Samsung C&T Corporation vc REMZ for recovery of $1,840,000 in debt & damage9th August 2018
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP has brought yet another victory for its client, Samsung C&T Corporation, in the proceeding against REMZ (Rostovskiy ElectroMetallurgicheskiy Zavod) caused by the breach by the latter of a supply contract. The court ordered REMZ to pay USD 1,050,000 of principal debt and USD 790,000 in damages. The decision of the court of first instance was appealed by REMZ, but the court of appeals reaffirmed it without modification.
21st August 2018
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP is providing comprehensive legal and tax advisory support to Rusklimat Group, the biggest Russian manufacturer and importer of climate control equipment, in relation to its programme for restructuring the Group’s business units and divisions. This programme is designed to optimise the distribution network structure and raise the Group’s attractiveness to investors.
31st July 2018
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP provides legal support to Verno, an international investment company, managing the PE fund Kazakhstan Infrastructure Fund C.V., in a project to develop and let around 25,000 sq m of warehouse premises as the first phase of a bigger plan to construct up to 100,000 sq m of Class A warehouses in Kazakhstan. The warehouse infrastructure affording perfect conditions for storing all types of freight will be located on the Kazakhstan-China border, in the Khorgos Eastern Gates special economic zone, which is a key transit point on the New Silk Road.
26th September 2018
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has been appointed by Sberbank of Russia, from among top Russian and international law firms, as its sole legal counsel on US and EU sanctions until 31 May 2019.
18th October 2018
International Tax Review has recently released its prestigious series of tax leaders guides, putting Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP’s lawyers among the leading individuals in Russia.
16th November 2018
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.
5th December 2018
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP (formerly Goltsblat BLP in Russia) is representing RusHydro, a Russian energy major, in an international arbitration brought against the Kyrgyz Republic over the termination of the intergovernmental agreement dated 20 September 2012 for construction and operation of the Upper-Naryn hydroelectric power plants.
22nd January 2019
Today is a big day for Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP, formerly Goltsblat BLP in Russia: the firm is celebrating ten years since merging with international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner. Since then, Goltsblat BLP has evolved into a leader on the Russian legal market and, following one of the biggest ever transatlantic mergers, also globally, under the new brand Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP.
13th February 2019
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP advised the Far East and Baikal Region Development Fund on a finance transaction for construction of a new terminal in the Far East and development of airport infrastructure
12th April 2019
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP (formerly Goltsblat BLP in Russia) is once again named one of the best law firms on the Russian legal market by the recently released The Legal 500.
23rd April 2019
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Russia (formerly Goltsblat BLP in Russia) has successfully advised H.M.S. Technologies Limited (HMST), the major shareholder in HMS Group, on restructuring its 71.51% shareholding in HMS Hydraulic Machines & Systems Group Plc (LSE: HMSG) (HMS Group Plc), the Cyprus-based parent of HMS Group.
Legal Developments1st June 2018
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP is acting for Skolkovo resident OOO Double in a dispute with VKontakte over the Client’s use of public data from the social network in a search engine manner. The Double Data software involved was developed by our Client on the basis of its own big data search, storage and mining methods and algorithms.
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