Firm Profile > Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP > Moscow, Russia

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP
123100 MOSCOW

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.

Practice head(s):

Nikolay Voznesenskiy


‘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.’

Key clients

Avon Group

Peugeot S. A. (PSA)

Aqua Investments LLC

Federal Freight Company


United Metallurgical Company

Dr.Reddy’s Laboratories

Delo Group

Vimpel Communications (VimpelCom)



NPK Katren



Russia > Intellectual property Tier 1

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 organiserElena 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.

Practice head(s):

Elena Trusova


‘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.’

Key clients

Double Data

Prosveshcheniye Publishing House

Association of International Pharmaceutical Manufacturers (AIPM)


Teva Pharmaceutical Industries

Mobile TeleSystems (“MTS”)

John Deere

Tokyo Broadcasting System Inc.

Reckitt Benckiser

Russia > Real estate and construction Tier 1

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.

Practice head(s):

Vitaly Mozharowski

Other key lawyers:

Rustam Aliev; Yuri Chernobrivtsev; Dmitry Ilyin; Ekaterina Verle; Inna Firsova


‘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.’

Key clients

Embassy of Canada

New Zealand Embassy

Podari Zhizn

Sheremetyevo International Airport

Accent Capital Partners

South Stream Transport B.V.

New Concession Company

ESN Group

Mistral Wine

Wainbridge Estates

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.

Practice head(s):

Vitaly Mozharowski

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Far East and Arctic Region Development Fund

Sberbank Investments

Sheremetyevo International Airport / Moscow

South Stream Transport B.V.

Crocus International

New Concession Company

Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF)

Sheremetyevo Handling

Russia > Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 2

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.

Practice head(s):

Oleg Khokhlov

Other key lawyers:

Tatiana Parshak; Sergey Milanov; Igor Zhivotov; Artemiy Bondarev; Andrey Goltsblat


‘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.’

Key clients

Unison Group

Mechel Group

Raven Property Group




Russia > Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side Tier 2

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 partnerTatiana 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.

Practice head(s):

Oleg Khokhlov


‘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.’

Key clients

International Investment Bank

Sberbank Investments

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Japan Bank for International Cooperation

Russian Agricultural Bank

Far East and Arctic Region Development Fund



Russia > Commercial, corporate and M&A: Moscow Tier 2

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.

Practice head(s):

Anton Sitnikov

Other key lawyers:

Andrey Goltsblat; Matvey Kaploukhiy; Nikolay Kholshev; Ekaterina Dedova; Anton Panchenkov


‘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.’

Key clients

Mars LLC

Siberian Generating Company


ESN Group


Da Vinci Capital Management

Mobile TeleSystems


Far East and Arctic Development Fund

Sberbank Investments

Kopy Goldfields


Russia > Dispute resolution: Arbitration and mediation Tier 2

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’.

Practice head(s):

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.’

Key clients


Coral Energy

Donna Union Foundation

Russia > Dispute resolution: Litigation Tier 2

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.

Practice head(s):

Elena Trusova; Ivan Veselov

Other key lawyers:

Yury Babichev; Evgeny Oreshin; Rimma Malinskaya


‘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.’

Key clients

IMC  Montan


Double Data

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 practitionerYuri 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.

Practice head(s):

Nadezhda Ilyushina

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.’

Key clients


Pipe Metallurgical Company


Universal Pictures




Russia > Energy and natural resources Tier 2

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 SitnikovMatvey 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.

Practice head(s):

Aydin Jebrailov


‘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.’

Key clients

Petropavlovsk PLC

Siberian Generating Company (SUEK Group)

ESN Group

KOPY Goldfields AB

South Stream Transport B.V.



Coral Energy PTE

Eurasian Resources Group

PAO Mechel Group

Russia > PPP and infrastructure projects Tier 2

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.

Practice head(s):

Oleg Khokhlov; Vitaly Mozharowski

Key clients

Sberbank Investments

Far East and Arctic Region Development Fund

South Stream Transport B.V.

Sheremetyevo International Airport / Moscow

Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF)

Crocus International

New Concession Company

ESN Group


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) LLPEvgeny 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 LegalAnton Gusev, who heads the white-collar criminal defence team, acts in the full range of criminal proceedings and civil disputes.

Practice head(s):

Andrey Goltsblat


‘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.’

Russia > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

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.’

Key clients

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.

Practice head(s):

Evgeny Timofeev

Other key lawyers:


‘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.’

Key clients


Mobile TeleSystems


Da Vinci Capital Management

Russian Gas Turbines

Siberian Generating Company

Fasten (Vezet)

Fujikura Ltd.



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 lawyerAngela Glamazdina and tax specialist Alexander Erasov.

Practice head(s):

Anton Gusev


‘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.’

Key clients



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.

Practice head(s):

Ekaterina Dedova

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.’

Key clients

Da Vinci Capital Management



ESN Group

Cisco International

Double Data

Mastercard Members Association

JSC Transmashholding

X5 Retail Group

PJSC Mobile TeleSystems / MTS


ITI Capital, the FCA

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
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
Commercial Nikolay Voznesenskiy
Commercial Vladislav Vdovin
Compliance Andrey Goltsblat
Compliance Anton Gusev
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
Environmental Vitaly Mozharowski
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
Photo Name Position Profile
 Ayta Aduchieva  photo Ayta Aduchieva Associate
Mr Rustam Aliev  photo Mr Rustam Aliev Partner
Mr Dimitri Antipin  photo Mr Dimitri Antipin Senior Associate, Solicitor
Mr Yury Babichev  photo Mr Yury Babichev Partner, International Arbitration, Cross-Border Litigation, Shareholder Disputes
 Anna Bakhaeva  photo Anna Bakhaeva Senior associate, Antitrust and Competition practice
Ms Natalia Belomestnova  photo Ms Natalia Belomestnova  Counsel at Dispute Resolution practice, Head of Data Protection and Advertising
Ms Elena Belozerova  photo Ms Elena Belozerova Associate Director, Customs & International Trade
Mr Yuri Chernobrivtsev  photo Mr Yuri Chernobrivtsev Partner, Real Estate & Construction practice
Dr Ekaterina Dedova  photo Dr Ekaterina Dedova Partner, PhD, Head of TMT (Russia)
Mr Vitaly Dianov  photo Mr Vitaly Dianov Partner, Antirust and Competition practice
Mr Alexander Erasov  photo Mr Alexander Erasov Counsel, Head of Tax Dispute Resolution Group | Tax Crime Defence at Tax…
 Mikhail Erokhin  photo Mikhail Erokhin Associate
 Mikhail Filatov  photo Mikhail Filatov Senior Associate
Ms Inna Firsova  photo Ms Inna Firsova Counsel, Real Estate & Construction practice  
Ms Angela Glamazdina  photo Ms Angela Glamazdina Senior Associate, White Collar Criminal Defence   
Mr Andrey Goltsblat  photo Mr Andrey Goltsblat Partner-in-Charge (Russia), PhD (Law), Senior Partner, Private Client, M&A, Investment Projects  
Ms Vera Gorbacheva  photo Ms Vera Gorbacheva Associate Director
Mr Anton Gusev  photo Mr Anton Gusev Counsel, Head of White Collar Criminal Defence Practice  
Mr George Gutiev  photo Mr George Gutiev Senior associate, Tax practice  
Mr Dmitry Ilyin  photo Mr Dmitry Ilyin Counsel, Real Estate & Construction practice
Ms Nadezhda Ilyushina  photo Ms Nadezhda Ilyushina Head of Employment (Russia), Advocate
Mr Yuri Ivanov  photo Mr Yuri Ivanov Counsel, Advocate
 Marina Ivanova  photo Marina Ivanova Senior Associate, Dispute Resolution 
Mr Matvey Kaploukhiy  photo Mr Matvey Kaploukhiy Partner
Mr Oleg Khokhlov  photo Mr Oleg Khokhlov Partner, Head of Banking & Finance
Mr Nikolay Kholshev  photo Mr Nikolay Kholshev Counsel
 Denis Khramkin  photo Denis Khramkin Senior associate, Tax practice  
Mr Alexander Kirilchenko  photo Mr Alexander Kirilchenko Head of Customs Dispute Resolution Group, Attorney
Mr Alexey Koshelev  photo Mr Alexey Koshelev Counsel
 Anastasia Kudryashova  photo Anastasia Kudryashova Senior Associate
Mr Sergey Likhachev  photo Mr Sergey Likhachev Associate Director, Tax practice
Ms Irina Malikova  photo Ms Irina Malikova Counsel, Customs & International Trade
Ms Rimma Malinskaya  photo Ms Rimma Malinskaya Counsel, Dispute Resolution, International Arbitration, Insolvency & bankruptcy
 Valerian Mamageishvili  photo Valerian Mamageishvili Associate
 Valentina Mikhaylova  photo Valentina Mikhaylova Associate
 Tuyana Molokhoeva  photo Tuyana Molokhoeva Senior Associate, International Arbitration
Mr Vitaly Mozharowski  photo Mr Vitaly Mozharowski Partner, Head of Real Estate & Construction practice  
Mr Alexander Muravin  photo Mr Alexander Muravin Counsel, Antitrust and Competition practice 
Mr Anton Nefedev  photo Mr Anton Nefedev Counsel, Dispute Resolution practice, Head of IP in Technology and a Trademark…
Ms Inna Neminuschaya  photo Ms Inna Neminuschaya Senior Associate, Commercial practice
Mr Andrey Neminuschiy  photo Mr Andrey Neminuschiy Counsel, Antitrust and Competition practice
 Ruslan Nurullaev  photo Ruslan Nurullaev Associate
Mr Evgeny Oreshin  photo Mr Evgeny Oreshin Counsel, Dispute Resolution 
Ms Oksana Orlovskaya  photo Ms Oksana Orlovskaya Counsel
Mr Anton Panchenkov  photo Mr Anton Panchenkov Partner, Co-Leader of the global BCLP Food & Agribusiness priority sector
 Dmitry Paramonov photo Dmitry Paramonov Senior Associate, Tax Practice  
Ms Tatiana Parshak  photo Ms Tatiana Parshak Partner, Banking & Finance
Mr Maksim Popov  photo Mr Maksim Popov Associate Director, Real Estate & Construction Practice
Ms Julia Romanova  photo Ms Julia Romanova As Counsel in our Dispute Resolution Practice, Julia has extensive experience acting…
Mr Vladislav Safonov  photo Mr Vladislav Safonov Senior Associate, Head of Trade Investigations (Russia)
 Elena Shelomenzeva  photo Elena Shelomenzeva Associate
Ms Kseniya Shevchenko  photo Ms Kseniya Shevchenko Senior Associate
Mr Anton Sitnikov  photo Mr Anton Sitnikov Partner, Head of Corporate / M&A (Russia)
Ms Anastasia Speranskaya  photo Ms Anastasia Speranskaya Associate Director
Mr Vladimir Tchikine  photo Mr Vladimir Tchikine Partner, Head of Customs and International Trade (Russia)
Mr Evgeny Timofeev  photo Mr Evgeny Timofeev Partner, Head of Tax practice
Ms Elena Trusova  photo Ms Elena Trusova Partner, Head of Intellectual Property; Dispute Resolution; Insolvency & Bankruptcy; International Arbitration
Mr Vladislav Vdovin  photo Mr Vladislav Vdovin Counsel, Head of Commercial / Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals Practice (Russia)
Ms Ekaterina Verle  photo Ms Ekaterina Verle Counsel, Real Estate & Construction practice  
Mr Ivan Veselov  photo Mr Ivan Veselov Partner, Dispute Resolution, Insolvency & Bankruptcy
Mr Nikolay Voznesenskiy  photo Mr Nikolay Voznesenskiy Partner, Head of Antitrust and Competition  
Mr Igor Zhivotov photo Mr Igor Zhivotov Counsel, Banking & Finance
 Tsyden Zoriktuev  photo Tsyden Zoriktuev Senior Associate, Dispute Resolution 
Number of lawyers : +100
Number of partners : 20
American Chamber of Commerce in Russia
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)

Mergermarket Names Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Russia among the Russian Market’s Top-3 Law Firms

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.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Advises Avito Jobs on a USD 1.2 m Investment in HR Messenger

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 research for three quarters of 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 information and analytical project.

BCLP advises Irrico Limited, a VTB Capital and CEECAT Capital joint venture, on selling its agricultural business

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.

BCLP advises Mubadala Investment Company on investing in Dostavista Group (New Brand – Borzo)

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.

BCLP Competition Lawyers Ranked in ‘Who’s Who Legal’ 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 developers

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.

Vitaly Mozharowski Named a Key Russian Commercial Real Estate Market Maker by CRE-100 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 holding

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 Vostok

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. 

BCLP Russia Ranks High in the Chambers 2021 Rating for Private Wealth Law

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.

BCLP advises Sberbank on rub 161 billion sale of Eurocement Group

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:

BCLP advises Sberbank on selling Akhangarancement

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP (formerly Goltsblat BLP LLP), together with co-counsel in Uzbekistan Kosta Legal (, 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 Partners

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 MTT

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 merger

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.

Firm Highly Ranked by IsraelDesks 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 recommended

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.

BCLP Russia takes top positions in the Chambers Europe 2021 rating

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 data

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.

BCLP Russia advised Algorithmics on raising investment from Winter Capital Partners and RCIF

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.

BCLP Russia retains leading positions in the Chambers Global 2021 rating

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.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner appoints Yury Babichev as Dispute Resolution Partner

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is delighted to announce that Yury Babichev has been appointed Dispute Resolution Partner effective 1 January 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.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner advises Gazprom Neft on launching JV with Zyfra

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.

BCLP advises Mubadala Investment Company on a venture investment in MEL Science

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.

BCLP Russia advised Algorithmics on raising investment from Winter Capital Partners and RCIF

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.

BCLP Russia advises Intl Investment Bank on USD 96.5m financing to State Transport Leasing Company

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.

Goltslat Blp Advises On Sale Of A 100% Share In Metcombank To Pao Sovcombank

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.

Goltsblat Blp Advises On Acquisition Of A 90.99% Stake In Onexim’s Opin

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.

Goltsblat Blp Advises Gett On Its Usd 100 M Financing From Sberbank

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.

Goltsblat Blp Advises Icbc On Leasing Six A321-211 To Aeroflot

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.

Vitaly Dianov Appointed Goltsblat Blp Competition & Antitrust Partner

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 T

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.

Goltsblat Blp Advises On Merger Of Two Major Taxi Aggregators In Russia

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). 

Goltsblat Blp Proves To The Supreme Court That Adjustment Of Import Vat Deductions Is Unlawful

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.

Goltsblat Blp Advises Sberbank Investments As Restructuring Agent On Genser’s Debt Restructuring

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.

Goltsblat Blp Advises Mts On Acquisition Of A Controlling Stake In Start-up Litebox

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.

Goltsblat Blp Advises Ferronordic Machines On Its Nasdaq Stockholm Ipo

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.

Julia Romanova Joins Goltsblat Blp As Head Of Group, Reinforcing Its Dispute Resolution Practice

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.

GBLP has advised EDB and IIB on a RUB 8.15 bn syndicated facility

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.

Goltsblat BLP advised AFG National on its JV with Volga Group

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. 

Goltsblat BLP advises Alfa-Bank on the acquisition of a stake in fin-tech company Pay-Me

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.

Merger Creates Global Law Firm, ‘bryan Cave Leighton Paisner’ Llp, New Name On Russian Market

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.

Goltsblat BLP advises on sale of Sailfish OS developer

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. 

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (russia) Acted For Vimpelcom Vs Fas Of Russia Over Sms Service Tariffs

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.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP top-ranked by The Legal 500 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.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Russia Defends Prosveshcheniye Publishers in Major Book Industry Case

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.

IPC Puts off Double Data vs. Vkontakte Hearings until 17 July

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.

BCLP (Russia) advised MasterCard Member Association on Russia’s first Cash-Out service

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 & damage

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.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP advises Rusklimat Group on a restructuring project

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.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP advises Verno and Kazakhstan Infrastructure Fund

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.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner appointed Sberbank’s sole legal counsel on US and EU sanctions

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.

International Tax Review again names BCLP (Russia) LLP’s tax lawyers among leading experts in Russ

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.

BCLP Russia advises Da Vinci Capital on investments in global technology company DataArt

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. 

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (russia) Representing Rushydro In Arbitration Against Kyrgyzstan

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. 

Celebrating 10 Years!

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.

BCLP Russia advised Far East & Baikal Region Development Fund on finance transaction

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

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (russia) Llp Top-ranked By The Legal 500 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.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Russia Advises Hms Group 
on Restructuring

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.