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

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP
CAPITAL CITY COMPLEX, MOSCOW CITY BUSINESS CENTRE
8 PRESNENSKAYA NAB, BUILDING 1, 14TH FLOOR
123100 MOSCOW
Russia

Competition Tier 1

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP fields a dedicated antitrust and competition department, which is headed up by Nikolay Voznesenskiy, who is  ‘experienced and well-known in the market’. Notably, the team leverages the expertise of the firm’s capabilities worldwide and works closely with the London and Brussels offices.  The practice of Vitaly Dianov focuses on contentious matters including cases alleging abuse of dominance, as well as cartel investigations and dawn raids. Recently promoted counsel Alexander Muravin handles abuse of dominance work, cartels and vertical agreements. Clients also single out counsel Andrey Neminuschiy.

Practice head(s):

Nikolay Voznesenskiy

Testimonials

Quick, pragmatic and high-quality legal services

The team has excellent expertise and in-depth knowledge of all aspects of competition law-related matters.

Nikolay Voznesenskiy is a professional who maintains the highest standards in his work; Nikolay is able to quickly identify an issue and to offer an effective solution thereto.

Nikolay Voznesensky and counsel Andrey Neminushy are the best in the antitrust field. They have efficiently handled matters for me in different jurisdictions over the past 12 years.

Andrey Neminuschiy is a strong expert with solid knowledge of competition law. He has excellent analytical skills and is very diligent and detail-oriented.

Vitaly Dianov has excellent leadership and trial skills. We can trust him to handle any complex, challenging competition case. He is very strategic and relentless in pursuing the client’s best interests and maintaining the highest ethical standards.

Senior associate Alexander Muravin is client-oriented and stands out for the depth of his knowledge of the legislation and its application.

Key clients

Mars

United Metallurgical Company

VimpelCom

John Deere Agricultural Holdings

MasterCard Members’ Association

Philips

Federal Freight Company

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries

Elopak

Heineken

NPK Katren

Delo Group

Novatek

Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories

TechnoNICOL

Moscow Cargo

Cherkizovo TH

Intellectual property Tier 1

Well known for its wealth of expertise in trade marks, copyright, data protection and patent litigation, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP's practice is led by disputes specialist Elena Trusova. Counsel Evgeny Oreshin specialises in intellectual property disputes, particularly those involving trade mark infringement, patents and domain names. Anton Nefedev is also recommended for IP issues regarding technology and software.

Practice head(s):

Elena Trusova

Testimonials

‘Their practice in IP and data protection is very strong. They have the resources and experience to answer our questions in a timely manner with reasonable fees.’

‘Elena Trusova, Irina Shurmina and Evgeny Oreshin are a great team of professionals possessing knowledge of the industry. They have an active involvement in client projects and are interested in achieving optimal results for their clients. Their long-term vision and strategy – confirmed by their readiness to work on pro bono projects with a social aspect – allows them to achieve sustainable results and gain personal visibility in the market, as well as to build stable relationships with clients.’

Key clients

Prosveshcheniye Publishing House

Double Data

Tokyo Broadcasting System Inc.

Nike

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries

Real estate and construction Tier 1

At Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP, Vitaly Mozharowski leads the real estate department and has substantial experience in real estate and construction projects. The department is particularly focused on the hotels and leisure sector, where team members assist clients with a broad array of issues relating to the management of ultra-luxury hotels, resorts, serviced apartments and villas. Clients also praise the team’s strength in handling commercial and industrial real property transactions. Rustam Aliev is a specialist in transactional issues spanning real estate and corporate law, and Yuri Chernobrivtsev has niche expertise in leasing matters, and acts for tenants and landlords. Counsels Dmitry Ilyin and Inna Firsova are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Vitaly Mozharowski

Testimonials

A very practical and thoughtful team which covers the whole spectrum of real estate issues. All team members are very creative, client-oriented and dedicated to completing a task.

The group has profound knowledge of both real estate and construction in particular and of how the market works in general.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner supported us very competently with negotiating very favourable terms under an agreement with a landlord.

The team is able to handle complex transactions in a timely manner, due to the depth and the expertise of the team and the adequate back-office resourcing.

Vitaly Mozharowski was our main contact for our project. The purpose of the instruction was to negotiate a lease with a local landlord. Mozharowski’s knowledge of the Russian laws and the particularities of the market assisted us with negotiating a great agreement. We are very pleased on the quality of services rendered by Mr. Mozharowski — without his professional assistance, we would not have achieved the same results.

Vitaly Mozharowski is very good in client service and team management.

Yuri Chernobrivtsev is an outstanding partner in lease matters – very dedicated to the client, practical and thoughtful.

We worked with Rustam Aliev, who represented us in various transactions. He has strong negotiation skills, a sharp mind, and in-depth knowledge of issues arising in relation to real estate and corporate law.

Key clients

Sheremetyevo International Airport

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals

Vi Holding

PIK Group

X5 Retail Group

UFG Real Estate Russia

Orientir Development

ADG Group

Raven Property Group

Hines

Transport Tier 1

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP's multi-disciplinary team combines 'deep industry expertise' with a 'flexible and creative approach' to asset finance work, corporate and commercial transactions, and regulatory matters in the aviation, shipping and public transportation sectors. Notable mandates include advising on the reconstruction of Sheremetyevo International Airport and assisting New Concession Company with the development of a toll bypass of Kutuzovsky Prospekt in the centre of Moscow. Key figures include head of real estate and construction Vitaly Mozharowski; banking and asset finance specialists Oleg Khokhlov and Tatiana Parshak; and corporate partner Matvey Kaploukhiy.

Practice head(s):

Vitaly Mozharowski

Testimonials

Outstanding practice, very supportive, building perfect relationships, high quality of legal work, extremely flexible and creative approach, deep industry expertise, best value for money’

‘Tatiana Parshak and Oleg Khokhlov are really reliable, with spectacular knowledge. They are deeply engaged and perfect in communication. We have tried to engage them on all our transactions to receive the best possible results.’

Key clients

Sheremetyevo International Airport / Moscow

Nord Stream AG

Nord Stream 2 AG

South/TurkStream Offshore Pipeline

Far East and Arctic Region Development Fund

Russian Direct Investment Fund

Banking and finance: Lender or arranger side Tier 2

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP acts on a variety of matters involving general and syndicated lending work, secured lending issues, asset finance mandates, financial services regulations and project finance highlights. Oleg Khokhlov leads the department and has specialist expertise in secured and unsecured lending, while Sergey Milanov is an expert in project finance issues in the oil and gas sector and stands out for his knowledge of the Japanese market. Recently promoted partner Tatiana Parshak focuses on a broad range of finance, structured debt and derivative issues.

Practice head(s):

Oleg Khokhlov

Key clients

International Investment Bank

DOM.RF

VEB.RF

Far East and Baikal Region Development Fund

Russian Agricultural Bank

Japan Bank for International Cooperation

GTLK Europe DAC

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

VTB Bank

Sberbank

China Development Bank

Commercial, corporate and M&a: Moscow Tier 2

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP fields a sizeable practice, which acts for sellers and buyers on domestic and international corporate and M&A transactions. As part of the group's strong cross-border work capabilities, recent highlights saw the department work closely with the firm’s offices in the US, UK and Hong Kong. The practice also draws on the expertise of the real estate, competition, finance, tax, employment and IP teams. Anton Sitnikov heads up the department, which includes Ekaterina Dedova, Matvey KaploukhiyAnton Panchenkov and managing partner Andrey Goltsblat as key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Anton Sitnikov

Testimonials

The team’s key advantages are: its extensive experience in supporting tough projects, its readiness to plunge into all details of a project, and its ability to come up with unique solutions to the issue at hand.

We highly appreciate the professionalism of BCLP’s lawyers, as well as their client-oriented approach and the high quality of their services. They also smoothly combine complex legal techniques with attention to details.

One of the strongest corporate and M&A teams on the market; partners’ close participation throughout a client’s project is a plus.

Anton Sitnikov is a great leader not only when it comes to his department, but also in terms of handling clients’ projects.

Ekaterina Dedova is a very hands-on and responsive lawyer, who ensures the high-quality performance of her team.

Anton Panchenkov is a professional of the highest calibre due to his superior communication skills and his client-oriented focus.

Key clients

Mars LLC

Mobile TeleSystems

Transmashholding

Siberian Generating Company

Miratorg

Kopy Goldfields AB

ESN Group

VPE Capital

Da Vinci Capital Management

UFG Private Equity

Raven Russia

Toyoko Inn

Rusklimat

Dispute resolution: arbitration and mediation Tier 2

The arbitration team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP demonstrates notable strength in investor-state arbitration, where it acts for sovereign clients and claimants. Particular sectors of focus for the group span the construction and engineering, technology, energy and natural resources industries. The team has also experienced an increase in cross-border mandates, which leverage the dual qualifications held by multiple team members in Russia, the UK and the US. Roman Khodykin and Elena Trusova jointly lead the department; counsel Yury Babichev is also singled out.

Practice head(s):

Roman Khodyki; Elena Trusova

Testimonials

Excellent knowledge of arbitration

This is a very reputable team which understands the nature of dispute resoution, especially when litigation is around the corner.

Even though this is a large firm, a client will be surrounded with attention of dedicated and very responsive senior lawyers. The firm boasts its links with offices located in multiple other jurisdictions to provide stitchless advice.

Counsel Yury Babichev not only understands the essence of various procedural rules, but also the nature of a transaction and its underlying motives. Yury’s valuable advice assists clients with developing a stronger, bulletproof position.

Roman Khodykin is a great lawyer with a deep understanding of both English and Russian law issues.

Key clients

RusHydro

Sberbank of Russia

Donna Union Foundation

VTB Bank

Ingosstrakh

HMS Group

Dispute resolution: Litigation Tier 2

The litigation group at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP has extensive experience acting for claimants, defendants and interested parties across a wide range of sectors, including the fast-moving consumer goods, retail, energy, telecoms, IT and financial services industries. Elena Trusova is a key practitioner on the IP litigation front; and Ivan Veselov specialises in litigation with a corporate or commercial focus, as well as high-profile bankruptcy-related claims. Oleg Arkhipov is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Elena Trusova; Ivan Veselov; Oleg Arkhipov

Testimonials

The team combines creativity with dedication, particularly in the field of IT-related disputes; it is also client-oriented, professional, as well as effective in offering solutions.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has both international experience and thorough knowledge of the local legal environment. As a result, the team is able to handle complex issues across a broad range of areas.’

Elena Trusova is a charismatic speaker.

Ivan Veselov is an outstanding litigator, who offers clients feasible solutions.

Evgeny Oreshin and Oleg Arkhipov immerse into the problems of their clients and keep their focus on bringing positive results.

Key clients

Double Data

Prosveshcheniye Publishing House

McDonald’s

Tokyo Broadcasting System Inc.

Volga-Sport JSC

Mars

Employment Tier 2

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP is best known for its excellent credentials in resolving complex labour disputes between employers and employees, the state labour inspectorate and other regulatory authorities. The team led by Nadezhda Ilyushina also advises on non-contentious employment law matters such as employee and senior management benefits, internal restructuring, data protection, immigration issues, and staff hires and dismissals. Also of note is counsel Yuri Ivanov, who specialises in dispute resolution, both in and out of court, particularly in cases involving appeals against the legality of dismissals and claims for payment of compensation.  

Practice head(s):

Nadezhda Ilyushina

Testimonials

‘BCLP’s employment practice is one of the best in the market: they provide support in the full scope of employment matters, including advisory and contentious work. Their advice is always very practical and helpful. The team is very responsive and client oriented.’

‘The team is highly qualified and result oriented. In my opinion it is the best team specialising in employment matters on the market. They have strong knowledge of labour and related legislation, including procedural legislation. Other strengths include their creativity in complicated cases, independence, quick responses, and many years of practical experience.’

‘Yuri Ivanov is a bright personality, and has brilliant presentation and communication skills. He is persuasive in court and before the state authorities. Yuri is proactive, gives practical advice, has extensive expertise in employment law, and demonstrates outstanding motivation and interest in advising the client’ 

‘Yuri Ivanov is a real star, providing thoughtful and practical advice. He is also very good at handling contentious matters.’

Key clients

Bridgestone

Dr. Reddys’s Laboratories

Guardian Industries

Johnson & Johnson

Mareven Food

Mars

Energy and natural resources Tier 2

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP's Moscow office has substantially expanded its capabilities with the lateral hires of Aydin Jebrailov and Levon Kocharyan from Norton Rose Fulbright, as the heads of the energy and natural resources and mining and infrastructure departments, respectively. Jebrailov has a 'very well-established reputation in the oil and gas market', where he advises on all aspects of negotiating, structuring and financing subsoil operations in Russia. As an expert in the mining and natural resources sector, Kocharyan has substantial experience assisting oil and gas companies with setting up and supervising operations in Russia, the corporate structuring of mining and energy projects through M&A transactions, and obtaining and transferring mineral licences, among other matters. Other key figures include Matvey Kaploukhiy, Anton Panchenkov, Anton Sitnikov and litigator Yury Babichev.

Practice head(s):

Aydin Jebrailov; Levon Kocharyan

Key clients

Siberian Generating Company

Kopy Goldfields AB

HMS Group

Petropavlovsk PLC

ESN Group

PPP and infrastructure projects Tier 2

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP's multi-disciplinary infrastructure team advises sponsors, lenders, developers and procuring authorities on all aspects of infrastructure development, with a core focus on corporate and tax structuring and investment in major projects in the transportation, energy and natural resources sectors. The team is jointly led by Vitaly Mozharowski, a specialist in the real estate, construction and transportation infrastructure fields, and banking partner Oleg Khokhlov. Khokhlov is particularly recommended for secured and unsecured lending transactions, restructuring, asset finance and venture capital deals.

Practice head(s):

Vitaly Mozharowski; Oleg Khokhlov

Key clients

Kopy Goldfields AB

New Concession Company

Aero-Sheremetyevo

Russian Direct Investment Fund

Sheremetyevo International Airport, Moscow

Nord Stream AG

Private client Tier 2

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP's team incorporates specialists from the firm's tax, dispute resolution, real estate, corporate and white-collar crime defence practices and its worldwide network of offices. Managing partner Andrey Goltsblat focuses on the private acquisition of assets, real estate purchases and trusts. Tax partner Evgeny Timofeev and white-collar crime specialist Anton Gusev are also key figures in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Andrey Goltsblat

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP provides complex restructuring and insolvency advice to a high-profile client roster of multinational companies, blue-chip companies and high-net-worth individuals. The team also has notable focus on insolvency litigation, which has a multi-jurisdictional element, where it benefits from the firm’s strong international presence. The department also frequently draws upon the expertise of the firm’s M&A, competition, employment and tax teams. Practice co-heads Ivan Veselov, Oleg Khokhlov, Anton Sitnikov and Elena Trusova are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Ivan Veselov; Oleg Khokhlov; Anton Sitnikov; Elena Trusova

Testimonials

Team members deliver high-quality results. Their extensive experience and strong presentation skills are also an added bonus.

The team demonstrates competence and a depth in knowledge. It was efficient in coordinating multiple matters in the insolvency field and beyond.

Ivan Veselov and his team offer clear, concise and effective advice on the full range of disputes, including high-profile bankruptcy cases.

Key clients

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

HMS Group

Samsung C&T Corporation

Great Wall Motors (China)

Mars

Sportmaster

Tax Tier 2

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP has notable experience in tax consulting work and tax litigation, which are areas of expertise for practice head Evgeny Timofeev. The group also provides customs and indirect tax advice through the knowledge of customs and international trade department leader Vladimir Tchikine. Counsel Alexander Erasov regularly defends clients against criminal tax allegations, and recently promoted counsel Anna Zelenskaya, who leads the tax advisory group, specialises in multi-jurisdictional tax restructurings. Counsel Anna Zvereva joined Dentons in 2019, and senior associate Dmitry Paramonov joined from FBK Legal in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Evgeny Timofeev

Testimonials

The professionals at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner keep their focus on the needs of the client and understand how businesses work. They also have expertise across multiple areas of law, which allows for any matter to be resolved by the same group.’

Vladimir Tchikine has great presentation skills.

Key clients

Mars

Mobile TeleSystems

HeadHunter

Da Vinci Capital Management

Russian Gas Turbines

Siberian Generating Company

Fasten

Fujikura

LafargeHolcim

TMT Tier 2

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP's practice is led by Ekaterina Dedova, a 'hands-on and responsive lawyer', supported by IP practice head Elena Trusova. Core areas of expertise for the 'outstanding team' include fintech and cryptocurrency, IT and data privacy, and media and digital broadcasting. Dedova focuses on corporate matters, including major cross-border transactions and joint ventures, in the TMT space.

Practice head(s):

Ekaterina Dedova

Testimonials

The TMT team led by Ekaterina Dedova is fully results oriented, with a complete understanding of the needs of the client. The unique combination of this and the team’s profound knowledge and vast experience is something that differentiates it from the competition.’

‘Ekaterina Dedova is a very hands-on and responsive lawyer who leads an outstanding team of specialists in the field, constantly ensuring the high-quality performance of her team. ‘

Key clients

Da Vinci Capital Management

PJSC Mobile TeleSystems

Finstar Financial Group

Softline

White-collar crime Tier 2

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP’s white-collar criminal defence team is headed up by counsel Anton Gusev, who focuses exclusively on corporate crime and has extensive experience in representing high-profile businessmen and public figures. Multiple team members have held positions in government bodies, which enhances the practice’s strength in enforcement matters. The department’s expertise in tax crime is enhanced by the expertise of counsel Alexander Erasov. Senior associate Angela Glamazdina is also singled out.

Practice head(s):

Anton Gusev

Testimonials

The team always provides high-quality support and reacts very quickly, if needed. Lawyers are very business-oriented and understand our needs and our specific issues.

Angela Glamazdina and Anton Gusev always provide prompt and tailored advice.

Banking and finance: Borrower side Tier 3

Led by Oleg Khokhlov, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP’s team advises on a wide range of banking and finance issues spanning domestic and cross-border mandates. Recent work highlights involved the team collaborating with the firm’s office in London and Singapore on significant cross-border transactions; the group also has particular strength in real estate finance work, which is a key area of expertise for recently promoted partner Tatiana Parshak. Sergey Milanov has a strong track record in providing project finance advice to clients in the oil and gas industry.

Practice head(s):

Oleg Khokhlov

Key clients

Raven Property Group

Petropavlovsk Plc

Gett

The firm: Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP (formerly Goltsblat BLP in Russia) 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 31 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 firm has extensive expertise in practical application of competition law. Our lawyers have successfully represented both Russian and international organisations before the competition authorities in Russia and Europe and have worked closely with the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service to improve Russian competition law.

Asia practice: With offices in Greater China and South-East Asia, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has a unique position in the region. Our cross-office Asia team is multi-disciplinary and multi-lingual. Moscow-based lawyers have considerable experience of work on Asia-related projects offering cross-practice support to both Asian investors in Russia and Russian corporates interested in entering Asian markets.

Banking and finance: Comprehensive advice on all aspects of finance law, including investment and development finance, asset finance, real estate finance, restructuring, structured finance, leveraged finance, PPP and infrastructure project finance and derivative products, for both lenders and borrowers based in Russia or other countries.

Commercial: The firm advises its clients on Russian and international commercial law, 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: The firm has one of the biggest and most resourceful corporate/M&A teams on the market, with 20+ Russian and English law qualified lawyers, and impressive transactional experience across a number of industries. 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 area.

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.

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 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: The team provides 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; and construction, reconstruction and maintenance of infrastructure facilities, including oil and gas pipelines.

Insolvency and bankruptcy: Applying their successful experience of supporting company bankruptcy procedures in a variety of businesses, the lawyers help clients evaluate correctly the likelihood of problem debtors paying off their debts, choose the best way to resolve a problem debt situation and achieve maximum satisfaction of creditor claims during debtor bankruptcy procedures.

Intellectual property/IT: 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.

PPP/infrastructure: The cross-practice team has substantial experience in all aspects of PPP/Infrastructure, from corporate and tax structuring to financing and regulatory. They also support different public and private initiatives undertaken in the PPP field for developing an appropriate legislative framework and establishing a professional society for PPP activities (projects).

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.

Real estate and construction: One of the most notable and highly demanded real estate practices on the Russian market, embracing all aspects of real estate matters, including acquisition, development, leasing, construction, environmental issues, finance and dispute resolution, and is consistently recognised as “a great choice for Russian real estate work”.

Tax: The firm has one of the biggest and strongest fiscal teams in Russia. It is a focused team, with experts specialising in different areas of tax and offering both tax advice and tax litigation support with an extremely high success rate: 98-99% in over 1,000 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 telecommunications specifics ranging from corporate and commercial aspects of telecommunications 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 Corporate/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
Managing Partner, Senior Partner, Private Client, M&A, Investment Projects Andrey Goltsblat
Antitrust and Competition Nikolay Voznesenskiy
Asia Practice Sergey Milanov
Banking and Finance Oleg Khokhlov
Compliance Andrey Goltsblat
Compliance Anton Gusev
Compliance Oleg Khokhlov
Compliance Nikolay Voznesenskiy
Corporate / M&A Andrey Goltsblat
Corporate / M&A Anton Sitnikov
Customs and International Trade Vladimir Tchikine
Dispute Resolution Elena Trusova
Dispute Resolution Ivan Veselov
Dispute Resolution Oleg Arkhipov
Employment, Pensions and Benefits Nadezhda Ilyushina
Energy and Natural Resources Anton Sitnikov
Energy and Natural Resources Vitaly Mozharowski
Energy and Natural Resources Aydin Jebrailov
Energy and Natural Resources Levon Kocharyan
Energy and Natural Resources Matvey Kaploukhiy
International Arbitration Yury Babichev
International Arbitration Julia Romanova
Insolvency and Bankruptcy Ivan Veselov
Insolvency and Bankruptcy Elena Trusova
Intellectual Property / IT Elena Trusova
PPP / Infrastructure Oleg Khokhlov
PPP / Infrastructure Vitaly Mozharowski
Real Estate and Construction Vitaly Mozharowski
Tax Evgeny Timofeev
White Collar Criminal Defence Anton Gusev
White Collar Criminal Defence Andrey Goltsblat
Insolvency and Bankruptcy Anton Panchenkov
Moscow Israeli desk Anton Panchenkov
TMT Ekaterina Dedova
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Ms Anastasia Speranskaya  photo Ms Anastasia Speranskaya
Mr Vladimir Tchikine  photo Mr Vladimir Tchikine
Mr Evgeny Timofeev  photo Mr Evgeny Timofeev
Ms Elena Trusova  photo Ms Elena Trusova
Mr Vladislav Vdovin  photo Mr Vladislav Vdovin
Ms Ekaterina Verle  photo Ms Ekaterina Verle
Mr Ivan Veselov  photo Mr Ivan Veselov
Mr Nikolay Voznesenskiy  photo Mr Nikolay Voznesenskiy
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Number of lawyers : +100
Number of partners : 20
American 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)
Non-commercial partnership 'Support in Developing Corporate Law'

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.


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.


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


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.


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. 


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. 


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.


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.


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.

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.


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 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.


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”). 


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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 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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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 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 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 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). 


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 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.


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 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.


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.