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Firm Profile

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Firm Profile


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  • Square de Meeus 38-40
  • Brussels
  • Brussels Capital Region
  • Belgium
  • B-1000

Firm profile submitted by Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Managing Partner: Andrey Goltsblat
Number of partners: 19
Number of lawyers: Over 100

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP, the Russian practice of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, is a top-tier international law firm. It is able to provide first-class, multi-jurisdictional advice and transactional support for complex high-profile deals and projects for multinationals, Russian corporates and state-owned companies. The Russian practice, with its 20+ years’ experience, has over 100 lawyers qualified under Russian, English and US law. The firm focuses on complex transactional and litigation work and continue to utilise fully the firm’s full service capabilities, which is, de facto, its competitive advantage on the Russian market, allowing us to support expertise-specific matters.

Asia Practice
Banking & Finance
Competition & Antitrust
Corporate Recovery & Restructuring
Customs & International Trade
Dispute Resolution
Employment, Pensions & Benefits
Energy & Natural Resources
Insolvency & Bankruptcy
Intellectual Property /IT
Legal Support for Foreign Direct Investment
Projects in Russia
PPP / Infrastructure
Real Estate & Construction
White Collar Crime Defence

Main Areas of Practice

Asia Practice:
With offices in Greater China and South-East Asia, BLP/Goltsblat BLP has a unique position in the region. The 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 & Finance:
Comprehensive advice on all aspects of finance law, including investment and development finance, asset finance, structured finance, leveraged finance, PPP and infrastructure project finance and derivative products, for both banks and borrowers based in Russia or other countries.

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.

Competition & Antitrust:
The firm has extensive expertise in practical application of competition law. The firm’s 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 Anti-monopoly Service to improve Russian competition law.

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.

The firm has one of the biggest corporate / M&A teams on the market Russia, 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 & 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, specialising in corporate, commercial, real estate, customs, tax, labour, IP and consumer disputes.

Employment, Pensions & 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 & 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 & 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:
GBLP’s 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.

Legal Support for Foreign Direct Investment Projects in Russia:
The firm has unique and practical experience of supporting FDI projects and provides advice to multinational investors from conception through to day-to-day operational support. The firm can help in all areas, including region and site selection, negotiation with public authorities, site acquisition and importation of plant and other equipment.

Real Estate & 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’.

The firm has one of the biggest and strongest fiscal teams among Moscow law firms. 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.

White Collar Crime Defence:
The team is among the strongest in Russia for advising on white collar crime defence. Its specialists have extensive experience of defending companies, as well as directors and senior managers, against regulatory and/or criminal prosecutions. The team has experience of acting for clients in courts, before law-enforcement agencies and other state authorities in virtually all Russian regions and CIS countries.


  • Moscow City Business Centre,
  • 8, Presnenskaya Nab.,
  • Bldg.1,
  • Moscow,
  • Russia
  • 123100
  • Tel +7 495 287 44 44
  • Fax +7 495 287 44 45
  • Website :