Firm profile submitted by Goltsblat BLP
Managing Partner: Andrey Goltsblat
Number of Partners: 17
Number of Lawyers: 100
International Offices: Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Paris, Singapore, Tel Aviv, Yangon
Goltsblat BLP is the Russian practice of Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), an award winning international law firm with over 800 lawyers in 13 offices in major commercial and financial centres: Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Moscow, Paris, Singapore, Tel Aviv and Yangon. With a team of 100 Russian and English-qualified lawyers based in Moscow, Goltsblat BLP is one of the biggest international law firms in Russia/CIS. The firm is a unique offering on the Russian legal market because of its widely recognised local and strong international capabilities. Today, Goltsblat BLP is a top-tier international law firm able to provide top-level international advice and transactional support for complex high profile deals for both big multinationals and major Russian corporates. The firm focuses on complex transactional and litigation work and continues to utilise its full service capabilities, which are, de facto, GBLP’s competitive advantage on the Russian market, allowing the firm to support expertise-specific deals.
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. Its 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.
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, 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.
The firm is recognised as having one of the biggest litigation teams in Russia, with 46 trial lawyers based in Moscow, each specialising in a particular area (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:
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:
This is 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.