After ten years with the Moscow office of a magic circle firm, what made you opt for Goltsblat BLP?
The point is that GBLP is the Russian practice of BLP (Berwin Leighton Paisner), which is itself a reputable City law firm playing in the same top league as the magic circle in such segments as Real Estate Finance and even beating those same magic circle firms in the spheres of Construction and Dispute Resolution.
By the way, BLP strives to be the most reputable if not the largest law firm, to which we all aspire, although we are also one of the largest law firms in Moscow. You will hardly think of a major real estate or real estate finance transaction in London which proceeded without BLP participation, so when you see a new skyscraper, you can be sure that BLP was involved.
As to Russia, GBLP is an active contributor to everything relating to foreign direct investment and the list of our clients speaks for itself.
Tamara, you have been with the firm since its inception and have worked with the team for over 10 years. How does GBLP differ from companies you worked in previously?
Ambition and a refusal rest on one’s laurels. The ability to set high goals -- or, as they say in English, the desire to “hitch your wagon to a star”. Plus, of course, boldness, a readiness to take risks, even in difficult times.
Why do you think GBLP is managing to gain additional market shares and position itself successfully on the legal market?
I think the main factors are professional flexibility and the ability to be proactive.