Reception held to celebrate the official opening of Goltsblat BLP New Offices

30.03.2009

On 26 March 2009, a reception was held to celebrate the official opening of Goltblat BLP's New Offices. The function was attended by over 300 guests – Partners, Clients, Colleagues and Friends of Firm.

Goltsblat BLP, which began business at the beginning of 2009, when a merger was announced between a team of lawyers headed by Andrey Goltsblat and a leading British law firm, Berwin Leighton Paisner, has now officially celebrated the opening of its new office and the launch of its business on to the Russian market.

Speaking on behalf of the firm at the reception were Andrey Goltsblat, Managing Partner of Goltsblat BLP, and Neville Eisenberg, Managing Partner of Berwin Leighton Paisner. The BLP partners who have joined the Goltsblat BLP team and will now work in Moscow – Ian Ivory (corporate finances, restructuring) and Laurence Rogers (finance, restructuring), were also presented to the guests.

Igor Titov, foreign economic relations counsellor to the Mayor of Moscow, wished Goltsblat BLP all success on behalf of the Government of Moscow. He noted, in particular, how important it is today for foreign companies to choose the right consultant on entering the Russian market: “companies are often unsure which law firm to choose – a Russian one or a foreign one. Russian law firms have experience and contacts, while foreign ones have a good basis and history and know the foreign legislation. But the idea came to the partners of Goltsblat BLP to combine these two elements and create a new firm. Andrey Goltsblat’s team is well known in Moscow for its professional approach, honesty and vision of the prospects for the Russian economy’s development”.

On behalf of Goltsblat BLP’s clients, Larisa Inozemtseva, Director for Corporate Affairs of Mars LLC, Alexandra Nesterenko, Deputy General Director of GC Rosnanotech, and Vincent Prangier, General Counsel for Europe of the Guardian corporation, expressed their best wishes to the new company.

Andrey Goltsblat, Managing Partner of Goltsblat BLP, commented that “By combining our efforts with Berwin Leighton Paisner, which is one of the Top-20 best British law firms, we are convinced that we will be able to offer a totally new, unique and fresh product for which there is a real demand on the market. We can now provide our clients with even more services, be of use to them and help them get through these difficult times, and then once more move forward together, reaching new horizons and achieving new victories”.

Neville Eisenberg spoke about the opening of Goltsblat BLP: “I have worked with Andrey and his team for a number of years and we have developed a very high regard for the quality of his team. We came to the view that it is the best group of Russian lawyers that we’ve worked with and finally, together with Andrey and his partners, we identified a gap on the Moscow market where there are a number of foreign firms in Moscow and also some good level ones, but there has not yet been a combination of two capabilities – of Russian and English law. Goltsblat BLP now combines Russian and international advice in one office, which we believe is a new and very positive development in the Moscow market.”

From 30 March 2009, Goltsblat BLP is located in its new offices at: Moscow City Business Centre, 8, Presnenskaya Nab., Bldg. 1, 14th Floor, Moscow, 123100, Russia.

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