Goltsblat BLP is pleased to announce that Andrei Baev is joining BLP as a senior partner to strengthen further the firm’s energy & natural resources practice and its Russian offer to clients


This appointment is in response to the increased demand by Russian clients and those investing in Russia for high-quality finance advice, in particular in oil & gas, energy and infrastructure sectors.

Previously a partner in Allen and Overy (A&O) in London, Andrei has also worked for the A&O offices in Moscow and New York. He has significant expertise in multi-jurisdictional deals, with a focus on the development and financing of major oil & gas upstream, midstream and downstream projects, independent power projects, nuclear power projects, mining, telecommunication  and infrastructure projects throughout the world, in particular cross-border projects in Russia, CIS, Eastern and Central Europe, Turkey and Asia. Prior to A&O, Andrei worked at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York and Mayer, Brown & Platt in Los Angeles.

Most recently Andrei represented Gazprom in connection with the South Stream Gas Pipeline Project; Trans-Balkan Pipeline B.V. in connection with the construction and project financing of the Burgas-Alexandroupolus cross-border oil pipeline project; Atomstroyexport in connection with newly built nuclear power plants in Akkuyu, Turkey and Belene, Bulgaria; Taneko and Tatneft on the construction and financing of a large refinery and petrochemical complex in Nizhnekamsk, Tatarstan; Macquarie Renaissance Infrastructure Fund in connection with the tender for the concession of Samara airport in Russia and InterRAO UES and RusHydro on several acquisitions of energy companies.

Andrei’s will work closely with the combined English and Russian law capabilities of the London and Moscow offices in executing major regional transactions and he will spend significant amount of his time in Goltsblat BLP, the Moscow practice of BLP, and in the London office to support the Russian/ CIS clients and others on their needs. 

Andrey Goltsblat, managing partner of Goltsblat BLP, comments: "I am sure that Andrei’s hire will further expand our international capabilities and expertise in supporting of cross-border transactions in Russia and the CIS. His extensive experience in the region will help broaden our offer to clients in the Russian market."

Matthew Kellett, the managing partner of BLP’s finance department, said: "The Russia and CIS markets are growing strongly, particularly in the sectors in which Andrei specialises and his hire will ensure we have the capacity and skills in place to meet future needs across the region."

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