Goltsblat BLP has been Top-ranked by Legal 500 EMEA 2013


Legal 500 EMEA 2013, one of the world’s leading rankings in the legal industry, has recommended Goltsblat BLP lawyers as key specialists in their field.

Such positive results evidence that the strategy pursued by the firm has been a success, with its clients highly appraising the new opportunities offered by Goltsblat BLP, including international advice and support. The ranking is based on client feedback, as well as the level and complexity of the projects implemented over the last year.
According to the published results Goltsblat BLP is recommended in the following areas:

1) Corporate/ M&A (Tier 4)

Andrey Goltsblat (Leading individual in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg ranking)

"Goltsblat BLP is ‘one of the best in the Russian market’. Practice co-heads Andrey Goltsblat and Anton Sitnikov are recommended. Sitnikov led advice to Alfa Insurance on a joint venture with a private investor in the Russian medical insurance market."

2) Real Estate (Tier 1 – for the 3rd year in the row)

"Goltsblat BLP’s financing expertise is highlighted by its ongoing advice to Nordstream on its $7.8bn construction of the Russian section of a submarine gas pipeline. In real estate, the team advised Mail.ru on the leasing of one of Moscow’s Skylight Towers, one of the highest value lettings of 2011. Team head Vitaly Mozharowski and Yuri Chernobrivtsev are ‘very professional, committed and creative’.”

3) Dispute Resolution (Tier 3)

"Goltsblat BLP successfully represented Stockmann in the St. Petersburg Court of Arbitration in a construction case, and enforced a judgement of $35m by the International Commercial Arbitration Court for client ING Bank at the Moscow Court of Arbitration. Practice co-heads Rustam Kurmaev – ‘an outstandingly effective litigator’ – and the ‘highly professional’ Elena Trusova were joined by fellow co-head Oleg Arkhipov, who was hired from Hannes Snellman LLC.”

4) IP (Tier 2)

"Goltsblat BLP’s prominent practice spans contentious and non-contentious work, and its recent highlights include successfully defending Unilever in an IP arbitration brought by Nestlé concerning the use of a trade mark in a Russian advertising campaign. The firm has a dedicated patent prosecution team and has also been active representing clients, including Jaguar, during IP-related investigations brought by the Federal Antimonopoly Service. Team head Elena Trusova is recommended."

5) Tax (Tier 2)

"Goltsblat BLP’s sizeable group acts for international and Russian clients on the full range of tax matters. Its separate customs team recently acted for Kimberly-Clark to successfully invalidate a VAT assessment by the authorities. Practice head Evgeny Timofeev is recommended.”

6) Employment (Tier 3)

"Goltsblat BLP’s recent contentious work includes successfully defending a multinational bank against a former employee’s compensation claim. New team head Nadezhda Ilyushina joined from Mannheimer Swartling in February 2012.”

7) Energy & Natural Resources (Tier 5)

"Goltsblat BLP advised key clients Inter Rao and RusHydro on a loan agreement and joint venture, respectively. Other clients include Nord Stream and Gazprom. Team head Kyle Davis was promoted to the partnership in August 2012.”

8) TMT (Tier 3)

"Goltsblat BLP advises on a range of issues including corporate law, data protection and contentious issues. Anton Sitnikov heads the team, which advises clients including Alt Telecom and Integrieres Ressourcen Management.”

9) Banking & Finance (Other recommended firms 1st tier)

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