Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of BLP, announces joining of two partners Vladislav Sourkov and Rustam Aliev to our real estate and construction practice


Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of BLP, announces that a team of two partners, Vladislav Sourkov and Rustam Aliev, are joining our Real Estate and Construction Practice.

This consolidation of teams is prompted by the significant growth and development of the Real Estate and Construction Practice of Goltsblat BLP's Moscow Office and, in accordance with the firm's strategy, is aimed at strengthening our international capabilities in response to the increasing demand on the part of Russian and foreign clients for legal support for major real estate transactions.

Before joining Goltsblat BLP, Vladislav Sourkov led the real estate practice of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld's Moscow office for two years and, before that, he was the head of the CMS real estate practice. Rustam Aliev was a Real Estate Practice Counsel at the Moscow office of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld and before, at CMS. Together with Partners Vladislav Sourkov and Rustam Aliev, Goltsblat BLP's Real Estate will be joined by Senior Associate Dmitry Maltsev, who worked for several years with Vladislav and Rustam at both Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld and CMS. The team are expected to have completed their move to Goltsblat BLP by 15 January 2014.

This well-established team with an excellent reputation on the market was top-ranked by Legal 500 and Chambers, etc. several years running and Vladislav Sourkov has ranked first in “CRE 100. 100 Most Authoritative Persons on the Real Estate Market” two years in row, in 2012 and 2013. The team has recently been involved in a series of notable major acquisitions in connection with prominent new business centres in Moscow and other cities throughout Russia.

At Goltsblat BLP, Vladislav Sourkov and Rustam Aliev's team will cooperate closely with Vitaly Mozharowski, who has led the Real Estate and Construction Practice of the Moscow office, as well as with the firm's international real estate team in London, Berlin, Frankfurt, Brussels, Paris, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Currently, the BLP Real Estate and Construction Practice is one of the major international teams and has more than 360 lawyers worldwide. In 2013, The Legal 500 UK Awards ranked BLP as Best Law Firm in Real Estate, and The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners, for several years in row, have recognised Goltsblat BLP's Real Estate and Construction Practice, led by Vitaly Mozharowski, as Rank 1 in providing legal support for real estate and construction projects in Russia. The most remarkable projects of the practice are Nord Stream and South Stream, as well as several major projects implemented for Sheremetievo International Airport (asset consolidation, syndicated lending, development of the North Terminal Complex), plus RusHydro's HPP cascade construction in the Kyrgyz Republic, etc..

Goltsblat BLP Managing Partner Andrey Goltsblat comments on the reinforcement of the Real Estate and Construction Practice: “I am sure that the consolidation of these two highly professional teams will allow our Real Estate and Construction Practice to strengthen its position as a market leader.”

Vitaly Mozharowski, Partner, Head of Real Estate and Construction Practice, Goltsblat BLP: “I am pleased that Vladislav, Rustam and Dmitry have joined us. Their experience is very much in line with the strategy of our Practice. We hope that this team will accelerate the growth of the Real Estate and Construction Practice we have seen recently.”

BLP International Real Estate Partner, James Knox, said: “BLP is renowned internationally for its expertise in real estate and we are delighted that such a regarded team of legal experts will provide added weight to the highly successful GBLP’s Real Estate practice in Russia as well as to our global real estate capability. As Russia is forecast to see investment in the sector reach between $7-8bn this year, it is already one of the largest real estate markets in Europe - with Moscow the third largest real estate investment city after London and Paris.”

Vladislav Sourkov says, “I am happy to become part of such a strong, dynamic and actively developing team recognised on the market. Their visibility, pace of growth and calibre of clients and projects are both impressive and inspiring.”

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