Matvey Kaploukhiy is promoted to partnership at Goltsblat BLP

20.05.2014

Moscow / London, 20 May 2014

Corporate/M&A Practice of Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of BLP, has been strengthened by the appointment of a new partner. Matvey Kaploukhiy has been a member of the firm’s Corporate/M&A Practice team for ten years.

He focuses on M&A transactions, primarily in the energy and natural resource sectors, direct private investment and corporate restructuring projects. Matvey also has experience of participating in real estate transactions.

“I would like to congratulate Matvey on this appointment. He has significant experience of supporting complex transactions for both Russian and international clients. Matvey has grown within our practice and has always been one of key team members. I am delighted to see him promoted.” – emphasized Anton Sitnikov, Partner, Head of Corporate / M&A at Goltsblat BLP.

Some of the projects Matvey participated include advising: RusHydro (the largest Russia’s hydropower producer) on setting up a strategic alliance and joint venture with Voith and in establishing a joint venture with JSC Electric Power Stations (Kyrgyzstan) to construct four hydro-electric power plants in Kyrgyzistan; Tomsk Refining AB on sale of an oil-refinery; Sakhalinugol coal company on establishing a JV for coal production and port infrastructure development in Russia’s Far East; Mars on the acquisition of Wrigley.

Despite challenging times Corporate/M&A Practice of Goltsblat BLP has been demonstrating stable growth and outstanding performance in the recent years, including revenue growth in 2014 by almost one fourth in comparison with the previous year. The recent work highlights include advising McAfee/Intel in relation to its $389 m acquisition of StoneSoft, a Finland-based leading innovator in the next-generation network firewall products; advice on all Russian law related aspects in connection with a capital increase of Raiffeisen Bank International AG (with gross proceeds of approximately €2.78 billion, the transaction was one of the three largest capital increases in the history of the Vienna Stock Exchange); OAO Sheremetyevo International Airport in connection with consolidation of its assets through the merger that was initiated by the Government of the Russian Federation; assisting Kvaerner in the corporation's business development activities in Russia, including establishment of partnerships with Russian companies working in the Energy sector, advising Mr. Evgeny Ovsyannikov on sale of his 100% share in Roxtec Ru (one of the leading sealing elements distributor on the CIS market) to Roxtec AB (Sweden); providing full-scope legal & tax support to Tommy Hilfiger in acquisition of retail business from a major franchisee; advising Akfen Holding (a major Turkish developer) on acquisition of a 100% stake in Severny Avtovokzal, a Russian company holding the rights to develop a land plot located on Leningradsky Prospect in Moscow, to build its third Moscow Ibis hotel there; etc.

Goltsblat BLP has one of the biggest Corporate/M&A teams in Russia, which team consists of 29 lawyers, including 7 partners qualified under Russian, English and USA laws. The team in Russia is supported by a well-established multinational team: globally, BLP’s Corporate/M&A team has over 200 lawyers, the majority based in London and others across our Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Paris and Singapore. For several years in a row, Goltsblat BLP’s Corporate/M&A Practice has been consistently high ranked (“top-ranked”/“highly recommended”) by Legal 500 and Chambers. For example, the recently released Chambers Europe 2014 commented that the team is highly respected in the market for “combining local expertise with wide global coverage, offering clients UK, US and Russian law capabilities on the ground” , "transparent approach and business acumen" which makes it a "very reliable adviser."

The Corporate/ M&A team of Goltsblat BLP provides full range of corporate transactional work, including public takeovers, private M&A and disposals, complex joint ventures and strategic alliances, both domestic and cross-border and combines transactional skills with unrivalled specialist expertise across a range of disciplines, including top-notch experts in intellectual property, real estate, finance, tax, competition and employment. Industry-wise the team’s experience covers most if not all industries with specific emphasis on energy and natural resources, TMT, real estate, FMCG and retail, industrial manufacturing, banking and infrastructure. Overall, eight new partners have been appointed in the London, Hong Kong and Moscow offices of the international law firm BLP.

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