Goltsblat BLP celebrates its anniversary.


Goltsblat BLP is one year old today. It is precisely one year since Andrey Goltsblat and his team combined forces with leading British law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) to offer a new product on the market - the first Russian international law firm Goltsblat BLP.

Last year was far from easy for many reasons: the economic crisis has affected most companies, including clients of Goltsblat BLP, and this has undoubtedly also impacted on the consulting industry as a whole. Yet, in spite of this, Goltsblat BLP and its services have been in demand on the market. The firm is developing energetically and confidently. Our clients and projects are steadily growing in number. Goltsblat BLP’s clients include dozens of Fortune 500 companies, such as Johnson & Johnson, Kimberly-Clark, Nike, P&G and others.

Andrey Goltsblat, Managing Partner of Goltsblat BLP: “Above all, our success in 2009 is a result of our enthusiasm, team work and the innovative idea we developed ourselves and are now offering the market. It is the first time in the history that such a well-established Russian practice merged with a leading UK law firm. The main thing is, of course, our team itself, the professionals without which all this would be simply impossible.”

“I believe that the main achievement of the year was establishment of the company, the brand, and awareness of our company. The key thing is the loyalty of our clients, who have virtually all continued working with us this year, this being, of course, a major and very important achievement.”

BLP’s managing partner Neville Eisenberg added: “Goltsblat BLP has had an excellent first year. Despite the difficult economic environment, the team, led by Andrey, has demonstrated a huge commitment to the concept of providing our clients with this new combination of Russian and English legal expertise. The client endorsements help demonstrate that our strategy to grow the firm’s exposure in key emerging markets like Russia and the Middle East is producing results.”

Recently lawyers of Goltsblat BLP:

  • Provided comprehensive support for Mars Inc. projects in Russia, including major acquisitions (including Royal Canin, Wrigley and Korkunov) and the construction of six plants in three Russian regions.
  • Advised Magna International on matters associated with the planned acquisition from General Motors of an Opel business unit in Russia and the CIS. 
  • Advised the operator of a European trans-border submarine gas pipeline to link Russia and Germany via the Baltic Sea on the legal aspects of construction of the Russian component of the underwater gas pipeline between Russia and Germany along the Baltic Sea bed. This included international law, environmental aspects, re-categorisation of forest and agricultural land, liaison with government authorities, permission documentation, construction, permits, and authorisations and licences.
  • Defended TV Channel 2x2 against accusations levelled by the Prosecutor’s Office of promoting extremist activities by broadcasting the cartoon film South Park. 
  • Advised Prysmian S.p.A. in connection with its acquisition of the Rybinskelectrocable group.
  • Acted for LG International on its investment projects in the Russian coal mining industry.
  • Represented Brunswick Rail Leasing in a dispute with Mechel over cancellation of a leasing agreement and recovery of leasing payments and losses caused by forced cancellation of the agreement, to a total sum of approximately 21 million US dollars. Five parallel sets of proceedings were heard on the case, one by the ICCA under the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation and four in state arbitration courts. The outcome was that the parties concluded an amicable settlement on mutually beneficial terms. 
  • Advised and represented the interests of Banque Fédérale des Banques Populaires and Caisse Nationale des Caisse d’Epargne et de Prévoyance in the Federal Anti-Monopoly Service of Russia on aspects of merger control connected with consolidation of their assets and creation of a central management structure for France’s second biggest credit holding company. 
  • Acted for ING Life on a number of its capital increases and related share issues.
  • Provided comprehensive legal support for Danone, Guardian Industries, Kimberly-Clark, Mars, Oriflame, Saint-Gobain and other companies with respect to Greenfield projects in different regions, including: acquisition of land plots for development,  use and sale/purchase of agricultural and forest land, representation of the clients’ interests in relations with state and local government authorities, public procedures, permits and licences, construction, environmental, sanitation protection and nature protection aspects, project finance, infrastructure and utility supplies, legislative activities, litigations, and so on. 
  • Advised Sistema-Hals on Russian and English law related matters in connection with a major development project in St-Petersburg (construction, finance, security instruments, corporate matters, etc.).
  • Advised XX Century Fox on customs clearance and determination of the customs value of goods, including intellectual property, and representing the Company’s interests in court cases appealing against customs authority actions.

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