Goltsblat BLP announces the appointment of a new tax partner.


Goltsblat BLP law firm announces the appointment of Andrey Shpak to the position of Tax Partner. 

The Goltsblat BLP Tax Practice has recently expanded substantially owing to a growing demand by the firm’s clients for tax consulting services, especially in relation to implementation of large-scale and complex projects.  During 2009, the practice was already joined by 6 highly-qualified tax lawyers.

The combined Goltsblat BLP / Berwin Leighton Paisner tax practice now consists of over 60 British and Russian tax lawyers working at the Moscow and London offices and offers the full range of tax law services associated with ongoing business operations, financing, M&A transactions, real estate and funds operations and structuring.  The team also has strong capabilities and extensive experience in representing clients’ interests on tax matters before various authorities.

Andrey Shpak will head the rapidly expanding Tax Practice of the Moscow office and will be responsible for its further strategic development and expansion of the range of tax services provided by the firm.

Andrey began his career in 1995 with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Over Andrey’s 15 years there, he became Director in M&A Tax Practice and one of Russia’s leading tax experts.

He specialises in advising Russian and foreign companies on a broad range of matters associated with tax support for ongoing business operations and investments, and assists clients through all phases of transactions, including assistance to Russian companies in preparation for attracting foreign investors.  Andrey also has extensive experience in tax structuring of and support for private-equity-backed transactions and is one of the leading Russian experts on the tax aspects of sale and purchase agreements (SPA).

Andrey primarily focuses on the consumer goods, retail trade, manufacturing, automotive, telecommunications and the mass media sectors.

Andrey Goltsblat, Managing Partner of Goltsblat BLP, comments on the appointment of the new partner: “I am very pleased to welcome Andrey, one of the strongest tax lawyers in Russia, to our team. We are strengthening our tax practice in response to a growing demand for tax services on the part of our clients. I am sure that we will thus even further consolidate our positions on the market as a firm providing comprehensive legal support in all areas of law, both in Russia and in implementation of cross-border transactions and projects”.

Andrey Shpak, Partner, Goltsblat BLP, says of his appointment: “I am delighted to be joining the dynamic and rapidly growing Goltsblat BLP team and pleased to have an opportunity to work with such highly-qualified specialists in Moscow, London and other jurisdictions of key interest to Russian clients, such as Austria, Cyprus, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland, where Goltsblat BLP has trusted preferred local law firms that can help with solving local tax issues where necessary”.

Some recent projects that Andrey Shpak has headed or participated in include:

  • Advising on possible acquisition of one of the leading retail chains by a Russian mobile operator.
  • Advising on acquisition of a leading pharmaceuticals distributor by a major private equity fund.
  • Advising on acquisition of US assets by a leading Russian steel producer.
  • Advising on possible acquisition by a leading global food manufacturer of one of the leaders in the Ukrainian market. 
  • In addition, Andrey has led many successful projects aimed at structuring client’s advertising, promotion and distribution activities in Russia, which included adaptation of distribution agreements, structuring of distribution of point-of-sale materials (POSM) and of provision of incentives to retailers. 
  • Andrey has also helped adapt numerous cross-border agreements on provision of services to Russian subdivisions of international corporations to the requirements of the Russian tax legislation, which included development of extensive supporting documentation required under Russian tax law and practice.

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