IFLR1000 2016 Recommends Goltsblat BLP as a Leading Law Firm for Energy and Infrastructure Projects in Russia


The International Financial Law Review (IFLR1000) has released its 2016 rankings of the leading Energy and Infrastructure law firms worldwide, recommending Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), as one of the leading law firms in Mining and Energy

This is indicative that the firm’s clients highly appraise Goltsblat BLP’s international advice and support in these areas. Recent years have seen impressive growth in Energy and Infrastructure projects and it is one of the firm’s key practice areas.

The ranking is based on client feedback, as well as the level and complexity of the projects implemented over the last year.

IFLR1000 2016 reports the following comments on Goltsblat BLP: 

“Goltsblat BLP, the Russian arm of international firm Berwin Leighton Paisner, is experienced in energy and natural resources and transport project development, with a team boasting oil and gas, mining, transport and construction law expertise. The team also represents clients in these sectors in disputes. 

Clients recommend the firm for energy, mining and transport work. One oil and gas client the firm has assisted with project development says: “The firm provided a high standard of services and good value for money. All documents were accurately prepared, the lawyers are always available to discuss any issue and the team consists of very qualified people with good experience in cross border matters.” 

Another client, which the firm has assisted with a variety of mandates in mining and transport (disputes, contracts, project finance and regulation), is also impressed by the team. “Always precise, to-the-point and client focussed; attentive to risks and any changes in the regulatory environment and flexible in the deal structuring process. They also have good relations with government authorities and years of expertise.”

The firm’s recent energy project development work includes roles in TurkStream, a gas pipeline to connect Russia and Turkey, and the Akkuyu nuclear power plant in Turkey. In both matters, the firm is advising the companies established to own the projects. 

A notable infrastructure mandate is the expansion of Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow, where the firm is advising the airport.

A highlight for the team on the contentious side was its role representing Novatek in a dispute with Nefte Petroleum.”

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