Goltsblat BLP a Leader in the Mergermarket Rating by M&A Deal Count in the First 6 Months of 2016


Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of the international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), came in second among all law firms in Russia by number of M&A deals* during the first six months of 2016, according to Mergermarket

The firm’s high position is a product of landmark deals early in the year, including advising: the Federal State Property Management Agency (Rosimushchestvo) on disposing of shares in Vnukovo and Sheremetyevo Airports, Rolf Group, Russia’ largest car dealer, in consolidating business with Pelican-Auto, Itella Russia on acquiring the Russian company MaxiPost, and a private Russian investor on acquisition of hotels in Austria.

Anton Sitnikov, Partner, Head of Goltsblat BLP Corporate Practice/ M&A, noted: "We are delighted with our high rating. During the last six months, we have, indeed, been involved in many high-profile and complex projects with a number of clients having already allowed us to announce deals in mass media. We are grateful to our clients for choosing our firm and their confidence in us, and are thankful to all the partners and associates of the Corporate and other practices for their effective work and co-operation."

In its ratings, Mergermarket, a leading M&A analysis publication, uses a network of key M&A media and experts in the US, Europe, Asia and the Asia-Pacific Region, central Europe and Africa. It rates law firms throughout the world from the perspective of their work on the biggest M&A deals. 

Goltsblat BLP’s success on the legal services market and work on landmark projects have already been appraised this year by leading Russian and international publications. For instance, the firm was short-listed for awards by Chambers Europe Awards 2016 and Legal Business Awards 2016 in the categories "Best Law Firm in Russia" and "International Firm of the Year". 

Andrey Goltsblat, Managing Partner of Goltsblat BLP, has been recognised for the fourth year running as an Eminent Practitioner in corporate law/ M&A by Chambers Global, a Leading Lawyer by Legal 500 2016 and IFLR1000 2016, and Lawyer of the Year in corporate law by Best Lawyers 2013. Who’s Who Legal mentions Andrey Goltsblat and Anton Sitnikov as leading experts in corporate law and support for M&A deals. 

For several years now, The European Legal 500, Chambers & Partners has recommended Anton Sitnikov in corporate law and support for M&A projects. Anton has been recognised by Best Lawyers 2009 – 2017 as one of the Best Lawyers in Russia in corporate law/ M&A and IFLR1000 2014 – 2016 listed him among the Leading Lawyers in Corporate Law.

*Deal value is confidential.

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