Goltsblat BLP remains a leader on the deals / M&A market


Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), retains top positions among law firms on the Russian M&A market. Three international sources published their research results last week, all placing Goltsblat BLP in the top ranks. The firm was awarded Tier 2 ranking for M&A deals by the International Financial Law Review, placed third in deal count after the third quarter of 2016 by Mergermarket, and shortlisted for M&A Law Firm of the Year in Russia by M&A Atlas Awards. Andrey Goltsblat, Managing Partner of Goltsblat BLP, and Anton Sitnikov, Partner, Head of Corporate / M&A, are again named as Leading Lawyers by IFLR. The guide also mentions Matvey Kaploukhiy, Partner, Corporate / M&A, as a recommended M&A lawyer.

Behind these high positions are landmark transactions: the firm’s Corporate/M&A partners and associates advised the Federal Agency for State Property Management (Rosimuschestvo) on a Sheremetyevo International Airport shareholders’ agreement, supported Russia’s biggest car dealer Rolf Group in its merger with Pelican Auto, and advised Itella Russia on its acquisition of MaxiPost. Other high-level business included advising a private Russian investor on purchasing hotels in Austria and giving advice on the sale of a bakery in the Moscow Region.

You might remember that Goltsblat BLP’s performance has received other accolades this year from leading international M&A publications: in May and July, Mergermarket ranked the firm among top-three market leaders by deal number and, in August, the firm topped Mergers.ru ranking in terms of the number of M&A deals completed in the first six months of 2016.

Anton Sitnikov, Partner, Head of Corporate / M&A, Goltsblat BLP, says: “We are, of course, very happy with these results and are grateful to the rating providers for their professionalism and this high score. It has been a challenging year on the M&A market, but we still have achieved considerable growth in terms of completed deals against 2015. We would like to thank our clients for the trust they place in our firm and we also thank all colleagues from the Corporate and our other practices for their exceptional work and support.”

Our international M&A team, mostly based in London and Moscow, has extensive experience with complex deals, including multi-jurisdictional projects. Corporate Practice lawyers are also available in our offices in Abu Dhabi, Berlin, Brussels, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Paris, Beijing, Tel Aviv, Singapore and Yangon. Our corporate team includes competition and antitrust, finance and international tax specialists and this cross-functional approach enables us to address our clients’ individual needs and specific project requirements in the most efficient way. This gives us a leading edge over other law firms and makes our service offering stand apart in terms of quality.

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