Mergermarket places Goltsblat BLP among the leading law firms in Russia for M&A


The prominent global publication Mergermarket has recognised Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of the international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), among the TOP-3 M&A legal advisors in Russia by deal count in 2016.

The firm’s high ranking is a product of the landmark deals handled by our Corporate / M&A lawyers throughout 2016, including: advising the Federal Agency for State Property Management (Rosimuschestvo) on shareholders’ agreements in Sheremetyevo International Airport and Vnukovo Airport, supporting Russia’s biggest auto-dealer Rolf Group in consolidating its business with Pelican-Auto, advising Itella Russia on its acquisition of MaxiPost, acting for Severgroup on its sale of Metcombank to Sovcombank, advising Intel on Russian aspects of acquiring a group of companies headquartered in the USA, advising a private Russian investor on purchasing hotels in Austria, rendering advice on the sale of a bakery plant in the Moscow Region, and many more.

Last year’s excellent performance by Goltsblat BLP’s Corporate / M&A Practice won recognition from numerous Russian and international publications: in December, the 300 annual ranking placed the firm in Band 1 for Corporate Law; at the annual Russia M&A Awards delivered by Cbonds-Congress and PREQVECA agency, Goltsblat BLP was recognised among the top three Corporate / M&A legal advisors in Russia. Other accolades bestowed earlier in 2016 include Band 2 of the M&A deal rating according to International Financial Law Review (IFLR 1000), Russia  Law Firm of the Year-M&A at the annual M&A Atlas Awards 2016, etc.

Anton Sitnikov, Partner, Head of Corporate / M&A, Goltsblat BLP: "2016 was a challenging and thrilling year. It saw us working hard on a wide range of high-profile deals and also receiving awards, high rating positions and other laurels. We are grateful to the ranking directories for this recognition and we would like to thank our clients for the trust they place in our firm. I also thank the whole team for their exceptional professionalism, focus and commitment. I am certain that 2017 will be even more productive and successful".

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