Goltsblat BLP is top-ranked by Chambers Europe 2018


On 8 March 2018, Chambers Europe released its 2018 ranking of top practice areas and lawyers across Europe. Chambers rankings are among the most prestigious and reliable guides in the legal industry around the world.
The leading practice areas of Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), which will operate as Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP from April 2018, have been highly recommended. These include Real Estate, Competition/Antitrust, Corporate/M&A, Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property and Tax in Russia.

Such positive results evidence that the firm’s strategy has been a success, with its clients highly appraising the opportunities offered by Goltsblat BLP, including both international cross-border and domestic advice and disputes.

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

Chambers Europe 2018 reports the following comments on Goltsblat BLP:

Real Estate (Band 1):

"They are very accurate at analysing tasks and they give very practical advice", while another client describes the lawyers as "creative and client-oriented”.

Vitaly Mozharowski (Band 1) is one of the leading real estate practitioners in Moscow. "He always offers solutions", a client says, adding that "he is quite creative."

Rustam Aliev (Band 4) is an experienced partner. A client describes him as "very accurate, polite and knowledgeable."

Yuri Chernobrivtsev (Band 4) is particularly experienced in representing both landlords and tenants in lease negotiations and transactions. "He is very calm and friendly, but in moments when we had negotiations, he would always support our commercial interests and defend our interests very firmly”, a client says.

Dmitry Ilyin (Recognised Practitioner)

Competition/Antitrust (Band 1):

Climbs to the top tier as a result of consistently strong performance and visibility on high-stakes cases. "They are really good in representation before the FAS in investigations: writing explanations, giving evidence" a client says, while another source notes that they offer "practical solutions."

Nikolay Voznesenskiy (Band 1) is one of the leading competition lawyers in Russia. "He is very straightforward and explains all complications that a case might have,", a client says, adding that "he's a very good negotiator. He can find interesting solutions."

Vitaly Dianov (Band 4) is particularly notable for his experience in contentious competition matters, including cartel investigations and compliance issues.

Corporate/M&A (Band 3):

"Commitment to the client, hard-working staff and full involvement from a dedicated project partner." "They are constructive and consistent in their approach and deliver good quality on a constant basis. They understand our needs and are always keen to meet our expectations."

Eminent practitioner Andrey Goltsblat is a highly respected name in the Russian legal market. He is often a go-to choice for major domestic clients for complex corporate advice. He lends his significant experience to high-value transactions and corporate mandates.

Anton Sitnikov (Band 4) is recognised by clients for his in-depth understanding of the Russian market. "He's extremely client-oriented and pragmatic. He always tries to achieve exactly what we want, regardless of the budget, deadline or scope", an interviewee reports.

Matvey Kaploukhiy (Band 4) focuses his practice on transactional mandates. "He is dedicated and driven", a client says.

Dispute Resolution (Band 3):

The team is commended for its understanding of the market, with a client praising the lawyers for being "very familiar with local specifics." Clients praise the group's "excellent performance in court", with one source adding: "They would cover everything in a structured and presentable way, will never omit or forget anything." 

Julia Romanova (Band 4) acts as a Russian law expert on international disputes, including cross-border litigation in various jurisdictions as well as international arbitration cases. 

Intellectual Property (Band 2):

"They do everything they can, they look at everything from every angle. They don't just say what you can and can't do, they show you everything you could do to win a case", a client says. Interviewees are pleased with the team's ability to take into consideration both "international standards and local realities."

Elena Trusova (Band 3) is particularly well versed in IP disputes. Clients appreciate her thorough approach: "She goes through every detail very closely; she's very involved", a client says, adding: "She can explain everything succinctly."

Tax (Band 2):

Clients appreciate the team's business-friendly approach. One source praises its "excellent communication skills and deep understanding of how to deliver the legal solution to the business in the most simple and convenient way."

Evgeny Timofeev (Band 1) is a highly praised tax expert. "He has very versatile expertise and he can look at the picture from various viewpoints", comments a client.

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