Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP is placed first in Mergermarket’s M&A league tables for Q1 2018


Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP takes first place by M&A deal count* in Russia for Q1 2018, according to Mergermarket. The firm advised on twice as many deals as its closest rival in the league table.

Mergermarket, a leading M&A data and intelligence provider, relies on its network of key M&A media and experts in America, Europe, Asia and the Pacific, Central Europe and Africa to rank law firms worldwide based on their work on major M&A deals.

Our strong position stems from landmark deals completed early this year, including sale of a majority stake in the Sailfish OS developer; Ecolab’s acquisition of a chemical plant; Siberian Generating Company’s acquisition of 78% stake in Sibeco; Alfa-Bank’s acquisition of a stake in the fin-tech company Pay-Me, which develops mobile acquiring platforms.

Anton Sitnikov, Partner, Head of Corporate/M&A, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP, says: “We are delighted to be placed at the top of the ranking. This is yet further testament to us having perhaps the most resourceful, experienced and diversified M&A team in Russia. We are grateful to our clients for choosing us and placing their trust and confidence in our ability to deliver and make a deal happen. This achievement was made possible thanks to our entire team bringing together all partners and associates of the Corporate Practice and thanks to the support from other practices of the firm, being amongst the best on the market: Real Estate and Construction, IP, Tax, Antitrust and Competition, Labour and Employment, and others.”

Andrey Goltsblat, Managing Partner of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP, has, for the fifth year running, been recognised as Eminent Practitioner in Corporate/M&A by Chambers Global, Leading Lawyer by IFLR1000 2018, a Hall of Fame partner by The Legal 500, and the Lawyer of the Year in Corporate Law by Best Lawyers 2013. Who’s Who Legal recognises Andrey Goltsblat and Anton Sitnikov as leading experts in Corporate Law and M&A.

For several years now, Anton Sitnikov comes recommended in Corporate Law and M&A practice by The Legal 500, Chambers & Partners, and Best Lawyers. Anton is named a Leading Lawyer in Corporate Law by IFLR1000 2014 – 2018 and is widely recognised by clients. “He’s extremely client-oriented and pragmatic” and “always tries to achieve exactly what we want, regardless of the budget, deadline or scope”, a client says (Chambers Global 2018).

Ekaterina Dedova, Partner, Corporate/M&A, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP, is recommended in Corporate Law/M&A and ТМТ according to The Legal 500, IFLR1000 and Chambers Europe. She was also ranked by peers among the best lawyers in IT in Russia according to the international legal guide Best Lawyers in Russia 2018 Edition. Clients praise Ekaterina for “high level of responsiveness and very deep knowledge and understanding of the client's needs and high level of professionalism.” (IFLR 1000 2018).

Matvey Kaploukhiy, Partner, Corporate/M&A, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP, comes recommended by the leading international guides Chambers Global, Chambers Europe and IFLR 1000. Clients note his “business-oriented attitude and negotiation skills” (Chambers Global 2017). “He is dedicated and driven”, a client says (Chambers Global 2018). He, too, was ranked by peers among the best lawyers in Corporate Law in Russia according to Best Lawyers in Russia 2018 Edition.

Anton Panchenkov, Partner, Corporate/M&A, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP, is, too, recognised by a diverse range of clients spanning the market, from major international and Russian corporations to private clients and individual investors. “Anton is a great M&A lawyer, he has a good knowledge of industry and country coupled with a friendly and professional approach”, a client says. (IFLR1000 2018)

*The deal size is not disclosed for confidentiality reasons.

The Russian practice of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (before the merger – GBLP) was established in 2009 as a result of a merger between one of the biggest teams of Russian lawyers and the major UK law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP). The highly respected Moscow team of over 100 lawyers, qualified under Russian and English law, has over 20 years of experience in providing legal support for major Russian businesses, as well as multinationals implementing large-scale investment projects in Russia. Clients include over 1700 companies, among them major multinational investors operating in Russia (including 130 Forbes Global clients), Russian and international banks and financial institutions and Russian industry-leading companies. 5 times winner of Law Firm of the Year in Russia since 2009, including Chambers Europe Awards 2010, 2014 and 2015; The Legal Business Awards (Legal 500) 2010; The Lawyer European Awards 2014. #2 by revenue in the top-50 law firm ranking by revenue in Russia (according to the leading national ranking Pravo.Ru 2017). Top-ranked by The Legal500 and Chambers & Partners in core practice areas: corporate/M&A, real estate & construction, dispute resolution, competition/antitrust, tax/customs, IP.

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