Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP ranked first by M&A Deal Count in Mergermarket League Table


Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP has been placed first by M&A deal count* among all law firms in Russia for H1 2018, according to the renowned Mergermarket league table.

Behind the firm’s top position are big-ticket transactions handled by the Corporate / M&A Practice over the past six months, including sale of a majority stake in the Sailfish OS developer; Ecolab’s acquisition of a chemical plant; acquisition by Siberian Generating Company of 78% of the shares 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 Mergermarket ranking once again: this is yet further proof that we have a successful strategy chosen several years ago when we set ourselves the goal of being among the top transactional firms on the Russian market. Today, we have perhaps the most resourceful, experienced and diversified M&A team in Russia. Working hand-in-glove with other key, market-leading practices of our firm, such as Real Estate and Construction, IP, Antitrust and Competition, Tax, Labour and Employment, etc., we can effectively assist with deals of any complexity and in any industry. Particular thanks go to our clients for their cooperation and trust, which are so important to us.”

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.

*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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