Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP shortlisted for Mergermarket Europe M&A Awards and top-ranked by deal count


Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP (formerly Goltsblat BLP in Russia) has been ranked first by M&A deal count among all law firms in Russia over the last 12 monthsby the renowned international publication Mergermarket. This brings us on to the shortlist for Mergermarket’s Europe M&A Awards as Russia M&A Legal Adviser of the Year. The award ceremony will be held on 4 December 2019 in London.

In 2019, the team led by Corporate/M&A Partners Anton Sitnikov (Head of Practice), Ekaterina Dedova, Matvey Kaploukhiy and Anton Panchenkov, in close collaboration with other top practices, advised clients on many landmark deals across various industry sectors. To name just a few, they advised JSC Kuzbassenergo on acquiring a coal power plant from PJSC Enel Russia; Alvansa Ltd on investment sale to VTB Bank and Sistema of a controlling stake in JSC Pharmaceutical Enterprise Obolenskoe, one of Russia’s top pharmaceutical companies; Vezet Group on selling its software and call centres to Yandex.Taxi; Orion LLC, an ESN company, on selling its 100% stake in the fiscal data operator 1 OFD (JSC ESK) to VTB Group; Miratorg, Russia’s biggest vertically integrated agribusiness, on acquiring from PPF Group a 100% stake in RAV Agro companies (based in the Oryol Region); Mistral Wine, a major food and alcohol producer and distributor belonging to the Mistral Group, on acquiring vineyards and a winery in Russia’s Krasnodar Region; Transmashholding on acquiring A2B Direct, an Uber-like freight forwarding platform, and many more.

Anton Sitnikov, Partner, Head of Corporate/M&A, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP: “We are delighted to retain our lead in the M&A arena. These terrific results are a credit to our strategic commitment to become a top transactional firm in Russia. We have now built what is probably the most experienced, resourceful, versatile and diversified M&A team on the market. We work in close collaboration with other top notch practices to provide seamless and efficient support for all industries and deals of any complexity. I would like to say thank you to all my colleagues for their hard work and dedication and also to our clients for their cooperation and trust, which made this success possible.”


The ranking covers the period from 1 October 2018 through 30 September 2019

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