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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP (formerly Goltsblat BLP in Russia) is part of a global law firm, one of the biggest in the world.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP has built up, over more than 20 years, a well-established, stable team, among the strongest on the Russian market and recognised as a leader in Russia. 

In Moscow, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP has more than 100 lawyers qualified under Russian, English and US law (State of New York). 

As part of the Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) team, you will have an opportunity to grow professionally, working on interesting and ambitious projects.

Young specialists delve deep into legal work, study different branches of law and train under experienced mentors. Professionals work on fascinating Russian and foreign mandates.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is famed for its professionalism and high quality and we are always ready to share our experience.

Vacancies

Associate / Senior Associate (Tax Practice)

  • Drafting opinions on taxation matters: Russian taxes (VAT, profit tax, Personal Income Tax);
  • Assisting in field and in-office tax audits;
  • Providing tax support for corporate structuring projects.

Associate / Senior Associate (Tax Practice)

  • Drafting opinions on international taxation matters;
  • Private client tax consulting;
  • Providing tax support for corporate structuring projects.

Junior Associate (Commercial / Antitrust & Competition)

  • Analysing the legislation, searching case law;
  • Drafting agreements under the guidance of senior associates;
  • Drafting initial versions of legal opinions;
  • Participating in Due Diligence;
  • Organising and monitoring performance by subcontractors;
  • Liaising with government bodies, limited interaction/communications with clients.

Internship

We are looking for Law Faculty students who:

  • Shine in their studies
  • Are analytical yet creative thinkers
  • Are keen for professional growth
  • Are fluent in spoken and written English
  • Are equally happy working on their own or as part of a team

If you would like to become a BCLP trainee, send your CV to moscowhr@gblplaw.com.

We know that attracting young specialists is crucial to our future success and we invest considerable resources in their professional development.

A traineeship at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP (formerly Goltsblat BLP in Russia) provides students with an excellent opportunity to see how the firm is structured, become involved in the real law business of an international firm and get to know our clients’ businesses.

Traineeships last from one to six months. 

As a rule, each trainee is attached to a particular group of associates, who foster their grasp of the knowledge and experience required. The projects in which BCLP Russia trainees participate are diverse, requiring them to assume considerable responsibility and perform difficult tasks. Our colleagues are always ready to share their experience and knowledge.

The most successful trainees have an opportunity to join the firm.

WHY DO WE LIKE BСLP RUSSIA?

Andrey Goltsblat

Country Managing Partner (Russia), Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP (formerly Goltsblat BLP in Russia), Senior Partner, Private Client, M&A, Investment Projects

How I became a lawyer:

My current personal practice far exceeds what I could have imagined. I had never dreamed of becoming a lawyer and it happened rather by accident. Following my compulsory military service in the USSR paratrooper division, I was admitted to the Law School of the Soviet Union Interior Ministry and graduated in Law with distinction. It was the time of Boris Eltsin, when the USSR was collapsing and history was being created right outside my office at the first Russian Parliament, where I held the position of Head of Staff of the Constitutional Commission. In August 1991, tanks went out into the streets of Moscow and this saw the demise of the Soviet Union. I continued my career at the Parliament and, in 1993, again watched, from my second floor windows, as tanks rolled past. Then Boris Eltsin (the First Russian President) dismissed Parliament. The work on the First Russian Constitution was almost completed and Boris Eltsin put it up for a referendum. It became The Law at the end of 1993. A new Russian Duma was elected and I quit my job, as there was no longer such enthusiasm and excitement.

A new era of my career, as a commercial lawyer, began. In 1993, bold foreign investors were seeking legal support in Russia, recognising the opportunities available in this new country. One of them was Mars, Inc., which desperately needed support for construction of its confectionery plant in Russia. I was introduced to them by their UK lawyers at the time and I was immediately tasked with making a land deal with the local Mayor for building a plant. They had been negotiating six months with no visible progress, so I stepped in. It appeared that they were negotiating a UK law-governed lease poorly translated into Russia. It made no sense to the Soviet Mayor, so they got stuck. This was my first experience as a commercial lawyer and I didn’t have a clue about land leases, but I delved into the Land Code of Russia, drafted a six-page lease, added a purchase option and, in two weeks, the deal was done. I just realised I could be a lawyer not only at the Parliament, as this was a huge success for my client. The venture began and brought me to the point where I am today. Mars is still our major client and it eventually purchased that land and now holds the title to it.

Tamara Nekrasova

Head of Translation Department

Tamara, you have been with the firm since its inception and have worked with the team for over 10 years. How does Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) differ from companies you worked in previously?

Ambition and a refusal rest on one’s laurels. The ability to set high goals — or, as they say in English, the desire to «hitch your wagon to a star». Plus, of course, boldness, a readiness to take risks, even in difficult times.

Why do you think BCLP Russia is managing to gain additional market shares and position itself successfully on the legal market?

I think the main factors are professional flexibility and the ability to be proactive.

What do you see as the personal and professional qualities inherent in BCLP Russia personnel? Or which qualities does someone need to be successful at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia)?

Industriousness, determination and initiative, combined with the ability to work as a team member.

What gives you the most pleasure in your work?

Two opportunities — for professional growth and professional discovery.

Corporate training

Since ours is a global firm, all the best practices developed by our colleagues in other offices can be taken and adapted to Russian conditions. In addition, our partners conduct internal training sessions for junior personnel to share their experience with them.

Our personnel have an opportunity to undergo training at the Moscow office and abroad. We are continuing to develop training programmes for providing both hard and soft skills.

Work & Life

Working for us, you will not just take part in major, fascinating projects. You will also become a member of a friendly team of professionals.

We love taking part in various team-building and corporate events.

We are always open and ready to provide all-round support for new recruits, to make them feel part of the team right away.

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