BRYAN CAVE LEIGHTON PAISNER IN RUSSIA

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP (formerly Goltsblat BLP in Russia) is a part of a global law firm, one of the biggest in the world, and provides comprehensive legal support for any large-scale deals, project and disputes in any jurisdiction, whenever and wherever clients may need it.
More 1400 lawyers globally, 31 offices in 11 countries worldwide.
40% of the Fortune 500 rely on Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner to support their business goals and protect their interests.
In Moscow office – more than 100 lawyers qualified under Russian, English and US law (State of New York) - one of the oldest, most resourceful, best established and stable team in Russia with over 20 years of experience.
Strong global practices in the M&A, real estate, financial services and dispute resolution.
Leading positions and profound Russian law expertise with the absolute majority of the practices in Russia recognised as market leaders / top-ranked by leading national and international rankings (The Legal 500, Chambers&Partners, Best Lawyers, Mergermarket, Pravo.ru-300, etc.).
Five times winner of Law Firm of the Year in Russia since 2009.

Experience

Mistral Wine

Advising Mistral Wine, a major food and alcohol producer and distributor, a part of the Mistral group, on its acquisition of 200 ha of vineyards and a winery with a designed output of 840,000 litres per year in Russia’s Krasnodar Krai. The deal is the first big-ticket investment by the Group, one of the leading domestic alcohol importers, in its own wine estate in Russia.

Pangeo Capital

Advised Pangeo Capital on all aspects of setting up and operating Pangeo Radar, a Russian-Austrian joint venture between Pangeo Capital and Radarservices Smart IT Security to develop, localise and deploy IT security software for major corporations and public companies. The scope of work also included advice on matters related to governance and finance, licensing, international cross-licensing and localisation of software.

KOPY Goldfields AB (publ)

Advised KOPY Goldfields AB (publ), a Swedish gold exploration company, on sale of its subsidiary Taiga LLC, which holds several exploration and production licences in the Irkutsk Region.

Sberbank of Russia

Represented Sberbank in arbitrazh (commercial) courts over alleged violation of the laws on procurement of goods, works or services by certain types of legal entity. The laws were allegedly breached by competition-restricting requirements set for participants. We devised a successful representation strategy, convincing the appellate court that the decision given by the FAS of Russia was unlawful.

Verno and Kazakhstan Infrastructure Fund C.V.

Supporting Verno, an international investment company, managing the PE fund Kazakhstan Infrastructure Fund C.V., in a project to develop and let around 25,000 sq m of warehouse premises in the first phase of a bigger plan to construct up to 100,000 sq m of Class A warehouses in Kazakhstan.

Double Data: Open Data processing on the Internet

VKontakte filed a claim against our client Double Data to stop it collecting open information posted by users on the VKontakte network since, VKontakte claimed, such collection breached its rights to the database. Our position relied primarily on Double Data software operating like a search engine so no breach of the claimant’s rights was possible. We succeeded in having the IP Court overturn the appeal court’s ruling against our client and remand the case for reconsideration. The case has evolved as one of the most discussed disputes in recent years over use of Big Data and how search engines function.

MasterCard Members Association

Advised MasterCard Members Association on launching an innovative service on the Russian market: simultaneous cash-out with POS payment by bank card at shop tills.

GTLK Europe DAC

Assisting GTLK Europe DAC with preparing a complex roadmap and advising on the legal and tax structures for establishing a leasing platform in Hong Kong for aircraft and ship leasing, in order to assess the benefits available to such platform under the concessionary aircraft leasing tax regime introduced in Hong Kong in 2017 for leasing aircraft and ships to different jurisdictions and implement the establishment of such platform.

NIKE

Offcial consultant for NIKE on IP and advertising issues for FIFA World Cup 2018 held in Russia. Our team provided advice on a broad range of issues, including review of legal compliance by NIKE’s advertising campaigns, placement of outdoor advertising, use of offcial symbols of sports events and images of sportsmen, risks related to copyright and trade mark rights, trading restrictions and organisation of sports events.

International Investment Bank (IIB)

Advising International Investment Bank (IIB), a multilateral development bank mainly operating in Eastern Europe and Asia, on RUB 3,6 and RUB 6 bn multi-asset secured facilities for financing and refinancing the acquisition of regional passenger jets Let L-410 Turbolet, Bell, Ansat and Mi-8 helicopters with medical modules and BELAZ coal mining trucks.

Miratorg Agricultural Holding

Advised Miratorg Agricultural Holding, one of the Russia’s largest agricultural producers, on its acquisition of 100% of shares in RAV Agro Orel and LB Orel, an agricultural arm of PPF Group allowing the client to materially boost its assets and production base.

South/ TurkStream

Advised South/ TurkStream on construction of the Russian Sector of the South/TurkStream Offshore Pipeline project from Russia to Turkey: land acquisition, spatial planning, environmental, corporate, financing arrangements, constructions, permitting and regulatory, liaisons with government authorities, authorisations and licenses, etc.

Wine Brandy Plant Alliance-1892 LLC

Defended Wine Brandy Plant Alliance-1892 LLC, a major Russian cognac and whiskey producer, in a landmark tax dispute. We proved to the Supreme Court that the adjustment made to VAT deductions upon importation of goods into Russia had been illegal.

Rusklimat Group

Providing comprehensive legal and tax advisory support to Rusklimat Group, the biggest Russian manufacturer and importer of climate control equipment, in relation to its programme for restructuring the Group’s business units and divisions. This programme is designed to optimise the distribution network structure and raise the Group’s attractiveness to investors.

Da Vinci Capital Management

Advised Da Vinci Capital on $55m subscription for “Gram” tokens during second round of ICO of the Telegram Group - one of the world’s most popular messenger apps. TON (Telegram Open Network) is the largest ICO in the history of cryptocurrencies and the most hyped ICO of 2018. TON Whitepaper states that 84 percent of blockchain-based projects have an active Telegram community, more than all other chat applications combined.

Prosveshcheniye Publishing House

Represented Prosveshcheniye publishers in a trade mark litigation, the biggest court case in the history of Russia’s publishing industry, with the compensation totalling RUB 4 bn.

SUEK (Siberian Coal Energy Company)

Advised SUEK (Siberian Coal Energy Company) on a coal mining joint venture.

LG Electronics

Advised LG Electronics Rus on paying customs duties on certain types of imported domestic refrigerator at specific EEU customs tariff rates. In certain cases, the ad valorem equivalent of such rates could exceed the ad-valorem duty rate fixed as the bound tariff rate level in the Protocol on the Accession of the Russian Federation (to the WTO Agreement). By following our recommendations, the client recovered more than RUB 70 m from the government through the courts.

Uralkali

Advised Uralkali, one of the world’s largest potash producers, on its global review of employment arrangements. The comprehensive review covered a number of jurisdictions on most of the continents relevant to operations of the client.

UFG Real Estate Russia and Orientir Development

Represented UFG Real Estate Russia and Orientir Development (former Logopark Development) in a sale transaction of the Sever-2 logistics park to Raven Russia.

VimpelCom

Acting for PAO VimpelCom, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP has triumphed in the first instance, appeal and cassation arbitrazh (commercial) courts in a dispute between mobile operators and the FAS of Russia over changes to B2B SMS service tariffs.

Clients*

  • AFG National
  • Deutsche Bank AG
  • Chelyabinsk Pipe Rolling Plant
  • Sberbank Investments
  • Freight One
  • EBRD
  • Intel
  • Mars
  • Nord Stream AG
  • Great Wall Motors
  • NOVATEK
  • Philips
  • Uralkali
  • Raven Russia
  • Rosimushchestvo
  • RusHydro
  • Sanofi
  • Sberbank
  • Sheremetyevo International Airport
  • McDonald’s LLC
  • South Stream Transport B.V
  • TEVA
  • United Metallurgical Company (OMK)
  • X5 Retail Group
  • Miratorg Agricultural Holding
  • Da Vinci Capital
  • MasterCard Member Association
* Representative list of clients, company names are disclosed with their consent

Awards

Top Tier Law Firm 2019
Top Ranked Law Firm 2019
Top Ranked Law Firm 2019
Russia Law Firm of the Year 2018
Russia Law Firm of the Year 2017
International Law Firm of the Year 2016
International Law Firm of the Year 2015
International Law Firm of the Year 2014
Competition / Antitrust Law Firm of the Year
Russia Tax Firm of the Year 2017
Top-100 best competition law firms from around the world
Client Service Law Firm of the Year
#1 law firm by M&A deal count in H1 2018 - Mergers.ru/Cbonds Group
Recommended Firm 2019
Top-100 the world’s leading firms for corporate investigations
Recommended Law Firm 2019
Twice named the Real Estate Firm of the Year by the Legal 500 UK Awards (in 2019 and 2013)
Top-100 best international arbitration law firms from around the world