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Managing Partner (Russia), Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP (formerly Goltsblat BLP in Russia), Senior Partner, Private Client, M&A, Investment Projects
Andrey Goltsblat is a managing partner; admitted, 1987, Russia. He concentrates primarily on Private Clients, M&A, investments projects, restructuring and joint ventures, as well as counselling directors and senior management of domestic and overseas companies on investments and deal structuring in Russia and the CIS.
His previous roles include Chief of Staff for the Constitutional Commission of the Russian Parliament.
Andrey Goltsblat has acted in a number of high-profile Private Client cases, some recent examples including: advising the heirs of a high net worth individual (on the Forbes’ 2018 list of the 200 richest Russian businessmen) in an inheritance case involving various assets in Russia and abroad. The case was complicated by the need for the inherited assets to be distributed among the heirs under the will and the enforced heirs by law, as well as by the assets including shares and participation interests in Russian entities, over which fiduciary management was to be established; advising a high net worth individual on the Forbes list on establishing and operating a trust; advising the UBO of Russia’s biggest health clinic on succession and inheritance structuring and possible sale (partial sale) of the business, as well as relevant documents.
Some examples of compliance and sanctions-related work include: advising Russian Agricultural Bank on international sanctions programmes and restrictions; advising a major state bank on all the US and EU sanctions; advising a foreign state’s embassy in the Russian Federation on the US sanctions.
Andrey Goltsblat and his team of partners and associates have experience of M&A work that includes advising the following companies: Rolf Group, a major Russian car dealer, on its merger with Pelican Auto (BMW, Nissan and Škoda dealerships in the Moscow Region), New Idea Group on a number of its joint ventures, such as Modis, OBI and others; representing FES Group, a crop protection product distributor, on sale of the majority shareholding in it to Arysta LifeScience; RusHydro on establishment of a strategic alliance and joint venture with Voith; Operating Division of OMS on acquisition of Forum Facility Management, which operates the Aurora Business Park in Moscow, with a total area of over 150 thousand sq.m.; Mars on the Wrigley acquisition for $23 bn; Sberbank of Russia in relation to Sportlotto, its joint project with the Russian Lotto Group; Sberbank of Russia in connection with the RUB 3.4 bn acquisition of 25%+1 share in Detskiy mir-Centre, a major Russian children’s goods retailer; the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies (RUSNANO) on a number of equity investments in Russian companies; EBRD and UFG Private Equity in relation to investments in Russian Towers, a Russian telecommunication services company; a major Russian state bank on the proposed acquisition of a software developer; RP Capital on acquisition of the Silver City office complex in Moscow; Danone on sale of its St Petersburg subsidiary and LG International on its investments in the Russian coal mining sector, Ecolab Group of Companies on negotiating, structuring and executing a joint venture for setting up a distribution network in Russia, the Federal Property Management Agency ("Rosimuschestvo") within the scope of a transaction for signing a shareholders’ agreement with the Republic of Bashkortostan on managing and disposing of shares in PJSC Joint Stock Oil Company Bashneft.
Other major projects led by Andrey Goltsblat include: providing comprehensive support to two major creditors in the Mezhprombank bankruptcy proceedings; advising Rosatom/ Akkuyu on construction of a nuclear power station in Turkey, including drafting of the EPC contract, project finance, etc. (in cooperation with the US law firm Pillsbury); advising Oriflame on sale of 21,000 sq.m. of retail and warehouse premises, together with a site of 11.6 ha in Krasnogorsk, Moscow Region, to X5 Retail Group; advising VEB (Vnesheconombank) in connection with the PPP legislative reform and project finance; representing the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) on behalf of three leading global record companies – Sony Music Russia, Universal Music Russia and Warner Music UK – in lawsuits to protect related rights to phonograms against the VKontakte social network.
Andrey Goltsblat has also overseen legal advice to more than 600 real estate and construction projects pursued in different regions of Russia, predominately by major multinational investors such as Mars, Danone, Kimberly-Clark, Kingfisher/Castorama, Guardian Industries, Kronospan, Saint-Gobain, Lafarge, as well as a number of Japanese and European car manufacturers, including Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, Nissan/Russia, Volkswagen Group, Komatsu, etc.
Andrey Goltsblat fulfils an active role in the work of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce (RBCC) Advisory Council.
He is a member of the IBA (International Bar Association), the ABA (American Bar Association) and the Advisory Board of Best Lawyers.
Andrey Goltsblat has been awarded the medal of the Federal Chamber of Advocates of the Russian Federation "For services in support of human rights and liberties".
For several years running, he has been mentioned by The Legal 500 EMEA, Chambers & Partners, Best Lawyers and Who’s Who Legal as a leading individual in the Corporate / M&A and Construction / Real Estate areas.
For many years in a row, Andrey was named Eminent Practitioner in Corporate / M&A by Chambers & Partners: “Eminent practitioner Andrey Goltsblat is a highly respected name in the Russian legal market” (Chambers Global 2018), a Leading Lawyer and a member of Hall of Fame in Corporate / M&A by The Legal 500 and a Leading Lawyer in Financial & Corporate by IFLR1000, the Lawyer of the Year in Corporate Law by Best Lawyers 2013 and recommended for government-led & internal investigations by the Global Investigation Review 100 2015. Andrey was also selected by peers for inclusion to the Best Lawyers in Russia in the fields of Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, Real Estate Law, according to Best Lawyers in Russia 2009 – 2019 Editions.