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  • Competiton / Antitrust practice of Goltsblat BLP for several years has been top-ranked / highly recommended by major international legal directories, such as Сhambers & Partners, Global Competition Review (GCR), The Legal 500 EMEA, Best Lawyers, and others.

  • In 2017, Nikolay Voznesenskiy, partner and head of Competition & Antitrust practice of Goltsblat BLP, and Vitaly Dianov, partner, Competition & Antitrust, Goltsblat BLP, have been honoured, by Presidential Decree, the national awards: Medals of the Order of Merit for the Fatherland, second class, for excellence in contributing to efficient antitrust  legislation enforcement and for an active role in competition law-making.

  • Legal 500 2017: "For some, the team at Goltsblat BLP provides ‘the best advice across all aspects of competition law’."

  • Chambers Europe 2017:

    • One satisfied client sums up the qualities of the team: "They are responsive, client-oriented, we like their profound research of issues and their full and frank advice."
    • Nikolay Voznesenskiy maintains an excellent reputation in the market, particularly for his advice on contentious issues. He is described as "an excellent litigator and orator. Thoughtful, creative and focused on the result for the business." Another source says: "He's very experienced and very good at brainstorming and providing solutions," adding: "His advice is based on his vast experience."
    • Recently made partner Vitaly Dianov assists clients with antitrust-related disputes and also advises on compliance matters. Sources note his "really good understanding of the issues" in contentious cases.

  • Chambers Europe 2016: 

    • "Its expertise is some of the best in the market, especially when it relates to competition/antitrust."
    • "It is one of the strongest teams in the Russian antitrust area. Something I value is that we do not receive advice simply based on the law, but a business solution according to the case we are facing."
    • Nikolay Voznesenskiy works across the antitrust spectrum, including monopoly prevention and related disputes. Sources comment: "He is constantly developing his skills and mastering new trends not yet fully formed within the Russian legal framework. He assesses each session comprehensively and is always precise, consistent and reasonable in his legal judgements."
    • Vitaly Dianov received excellent client and peer feedback. He possesses significant expertise in cartel investigations and dawn raids, as well as abuse of dominance cases. Sources describe him as "a highly-qualified trial lawyer who conducts trials, manages the litigation prospect, knows the legislation and steadfastly upholds his legal position.

  • In 2016, Goltsblat BLP is ranked 3d in competition and antitrust by the prestigious Russian business publication Kommersant.

  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2016 (1 Tier): "The team at Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of Berwin Leighton Paisner has a ‘very broad outlook and continues to develop professionally, expanding into areas that have yet to become a legal reality in Russia’. The ‘highly logical’ Nikolay Voznesenskiy heads the competition practice, Vitaly Dianov is also recommended, providing ‘a masterful use of various options, ensuring full legal protection’."

  • Chambers Europe 2015:

    • "The lawyers are client-oriented and provide practical advice that is relevant to business"
    • "Clients commend Nikolay Voznesenskiy for his ability to explain difficult issues in an elementary way and appreciate that he really puts his experience to our use in solving specific business problems."
    • "Vitaly Dianov garners praise for his advocacy skills: "He is an excellent disputes lawyer; he knows the law and persuasively puts his case forward."

  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2015 (1 Tier):

    • Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of Berwin Leighton Paisner, attracts praise for its ‘consistently high-quality advice, prompt responses and ability to work to tight deadlines’.
    • Practice head Nikolay Voznesenskiy is recommended for his ‘deep understanding of procurement and antitrust matters, and his ability to clearly and pragmatically break down complex issues’. He and ‘highly qualified trial lawyer’ Vitaly Dianov represented Freight One Company in a cartel agreement case brought by FAS.

  • Chambers Europe 2014:

    • "The quality of service has been very strong and the team is great at explaining our chances before we go to court."
    • "Recently promoted partner Nikolay Voznesenskiy is an active member of the community and is recognised by clients as "he is really great to work with; he is client-oriented, goes into detail and recommends business-oriented decisions."

  • Global Competition Review 2013 (Elite Group):

    • "The competition team (Elite ranking group) has an excellent reputation, thanks in large part to the efforts of practice head and partner Nikolay Voznesenskiy and senior associate Vitaly Dianov. They are joined by three associates, who focus exclusively on competition".
    • Competition / Antitrust practice of Goltsblat BLP has been included to Band 1 in a national law firm ranking by Pravo.ru 2012-2013

  • Chambers Europe 2013:

    • "Market sources suggest that the firm excels as a result of its client focus, excellent reputation for technical knowledge, and great understanding of FAS procedure."    

    • "This competition practice works in close collaboration with its colleagues in London and Brussels to effectively service its predominantly multinational clients. It has recently enjoyed a surge in the amount of challenging cartel and abuse of dominance cases it attracts, though merger clearance and compliance still form a core part of its practice."    

    • Clients say: "I like the availability of the firm's specialists, who don't just sit on an initial position but tailor their service to the client".  

    • "Much of the firm's success is attributable to the hard work of Nikolay Voznesenskiy, who is roundly regarded as one of the smartest competition lawyers in the market. Commentators suggest he is "business-oriented and proactive," whilst his advice "is extremely thoughtful and takes all the client's needs into account".

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