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  • Corporate / M&A practice of Goltsblat BLP for several years has been top-ranked / highly recommended by major international legal directories, such as The Legal 500 EMEA, Сhambers & Partners, IFLR 1000, Best Lawyers and others.

  • The Corporate / M&A practice has won a number of awards for the firm over recently:

    • Business Law Firm of the Year - M&A - 2017 Corporate LiveWire M&A Awards;
    • Russia Law Firm of the Year - 2016 M&A Atlas Awards;
    • The TOP-3 leading Corporate / M&A legal advisors in Russia - Russia M&A Awards - Cbonds-Congress 2016;
    • The TOP-3 leading law firms by deal count in Russia – Mergermarket 2016.

  • Legal 500 2017: "Goltsblat BLP’s ‘excellent’ team has ‘a very high level of industry knowledge’ and ‘takes a practical approach to all assignments’. Department head Anton Sitnikov is ‘constantly working to evolve the practice’; managing partner Andrey Goltsblat has strong joint venture and investment project expertise; and Ekaterina Dedova is ‘a true professional who is always up to date with the client needs." 

  • IFLR 1000 2017: "Goltsblat BLP are a close-knit team of professionals, that always has suitable and acceptable (from a business perspective) legal solutions," says one client. Another adds: "Goltsblat BLP are very professional; all specialists are very responsive and extremely helpful." 

  • Chambers Europe 2017:

    • "Well-recognised team that benefits from its very strong local brand as well as the international capacities of the Berwin Leighton Paisner network. Assists international clients with inbound transactional mandates in Russia by providing due diligence and local law support. Acts across a variety of sectors, with particular activity in energy and real estate, on cross-border deals and joint venture mandates. Also represents Russian companies."
    • "They managed to bring together their Russian and international expertise and provide a very good result."
    • "We appreciate their practical approach as well as the attention they pay to every detail of the project."

  • Chambers Global 2017:

    • "Managing partner and eminent practitioner Andrey Goltsblat is a leading figure in the Moscow market. He lends his vast expertise to complex corporate governance issues and offers strategic advice on high-value transactions."
    • "Practice head Anton Sitnikov oversees a broad range of transactional and advisory projects. He advises clients on corporate governance matters, including restructurings, mergers and joint ventures. He also provides Russian law advice on cross-border projects."
    • "Matvey Kaploukhiy is known amongst clients for his "very practical, business-oriented attitude." Sources also praise his availability and negotiation skills: "The negotiations were really tough but he did exactly what we asked," adding: "He's always there to help, he's always quick." He advises clients on transactional and corporate matters and has been particularly active of late on large infrastructure projects."

  • Chambers Europe 2016: 

    • "Well-recognised team that benefits from its strong local brand and the international recognition and capacities of the Berwin Leighton Paisner network."
    • "The team is very flexible, client-oriented and works to tough deadlines."
    • "The lawyers combine in-depth technical and legal knowledge with a commercial approach." 

  • Chambers Global 2016: 

    • "Managing partner Andrey Goltsblat is a very widely respected specialist assisting clients with high-level transactional and corporate matters." 
    • "Practice head Anton Sitnikov is a corporate lawyer who is complimented on his strong negotiation skills. "He provides wise recommendations and positions in negotiations. We got exactly what we wanted in the deals," a client says. He recently advised a number of clients on establishing large joint ventures, predominantly in the energy sector."
    • "Matvey Kaploukhiy is very active in the firm's key transactional and corporate instructions, including cross-border joint venture projects. "He is business-oriented and accurate," a client says."
    • "Hong Kong-based Ian Ivory is a UK-qualified corporate lawyer, assisting with the English law aspects of cross-border transactions."

  • Legal 500 EMEA 2016: "The ‘client-oriented’ team at Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of Berwin Leighton Paisner has ‘profound market knowledge and is always ready to explore new issues’. Practice head Anton Sitnikov is ‘an excellent team leader’; managing partner Andrey Goltsblat has strong investment project and deal structuring expertise; and Ian Ivory focuses on cross-border M&A transactions, among other matters."

  • IFLR1000 2016:

    • "The team could always give clear guidance, even on very complicated issues. They provide the client with highly professional legal advice and are always in communication with the client."
    • "I would estimate Goltsblat BLP as one of the best firms for M&A deals," says one senior financial sector in-house counsel. "They are speedy, cost efficient and professional in this area."

  • Legal 500 EMEA 2015:

    • Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of Berwin Leighton Paisner, provides "prompt and client-oriented support, a deep level of advice, and team strength in depth".
    • Practice head Anton Sitnikov is "an excellent M&A lawyer with strong client skills", Ekaterina Dedova is ‘practical in her approach to corporate matters’, and Ian Ivory is recommended for his English law expertise.

  • Chambers Europe 2015:

    • "Great local and international knowledge." 
    • "Quick responses and quick delivery."
    • “Managing partner Andrey Goltsblat is a respected name on the market as a result of his wealth of experience in M&A and investment projects. He is appreciated by clients for his high-level, strategic input on mandates."
    • "Head of practice Anton Sitnikov is described by sources as "client-oriented." 

  • Chambers Global 2015:

    • "Managing partner Andrey Goltsblat is a respected name on the market as a result of his wealth of experience in M&A and investment projects. He is appreciated by clients for his high-level, strategic input on mandates.
    • Head of practice Anton Sitnikov is described by sources as "client-oriented." Among recent highlights, he advised the shareholders of Sape Group on the sale of a 30% stake in sape.ru.      
    • UK-qualified Ian Ivory focuses on cross-border M&A and joint ventures. His clients include private equity and venture capital names. He heads the English law and corporate finance practice."

  • IFLR1000 2015: "Clients are very pleased with the work of the M&A team. "It was impressive," says one "It has been a good experience for me because I as a client was protected on all sides in the case. The other companies’ offers were equal in price but not equal in the quality of the service. It is very good value. I had a feeling of confidence in the guys; I believe in them much more than the others."

  • Legal 500 EMEA 2014: 

    • Goltsblat BLP ‘combines local Russian market expertise with truly international best practices’.
    • Managing partner Andrey Goltsblat is valued for ‘the depth of his research, the breadth of his expertise and his customer service’.

  • Chambers Europe 2014: 

    • Clients appreciate Andrey Goltsblat for his "transparent approach and business acumen." He remains a very well-respected figure in the market with a recognised public profile.
    • Anton Sitnikov works on a broad range of corporate and M&A matters. Market commentators describe him as a "very reliable adviser."

  • IFLR 1000 2014: "One client is impressed with the quality of partner Ian Ivory, saying he is very open to different ways of working. "He impresses me with his approach," they say. "We have a lot of discussions with other law companies but Ian is always more client-focused than other lawyers."

  • Goltsblat BLP was named The Best International Law Firm in the Russian PE Industry within the VI Russian PE Congress (2014). 

  • Chambers Europe 2013:“Both clients and peers unanimously agree that this firm's most impressive feature is its ability to seamlessly blend detailed local knowledge with a global business perspective.”

  • IFLR 1000 2013: "Very good, a very good team and very qualified," says clients, adding that "they really deal with the clients' intentions accurately and we are absolutely happy with them and can recommend… the best work and price balance we have found.”

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Andrey Goltsblat
Managing Partner of Goltsblat BLP, Senior Partner Corporate, M&A and Investment Projects
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Anton Sitnikov
Partner, Head of Corporate / M&A
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Ian Ivory
Partner, Head of Corporate for Asia
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Ekaterina Dedova
Partner, Head of TMT
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Matvey Kaploukhiy
Partner, Corporate / M&A
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Anton Panchenkov
Partner, Corporate / M&A, Head of Moscow Israeli Desk
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Sergey Milanov
Partner, Head of Asia Practice
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