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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP

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Managing Partner: Andrey Goltsblat
Number of partners: 17
Number of lawyers: 100+
USA Offices: Atlanta, Boulder, Charlotte, Chicago, Colorado Springs, Dallas, Denver, Irvine, Jefferson City, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Phoenix, San Francisco, St. Louis, Washington, DC
Europe Offices: Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt, Hamburg, London, Manchester, Paris
Asia Offices: Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore
Middle East Offices: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Tel Aviv

Firm Overview:
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP (until 2018 in Russia – Goltsblat BLP) is one of the top-tier international law firms and the Russian practice of a major global firm which is able to provide top-level international advice and transactional support for complex high profile deals for both big multinationals and major Russian corporates. The firm focuses on complex transactional and litigation work and continues to utilise its full service capabilities, a competitive advantage in the Russian market, allowing the firm to support expertise-specific deals. With unrivalled capabilities, the firm is able to assemble multi-functional teams — including specialists from various practice groups — for any particularly complicated project.

In Moscow, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP has over 100 lawyers, who are qualified under Russian and English law. The highly respected Moscow team has over 20 years of experience, providing legal support for major Russian businesses, as well as multinationals implementing large-scale investment projects in Russia.

Globally, the firm has 32 offices in 11 countries and a platform of 1,400 lawyers with integrated international teams and strong global M&A, real estate, international financial services practice and litigation and corporate risk practices boasting a wealth of hands-on experience of international projects, diverse industry expertise and in-depth knowledge of local specifics in various jurisdictions.

Main Areas of Practice:

Antitrust & Competition:
The firm has extensive expertise in practical application of competition law. Lawyers have successfully represented both Russian and international organisations before the competition authorities in Russia and Europe and have worked closely with the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service to improve Russian competition law.

Asia Practice:
With offices in Greater China and South-East Asia, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has a unique position in the region. The cross-office Asia team is multi-disciplinary and multilingual. Moscow-based lawyers have considerable experience of work on Asia-related projects offering cross-practice support to both Asian investors in Russia and Russian corporates interested in entering Asian markets.

Banking & Finance:
Comprehensive advice on all aspects of finance law, including investment and development finance, asset finance, real estate finance, restructuring, structured finance, leveraged finance, PPP and infrastructure project finance and derivative products, for both lenders and borrowers based in Russia or other countries.

Commercial:
The firm advises its clients on Russian and international commercial law, including drafting and negotiating distribution agreements, leasing, public procurement contracts, and supply, agency and other commercial contracts.

Compliance:
A well-established compliance team offers a full of range of compliance-related advice, particularly in areas such as regulatory, competition, anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws, licensing, data protection, etc.

Corporate/M&A:

The firm has one of the biggest and most resourceful corporate/M&A teams on the market, with 20+ Russian and English law qualified lawyers, and impressive transactional experience across a number of industries. The team is well positioned in terms of expertise and resources to provide any type of corporate/M&A and other transactional and general corporate services supported — when the scope so requires — by leading practitioners in all relevant areas of practice, each being long-established and top-ranked in their respective area.

Customs & International Trade:
The firm advises clients on topical issues relating to their business needs, including localisation, sanctions-related matters and imports of new equipment, and represents them before the Russian customs authorities and courts.

Dispute Resolution:
The firm is recognised as having one of the biggest litigation teams in Russia, with 40 trial lawyers based in Moscow, each specialising in a particular area (corporate, commercial, real estate, customs, tax, labour, IP and consumer disputes).

Employment, Pensions & Benefits:
The firm has the biggest employment team in Russia, with extensive experience in both consulting and litigation. Areas of expertise include internal restructuring; staff reduction and redundancy procedures; employee benefits; corporate pension planning; outsourcing; health and safety; employment regulations and work permits for foreigners.

Energy & Natural Resources:
The team provides legal support for use and protection of subsoil deposits, forest, water and other natural resources; advice on land-use, licences and permits; regulation of natural resource management; and construction, reconstruction and maintenance of infrastructure facilities, including oil and gas pipelines.

Insolvency & Bankruptcy:
Applying their successful experience of supporting company bankruptcy procedures in a variety of businesses, insolvency and bankruptcy lawyers help clients evaluate correctly the likelihood of problem debtors paying off their debts, choose the best way to resolve a problem debt situation and achieve maximum satisfaction of creditor claims during debtor bankruptcy procedures.

Intellectual Property/Digital:
The IP team is a unique combination of lawyers providing a comprehensive offering of IP-related services and lawyers with unrivalled experience in IP litigation. The team has a successful track record in complex high-profile litigation projects, including a number of precedent-setting cases, and is known for its creative and practical solutions to help clients when an ordinary approach becomes ineffective.

PPP/Infrastructure:
The cross-practice team has substantial experience in all aspects of PPP/infrastructure, from corporate and tax structuring to financing and regulatory. It also supports different public and private initiatives undertaken in the PPP field for developing an appropriate legislative framework and establishing a professional society for PPP activities (projects).

Real Estate & Construction:
One of the most notable and highly demanded real estate practices on the Russian market, embracing all aspects of real estate matters, including acquisition, development, leasing, construction, environmental issues, finance and dispute resolution, and is consistently recognised as‘a great choice for Russian real estate work.’

Tax:
The firm has one of the biggest and strongest fiscal teams in Russia. It is a focused team, with experts specialising in different areas of tax and offering both tax advice and tax litigation support with an extremely high success rate: 98-99% in over 1,000 cases.

White Collar Criminal Defence:
The team is among the strongest in Russia for advising on white collar criminal defence. Specialists in this team have extensive experience of defending companies, as well as directors and senior managers, against regulatory and/or criminal prosecutions. Specialists also have experience of acting for clients in courts, before law-enforcement agencies and other state authorities in virtually all Russian regions and CIS countries. Org