"Great local and international knowledge." Chambers Europe

Russia & CIS

Goltsblat BLP is the Russian practice of BLP, including 100 lawyers qualified under Russian and English law. It has the breadth of expertise to meet all the legal needs of companies doing business in Russia and the CIS and to provide transaction support for inbound and outbound investment by Russian and international clients.

Some specific examples of our capability include:

  • Highly reputable & well known with experience reaching across more than 50 legal disciplines and 20 industry sectors;
  • One of the biggest corporate teams in Russia;.
  • The real estate practice is one of the most notable and highly demanded on the Russian market;
  • The biggest litigation team in Russia, with 46 trial lawyers based in Moscow, each specialising in a particular area;
  • Consistently top ranked and recommended by Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500 in Corporate / M&A, Dispute Resolution, Real Estate & Construction, Employment, Pensions & Benefits, Competition / Antitrust, Tax & Customs, IP;
  • Over 1700 clients, including ​major multinational investors operating in Russia, 130 Fortune 500 clients, and Russian and international banks & financial institutions.

See here for further details of our Moscow office.


2016 saw excellent performance by the Corporate/M&A Practice of Goltsblat BLP and the team are continuing to achieve high accolades in 2017.

Our high ranking is due to landmark deals by our Corporate/M&A lawyers.

  • advising the Federal Agency for State Property Management (Rosimuschestvo) on shareholders’ agreements in Sheremetyevo International Airport and Vnukovo Airport;
  • supporting Russia’s biggest auto-dealer Rolf Group in consolidating its business with Pelican-Auto;
  • advising Itella Russia on its acquisition of MaxiPost;
  • acting for Severgroup on its sale of Metcombank to Sovcombank;
  • advising Intel on Russian aspects of acquiring a group of companies headquartered in the USA;
  • advising a private Russian investor on purchasing hotels in Austria;
  • rendering advice on the sale of a bakery plant in the Moscow Region, and many more.
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Awards and Accolades

  • Number 1

    Ranked in band one for Corporate Law - Pravo.ru 300

  • 2017

    Business Law Firm of the Year 2017 - Corporate LiveWire M&A Awards

  • 2016

    Russian M&A Law Firm of the Year 2016 - International M&A Atlas Awards

  • 3

    Recognised in the top three M&A legal advisors in Russia, by 2016 deal count - Mergermarket

  • 3

    Recognised among the three leading Corporate/M&A legal advisors in Russia – Russian M&A Awards

  • 2016

    Topped August 2016 ranking, by M&A deals completed in the first six months of the year - Mergers.ru

Latest Examples of Work

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      Nord Stream AG

      Advised Nord Stream AG on the legal aspects of construction of the Russian component of the submarine gas pipeline. Matters advised on included international law, environmental aspects, re-categorisation of forest and agricultural land, liaisons with government authorities, permission documentation, construction, permits, authorisations and licences

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      Assisting Kvaerner in the corporation's business development activities in Russia, including establishment of partnerships with Russian companies working in the Energy sector

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      Advised shareholders of SAPE on a transaction with Millhouse and Invest AG Fund consortium acquiring about 30% of shares in Sape.ru and in the Serpzilla project (scaling Sape business model on the markets of Europe, the USA and Asia).

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      Tommy Hilfiger

      Advised Tommy Hilfiger on structuring its presence in Russia; supported launch of a representative office in Russia. Provided full-scope legal and tax support in acquisition of retail business from a major franchisee. As a result, the brand owner accessed landmark trade centres and key selling locations.

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      Akkuyu NPP

      Representing Akkuyu NPP (Rosatom subsidiary) in connection with one of the biggest nuclear power construction projects in the world including EPC services, project finance, power purchase agreement, technology transfer and all other related aspects of this Greenfield nuclear project of huge significance to Turkey and Russia (together with Pillsbury law firm).

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      McAfee & Intel

      Advised McAfee/ Intel in relation to the USD 389 m acquisition of StoneSoft, a Finland-based leading innovator in the next-generation network firewall products

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      Real estate and construction projects

      Legal advice for over 600 real estate and construction projects in different regions of Russia over the last five years, predominately for major multinational investors, including Mars, Coca-Cola, Danone, Kimberly-Clark, Kingfisher/Castorama, Guardian Industries, Kronospan, Saint-Gobain and Lafarge, as well as a number of Japanese and European car manufacturers (i.e., Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, Nissan/Russia, Volkswagen Group, Komatsu, etc.).

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      Mars Inc

      For over 20 years, continuous comprehensive support to Mars Inc. investment projects in different parts of Russia since the company entered the Russian market, including construction of seven plants in four Russian regions, major acquisitions (e.g., USD 23 bn. Wrigley acquisition, Royal Canin, Korkunov, etc.) and day-to-day legal issues.

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      Advised a NALCO/ An Ecolab Company on assessing a legal restructuring project for consolidating and reshaping the Group’s current corporate presence in Russia. The success of the project was assured by the concerted efforts of the Firm’s corporate, tax, regulatory and licensing, customs, IP and tender/antitrust teams on duly addressing all relevant aspects of the proposed restructuring, in developing the optimal new structure configuration and implementation step-plan

Office Location

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Moscow Goltsblat BLP LLP Capital City Complex Moscow City Business Centre 8, Presnenskaya Nab., Bldg.1 123100 Moscow, Russia
By telephone: +7(495) 287 44 44 By Facsimile:+7(495) 287 44 45
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