BLP’s Ian Ivory joins Goltsblat BLP to head the English Law Corporate Finance practice

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), together with Goltsblat BLP, are pleased to announce that Ian Ivory, a Corporate Finance partner in its London office, will be joining the firm’s new Russian office, Goltsblat BLP. Ian will add English law capabilities to the strong Russian legal team, which, as well as Andrey Goltsblat, includes highly ranked corporate experts such as partners Anton Sitnikov and Anton Rogoza.

Ian has considerable experience of mergers & acquisitions and private equity investments and has advised clients including Close Brothers, St Peter Port Capital and Octopus on a range of cross-border and domestic management buy-outs, private equity and venture capital investments. He has also acted for lenders on the corporate aspects of a range of leveraged and acquisition finance deals.

Goltsblat BLP, which was established in January 2009, is the first Russian international law firm and has more than 70 attorneys including 9 partners who were  employees of Pepeliev, Goltsblat & Partners, formerly the biggest full-service law firm operating in Russia. The new firm is headed by Andrey Goltsblat, who was formerly a managing partner of Pepeliaev, Goltsblat & Partners. He is the managing partner and senior partner for corporate/ M&A and investment projects of Goltsblat BLP. It is the first time a major overseas law firm has come together with a leading Russian legal team, creating a completely new capability offering clients a “one stop shop”, where traditionally they may have had to use two different firms.

Andrey Goltsblat, Goltsblat BLP’s managing partner, said: “Bringing Ian into the Moscow team is natural for the development of our strategy in Russia, enabling us to offer clients the full range of corporate services, which include all law capabilities, among them those for English law.”

Ian said: “This is a really exciting opportunity to be part of a new offering, and I am looking forward to the challenge of realising the potential that the merger of our businesses has created.”

Neville Eisenberg, BLP’s managing partner, said: “Building up our English law capability in Moscow is part of the plan, so Ian’s appointment is an important step for us. He will help create stronger ties between the Moscow office and our teams in the UK, enabling us to develop the truly integrated Russian and English law service that we are aiming to deliver.”

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