Goltsblat BLP announces new appointments and reinforcement of key practices in response to the growing demand for its services

Goltsblat BLP, the Russian practice of the international law firm BLP, announces that two new partners have been appointed with effect from 1 May 2016: Anton Panchenkov in Corporate/ M&A and Ivan Veselov in the Dispute Resolution Practice, and that Alexey Gorlatov is joining the firm as Head of Commercial Practice/Projects to accommodate the high demand for its services in these areas.

In the recently published ratings, including Legal 500 EMEA, Сhambers & Partners, IFLR 1000, Best Lawyer, Kommersant and others, Corporate/M&A and the Dispute Resolution Practice are recognised as market leaders.

By appointing Anton Panchenkov as Partner, Goltsblat BLP is responding to the growing demand for the services of its Corporate/M&A team. This practice is among the biggest on the market and Anton Panchenkov has been directly involved in a number of its recent landmark projects, such as: advising the Federal Agency for State Property Management (Rosimuschestvo) on its shareholders’ agreement with the Republic of Bashkortostan, providing legal support to the Rolf Group in its business consolidation with Pelikan-Avto, assisting OAO NOVATEK in a dispute with Nefte Petroleum Limited and many others.

Ivan Veselov has more than 15 years’ litigation experience. He focuses on title protection, lease, insurance and contractor disputes and handles complex corporate rights protection projects. Ivan’s successful projects include: defence of IKEA in court against ill-founded claims by KSKhP Khimki and a number of other landmark litigation victories, including representation of OBI in a series of disputes with its landlord and successful representation of Shlumberger. He has also won a lease dispute with Afimall Shopping Centre for Amer Sports, acted for Baker Hughes in a dispute with Lukoil and handled many other projects. Ivan Veselov will team up with Practice Partner Rustam Kurmaev, a recommended specialist for dispute resolution, under whose guidance the Practice has been actively earning a reputation as a market leader.

Alexey Gorlatov’s appointment as Head of Commercial Practice/Projects responds to the growing demand by Russian and foreign clients for related services in commercial law and M&A project work. By joining Goltsblat BLP, Alexey Gorlatov will also contribute to strengthening its Energy and Natural Resources group and a team serving German-speaking clients. Alexey focuses on commercial and corporate projects, has considerable international expertise in consulting, as well as in legal departments of companies working in industrial machinery production, the hydropower, oil and gas and telecommunications sectors.  His projects include legal support for industrial equipment supplies, including for hydropower plants, acquisitions of industrial production and telecommunications assets, as well as financial arrangements for such transactions.

Anton Sitnikov, Partner, Head of Corporate/M&A, Goltsblat BLP, says: “Congratulations to all colleagues on these important appointments. Anton Panchenkov has been on our team for over seven years and is now one of its leaders. He actively participates in the strategic development of the Practice, serving a number of key clients and playing a leading role in many of the firm’s seminal projects and deals.”

Rustam Kurmaev, Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution Practice: “Ivan has established himself as one of the best litigators. He has a large number of high-profile litigation victories under his belt.  With the constantly changing legislation and court attitudes, Ivan develops and implements creative strategies for achieving client goals.”

Nikolay Voznesenskiy, Partner, Head of Competition and Antitrust: “Such team reinforcement and new appointments are very timely. For example, by joining our team, Alexey Gorlatov will help to strengthen it for crossover Corporate/M&A and Commercial projects. Alexey’s appointment will enable us to be still more effective in providing comprehensive legal support to our clients on complex deals and large-scale projects.”


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