BLP opens in Moscow with hire of 70-lawyer team

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has officially opened its Moscow office today (19 January), with the addition of a 70-lawyer team from local firm Pepeliaev Goltsblat & Partners.

Russian corporate partner Andrey Goltsblat has joined BLP’s Moscow operation – which will be called Goltsblat BLP – bringing with him nine partners and roughly 60 associates.

The opening coincides with the launch of the firm’s first Middle East office in Abu Dhabi.

The Moscow office will be headed by Goltsblat, who is joined by corporate partners Anton Sitnikov and Anton Rogoza, real estate partners Vitaly Mozharowski and Elena Barinova, employment partner Anna-Stefaniya Chepik, customs and foreign exchange partner Vladimir Tchikine, litigation partner Maxim Kulkov and intellectual property partner Ekatrina Tilling.

Goltsblat BLP will focus on corporate, energy and natural resources, employment, trade, and customs and excise matters.

The merged business will contribute roughly 10% of BLP’s total revenues – which increased by 10% last year to reach £185m – and will employ 190 partners.

BLP managing partner Neville Eisenberg said: We continue to be fully committed to our strategy of delivering legal services through our preferred firm network. Our plans for Abu Dhabi and Moscow are part of a complementary strategy to grow the firm’s exposure to emerging markets.”

BLP has a preferred firm network established in 65 countries, recently establishing a network in South America.

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