• Andrey Goltsblat is Managing Partner (Russia) of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (Russia) LLP (formerly Goltsblat BLP in Russia), Senior Partner, Private Client, M&A, Investment Projects.
  • Prior to becoming a commercial lawyer in 1993, for three years Andrey Goltsblat was Chief of Staff for the Constitutional Commission of the Russian Parliament and made a major contribution to the drafting of the Russian Constitution. 
  • 20+ years’ experience working primarily on: private clients, M&A, investments projects, restructuring and joint ventures, as well as counselling directors and senior management of domestic and overseas companies on investments and deal structuring in Russia and the CIS. 
  • Has a wealth of experience working as legal counsel to a number of Russian and foreign Fortune 500 companies and corporations.
  • Representing clients within the Foreign Investment Advisory Council (FIAC) under the Russian Government.
  • Working with clients from: Russia/CIS, USA, Canada, UK, Japan, China, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Sweden and many others.
  • Clients include: Mars Inc., GE, Philips, Ecolab Group of Companies, RusHydro, Sukhoi Company, The Russian Corporation of Nanotechnologies (RUSNANO), Sberbank, VEB (Vnesheconombank), Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC),  Danone, Kimberly-Clark,  Guardian Industries, Kronospan, Saint-Gobain, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, Nissan/Russia, Volkswagen Group, and Komatsu.
  • Qualified with a PhD in Law in 1994.
  • Awarded the medal of Federal Chamber of Attorneys of the Russian Federation "for services in support of human rights and liberties".
  • Is a member of Hall of Fame in Corporate / M&A by The Legal 500.
  • For many years in a row was named Eminent Practitioner and Leading Lawyer in Corporate / M&A by Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500, IFLR1000. He was also included in the Best Lawyers in Russia 2009-2019 Editions in the fields of Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, Real Estate Law.
  • Professional Memberships include: IBA & ABA, Advisory Board of Best Lawyers.

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Representative Experience

  • Private Client: Andrey Goltsblat has acted in a number of high-profile Private Client cases, some recent examples including: advising the heirs of a high net worth individual (on the Forbes’ 2018 list of the 200 richest Russian businessmen) in an inheritance case involving various assets in Russia and abroad. The case was complicated by the need for the inherited assets to be distributed among the heirs under the will and the enforced heirs by law, as well as by the assets including shares and participation interests in Russian entities, over which fiduciary management was to be established; advising a high net worth individual on the Forbes list on establishing and operating a trust; advising the UBO of Russia’s biggest health clinic on succession and inheritance structuring and possible sale (partial sale) of the business, as well as relevant documents.
  • Some examples of compliance and sanctions-related work include: advising Russian Agricultural Bank on international sanctions programmes and restrictions; advising a major state bank on all the US and EU sanctions; advising a foreign state’s embassy in the Russian Federation on the US sanctions.
  • 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 nine plants in four Russian regions, major acquisitions (e.g., USD 23 bn. Wrigley acquisition, Royal Canin, Korkunov, etc.) and day-to-day legal issues. 
  • Ecolab Group of Companies - Legal support for negotiating, structuring and executing a joint venture for setting up the client's distribution network in Russia.
  • Legal support for over 600 real estate, construction and infrastructure projects in different regions of Russia over the last 10 years, predominately for major multinational investors, including Mars, Danone, Kimberly-Clark, 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.).
  • Guardian IndustriesLegal support to Guardian Industries on construction projects for two float glass plants in the Ryazan and Rostov Regions, which included: an EBRD lending facility for the project, the acquisition of land plots, re-categorisation and change of permitted use of the land, construction, engineering infrastructure, environmental aspects, permission documentation, representation in state arbitration courts and public tenders.
  • RusHydroAdvice to RusHydro (Russia's biggest hydropower company) on a joint venture with Voith for building a plant in Russia to manufacture hydro turbines.
  • Sberbank - Advice to Sberbank on its investment and related acquisition of 25%+1 share in Detskiy mir – Centre (deal value is RUB 3.4 bn).
  • VnesheconombankAdvice to VEB (Vnesheconombank) on PPP and project finance legislation reforms.