Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner



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Financial and corporate

The Russian office of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is best known in Russia for its work in the M&A and projects. 

One of the more significant matters that the banking team worked on during the research period saw it advising the International Investment Bank (IIB) on a deal with the State Transport Leasing Company (STLC), on the financing the acquisition of a number of passenger and special purposes aviation assets, as well as coal mining trucks.

The M&A team was particularly active in the technology, transportation and real estate sectors, one example of which saw it advise taxi aggregator company Fasten’s merger with Rutaxi.

Perhaps the most notable ongoing work of the projects team sees it acting for Nord Stream 2, with the new pipelines helping increase the capacity along the Baltic Sea route from Russia to Germany. Other notable mandates include advising the developers on the reconstruction of the Sheremetyevo International Airport, and on the construction of a research centre for Mars in the Volga Region.

Among highlights in the restructuring and insolvency space, the firm notably assisted Genser Group and its restructuring agent Sberbank Investment on the complex restructuring of all of the client’s external debt to banking groups.

Key clients of the firm include Alfa-Bank, Great Wall Motors and Samsung C&T Corporation.

The firm was renamed from Goltsblat BLP following the global merger of Bryan Cave and Berwin Leighton Paisner.

Client feedback

"Competent legal advice and excellent client service." – Banking

"The firm is super efficient while working with tight deadlines. It also is very client-oriented, works at a high quality level." – Banking

"Great team with excellent experience and knowledge." – Banking, M&A

"The firm has been our primary legal advisor in respect of lending and investment transaction in Russia for more than three years. They have a good value-to-money ratio, amazing overall client relationship management, wide experience, and great industry sector knowledge. They are very responsive, creative and transaction driven." – Banking, project finance

"Deep research and strong knowledge of subjects." – Capital markets

"Clear, high-quality work at a high professional level." – M&A

"Extremely good communication. They do fast turnarounds, have a good understanding of my needs, and are led by competent and experienced personnel. Good value for money." – M&A

"Solid and comprehensive advise, delivered on time." – M&A

"They are very professional and they work well at full pressure." – M&A