Goltsblat BLP

Goltsblat BLP is pleased to announce that BLP’s Simon Allan is relocating to Moscow to boost the Banking and Finance Practice and to further develop the international capabilities of Goltsblat BLP.
Further enhancement of the Moscow Banking and Finance team is in direct response to increased client demand for English-law related services, which has led to the firm steadily expanding in a challenging market environment.
Until recently, Simon headed up BLP’s Finance practice and was responsible for its strategic development and growth during a period in which fee income increased from £8m to £37m. He is one of BLP’s most senior partners and has been on the BLP Board for the past 10 years. Most recently he has been leading a project to develop the firm’s finance capability, client relationships and reputation internationally, particularly in emerging markets.
As a lawyer, over the last 20 or so years Simon has advised financial institutions, funders, investors, governments and leading private companies on highly complex transport, defense and urban regeneration projects. This included work on the U.K.’s second high-speed rail project. He has also been involved in the U.K.’s Public Private Partnership market since its inception, and has structured and led projects across the education, healthcare, transport, housing and government accommodation sectors, representing all sections of the market.
Simon joins at a particularly exciting time for Goltsblat BLP, which created Russia’s first international law firm in 2009 by bringing together a leading Russian legal team with a high-quality international law firm for the first time. The office recently announced that fee income was up by over 60 percent in the first half of the year compared with the same period last year, demonstrating that clients are increasingly recognizing the unique benefits of the genuinely integrated service it offers. It is now one of the largest international law firms in Russia. Goltsblat BLP clients include over 490 companies, about 70 percent of which are major multinationals operating on the Russian market, including 23 Fortune 500 companies.

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