Goltsblat BLP

International law firm Goltsblat BLP has appointed Oleg Khokhlov as a partner in its growing Banking & Finance team. Oleg is a highly regarded Russian-qualified lawyer whose experience covers a broad range of finance and banking work.

This appointment is in line with our strategy to develop the office’s international capabilities further. It is also in response to the increased demand by Russian clients and those investing in Russia for high-quality banking and financial advice.

In the two years since renowned corporate lawyer Andrey Goltsblat and over 70 of his colleagues joined BLP to launch the first international Russian law firm, the firm has grown rapidly. It recently announced a 25% growth in fee income for 2010/2011, demonstrating that clients are increasingly attracted to its unique combination international capacity and local expertise.

This latest appointment reflects the strong growth of the Finance team and the firm’s commitment to delivering a strong integrated legal service for international clients investing into Russia and for major Russian companies investing abroad. In addition, Oleg’s appointment echoes the fact that leading Russian qualified lawyers are increasingly overseeing major transactions, integrating English legal advice as necessary, which is a trend that Goltsblat BLP is more able to respond to than most competitors.
Oleg began his career at Linklaters in 2001 and has spent last decade working within the banking practice in Moscow.  His specialism is secured and unsecured lending transactions, where he has advised across a number of sectors including banking, telecommunications and energy. In addition, Oleg also has proven experience in restructuring and aviation asset finance.

At Goltsblat BLP Oleg will be project managing complex deals advising on Russian legal matters. He will be working closely with Simon Allan, the former head of finance at BLP in London who relocated to the Moscow office in 2011. Together with Andrey Goltsblat and the other partners they will seek to build the firm’s finance and banking capabilities for both Russian based and international clients.


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