Goltsblat BLP – the Moscow office of international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner – announced the addition of a Real Estate team from competitor Akin Gump.
The new group – led by Vladislav Sourkov, current Head of Akin Gump’s Real Estate practice, and includes Rustam Aliev and Dmitry Maltsev – is expected to have completed its move to Goltsblat BLP by mid-January, 2014. They have recently been involved in a series of acquisitions in connection with prominent new business centers in Moscow and other Russian cities.
Vladislav Sourkov said: ”I am very pleased to be joining a firm with such highly-regarded real estate capabilities, recognized globally as one of the leading places to practice real estate. My team and I are looking forward to hitting the ground running and working on the many domestic and international real estate deals that GBLP is involved in.”
Andrey Goltsblat, Managing Partner of Goltsblat BLP, said: ”I am sure that the consolidation of these two highly professional teams will allow our Real Estate and Construction Practice to strengthen its position as a market leader.”
Goltsblat's Real Estate practice is led by Real Estate and Construction Partner Vitaly Mozharowski, and is part of BLP's global real estate team, which has over 360 real estate lawyers worldwide. The announcement of Sourkov's team's hire follows on BLP's announcement last month that Karen Friebe, the former global co-chair of DLA Piper’s hospitality and leisure group, will join the firm from early next year.