BLP’s former finance head relocates to Moscow

Berwin Leighton Paisner’s (BLP) former head of finance is relocating to Moscow as the firm’s Russia tie-up reports a 60 per cent rise in revenue.

Simon Allan has been on BLP’s board for the past 10 years and, until September 2010, was head of the firm’s finance practice. He will join Goltsblat BLP in January and will be charged with developing the international and English law components of the office as well as boosting its finance practice.

Over the past 20 years Allan has advised governments and private companies on transport, defence and urban regeneration projects.

BLP has been in Russia since 2009, when it merged with a team from Pepeliaev Goltsblat & Partners, which was then one of the country’s largest firms. In the first half of 2010, turnover was up 60 per cent on 2009 at Goltsblat BLP, and managing partner Andrey Goltsblat has said that he is also looking for lawyers to expand the office’s real-estate, dispute resolution and corporate departments.

“This move is in line with our strategy in Russia to broaden the international capabilities we offer to the Russian market and to develop further the scope of these services,” said Goltsblat.

For more on BLP’s Moscow tie-up see this week’s Russia and Ukraine special report (6 December 2010).