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Mar 02, 2015: BLP strengthens Hotels Team with hire of Scott Antel from DLA Piper

Press Release

London, Moscow, February 2015

BLP strengthens Hotels Team with hire of Scott Antel from DLA Piper

International law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) announces the appointment of hospitality and leisure expert Scott Antel as a Partner. Scott joined BLP effective 2 February 2015.

Previously a Senior Partner and the Hospitality & Leisure sector head for Russia/CIS at DLA Piper Moscow, Scott has more than 20+ years’ emerging markets experience, specialising in hospitality and franchise advisory work, real estate, general corporate transactions, tax and compliance. His client portfolio in Russia consists of some of the biggest names in global hotel investment, development and management and his knowledge of the market will also benefit the team at GoltsblatBLP, BLP’s Russian practice.

Scott will be based in BLP’s Abu Dhabi and Dubai offices and will focus on the Middle East, Africa and Asia. At the same time he will remain active in the Russian market with the assistance of the real estate and franchise team of Goltsblat BLP, BLP’s Russian practice.

Scott Antel said: “It is exciting to be moving to a new developing market, one that is at the top of global growth in the hotels and leisure sphere. The Middle-East and Asia regions are likely to be the prime sources of inward investment to Russia in coming years given the current political and economic climate and I look forward to leveraging my experience with both regions and cultures to further Russia’s still nascent hospitality sector.”

BLP’s Hotels Team and Goltsblat BLP’s Real Estate have been ranked in Tier 1 for many years in a row by major international legal directories The Legal 500 EMEA, Сhambers & Partners and others.

Goltsblat BLP summary

Goltsblat BLP is the Russian practice of Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), a leading international law firm headquartered in London, with its offices operating in major commercial and financial centres throughout the world – Moscow, Abu Dhabi, Berlin, Brussels, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Paris, Beijing and Singapore.

As many as 100 lawyers qualified in Russian, English and US law are based in Goltsblat BLP’s office in Moscow, with the total number of lawyers in BLP’s international offices being over 800.

Goltsblat BLP's international team provides transactional support for inbound and outbound investments by Russian and international clients, offers legal support for corporate, M&A, real estate and banking and finance transactions, dispute resolution, infrastructure and other complex projects and represents its clients in multi-jurisdiction matters.

Among Goltsblat BLP's clients are over 800 companies, including major multinational investors operating in Russia (including 37 Fortune 500 clients), Russian and international banks and financial institutions andRussian industry-leading companies.

Goltsblat BLP is the winner of: International Law Firm of the Year – The Lawyer European Awards 2015 (shortlisted), International Law Firm of the Year – The Lawyer European Awards 2014, Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence – Client Service Law Firm of the Year 2014, International Tax Review European Tax Awards 2014 and LexisNexis Taxation Awards 2014 (a short-list nominee); Best Client Service –The Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence 2010; International Office of the Year 2010 – The Legal Business Awards (Legal 500); Best Law Firm in Russia 2010 – ILO Client Choice Awards; Law Firm of the Year: Russia and the CISThe Lawyer European Awards 2011 (a nominee); Best Motivation of Employees award by the Legal Success magazine. Goltsblat BLP's Real Estate & Construction and Antitrust Practices were ranked as Tier 1 in Legal 500 EMEA 2014.