Articles by Ian Ivory



Russia Pivots East, Or Does It?

Anyone reading the Western business press recently would be forgiven for thinking that Russia's global trading relations are irreversibly shifting East.

Russia Must Be Wary of Cyprus and Greece

Last week, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades visited Moscow to promote trade and bilateral ties with Russia.

Legal Highlights: The Changing Face of Russian M&A: New Global Realities

  • 19 June 13
  • Goltsblat BLP
Ahead of the 2013 St. Petersburg Economic Forum, we have launched our latest book "A Case Study Guide to M&A Transactions in Russia."

Corporate Disputes on Emerging Markets Transactions

  • 23 January 13
  • Goltsblat BLP
Investing in emerging markets is both challenging and rewarding in equal measure, and while most corporate deals progress smoothly, there are occasions when it is necessary to call in the litigation and dispute resolution teams.

Can't Build an Economy on Champions Only

For months, the international and Russian media have hung on every twist and turn of the saga involving Rosneft, TNK and BP. The high-profile deal is undoubtedly important and the numbers are huge, but the fixation with the story is a valuable metaphor for the Russian economy. Everything in the TNK-BP-Rosneft story is about big business, politics and natural resources, and the same appears true of the country's economy.

Attracting Foreign Investment: A Lawyer's View

  • 17 October 12
  • Goltsblat BLP
Russian companies often seek foreign capital for a number of different reasons, such as greater access to global markets and brands, the benefits of foreign expertise and new technologies and more opportunities for on-going operational autonomy than might be the case with a domestic investor. New foreign entrants into the Russian market may be prepared to pay a higher valuation, recognizing that by buying into an existing business they are gaining immediate market access and local resources and connections which would take much longer to build from scratch.

Strategic Crisis Management for Russian Deals

  • 18 July 12
  • Goltsblat BLP
From time to time all businesses experience unforeseen legal issues and disputes that may quickly escalate into a crisis if not dealt with properly and in good time. In the context of Russian deals, in recent times there have been several high profile cases in the press centering on shareholder disputes arising from joint ventures and other corporate transactions.

Russia Is One BRIC Ahead of the Rest

It is difficult to pick up a newspaper without reading about the BRICS countries, their importance to the global economic recovery or the impact on the rest of the world.

Negotiating a Russian Deal

  • 11 April 12
  • Goltsblat BLP

English Law in Russian Business

  • 15 June 11
  • Goltsblat BLP
Numerous contracts and agreements in the Russian corporate world include English law provisions. An example of this is the shareholder agreement between BP and the Alfa-Access-Renova consortium, or AAR, covering their Russian oil producing joint venture, TNK-BP.

M&A Deals During the Economic Recession

  • 16 March 10
  • Goltsblat BLP
Merger and acquisition activity is confidence-driven, and most of the financial indicators appear to be moving in the right direction.