Andrew Mac heads Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners based in Washington, DC. He specializes in cross-border transactions with the involvement of Russia, Ukraine and other CIS states. He is an expert in M&A, corporate and competition law, corporate compliance, FCPA/Bribery Act, capital markets and state regulations.
His experience in corporate compliance incudes, but is not limited to:
- Conducting an internal investigation of employees of the Russian representative office of a US-based medical and healthcare products manufacturer to ensure compliance with applicable legal requirements and ethical norms.
- Advising an international pharmaceutical company on its Ukrainian office’s compliance to the FCPA legislation, including conducting an internal investigation.
- Directing a team performing FCPA due diligence on two Russian telecommunications companies in light of their subsequent acquisition by a Russian telecom major.
- Protecting interests of one of the world’s largest nuclear companies in a case related to the alleged fraudulent interaction of its assignor with Ukrainian and European officials. Andrew directed an in-depth internal audit of the company’s operations in Russia and Ukraine and subsequently assisted in implementing FCPA compliance policy for the company’s Russian and Ukrainian staff.
- Representation of a leading international investor in Ukraine related to allegations of customs fraud.
In 2005-2011 Andrew was a Partner, Head of M&A Practice and later Managing Partner of the Kyiv office at Magisters, a pan-CIS law firm that merged with Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners. In this capacity he advised leading multinational and CIS-based companies on their operations in Ukraine, Russia and other CIS states, including support for M&A deals, joint ventures, greenfield investments, restructurings, labour law issues, corporate compliance, and other matters.
At Magisters, he played a key role in advising: Altimo in the USD 23.8bn merger of telecom assets in the CIS with Telenor; CEDC on various acquisitions in Russia; Sanyo Foods on acquisition in Russia and Ukraine; Stock Spirits Group on the planned acquisition of Nemiroff; Intesa Sanpaolo on its USD 750m acquisition of Pravex-Bank; Shell on its market entry and operations in Ukraine; Erste Bank in the acquisition of controlling stake in Prestige Bank; EastOne Group in the acquisition of Ekonomika Publishing House; Goldman Sachs in its acquisition of a stake in Dragon Capital; Saint-Gobain on the development of a gypsum quarry and adjacent road construction in Ukraine; and PZU in a number of projects in Ukraine. For around two years, he had been the representative of Ukraine in ICC FraudNet, a global organisation of lawyers combating fraud.
Before joining Magisters, Andrew worked at PwC in Ukraine, directing legal support for M&A transactions. Most notably, he advised on the acquisition of a leading Ukrainian cleaning products manufacturer by a multinational investor and supported a leading global steel company in its bid for Krivorizhstal and other acquisitions in Ukraine.
Prior to PwC, Andrew practiced law in the United States with a regional law firm based in Pittsburgh. He focused on mergers and acquisitions, securities, antitrust, banking and general corporate matters. His most notable projects include advising a USD 6bn pharmaceutical company with respect to a USD 20bn merger, and advising a USD 2.5bn private equity fund on its bid in a bankruptcy sale of the assets of a leading American automotive supplier.
Andrew is recommended as an M&A and corporate law expert by authoritative guides including Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, The IFLR 1000, Legal Experts: EMEA, Best Lawyers, Who's Who Legal: CIS and others. In 2010, he was also recognized as one of the most influential foreigners in Ukraine in the Kyiv Post's Most Successful Expats list.
A member of the American Bar Association, he earned his J.D. at The Vanderbilt University School of Law, Nashville, USA (2000), and his Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Russian Studies at the Political Science Department of the Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, USA (1997). Andrew is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.
He speaks English, Russian and Ukrainian.