EPAM keeps its top position among Russian law firms by the overall number of recommendations according to Best Lawyers 2018. Moreover, the Firm has increased the number of recommended lawyers and practice areas as compared to the last year’s ratings.
According to Best Lawyers 2018, EPAM is the leader among the Russian firms by the number of lawyers recommended for various practice areas. This year, Best Lawyers recommends 43 lawyers of the Firm, both in Moscow and St Petersburg, and six of them have had their first recommendations. All in all, the Firm’s lawyers have won 108 recommendations for various practice areas. In addition, three lawyers of the Firm have been named Lawyer of the Year, these are Managing Partner Ilya Nikiforov (St. Petersburg) and Counsel Pavel Sadovsky (Moscow) for Information Technology Law, and Partner Victoria Burkovskaya (Moscow) for Criminal Defence. EPAM has also been awarded the Firm of the Year in this practice area.
Ilya Nikiforov has been recommended in more practice areas than any other lawyer: 13 times for various areas of his expertise. The member of the Partners' Committee Dimitry Afanasiev gained personal recommendations in 6 categories, including litigation, antitrust and corporate law, international arbitration, investment, mergers and acquisitions.
In Antitrust Law, Best Lawyers recommends 10 of the Firm’s lawyers: Head of Practice Natalia Korosteleva, Partners Dmitry Dyakin and Anna Numerova, Counsels Evgeny Bolshakov, Denis Gavrilov, Maria Kobanenko and Elena Agaeva, as well as Senior Associate Alexey Rodionov and Associate Grigory Shafeev.
The Firm’s lawyers gained 26 recommendations for International Arbitration, Arbitration and Mediation, and Litigation, which confirms its leadership in dispute resolution. The directory ranks Partners Evgeny Raschevsky, Dmitry Dyakin and Dmitry Stepanov. Counsel Ilya Tur has been recommended for International Arbitration and Litigation. Managing Partner Ilya Nikiforov has been recommended for all types of disputes. The directory also recommends Partners Robin Wittering (for International Arbitration), Denis Arkhipov, Valery Eremenko and St Petersburg office Managing Partner Ivan Smirnov (for Litigation). Counsels Pavel Sadovsky, Igor Serebryakov and Vladimir Pestrikov and Senior Associates Alexey Rodionov, Alexey Rizhkin, and Oleg Bouiko have also been highly recommended for Litigation.
Five lawyers of the Firm have been recommended for Insolvency and Reorganization Law, including Partners Valery Eremenko, Arkady Krasnikhin and Ivan Smirnov, Counsels Ilya Tur and Vladimir Pestrikov.
For Corporate Law, Best Lawyers has recommended Partners Denis Arkhipov, Arkady Krasnikhin, Natalia Korosteleva as well as Dmitry Stepanov and Robin Wittering, who have also been ranked for M&A. Counsel Evgeny Bolshakov has been highlighted for Corporate Law, too. In St Petersburg, the directory recommends Partner Ilya Nikiforov, Counsel Elena Agaeva and Senior Associate Evgenia Evdokimova. Dmitry Stepanov and Elena Agaeva are among those few experts on the market recommended for Corporate Governance & Compliance Practice.
In Banking & Finance and Capital Markets, the directory gives a top ranking for Partner Dmitriy Glazounov, who is also recommended for M&A, Counsel Roman Malovitsky, Head of Tax Practice Sergey Kalinin, and Senior Associate Oleg Ushakov.
Partners Yury Savvin and Elena Gavrilina as well as Senior Associates Anton Alekseev and Sergey Ustalov are recommended for Real Estate, Construction and Land Use and Zoning Law. In St Petersburg, the directory acknowledges Ilya Nikiforov and Head of Real Estate, Construction and PPP Practice Olga Mischenko.
Deputy Head of Environment and Technical Regulation Practice Anastasiya Boytsova has been ranked in the Environmental Law category.
Best Lawyers highlights Partner Taras Rabko for Government Relations. Partner Anna Numerova is the only lawyer recommended for Government Practice.
Ilya Nikiforov has been recommended for Project Finance and Development.
Best Lawyers also recommends Partners Dmitry Dyakin, Ilya Nikiforov, and Arkady Krasnikhin and Counsel Roman Malovitsky for Investment.
In Criminal Defence, where EPAM has been awarded the Firm of the Year accolade, Best Lawyers recommends Partners Ilya Nikiforov and Victoria Burkovskaya, who has been justly named the Lawyer of the Year.
Head of Tax Practice Sergey Kalinin has been recommended for Tax.
For Intellectual Property, Best Lawyers lists Head of the Practice Pavel Sadovsky, Partners Denis Arkhipov and Ilya Nikiforov as leading experts. In addition, Best Lawyers recommends Pavel Sadovsky for Telecommunications and Media Law, along with Counsel Alina Kudriavtseva. For Information Technology Law, the guide recommends Ilya Nikiforov and Pavel Sadovsky, who has also been listed among the leading experts in Entertainment Law. Partner Denis Arkhipov has been recommended for Telecommunication. Ilya Nikiforov and Senior Associate Daria Sergeeva have been listed among the best ones in St Petersburg for Technology.
For Labor and Employment Law, Best Lawyers recommends the Head of the Practice Anna Ivanova and Managing Partner Ilya Nikiforov. Anna Ivanova has also been marked out for Immigration Law.
Ivan Smirnov and Senior Associate Vladimir Talanov have been recommended for Trade Law.
Partner Andrey Porfiriev has been recommended for Aviation Law.