The world’s authoritative legal referral guide The Legal 500 2017 highly recommends Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners. The Firm has earned a top-tier recognition in 7 categories with 7 lawyers listed in elite ‘Leading Individuals’ list, 2 lawyers listed as ‘Next generation lawyers’, and 35 lawyers recommended in their fields. In both Russia and Ukraine the Firm is an absolute leader ranked across all practice areas researched.
In Russia, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners is the only law firm recognised in all key areas, which provides the Firm an absolute leadership in this edition.
The Legal 500 recommends the Firm in 13 practice areas: Banking and Finance (Borrower Side),Capital Markets, Commercial, Corporate and M&A (both in Moscow and St. Petersburg), Competition, Dispute Resolution (both Litigation, and Arbitration and Mediation), Employment, Energy and Natural resources, Intellectual Property, PPP and Infrastructure Projects, Real Estate and Construction, Tax,TMT, Transport.
Since the launch of the category 4 years ago the Guide consistently recommends Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners for Competition work in the highest Tier 1. The Firm’s Competition Practice is described as ‘knowledgeable and well-connected’ team. Partner and Practice Head Natalia Korosteleva is endorsed as ‘a real team leader, who always chooses the right position at crucial moments’. Counsel Maria Kobanenko is also praised as a key figure. Among Practice’s work highlights the Guide mentions advising Procter & Gamble on the competition aspects of its sale of beauty brands to Coty.
The Firm’s flagship Dispute Resolution Practice traditionally tops the ranking as one of only two law firms highlighted in Tier 1. The team is described as ‘a true powerhouse in the Russian market when it comes to dispute resolution’. Partner and Co-Head of Litigation Practice Dmitry Dyakin is recommended as ‘a pragmatic thinker’. Partner and Co-Head of Litigation Practice Valery Eremenko and Partner and Head of International Arbitration and Litigation Practice Evgeny Raschevsky are included in an elite Leading Individual group providing Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners leadership with the maximum number of lawyers recognised in this area. Counsel Vera Rikhterman debuts in The Legal 500 by entering a Next Generation Lawyers group.
White Collar Crime capacities of Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners are highlighted by The Legal 500. Partner and Head of White Collar Crime Practice, Victoria Burkovskaya is distinguished as ‘a white-collar crime expert’. As an example of recent work directory mentions defending Allianz against a series of fraudulent claimns totalling USD 1bn.
The Firms’s Arbitration and Mediation expertise is again highly praised by the Guide. Clients acknowledge Partner Evgeny Raschevsky as a ‘highly professional’ practice head. An ‘outstanding tactician’ Dmitry Dyakin is also lauded for his professionalism in international arbitration. The Russian Federation and Gazflot are among the Practice’s clients.
The Legal 500 recommends the Firm’s 'high class' M&A and Corporate Practice in Moscow and St. Petersburg that provides an ‘appropriate and business-oriented advice’. The Guide highly recommends the member of the Partners' Committee Dimitry Afanasiev for advising on domestic and cross-border transactions of major Russian corporates. US and Russian-qualified Partner and Practice’s Head Arkady Krasnikhin is known on the market as ‘a true leader able to drive a project to success’ with an ‘excellent strategic judgement’. St. Petersburg based Managing Partner Ivan Smirnov is also recommended for his expertise in regulatory matters and advising CTC Media on legislation amendments restricting foreign ownership of Russian media companies.
‘Excellent, consistent and reliable’ M&A and Corporate Practice in St. Petersburg has received top-recognition being ranked at Tier 1. Clients praise the Practice for its ‘short response times, clear advice and high-quality knowledge and expertise’. Counsel, Head of M&A and Corporate Practice (St. Petersburg) Elena Agaeva and Managing Partner Ivan Smirnov are personally recommended. Elena Agaeva debuts in an elite Leading Individuals list as the only national law firm's lawyer recommended. Johnson Controls and Burlington Capital are among their clients.
Banking & Finance Practice team gets the Guide’s recognition in Borrower Side subsection. Partner and Practice's Head Dmitry Glazounov is commended for advising the Agency for Housing Mortgage Loans (AHML) on issues pertaining to project finance initiatives. Partner Arkady Krasnikhin is highlighted for his acquisition and asset finance expertise.
Capital Markets team is highly ranked for ‘excellent support and their ability to handle innovative projects’. The Legal 500 praises Practice’s Head Dmitry Glazounov as a ‘highly experienced capital markets expert’ and Senior Associate Oleg Ushakov as ‘a trusted adviser with a deep knowledge of finance’. The team handled two securitisation restructuring transactions on behalf of Absolut Bank.
The Firm’s Employment Law Practice managed by Practice Head Anna Ivanova is recommended for its experience in advising on various contentious and non-contentious employment matters and impressive clients portfolio which includes Cisco Systems and Calderys.
Energy & Natural Resources is ‘well versed in the intricacies of Russian law’ and has ‘a deep understanding of the power and electricity sector’. A ‘well-known’ Partner and Practice’s Head Taras Rabko and Senior Associate Sergey Ustalov have earned recognition for their work highlights which includes acting for the Ministry of Finance in a USD 500m energy dispute between the Russian Federation and ExxonMobil.
Intellectual Property & TMT Practice has earned praise for ‘unparalleled mastery in court proceedings’ and ‘an extensive knowledge of IP regulations and Russian law’ for IP, as well as for an ‘appropriate advice in a timely manner’ for TMT area. Pavel Sadovsky is well known for representing Formula One in several anti-counterfeit cases and trade mark registration proceedings. Among the significant clients are Yandex, Orange and Cisco Systems.
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners’ Public Private Partnership Practice has won applause from clients and peers. ‘A capable, hands-on lawyer with deep expertise in PPP and infrastructure projects’ Partners Yuri Savvin and Elena Gavrilina are recommended by the Guide. As Practice’s recent matters The Legal 500 mentions the representation of the City of St. Petersburg in a dispute regarding the terminated Orlovsky Tunnel construction project.
The Firm’s Real Estate and Construction Practice has strengthened its positions this year. Clients say that the Practice provides ‘a turnkey approach to tough matters’, and ‘fully understands the client’s business objectives, targets and strategy’. Managing Partner Ivan Smirnov and Partnter Andrey Vorobyev are recommended. Among recent projects there is representation of Rushwell in various real estate disputes.
The Firm’s Tax Practice has been highly regarded by its ‘practical, well-structured advice within short timeframes’. Counsel and Practice’s Head Sergey Kalinin is recommended by the Guide.
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has been ranked in Transport category for its ‘significant expertise in transport and administrative law’. It is ‘well organised and able to handle the time pressures associated with competitive aviation project tenders’. Partner Andrey Porfiriev and Senior Associate Alexey Karchiomov are recommended.
In Ukraine, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has been recognised among the country’s top law firms across all practice areas researched. It is top ranked in 4 practice areas – Dispute Resolution, Energy, IP and Tax. The Firm receives high rankings for Banking & Finance and Capital Markets, Corporate and M&A, Real Estate & Construction.
Four lawyers are recognized as ‘Leading Individuals’ in their fields, one as ‘Next Generation Lawyer’ with ten lawyers receiving individual recommendations.
Considering EPAM Ukraine as ‘one of top firms in Ukraine’, the Guide acknowledges Banking & Finance and Capital Markets Practice, led by ‘an excellent lawyer’ Roman Stepanenko, and recommends Kateryna Oliynyk.
Corporate & M&A team, which ‘knows how to get deals done’, is named among leaders. Oksana Ilchenko and Ilona Zekely are acknowledged as ‘Leading Individuals’. The Guide also spotlights Oleg Boichuk, with Oksana Franko noted in ‘Next Generation Lawyers’ category.
Dispute Resolution team is ranked in Tier 1. The Legal 500 names Serhii Sviriba among ‘Leading Individuals’; and recognizes ‘smart’ Markiyan Kliuchkovskyi. Sources appreciate ‘proactive and strategic’ Gleb Bialyi and ‘confident and hardworking’ Arsen Miliutin. Sergiy Grebenyuk is also individually acknowledged.
Energy Practice gains Tier 1 ranking for providing ‘excellent service’. The Guide distinguishes Roman Stepanenko among “Leading Individuals” and recommends Markiyan Kliuchkovskyi.
Intellectual Property team, which ‘works diligently to solve problems’, is top rated among the prominent advisors. Taras Kyslyy is recommended as ‘a creative litigator’.
The Legal 500 commends Real Estate team as ‘a reliable adviser’, highlighting Oleg Boichuk.
Finally, this year Tax team receives Tier 1 ranking. The Guide acknowledges Oleksandr Maydanyk for ‘advisory work’, and ‘litigator’ Arsen Miliutin who ‘shows great skill and experience’.
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