16 February 2018
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners top ranked in all key jurisdictions by Chambers Global 2018

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners retains its top positions in Chambers Global 2018, one of the most reputable legal rankings. The firm has been recommended in all key jurisdictions of its presence.

In Russia, the firm is praised for its expertise in Dispute Resolution, both Domestic and International, Corporate and M&A, and Intellectual Property. Eight lawyers are singled out for their skills and client service approach.

The firm retains its top positions in Dispute Resolution, and is a top choice for both international and domestic disputes. The member of the Partners' Committee Dimitry Afanasiev and Managing Partner Ilya Nikiforov enjoy their reputation of Eminent Practitioners. The publication highlights that Afanasiev has extensive experience of advising clients on high-profile contentious cases across a variety of industries”, and Nikiforov “retains his outstanding reputation in international arbitration matters” and also acts as arbitrator.

Evgeny Raschevsky, Partner and Head of the Firm’s International Arbitration and Litigation Practice is recommended for international contentious mandates, as well as for domestic work. "He has good knowledge and good intuition, he's one of the best lawyers," the publication cites, adding that Evgeny is described as "a skilled opponent."

Partner and Co-Head of the Litigation Practice, Dmitry Dyakin is a “respected name in international arbitration”, visible on "a lot of big interesting cases", Chambers Global reports.

Partner Valery Eremenko, who also co-heads the Litigation Practice, “is held in high regard for his experience in domestic litigation”, according to the directory. The publication mentions that Valery handles cases that involve multiple proceedings.

In the area of Corporate and M&A, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners enjoys higher rankings than any other national law firm does. The firm provides “top-tier domestic representation to international corporates” and regularly “acts on the Russian aspects of global deals”. Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners “boasts in-house UK law capacity”, Chambers Global highlights.

The member of the Partners' Committee Dimitry Afanasiev is described as Eminent Practitioner who “lends his vast experience to major domestic clients involved in complex restructurings and transactions”. According to the directory, clients laud his experience and the depth of his insight: "He's very creative and he's very good at organising difficult and complex legal projects".

UK-qualified Partner Robin Wittering advises on the English law aspects of corporate mandates. He is particularly focused on structuring mandates for large multinational corporates, the publication notes.

Russia- and US-qualified Arkady Krasnikhin, Partner and Head of the Firm’s M&A and Corporate Practice, is "fast-thinking and provides practical legal solutions”.

Strong team that is highly regarded in the sphere of contentious IP matters” is led by Pavel Sadovsky, Head of IP/TMT Practice. “Sources praise his efficiency as well as strong managerial skills”, Chambers Global reports.

The Firm has been recommended for all key practice areas researched for Ukraine, with six lawyers ranked as leaders in their field. The guide distinguishes the Firm’s and its experts’ international law capacities.

Banking & Finance Practice is traditionally highly ranked. Partner and Practice Head Roman Stepanenko is acknowledged as a well-regarded finance lawyer with experience across a broad range of mattersSources appreciate his "constructive approach to negotiations".

Corporate and M&A Practice is recognised on both local and international levels. Partner and Head of M&A and Corporate Practice Oksana Ilchenko, being “an active figure in the domestic market”, is recommended for expertise in corporate structuring, joint ventures and cross-border mergers.

Partner Ilona Zekely is noted among foreign experts for her regular handling of Austria-related transactions, with particular expertise concerning the energy, oil and gas and real estate sectors. Sources describe her as "very responsive and very business-oriented."

Dispute Resolution Practice receives Band 1. On the individual side, the guide acknowledges Managing Partner Serhii Sviriba as Eminent Practitioner who has "a very good reputation in the arbitration world," with commentators lauding him as "one of the leading individuals" and recognising his extensive experience in this field.

Partner Markiyan Kliuchkovskyi is a well-regarded figure in the arbitration community with a significant track record in international arbitration, with particular experience of advising on sports and energy disputes, Chambers Global reveals. A source refers to him as a "stellar performer."

According to the directory, market commentators distinguish Partner Gleb Bialyi as a "very good litigator" who is especially active in the domestic litigation arena covering commercial and administrative proceedings, with particular experience of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations.

In Belarus, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners is ranked for all practice areas researched by the guide.

Managing Partner Dennis Turovets is “a highly regarded corporate lawyer with notable expertise”, says Chambers Global. The directory also cites a client, who says: "He is able to distil and explain to us complex and specific issues to enable us to take these into account in our work." Dennis Turovets is also recommended for Dispute Resolution work in Belarus.

Partner Anna Rusetskaya is recognised by commentators for her "very collaborative" work with clients. She regularly advises on M&A projects, and has further expertise in handling joint ventures and construction projects.

Chambers Global covers over 190 countries across the world and includes Region-wide and Global-wide sections. The research identifies and ranks the most outstanding law firms and lawyers through client feedback, research and market data. If you are interested in the full version of the 2018 ranking, please follow this link.

Key contacts

Ilona Zekely

Ilona Zekely

London, Kyiv, Moscow

Ilya Nikiforov

Ilya Nikiforov

St. Petersburg, Moscow

Dimitry Afanasiev

Dimitry Afanasiev

Limassol, London, Moscow