26 February 2015
EPAM Remains the Only CIS-Based Law Firm Top Ranked by GAR 100

EPAM has been listed among top-100 international arbitration practices worldwide by the prestigious Global Arbitration Review (GAR 100). For the fifth year running it continues to be the only CIS law firm recognized by GAR 100.

This year GAR 100 recognises the member of the Partners' Committee Dimitry Afanasiev for his "strong connections with various home-grown corporations and foreign entities and the Russian state". The guide also commends partners Dmitry Dyakin, “outstanding” Sergey Kovalev, Markiyan Kliuchkovskyi, Evgeny Raschevsky, Belarus Managing Partner Dennis Turovets, and “English dual-qualified barrister and solicitor” Robin Wittering. It recognises Managing Partner Ilya Nikiforov as "the first Russian or CIS practitioner” to be appointed “Vice-Chair of the ICC Commision on Arbitration and ADR.” Serhii Sviriba, Managing Partner in Ukraine, is praised for “creating well-defined and well-executed strategy," while Counsel Dmytro Marchukov is singled out for his “cross-examination skills.” Oleksandr Volkov’s admission to practice law in New York State and Olga Vishnevskaya’s successful completion of Geneva LLM program in International Dispute Settlement and half-year internship at Sidley Austin’s Geneva office are also recognised.

Among the firm’s recent cases - “participation in the International Olympic Committee’s Pro bono Lawyers Program for Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games” where the Firm “handled two out of four cases heard by the CAS ad hoc Division for the Olympics.” “More CAS work came from Ukrainian football club Metalist over allegations of match-fixing.” The firm’s work on advising Ukraine in two ICSID proceeding resulting in full dismissal of all claims, and assisting European shareholders in Moldova’s largest bank - Agroinbank - are highlighted.

According to GAR 100 the firm’s list of clients include Russian Railways, Nestle, A1 Group, Irish Bank Resolution, Neocorp, Hochtief, Pacific Inter-Link, BP, Telenor, TeliaSonera, Sibirskiy Cement, etc.

Clients praise the Firm’s arbitration team for “its size” and multi-office presence. They say “the firm employed highly innovative approaches, cross-linking various Ukrainian and international precedents to achieve one of the first recognitions of foreign judgment in the jurisdiction.” Other source mentions the firm “was very impressive in collecting evidence, managing 100-plus separate smaller cases at the same time, and speaking before the court.”

EPAM is one of the leaders in the field of international arbitration, successfully representing the interests of both the government and major local and international companies. Its International Arbitration & Litigation Practice has been recommended by leading sources, including Chambers, Legal 500, Best Lawyers, Who's Who Legal, Pravo.ru, and many others.

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Ilya Nikiforov

Ilya Nikiforov

Moscow, St. Petersburg