Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has once again been top ranked by Chambers Global 2012. This is the first time after two mergers that the Firm has been recommended in all key practices across 5 jurisdictions, including Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan and the UK.
In Russia, the Firm has been a leader in the area of dispute resolution for a number of years. Individual recommendations have been given to the Chairman Dmitry Afanasiev as well as to Partner Evgeny Raschevsky, who "has built himself a dynamic reputation in a relatively short space of time", and "widely regarded as an excellent heavyweight lawyer" Dmitry Dyakin.
According to the guide, "multi-skilled and analytical" Dmitry Afanasiev is "one of the most prominent Russian lawyers in the market". "His experience and market presence do him much credit, and he is an important contact for the firm".
Chambers Global refers to Ilya Nikiforov as to one of the leading dispute resolution practitioners in Russia, who has been in Tier 1 for a number of years. "A well-known personality on the international arbitration circuit" Mr Nikiforov "deserves his high ranking" as “an excellent academic and a very smart guy with lots of experience".
The guide also recommends the Firm for M&A and corporate, energy and natural resources, as well as restructuring and insolvency. Among the Firm’s experts recommended - Dmitry Afanasiev along with London-based Partner Allen Thomas who "brings many years of experience to meeting the needs of the firm's Russian clients on international transactions".
M&A and Corporate Partner, Head of Project Finance and PPPs Kirill Ratnikov has been recommended for M&As and corporate, as well as energy and natural resources for the first time this year. "His expertise in advising strategic investors across the CIS will be a great asset to this new CIS venture".
Senior Associate Pavel Sadovsky has been noted as a promising young specialist in intellectual property.
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has been traditionally acknowledged in Ukraine. The Firm is recommended for banking and finance law, M&A and corporate, dispute resolution and restructuring and insolvency.
Kyiv Managing Partner Serhii Sviriba has been named as one of the best Ukraine’s dispute resolution lawyers. "One of the key authorities in the field" he has been "very active at the ICSID representing Ukraine in a variety of investment disputes".
Partner Olga Khoroshylova has been recognised as a leading expert in banking and finance and restructuring and insolvency. "She is recommended by both clients and peers as a highly skilled practitioner with an excellent knack for providing solution-oriented advice in difficult situations".
Andrew Mac, who was previously based in Kyiv and after the merger heads the Firm’s Washington office, has been recommended in M&A, commercial and corporate law. He has “a very strong track record in Ukraine”. ”He enjoys an excellent reputation for his proficiency in cross-border transactions“.
The Firm has been highly recommended for work in Kazakhstan while Kirill Ratnikov has been named “a major asset to the team in Kazakhstan“.
The Firm’s office in Belarus has been also top ranked by the guide. Managing Partner Denis Turovets and Partner Anna Rusetskaya have been recognised as "focused and experienced practitioners who have a real enthusiasm for what they do".