According to the Legal 500 EMEA 2014 EPAM has been recognized for all key practice areas in every jurisdiction of its presence in the CIS including Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.
In Russia Legal 500 recommends EPAM for Banking and Finance, Competition, Corporate and M&A, Arbitration and Mediation, Litigation, Employment, Energy and Natural Resources, Intellectual Property, PPP, Real Estate, Shipping and Transport, TMT and Tax.
This year the Guide launches its Competition ranking for Russia with EPAM’ top ranked in Tier 1. The Guide recommends the Firm as “one of the best of its kind in Russia, especially with regards to dominance enquiries”. Practice Head Partner Natalia Korosteleva is “extremely knowledgeable and well-connected in the Russian antitrust community”. Counsel Anna Numerova has been named “an excellent antitrust lawyer with substantial merger control and behavioural experience”. Over the last year the Firm worked for 3G Capital.
Traditionally the Firm is highly recommended for its dispute resolution expertise. “Litigation heavyweight” EPAM takes the highest position due to unique expertise and its top-in-class team who “can handle litigation of any volume and complexity”. Partner Sergey Kovalev “demonstrates excellent knowledge of Russian procedural law and judicial practice”, Partner Denis Arkhipov is “a very skilled litigator who is very persuasive in court”, Partner Valery Eremenko “comes up with original solutions to complex problems”. Clients include major Russian companies and a wide range of international banks.
The Firm is well positioned in Arbitration and Mediation for “representing a client's interests in its long-running and high-profile dispute with Talco, assisting in its application to enforce an ICC award worth $70m”. Head of International Arbitration and Litigation Evgeny Raschevsky is listed among Leading Individuals both for Litigation and Arbitration and Mediation as “a determined and highly organized” lawyer. Firm’s Managing Partner Ilya Nikiforov is recommended in St. Petersburg.
EPAM is praised for its Banking & Finance expertise as the Firm “acting for state-owned giants as well as prominent international financial institutions”. The source recognizes Senior Associate Roman Malovitsky who “recently won a number of transactional and structuring mandates”. Legal 500 reminds that the Firm has recently strengthened its Banking & Finance Practice after Dmitriy Glazounov joined the Firm together with his team.
The Firm’s M&A and Corporate Practice is highly recommended for being “service-conscious to the highest degree” and as “a go-to firm for Russian law matters”. The Guide distinguishes the member of the Partners' Committee Dimitry Afanasiev who advised on a number of complex multiparty transactions. “Extremely bright” Partner Robin Wittering “significantly enhanced the firm’s English law capabilities”. M&A and Corporate Partner Arkady Krasnikhin is also recognised for his recent work for Metro AG on its €1.1bn sale of the Real hypermarket chain to Auchan. St. Petersburg M&A and Corporate Practice is also highly recommended by the Guide. The team’s clients include a mix of international companies (such as Johnson Controls and Tenneco Automotive) and leading domestic entities (Lenta and EvroSibEnergo). Practice Head Elena Agaeva is consistently praised as “an experienced lawyer who stands out for her wide-ranging expertise”. The Practice was highly strengthened by the arrival from Moscow of US-qualified senior associate Irina Skidan.
Employment law team led by Senior Associate Anna Ivanova is recognized for representing the Bolshoi Theatre in connection with the termination of employment of its former premier dancer, Nikolay Tsiskaridze. Other notable clients of the team include Cisco Systems and Tenneco Automotive.
EPAM is highly recommended for Intellectual Property and TMT. The Firm is praised for its experience in Russian law matters acting for clients such as Beijing Xinwei Telecom Technology Co, Orange and CTC Media on transactions and complex disputes. “Very active in IP disputes” the Practice team is currently representing major Russian food producer Essen Production in a trade mark dispute with Kazan Fat Plant. Practice Head Pavel Sadovsky “always delivers clear and well-presented advice”.
The Firm is acknowledged for its Real Estate and Construction expertise. The Guide distinguishes Partner Andrey Vorobyev and Counsel Elena Gavrilina as “a very knowledgeable in regulatory real estate matters”. She is also recommended for PPP work. Recently appointed as Managing Partner of the Firm’s St. Petersburg office Ivan Smirnov is described as a lawyer “active in property litigation”.
The Firm’s Energy and Natural Resources Practice “draws on its outstanding reputation in dispute resolution to represent leading energy and natural resources firms in high-profile cases”. Partner Dmitry Stepanov is recognized for representing EuroSibEnergo on its joint venture with Hydro-Quebec.
EPAM’ Tax Practice delivers “prompt, very practical and well-structured advice”. It is highly praised for handling transactions, tax disputes, and general advisory matters for domestic and international clients. Practice Head Igor Schikow is “a well-qualified and very reliable tax adviser” with an extensive list of German clients.
The Firm’s Shipping and Transport Practice as well as its Head Counsel Vsevolod Baibak are recognised for representing clients in the rail, maritime and aviation sectors in a broad range of disputes.
In Ukraine EPAM has been recommended for all practice areas analysed for Ukraine with a number of new faces appearing in the Guide among the leaders in their field.
The Firm is traditionally “strongly recommended” for Banking, Finance and Capital Markets. Practice Head Roman Stepanenko is singled out as an expert with “sound experience” and “personal dedication.”
EPAM Ukraine is highly praised for its M&A and Corporate work. “Very strong on corporate matters and M&A”, the Firm’s Ukraine team is recognized for providing “brilliant service and high-quality advice”. “Quick and competent” Oleg Boichuk, who advised DCH on the sale of FC Metalist Kharkiv, is recommended along with Partner Oksana Ilchenko. Partner Ilona Zekely is acknowledged as “diligent, tenacious and talented”.
The Firm’s Dispute Resolution team is “efficient, impressive, and excellent at strategy”. “Insightful” Managing Partner Serhii Sviriba, “hardworking and highly efficient” Partner Oleksii Reznikov, “excellent and responsive” Partner Markiyan Kliuchkovskyi as well as “bright and very creative” Counsel Dmytro Marchukov are highly recommended by the source. Clients include the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine.
EPAM Ukraine is listed among the prominent Intellectual Property advisors. The team led by recommended Counsel Taras Kyslyy is providing “quick response times” advising UEFA on IP rights protection and Viacom on enforcement issues.
Real Estate and Construction team in Kyiv is also well recognised for its expertise and “in-depth market knowledge”. The Guide distinguishes Counsel Oleg Boichuk who demonstrates “high level of client care and dedication”.
The Guide says the Firm has “some of the strongest tax expertise in the local market”. The analysts also acknowledge Partner Oleksii Reznikov for advising Iskander Energy.
In Belarus EPAM tops the rankings again. Leading individuals - Minsk-based M&A and Corporate Head Anna Rusetskaya and Managing Partner Dennis Turovets - are part of a working group of legal advisers acting for the Belarusian Ministry of Economy on a pilot privatisation project. Other work included acting for Exide Technologies on a joint venture project in Belarus and advising the EBRD on the financing of a technology park in Minsk. Corporate, finance and capital markets are core elements of the practice.