An authoritative legal Guide The Legal 500 EMEA 2016 again recognises Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners in all categories for each jurisdiction of its presence, including Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. Moreover, the Firm has become the absolute leader by the number of practice areas being recommended in 15 of 15 categories for Russia. The Firm is a top-5 law firm listed in Tier 1 in Ukraine.
In Russia, Legal 500 recommends the Firm for Capital Markets, Competition, Corporate, Commercial and M&A (both in Moscow and St. Petersburg), Dispute Resolution, including Arbitration & Mediation and Litigation, Employment, Energy & Natural Resources, IP, Public Private Partnership, Real Estate & Construction, TMT, Tax and Transport.
Since the launch of the category 3 years ago Legal 500 recommends Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners for Competition work in the highest Tier 1. The Firm’s Competition Practice is praised for its ‘dynamic’ team which ‘does not back down without a win’ and ‘generates new ideas to protect the interests of the client’. Partner Natalia Korosteleva, a ‘fantastic competition expert’, heads the practice team which includes ‘dedicated’ and ‘talented’ Counsels Maria Kobanenko and Evgeny Bolshakov, who ‘always know how to articulate key issues’. Recently appointed Partner Anna Numerova is recognised as a ‘diplomatic negotiator’. The team together with the Firm’s litigators successfully represented Sakhalin Energy before the Federal Antimonopoly Service in a complex, high-profile dispute with Rosneft over pipeline access.
As usual the Firm’s Dispute Resolution Practice tops the ranking being listed in Tier 1. ‘Remarkable’ Sergey Kovalev heads the Litigation team, which provides ‘outstanding, multi-faceted advice that is on time and to the point’. The Guide acknowledges Partners Evgeny Raschevsky and ‘top performer’ Valery Eremenko as Leading Individuals. Partner Denis Arkhipov is also endorsed as ‘trustworthy, reliable and highly talented lawyer’.
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners is highly commended for its expertise in Arbitration & Mediation. The Guide distinguishes Evgeny Raschevsky as a ‘tireless worker with an acute, commercial mind’, and Partner Dmitry Dyakin as a ‘brilliant and measured lawyer’. Their ‘highly professional and dedicated team’ recently represented the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation in a $500 million arbitration brought by ExxonMobil concerning alleged overpayment of taxes.
Legal 500 top ranks the Firm’s M&A and Corporate ‘superb’ team for its ‘expertise appropriate to the most challenging and ambitious projects’. The Guide distinguishes Chairman Dimitry Afanasiev and ‘commercially savvy’ Practice Head Arkady Krasnikhin.
In St. Petersburg M&A and Corporate Practice is well-known for its ‘accurate, up-to-date knowledge’ and ‘effective support at every level’. Sources mention that St. Petersburg Managing Partner Ivan Smirnov has ‘notable corporate and regulatory expertise.’ Practice Head Elena Agaeva is ‘very hands-on, proactive and service-minded’. The team advised CTC Media on amendments to Federal Law restricting foreign ownership of Russian mass media companies.
Banking & Finance Practice team is well known for its ‘highly professional legal skills, great market understanding and strong dedication to the client’. The Guide praises Practice Head Dmitriy Glazounov as a ‘thoughtful and experienced lawyer with great business sense’ and recognises Senior Associate Oleg Ushakov. Among recent projects of this ‘solid team’ is legal support of Sberbank in its inaugural securitisation of mortgage assets deal valued at RUB 6.7 bn.
The Firm’s Employment Law Practice has earned high praise for ‘providing a turnkey approach to any tough matters the client may face’, and ‘excellent understanding of targets, strategy and business needs’. An ‘employment law expert’ Practice Head Anna Ivanova advised Cisco on various matters.
The Firm’s Tax Practice has strengthened its positions this year. The team ‘works effectively under a tight schedule’ and is ‘highly dedicated to client interests’, the Guide says. Sergey Kalinin has recently joined the Firm as the Practice Head. Counsel Igor Schikow is recognised as ‘a reliable tax adviser’ with ‘strong technical ability and excellent German language skills’. Among clients - Immoeast and N.C Pharmaceuticals
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners’ Real Estate & Construction Practice provides ‘prompt and professional advice.’ Partner Elena Gavrilina is appreciated for her ability ‘to solve any problem clients are facing.’ Yuri Savvin is also recommended. St. Petersburg-based Managing Partner Ivan Smirnov advised Lenta on a wide range of transactional issues.
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners’ Public Private Partnership Practice has won applause from clients and peers. ‘An excellent lawyer for PPP and procurement matters’ Partner Yuri Savvin is recommended. He ‘understands every intricacy of the issues at hand, which allows him to select the right communication strategy’.
Intellectual Property & TMT Practice has ‘a high level of industry knowledge’, and ‘provides efficient advice appropriate to each situation’. Counsel and Practice Head Pavel Sadovsky who ‘works efficiently, and can analyse complex issues in a timely manner’ is among the leading lawyers in both categories. He advised CTC Media, Orange and Cisco Systems. The Guide says, the Firm’s team has a ‘strong contentious practice’, it defended Azbooka Attikus against allegations of trade mark infringement. Sources also emphasise that Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners is ‘a trusted adviser on issues relating to data protection, localisation and general technology law’, who can provide ‘consistent advice on the rapidly shifting Russian legal landscape’.
Energy & Natural Resources ‘responsive, knowledgeable and business-oriented’ team is ‘always ready to address instructions at the fastest possible pace.’ Clients praise Partner and Practice Head Taras Rabko who is ‘highly experienced in energy and competition law.’ Senior Associate Sergey Ustalov is also recommended as a ‘remarkable specialist’.
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has been also ranked for its competence in Transport industry. The team lawyers ‘delve deeply into the essence of the question at hand, providing solid recommendations and thorough answers.’ Senior Associate Alexey Karchiomov is a ‘maritime expert’. Partner Andrey Porfiriev has been acknowledged for perfectly ‘handling regulatory matters.’
In Ukraine Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has been highly ranked in all practice areas researched for Ukraine. This year the Firm strengthened its positions being top ranked in four practice areas – Corporate and M&A, Dispute Resolution, Energy and IP. These results place Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners among the top-5 Ukraine law firms in Tier1. The firm retains its top positions in Banking & Finance and Capital Markets, Real Estate & Construction, and Tax.
Headed by Roman Stepanenko, “a well-respected” Banking & Finance, Capital Markets Practice is acknowledged among the leaders.
This year Legal 500 top ranks Corporate & M&A Practice for “very good quality advice”. Partners Oksana Ilchenko and “foreign law expert” Ilona Zekely are spotlighted among Leading Individuals. Partner Oleg Boichuk is individually recognised as “knowledgeable and efficient”.
The Guide also ranks “hardworking, honest, proactive and technically excellent” Dispute Resolution Practice in the highest Tier 1, acknowledging Kyiv-based “responsive and hardworking” Managing Partner and Practice Head Serhii Sviriba for being ”one of the best-known international arbitration specialists in Ukraine”. Clients praise him for “strategic and management skills”. “Super-smart, commercial” Partner Markiyan Kliuchkovskyi is highly esteemed by the source, while Partner Gleb Bialyi is individually “recommended for domestic litigation”.
The Guide top ranks Energy Practice and distinguishes Partners Roman Stepanenko and Markiyan Kliuchkovskyi among the outstanding practitioners.
Real Estate team is well praised. Partner Oleg Boichuk and his recent work on advising Univermag Ukraina and a Japanese trading and investment company are marked out in the research.
Legal 500 recognises the Firm among the prominent Intellectual Property advisors. Practice Head Taras Kyslyy is widely respected for expertise in “IP disputes, registration and antimonopoly”.
Tax Practice is again among the leaders of the market. Clients acknowledge “excellent” Counsels Oleksandr Maydanyk and Arsen Miliutin.
In Belarus Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners traditionally gets the highest recognition.
Clients distinguish Misk-based Managing Partner Dennis Turovets as ‘a highly experienced negotiator’ and Partner Anna Rusetskaya who ‘provides a thorough analysis of complicated matters, helping the client to navigate effectively in a foreign environment’.
Legal 500 emphasises that the Firm demonstrates a ‘high level of professionalism and accuracy’, and is ‘particularly strong in banking and finance sector’. The Guide lauded ‘solid’ M&A and Corporate Practice for advising on matters such as joint ventures, due diligence, and related tax and antitrust matters. It distinguishes among key IAC, Technip Benelux and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.