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Aequo’s team is, according to one client, ‘the number one choice among local firms’. Denis Lysenko advised DIY chain Epicentr K on the acquisition of shopping malls and agribusinesses. Anna Babych and Michael Lukashenko are other key contacts.

Arzinger has ‘a very professional and international approach’. The team advised Concorde Capital on its investment in Hideez Technology. Practice head Anna Zorya, Timur Bondaryev, Pavlo Khodakovsky and Viktoriia Dobrynska are the names to note.

Oleksiy Didkovskiy, Armen Khachaturyan and Vadym Samoilenko are the key contacts at Asters, which has a strong track record in cross-border and complex M&A deals. Highlights included advising on a multimillion-dollar broadcasting joint venture.

Avellum is, according to one client, ‘one of the best for M&A, if not the best’. Mykola Stetsenko, who is ‘client-friendly and commercial’, Yuriy Nechayev and rising star Andriy Romanchuk are the key contacts. In one highlight, the group handled a $43m acquisition for Kernel Holding.

Baker McKenzie, Kyiv Office is ‘a leading firm for cross-border private equity deals’. Practice head Viacheslav Yakymchuk and counsel Olha Demianiuk advised Greenyard on its €93m acquisition of Mykogen. Glencore is also a client.

CMS’ practice is ‘one of the leaders in the market’. Maria Orlyk, Graham Conlon, Olexander Martinenko and ‘extraordinary’ rising star Tetyana Dovgan are key names. Mane Group is a client.

DLA Piper Ukraine LLC is ‘always responsive, reliable and able to outperform expectations’. Margarita Karpenko and Alla Kozachenko, who are highly regarded, advised Crown Agents on a UAH1.07bn state-financed procurement programme.

Dentons’ team provides ‘excellent support, fast response times and has a high level of knowledge’. Oleg Batyuk assisted Adecco Group with the sale of its local subsidiary. Adam Mycyk and Myron Rabij are other key contacts and associate Oksana Franko joined from Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners.

Ilyashev & Partners is ‘one of the best’ in the market and its ‘very sophisticated M&A experts’ include Mikhail Ilyashev and Roman Marchenko. The team acted for multinational food group Danone on the merger of Unimilk with Danone Dnipro.

Sayenko Kharenko is ‘a first-choice partner as local counsel for international law firms’. Russian-qualified Andrei Liakhov assisted Giant with the local aspects of its $4.4bn Playtika acquisition. Vladimir Sayenko and Oleksandr Padalka are also noted.

At EY Law, practice head Albert Sych and Igor Chufarov are key names in ‘a strong team that responds quickly’. Sych advised MK group on its $43m sale of Agro Invest.

At Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, Oksana Ilchenko, Oleg Boichuk and, Ilona Zekely are ‘professional, efficient and prompt’. Ilchenko advised BGC Partners on its £44m acquisition of Besso Insurance Group. Oksana Franko joined Dentons.

Eterna Law is a leading player in matters concerning corporate activity in the disputed Crimea region. ‘Charismatic and highly capable’ practice head Oleh Malskyy assisted a chemicals company with preparing a bid for the potential sale of Odessa port.

Integrites’ team is active in domestic and cross-border acquisitions. Practice head Svyatoslav Sheremeta acted for Dragon Capital on the €60m purchase of a logistics business. EBRD is also a client.

Efficient and professional firmKinstellar advises multinational clients on complex cross-border deals. Counsels Irina Nikolayevska and Olena Kuchynska, who are ‘highly competent and practical’, advised Naftogaz on regulatory matters and assisted EHM Turkey with corporate governance issues.

Lexwell & Partners’ team ‘works to high international standards and is always flexible in meeting clients’ needs’. Andrey Kolupaev and counsel Igor Nagai advised investors on a $100m energy sector acquisition.

At Redcliffe Partners, practice heads Dmytro Fedoruk and Rob Shantz are vastly experienced in cross-border transactions. The team advised Grupo Bimbo on the local aspects of its $650m acquisition of East Balt Bakeries.

Vasil Kisil & Partners’ team is ‘highly professional with strong business acumen and industry knowledge’. Alexander Borodkin advised Bauer Media on the buy-out of minority shareholders of three media companies. Volodymyr Igonin and Anna Sisetska are other key names.

The ‘highly responsive and thorough team’ at Wolf Theiss is ‘excellent in M&A transactions’. Taras Dumych advised Lukoil on the $25m sale of a chemical business, and handled due diligence matters for US company Grid Dynamics.

At Andriy Kravets & Partners, key names Andriy Kravets and Vladyslav Lyaskovskiy advised Bohai Commodity Exchange on the purchase of shares in Ukrainian Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

At Borovyk & Partners, highlights for Bogdan Borovyk and senior associate Irina Pidlisna included handling corporate governance issues for Diebold Nixdorf and assisting PepsiCo with commercial matters.

At EnGarde Attorneys at Law, Andriy Vyshnevsky and the ‘extremely responsive and knowledgeable’ Roman Ognevyuk lead the practice. The team advised a local subsidiary of a Japanese company on purchase agreements.

At Evris, previously N&D Law Firm, practice head Sergiy Benedysyuk and managing partner Andriy Dovbenko advised AgroSinergiya on the $35m acquisition of oil extraction company Chuguyev.

Andriy Tsvyetkov leads the practice at Attorneys’ Association Gestors. Vitalii Makhinchuk acted for Donetskoblgaz in negotiations with Naftogaz.

At Jeantet, Bertrand Barrier is ‘proficient and prompt’ and ‘undertands clients’ needs’. Illya Tkachuk, who advised Logoplaste on restructuring its local activities and the €660m sale of a subsidiary, is also noted. ACP Europe is a client.

KPMG’s team is ‘professional, friendly and co-operative’. The ‘straightforward and efficient’ Yuriy Katser advised NCH Capital on the acquisition of two agricultural companies. Iaroslav Cheker and Sergey Popov are also noted.

KPD Consulting Law Firm has ‘a professional attitude’ and provides ‘a tailored service at a reasonable cost’. Vitaliy Patsyuk advised DCH on the structuring of 12 legal entities, and assisted developer Ukrsib-Invest with joint venture agreements totalling $61m.

At Lavrynovych & Partners Law Firm, practice head Dmytro Savchuk advised the buyer on the $4m acquisition of agricultural companies. Managing partner Maksym Lavrynovych is also recommended.

Maryan Martynyuk and Oleg Paryliak lead the team at Moris Group, which is a long-standing adviser to the Football Federation of Ukraine. Their highlights included acting for Imexbank on due diligence for a $77m acquisition.

Nobles is known for its ‘excellent service, fast responses and business-oriented approach’ and provides ‘great value’. Volodymyr Yakubovskyy assisted Viatrans with purchasing a stake in Persha. Tatiana Iurkovska and Alexander Weigelt are also noted.

At PwC Legal, Alexey Katasonov assisted Bayer Group with the local aspects of its $66bn integration with Monsanto. Other clients include Antonov and Honda Motor Europe.

Peterka & Partners LLC has ‘an experienced team that finds creative solutions’. Highlights for practice head Tatiana Timchenko included acting for Taiwanese exporter Acer on the liquidation of its local operations. Atlas Copco is also a client.

Alexandrov & Partners’ team stands out for its ‘deep expertise’. Practice head Dmytro Alexandrov and Oksana Kryzhanivska, who is experienced in international business structuring, advised a large agribusiness on its corporate restructuring and overseas investment.

Antika Law Firm has ‘a responsive, commercially-minded and professional team’. Alexey Kot and Alexander Burtovoy, who advised Heitman on the sale of a business to Dragon Capital, are ‘experienced’.

Ecovis Bondar & Bondar Law Bureau focuses primarily on the transport sector, where Oleg Bondar is ‘a recognised and respected lawyer who represents leading airlines, airports and handling companies and has deep expertise’. Ukraine International Airlines is a key client.

Everlegalprovides focused and reliable advice’ on M&A in the agriculture, energy and natural resources sectors. Practice head Yevheniy Deynekoalways responds quickly with useful advice’. Clients include a renewable energy project company.

At GOLAW, senior partner Sergiy Oberkovych heads the practice. He assisted Irish agribusiness Donegal FRS with a $130m sale and purchase agreement with Khmelnytsky bio power plant. Red Bull is also a client.

International Legal Center EUCon provides support to start-up companies and handles investments for established businesses such as Global Message Services. Yaroslav Romanchuk advised on a new business venture.

At Jurimex Legal Solutions, corporate law practice head Sviatoslav Kibets and head of international trade Anna Antonenko advised on the $50m purchase of shares in a Cyprus-based holding company.

Legal Alliance Company has a strong focus on the pharmaceutical industry, which accounts for around 90% of its client base. Oleksii Bezhevets and the ‘professional and competent’ Dmytro Aleshko advised an international company on launching a supplements business.

Law Offices of OMP handles corporate matters and M&A deals for clients in the agriculture and pharmaceutical sectors. Igor Ogorodniychuk, who heads the pharmaceutical team, assisted Crown Agent with its UAH284m contract with the Ministry of Health.

At SDM Partners LLC, managing partner Dmytro Syrota stands out for his ‘ability to listen’. Highlights included advising a Ukrainian investment company on the high-value acquisition of a transport company.

At SKG Attorneys at law, ‘the quality of service is irreproachable’. Practice head Mariia Aksaitova advised the buyer on acquiring Vnesheconombank’s majority stake in Prominvestbank.

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