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Arzinger is ‘a top-class law firm for complex matters’. Timur Bondaryev and Lana Sinichkina lead the practice. Oleksander Dyakulych is a rising star. Pharmaceutical company Servier Ukraine is a key client.

Igor Svechkar, Oleksandr Voznyuk and Alexey Pustovit are the key contacts at Asters, which is recommended for its ‘flexibility, high technical quality and creativity’. Svechkar assisted Allergan with obtaining clearance for its merger with Pfizer.

Avellum’s team is ‘one of the strongest – very experienced, pragmatic and helpful’. Mykola Stetsenko and senior associate Yaroslav Medvediev assisted AGCO Groupon with clearance for the €310m acquisition of Cimbria Group.

Baker McKenzie, Kyiv Office is ‘a go-to firm for multinationals in merger control matters’. Oksana Simonova leads the practice, which counts Bunge, Daimler and Tata Chemicals among its clients.

At CMS, corporate partner Maria Orlyk acted for EBRD in a project designed to modernise the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine, which included the development of internal regulations and training for Committee staff. MV Cargo and Mane Group are clients.

At DLA Piper Ukraine LLC, Galyna Zagorodniuk focuses on high-level and complex merger clearance matters, investigations and disputes. She assisted ABH Holdings with obtaining clearance for the $450m acquisition of Ukrsotsbank.

Sayenko Kharenko is arguably ‘the top firm for merger control matters’ and, in one highlight, obtained Antimonopoly Committee clearance for Dell’s acquisition of EMC. Vladimir Sayenko, Dmitry Taranyk, Maksym Nazarenko and the ‘responsive and reliableValentyna Hvozd are noted.

Aequo provides ‘a high-quality service, fast responses and a business-oriented approach’ on merger control matters and investigations. Denis Lysenko counts Danone and Fairfax among his clients. Yevgen Blok is also noted.

Competition law boutique Clacis has an experienced team that handles abuse of dominace, cartel, compliance, merger control and contentious matters. Antonina Yaholnyk’s clients include Alcoa, Diageo and Mastercard.

At Dentons, the ‘extremely professionalVolodymyr Monastyrskyy handles all aspects of antimonopoly regulation. He and Borys Schwarzer advised Adecco on merger control matters relating to the sale of its local subsidiary.

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners’ practice head Oksana Ilchenko assisted PKO Bank Polski with merger clearance for its acquisition of Raiffeisen-Leasing Polska.

At Ilyashev & Partners, managing partner Mikhail Ilyashev and anti-trust practice head Oleksandr Fefelov act for clients including BTA Bank, ArcelorMittal and Antonov.

At Integrites, Vatslav Makarskiy assisted Hexagon with the acquisition of California-based MSC Software. Counsel Serhiy Shershun has in-house experience as a state commissioner of the Antimonopoly Committee.

Head of dispute resolution Kostiantyn Likarchuk and managing associate Mykyta Nota are the key names at Kinstellar. The group assisted Marazzi Group with obtaining clearance for the $200m purchase of Emilceramica.

Legal Alliance Company focuses mainly on the pharmaceutical industry. Andrii Gorbatenko, who provides ‘professional advice and high-grade support’, represented GlaxoSmithKline in an anti-monopoly case.

Marchenko Danevychhas a very strong team that is willing to be innovative’. The firm is a leader in the life sciences space and Oleksandr Aleksyeyenko’s team advised Alcon Pharmaceuticals on a landmark cartel investigation.

At Vasil Kisil & Partners, counsel Anna Sisetska leads the ‘undoubtedly outstanding’ team. The group acted for Shell subsidiary Alliance Holding in an Antimonopoly Committee investigation.

Associate Olga Ivlyeva leads the practice at Wolf Theiss, which focuses on merger clearance matters. Clients include Lukoil and Bain Capital.

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