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At Asters, ‘responses are quick and value for money is better than most other firms’. Oleksiy Didkovskiy, Armen Khachaturyan and Vadym Samoilenko provide ‘excellent service on M&A deals’. Highlights included advising Promatec on the purchase of an agribusiness from BNP Paribas.

Avellum Partners is ‘one of the main “go-to” firms for corporate matters’. Mykola Stetsenko, Kostiantyn Likarchuk and Yuriy Nechayev provide ‘good quality with a co-operative and team-focused approach’. Stetsenko represented Global Ports Investments during a $291m acquisition.

Baker & McKenzie – CIS, Limited is ‘a reputable firm with in-depth market knowledge’. Practice head Viacheslav Yakymchuk excels in European M&A deals and acted for shareholders including Horizon Capital on the sale of Platinum Public shares. Olyana Gordiyenko advised Alfa-Bank Ukraine on the $225m buyout of Bank of Cyprus Ukraine.

Oleg Batyuk’s ‘business-oriented and proactive’ team at Dentons hired the ‘hugely respected’ Adam Mycyk, formerly of Chadbourne & Parke. Markian Silecky is also highly recommended. Myron Rabij divides time between New York and Kiev to facilitate US investment into Ukraine. Clients include Dragon Capital and Herbalife.

Sayenko Kharenko is ‘one of the best in Ukraine with vast M&A and capital markets experience’. Vladimir Sayenko acted as local counsel on the merger of German container shipper Hapag-Lloyd and Chilean shipping company Compañía Sud Americana de Vapores. Oleksandr Padalka joined from Asters.

Aequo has market leaders in former Vasil Kisil & Partners lawyers Denis Lysenko, Anna Babych and competition expert Mariya Nizhnik, who are ‘totally committed to client service and ensure deals are completed quickly’. Lysenko advised Ireland’s AWAS Group on the $100m lease of aircraft to a Ukrainian company and Babych represented UBG Group during the sale of its stake in Dobrobut to Concord Capital.

Arzinger is ‘a remarkably experienced, highly professional firm’. Maksym Cherkasenko’s team advised an international truck company on restructuring its Ukrainian assets and assisted a Chinese bank with buying a stake in a cable television company.

Graham Conlon at CMS is the only English-qualified corporate partner based permanently in Ukraine. He advised joint broker Smith & Williamson Corporate Finance on the listing of Arricano Real Estate on London’s AIM market. Johannes Trenkwalder is also recommended.

Clifford Chance LLC’s Nick Fletcher, Jared Grubb and Dmytro Fedoruk have strong reputations for M&A and corporate finance. Fedoruk advised COFCO Corporation on local aspects of its acquisition of a 51% stake in Netherlands-based agribusiness Nidera. Redcliffe Partners inherited the practice of Clifford Chance LLC, after the latter firm left the market.

Margarita Karpenko leads DLA Piper Ukraine LLC’s ‘reliable and experienced’ team. Karpenko and Illya Muchnyk advised Europe Virgin Fund on its acquisition of online payments system Galyna Zagorodniuk represented Kraft Foods in its rebranding as Mondelez.

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has ‘excellent, experienced practitioners’ in Oksana Ilchenko, foreign law expert Ilona Zekely and counsel Oleg Boichuk. They advised Apax Partners on local aspects of its acquisition of California-based IT company GlobalLogic.

Gide Loyrette Nouelprovides competent and profound advice at short notice’. Bertrand Barrier and the ‘straightforward, proactive and responsive’ Illya Tkachuk advised AgroGeneration on its €120m merger with Harmelia. Julian Ries recently acted for SBE Sustainable Energy.

Ilyashev & Partnersmeets the best standards of the legal profession’. Mikhail Ilyashev, Roman Marchenko, Evgen Solovyov, the ‘precise, clear and practicalLeonid Gilevich and Oleksandr Fefelov form ‘a cohesive and resourceful team with exceptional expertise’. Ilyashev and Fefelov advised Koch Industries on clearance of a $1.5bn merger of its Ukraine subsidiary with Buckeye Technologies.

Andriy Kravets and Vladyslav Lyaskovskiy at Andriy Kravets & Partners are highly esteemed corporate lawyers. Clients include Kyivrianta LLC and Nokia Siemens Networks Ukraine.

AstapovLawyersOleh Malskyy is ‘a highly skilled lawyer’. He advised a regional food business on a $250m acquisition.

EnGarde Attorneys at Lawprovides high-quality services and partners are personally involved in projects’. Roman Ognevyuk, who advises Ritter Bio Agro on its Ukrainian subsidiary, and the ‘very experiencedAndriy Vyshnevsky are highly regarded.

Andriy Tsvyetkov at Attorneys’ Association Gestors advised Svetofor Film on an agreement with UK enterprise MTV Exit Foundation for a documentary film project, and assisted Omnicom Media with labour matters.

Integrites provides ‘a good balance between price and quality’. Vyacheslav Korchev and Vsevolod Volkov represented Global Money during a $100m acquisition and advised VAB Bank on a $350m corporate restructuring deal.

KPD Consulting Law Firmhas in-depth understanding of how to establish a business in Ukraine’. The ‘client-oriented, clever, experienced and flexible’ Iryna Pidlisna jointly heads the practice with Vitaliy Patsyuk, who has ‘wide expertise and achieves excellent results’. Patsyuk advised InterTechnoTradeGroup on acquisitions and joint ventures totalling $30m.

Sergiy Ignatovsky’s team at LCF Law Group has ‘partners with excellent reputations and a professional, strategic approach’ including ‘top lawyersAnna Ogrenchuk and Artem Stoianov. Ogrenchuk advised Humana People to People Asia Establishment on a $20m acquisition.

Lavrynovych & Partners is ‘a growing force in M&A’. Maksym Lavrynovych and Iryna Marushko acted as local counsel alongside an international law firm on a $400m transport sector acquisition. Stanislav Skrypnyck advised a Ukrainian agribusiness on privatisation.

Lexwell & Partners has ‘one of the most efficient practices in Ukraine and its lawyers have longstanding and diverse experience in corporate law’. The practice is led by managing partner Andrey Kolupaev, who is ‘excellent in his field’; he advised CRH Group on acquiring cement production assets.

The standard of work of Oleh Marchenko’s team at Marchenko Danevych is ‘high, even by international standards’. The ‘prompt and effective’ practice includes pharmaceutical industry expert Borys Danevych, energy specialist Maksym Sysoiev and rising star Andriy Guck. Marchenko advised pharmaceuticals company Aspen on local aspects of a £700m acquisition.

Tatiana Iurkovska’s team at Nobles, which was formed by partners from Noerr, advised Deutsche Telekom on its €546m takeover of GTS Central Europe Group.

Nina Sydorenko heads Peterka & Partners LLC’s ‘trusted, experienced’ team. Alexander Poels advised global beverages company Davide Campari – Milano on M&A deals in Ukraine.

At SDM Partners LLC, Dmytro Syrota and Mykola Melnyk’s clients include a healthcare group and a medical equipment manufacturer.

Schoenherrresponds quickly and is always helpful and good value’. Mariya Sukhan advised Metro Group on the sale of assets to French retailer Groupe Auchan.

Most of Vasil Kisil & Partners’ team left to found Aequo and Oleksiy Filatov joined the government. Oleg Alyoshin advised Hongyang Metal Industry Co on a share purchase.

Wolf TheissTaras Dumychunderstands the subtle nuances of complex legal matters’. He advised Rubellius Capital on due diligence pertaining to a $200m power plant. The team also acted for EP Industries on local aspects of the CEE acquisition of a waste management business from AVE Energie.

EY Law’s Albert Sych is advising Royal Dutch Shell on production sharing agreements and corporate matters in Ukraine.

The ‘client-oriented young team’ at Legal Alliance Companydemonstrates a high level of expertise’. Dmytro Aleshko is recommended along with the ‘client-oriented and hardworking’ Oleksiy Bezhevets, who advised a leading pharmaceuticals company on its reorganisation.

Magnusson’s Anton Prysyazhnyuk advised a Russian investment bank on a $50m technology sector acquisition.

Law Offices of OMP’s Yaroslav Sverdlichenko represented agribusiness Selhosproduct Group during corporate restructuring.

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