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Asters is well regarded at the domestic level and also ‘punches well above its weight’ in international mandates. Oleksiy Didkovskiy ‘delivers to international standards’. The ‘really responsive’ Armen Khachaturyan is recommended along with Vadym Samoilenko, who gives ‘prompt and accurate advice’. Khachaturyan advised Swedbank on the sale of its Ukrainian subsidiary. Other highlights included advising cable TV and internet services provider Volia Group on the purchase and preparatory restructuring of Odeko. Oleksandr Padalka joined Sayenko Kharenko in March 2014.

Avellum Partners is ‘one of the best’ and has ‘profound knowledge of Ukrainian and international law’. The ‘highly experienced’ Kostiantyn Likarchuk, the ‘ambitious, creative’ Mykola Stetsenko, and the ‘dedicated’ Yuriy Nechayev are recommended. Highlights included advising Mohawk Group on local aspects of a €1.17bn acquisition, and advising Lafarge on the €96m sale of its Ukrainian cement production business to CRH Group.

Clients are ‘continuously impressed with the knowledge of transactional issues’ at Baker & McKenzie – CIS, Limited. The ‘dedicated team’ includes Viacheslav Yakymchuk and the ‘very smart’ Olha Demianiuk, who are ‘among the most knowledgeable transactional lawyers’. Yakymchuk advised Horizon Capital on a $40m investment into TCS Bank. The firm acted for Erste Group Bank on the $83m sale of its Ukrainian subsidiary to Fidobank Group. Olena Kuchynska exhibits ‘unmatchable thoroughness’ and ‘highly responsive, tough negotiator’ Olyana Gordienko is ‘result-oriented’.

Sayenko Kharenko is ‘a very decent firm’. Vladimir Sayenko leads an ‘experienced team with a client-oriented, proactive approach’ in which Michael Kharenko and UK-qualified Andrey Liakhov stand out. The firm advised Gazprombank on its $300m acquisition of NewTech Services, and represented private equity firms Apollo and Citi Venture Capital in their acquisition of Karavan Real Estate. The team was reinforced with the addition of leading lawyer Oleksandr Padalka from Asters in March 2014.

Arzinger has ‘an ambitious, sharp and business-minded team’. Timur Bondaryev, practice head Maksym Cherkasenko and Lada Shelkovnikova, who ‘understands clients’ needs and provides practical advice’, are key figures. Highlights included advising a multinational on a €50m cross-border merger of industrial equipment manufacturers. The ‘hands-on, quick-thinking’ Anna Zorya joined from Ulysses.

B.C. Toms & Co’s Bate Toms ‘provides good service’. He represented Continental Farmers Group during its acquisition by investment funds. Svitlana Gusak is recommended for anti-corruption matters.

CMS has ‘a versatile corporate and M&A practice’ and is the leading firm for energy deals. English-qualified lawyer Graham Conlon heads the practice and is ably assisted by Vitaliy Radchenko.

Chadbourne & Parke LLP’s Jaroslawa Johnson advised AES on the sale of interests in two Ukrainian power distribution companies. The firm also advised banks on the sale of stakes in Kreditprombank. Adam Mycyk re-joined the firm from CMS.

Clifford Chance LLC’s ‘whole Kiev team impresses’ clients. Nick Fletcher, Jared Grubb, Dmytro Fedoruk and Nataliya Gerus are ‘professional yet down-to-earth’. Clients include TNK-BP and Valinor.

DLA Piper Ukraine LLC’s ‘very pragmatic, proactive and business-oriented’ Margarita Karpenko ‘understands the needs of international clients’. Oleksandr Kurdydyk and UK-qualified Clare Titcomb are also recommended. Karpenko advised East Balt on its sale to One Equity Partners.

Dentons’ team is ‘practical and client-oriented’. Markian Silecky is ‘superb’. Practice head Oleg Batyuk, who advised TVEL Nuclear Fuel on establishing a production plant in Ukraine, and Volodymyr Monastyrskyy are recommended.

‘Very strong on corporate matters and M&A’, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners provides ‘brilliant service and high-quality advice’. Ilona Zekely is ‘diligent, tenacious and talented’. The ‘quick, competent’ Oleg Boichuk, who advised DCH on the sale of FC Metalist Kharkiv, is recommended along with Oksana Ilchenko.

Gide Loyrette Nouel has ‘profound knowledge of Ukraine’s legal environment’. Bertrand Barrier is ‘an expert in M&A’ and Illya Tkachuk is ‘creative and provides good-quality results’. Barrier advised Auchan on Ukrainian aspects of a €1bn retail network acquisition. Julian Ries, who gives ‘proactive cross-cultural advice’, joined after the closure of Beiten Burkhardt’s Kiev office.

Ilyashev & Partners’ Mikhail Ilyashev, Roman Marchenko, Evgen Solovyov and Leonid Gilevich have ‘a commercial approach and a firm understanding of the law’. Marchenko advised SE Antonov on certain M&A deals.

During 2013, Vasil Kisil & Partners’ well-regarded team advised Group Summa on local aspects of a $1.4bn acquisition. However, in 2014, the highly rated Denis Lysenko and Anna Babych left the practice to found new law firm Aequo. Oleksiy Filatov has also left the firm, after being appointed deputy head of the Presidential Administration.

Andriy Kravets and Vladyslav Lyaskovskiy at Andriy Kravets & Partners are respected for their experience of domestic and multi-jurisdictional projects. They regularly advise Kyivrianta LLC and Nokia Siemens Networks Ukraine.

AstapovLawyers International Law Group has ‘great experience of solving problems in different jurisdictions’. The ‘impressive, dedicated’ Oleh Malskyy, who advised Foxtrot on a $100m deal, is described by one client as ‘the leading Ukrainian specialist in M&A’.

EnGarde Attorneys at Law has ‘the perfect co-operative approach’ to local and cross-border transactions. Andriy Vyshnevsky, Roman Ognevyuk and Irina Nazarova are ‘extremely good corporate lawyers’. Clients include Bionade and Nickerson Zwaan.

Attorneys’ Association Gestors has ‘deep knowledge and extensive experience’. The ‘responsive, creative and flexible’ Andriy Tsvyetkov advised Domino Group on opening a new chain of retail stores.

Integrites provides ‘quality, timely service’. Vyacheslav Korchev and Yaroslav Abramov ‘have abundant experience and exceptional intellectual faculties’. The firm recently advised BlackRock on investments in Ukraine, and assisted retail chain Baltika Grupp with corporate restructuring.

KPD Consulting Law Firm’s ‘excellent corporate lawyers’ include Felix Haffner and Vitaliy Patsyuk, who has ‘wide expertise and achieves excellent results’. Iryna Pidlisna, who advised Httpool Holdings on corporate restructuring, is ‘creative, hardworking and always keeps clients’ goals in focus’.

LCF Law Group provides ‘highly efficient performance based on profound knowledge and swift, in-depth analysis’. Anna Ogrenchuk, Artem Stoianov and Olena Volianska together advised Alfa-Bank on a $40m restructuring.

One of the best law firms in Kiev’, the newly merged Marchenko Danevychprovides a high level of service’ through Borys Danevych and Maksim Sysoiev. The ‘client-oriented and reliable’ Ievgenia Galamasiuk excels in labour law. Sysoiev advised Afelio on a joint venture. The ‘competent and well organised’ Oleh Marchenko, who advised Star Group on a 120MW solar energy development, is ‘knowledgeable about issues in Ukraine and European compliance’.

Nina Sydorenko’s team at Peterka & Partners LLC includes the ‘very professional’ Tetyana Kistynyuk and Monika Simunkova Hoskova. Highlights included advising Královopolská Ria on a joint venture.

SDM Partners LLCrenders highly professional, efficient service corresponding to international standards’. ‘First-rate lawyers’ Dmytro Syrota and Mykola Melnyk ‘understand clients’ needs in detail’. Syrota is particularly expert in labour law and antitrust matters.

Schoenherr’s Mariya Sukhan advised Metro Group on the sale of its Real stores in Ukraine as part of a €1.1bn deal across the CEE region.

Squire Sanders Ukraine LLC has a formal association with Salkom, with which it also shares office space. Peter Teluk, who advised GDF Media on local aspects of a $2.5bn acquisition, and Salkom’s Evgen Kubko co-operate closely.

Wolf Theiss’ Taras Dumych provides ‘excellent service and good value’, particularly on large oil and gas deals. He advised One Equity Partners on the $120m acquisition of East Balt. Lukoil and Kuwait Petroleum are other clients.

Antika Law Firm’s Alexey Kot, who advised Nadra Ukrayny on a major share sale, provides ‘expert advice on corporate issues of critical importance’. Alexander Burtovoy demonstrates ‘strategic planning and attentiveness to details’.

EY Law’s Albert Sych advises clients including Shell on production sharing agreements for energy projects, and counts leading European banks among his clients for corporate matters.

Sergiy Oberkovych at Gvozdiy & Oberkovych Law Firm provides general support to international businesses.

Maksym Lavrynovych heads Lavrynovych & Partners’ ‘responsive and client-oriented’ team, which is ‘good at strategic thinking’. Iryna Marushko’s advice is ‘always valuable and appropriate’. Anna Pushkaryova is ‘hardworking, responsive, articulate and conscientious’. Highlights included advising a bank on the $32m acquisition of local banking subsidiaries from a multinational financial institution.

Legal Alliance Company has notable ‘expertise in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries’. Oleksiy Bezhevets advised a Singapore-based company on its operations in Ukraine. Illya Kostin and ‘outstanding professional’ Dmytro Aleshko are recommended.

Law Offices of OMP’s Yaroslav Sverdlichenko advised Axzon Group on the $20m acquisition of a pig-breeding complex, and assisted HarvEast with multiple acquisitions.

Okhrimchuk Grushyn Khandurin Law Firm’s Denis Okhrimchuk and Andriy Grushyn are highly experienced in cross-border transactions.

Pavlenko & Poberezhnyuk, Law Groupalways provides appropriate advice’. Oleksandra Pavlenko and Larysa Poberezhnyuk ‘deserve a special mention’ for their legal and managerial skills.

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