Firm Profile > Aequo > Kiev, Ukraine

Aequo
SENATOR BUSINESS CENTRE, 15TH FLOOR
32/2 MOSKOVSKA STREET
01010 KYIV
Ukraine

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

At Aequo, the team has ‘excellent knowledge of local law and practice in Ukraine financial markets, and are incredibly responsive and detailed'. The firm frequently handles first-of-their-kind finance transactions and works with leading international financial institutions, banks and borrowers. In a recent mandate, it assisted Naftogaz of Ukraine with a $500m bond issue. 'Impressively knowledgeable, responsive, creative' partner Yulia Kyrpa leads the banking, finance and capital markets practice. Of counsel Denys Kulgavyi is also highly regarded.

Practice head(s):

Yulia Kyrpa

Other key lawyers:

Denys Kulgavyi

Testimonials

‘The team has an excellent knowledge of local law and practice in Ukraine financial markets, and is incredibly responsive and detailed. They communicate clearly and well, and may quickly start to feel like part of the in-house team.’

‘We’ve valued the thoroughness and intelligence of Yulia Kyrpa. She understands both the local legal market in Ukraine and the global legal market, and advise in each vernacular equally well, and appropriately. She took time to understand our business and the mechanics of the deals in the early stage of our relationship with them. She also follows up quickly when they feel you might have dropped the ball, rather than wait to be told at the last minute what they are supposed to do. This helps their own work-management, which in turn helps us. Very sensible.’

‘Aequo is well known in the Ukrainian market for delivering tailor-made advice and personal care at a high level. It has a particularly strong reputation for banking and finance. We have been cooperating with Aequo for several years on various issues, and I can affirm its lawyers possess deep knowledge and extensive experience. I would underline that the banking and finance team, led by partner Yulia Kyrpa, learned our issues quickly and has been crucial in helping us with legal and strategic decisions. I would definitely recommend them to my colleagues and use their services again.’

‘Partner Yulia Kyrpa is impressively knowledgeable, responsive, creative, and driven to achieve the best outcomes for her clients. Her advice is always practical and helpful in making the right decisions, due to her deep expertise, and a profound understanding of her clients.’

Key clients

Agroprosperis Bank

Allrise Capital

Bunge

DebtX

Deposit Guarantee Fund of Ukraine

Dragon Capital

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

European Fund for Southeast Europe, a Luxembourg fund initiated by KfW

Fitch Ratings

Industrialbank

International Finance Corporation

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Aequo's team provides 'a high-quality legal product tailored to the needs of the project'. One client noted its 'excellent technical knowledge and an exceptional client-oriented approach'. The group is well-versed in sophisticated cross-border M&A, and frequently acts for large corporates and private equity houses. It recently assisted leading Russian telecommunications group Mobile TeleSystems with the $734m sale of its Ukrainian business. Anna Babych leads the corporate and M&A team, working closely with managing partner Denis Lysenko. Of counsel Oksana Krasnokutskaya and counsel Michael Lukashenko are among other key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Anna Babych; Denis Lysenko

Other key lawyers:

Oksana Krasnokutskaya; Michael Lukashenko; Yulia Kyrpa

Testimonials

‘The firm provides a high-quality legal product tailored to the needs of the project. We recommend Mikhail Lukashenko, Anna Babych.’

‘Aequo is one of our main providers of legal due diligence, drafting M&A transaction documents and general legal advice. Partners of Aequo are easy to contact and they are always available to give an extra contribution.’

‘Anna Babych and Yulia Kyrpa are partners with whom we usually work. Anna has a good hand in negotiating during M&A deal, while Yulia demonstrates good attention to legal details in complex transactions.’

‘Great communication project management, with excellent technical knowledge and an exceptional client-oriented approach.’

‘Exceptional expertise, passion about projects and a result-oriented team.’

‘Anna Babych is extremely hardworking, talented, strategic and easy to work with. She is one the most prominent M&A professionals.’

Key clients

Agrovista

Ardagh Group

Arricano Real Estate

AVentures

Concorde Capital

Cropio

Daimler AG

Epicentr K

Daxx

Dragon Capital

Inditex

Intellias

MET Ukraine

Mobile TeleSystems (MTS)

MSSG.ME INC.

Competition Tier 1

Aequo has a specialist team of competition lawyers that has built up a strong roster of domestic and international clients. Its wide-ranging workload includes merger control, cartels and abuse of dominance investigations, as well as advice on compliance. Founding partner Mariya Nizhnik rejoined the firm in late 2020 from the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMCU) to lead the practice. Managing partner Denis Lysenko, newly promoted partner Sergey Denisenko and senior associate Yevgen Blok also feature prominently in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Mariya Nizhnik; Denis Lysenko; Sergey Denisenko

Other key lawyers:

Yevgen Blok

Key clients

Alois Dallmayr Kaffee OHG

Apax Partners

Apollo Global Management

ArcelorMittal

Bunge

Dragon Capital

Ecosoft

Epicentr-K

GlaxoSmithKline Plc

Mobile TeleSystems (MTS)

Novo Nordisk

Novus

Sandoz

UkrGasVydobuvannya (UGV)

Dispute resolution Tier 1

At Aequo, the team is 'highly professional and dedicated to the client's goals'. The firm is frequently involved in high-value cross-border disputes, including landmark international arbitration cases and high-profile energy disputes. The firm has one of the largest disputes practices in Ukraine, and acts for major clients in key industry sectors such as agribusiness, energy and natural resources, pharmaceuticals and financial services. 'Highly professional and dedicated' practice heads Denis Lysenko and Pavlo Byelousov 'truly take ownership of the case'. Counsels Myroslava Savchuk and Yevgen Levitskyi are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Denis Lysenko; Pavlo Byelousov

Other key lawyers:

Myroslava Savchuk; Yevgen Levitskyi

Testimonials

‘The team is highly professional and dedicated to the client’s goals. They have great subject matter knowledge, attention to the details and ability to consider multiple circumstances at the same time.’

‘Pavlo Belousov and Denis Lysenko are highly professional and dedicated lawyers. They truly take ownership of the case.’

‘The lawyers have deep educational background and extensive expertise, experience in Ukrainian courts. The deliver client service, confidentiality, and an understanding of our industry. They are proactive.’

‘Our key contact in dispute resolution was Yevgen Levitskyi, who has a brilliant educational background and is a strong professional and an experienced and absolutely reliable attorney.’

Key clients

Dragon Capital

Inditex Group

Naftogaz of Ukraine

Olympic Entertainment Group

ProCredit Bank

Rozdilska Tsegla

Stantis Limited

Tinwestplus

UkrGasVydobuvannya

UMG Investments

VENTS

Energy Tier 1

Aequo's team has '‘strong knowledge of Ukrainian energy markets, the gas market in particular', and according to one client, it has 'some of the deepest experience in the field out of all Ukrainian law firms'. Its work spans major projects in the oil and gas, power, nuclear and renewable energy sectors. Managing partner Denis Lysenko and corporate partner Anna Babych co-head the energy and natural resources practice, which draws together expertise from the firm's finance, litigation, corporate, regulatory and tax groups. Litigators Pavlo Byelousov and Myroslava Savchuk are heavily involved in energy matters. Finance partner Yulia Kyrpa is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Denis Lysenko; Anna Babych

Other key lawyers:

Pavlo Byelousov; Myroslava Savchuk; Yulia Kyrpa

Testimonials

‘Strong knowledge of Ukrainian energy markets and gas markets in particular. Strong arbitration practice.’

‘Pavlo Byelousov is courteous, client-oriented and a strong English-language writer. He has a sharp strategic mind and focuses on the issues that truly matter to a case.’

‘Counsel Myroslava Savchuk is a hard worker and a strong English-language writer.’

‘It has some of the deepest experience in the field out of all Ukrainian law firms. They act for big-name clients, such as Naftogaz, and have developed a lot of respect in the market place.’

‘Finance partner Yulia Kyrpa is always available and can deal with the toughest of legal questions thrown at her with ease. She is a strong advocate for her clients and an adept negotiator and problem-solver.’

Key clients

Arcelor Mittal Kryvyi Rih

Atlas Global Energy

Green for Growth Fund

Güris

MET Ukraine

Naftogaz of Ukraine

UkrGasVydobuvannya

Ukrainian Kaolin Company

UkrTransNafta

Intellectual property Tier 1

Aequo has a first-rate IP offering, despite seeing former practice head Oleksandr Mamunya leave to launched his own firm, Mamunya IP, The group includes counsel Nataliya Dryuk, who has more than 12 years of experience in IP litigation. In addition, senior patent attorney Nataliia Nesterenko and Yulia Chyzhova are also vastly experienced practitioners. Counsel Tetiana Kudrytska was formerly head of the government's judicial reform department. Other key figures include of counsel Mykola Kovinya, who joined from Kovinya Consulting and senior associate Alina Podolyak, who was hired from Show4me Music Interaction Network. The firm handles the full range of contentious IP work, as well as advising on IP registration and portfolio management. IT head Mykyta Polatayko is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Nataliya Dryuk; Tetiana Kudrytska

Other key lawyers:

Nataliia Nesterenko; Yulia Chyzhova; Mykola Kovinya; Alina Podolyak; Mykyta Polatayko

Testimonials

‘An excellent team with exceptional attention to detail, they quickly grasp the instructions and are very passionate about the work.’

‘Mykyta Polatayko has a very strong background in the field of technology and focuses on finding solutions in exceptional cases. He is very result-oriented and fast.’

Key clients

Alois Dallmayr Kaffee OHG

Altia

Bosca Cora S.p.A.,

CO “100% life”

Darnitsa Pharmaceutical Firm

Dr. Reddy’s

Du Pont (E.I. du Pont de Nemours)

Forbes

Jeunesse Global Holdings

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation

Philips

Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.

Samsung Electronics

Synthon

Vodafone

International trade Tier 1

Aequo has 'a very strong international outlook and the ability to give clear and operational advice without too many caveats'. The firm has an excellent reputation for trade remedies, customs and tax matters, export control, sanctions and cross-border distribution agreements. A significant amount of its recent work has focused on anti-dumping and safeguard investigations, as part of its prominent presence in trade defence matters. Managing partner Denis Lysenko, commercial law specialist Anna Babych and senior associate Oleksandr Tereshchenko are praised for their 'high standards of decision-making and impeccable professional ethics'.

Practice head(s):

Denis Lysenko; Anna Babych; Oleksandr Tereshchenko

Testimonials

‘The team has a very strong international outlook and a modern communication style. Their key strength is the ability to give clear and operational advice without too many caveats.’

‘Denis Lysenko has an exceptionally broad experience and understanding of the Ukrainian system. He knows what can and what cannot be done.’

‘The firm shows high standards of decision-making and impeccable professional ethics.’

Key clients

Adama

Alvogen Pharma Trading Europe

Applied Molecular Transport Inc.

China Chamber of International Commerce

ChinaCouncil for the Promotion of International Trade

Darnitsa, JSC

Elm-Plastic GMbH

HUBEI XINYEGANG SPECIAL STEEL CO., LTD

HUBEI XINYEGANG SPECIAL TUBE CO., LTD

HUBEI XINYEGANG STEEL CO., LTD

Inditex/Zara Group (Spain, Netherlands, Ukraine), which includes Zara Ukraine, Zara Home, Pull&Bear Ukraine, Bershka Ukraine, Uterqüe Ukraine, Stradivarius Ukraine

JINGJIANG SPECIAL STEEL CO., LTD

Komatsu Europe International NV (the Netherlands)

Private client Tier 1

Aequo focuses on the private wealth needs of ultra-high-net-worth individuals, including business owners, entrepreneurs, families and groups of private investors. The firm's multidisciplinary practice encompasses family law, disputes, philanthropy, art, estate planning, immigration, tax planning, reputation management and real estate transactions, among other matters. According to a client, the firm demonstrates 'high standards of decision-making and impeccable professional ethics'. Anna Babych (who has 'both a great sense of business acumen and outstanding legal expertise') and managing partner Denis Lysenko are the lead partners. They are ably supported by senior associate Vasyl Mishchenko and counsel Oksana Krasnokutskaya.

Practice head(s):

Anna Babych; Denis Lysenko

Other key lawyers:

Vasyl Mishchenko; Oksana Krasnokutskaya; Michael Lukashenko

Testimonials

‘Aequo’s team is excellent in what it is doing. It has a great mix of outstanding hard skills and a client-care mindset. Definitely a top-tier firm. ’

‘We work a lot with different practices of the firm. I am very much satisfied with the team we are assigned. I would like to spot out Anna Babych, who has both a great sense of business acumen and outstanding legal expertise. We also work a lot with Oksana Krasnokutskaya, Michael Lukashenko and Vasil Mishchenko. They all are excellent lawyers.’

‘The firm shows high standards of decision-making and impeccable professional ethics.’

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Aequo has 'committed professional team that really listens and tries to create custom solutions'. The firm is consistently involved in high-value transactions and recently assisted Allrise Capital Inc with the $5m acquisition of the Chornomorets stadium in Odessa, following an auction sale by the Deposit Guarantee Fund. It also handles the real estate aspects of large M&A transactions, as well as real estate finance, distressed asset sales, litigation and development projects. Yulia Kyrpa is the lead partner. Counsel Bohdan Dmukhovskyy and senior associate Mykhaylo Soroka also garner praise from clients.

Practice head(s):

Yulia Kyrpa

Other key lawyers:

Bohdan Dmukhovskyy; Mykhaylo Soroka

Testimonials

‘The team has associates who are deeply specialised in land and real estate matters. Yulia Kyrpa demonstrates good attention to detail.’

‘A committed professional team that really listens and tries to create custom solutions ’

‘The specific of regulations and court practice make the real estate and construction practice in Ukraine unique. The individuals I work with stand out for their professionalism, high level of involvement in the client’s tasks, efficiency, responsibility for the result, punctuality and the quality of their disclosure. I highly appreciate the quality and timeliness of the service provided. Senior associate Mykhaylo Soroka specialises in the real estate and construction practice.’

Key clients

Allrise Capital Inc

Cropio

Dragon Capital

Emso

Epicentr K

Inditex Group

IndustrialBank

Kreditanstalt Für Wiederaufbau Entwicklungsbank Ukraine (KfW)

Posco International

Rozdilska Tsegla

Ukrtelecom JSC

Tax Tier 1

Aequo has 'a strong reputation in tax and is efficient, competent, and helpful in all aspects'. Clients praise the 'in-depth knowledge and highly professional attitude' of the team, which assists major banking and corporate clients on transactional tax projects. It also advises on customs, wealth management, litigation and cross-border tax structuring. It has particular expertise in tax issues in the retail, finance, agriculture, consumer goods and energy sectors. Managing partner Denis Lysenko  leads the tax and customs practice, in which senior associate Vasyl Mishchenko plays an increasingly important role. Counsel Myroslava Savchuk is recommended for contentious tax matters.

Practice head(s):

Denis Lysenko

Other key lawyers:

Vasyl Mishchenko; Myroslava Savchuk

Testimonials

‘Aequo has a strong reputation, particularly, in banking and finance, and tax. I have been working with Aequo for several years on different matters. I found them to be efficient, competent, and helpful in all aspects.’

‘Within one of the recent tax disputes I worked with a counsel Myroslava Savchuk. She is business-minded, attentive to details and takes into account our feedback. Her recommendations are reasonable and understandable. Besides, she was very prompt to return calls and emails. ’

‘Aequo’s team stood out for us due to in-depth knowledge and highly professional attitude towards the very particular needs we had in the collaboration. Capabilities were adapted to respond properly and very fast to our specific requests, accommodating our international presence to the local legislation with as little impact possible on our activity and workflows throughout the organisation. We were also clear at all times of the delegated expert dealing with a specific area of consultancy and clear on all steps we need to go through in order to achieve the objective.’

‘We were especially pleased with the very structured and very elaborate communication, the context given to our projects and the additional aspects foreseen in our future activity, giving us the possibility of making fast and documented decisions.’

Key clients

Agrovista

Allrise Capital

ArcelorMittal

Epicentr K

Inditex/Zara

Kernel Trade

Mobile TeleSystems

Naftogaz of Ukraine

ProCreditBank

Vodafone Ukraine

The firm: Aequo is an advanced, industry-focused Ukrainian law firm. The team is made up of highly qualified and recommended lawyers who work proactively to help clients reach their business goals.

The list of Aequo ’s representative clients includes leading Ukrainian and international companies and organizations, such as Agroprosperis, Apax Partners, Apollo, Bunge, DuPont, EBRD, European Commission, Google, Inditex Group, NCH Capital, Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Samsung Electronics, Sandvik, Synthon, Tetra Laval, Ukrainian Redevelopment Fund, UniCredit Group, Vodafone Ukraine etc.

The firm has been named the Most Innovative Law Firm of the Year in Ukraine by IFLR Europe Awards 2018, Law Firm of the Year in Russia, Ukraine and the CIS by The Lawyer European Awards 2017 and one of the most innovative law firms in Europe according to the FT Innovative Lawyers 2015-2018.

Areas of practice
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ntitrust and competition: Aequo’s practice is one of a small number of dedicated, full-service competition teams in Ukraine. The firm’s expertise covers cartel investigations, merger control, concerted practices, market dominance, intellectual property, public procurement and trade/WTO matters within the competition and trade regulatory environment of Ukraine.

Banking and finance: work includes M&A in the banking and financial sector, bank lending, structured and trade finance transactions, transactions with distressed assets and debt restructuring procedures. The team has outstanding expertise in advising international financial organisations on the granting of macrofinancial assistance to Ukraine and handling of complex regulatory issues in the Ukrainian financial sector, and was honoured to represent the European Commission and EBRD.

Capital markets: the team provides a full range of legal services to banks, financial institutions and corporate clients acting in local and international capital markets.

Corporate/M&A: the practice is well known for its experience in sophisticated and complex domestic and international M&A deals. The team advises on corporate and restructuring issues; provides full support in all transaction-related matters including tax, regulatory and employment compliance; and consistently acts in business restructuring matters in insolvency cases, company mergers, establishment of commercial and non-commercial representative offices of non-residents in Ukraine, and presale vendors’ due diligence.

Dispute resolution: the team has exceptional experience in domestic and cross-border litigation and in international arbitration and ADR, offering innovative solutions in complex disputes and multiple precedent-setting cases at the Supreme Court of Ukraine and superior specialised courts in commercial, civil and administrative cases.

Energy and natural resources: advising high-profile clients on all aspects of energy, oil and gas, transactional and environmental matters, litigation and arbitration, sector-specific regulation and project finance transactions.

Government relations: expertise in the full range of policy issues, including drafting and analysing legislation, representing clients with legislative and regulatory concerns.

Intellectual property: the firm offers a full scope of non-contentious IP services, handling trade mark and patent prosecution, copyright consultancy, day-to-day advisory work and transactional support, as well as a market-leading IP litigation practice, with a stand-alone team dedicated to disputes in this area.

Labour and employment: advising clients on employment contracts and agreements, employment permits, redundancy and dismissal of staff, responsibilities of employers and trade union law.

Real estate and construction: the firm provides a complete range of services including legal due diligence, acquisitions and disposals, ownership restructuring, financing, planning and development, construction, land use, lease arrangements and tax planning.

Tax and customs: advising on all aspects of tax and customs issues under Ukrainian law, with extensive experience of the legal support of complex cross-border transactions, tax advice and risk management reviews regarding key M&A transactions, corporate restructurings of the largest business groups in the country, onshore and offshore tax planning, tax disputes and administrative appeal procedures.

Department Name Email Telephone
Antitrust and competition Denis Lysenko
Antitrust and competition Sergey Denisenko
Banking and finance Yulia Kyrpa
Bankruptcy and restructuring Yulia Kyrpa
Bankruptcy and restructuring Pavlo Byelousov
Capital markets Anna Babych
Capital markets Yulia Kyrpa
Corporate and commercial Anna Babych
Dispute resolution Denis Lysenko
Dispute resolution Pavlo Byelousov
Government relations Anna Babych
Government relations Denis Lysenko
Intellectual property Nataliya Dryuk
International trade Denis Lysenko
International trade Sergey Denisenko
Labour and employment Anna Babych
Mergers and acquisitions Denis Lysenko
Mergers and acquisitions Anna Babych
Private clients Anna Babych
Real estate and construction Denis Lysenko
Real estate and construction Yulia Kyrpa
Tax and customs Denis Lysenko
Antitrust and competition Mariya Nizhnik
Intellectual Property Tetiana Kudrytska
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Anna Babych  photo Ms Anna Babych Partner specialising in Corporate and Commercial, Mergers and Acquisitions, Capital Markets, Labour…
Mr Yevgen Blok  photo Mr Yevgen Blok Senior Associate
Mr Pavlo Byelousov  photo Mr Pavlo Byelousov Partner specialising in International Arbitration and Cross-Border Litigation, Bankruptcy and Restructuring
Mr Sergey Denisenko  photo Mr Sergey Denisenko Partner
Mr Bohdan Dmukhovskyy  photo Mr Bohdan Dmukhovskyy Counsel
Ms Nataliya Dryuk  photo Ms Nataliya Dryuk Counsel
 Mykola Kovinya  photo Mykola Kovinya Of Counsel
Ms Oksana Krasnokutskaya  photo Ms Oksana Krasnokutskaya Of Counsel
 Tetiana Kudrytska  photo Tetiana Kudrytska Counsel
Ms Yulia Kyrpa  photo Ms Yulia Kyrpa Partner specialising in Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Insolvency and Restructuring, Real…
Mr Yevgen Levitskyi  photo Mr Yevgen Levitskyi Counsel
Mr Michael Lukashenko  photo Mr Michael Lukashenko Counsel
Mr Denis Lysenko  photo Mr Denis Lysenko Managing Partner
Mr Vasyl Mishchenko  photo Mr Vasyl Mishchenko Counsel
 Mariya Nizhnik  photo Mariya Nizhnik a partner, a head of Antitrust and Competition practice
Ms Myroslava Savchuk  photo Ms Myroslava Savchuk Counsel
Number of lawyers : 50
English
Russian
Ukrainian
American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine
International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
International Bar Association (IBA)
International Trademark Association (INTA)
European Business Association (EBA)
Ukrainian Bar Association (UBA)

Oleksiy Filatov Joins Aequo as a Senior Partner

We are pleased to announce that Oleksiy Filatov has joined the firm as Senior Partner and Head of Dispute Resolution practice group.