Firm Profile > Aequo > Kiev , Ukraine

01010 KYIV

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Aequo has 'a good team producing a good product, and is very easy to work with'. Leading light Yulia Kyrpa leads on banking, finance and debt capital markets matters. Among her clients are Naftogaz and Industrialbank. For EBRD, she handled a $20m loan to OTP Leasing. Denys Kulgavyi is a rising star.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Aequo is ‘a good example of how a firm can develop a strong practice rapidly’. Anna Babych (who is ‘a great person and a great lawyer’) and Denis Lysenko count Dragon Capital and DIY chain Epicentr-K among their clients. Senior associate Michael Lukashenko and of counsel Oksana Krasnokutskaya are other names to note.

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Competition Tier 1

Aequo is regarded as 'one of the top firms in the market'. Key partners Denis Lysenko and Sergey Denisenko, together with senior associate Yevgen Blok, advised international food company Bunge on compliance issues and merger clearance for a joint venture.

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Dispute resolution Tier 1

At Aequo, clients appreciate 'the quality of the lawyers and their ability to quickly grasp complex and novel issues'. Head of international litigation and arbitration and recently promoted partner Pavlo Byelousov, key partner Denis Lysenko and counsel Myroslava Savchuk handled a large gas transit arbitration.

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Intellectual property Tier 1

The full-service IP practice at Aequo is led by Oleksandr Mamunya, who handles contentious and IP management matters. He represented Dr. Reddy’s in a complex patent dispute. Senior associate Andrey Nikolayenko is also noted.

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Private client Tier 1

Aequo advises domestic and international high-net-worth individuals on wealth management, litigation, investments, philanthropy, family law, immigration and tax. 'The team is extremely dedicated and experienced, delivering results fast and cost-efficiently', notes a client. Anna Babych and Denis Lysenko are the key partners.

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Aequo 'has probably done the most work of any local firm and has a really strong team in real estate', says one source. Yulia Kyrpa, who handled the acquisition of a business centre in Kiev for Dragon Capital, Denis Lysenko and Mykhaylo Soroka are recommended.

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Energy Tier 2

Aequo handles projects, corporate transactions and disputes in the energy sector. Regulatory expert Denis Lysenko and corporate partner Anna Babych are the key contacts. Among their clients are Ukraine's largest gas producer, gas supplier Fortex Energy and US energy services company Itron.

Tax Tier 2

At Aequo, corporate partner and litigator Denis Lysenko leads the practice. Senior associate Vasyl Mishchenko, who is a key name in 'a young, dynamic and highly professional team', handled tax structuring for internet business

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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

Aequo’s antitrust and competition 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 Oleksandr Mamunya
Dispute resolution Pavlo Byelousov
Government relations Anna Babych
Government relations Denis Lysenko
Intellectual property Oleksandr Mamunya
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
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Anna Babych  photo Ms Anna Babych
Mr Yevgen Blok  photo Mr Yevgen Blok
Mr Pavlo Byelousov  photo Mr Pavlo Byelousov
Ms Yulia Chyzhova  photo Ms Yulia Chyzhova
Mr Sergey Denisenko  photo Mr Sergey Denisenko
Mr Bohdan Dmukhovskyy  photo Mr Bohdan Dmukhovskyy
Ms Nataliya Dryuk  photo Ms Nataliya Dryuk
Ms Oksana Krasnokutskaya  photo Ms Oksana Krasnokutskaya
Ms Yulia Kyrpa  photo Ms Yulia Kyrpa
Mr Yevgen Levitskyi  photo Mr Yevgen Levitskyi
Mr Michael Lukashenko  photo Mr Michael Lukashenko
Mr Denis Lysenko  photo Mr Denis Lysenko
Mr Oleksandr Mamunya  photo Mr Oleksandr Mamunya
Mr Vasyl Mishchenko  photo Mr Vasyl Mishchenko
Mr Andrey Nikolayenko  photo Mr Andrey Nikolayenko
Ms Myroslava Savchuk  photo Ms Myroslava Savchuk
Number of lawyers : 51
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)