Editor's Letter

Welcome to the Legal 500’s inaugural special edition of the EMEA Elite, which aims to provide our global audience with local perspectives on an array of markets across EMEA. Our Q&As with managing partners and senior lawyers provide illuminating insights into major developments across the region as we consider firms’ innovative approaches to new ways of working, how Covid-19 has impacted business, and projections for future growth in major markets.

We’ve partnered with a number of key firms across EMEA, including local independent powerhouses, global firms active in major markets, and standout boutiques. Our thanks to all firms that have supported us in this endeavour – we hope you enjoy the finished product!

Interview with… Oleksandr Ilkov and Alyona Shulima, Hillmont Partners

Which recent changes of the legislation have impacted the market noticeably? Oleksandr Ilkov: We lead the Strategic Communications practice at Hillmont Partners, which drives government relations and public affairs strategy for our clients. We strongly believe that the business environment and market dynamics in a country are defined by its government policy and regulations. Ukrainian …

Focus on… CHAZAI & PARTNERS

CHAZAI & PARTNERS is a business law firm dedicated to Africa, that offers innovative and accessible legal and tax advice and services to local and multinational companies, banks, financial institutions, governments and other public sector entities, as well as individual investors, in accordance with best international standards and practices. The Firm was founded in 2017 …

Focus on… Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick

Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick, is one of Belgium’s foremost full service business law firms. Based in Brussels, with a London representative office and independent since its creation in 1965, the firm has established an international reputation upon an unchallenged expertise. Our clients are active in a broad range of industries including financial services and financial …

Interview with… Philippe Bärtsch, Schellenberg Wittmer

Career timeline 2019  Managing Partner at Schellenberg Wittmer  2015  Member of Schellenberg Wittmer’s Management Committee  2012  Partner at Schellenberg Wittmer  2006  Foreign Associate in a leading US firm in New York  2003  Associate at Schellenberg Wittmer  2004  LL.M., Harvard Law School  2002  Bar Admission in Switzerland What are the main differences between French and German-speaking Switzerland? …

Focus on… CA Advocates (Pourgoura & Aspri LLC)

CA Advocates (Pourgoura & Aspri LLC) is a progressive law firm with an all in-demand specialism. Our firm has a very well-established practice advising on the business side of the law. Our core specialisations encompass the wide range of matters likely to be encountered by the firm’s clients, locally and internationally, including commercial, corporate, banking, …