Aequo is proud to announce that only after eight months after its establishment it has once again made an impressive performance in the annual ranking and has been ranked as one of the leading law firms in its four key practices Banking & Finance, Competition/Antitrust, Corporate and M&A, and Intellectual Property by the recently released Chambers Europe 2015. Chambers Europe highly recommends all Aequo’s partners – Denis Lysenko, Anna Babych, Yulia Kyrpa, Oleksandr Mamunya, Mariya Nizhnik. Moreover senior associates Oksana Krasnokutska and Maryna Fedorenko as well as associate Pavlo Loginov are listed in the ranking as associates to watch.
“This is a very significant achievement for a new firm given the political and economic situation. We also appreciate the fact that in our case the directory took into consideration only the projects realized by the team after the establishment of Aequo while highlighting the matters handled by our team during this period at another law firm. Facing the challenge of launching a new firm during this difficult time, Aequo’s partners managed to maintain and reinforce their individual rankings. We are also honored that during this transition period the list of Aequo’s lawyers recommended by Chambers Europe is extended to include three more professionals: Oksana Krasnokutska, senior associate, Corporate/M&A, Maryna Fedorenko, senior associate, Banking & Finance, and Pavlo Loginov, associate, Competition/Antitrust. It demonstrates the strength of the respective teams and consistency in our high quality of service”, says Denis Lysenko, Aequo’s managing partner.
According to the research, Banking & Finance practice is known for advising on a diverse range of banking and finance matters. Aequo’s Banking & Finance team’s expertise includes transaction financing, including both real estate and M&A work, as well as assisting with loan issues, regulatory compliance and project finance. An impressive client portfolio boasts a number of private equity funds, major financial institutions and domestic corporates.
The research interviewees describe Yulia Kyrpa as "reassuringly hands-on" who impresses clients as "she strongly identifies with client objectives and takes quite a lot of pride in getting the right result." She is present on M&A in the banking sector and a range of financing transactions. Up-and-coming associate Maryna Fedorenko is praised for her negotiation skills, with one client commenting: "She gives us a lot of confidence." Her practice covers regulatory matters in addition to transactional mandates.
The directory also recommends Aequo’s Antitrust practice advising clients from a range of industries, such as IT, agriculture, real estate and transportation for its excellent negotiation capabilities. Primary areas of advice include investigations and merger filings for acquisitions and other commercial agreements.
Mariya Nizhnik advises on a range of competition issues relating to transactional mandates, including the structuring of acquisitions. Her expertise also covers commercial agreements and abuse of dominance. Denis Lysenko has extensive competition experience in the retail, agriculture, steel, IT, FMCG, oil and gas, media and telecommunications, and banking and financial services sectors. He advises on competition and antitrust issues related to both domestic and cross-border investments and transactions. Associate Pavlo Loginov acts for an extensive range of corporate and private equity clients on various competition matters. He was part of the team that assisted Maquet with the merger clearance aspects of its acquisition of Pulsion Medical Systems.
Corporate /M&A team is known for advising on mergers, acquisitions and disposals, as well as inbound investments. Its lawyers provide advisory assistance on commercial matters ranging from corporate governance and restructuring to the protection of assets. According to the edition, notable practitioners include Denis Lysenko, managing partner of the recently established firm Aequo. “He is an experienced and accomplished corporate adviser, assisting clients with strategic M&A transactions and investments. His expertise also covers matters related to antitrust and competition law”.
Partner Anna Babych wins warm praise from clients: "She is knowledgeable, experienced and client-oriented. She is practical, finds a solution to every problem and gives fast, quality advice." Her experience covers transactional work and advisory matters related to corporate governance and reorganisations.
Senior associate Oksana Krasnokutska receives praise for her detail-oriented approach. She advises on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters and is noted for her particular experience assisting clients from the TMT sector.
Intellectual Property is best known for IP litigation, where it handles patent, trade mark and copyright disputes. Offers expertise in litigation and prosecution matters linked to the life sciences sector. Its lawyers are also experienced in domain name disputes. Department head Oleksandr Mamunya advises on both contentious and non-contentious matters relating to trade marks, patents and copyright. He is noted for his skill as a litigator, representing both domestic and international clients in proceedings concerning the protection of IP rights.
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