Aequo is highly recommended in its key practice areas – Banking and Finance, Antitrust and Competition, Corporate and M&A, Intellectual Property – by the recently published legal directory Chambers Europe 2016.
According to Chambers Europe, established in 2014, the firm is rapidly gaining traction in the market. The Banking and Finance team handles high-value projects, boasting strong experience in banking M&A and regulatory matters. It is popular with international and local financial institutions as well as borrowers. Sources say: "Provides high-quality service and has the right attitude: quick, able to listen and gives useful advice.", "active and ambitious." Department head Yulia Kyrpa is particularly known for her experience in banking M&A instructions and has also worked in-house for a bank. Senior associate Maryna Fedorenko advises financial institutions on transactional and regulatory issues.
The directory recommends strong Aequo’s Competition and Antitrust practice representing clients in cartel and abuse of dominance investigations as well as distribution and licensing agreements, and merger clearance. Its broad client base is drawn from sectors including IT, advertising and transportation. Recently the practice team was active in the drafting of new national competition laws. It also frequently provides local law advice for international law firms. Sources say: "We find the lawyers are quite pragmatic in their approach and always try to find the best solution for the client." Clients remark that managing partner Denis Lysenko is "very to the point, experienced and business-minded."
Ambitious Corporate/M&A team at the firm established in 2014 moves up in the rankings as a result of its growing visibility and advice on significant matters. It is a popular choice for transactional matters as well as due diligence. It also assists corporate structuring matters. The team advises clients in a number of sectors, including TMT, finance, retail and consumer goods. It regularly works in co-operation with international law firms. Sources say: "We liked the team's enthusiasm and constant availability. Provided useful advice and always focused on solving a particular problem." "Experienced lawyers who can help with a non-standard situation."
Managing partner Denis Lysenko provides strategic advice on complex M&A transactions. "He understands a broad range of legal issues, does not need time to read up and can give a recommendation on the go" a client reports.
M&A practice head Anna Babych is described by one client as giving "genuinely commercial legal advice" and as "creative and responsive." Another source says: "She sees the big picture and always strives to achieve better business results." She has strong practical experience in the telecommunications sector. Senior associate Oksana Krasnokutskaya is praised for her "innovative ideas and a proactive approach."
Reputable Intellectual Property team noted for its extensive experience in contentious IP covering a wide range of patent, trade mark and unfair competition disputes. It also advises on the prosecution and protection of patents, copyrights, design and domain names. Department head Oleksandr Mamunya is praised by market commentators for his legal expertise in copyright, patent, trade mark and trade name issues.