Aequo partners and key practices continue to receive recognition from leading international legal rankings. Denis Lysenko, Managing Partner, Anna Babych, Partner, Co-Head of Corporate/M&A, and Yulia Kyrpa, Partner, Head of Banking and Finance, are again highly recommended in Ukraine by recently published 2016 edition of International Financial Law Review (IFLR) 1000 – a reputable professional directory in the sphere of Banking and Finance, M&A, Energy and Infrastructure.
Aequo is ranked among the top Ukrainian firms for showing outstanding performance in its key practices. According to IFLR 1000, “though the firm is young, its team is experienced and recommended for banking, finance and M&A transactions.” The clients acknowledge Aequo as “very committed to client needs and very proactive on assignment.”
The Banking and Finance team led by Partner Yulia Kyrpa has been highly recommended by the directory: “The most prominent banking transaction the firm is involved in is a pending €1.8 billion loan to Ukraine from the European Commission, which Yulia Kyrpa and Denis Lysenko represented as local counsel.”
IFLR 1000 acknowledges the debt restructuring work as an area of activity for the firm, as local businesses have struggled amid the economic and social difficulties Ukraine has faced: “Since the firm was founded, it has done a substantial amount of work for EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development). In late 2014 and early 2015, Kyrpa assisted the development bank with restructuring its operation and investments in eastern Ukraine after war broke out in the region. Kyrpa also worked on several debt restructurings for Sberbank as creditor, including in the case of Master Avia.”
The directory has praised the firm’s strong M&A team, particularly in the context of recent highlights, including several deals in the technology sector. Clients say: “Aequo exceeded our expectations in their professional approach and the quality of legal advice they provided”. IFLR 1000 highly recommends Anna Babych who “represented an international client which bought a company which owns telecom infrastructure in Kyiv and assisted another business when it purchased a social media company in Ukraine.”
International Financial Law Review (IFLR) 1000 is an international guide to the world's leading financial and corporate law firms. Its independent research is based on the recommendations of in-house counsel at the world’s most prominent financial institutions and companies, as well as the leading lawyers, attorneys and solicitors in each legal market they cover. Emphasis is placed on complexity, innovation, quality of advisory services and cross - border experience.