Aequo has been top ranked in its key practices – Banking, Finance and Capital Markets, Commercial, Corporate and M&A and highly recommended in Dispute Resolution, Energy, Intellectual Property and Tax according to the recently released research for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) by Legal 500 2016. Three practices either improved or completely new this year. Once again Aequo’s partners Denis Lysenko, Anna Babych, Yulia Kyrpa, Oleksandr Mamunya gain recognition as leading individuals in their key practice areas.
For the second year in a row, Aequo is the first tier firm in Banking, Finance and Capital Markets. According to the researchers. the team at ‘go-to firm’ Aequo is ‘proactive, diligent, practical and committed to its clients’. ‘Strong negotiator’ Yulia Kyrpa, head of banking and finance, has ‘deep understanding of banking law’. She and Denys Kulgavyi advised the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on a $36m loan to Interdon. Capital markets partner Anna Babych and the ‘technically strong’ Maryna Fedorenko are also highly recommended.
Commercial, Corporate and M&A practice group is also top ranked (Tier 1). The team at Aequo ‘offers fresh new thinking’; ‘although young, it is a top-tier law firm’. The directory recommends Denis Lysenko and Anna Babych, who ‘impressive experience and is up for any challenge’.
Aequo’s Dispute Resolution team is praised for its ‘fantastic service and industry knowledge’. Pavlo Byelousov acted with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in BTA Bank v Mukhtar Ablyazov, advising KPMG as receivers in relation to a $6bn fraud and damages claim.
According to the research, young firm Aequo has attracted a strong client base in the Energy sector. Denis Lysenko and the ‘responsive, creative’ Anna Babych are recommended.
The directory also highly recommends Aequo’s Intellectual Property practice group, which is ‘good value for money, and able to adopt Western standards’. Oleksandr Mamunya leads the team, which counts DuPont and Samsung Electronics among its clients. He represented Pioneer Hi-Bred in trade mark infringement proceedings.
Clients report ‘a high level of service and reliability’ from Denis Lysenko’s Tax team at Aequo.
“We appreciate the ranking which reflects excellent peer and client feedback. We are also very grateful to our great team which made it possible to be top ranked by this reputable legal directory in such a short period of time since the inception of Aequo”, comments Denis Lysenko, managing partner, Aequo.
For 28 years, The Legal 500 has been analysing the capabilities of law firms across the world, with a comprehensive research programme revised and updated every year to bring the most up-to-date vision of the global legal market. The Legal 500 assesses the strengths of law firms in over 100 jurisdictions. The ranking is based on a series of criteria, highlighting the practice area teams who are providing the most cutting edge and innovative advice to corporate counsel. The research is based on feedback from 250,000 clients worldwide, submissions from law firms and interviews with leading private practice lawyers, and a team of researchers who have unrivalled experience in the legal market.