Aequo continues to maintain its top rankings in Intellectual Property and is once again highly recommended in its key practice areas – Banking and Finance, Antitrust and Competition, Corporate and M&A, Dispute Resolution (International and Domestic), Energy and Natural Resources, Real Estate, Restructuring and Insolvency according to the recently released Chambers Europe 2019.

Banking and Finance team is noted for its outstanding regulatory expertise, often called upon to advise on landmark projects. One satisfied source notes the team's "high business sense and pragmatic approach." Yulia Kyrpa, partner, head of Banking and Finance, is “a very well-known restructuring and banking lawyer in the market”and “very competent in both law and business considerations.

Directory recommends Competition and Antitrust team as a solid team advising on a broad range of issues. Clients appreciate the team's efficiency, one reporting: "We always had immediate feedback to our questions and, even more importantly, they act proactively on the issues we face in terms of project work." Denis Lysenko, managing partner, is well regarded for his advice to investors and major corporations. Sergey Denisenko, counsel, is acknowledged for his handling of a range of competition matters. One client characterises him as a "very result-orientated" lawyer who is "always giving us what we need in terms of precise and practical advice." His growing profile prompts his move from Up-and-coming Individual to Band 4.

Sources roundly praise Corporate/M&A team's business acumen, emphasising: "They offer solutions that are suitable for our commercial needs. The department also earns praise for its client-tailored advice, with interviewees saying: "They take into account peculiarities of our company. They offer very individualised approach towards client needs." Partner, practice head Anna Babych is held in high esteem for her transactional M&A practice and is also adept at handling corporate governance matters. Clients value her problem-solving skills, remarking: "She truly understands the client’s needs and delivers the solutions that really address the problem.” Managing partner Denis Lysenko has notable expertise in M&A transactions, representing foreign investors in inbound investment projects.

The firm’s Dispute Resolution practice has been noted for its strong capabilities in domestic litigation, with solid expertise in corporate and commercial disputes. Sources regularly praise the team's level of preparation and commitment, with one client noting: "They provide great legal, local and business advice." The same interviewee also remarks: "Their work is excellent and their prices are reasonable. They are extremely responsive." Pavlo Byelousov, partner, head of international arbitration and cross-border litigation, is well recognised by sources, where market interviewees say: "He is excellent. He is very good in terms of his interpersonal skills” that is confirmed by his moving up from Up-and-Coming to Band 3 in Dispute Resolution: International. Oleksandr Mamunya, partner, leads the dispute resolution team. He is best recognised for his specialism in IP litigation.

Dynamic Energy and Natural Resources team particularly noted for handling complex domestic energy disputes, including international arbitration proceedings as well as assisting clients with energy financing and development mandates.

Our winning Intellectual Property team is highly recommended by the researchers for excellent track record. Clients praise the firm for "understanding business challenges and opportunities," adding: "Aequo offers more than legal expertise. We were provided with strategic business advice” also noting that the lawyers "have brilliant skills in trade mark litigation and protection and perfectly know the trends of the market at each particular moment." Oleksandr Mamunya, partner, renowned for his litigation experience where he handles the full range of intellectual property rights. Clients describe him as an "extremely business-oriented lawyer who provides strategic advice."

Real Estate practice is noted for considerable knowledge of real estate M&A and real estate litigation. Interviewees praise the team for its dedication, with one source noting that the lawyers "always answer additional questions."

Restructuring and Insolvency team is praised for its litigation expertise and often instructed on disputes concerning bankruptcy, debt restructure and enforcement issues. Yulia Kyrpa, partner, is renowned for her banking and finance expertise and often handles securities transactions, loan restructures and regulatory matters.