Aequo is once again highly recommended in its 8 key practices and industries in Europe by Chambers Europe 2021: banking and finance, competition/antitrust, corporate/M&A, dispute resolution: domestic and international, intellectual property, restructuring and insolvency, energy, and real estate. Furthermore, the firm has moved up in Dispute Resolution: International.
Six Aequo’s lawyers were recognized among top practitioners in Ukraine, namely:
- Denis Lysenko – in Competition/Antitrust and Corporate/M&A,
- Anna Babych – in Corporate/M&A,
- Yulia Kyrpa – in Banking and Finance and Restructuring & Insolvency,
- Pavlo Byelousov and Sergey Denisenko have increased their individual rankings in Dispute Resolution: International and in Competition/Antitrust, respectively,
- Mykhaylo Soroka – in Real Estate.
According to the directory, Banking and Finance ‘reputable team is notable for its outstanding regulatory expertise. Also, it is recognised for its strong banking M&A capabilities.’ Additionally, Aequo’s team is proficient in representing government-owned companies in high-stakes transactions. Involved in lending to the state of Ukraine. ‘Further noted for its experience in project finance and its growing involvement in financial technology and capital markets.’ A head of the practice Yulia Kyrpa is highly regarded for her work in banking M&A. The directory highlights her significant expertise in financial restructuring mandate and notes Aequo has a respected Restructuring and Insolvency team that often instructed by significant financial institutions and banks on restructuring and debt enforcement tickets. Active on NPLs and other distressed assets sales.
Interviewees praise the Competition/Antitrust team for its ‘quick, pragmatic and practical advice.’ Another source reports, ‘When we go to them with a problem, they always find a way to get us where we need to be. They are responsive, sensible and understand our questions.’ Sergey Denisenko, partner, goes up in the rankings. He is praised for providing ‘pragmatic and practical solutions’ while ‘understanding the nuances of the Ukrainian market and taking on board client expectations.’ Denis Lysenko receives praise for his ability to seamlessly combine his knowledge of competition law with great client care.
Chambers Europe 2021 describes our Corporate and M&A team as ‘established practice group with a strong team assisting local and international companies with domestic and cross-border M&A transactions. Also handles joint venture projects and assists with corporate restructuring matters. Popular choice among clients in the pharmaceutical and IT sectors.’ An interviewee says, ‘they really understand clients' priorities and the way they do business.’ Anna Babych, head of practice, is recognised for her impressive track record in transactions spanning a variety of sectors. According to a client, she is ‘an extremely smart, experienced and goal-oriented lawyer.’ While Denis Lysenko is known for his work in corporate restructurings as well as his track record in share and asset transactions. Lysenko is described as "a talented lawyer with an impressive transactional background" by a client
According to the directory, a Dispute Resolution ‘robust team particularly well-regarded for international investment and commercial arbitration mandates relating to oil and gas companies.’ Additionally, researchers underline the team is active in cross-border litigation and the enforcement of arbitral awards in Ukraine. Clients praise Aequo’s DR team for our practical approach and ‘willingness to suggest business solutions, rather than simply provide legal services.’ Adding: ‘They are very proactive in terms of finding the necessary information.’ Pavlo Byelousov, who climbs the rankings, is particularly noted for handling high-impact international arbitration cases within the energy sector.
Aequo’s Intellectual Property team draws endorsements from clients for its commercial acumen, one says that we are ‘very reliable partners and always help to solve complex problems.’ The directory remarked our diverse client base of international and local businesses, including a significant number of pharmaceutical companies as well as clients from the TMT sector and industrial companies.
Our Energy and Natural Resources team has been particularly noted for handling complex domestic energy disputes, including international arbitration proceedings. Also, Aequo’s capability of assisting clients with energy financing and development mandates has been highlighted by the directory. Firm’s client base includes local energy giants as well as international companies active in the Ukrainian oil and gas and renewable energy sectors.
Chambers has highlighted that Aequo’s Real Estate team is skilled in handling real estate M&A, often assisting private equity funds as well as other investors. Additional areas of expertise include infrastructure and retail development projects. Acts for domestic and foreign clients, including a number of international financial institutions and companies from the energy sector.
Chambers Europe is one of the most respected international legal directories and covers over 50 jurisdictions across Europe and includes only those law firms and attorneys who are strongly recommended based on in-depth interviews with peers and clients.