On September 12, 2019 Anna Babych, Aequo’s partner, won the Legal Innovator of the year award at the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Awards Europe 2019. The ceremony was held at the Natural History Museum in London.

Anna was named among the leaders of legal practice revolutions, along with representatives of such firms as Ashurst, Latham & Watkins, Mishcon de Reya, Pinsent Masons, Taylor Vinters and others. The judges recognized her work as a co-author and advocate of important legislation modernising Ukraine’s main corporate entity — limited liability companies. Moreover, they mentioned her initiative – Aequo Legal Tech Challenge, a competition for innovations in legal business, and her intention to bring best practice to the Ukrainian legal and legal education systems.

According to the research, “Anna Babych has been on a mission to improve corporate governance in Ukraine. Seen as a leading specialist in mergers and acquisitions, she was instrumental in overhauling outdated laws hastily adopted in the wake of the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991. She helped draft a new law on limited and additional liability companies, which was adopted by parliament in February 2018. Welcomed by investors, the new legislation brings Ukraine into line with international standards for corporate governance and shareholder protections.”

“This award recognizes Anna’s and AEQUO team’s commitment to innovations and upgrade of legal profession so to meet the wow-standard, exceeding all expectations. Moreover, it is a big achievement for Ukrainian legal community being named among top international law firms pioneering innovations in Europe. Anna was named as a joint winner along with Alastair Morrison, Head of client strategy from Pinsent Masons. We are very proud or Anna and the team that worked on the projects led by her,” comments Denis Lysenko, managing partner, Aequo.

Being noted by the ranking for the 5th consecutive year, Aequo has been named among the Top 20 most innovative law firms in Europe, being honoured to compete with such giants as Arthur Cox, Cuatrecasas, Garrigues and others.

Even further, Aequo made it to the Top 10 shortlist of the most innovative law firms in Europe (outside the UK) for this year award.

Aequo was also commended in categories:

Now in its fourteenth year of publication, the FT Innovative Lawyers Report has become one of the top legal rankings in Europe and the accompanying awards are widely regarded as the best researched in the market. It represents a unique analysis of the legal industry, assessing lawyers on their innovation both for clients and in their own businesses. Over the past decade, it has assessed legal innovation in over 50 different countries from over 500 unique law firms and over 550 company in-house legal departments.