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Chambers Europe 2020 Recommends Ilyashev & Partners as a Leading Law Firm

News date: 13 March 2020

Ilyashev & Partners Law Firm headed the Chambers Europe rating in the field of Dispute Resolution in Ukraine, becoming the only Band 1 firm in this practice for 3 years in a row. According to the results of an international survey Chambers Europe 2020 published March 12, 2020 Ilyashev & Partners is highly ranked in Competition/Antitrust, International Dispute Resolution, Employment, Intellectual Property and Restructuring/Insolvency for another consecutive year.

Dispute Resolution
Dispute Resolution: Domestic in Ukraine (Band 1)
Leading lawyers: Roman Marchenko (Band 1) and Mikhail Ilyashev (Band 2)
Dispute Resolution: International in Ukraine (Band 2)
Leading lawyers: Roman Marchenko (Band 2)
White-Collar Crime (Recognized practitioner)

What the team is known for
Renowned for its strong presence on the domestic litigation scene, with outstanding capabilities in commercial dispute resolution. Particularly active in corporate, contractual, tax and major debt recovery disputes, as well as assisting with matters against state authorities and banks. Also active in cross-border disputes, including international arbitration, with particular experience in commercial arbitration mandates. Noted for its growing white-collar crime practice. Noteworthy activity in shareholder disputes and in defence of significant business people against allegations of embezzlement and fraud. Active in applying to the ECtHR in disputes relating to alleged infringement of property rights.

Sources unanimously recognise the team as one of the best domestic litigation practices in Ukraine.
Interviewees recognise the group’s commercial approach, with a source saying the lawyers propose “good solutions and deliver results.”

Notable practitioners
A highly respected figure in this space, Mikhail Ilyashev draws praise for his considerable experience in litigation. “He is a very experienced partner and he is definitely recommended for work for big companies,” a client says, while another notes his strong presentation skills. He is also regularly engaged as an independent expert in international arbitration proceedings.
A market-leading figure, Roman Marchenko is renowned in this sphere for his expertise in both domestic and international disputes. “He knows the court process very well,” a source says. His enviable scope of expertise also includes experience acting as an arbitrator.

Employment (Band 3)
Up and coming: Leonid Gilevich

What the team is known for
Noted for its expertise in employment litigation. Also advises on compliance issues, data privacy and employee benefits, with further experience in management-level dismissals and employment agreements. Client roster features companies from the manufacturing, transportation, technology and media sectors. Also represents private individuals in employment disputes.

Notable practitioners
Leonid Gilevich advises international business clients on all aspects of Ukrainian employment law. A client describes him as “extremely responsive, practical and pragmatic,” adding: “It is a pleasure to work with him.”

Competition/ Antitrust (Band 4)
Leading lawyers: Oleksandr Fefelov (Band 4)

What the team is known for
Enters the rankings this year as a result of increasing market recognition and positive market feedback. Represents clients before the competition authorities in alleged abuse of dominance and anti-competitive concerted actions investigations. Additionally, assists with obtaining merger clearance. Instructed by companies from the construction, transport, maritime, retail and investment sectors.

“They listen to the client and get things done. The firm identifies solutions rather than problems,” a client reports.

Notable practitioners
Oleksandr Fefelov is noted for his experience handling contentious competition and antitrust issues. He assists with cases ranging from alleged abuse of dominance to unfair competition as well as merger clearance.

Intellectual Property (Band 3)
Leading lawyers: Irina Kirichenko (Band 3), Oleksandr Padalka (Band 4)

What the team is known for
Growing team, best known for acting on contentious cases, advising clients from Russia, Austria and Cyprus as well as domestic companies. Notably strong expertise in the pharmaceutical sector. Active in patent and trade mark registration and disputes. Also handles issues concerning counterfeiting and illegally diverted medicines.

Notable practitioners
Oleksandr Padalka joined Ilyashev & Partners from Sayenko Kharenko in late 2019. He enters the rankings on the back of positive market feedback. He handles contentious IP matters, including trade mark infringement.

Restructuring / Insolvency (Band 3)
Leading lawyers: Roman Marchenko (Band 3)

What the team is known for
Recognised for its strong insolvency practice, supported by a top-ranked litigation team and active on various contentious mandates related to distressed assets. Also has experience of providing assistance with asset recovery and debt restructuring. Acts for local and international banks and distressed companies with regard to liabilities and disputes concerning bankruptcy and insolvency procedures.

Notable practitioners
Roman Marchenko is particularly experienced in bankruptcy proceedings and insolvency litigation, as well as debt restructuring mandates. A client describes him as “responsive and practical.”

Chambers Europe is a special legal guide that has been published by Chambers & Partners since 1999. The directory researches the legal profession, identifying the leading lawyers and law firms through interviews with thousands of lawyers and their clients. The directory has got a good reputation based on the independence and objectivity research. Chambers Europe provides in-depth analysis of the legal markets in 52 jurisdictions.