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Ilyashev & Partners Is Top-Ranked in Ukrainian Law Firms 2019

News date: 18 July 2019

For the fifth year in a row, Ilyashev & Partners Law Firm ranked 1st in Litigation. According to the results of a research Ukrainian Law Firms 2019. A Handbook for Foreign Clients, published July 16, 2019 Ilyashev & Partners took 2nd place in International Trade, and is among TOP-5 law firms in bankruptcy, aviation and shipping. The Firm’s projects have also been included into the tables with major transactions of 2018 in Banking & Finance, Debt Restructuring, M&A, Antitrust.

Litigation: Leading Firm (1st place)
Leading Individuals: Mikhail Ilyashev (1st place), Roman Marchenko (3rd place)

With its longevity on the market Ilyashev & Partners is one of the largest and most recognized Ukrainian law firms for domestic and cross-border dispute resolution. Over the last couple of years the firm has developed its own network of offices, expanding its presence in other jurisdictions and recording new victories for clients. The firm is preferred by major banks and financial companies, energy, industrial heavyweights, telecommunication majors, real estate and developers, agrarian, food and beverages, FMCG companies.

International Trade: Trade Remedies/WTO, Commodities, Commercial Contracts
Trade Remedies/WTO: Leading Firm (2nd place)
Leading Individuals: Olena Omelchenko (2nd place)

Ilyashev & Partners rapidly expands the scope of its international trade practice, as it is extremely well-versed for trade investigations in Ukraine and abroad, and handling export control and market access, free trade regimes, WTO regulations. In 2018 the firm demonstrated an extensive portfolio of anti-dumping and safeguard investigations and reviews. Another area of growth is international and domestic sanctions advice, where the firm acted for a range of industrial clients. Olena Omelchenko has been promoted to partner. Ivan Bozhko, Yevheniia Makarenko, Oleksiy Gorbatyuk are the key members of her practice team.

Transport: Aviation, Maritime, Shipping
General Aviation: Leading Firm (3rd place), Leading Individuals: Roman Marchenko (5th place)
Shipping: Leading Firm (4th place)
Maritime: Other Established Practices

As long-standing market insider, Ilyashev & Partners represents clients from industry of shipping, aviation, road and railway transport. The firm was appointed a Ukrainian legal advisor on regulatory issues concerning introduction by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the global trade association for airlines, of new payment system EasyPay between its member airlines and travel agents.

Bankruptcy: Leading Firm (4th place)
Leading Individuals: Roman Marchenko (5th place)
Notable Practitioners: Andriy Konoplya, Vadym Kizlenko

Ilyashev & Partners is a litigation powerhouse with offices in Ukraine, Estonia and Russia. The firm handles bankruptcy cases equally well-versed for representing both creditors and debtors. The practice team is known for representations in cases involving agribusiness, real estate, construction, industrial, mining and transportation companies. The core members of the team Andriy Konoplya and Vadym Kizlenko are strongly recognized on the Ukrainian market. Roman Marchenko exercises supervision and is praised for unrivalled expertise. The Moscow office reveals an increasing number of bankruptcy instructions, being involved in large complex cases evolving many episodes of litigations. The practice team in Russia headed by Dmitri Konstantinov is focused on bankruptcies of developers and infrastructure companies.

Antitrust and Competition: Other Established Practices
Notable Practitioners: Oleksandr Fefelov

Ilyashev & Partners has a growing antitrust and competition practice handling instructions for obtaining merger and concerted clearances; unfair competition and abuse of dominance cases. Other areas of focus include competition matters in commercial agreements and public procurement. Oleksandr Fefelov, the practice head, has been promoted to partner.

Corporate and M&A: Other Established Practices

This past year the practice of Ilyashev & Partners was boosted with M&A assignments in agrarian and food industries, energy, insurance and finance sectors. The firm is actively involved in advising on Russian and Estonian law, benefiting from having offices in Moscow and Tallinn. Corporate and shareholders disputes remain its renowned strength. Mikhail Ilyashev and Roman Marchenko supervise the practice. Yevgen Solovyov, who was promoted to partner, is another key contact.

International Arbitration: Other Established Practices
Notable Practitioners: Roman Marchenko

Recognized dispute resolution heavyweight Ilyashev & Partners handles international commercial arbitration across major arbitration rules. The firm also acts on debt recovery disputes in prominent arbitration centers, and is notably active in Russia.

Labor & Employment: Other Established Practices
Notable Practitioners: Leonid Gilevich

Ilyashev & Partners is known for representation in labor disputes, as well as advisory work. The firm’s experience encompasses collective bargaining agreements, trade unions, dismissals, employment of foreigners and terminations.

Intellectual Property: Other Established Practices
Notable Practitioners: Irina Kirichenko

Being well-known for strong IP litigation capacities, Ilyashev & Partners continues to expand its commercial IP expertise encompassing strategic formation and management of IP portfolios, trade mark and patent prosecution, enforcement, franchising and licensing. The firm is noted for its vivid activity in the pharmaceutical sector. The team is led by Mikhail Ilyashev, managing partner. In December 2018, Dmytro Nikulesko joined the team as an attorney. 

Pharmaceuticals / Medicine & Healthcare: Other Established Practices
Notable Practitioners: Irina Kirichenko

The team of Ilyashev & Partners protects the interests of a number of large foreign pharmaceutical companies in litigations on the protection of IP rights on trademarks and patents, and recognition of invalid state registration of medicines. The firm also renders general support of sectoral clients’ economic activities, advising on supply contracts, contracts of guarantee and offsetting homogeneous claims, customs law, using warehouses for storage of medicinal products.

Real Estate, Construction, Land: Other Established Practices

Ilyashev & Partners has a broad practice encompassing both transactional and dispute fronts and a broad range of regulatory matters pertaining to construction and land. Its own network of offices enables the firm to carry out projects involving several jurisdictions, and expand its presence locally in those countries where it has presence. This past year the firm accomplished a series of significant real estate M&A deals and continued to expand its practice in Russia. As a marker leading dispute resolution team, the firm is regularly called into high value property rights and regulatory disputes.

Retail: Other Established Practices

he team is known for its involvement in large-scale projects on the side of big players, and is especially noted for representation of shopping center developers.

Telecommunications & Media: Other Established Practices

Ilyashev & Partners is primarily known for its extensive experience in disputes in the telecommunication areas, and well-established expertise in IP, commercial, corporate and regulatory areas.

Tax and Transfer Pricing: Other Established Practices (Tax Consulting, Tax Litigation)

This past year the tax practice of Ilyashev & Partners developed in two main directions, consulting of major enterprises on sector-specific issues and transactions, and tax litigation.

Criminal Law/ White-Collar Crime: Other Established Practices

Ilyashev & Partners, one of the market’s leading Ukrainian firms in dispute resolution, has a comprehensive offering for clients seeking representation in criminal proceedings. The firm possesses experience of conducting independent financial investigations, in particular, crimes committed by unscrupulous client management bodies.

Ukrainian Law Firms. A Handbook for Foreign Clients (ULF) is a leading source of benchmarking information for Ukraine, published in the English language by Yurydychna Praktyka Publishing since 2002. The research is based on analysis of corporate submissions, available public sources and individual feedbacks of practicing lawyers. Firms’ rankings are based on a combination of a set of criteria, in particular, list of projects for the research period, complexity and significance of matters, client profiles, practice diversity, team capacity, reputation.