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Ilyashev & Partners Is Top-Ranked in Ukrainian Law Firms 2020

News date: 29 July 2020

According to the results of a research Ukrainian Law Firms 2020. A Handbook for Foreign Clients, published July 28, 2020 Ilyashev & Partners ranked 1st in Litigation for Ukraine. Ilyashev & Partners heads the ranking for the sixth year in a row.

International Trade and Bankruptcy practices of the Firm were recognized among two best in Ukraine. The Firm was also ranked among TOP-3 law firms in Aviation, TOP-5 law firms in Labor & Employment, and TOP-10 law firms in International Arbitration and Criminal Law/White-Collar Crime.

Firm’s practice areas Antitrust and Competition; Corporate and M&A; Intellectual Property; Pharmaceuticals / Medicine & Healthcare; Real Estate, Construction, Land; Retail; IT, Telecommunications & Media; Tax and Transfer Pricing were listed among Established Practices.

The Firm’s projects have also been included into the tables with major transactions of 2019 in Antitrust Area, Mergers & Acquisitions, Joint Ventures Establishing.

Litigation: Leading Firm (1st place)
Leading Individuals: Mikhail Ilyashev (1st place), Roman Marchenko (5th place)
Cross-Border Litigation: Established practices

Ilyashev & Partners received strong market endorsements as the leading Ukrainian law firm for domestic litigation and has an inherent part of the cross-border pack in Ukraine. The firm is one of the largest dispute resolution teams among Ukrainian law firms. The firm is traditionally a primary choice for banks and financial companies, energy, industrial heavyweights, telecommunication majors, real estate and developers, agrarian, food and beverages, FMCG companies. Mikhail Ilyashev and Roman Marchenko enjoy reputations as top-level litigators and provide strategic guidance on litigation in high stake case.

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

In 2019 the international trade practice of Ilyashev & Partners has seen tremendous growth due to flourishing volume of trade defence proceedings. The practice team is sought in the representation of domestic industrial players in internal trade investigations. The practice is headed by Olena Omelchenko, who is considered one of the top experts in the market. Among the growing new generation is Oleksiy Gorbatyuk.

Bankruptcy: Leading Firm (2nd place)
Leading Individuals: Vadym Kizlenko (5th place)
Other Notable Practitioners: Roman Marchenko, Andrii Konoplia

A sizeable Ukrainian firm with a chain of offices, Ilyashev & Partners is focused on large complex bankruptcy cases involving many episodes of litigations, as well as bankruptcies and episodes of largescale cross-border disputes. The firm’s experienced practice team possesses particular expertise in handling the bankruptcies of distressed debtors. The bankruptcy practice of the Moscow office, headed by Dmitry Konstantinov, demonstrated rapid expansion and success in precedent-setting cases. Vadym Kizlenko, counsel, received strong market feedback for being a proactive and knowledgeable expert. Experienced Andrii Konoplia is another key figure. Revered Roman Marchenko is the lead partner.

Transport: Aviation, Maritime, Shipping
General Aviation: Leading Firm (3rd place); Leading Individuals: Roman Marchenko (4th place)
Maritime & Shipping: Other Establishe Practices; Notable Practitioners: Sergey Nedelko

Long-standing dispute resolution heavyweight Ilyashev & Partners is traditionally called upon to represent airlines and aircraft makers, as well as various stakeholders from the maritime, shipping and port infrastructure industries. The aviation practice combines specific litigation, as well as competition, complicated aircraft safety cases and international sanctions. Roman Marchenko inevitably heads the practice. The firm rapidly develops its maritime and shipping practice, expanding its scope, capacity and geographical reach. In 2019 the firm opened an office in Odesa, which is focused primarily on maritime issues and support in transshipment of cargo sea ports. Sergey Nedelko heads this branch of the firm and was endorsed as a talented attorney in maritime disputes. Andrey Bychkov is a promising team member.

Labor & Employment: Leading Firm (5th place)
Other Notable Practitioners: Leonid Gilevich, Valeriia Gudiy

Ilyashev & Partners has recognized strength in complicated employment disputes, and also demonstrated a growing portfolio of advisory matters taking in trade unions and collective bargaining agreements, dismissals, labor safety matters. Two key performers of the firm’s labor practice, Valeriia Gudiy and Leonid Gilevich, were promoted to counsel. Mikhail Ilyashev supervises the team.

Criminal Law/ White-Collar Crime: Leading Firm (10th place)
Other Notable Practitioners: Denys Nienov

Ukrainian dispute resolution heavyweight Ilyashev & Partners actively expands its criminal law practice in the field of white-collar and other crimes. The firm provides legal advice regarding regulatory offenses, fraud and money laundering cases, takeover of criminal proceedings from abroad, extradition support, legal support of cyber-crime cases, appeals against decisions of law-enforcement agencies. Other important members of the sizeable team are Yevgen Solovyov, Galyna Lefor, Denys Nienov, Mykola Burtovyi, Kostiantyn Kryvenko, Lesia Samarina, Andriy Lytvyn. The team is supervised by two partners, Mikhail Ilyashev and Roman Marchenko.

International Arbitration: Leading Firm (10th place)
Other Notable Practitioners: Roman Marchenko

Ilyashev & Partners is one of the largest and most recognized Ukrainian law firm for domestic and cross-border dispute resolution, including international commercial arbitration, appealing, recognizing and enforcing arbitral awards both in Ukraine and overseas. Roman Marchenko and Mikhail Ilyashev are regularly appointed as experts on Ukrainian law in the most significant arbitration cases of the last few years. The firm recently increased its presence in LCIA disputes. In 2019, the senior team was enhanced with the arrivals of Roman Protsyshyn and Sergey Nedelko, and promotion of Andrey Bychkov to counsel. Roman Marchenko, unchangeably heads the practice.

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

Ilyashev & Partners is well-versed to render non-contentious and contentious advice, being particularly popular among prominent domestic clients. The firm is well adept for obtaining merger and concerted clearances, unfair competition and abuse of dominance cases, antitrust litigation and public procurement. Oleksandr Fefelov, partner, demonstrates stability and a diverse portfolio of projects. Oleksandr Padalka, who recently joined the team as a counsel, is another important figure in this practice.

Corporate and M&A: Other Established Practices

Ilyashev & Partners raises its corporate and M&A practice workload, being instructed by banks and financial organizations, companies from agriculture, industrial production, transportation and logistics, aviation construction, real estate, construction materials, commercial property and retail. Partner Yevgen Solovyov co-heads the practice together with firm’s managing partner Mikhail Ilyashev. Another key figure is Leonid Gilevich.

Intellectual Property: Other Established Practices
Other Notable Practitioners: Irina Kirichenko

Ilyashev & Partners provides representation of clients in courts and state authorities and is especially known for strong litigation performance. The firm handles trademark and patent prosecution and enforcement, opposition, IP rights transfer, protection of copyright and related rights. The team is led by Mikhail Ilyashev, managing partner. In August 2019, Oleksandr Padalka joined the team as a counsel. Irina Kirichenko and Dmytro Nikulesko are the key IP practitioners.

Pharmaceuticals / Medicine & Healthcare: Other Established Practices

Ilyashev & Partners is known primarily for handling high-profile patent cases in the field of medicine and pharmaceuticals. The team also represents the interests of clients in such non-standard issues as protecting the interests of a pharmaceutical manufacturer in connection with the supply of low-quality electricity, which led to the failure of expensive equipment. The practice was strengthened with counsel Oleksandr Padalka, Dmitro Nikulesko, Alla Tsymanovska and Olga Samoilenko. The team is led by Mikhail Ilyashev.

Real Estate, Construction, Land: Other Established Practices

Ilyashev & Partners is known primarily for its strong litigation capabilities and extensive track record of cases involving real estate property rights, construction regulation and land law. The team is also assigned to support asset deals, commercial lease and property rights commissioning, and alienation of land plots. Mikhail Ilyashev leads the practice.

Retail: Other Established Practices

In 2019 Ilyashev & Partners supported a series of M&A deals involving big shopping malls, as well as disputes regarding construction finance for a trade and entertainment center in Kyiv. Mikhail Ilyashev is the main figure.

IT, Telecommunications & Media: Other Established Practices

Ilyashev & Partners commands the increasing portfolio of IT advisory in its project portfolio, and preserves dispute work, especially among telecom players. This past year the firm gained loyalty among software developers and operators of the crypto-currency market. The practice is overseen by Mikhail Ilyashev and includes Vitali Galitskihh, Dmytro Nikulesko, Leonid Gilevich and Oleksandr Padalka.

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

Ilyashev & Partners is particularly adept for representing big tax payers in tax disputes. The team has a track record of work in high-value tax disputes, challenging tax assessment notices, restoration of the right to VAT credit and VAT refund, appeals against penalties. The team includes Nina Bets, Ivan Maryniuk, Ruslan Mannapov, Vitali Galitskihh and is headed by Roman Marchenko.

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.