Best Lawyers 2013 states that Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners (EPA&P), in relation to the number of lawyers rated, is a top-ranking firm. This year a total of 27 lawyers and partners of the Firm have been recognised as leading experts in 24 practice areas in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, this confirms the Firm’s status as one of the leading player in the CIS legal market.
In Russia, Best Lawyers 2013 recommends 29 partners and lawyers of the Firm for 27 key practice areas.
Dmitry Afanasiev, the member of the Partners' Committee of the Firm, has been recommended for a number of practice areas, including M&A, investment, antitrust and corporate, as well as litigation, undoubtedly leading the Russian rating.
Ilya Nikiforov, Managing Partner of the Firm’s St. Petersburg Office, holds a distinct place in the rating. He has been recommended for a record-breaking 10 practice areas. These are arbitration and mediation, corporate, information technology, IP, international arbitration, investment, labor and employment, litigation, M&A and project finance.
The Firm’s partners Dmitry Dyakin (international arbitration); Natalia Korosteleva (antitrust) and counselor Ilya Tur (litigation) have also been recognised by Best Lawyers 2013.
This year the following lawyers have been ranked for the first time: Vladimir Lobastov (antitrust), Elena Gavrilina (real estate and land use), Igor Serebryakov (litigation), Vladimir Pestrikov (reorganization and insolvency), Evgeny Bolshakov (antitrust), Head of Tax Practice Igor Schikov and Deputy Head of the Practice Mark Rovinskiy, and Deputy Head of Energy Practice Sergey Ustalov.
Best Lawyers 2013 also recommends the following lawyers of the Firm’s Moscow Office: Denis Arkhipov (litigation), Alexander Vaneev (arbitration and mediation), Arkady Krasnikhin (corporate, investment), Roman Malovitsky (investment, banking and finance), Evgeny Raschevsky (arbitration and mediation, litigation), Alexey Rodionov (antitrust, litigation), Pavel Sadovsky (information technology, IP, TMT), Ivan Smirnov (litigation). Dmitry Stepanov and Mikhail Kazantsev are also recommended.
Best Lawyers 2013 recommends the following lawyers of the Firm’s St. Petersburg Office in 12 legal practices: Elena Agaeva (antitrust), Victor Dumler (international arbitration, litigation); Elena Legashova (customs and excise, international trade, labor and employment), Sergey Strembelev (construction, investment, real estate and land use), Irina Skidan (banking and finance, capital markets, M&A, private equity), Ilya Tur (reorganization and insolvency).
In Belarus, Best Lawyers 2013 has recommended for the third consecutive year the Managing Partner of the Firm’s Minsk Office Dennis Turovets and Partner Anna Rusetskaya recognising their expertise in corporate, antitrust, customs, international arbitration, regulatory, litigation, tax, M&A, labor and employment, media, as well as banking and finance practice area.
In Ukraine, Best Lawyers 2013 has rated the Firm’s 5 partners in 9 practice areas. The Guide recommends the Kiev Office Managing Partner Serhii Sviriba and partner Oleksii Reznikov, as well as Markiyan Kliuchkovskyi, who has been rated for the first time ever, as the leading experts in litigation and mediation. Best Lawyers 2013 has once again recommended Olga Khoroshylova for banking and finance, capital markets and project finance, as well as Ilona Zekely for banking and finance, investment, real estate and land use.