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Most Highly Regarded Firms: CIS 2010 – Competition

Our research identifies 23 individuals as the leading experts in competition law in their countries. Russia has the most developed local Competition Bar, and nine lawyers are listed, including several from leading international firms.

Evgeny Voevodin heads the competition team for CMS Cameron McKenna in Russia, and is “very well versed in this area”. He stands out for his knowledge of Antimonopoly Law issues, and has handled a large number of merger clearances in Russia and other CIS countries. His local reputation was enhanced by his appointment by the Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation to assist with the drafting of new competition regulations following the enactment of new competition law in Russia in 2006. At Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, the “superb” Alexander Viktorov heads the antitrust, competition and trade practice of the Moscow office, and is recognised internationally for his work for multinational companies and Russian clients on Russian-law aspects of cross-border M&A transactions. Torsten Syrbe appears from Clifford Chance LLP, and was recommended as “pre-eminent” for his work on merger control, dominance and cartels. “The technical quality of his work is beyond question”, according to our sources. Ilja Ratschkov is another to prosper at a foreign firm, in this case Noerr OOO, and international clients spoke well of his competition work. Igor Ostapets co-heads the Moscow office corporate practice group of White & Case LLP and is well versed in merger related competition work.

Vassily Rudomino of ALRUD Law Firm is “first-class”, he is a member of the General Council of non-commercial partnership “Competition Support Association”, which focuses on maintaining close cooperation between businesses and the Federal Antimonopoly Service, and he is also a member of FAS Expert Council on competition development in retail business. At Goltsblat BLP, Anton Sitnikov is well known for his merger related competition work as well as for his expertise in dealing with disputes with competition authorities. The “eminent” Grigory Chernyshov appears from Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, which is “one of Russia’s leading practices” in this field. Artem Kukin of Yust has a “growing reputation as a real specialist”.

The Ukrainian market is correspondingly well developed, and our research once again identifies outstanding practitioners from local and international firms. From the former, Vladimir Sayenko of Sayenko Kharenko was deemed “the most outstanding comp lawyer in the country”. Igor Svechkar of Asters has an “enviable track record” that includes acting for Allianz, Barclays, Coca-Cola and Nokia Corporation in relation to merger filings with the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine, as well advising Phillip Morris, Walt Disney and Chevron on competition compliance, and Nissan and Ansell on unfair competition matters. The “excellent” Alexey Pustovit, of Konnov & Sozanovsky is well known both domestically and internationally for his merger control work in particular, while Denis Lysenko of Vasil Kisil & Partners has an “impressive wealth of experience”, including working with the European Commission on competition matters. Andriy Tsvetkov of AS Consulting Law Firm was also commended to researchers in this sector. Elsewhere, Olexander Martinenko of CMS Cameron McKenna is “well versed in all facets of competition law”, and advised BenQ on obtaining Ukrainian merger control approval in connection with its acquisition of Siemens AG’s mobile devices business. Martinenko was formerly a partner at Baker & McKenzie, where we list Antonina Yaholnyk. Head of the Kiev office’s competition practice group, she has assisted a number of multinational clients in procuring local merger control approvals in connection with cross-border acquisitions.

Alexander Korsak of Arzinger & Partner LLC in Belarus impressed our sources, as did Tatsiana Ignatovskaya of Stepanovski Papakul and Partners, a “very able lawyer and a real asset to her clients”. Anna Rusetskaya of Magisters was also recommended to our researchers for the quality of her advice to international clients entering the local market. In Kazakhstan, Yulia Chumachenko at Aequitas is an “anti-monopoly guru”, while Rustam Ospanov of Sayat Zholshy & Partners is well regarded for his merger related expertise. Ismail Askerov at MGB Law Offices appears once again on the Azerbaijan as the “go-to guy” in this sector, while Niyazbek Aldashev from Lorenz is a “reliable local contact” in Kyrgyzstan.

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