Law firm of the year: Russia, Ukraine & the CIS
Despite an uncertain market in Ukraine, Sayenko Kharenko grew its top line in 2017 and continued to invest in quality lateral hires. It is firmly international in outlook with 75 per cent of the firm’s clients now coming from overseas and including brand names from Fortune 500 companies. Those clients, which form the bedrock of the firm’s practice, have propelled Sayenko Kharenko to a top position in terms of cross-border corporate activity. A striking aspect of the firm is its commitment to inclusion, both within the firm (with various initiatives including a blood donation day) and outside of it in the form of corporate social responsibility (it has supported over 100 social impact projects in Ukraine). Its associated think-tank is actively researching social, economic developments that will shape the firm’s response to client delivery. The judges noted warmly the firm’s ‘strong financials, good evidence of people initiatives, and investment in strategic thinking and tech.’
Highly commended: Asters
In October 2018, Asters and EPAP Ukraine (formerly Magisters) merged to become the largest law firm in Ukraine. Its standing is underlined by its visibility on numerous major deals and litigation. The judges noted its ‘strong merger activity and clear international development’, as well as its commitment to diversity and tech innovation.
Centil Law Firm
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners
GRATA InternationalSayenko Kharenko