According to the CEE Legal Matters CEE By The Numbers report, between 2019 and 2021, Ukraine saw a large decrease in the number of ranked law firms and lawyers at ranked firms. While in 2019 the number of Ukrainian law firms ranked by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 was 95, in 2021 the same number decreased to 69. Similarly, the number of ranked-firm lawyers decreased from 1,579 in 2019 to 1,338 in 2021. The decreasing trend is particularly visible in comparison to other CEE countries.
Allen & Overy has advised Veon and VimpelCom on their RUB 70.65 billion sale of mobile network towers in Russia to Service-Telecom. Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners supported Service-Telecom in obtaining FAS clearance for the transaction, while Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer reportedly advised Service-Telecom on the deal.
Radovanovic Stojanovic & Partners and Cerha Hempel have advised AIK Banka, Gorenjska Banka, and Agri Europe Cyprus on their acquisition of Sberbank Europe’s shares in six CEE banks. Noerr advised the buyers on Hungarian law, while Maric & Co, Zuric and Partners, Tos & Partners, and Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners reportedly advised the buyers on Bosnian, Croatian, Slovenian, and Russian matters, respectively.
EPAM has announced it is launching a new Natural Resources practice, to be headed by returning Partner Mikhail Kazantsev, the former Rosgeologia Deputy Director General and Head of Legal (as reported by CEE In-House Matters on June 25, 2021).