The Competition practice of AstapovLawyers has split off from that Ukrainian/CIS firm to form CLACIS (an acronym for “competition law advice in CIS”) — "a competition law advisory which focuses on matters concerning competition law and compliance in Ukraine, Russia, and Kazakhstan.”
According to a firm announcement, the new firm "is an independent law firm which works in cooperation with full service law firm AstapovLawyers ... and plans further expansion in cooperation with law firms in other jurisdictions."
The founding partner of CLACIS, Antonina Yaholnyk, was the head of AstapovLawyers’ Competition practice and has almost 20 years of experience in the field. According to the CLACIS announcement, Yaholnyk says that the firm "shall serve as a one-stop-shop platform for all types of competition law and compliance matters in the region."
Responding to a CEE Legal Matters inquiry, Yaholnyk explained that CLACIS and AstapovLawyers will continue to cooperate on an independent basis, but that AstapovLawyers will no longer have its own competition law practice. According to Yaholnyk, “there were many reasons for this restructuring, one of major is that CLACIS will cooperate also with other law firms in other jurisdictions so basically the brand will expand further in terms of geography in the area on competition law advice."