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Ilyashev & Partners provides a wide range of legal services on various matters of antitrust law, of which the most common are advising on antitrust law, obtaining approvals for concentrations and concerted actions, protecting clients from unfair competition, and representing clients in disputes related to possible violations of antimonopoly legislation. In addition, we advise on avoiding situations, which can be viewed as cartel agreements.

Our clients are large companies that are engaged in business activities in the market of pharmaceuticals, agriculture, industrial production, banking and insurance services, communications, energy, mining.

The Antitrust Practice of Ilyashev & Partners is:

  • dozens of major projects annually;
  • complex M&A deals worth billions of US dollars;
  • Projects that are included in the list of 50 largest public deals of the year
  • strong team of lawyers led by Oleksandr Fefelov, one of the leading specialists with over 20 years experience in antitrust law.

Recent projects

  • Advising LetterOne Group on acquisition of the German oil company RWE Dea for the amount of EUR 5.1 bln, including obtaining the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMCU) permit in Ukraine.
  • Obtaining the AMCU permit for acquisition by Altimo Cooperatief U.A. of shares of VimpelCom Ltd, which provided excess of 25% of votes in the highest management body of VimpelCom Ltd.
  • Obtaining the AMCU merger clearance for acquisition by Koch Industries, Inc. of shares of Buckeye Technologies Inc., for the amount of USD 1.5 bln.
  • Representation of Polish insurance group PZU in obtainment of the AMCU merger clearance for a number of concentrations – acquisition by PZU Group of four insurance companies operating in the markets of Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.
  • Obtaining the AMCU permit for acquisition of 25% of shares of Alior Bank (Poland) by the largest Polish international insurance group PZU.
  • Advising Ukrainian enterprises, which are included in Sorbes Group, on protection against unfair competition and successful appeal in court against the AMCU decision on recognition of the client as a participant of cartel agreement and imposition of multimillion fine.
  • Acquisition by Hydro Energy Holding of several companies that manage hydroelectric power stations, for the amount of USD 40 mln, in particular, obtaining merger clearance from the Antimonopoly Committee.
  • Legal support with respect to the acquisition of 60% block of shares of IDS Borjomi, including obtaining the AMCU merger clearance.
  • Obtaining 6 AMCU merger clearances during restructuring of holdings of international investment industrial group.
  • Obtaining the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine permit for the acquisition of shares of a number of regional companies on gas supply and gasification under privatization.
  • Obtaining merger clearance from the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine for National Welfare Fund “Samruk-Kazyna” (Kazakhstan).
  • Advising SE Antonov on antitrust law in Ukraine and abroad.
  • Advising Nizhpharm (Russian Federation) on protection against unfair competition.
  • Advising Ukrplastik on antitrust legislation of Ukraine.
  • Representation of interests of international group at the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russian Federation upon acquisition of the assets of a see port in Russia.

Ratings and Awards

Law Firm of the Year in Competition
Legal Awards 2018

Tier 2 in Competition practice
The Legal 500 – EMEA 2018

Oleksandr Fefelov is finalist in nomination Best Lawyer in Competition
Ukrainian Legal Awards 2017 – 2019

Oleksandr Fefelov recommended in Antitrust and Competition practice
Chambers Europe, 2018 – 2019

Oleksandr Fefelov recommended in Antitrust and Competition practice
Ukrainian Law Firms. A Handbook for Foreign Clients, 2016 – 2019

Oleksandr Fefelov recommended in Antitrust and Competition practice and listed in Top-100 Best Lawyers of Ukraine
Client’s Choice: TOP-100 Best Lawyers of Ukraine 2018

Oleksandr Fefelov listed among leading lawyers in Antitrust by 
Market Leaders. The List of Ukrainian Law Firms – 2019

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