ART DE LEX has advanced significantly in the Competition/Antitrust category of the Chambers Europe 2018 international guide.
This year, the company's antitrust practice is in the third group (Band 3) of nominees.
For a fourth year in a row, Yaroslav Kulik, a partner in the firm and the head of the Competition Regulation, received the Chambers personal nomination in competition and antitrust law. For the second year in a row, Irina Akimova, advisor and head of the practice group, also received the Chambers personal nomination.
In its commentary, Chambers noted that ART DE LEX is known to professionals as a law firm actively developing its antitrust regulation practice, advising both Russian and foreign clients on competition issues, such as FAS inspections and investigations, antitrust compliance, mergers/acquisitions control, and dispute resolution.
The experts of Chambers Europe 2018 identified thorough analysis and an issue-based approach as the strong points of the ART DE LEX team. In particular, Chambers highlighted the work of ART DE LEX in protecting the interests of OJSC Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works in a dispute with JSC United Company RUSAL–Trading House, regarding the abuse of the latter's dominant position over the customer. ART DE LEX also successfully settled the dispute between Global Ports and FAS of Russia for 7 billion RUB in a series of cases over the alleged establishment of monopolistically high prices.
“For us, this is a long-awaited promotion in the most eminent legal rating, and it is a recognition of what the ART DE LEX team has been doing for years,” said Yaroslav Kulik. “Chambers methodology is more conservative and reacts with restraint to the changing situation in the market. We are grateful to the Chambers experts, our esteemed clients, and colleagues for the feedback they provided during the study. Well, of course, it is a great merit and an occasion for celebration for the entire antitrust practice team. We intend to maintain our important status as a market leader in competition law.”
Chambers Europe is a specialized guide for lawyers that the British rating agency, Chambers and Partners, publishes annually. The compilers study the legal markets in more than 52 jurisdictions and provide information about the best firms and lawyers, based on the recommendations of their colleagues and clients.
Chambers Europe continues to increase its coverage of the Russian market. In Moscow, it currently lists 87 firms, 28 foreign and 59 Russian. With the regional and St. Petersburg markets, there are 116 firms.