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Mariya Nizhnik Re-joins Aequo as Partner, Head of Antitrust & Competition

01/ 12/ 2020
  Mariya Nizhnik, one of Aequo’s founding partners, has returned to the firm as a partner to head up its Antitrust and Competition practice from December 1, 2020, following four years of service at the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMCU). In 2015 Mariya was appointed as the First Deputy Chair of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine. In her role at the AMCU, Mariya focused on improving the efficiency of competition regulations and enforcement mechanisms to make the Ukrainian market more competitive. Mariya drove all the major reforms in this sector between 2015-2019, including the introduction of a state aid system in Ukraine, developing standards of proof in antitrust investigations, and assessments in merger control proceedings. Mariya was a member of Interdepartmental Commission on International Trade of Ukraine (ICIT). Denis Lysenko, Aequo’s managing partner, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Mariya once again as our partner. She is an outstanding antitrust and competition expert with an excellent track record in the market. I strongly believe that her depth of experience will provide invaluable insights to Aequo’s clients and further strengthen Aequo’s antitrust and competition team.” “I’m thrilled to re-join the partnership at Aequo, a firm with strong leadership and innovation culture. I am looking forward to working alongside talented professionals on ambitious projects”, said Mariya Nizhnik. Mariya is a well-renowned expert in the area of antitrust and competition law, with extensive experience at leading Ukrainian law firms advising national and international clients on competition and international trade matters. She has primarily focused on antitrust investigations (abuse of dominance and cartel cases, in particular on anticompetitive distribution arrangements, price fixing, market allocations, exclusionary behaviour), and other competition matters, including merger control and state aid. Mariya has deep knowledge of EU competition law, which allows her to work effectively with multinational clients. Mariya graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (LLM), and King’s College London (PG Diploma - EU Competition Law).  About the firm AEQUO is an advanced, industry-focused Ukrainian law firm made up of highly qualified, internationally recommended lawyers who work proactively to help their clients reach their business goals. Backed up by solid industry expertise and a thorough understanding of business, AEQUO develops innovative strategies and provides efficient solutions to the most complex and challenging matters. AEQUO provides integrated legal support in areas such as antitrust and competition, banking and finance law, intellectual property, corporate and commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, taxation, litigation and international arbitration, and capital markets. AEQUO’s clients include leading Ukrainian and international companies and organizations, such as Agroprosperis, Apax Partners, Apollo, Bunge, Corteva, Dragon Capital, DuPont, EBRD, European Commission, Google, IFC, Inditex Group, NCH Capital, Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Raiffeisen International, Samsung Electronics, Synthon, Ukrainian Redevelopment Fund, UniCredit Group, and Vodafone Ukraine. AEQUO has been named the Most Innovative Law Firm of the Year in Ukraine by IFLR Europe Awards 2018, Law Firm of the Year in Russia, Ukraine and the CIS by The Lawyer European Awards 2017 and one of the most innovative law firms in Europe according to the FT Innovative Lawyers 2015-2020.  For additional information please contact Director of Marketing and PR Iulia Chervonookaya by e-mail: chervonookaya@aequo.ua, or by phone +380 44 490 91 00

Mariya Nizhnik, one of Aequo’s founding partners, has returned to the firm as a partner to head up its Antitrust and Competition practice from December 1, 2020, following four years of service at the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMCU).

In 2015 Mariya was appointed as the First Deputy Chair of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine.

In her role at the AMCU, Mariya focused on improving the efficiency of competition regulations and enforcement mechanisms to make the Ukrainian market more competitive.

Mariya drove all the major reforms in this sector between 2015-2019, including the introduction of a state aid system in Ukraine, developing standards of proof in antitrust investigations, and assessments in merger control proceedings.

Mariya was a member of Interdepartmental Commission on International Trade of Ukraine (ICIT).

Denis Lysenko, Aequo’s managing partner, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Mariya once again as our partner. She is an outstanding antitrust and competition expert with an excellent track record in the market. I strongly believe that her depth of experience will provide invaluable insights to Aequo’s clients and further strengthen Aequo’s antitrust and competition team.”

“I’m thrilled to re-join the partnership at Aequo, a firm with strong leadership and innovation culture. I am looking forward to working alongside talented professionals on ambitious projects”, said Mariya Nizhnik.

Mariya is a well-renowned expert in the area of antitrust and competition law, with extensive experience at leading Ukrainian law firms advising national and international clients on competition and international trade matters.

She has primarily focused on antitrust investigations (abuse of dominance and cartel cases, in particular on anticompetitive distribution arrangements, price fixing, market allocations, exclusionary behaviour), and other competition matters, including merger control and state aid.

Mariya has deep knowledge of EU competition law, which allows her to work effectively with multinational clients.

Mariya graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (LLM), and King’s College London (PG Diploma – EU Competition Law). 

About the firm

AEQUO is an advanced, industry-focused Ukrainian law firm made up of highly qualified, internationally recommended lawyers who work proactively to help their clients reach their business goals.

Backed up by solid industry expertise and a thorough understanding of business, AEQUO develops innovative strategies and provides efficient solutions to the most complex and challenging matters.

AEQUO provides integrated legal support in areas such as antitrust and competition, banking and finance law, intellectual property, corporate and commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, taxation, litigation and international arbitration, and capital markets.

AEQUO’s clients include leading Ukrainian and international companies and organizations, such as Agroprosperis, Apax Partners, Apollo, Bunge, Corteva, Dragon Capital, DuPont, EBRD, European Commission, Google, IFC, Inditex Group, NCH Capital, Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Raiffeisen International, Samsung Electronics, Synthon, Ukrainian Redevelopment Fund, UniCredit Group, and Vodafone Ukraine.

AEQUO has been named the Most Innovative Law Firm of the Year in Ukraine by IFLR Europe Awards 2018, Law Firm of the Year in Russia, Ukraine and the CIS by The Lawyer European Awards 2017 and one of the most innovative law firms in Europe according to the FT Innovative Lawyers 2015-2020. 

For additional information please contact Director of Marketing and PR Iulia Chervonookaya

by e-mail: chervonookaya@aequo.ua, or by phone +380 44 490 91 00

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