The Legal 500 EMEA 2015 Recognizes Akin Gump Practices and Lawyers

(Washington, D.C.) – The Legal 500 EMEA 2015 has recognized a number of Akin Gump practices and individuals in the firm’s European and Middle East offices as being among the leaders in their respective fields. The Legal 500 EMEA provides ranking and analysis of law firms working in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

For Africa, Akin Gump is recommended and noted as “a growing presence in power, energy, infrastructure and telecoms.” The firm’s Abu Dhabi, London and Washington D.C. offices are noted as providing a “quality team and genuine geopolitical strength” and partners John LaMaster, Sebastian Rice and Thomas Trimble are recommended.

For Iraq, Akin Gump is noted as being among the most notable law firms to “maintain a presence in Iraq through other Middle East offices” and that have “undertaken significant Iraq-related work recently.”

For Russia, Akin Gump is recommended in the following practice areas, and the noted partners are singled out for recommendation:

  • Banking and finance
    • Dmitry Shiryaev, who heads the practice, is recommended and noted as “creative and highly dedicated.”
  • Capital markets
    • Sebastian Rice is recommended.
  • Corporate and M&A
    • Alexey Kondratchik, Ilya Rybalkin, Natalia Baratiants and Vladimir Kouznetsov are recommended.
  • Dispute resolution
    • Ilya Rybalkin is recommended.
  • Energy and natural resources
    • Alexey Kondratchik and Natalia Baratiants, who heads the Moscow office, are recommended.
  • Real estate
    • Suren Gortsunyan and Vladimir Kouznetsov are recommended.
  • Tax
    • Ilya Rybalkin is recommended.
  • TMT (telecommunications, media and technology).
    • Vladimir Kouznetsov is recommended.

For Switzerland, Akin Gump is ranked among the leading firms in Geneva for the fourth consecutive year as well as in the following practice areas, and the noted partners are singled out for recommendation:

  • Dispute resolution
    • Michael Stepek is recommended.
  • EU, competition and WTO
    • Alan Yanovich is recommended and noted as having “a good rapport with the diplomatic community in Geneva.”
  • Tax.
    • The “brilliant” Jonathan Ivinson and his U.K.-qualified tax team are recommended.

For United Arab Emirates, where the firm has an office in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, Akin Gump is recommended in the following practice areas, and the noted lawyers are singled out for recommendation:

  • Banking and finance
    • Counsel Catriona McDevitt is recommended.
  • Construction
    • Dubai partner in charge Marc Hammerson, partner Natasha Kohne (who oversees the firm’s Middle East practice and co-leads the Abu Dhabi office) and senior counsel Shawn Davis are recommended.
  • Corporate and M&A
    • Partners Chadi Salloum and Wael Jabsheh, Shawn Davis and counsel Nidal Daraiseh are recommended.
  • Energy and infrastructure.
    • Marc Hammerson and Shawn Davis are recommended.

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading international law firm with more than 900 lawyers in offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

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