DLA Piper Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine, Tue, June 8, 2010

KYIV - DLA Piper has been named "Real Estate Law Firm of the Year" at the Yuridicheskaya Practika Weekly's Legal Awards 2010, for the second year in a row.  The awards, which are now in their fourth year, took place on 4 June at the Hyatt Hotel in Kyiv.

DLA Piper was selected ahead of law firms such as Vasil Kisil & Partners and LCF Law Group for the coveted title, by an independent panel of eight legal experts. The panellists included representatives from the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice, Ukraine's Supreme Court, professors of well-known Ukrainian legal departments, as well as in-house, and in private practice lawyers.

Natalia Kochergina, partner and Head of Real Estate in Ukraine at DLA Piper, commented: "We are extremely proud to have won this award for a second year, which recognises the hard work and dedicated of the entire team during these tough times.  We have handled several high-profile transactions during 2009, which is a huge achievement given that the market was severely impacted by the crisis during 2009."

DLA Piper Ukraine was also nominated for "International Law Firm of the Year", "Finance Law Firm of the Year", "M&A Law Firm of the Year", and "Tax Law Firm of the Year" at the awards.
This year's award win is a reflection of the ongoing strength of DLA Piper Ukraine's performance in the market. In 2009, DLA Piper was named "Real Estate Law Firm of the Year", and Margarita Karpenko, Managing Partner of the Kyiv office, received the "Best Partner of the Law Firm" award.  
NOTE: DLA Piper Ukraine is a member of the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC), Wash, D.C., www.usubc.org