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DLA Piper, Kyiv, Ukraine, 3 June 2008

KYIV - DLA Piper's Kyiv office was named "International Law Firm of the Year 2008" at the Yuridicheskaya Practika Weekly's Legal Awards, which took place on 30 May at the Hyatt Hotel in Kyiv.

DLA Piper was selected for the coveted title by an independent panel of legal experts.  The panel of nine judges included representatives from the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice, the Ukrainian Council for National Security and Defence, Ukraine's Supreme Court, professors of well-known Ukrainian legal departments, as well as practising lawyers both in-house, and in private practice.

Margarita Karpenko, Managing Partner of the Kyiv office, said: "Winning this award is yet another testimony to the effort and commitment of the entire Ukrainian team since its arrival in the market in 2005.  I see this award as a commendation of our progress in the Ukrainian market, the strength of our international presence and the value that we are able to add to the work of our clients."

Commenting on the win Constantine Lusignan-Rizhinashvili, Regional Managing Partner for the CIS, said: "We have an excellent team in Ukraine and this is a great accolade, which recognises their progress within the market."

The Yuridicheskaya Practika Weekly Legal Awards are now in their second year.


DLA Piper Ukraine LLC is part of DLA Piper, the largest global legal services organisation.  The Kyiv team comprises more than 40 lawyers and is headed by Managing Partner Margarita Karpenko.
DLA Piper is the largest global legal services organisation with offices across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the US.  Over 3,700 lawyers across 64 offices and 25 countries provide a broad range of legal services to businesses that operate on a local, regional and global level.  DLA Piper is relationship driven and committed to meeting the ongoing legal needs of its clients.

DLA Piper Ukraine is a member of the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC), www.usubc.org.
For further information: Nataliya Tkachenko, Marketing Manager, DLA Piper Ukraine LLC, Tel: +380 44 490 9579 or Email: nataliya.tkachenko@dlapiper.com, Web: www.dlapiper.com