With a strong following of Ukrainian high net worth individuals (HNWI) and politically exposed persons (PEPs), AVELLUM advises on the setting up of wealth management structures and succession instruments, developing family trust structures and foundations, private tax and strategic immigration planning. In addition, the firm is known for its strong tax advisory practice, which ensures a workflow of tax compliance and advising on electronic PEP declarations. Another area of focus is assisting clients with acquisition of personal assets, such as foreign high-end real estate, investment instruments, antique items and pieces of art, and protecting estates from hostile takeover attempts. The practice utilizes the expertise of two teams — corporate and private wealth management guided by Mykola Stetsenko, and tax advisory led by Vadim Medvedev.

Asters, the largest domestic law firm, is traditionally sought for private client work in Ukraine, and enjoys a well-established following among high net worth individuals, family funds, entrepreneurs and top managers. The recent caseload includes development and implementation of asset ownership structures in different jurisdictions; succession plans; investment in personal funds; inheritance; wealth structuring, planning and transfer. The firm also provides extensive taxation advice, inter alia, tax residency status, income tax implications, tax structuring and multijurisdictional compliance. The wealth management practice has two partners on board, namely Oleksandr Onufrienko and Constantin Solyar. The firm possesses an extensive family law practice working on, among other things, dissolution of marriages and division of property between spouses, alimony recovery, determination of the child’s place of residence and child custody; implications of common law marriage; inheritance issues, including disputes over inheritance property in Ukraine and abroad. The team also possesses unique expertise in advising on reproductive technologies and surrogate motherhood in Ukraine. The family law practice is co-led by Talina Kravtsova and Olga Lepikhina.

With its standalone private wealth management practice, ­Sayenko Kharenko has an established workflow of private and business assets structuring, including setting up trust structures, foundations and family offices. During the period under research the team advised on structuring personal assets in light of newly-adopted CFC legislation in Ukraine, structuring of investment into real estate abroad, fundraising, currency and AML regulations, completion of KYC procedures (including description of sources of funds), preparation of e-declaration, compliance requirements of foreign banks; entering into prenuptial agreements governed by foreign law. Alina Plyushch is lead partner. Dmitriy Riabikin and Dmytro Hotsyn are the key team members.

Ukrainian full-service law firm AEQUO provides a full range of private client services to wealthy individuals and families, shareholders, entrepreneurs and top executives, utilizing the expertise of its corporate, tax, real estate and other practices. The firm is enlisted to assist with the establishment of family structures, spanning foreign jurisdictions, structuring personal wealth, assets succession planning, trusts and estates, issues of philanthropy and charities. Advice on personal taxation and currency control in Ukraine, tax consequences of investment transactions, as well as complex cross-border tax arrangements and tax compliance also belong to the team’s remit. The firm recently assisted a private US investor in real estate on the acquisition of property in the historic central section of Kyiv close to foreign embassies. The firm is also approached for protection of honor, dignity, and business reputation, and assists with divorce, distribution of marital property and assets. The practice is co-led by two partners Anna Babych and Denis Lysenko, who are supported by Vasyl Mishchenko and ­Oksana Krasnokutska.

Coupled with its international presence, Baker McKenzie develops global wealth management strategies, spanning structuring personal wealth, its management and transferring in core investment centers and new wealth management jurisdictions. The firm is keen to advise high net worth individuals and their families on tax structuring of inbound and outbound investment, as well as personal tax residence, personal tax situations, relocating personal values, multijurisdictional tax and currency control compliance, succession planning mechanisms. Partner Hennadiy Voytsitskyi heads the tax practice group and wealth management practice. Roman Koren is the dedicated practitioner.

ADER HABER has a diverse private client practice meeting the queries of wealthy individuals, businessmen, beneficiaries and top managers of Ukrainian and foreign companies, MPs and other state authorities. The firm rapidly expands its project portfolio with cross-border assignments, advising private clients on structuring their private assets, trust establishments, cross-border inheritance, acquisition of property and real estate abroad, and a wide scope of family law matters. In a recent highlight the team acted on a series of complex cross-border family law cases, in particular, divorce procedures with cross-border elements, property division, raising and maintenance of children, maintenance of a spouse, etc. For example, the firm represents the interests of Leonid Chernovetsky, ex-businessman, political and public figure, the third Mayor of Kyiv, fourth head of Kyiv City State Administration, MP of Ukraine of II-IV convocations, on ensuring the exercise of the right of access to a minor child in accordance with the Convention of 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, the most effective ways to return an abducted minor child to Israel, termination of the agreement on child custody and financial maintenance of a mother. Practice head Tetyana Ivanovych has a sharp focus on addressing complex cross-border instructions.

Eterna Law provides legal and tax advice to Ukrainian and CIS high net worth individuals on private wealth structuring, its preservation and tax planning. High value property acquisitions and sale, inter alia, jets, yachts, helicopters piece of art, and legal support in obtaining financing, is another popular service of this practice. In addition, the firm supports investments in foreign jurisdictions, controlled foreign companies (CFC) related reporting requirements in Ukraine, and assists with opening savings accounts in foreign banks and the appropriate compliance procedure. Nickolas Likhachov joined the firm as a partner of the banking and private clients practice.

In 2020, EY Ukraine advised HNWIs and top executives of international companies with business structuring solutions, estate and succession planning, personal taxation and immigration compliance, pension planning and other matters. Advisory services related to controlled foreign companies rules, recently adopted in Ukraine, and tax compliance are another area of recent focus. Olga Gorbanovskaya and Halyna Khomenko are the key contacts for this practice.

GOLAW is sought after in the structuring of multinational business in foreign jurisdictions, particularly in the EU; tax planning and advisory in connection with CFC requirements. Most recently the team, as led by Max Lebedev, supported the family office registration and creation of investment funds abroad; advised high net worth individuals on the security of business assets and property management.

Gramatskiy & Partners has long-term relationships with entrepreneurs and high net worth individuals, private clients with significant business interests. The firm is approached for establishing family trusts abroad, inheritance and succession, migration, family matters. Another notable feature of recent experience is structuring investment in luxury assets and overseas property. This past year the firm assisted clients in purchasing yachts, investing in a collection of expensive wines through the purchase of a portfolio (account) in the “Wine Bank” (Berlin); purchase of an English family’s vintage library; acquisition of cottages and apartments, etc. Ernest Gramatskiy heads the private advocacy practice.

Ilyashev & Partners regularly represents shareholders, businessmen, HNWIs in complex, often cross-border litigation matters, including asset disputes, shareholders conflicts, and inheritance matters. The firm expands its tax advisory offering, acting on structuring family business taxation of personal revenues, and is approached for tax consulting services in Estonia, where the firm has an office in Tallinn. The firm advises Tetiana Yeremeyeva, widow of deceased Igor Yeremeyev, who was a member of the Ukrainian Parliament and co-owner of the Continuum Group (WOG group of fuel companies, Kherson refinery and others) on the tax consequences of her obtaining assets under the settlement agreement in the trust registered in the BVI by her deceased husband. The firm has a standalone family law practice dealing with international divorce issues and international child custody, unmarried couple’s rights, separation of property, financial ­settlements, and inheritance matters involving other jurisdictions. The firm represents the interests of the widow of a Ukrainian politician, who died in a transport accident in the course of tracing inherited property abroad and asset protection. Defamation cases are another focus. Nina Bets, one of the key tax practitioners of the firm, is involved in advising private clients. Galyna Lefor is in charge of family law assignments.

INTEGRITES assists Ukrainian and foreign HNWIs, politically-exposed persons, on ownership structures in Ukraine and abroad, private investments, succession matters, personal taxation. The firm was retained to develop ownership and succession target structures in terms of the recently adopted BEPS law. Tax partner Viktoriya ­Fomenko leads broad advisory practice, including estate planning, investment structuring and taxation. Dispute resolution partner ­Dmytro ­Marchukov was instructed to act as the Ukrainian law expert in several unrelated high-profile litigations. Litigation partner ­Oleksandr ­Onishchenko leads family law litigation involving divorce proceedings, children arrangement orders and custody, and division of matrimonial assets.

KPMG Law advises high net worth individuals as well as their personal managers. The scope of its offering includes structuring private assets, personal tax residence and resolving complex international tax matters across various jurisdictions. In 2020 the firm provided tax consulting services with respect to the new rules on Ukrainian controlled foreign companies and advice on tax structuring, including the tax implications of UBOs. The key figures are Oleksandr Boboshko and Oksana Olekhova.

Legal House Group commands a standalone wealth management practice enlisted to advise HNWIs on acquisition of property, income declaration, establishing communication with its business. Notably, the firm provides proof of crypto-income services demanded by individuals who receive income from innovative products. The firm was consistently called upon in the structuring of personal and family assets and declaration of the personal assets of individuals; structuring of crypto assets into a trust. Notably, the firm rendered legal support of “hard compliance procedure” for the return of a deposit from ABLV bank in the procedure on its liquidation. Natalia Radchenko and Lana Golian are the lead partners.

AGA Partners is constantly preferred by Ukrainian and foreign private individuals in settlement of complex family law matters, particularly spousal property division issues, the place of residence of children, divorces, maintenance for children, alimony recovery, and inheritance disputes. The team is also widely enlisted to act on retention of children cases between Ukraine and other countries under the Hague Convention of October 1980. It is noteworthy that the team has expertise in leading cases under English Law. The team advises couples from the UK, USA, New Zealand, Sweden, Austria, and Hungary in the application for assisted reproductive technologies in Ukraine and their passing through surrogacy programs. Aminat Suleymanova and Iryna Moroz are the lead partners. The senior executive team includes Oleksandr Gubin and Olena Sibirtseva.

The team of Legard attorneys at law (established as a split from domestic dispute resolution firm Mitrax) retained its extensive representation of clients in family law matters. The firm handles representation in divorce proceedings entailing property division (including corporate rights, oversees property, banking accounts abroad), develops and implements amicable resolution agreements, alimony and maintenance recovery; determining the place of residence of children. The firm acts in litigation on termination and verification of parental rights. Oleh Holubnychyi is lead partner. Inna Tuta is another important practitioner.

Domestic law firm ESQUIRES extends its legal offering on family law, representing citizens of Ukraine, USA, Germany and the Republic of South Africa. The firm recently handled a cross-border dispute over the participation of a father in the upbringing of a child; acted on alienation of a spouse’s property without his consent and knowledge; acted in a hereditary dispute and accompanying succession procedure. ­Viktoria Kovalchuk is a responsible partner.

EXPATPRO is a specialized law firm focused on providing immigration law services for foreign citizens who live or relocate to Ukraine. The offering extends to application for visas to Ukraine, work and residence permits. Family law is another service offered to Ukrainian clients and expats, including marriage registration, concluding marriage contracts, contesting and recognizing paternity, as well as on divorce. The firm also offers complex legal support of surrogacy programs in Ukraine in the interests of couples from Europe, North America and Australia. The private client practice is led by partner Vasyl ­Cherednichenko. Platon Danylenko is in charge of the family law workload.

The Odesa-based law firm Jurline is a popular choice for entrepreneurs and their family members in respect of estate structuring, tax planning, wealth management. Its offering includes creation of charitable foundations and organizations, support for socially significant projects, acquisition of real estate in Ukraine and abroad, as well as obtaining residence permits and work permits for non-residents in Ukraine. Recent highlights include legal support of the division of shares in the restaurant business — the famous “Steakhouse” and “Kompot” restaurants located in downtown Odesa. The firm also has a well-established portfolio of family disputes with representation in courts in cases involving property division between spouses, including corporate rights, settlement of disputable situations regarding children, particularly in determining their place of residence. Inheritance matters make up another important area of practice. Volodymyr Zubar heads the wealth management practice. Vitaliy Cherkes is in charge of family law issues.

KPD Consulting is active in inheritance, family, housing and other civil issues, and supports its private clients in property transactions. Olena Domanchuk, practice head, represents clients in court proceedings on the division of property between spouses, recovery of alimony for children, determining their place of residence, recognition of the ownership of hereditary property. Civil lawsuits make up another area of the firm’s focus.

The private client practice of domestic criminal law focused firm CREDENCE concentrates on protection from offensive actions by raiders, removal of arrests and other restrictions, including property located abroad. The firm represents Mrs. Lilia Podkopayeva, Olympic champion and businesswoman, in connection with daily business and charity activities, supporting Dostupne Batkivstvo (Affordable Parenthood) LLC, ILD Holding LLC, Charitable Foundation by Lilia ­Podkopayeva, Generational Health LLC, as well as conducting audits of business processes for potential risks. Vasil Farinnik and Natalia Drigval are responsible partners.

Oksana Voynarovska, a partner of Vasil Kisil & Partners, is a known name for handling divorce proceedings, property division and inheritance matters. Svitlana Trofimchuk, managing partner of ­LexArs, is another visible family law practitioner.