The multi-disciplinary private client practice of AVELLUM consists of wealth management and family law matters, including challenging multijurisdictional matrimonial agreements, property disputes, divorces and division of joint common property in different jurisdictions. The team is especially known for explicit multijurisdictional expertise in setting-up of wealth management structures, succession instruments and wealth transfer matters. The team’s focus encompasses the areas of private tax, strategic immigration planning, conducting operations with private assets. The recent workload included, among other things, advice on succession planning mechanisms, developing family trust structures, personal tax compliance matters. The practice has four lead partners: Mykola Stetsenko acts on wealth managements and subsequent corporate matters; Vadim Medvedev advises on tax aspects; Aminat  Suleymanova and Iryna Moroz represent clients on complex family law matters[1].

One of the largest teams on the market, Sayenko Kharenko, has a standalone practice handling private wealth management projects. Its recent portfolio covered international business structuring and investment, creating trust structures, obtaining foreign tax residency, assisting Ukrainian beneficiaries with satisfaction of the compliance requirements of foreign banks and service providers and with completing KYC procedures, including description of sources of funds, conclusion of prenuptial agreements governed by foreign law. For example, the team advised Mr. Maksym Bondarenko, the owner of the group of companies carrying their business under the WHIRL brand, in international structuring of his business and fundraising, for the purpose of expansion into new markets, further development and protection of the owner’s interests, including personal wealth structuring. The firm possesses experience of luxury asset investment and provides legal support involving paintings and other works of art, wine collections, jewelry, elite horses, private jets, yachts, football clubs, classic cars and overseas property. Unique expertise also includes assisting clients on the legal aspects of participation in surrogacy programs in Ukraine. Partner Alina Plyushch has for many years been focused on the sophisticated instructions of private clients. Another key practitioner is Dmitriy Riabikin.

Asters, a full-service Ukrainian law firm, has an established tradition of giving private wealth advice to high net worth individuals (HNWI), successful entrepreneurs, as well as members of their families. This includes structuring, investing, accumulating, inheriting, transferring and protecting wealth and business assets. The firm is experienced in structuring and establishing trusts and family funds, development of personal succession plans, relocation, personal financial sanctions, and reputational compliance checks. Family law is a standalone practice with broad expertise in contracts on family matters and inheritance, marriage dissolution and property division litigations involving HNWI. The team is especially notable for international work. The practice is co-led by two partners. Constantin Solyar is known for substantial expertise in international taxation. Oleksandr Onufrienko possesses years of experience in the asset management business. Mykola Melnychuk, senior associate, is another important team member. Talina Kravtsova, partner, and Olga Lepikhina, counsel, are in charge of family law workflow.

Notable market player AEQUO renders comprehensive multidisciplinary tax and legal advice to domestic and international high net worth individuals on a wide range of private wealth matters. Areas of expertise include advice on business and ownership structures, investments abroad, philanthropic activities, charity, immigration, personal relocation and tax planning. Recent instructions also take in advice on art, real estate and family law matters. The dispute resolution and litigation practice also acts on asset protection and reputation management. This past year the firm enlisted Ganna Prohorova, a strong IP professional with profound expertise in art and cultural property. Anna Babych, corporate and M&A partner, is the practice head.

Baker McKenzie renders advice to high net worth individuals on personal tax residence, structuring of personal wealth, preserving, managing and transferring wealth in core investment centers and wealth management jurisdictions around the globe. Furthermore, its dedicated practitioners advise on succession planning mechanisms. The team combines expertise in tax and corporate, and enjoys having the benefit of the presence in different jurisdictions. A partner of the tax practice group, Hennadiy Voytsitskyi, is in charge of the practice. Roman Koren is another key team member.

The standalone private clients practice at ADER HABER spans wealth structuring, management and succession throughout trusts, foundations and other financial structures. Clients take in wealthy individuals, businessmen, beneficiaries and top managers of Ukrainian and foreign companies. Most recently the practice team advised on setting up a family office in Ukraine, asset inheritance, opening bank accounts abroad, pre-nuptial agreements. Tetyana Ivanovych, counsel, leads private clients instructions and family disputes.

EY Ukraine offers Ukrainian private client services to HNWI and top executives of international companies. This past year the EY team assisted with business structuring solutions, estate and succession planning, personal tax and immigration compliance, pension planning and other matters. The office has a strong immigration practice. Olga Gorbanovskaya and Halyna Khomenko are the key contacts.

The private client practice of INTEGRITES has significantly increased the number of incoming instructions. The firm has a client solid base of HNWI seeking advice on a broad range of wealth management and succession issues. The practice team was involved in the legal structuring of private investments, developing ownership structures and estate planning, establishment of trusts and private foundations, charitable funds, tax residency, legal support of divorce proceedings and related matters. Tax compliance is another important area of practice offering. Tax partner Viktoriia Fomenko heads the private client practice, and is especially busy across estate planning projects of late. The team, as led by dispute resolution partner Dmytro Marchukov, is also enlisted by HNWI for representation in corporate disputes and asset recovery matters.

In 2019 KPMG in Ukraine grew its private client practice, which encompasses structuring private assets and resolving complex international tax matters. As a member of the “Big Four” with a versatile tax offering, the office is chosen by high net worth individuals and their managers seeking advice on personal tax residence and structuring of personal wealth. The practice was involved in structuring private investments in various jurisdictions, transfer of assets, advice on succession and inheritance. The practice is led by director Oleksandr Boboshko. Oksana Olekhova acts as the lead partner.

Ukrainian dispute resolution firm Mitrax tackles family law cases as one of its strong competences. In 2019 the firm expanded its track record of family and inheritance law matters, and special focus on litigation and amicable resolution. The firm’s recent experience includes representing celebrities, state officials, owners and top managers of business in divorce and division of property cases involving substantial assets and property interests. Furthermore, recent representations covered representing clients in civil union cases, alimony and maintenance, adrogation of children. Oleg Golubnychyi leads the practice team.

Gramatskiy & Partners is enlisted to handle instructions of the beneficial owners of a firm’s corporate clients, usually large and mid-level local business. The diverse range of assignments includes migration matters and tax residence, creation of family trusts, inheritance and succession. This area is called private advocacy and is led by Ernest Gramatskiy.

GOLAW has expertise of structuring private assets and tax planning, establishing family offices, resolving disputes and protecting assets. Historically, the firm has a strong tax practice with broad expertise in private tax, and regularly advises on private investments. This past 12 months the team acted mostly in the litigation area. Sergiy Oberkovych is the lead partner. Valentyn Gvozdiy handles representation in courts.

Ilyashev & Partners is the top litigation firm in Ukraine, which regularly represents private clients on cross-border shareholder matters, inheritance, searching and provision of assets in foreign jurisdictions. The office in Estonia brought new advisory instructions to the team, which also advises on structuring family businesses and taxation of revenues, establishment of trusts and funds. Other areas of focus include international divorce issues and international child custody, division of property, financial settlements and issues involving children. Mikhail Ilyashev and Roman Marchenko act as lead partners.

Jurline, a Ukrainian law firm based in Odesa, has a well-established following in the region from entrepreneurs, wealthy private clients and their families. Its offering includes asset structuring, tax planning, investments protection, acquisition of real estate in Ukraine and abroad, as well as obtaining residence permits and employment permits for non-residents in Ukraine. Specific experience covers the creation of charitable foundations and organizations. The main contact is Volodymyr Zubar, managing partner.

Oksana Voynarovska, a partner of Vasil Kisil & Partners, received market support for her track record in family law matters, in particular by representing clients in divorces and division of property. Svitlana Trofimchuk, managing partner of LexArs (until December 2019 was a partner at S.T. Partners), is a renowned family law practitioner with a long-lasting presence on the market.

 

[1]In late May 2020 the firm announced that it continues to cooperate as an alliance of two
firms — AVELLUM and AGA Partners.

 

Established practices
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