Ilyashev & Partners Secures Litigation Win for Shipowner in Demurrage Claim

The team of Ilyashev & Partners’ Odesa Office successfully represented a foreign shipowner in a legal dispute with a charterer regarding non-fulfillment of his obligations to pay demurrage for keeping a vessel longer than the time agreed while performing cargo operations in the Ukrainian port. Thus, in 2022, a foreign company, the tanker’s owner, concluded […]

Combating Adverse Tax Effects of Documents Destroyed by War

Each day Ukraine suffers from massive shelling from Russia. As a result, Ukrainian businesses lose not only their assets but also the documents crucial for tax and accounting purposes. As a general rule, the lack of underlying documents usually means that the taxpayer is not allowed to book and report the respective figures, deduct expenses, […]

Asters advised Shakhtar Donetsk on the UEFA Champions League matches

Asters has successfully advised FC Shakhtar Donetsk in connection with its participation in the top European football competitions, the UEFA Champions League and Europa League. This season, Shakhtar played its home matches in Hamburg, Germany, invited there by Hamburger SV, one of the country’s oldest clubs. Asters tax team helped to structure and develop a […]

EVERLEGAL acts as a legal adviser of UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency

EVERLEGAL is acting as provider of legal support to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, a global inter-governmental organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities, and stateless people. The EVERLEGAL team provides comprehensive legal support to UNHCR on a wide range of legal issues arising in […]

Ilyashev & Partners Initiates the Anti-Dumping Investigation into the Imports to Ukraine of Radiators from Turkey and China

Ilyashev & Partners’ international trade team under the supervision of Olena Omelchenko, partner, representing San Teh Rai LLC and Uterm Ukraine LLC, the national manufacturers, initiated an anti-dumping investigation into the imports of heating radiators originating from the Republic of Turkey and the People’s Republic of China to Ukraine. Based on the results of the […]

Ilyashev & Partners Initiates the Anti-Dumping Investigation into the Imports to Ukraine of Matches from the Republic of India and Pakistan

The team of international trade practice of Ilyashev & Partners, headed by partner Olena Omelchenko, which represents the interests of Ukrainian Match Factory LLC, initiated the anti-dumping investigation into the imports to Ukraine of matches originating from the Republic of India and Pakistan. Following the review of the complaint filed by the Ukrainian producer, by […]

Ilyashev & Partners defends International Company in a Supreme Court employment law case

The Supreme Court’s Civil Cassation Court has ruled in favor of a Ukrainian subsidiary of an international corporation in a dispute over a claim of unfair dismissal and non-pecuniary damages filed by a former employee. With the coordinated efforts of Ilyashev & Partners’ experts, the client’s operational excellence and strict compliance with employment laws were […]

Ukrainian and European experts have analyzed what standards of protection should be present in anti-corruption proceedings

The fight against corruption is currently one of the priorities of law-enforcement authorities of Ukraine and, at the same time, a basic requirement of our international partners. On the other hand, corruption is a transborder phenomenon, and countering it also has a transborder character. In particular, the European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA) has established a […]

Dentons advises YM LIQUID GAS on production of bio-LNG in Ukraine

Dentons advised YM LIQUID GAS on the regulatory aspects of the production of bio-LNG in Ukraine and the requirements of its export to the European Union. In particular, the team advised on customs formalities and potential changes to Ukrainian legislation to improve the legal environment for the implementation of bio-LNG projects. YM Liquid Gas is […]

Ilyashev & Partners advises Charity Lab Foundation

Ilyashev & Partners advises the Charity Lab Foundation on national and international issues of conducting activities and development. The Charity Lab Foundation’s goal is to make innovative technological solutions available for non-profit organizations, which will result in the unification of philanthropists, retailers, and foundations into a single ecosystem that will generate charity and create new […]

Ilyashev & Partners recovers EUR 2 million in favor of Ukrainian State Enterprise

Ilyashev & Partners Law Firm has successfully represented a state-owned enterprise subordinated to the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine in arbitration against a military equipment seller from the Slovak Republic. The Ukrainian state enterprise entered into a supply agreement with the Slovak seller to meet the needs of Ukrainian defenders to repel the armed aggression […]

EVERLEGAL strengthens the team with a new partner

EVERLEGAL announces that Taras Ivanenko has joined the firm as a partner. Taras will lead the firm’s Anti-Corruption practice and strengthen the Criminal Law and Procedure practice as co-head of the practice together with partner Oleksandr Ruzhytskyi. Taras has more than 16 years of professional experience in criminal law, which he gained in law enforcement […]

Olga Vorozhbyt has joined Sayenko Kharenko’s team as a partner

Sayenko Kharenko announces that Olga Vorozhbyt has joined the firm as a partner and will boost our capacity to handle cross-border disputes and large-scale investigations, including the ones related to FCPA rules. Olga will also advise clients on compliance and sanctions issues. Olga Vorozhbyt has 25 years of experience in Ukrainian law, and her clientele includes […]

Six lawyers appointed as counsel at Sayenko Kharenko

  Six lawyers of Sayenko Kharenko have been recently appointed as the firm’s new counsel. Each brings impressive experience and expertise in various legal practices. Tymur Enkhbaiar specialises in real estate, infrastructure, and construction matters, advising on M&A transactions and establishing a corporate presence of foreign investors to enter the Ukrainian market. He also provides full […]

Collaborators or Defenders?

  By Daria Svyrydova, partner at the AZONES Law Firm   Recently, more and more discussions and questions have arisen around the assessment of the activities of lawyers who remained in the occupation and continued their professional activities there. And whereas the assessment of the activities of those citizens among the lawyers who started working […]

Sayenko Kharenko announced the promotion of Oleksiy Koltok and Oleg Klymchuk to partners

Oleksiy Koltok specialises in complex litigation in all business sectors. Over 20 years of his legal career, he has represented national and international clients in Ukrainian courts, defending their interests in commercial disputes, corporate conflicts, disputes with government and regulatory authorities, real estate and construction, debt settlement, bankruptcy, etc. He also has extensive experience in […]

Sanctions Front: Results of the Past Year

By Oleksandr Onufrienko, lawyer, candidate of legal sciences, and Volodymyr Yenich, partner of AVER LEX The application of restrictive measures (sanction) was one of the most media-active topics last year. It happened not by chance – society’s attention is justifiably focused on the mechanism of limiting the economic opportunities of the Russian Federation and recovering the […]

Nationalization of Sense Bank as the Dilemma of International Law

By Taras Dumych, managing partner of Wolf Theiss Kyiv The nationalization of Sense Bank, one of Ukraine’s largest banks, promises to be a source of many future developments and news in international investment arbitration and foreign investment protection. Sense Bank used to belong to the founders of Alfa Group, a conglomerate with significant and diversified […]

Asters announced promotions to counsel positions in 2024

Asters announced the promotions of senior associates Olena Kasatkina (Real Estate and Construction), Yuri Neklyaev (Family and Inheritance Law, Private Clients), Viktor Tarasenkov and Oleg Samsonovych (Litigation) to counsels effective from 1 January 2024. Olena Kasatkina focuses on advising Ukrainian and international clients on various real estate and construction-related matters. She supports real estate lease […]

Asters advises the Export Credit Agency of Ukraine on launching first-of-its-kind war risk insurance mechanism

Asters has served as a Ukrainian legal advisor to the Ukrainian Export Credit Agency on establishing a first-of-its-kind war risk insurance mechanism for international export of Ukrainian goods through the Black Sea. The new mechanism, approved by the Ukrainian government, was formalized by a Framework Reimbursement Agreement signed by the Ukrainian Export-Credit Agency with Marsh […]

Oksana Legka and Oleksandr Volkov are promoted to Partners at Asters in 2024

Asters announces the promotion of Oksana Legka and Oleksandr Volkov to Partners in the International Arbitration and Cross-Border Litigation practice effective from 1 January 2024. Oksana Legka focuses on dispute resolution issues, including multi-jurisdictional litigation, investor-state and international commercial arbitration. She advises the State of Ukraine, governmental agencies, and major corporate clients in complex, multi-billion, transnational […]

Asters advises EBRD on EUR 10 million financing for a Ukrainian manufacturer

Asters acts as a legal counsel to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in connection with its EUR 10 million financing for one of the largest manufacturers of oak lamellas located in Ukraine. The loan will be used to finance the ongoing company’s activities and construction of a renewable energy facility to reduce […]

Ilyashev & Partners appoints Oleksandr Kamsha as Head of the Dnipro office

Ilyashev & Partners has promoted attorney at law, insolvency receiver Oleksandr Kamsha to the position of Head of Dnipro office. Since joining the firm’s team in 2018, Oleksandr Kamsha has been responsible for some of the region’s largest projects. Oleksandr specializes in dispute resolution involving banking and financial services, economic, corporate, real estate, insolvency cases, […]

Dmytro Hrybov heads Real Estate and Construction at Ilyashev & Partners

Dmytro Hrybov, counsel at Ilyashev & Partners, has been promoted to head of real estate and construction. Dmytro Hrybov joined the team of Ilyashev & Partners in 2018. Dmytro has 15 years of experience in structuring and legal support in investment and construction projects, as well as counseling on land, industrial and commercial real estate […]

CMS advised ING-led syndicate on restructuring repayment terms for Kernel PXF

International law firm CMS has advised a syndicate of banks led by ING Bank N.V. on an adjustment to the loan repayment terms under the USD 450m pre-export facility for Ukraine’s Kernel Group. The adjusted repayment terms and conditions for their application during the period of standstill granted by the lenders have been developed based […]

Ilyashev & Partners appoints Ivan Maryniuk as head of Tax Law Practice

Ivan Maryniuk, lawyer at Ilyashev & Partners law firm, has been appointed as head of tax law practice. Ivan Maryniuk joined Ilyashev & Partners’ team in 2019. His experience in Tax Law spans 12 years. Professional expertise of Ivan Maryniuk includes international tax planning of investment activity in Ukraine and abroad, structuring of transactions, individual […]

Striving for Sustainable IP Protection

Despite the ongoing war the institutional reforms in Ukraine move forward. Intellectual property protection stands out as an exemplary area of progress, demonstrating a steadfast commitment to aligning with EU laws. We interviewed Olena Orliuk, Director of the Ukrainian IP Office, to shed light on the implementation of key laws and the establishment of innovative […]

Hillmont Partners and Avellum won in the Supreme Court, having defended the US investors

Argentem Creek Partners (ACP) and Innovatus Capital Partners (Innovatus), a US-based investment fund and an asset management company, specialise in emerging market lending. ACP and Innovatus have invested hundreds of millions of US dollars in Ukraine in recent years. Hillmont Partners and Avellum won in the Supreme Court, which ruled to uphold the bankruptcy proceedings […]

Valeriia Gudiy appointed as partner at Ilyashev & Partners

Attorney at law Valeriia Gudiy has been promoted to partner at Ilyashev & Partners law firm. This is the first expansion of firm’s partnership since 2018. Valeriia Gudiy joined the firm’s team in 2008. Since 2019, she has held the position of counsel. Valeriia specializes in employment, dispute resolution with public authorities and compliance. Advises […]

Awarding of the Oleksandr Polivodskyi Scholarship in 2023

In August 2023, the Charitable Foundation was established in honor of Oleksandr Polivodskyi, a Ukrainian legal expert, attorney, scientist and lecturer, who made a significant contribution to the development of agrarian and land law legislation and its practical application. The foundation aims to support Ukrainian law students who are studying and contributing to the advancement […]

Genocide or Salvation? UA vs RU in The Hague

The International Court of Justice in The Hague has resumed hearings in the case brought by Ukraine against russia under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide of 9 December 1948 (the Convention). The International Court of Justice in The Hague is the highest judicial institution of the United Nations, […]

Anzhelika Livitska joined ARZINGER as a partner

As of 1 October 2023, Anzhelika Livitska joined ARZINGER as a partner. Together with Timur Bondarev, Andriy Pidhainyi and Maryna Sharapa, Anzhelika will contribute to the management and development of real estate and construction practice, and will lead the energy and natural resources, as well as environmental and sustainable development practices. Anzhelika has more than 25 years of experience […]

ANK successfully represented Ukrferry at the Supreme Court

ANK team of attorneys protected the interests of the LLC Shipping company Ukrferry at the Supreme Court, which has recently examined the case on recovering losses under the state property lease agreement. In April 2021 the State Property Fund of Ukraine submitted a claim to the court with request to recover UAH 47,8 million from […]

Asters advises Horizon Capital on IFC’s co-investment in Miratech

Asters acts as a legal counsel to Horizon Capital in connection with a co-investment with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Miratech, a leading next-generation technology services provider. The legal support of the transaction included drafting the transaction documents and coordinating the signing and closing procedures of the transaction. Asters’ corporate and M&A practice team […]

Hanna Yudkivska joins EQUITY as a partner

EQUITY announced strengthening of its team with Hanna Yudkivska, who joined as a partner. With her extensive professional experience, including 12 years as a judge of the European Court of Human Rights and her current UN mandate, Hanna Yudkivska brings her high professional standards and in-depth knowledge of the practice and understanding of the approaches […]

Investment in Ukraine: How the State and Investor Can Both Benefit

The war in Ukraine is now in its second year, and the country continues to experience enormous destruction and damage. However, the path to progress involves attracting investments into vital societal infrastructure, including schools, hospitals, kindergartens, and universities, all of which urgently need reconstruction. By providing spaces for education and growth, Ukraine can pave the […]

Debt-to-Equity Conversion Solutions Under Ukrainian Legal Framework

Inbound investments into Ukraine are critical not just for the purpose of maintaining and developing existing and future businesses, but also for rebuilding and modernizing the country, which has suffered severely because of the Russian aggression. In this regard, the importance of the legal framework as well as of the legal tools for investments cannot […]

Hillmont Partners counselled Bunge on successful settlement of debt dispute

Hillmont Partners has provided full legal support to the international company Bunge SA (registered in Switzerland) in resolving its debt dispute with a national agricultural enterprise dealing with the production and sale of grain and oilseeds. Bunge is a multinational agribusiness and food company engaged in processing  oilseeds, supply of fertilizers for farmers, bottled oil, […]

Asters advises Agrosem Group on EUR 9.6 million EBRD financing

Asters acts as a legal counsel to Ukrainian agribusiness firm Agrosem Group in connection with a EUR 9.6 million financing from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The loan will be used to expand a rail terminal near the Ukrainian-Polish border, develop a grain transhipment complex and container storage facility with throughput capacity of over […]

CMS advises EBRD on USD 100 million loan

International law firm CMS has advised longstanding client the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on a loan of up to USD 100 million to Ukrainian company MHP Group (MHP). MHP is the largest producer and exporter of chicken in Ukraine. It is also the leading producer of poultry meat in Europe and one […]

Ukraine Recovery Week, London 19-23 June 2023 – Key Takeaways

Last week Dentons lawyers were privileged to participate in the Ukraine Recovery Conference 2023 (URC23), which was hosted in London on June 21–22 and organized by the governments of the United Kingdom and Ukraine. URC23 is a continuation of events in support of the process of reconstruction in Ukraine in response to Russia’s war of […]

Dentons advises Farmak on acquisitions in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Ukraine

Global law firm Dentons advised Farmak, Ukraine’s leading pharmaceutical company, on a series of strategic acquisitions from a portfolio company of private equity house Novator.  Farmak acquired pharmaceutical marketing companies in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, together with the relevant IP rights and trademarks, and in a separate transaction, a Ukrainian business owning a product […]

If the Investments Work, all Ukrainians will Benefit

We met Petro Kostiv, managing partner of the American law firm Kostiv & Associates, during the White Collar Crime forum in Kyiv. Petro travels all over the world, but during his stay in the capital, he does not hide his surprise, since the TV footage is different from what he witnessed personally. Why lawyers from […]

INTEGRITES advised the EBRD on EUR 42 million loan to Cersanit S.A.

INTEGRITES acted as Ukrainian law counsel for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in connection with a EUR 42 million long-term senior loan for Cersanit S.A. to finance working capital needs and multiple investments in both Ukraine and Poland, including energy efficiency upgrades and modernization of production in Ukraine. The financing for Cersanit […]

CMS advises EBRD on 35% investment in Ukraine industrial park project

International law firm CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang has assisted the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on its acquisition of 35% of the shares in the Lviv M10 industrial park project in Western Ukraine, developed by Dragon Capital. This is an especially important project for Ukraine in these challenging times, which sends a […]

Asters defended the interests of Home Box Office in a dispute concerning Chornobyl series

Asters successfully defended the interests of Home Box Office, an American multinational media and entertainment company, in a dispute concerning the production and distribution in Ukraine of “Chornobyl” – an award-winning limited series. The plaintiff sought deletion of certain scenes from “Chornobyl” series and prohibition to Home Box Office and other defendants on the matter […]

Join the online charity auction to help war-affected Ukrainian lawyers!

The Ukrainian Bar Association (UBA) has launched an online charity auction to raise funds for providing assistance to those Ukrainian lawyers who found themselves in a difficult situation due to the full-scale war. Since the launch of the UBA charity initiative in 2022, the Association has already helped many war-affected Ukrainian lawyers and their families. […]

Active, Operational and Optimistic

In times of aggressive war, the legal landscape in Ukraine undergoes significant changes, presenting unique challenges for law firms and their clients. The nature of legal work has changed and the teams have shrunk. We asked Serhiy Chorny, managing partner, head of banking and finance practice, Baker McKenzie Kyiv office, to tell us about doing […]

Redcliffe Partners advises EBRD on USD 100 million loan to MHP

Redcliffe Partners acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in providing an up to USD 100 million secured loan to the MHP Group, one of the leading grain, poultry and edible oils producers in Ukraine and southeastern Europe, to finance seasonal working capital needs for its edible oil crushing […]

Asters has successfully defended the copyrights for the songs of “Kuzma”

On 28 March 2023, the Northern Commercial Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal Moon Records LLC and upheld the decision of the first instance court to recognize that the copyright in the lyrics of musician and the leader of Skryabin band Andriy Kuzmenko (Kuzma) belongs to Kuzma Skryabin LLC. The rights were acquired under an […]

First Legal Forum EU-EASTERN PARTNERSHIP

On May 25-26, 2023, the First Legal Forum EU-EASTERN PARTNERSHIP will be held in Warsaw. Our event is a modern communication platform created in 2022 as a new platform for constructive dialogue between partners of law firms, heads of legal departments of companies and specialists in business development, marketing and promotion of legal services from […]

Kick russia out of the UN

The initiative group of the Civic Hub “Kick russia out of the UN” was created and carries out its activities as an independent non-governmental and non-profit private public initiative aimed at studying the circumstances, documents and events that contributed to the entry of the russian federation into the United Nations and taking the place of […]

Peterka & Partners Expands to Croatia

Peterka & Partners, a leading Central and Eastern European law firm, has announced the opening of a new office in Croatia. The new office, located in Zagreb, became operational on 1 March 2023. This marks an important milestone for the firm, which has been working towards expanding its presence to Croatia for the past seven […]

Top 5 Key Findings from a Survey of Ukrainian Lawyers Working Abroad

The LegalTalents.Report found that the Ukrainian legal market is stable and has a new way of operating. Law firm partners tried hard to send their lawyers to work in foreign partner law firms. This study focuses on lawyers getting foreign experience to help Ukraine’s legal market.  Who was surveyed: 53 Ukrainian lawyers working abroad. Among […]

Asters contributes to a major victory for Ukraine in the UK Supreme Court

Today the UK Supreme Court has handed down its judgment to send for a full public trial the legal proceedings initiated on behalf of Russia relating to the US$3 billion Eurobonds issued by Ukraine in December 2013. This landmark ruling permits Ukraine to defend the claim in the English courts on the ground of duress […]

Constructing a Rink for the Investment Game in Ukraine

There have been great guests and inspiring speeches made at the recent Ukrainian Breakfast Discussion in Davos. Chrystia Freeland, a famous Ukrainian-Canadian and current Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, in her talk referred to a quote of another prominent Ukrainian-Canadian and the world’s most successful hockey player – Wayne Gretzky: “I skate where the puck […]

EVERLEGAL successfully defended the interests of Louis Dreyfus Company Ukraine

In January 2023, an EVERLEGAL team representing Louis Dreyfus Company Ukraine, a subsidiary of a global buyer and processor of agricultural products, settled a dispute over the collection of a fine of 30% of the value of unfulfilled orders from a supplier, a producer of agricultural products. The complexity of this case lay in the […]

Inclusive Social Recovery

Ukraine is far from being a truly inclusive environment for amputees. The war and its tragic consequences – soldiers and civilians with limb loss – brought numerous urgent tasks into our social agenda. Social recovery is no less important than the economic one. We met Alex Lewis, head of the Alex Lewis Trust (UK) and […]

New VAT Rules for Agri-Exporters in Ukraine

Despite the ongoing war, Ukraine remains a vital player in the global grain market and continues to export agricultural commodities via the “grain corridor” under the Black Sea Grain Initiative. However, the export proceeds from these commodity sales do not always reach Ukraine in time. According to the National Bank of Ukraine, as of 1 […]

Ukraine reforms copyright regulation system in line with EU standards

On 1 January 2023, a new Copyright Law, the Law on Copyright and Related Rights, entered into force in Ukraine. The Copyright Law reforms the Ukrainian copyright protection system and brings Ukrainian copyright legislation in compliance with EU legislation. The new features introduced by the Copyright Law relate, inter alia, to the following: A regulation […]

CMS advises ING-led syndicate on Kernel’s loan repayment postponement

International law firm CMS has advised a syndicate of banks led by ING Bank N.V. in relation to the postponement of loan payments under the USD 450 million pre-export facility for Ukraine’s Kernel Group. The terms of repayments postponement have been developed and agreed in parallel for several bank creditors of Kernel, including Natixis, EBRD and EIB, following […]

Minefield for the Investor

  In more than twenty years of practicing law in Ukraine and abroad, I have probably written more than thirty articles. All of these articles dealt with either legal topics and issues or business issues with a legal perspective. In writing my articles, as well as in preparing legal advice to clients, I have always […]

Asters advises EBRD on EUR 10 million financing for Grain Alliance Group

Asters acts as a legal counsel to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in connection with its EUR 10 million financing for Grain Alliance Group, a Swedish-owned large-sized agricultural holding in Ukraine that cultivates around 60,000 hectares of land. The loan will be used to improve and expand export capacity for grain, which […]

Aequo advises Naftogaz on deferral of its external debt worth over EUR 600 million

Aequo advised National Joint Stock Company Naftogaz of Ukraine, the largest national oil and gas company of Ukraine, on the consent solicitation exercise in relation to its EUR 600 million 7.125% Notes. In the course of the consent solicitation, Naftogaz deferred payment of interest on the Notes until 2024 and maturity of the Notes until […]

Trade liberalisation for Ukrainian export as a response to the russian-Ukrainian war

The full-scale russian invasion of Ukraine triggered the widespread reaction of countries worldwide. In the economic realm, states focused their efforts in two main directions. Firstly, they imposed numerous economic sanctions on russia restricting commodities and cash flows from and into the country. Secondly, states introduced several measures to support Ukraine in the economic field. […]

The New York State Bar Association urges the United Nations to launch a tribunal to investigate Russia’s crimes in Ukraine

The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) is the first international legal organization to support the establishment of a tribunal for investigation of crimes committed by the Russian Federation against Ukraine, including but not limited to the crime of aggression. On July 19, NYSBA’s Executive Committee voted unanimously for urging the United Nations to investigate and prosecute members […]

AEQUO won final victory in a landmark Сorvalol-Darnitsa trademark case

Aequo defended rights of Darnitsa Pharmaceutical Company in a dispute initiated by Farmak Joint Stock Company seeking invalidation of the trademark certificate for “Corvalol-Darnitsa” (Корвалол-Дарниця). The dispute had a protracted procedural history. In July 2018, by the judgment of the Commercial Court of Kyiv City, subsequently upheld by the Court of Appeal and the Supreme […]

Ilyashev & Partners Strengthens its Presence in Europe

Ilyashev & Partners is expanding its capabilities in the EU countries by starting cooperation with Glimstedt, one of the largest and reputable top-tier law firms in the Baltic Region and Sweden. Meeting the new challenges facing Ukraine and foreign businesses in connection with the war in Ukraine, Ilyashev & Partners and Glimstedt, which has 13 […]

Licensing in Construction

To create conditions for Ukraine’s integration with the European Union in the field of construction, the government has to ensure the implementation of the EU – Ukraine Association Agreement provisions, in particular, the introduction of transparency (simplified licensing, permitting, approval procedures in the construction, etc.). The annual doing business ranking conducted by the World Bank […]

Asters contributes to work on representation of interests of Ukraine in inter-state case against Russia before the European Court Of Human Rights

On 23 June 2022, the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine acting on behalf of the State of Ukraine filed the first part of Ukraine’s substantive submissions in its application before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, to address the damages caused by the violations committed by the Russian Federation over the first […]

A Perfect Storm: New IP Regulations in Russia

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, more than 10 000 sanctions on Russian Federation were imposed and more than 1 000 companies have already left Russian market place. This is the answer of the world’s community to such actions, aiming to economically persuade Russia to stop the war. Russia, instead, declared all the countries, which supported or imposed […]

Ukraine introduces priority urban planning measures to overcome the war consequences

On 9 June 2022, Law No. 2254-IX of 12 May 2022 on Amendments to Certain Laws of Ukraine on the Priority Measures for Reforming Urban Planning Activities (the Law) came into force in Ukraine, which aims to reform urban-construction regulations applicable within the martial law period and thereafter for overcoming the consequences of the Russian […]

UKRAINIAN LAWS IN WARTIME: Guide for International and Domestic Businesses, 4th edition

Baker McKenzie is delighted to present the 4th edition of Ukrainian Laws in Wartime: Guide for International and Domestic Businesses, a brief overview of the key features of wartime legislation. This issue contains updated responses to the most common questions raised and considered by international and Ukrainian businesses these days in the following practice areas: Martial Law and […]

Ukraine Expands Sanctions against Russia and its Supporters

On 20 May 2022, the President of Ukraine signed the Law of Ukraine On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine to Increase the Effectiveness of Sanctions Related to Persons’ Assets (the Law). The Law, which should become effective in the next few days, introduces a new type of sanction in the Law of Ukraine […]

CMS advises FAS Energy on acquisition of solar power plant in Kyiv region

International law firm CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang in Kyiv has advised FAS Energy on the acquisition of a solar power plant being developed in the Kyiv region, with an expected capacity of 112MW, from a Ukrainian developer. This marks FAS Energy’s second major investment in Ukraine. CMS acted on all aspects of the transaction, […]

Exclusion of Russia from the United Nations Security Council

Why Russia should be excluded? On 24 February, one member state of the United Nations, the Russian Federation, invaded Ukraine and thereby violated almost all fundamental principles and rules of international law. The member of the United Nations (UN) with the veto right in the Security Council of the UN appeared to be the aggressor […]

Ukrainian energy system joins unified European electricity system ENTSO-E

On 16 March 2022, Ukraine joined the unified continental European electricity system ENTSO-E and completed an emergency synchronisation of its power grids with the ENTSO-E in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Synchronisation process Until recently only a small part of the Ukrainian Power System (also referred to as “Burshtyn Island”) was synchronised with the […]

Special Equipment from France for Ukrainian Nuclear Power Plants

INTEGRITES has supported Wärtsilä’s France-based Special Applications unit throughout the development of the bidding strategy, participation in two tenders as well as direct negotiations with the State Enterprise National Nuclear Energy Generating Company Energoatom (Ukraine) for the procurement of replacements to the safety backup of nuclear power plant worth over EUR 2 million. Wärtsilä’s agreement […]

Competition Regulations and Practice in Ukraine during Martial Law

Activities of AMCU during martial law Russian military aggression started on 24 February 2022. Thus, the end of February 2022 became a critical point also for the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMCU). AMCU then was forced to take rapid actions aimed at ensuring the safety of its personnel and the legality of the competition-related processes […]

Piercing the Immunity Protecting Russian Central Bank Assets: Not Yet?

The Russian full-scale re-invasion in Ukraine that occurred on 24 February 2022 has already inflicted billions of damages. Ukrainian defensive efforts are supported by diplomatic and economic pressure put on Russia. In this vein, sanctions and asset freezing have become one of the main mechanisms used by the international community to make Russia cease its […]

Wartime Flexibilities for the Life Sciences and Healthcare Sectors in Ukraine

Since russia began its unprovoked large-scale armed invasion of Ukraine, the Cabinet of Ministers (the CMU), the Ukrainian Ministry of Health (the MoH), as well as other state bodies, have been implementing numerous legislative changes aimed at streamlining and facilitating the supply of required medicines and medical devices to Ukraine during the war and ensuring […]

WTO Reaction to Russian-Ukrainian War

The Russian invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022 ruined the lives of millions of Ukrainians. The terrible war has already killed and injured thousands of people[1], destroyed their homes, forced millions of Ukrainians to leave their hometowns or even flee the country[2]. Nevertheless, the effects of this Russian aggression are not only limited to […]

Ukraine Сlosed Four Sea Ports until Reoccupation

The Ministry of Infrastructure issued the Order #256 dd. 28 April 2022 On Closing Sea Ports, which has been registered by the Ministry of Justice. According to the Order, the Ministry closed two Ukrainian ports located in the Sea of Azov (Berdyansk and Mariupol) and two Ukrainian ports located in the Black Sea (Kherson and […]

Applying Frozen Russian Assets for the Recovery of Ukraine

Starting from the first days of the Russian invasion into Ukraine numerous states including the US, UK and members of the EU imposed severe sanctions upon the Russian Federation. A wide range of sanctions was applied targeting sovereign assets, state and privately held companies, politically exposed persons and high net worth individuals. One of the […]

Ukrainian War Bonds: Invest to Support Democracy

Every single and tremendously painful day since Russia launched its unprovoked and barbaric military invasion of Ukraine, the civilised world has been witnessing the unimaginable bravery and dignity of the Ukrainian army as well as ordinary civilians trying their best to defend the bright and democratic future of Ukraine. Despite this courage, it goes without […]

Simplified Procedures for Acquiring Uncultivated Agricultural Land

On 7 April 2022, the Draft Law of Ukraine On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine Regarding Establishing Conditions to Ensure Food Security Under Martial Law,No. 2145-IX, dated 24 March 2022, became effective. The law aims to secure crop production for the country during martial law. For this purpose, it sets out a legal framework […]

Analysis of the Free Trade Agreement between Ukraine and Turkey: General Review

After almost 15 years of negotiations, on 3 February 2022, Ukraine and Turkey signed the Free Trade Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of the Republic of Turkey (UA-TR FTA). This article is focused on the analysis of the potential effect of the UA-TR FTA for Ukraine.  General overview The UA-TR FTA […]

Is LinkedIn’s ban on a Ukrainian’s posts a threat to free speech?

There are many ways Ukrainians are battling Russian aggression (“How to puncture Russia’s disinformation bubble”, FT View, March 14). While my family and I have had to leave our home in Irpin, a suburb of Kyiv, I still have a chance to work, pay salaries to my employees and pay taxes to support our army. […]

Redcliffe Partners advised EBRD on sovereign bonds guarantee to Raiffeisen Bank Ukraine

Redcliffe Partners team assisted EBRD with an innovative deal – a EUR 75,000,000 guarantee to Raiffeisen Bank Ukraine (RBUA). The guarantee will cover the risk of non-payment of local currency sovereign bonds held by RBUA. EBRD’s guarantee will free up Raiffeisen’s credit capacity at thegroup level, which will allow RBUA to allocate fresh funds for the financing of Ukrainian businesses. RBUA’s lending under the mechanism will have a particular focus on supporting local micro, small and medium businesses, which are especially important for the development of Ukraine’s […]

GR Practice at Hillmont Partners now headed by Former Deputy Minister Kostyantyn Chyzhyk

Hillmont Partners announced that Kostyantyn Chyzhyk has joined the firm as a partner. A renowned specialist in investments, energy and international cooperation, a proactive reformer and strong anti-crisis manager, Kostyantyn Chyzhyk heads the firm’s Government Relations and Public Advocacy practice, and will lead a team of specialists advising clients on the features of the Ukrainian […]

Hillmont Partners welcomes new partner Valentyn Zasukha to Lead its Corporate and M&A practice

Hillmont Partners announces that Valentyn Zasukha, an experienced corporate finance and investment advisor, is joining the firm as a partner and head of its corporate and M&A practice. Valentyn Zasukha is one of the market’s prominent legal managers with a diverse background. His credentials include advising on corporate financing (syndicate lending, subordinated debt instruments, refinancing, […]

Asters advised Vitol on sale of 50% of shares in Geo-Alliance Oil-Gas Public Limited

Asters acted as a Ukrainian law counsel to Arawak Energy Ukraine B.V., a member of group of companies Vitol, in the sale of 50% of shares in Geo–Alliance Oil–Gas Public Limited to gas producer Geo Alliance Group Limited. Slaughter and May supported the transaction as the client’s international counsel. Asters provided comprehensive legal support on the issues of Ukrainian corporate, competition, banking and finance law, including drafting the share […]

CMS strengthened real estate practice in Kyiv

International law firm CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang in Ukraine announced the appointment of Mykhaylo Soroka to the firm’s Real Estate practice in Kyiv. Mykhaylo joins the firm as counsel from the law firm AEQUO. With more than 15 years’ experience, Mykhaylo is a Real Estate specialist with a particular focus on Land Use, Real […]

ASTERS ADVISED EBRD ON PROVIDING EUR 15 MLN LOAN TO ZELENA DOLYNA

Asters acted as a Ukrainian law counsel to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on up to EUR 15 million secured loan to LLC AHROKOMPLEKS ZELENA DOLYNA, a member of Zelena Dolyna Group, Ukraine’s medium-size group of agricultural companies. The EBRD loan will be directed at constructing a modern EU-compliant cattle farm, purchasing agri […]

CMS advised NAFTA International B.V.

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang in Ukraine has advised NAFTA International B.V., a Slovak oil and gas exploration, production and gas storage company, on the buyout of its joint venture partner, Cub Energy Inc., to become the owner of 100% of the Ukrainian company which holds a licence for the exploration and production of hydrocarbons […]

Asters defended Oschadbank

Asters defended Oschadbank JSC in a dispute based on the claim of Cypriot company Opalcore Ltd for recovery of debt in the amount of USD 25 million. In 2017, the funds and securities were withdrawn from the plaintiff’s account based on the court verdict. Considering that withdrawal to be illegal, Opalcore Ltd filed a claim […]

Aequo defended Darnitsa in a dispute against Farmak, Ukrpatent and the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine

Aequo have successfully represented Darnitsa in a dispute against Farmak, Ukrpatent, and the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine. On 10 December 2021 the Commercial Court of Kyiv City decided in favor of Darnitsa by cancelling the PTO Appellate Chamber’s decision on recognition the “Корвалол Corvalolum” trademark as well-known in Ukraine. Darnitsa initiated proceedings back in 2017; […]

Asters advised IFC on another municipal financing project in Ukraine

Asters acted as a Ukrainian law counsel to the International Finance Corporation on EUR 13.7 million financing to the city of Kryvyi Rih. The investment consists of EUR 10.2 million of IFC own-account financing and EUR 3,5 million in blended finance through the Clean Technology Fund. The financing will be directed at upgrading the city’s […]

Buyers become more demanding with respect to potential targets

AVELLUM for the second time researched how the coronavirus outbreak affected the plans of businesses to purchase or sell assets or companies in Ukraine in the next 6 to 12 months. The firm surveyed over 90 owners, top managers, and heads of legal departments of Ukrainian and international companies in 2021. Key findings from the […]

Baker McKenzie Kyiv is looking for an Associate to join its Antitrust & Competition practice

Key expectations and criteria:   • 3-5 years of professional experience with international or major Ukrainian law firm in Antitrust & Competition practice; • Experience in dealing with merger control matters, infringement cases (cartels and anticompetitive concerted actions) and antitrust litigations; • Supervision of junior lawyers, team player, ability to manage workload; • Attorney license […]

VB PARTNERS is looking for a PR/SMM Manager

VB PARTNERS is one of the market’s very few boutique law firms, which is specifically targeted at dealing with white-collar crime and large-scale disputes.     Primary Requirements: Educational background in journalism, communications or public relations; 2+ years of PR/SMM experience (experience in law firm is welcomed); Good command of English (upper intermediate level and […]

VB PARTNERS is looking for a White-Collar Crime/Dispute Resolution attorney

VB PARTNERS – boutique law firm specializing in White-Collar Crime, Dispute Resolution and Corporate Investigations. Main Requirements: Bar license (bar license will be received soon); Degree in law from a reputable Ukrainian university; +2 years of professional experience; Representation of clients in courts; Confident speaking and written communication skills; Personal qualities: results driven personality, healthy […]

Hillmont Partners is looking for an associate to join International Dispute Resolution Practice

Our International Dispute Resolution Practice represents our clients in complex domestic and cross-border litigation matters.   Key Responsibilities: Drafting legal opinions, memoranda and other legal documents; Carrying out legal research and legal analysis (mainly international law matters); Communication with and filing of various applications to public authorities; Contract work; Contribution to the team’s business development […]

Wolf Theiss advised Uniqa Group

Wolf Theiss assisted Uniqa Real Estate on the sale of a 3,690 sq.m. office building in the historic part of the centre of Kyiv to NEST, a leading Ukrainian real estate developer. Wolf Theiss acted as Ukrainian and Austrian legal counsel to the seller and provided legal support with drafting and negotiating transaction documents, merger […]

Timely Questions

Investment arbitration may be seen as an indicator of business climate, investors’ trust in and predictability of state policies, and reputational concerns for states. We have reached out David Pinsky, a partner in the New York office of Covington & Burling, and asked about the investment arbitration landscape and about his firm’s international arbitration practice. […]

Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang advised EBRD

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang has advised the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on its USD 75 million investment in the USD 825 million sustainability-linked bond (SLB) issued by Ukraine’s national power company, Ukrenergo. It is the first sustainability-linked bond issued by a Ukrainian company and the EBRD’s participation as the anchor investor provided comfort to […]

Baker McKenzie advised First Ukrainian International Bank

The Kyiv office of Baker McKenzie acted as legal counsel to First Ukrainian International Bank (FUIB) in connection with the structuring, negotiation and entry into a conditional purchase agreement for the shares in Idea Bank  from its sole owner, Polish financial group Getin Holding. If completed, the deal will strengthen FUIB’s retail banking business line by the synergy from adding […]

Sayenko Kharenko advised Getin Holding S.A.

Sayenko Kharenko has acted as lead legal counsel to Getin Holding S.A., in relation to the sale of 100% of the share capital of the group of Romanian companies operating under IDEA brand: Idea Bank Romania, Idea Investment, Idea Leasing IFN and Idea Broker de Asigurare to Banca Transilvania S.A. Sayenko Kharenko provided full-scope legal […]

Sayenko Kharenko secured victory for OLFA (Ukraine)

Sayenko Kharenko arbitration team has successfully defended interests of OLFA LLC in the International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. ICAC has awarded to OLFA, the Ukrainian distributor of medical and pharmaceutical products, approximately EUR 3 million in damages in the case against Latvian company Olainfarm JSC. The complex dispute […]

Baker McKenzie advised the shareholders of Depositphotos

Baker McKenzie has advised the shareholders of Depositphotos, a stock photo content marketplace, on the sale of 100% of the shares in Depositphotos, including its subsidiary Crello, an online graphic design editor, to VistaPrint, a global printing, design and marketing service provider. The sale was completed for a total price of USD 85 million. Baker McKenzie’s […]

Asters defended Privatbank

On 18 October, for a second time, the Solomianskiy District Court, Kyiv dismissed Igor Kolomoiskyi’s claim against PrivatBank JSC CB, the National Bank of Ukraine, the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine, and their counsel, seeking invalidation of agreements and termination of actions. The rationale behind the judgment is that the plaintiff failed to address the […]

ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih is looking for a leading compliance specialist

Requirements: Extensive 2-3 years’ experience in compliance or internal investigations; English – upper intermediate; Excellent presentation, communication, analytical and legal writing skills; Experience handling projects in the fields above as a project leader. Responsibilities: Legal support in compliance sphere; Taking part in internal investigations; Due diligence of the counterparties; Project management in the area of […]

The united team of Benchers and Equity defended Odesa mayor

BENCHERS and EQUITY lawyers managed to get High Anti-Corruption Court’s refusal to detain the Odesa mayor Hennadii Trukhanov. The client and other suspects are groundlessly accused of illegally transferring municipal land plots for construction, legalization of illegally obtained income, and causing multimillion-dollar losses to the territorial community. The lawyers managed to prove the groundlessness of the […]

CMS advised on securities clearing infrastructure in Ukraine

International law firm CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang in Kyiv has advised DAI Global (USAID) and the National Securities and the Stock Markets Commission of Ukraine on the most important element of securities infrastructure for the capital markets in Ukraine – rules for clearing transactions with securities and licensing terms for clearing institutions. The new […]

AVELLUM advised Kaspi.kz on acquisition of Portmone

AVELLUM acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to JSC Kaspi.kz  in connection with the acquisition of 100% shares in Portmone Group by Kaspi Pay, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kaspi.kz. AVELLUM provided full legal support to Kaspi.kz in performing legal due diligence of Portmone, negotiating and drafting the transaction documents, as well as coordinating completion […]

VII Conductors of Changes forum in pandemic times

Responsibility at the heart of new business and social reality were the core issues discussed during the annual forum of Conductors of Changes traditionally held by Deloitte. The event was held at the Kyiv Golf Center on 23 September, with every delegate obliged to pass a speed test for coronavirus. In addition, this is one […]

CMS advised Vodafone Ukraine

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang in Kyiv has advised leading mobile operator Vodafone Ukraine and its parent company, Neqsol Holding, on Vodafone Ukraine’s landmark acquisition of Vega Telecom from SCM Group. Vega Telecom provides integrated telecommunications solutions involving broadband access, fixed and IP telephony, cloud services, data transmission and storage services. The deal was signed […]

CMS advised KEXIM

International law firm CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang has advised the Export-Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM), an export credit bank from South Korea, on extending its secured USD 36 million financing to Grain Terminal Holdings in Ukraine.   Grain Terminal Holdings is a Singapore-based joint venture between Posco International (Korea’s largest trading company) and the […]

Asters advised BSTDB

Asters acts as a legal counsel to the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank (BSTDB) in connection with its up to USD 20 million financing to the group of companies, owning two shopping malls under Araks brand in Kyiv. The loan will support the modernization and upgrade of the commercial property owned by the group […]

Kinstellar advised EBRD

Kinstellar’s Kyiv office has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in connection with a EUR 10 million revolving credit facility for ERU Trading LLC, a leading privately owned gas trader in Ukraine, for the financing of its working capital needs. Among other matters, Kinstellar’s team has extensively advised […]

Kinstellar advised EBRD

Kinstellar’s Kyiv office has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in connection with a local currency loan equivalent to USD 65 million to Datagroup to finance primarily its acquisition of Volia, the country’s leading pay-TV and cable broadband service provider in the retail segment. Kinstellar’s team advised on a wide […]

AVELLUM advised DTEK

AVELLUM acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to DTEK Group in connection with the debt restructuring under the two inter-conditional English schemes of arrangement for DTEK Energy B.V. and DTEK Finance PLC. Under the restructuring terms approved by the High Court of Justice of England and Wales, part of the current debt under DTEK Energy […]

Kinstellar expands in Ukraine with the acquisition of DLA Piper’s Kyiv practice

On 14 June 2021 Kinstellar announced the acquisition of DLA Piper’s market-leading Ukraine practice. Now comprising 60 lawyers, including 10 partners, Kinstellar is among the largest law firms in Ukraine and the leading independent international law firm on the market. The merger strengthens the key practice areas, including corporate/M&A, banking and finance, employment and benefits, […]

CMS advised EBRD on financing for Kokhavynska Paper Factory

International law firm CMS has acted as English legal counsel to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in a EUR 13.8 million loan to the Kokhavynska Paper Factory (KPF), one of the largest producers of recycled paper and tissue. Based in western Ukraine, KPF intends to use the financing to extend its product range, […]

INTEGRITES advises Longwing Energy S.C.A.

INTEGRITES advises EuroCape Ukraine I LLC, an indirect subsidiary of LongWing Energy S.C.A., a Luxemburg-based independent power producer operating renewable assets in Europe, on commissioning of Phase I of the 500 MW Zaporizhzhia Wind Park. The facility is one of the most large-scale onshore wind farms being under construction in Ukraine. GE Capital joined the […]

The 12th International Ukrainian Energy Forum

The 12th International Ukrainian Energy Forum of the Adam Smith Institute is returning as an annual meeting place for Ukrainian and international energy leaders!   Ukrainian Energy Forum returns to serve as the annual meeting place for international energy leaders on 14-16 July at Parkovy Congress and Exhibition Centre, Kyiv.   With this invitation via […]

Baker McKenzie advised Amtel Properties

Baker McKenzie’s Kyiv office has advised Amtel Properties, on the sale of its office and logistics complex “Amtel” to Dragon Capital, one of the largest groups of investment and financial companies in Ukraine.  Baker McKenzie’s project team was led by Kyiv partner Lina Nemchenko with key input from associate Elmaz Abkhairova in Kyiv and London associate Robert Gray.

Mental health is the secret to success in legal profession

The Wellbeing Index is becoming one of the key success indicators of internal corporate policies for legal firms. The mental health of legal professionals, in view of the huge number of stress factors, including due in no small part to the COVID-19 pandemic, has become the focus for lawyers themselves and for legal companies and […]

Architectural and Construction Control During the Pandemic

The liquidation of the State Architectural and Construction Inspectorate of Ukraine (DABI in Ukrainian), as announced by the government, is one of the last year’s most expected events among construction people. This was due to public attention incited by illegal construction, construction scams, corruption scandals and high risks for business.  To replace the old, inefficient […]

INTEGRITES advised Chanta Mount

INTEGRITES advised Chanta Mount, a subsidiary of the leading Ukrainian bakery producer Khlibni Investytsii, on USD 3 million financing extended by Raiffeisen Bank International for construction of a new production line. The construction of the new production line with the total capacity of 600 kg of bread products per hour will allow to increase the […]

Asters advised Smart Holding on the closed sale of Unex Bank

Asters acted as a legal counsel to Withine Investments LTD (Cyprus), a subsidiary of Smart Holding (one of the largest industrial and investment groups in Ukraine) on the sale of 100% shares in JSC UNEX BANK to Dragon Capital Investments Limited (Cyprus) and Ivan Svitek completed on 15 April 2021. The share purchase agreement of […]

AVELLUM advised on sale of 3 wind power plants of 49.5 MW total capacity

AVELLUM acted as the legal counsel to one of the sellers on the sale of a stake in renewable energy projects to Elementum Energy, the largest international renewable energy producer in Ukraine. The transaction covered 3 wind power plants: Artsyz Wind Power Plant, Artsyz Wind Power Plant-2, and Kiliya Wind Power Plant, all located in […]

EVERLEGAL – legal counsel to UDP Renewables in an investment partnership agreement with Nebras

This deal provides for an acquisition of a controlling stake in 6 companies operating solar power plants of UDPR: “Scythia-Solar-1”, “Scythia-Solar-2”, “Free-Energy Henichesk”, “Port-Solar”, “Terslav” and “Sun Power Pervomaisk”. The next stage of the partnership will be the implementation of new wind energy projects, which will allow UDPR to increase its share in the production of […]

AVELLUM advised Dobrobut’s major shareholders on buyback of Dobrobut’s shares from Horizon Capital

AVELLUM acted as the legal counsel to Dobrobut’s major shareholders  — Oleg Kalashnikov, Dobrobut’s Managing Shareholder and CEO, and Concorde Capital — on the purchase of Horizon Capital’s minority stake in Dobrobut. AVELLUM assisted with the preparation and negotiation of the transaction documents and coordinated completion of the entire transaction. Notably, AVELLUM team advised on the disposal of […]

Kinstellar supports OECD

Kinstellar is supporting the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in the course of its on-going review of the Ukrainian corporate governance regulations and practices of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and benchmarking them against the OECD Guidelines on the Corporate Governance of SOEs. The review is being performed at the request of the Ukrainian government with the […]

Dentons advised the European Federation of Energy Traders

Dentons acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to the European Federation of Energy Traders (EFET) and provided a legal opinion on the enforceability of the EFET General Agreement concerning the delivery and acceptance of natural gas and its collateral arrangements. EFET promotes competition, transparency and open access in the European energy sector. It currently represents more […]

Mark Segall joined Dentons as a new banking and finance partner

Mark Segall, a recognized lawyer with over 20 years of experience, has joined Dentons as a partner in the banking and finance team in Warsaw. His experience covers a wide range of financial products, including acquisition and leveraged finance, structured commodity finance and project finance. He advises international clients on cross-border syndicated lending and specializes […]

Kinstellar advised Automagistral-Pivden

Kinstellar is advising one of Ukraine’s leading road construction companies, Automagistral-Pivden (AMP), on the preparation of the first unsolicited proposal for the construction of the 300-km Krakovets-Lviv-Brody-Rivne motorway, to be undertaken on a public-private partnership or concession basis in accordance with Ukraine’s new PPP and concession law. A memorandum of cooperation, prepared by Kinstellar’s team […]

LCF won litigation with PJSC Ukrainian Railways

The team of the LCF Law Group won a long-awaited victory in a lawsuit with PJSC Ukrainian Railways and proved the legality of the claims of First Ukrainian International Bank to recover UAH 500 million. Thus, the Supreme Court confirmed the obligation of PJSC Ukrainian Railways to return the loan to the bank, which was […]

Redcliffe Partners hires new partner Sergiy Ignatovsky

Redcliffe Partners is pleased to announce a new partner Sergiy Ignatovsky, who joins the firm’s leading litigation and restructuring practices. Sergiy is one of the top professionals in Ukraine focusing on restructurings, high-profile complex litigation and special situations. His professional background is diverse. Sergiy has previously worked for many years as a partner in the […]

What does Belarusian business need to know in the new sanctions reality?

On 17 March 2021 at 13:00 the online conference “What does Belarusian business need to know in the new sanctions reality” will be held. Legal practitioners, heads of compliance departments, consultants, law and international relations students are invited to participate, and anyone interested in the subject is welcome to join as an attendee. The conference […]

AVELLUM advised Furshet

AVELLUM acted as the legal advisor to Furshet, a Ukrainian supermarket chain, on obtaining merger control clearance from the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine for the acquisition of control over Furshet’s retail assets by Fozzy Group. Fozzy Group is one of the leading Ukrainian retailers with more than 700 retail stores in Ukraine operating under brands […]

Kinstellar announced the appointment of Ihor Kitela as Of Counsel

Kinstellar strengthened its corporate/M&A practice in Ukraine with the appointment of Ihor Kitela as Of Counsel at the firm’s Kyiv office. Ihor Kitela has over 15 years of experience assisting multinational and local companies from various industry sectors. His primary focus is on corporate and commercial law, M&A and corporate governance, but he also advises […]

CMS has advised a syndicate of banks led by ING Bank N.V.

International law firm CMS has advised a syndicate of banks led by ING Bank N.V. as mandated lead arranger in relation to the extension of the pre-export facility for Ukraine’s Kernel Group. The total amount of the credit facility is USD 300 million. CMS advised on the overall structure of the facility and the addition of a […]

Asters has acted for Intreprinderea Mixta “Zernoff” S.R.L

Asters has acted for Intreprinderea Mixta “Zernoff” S.R.L., a leading Eastern European manufacturer of spirits and strong alcoholic beverages, on its acquisition of Ukrspyrt’s assets. The deal marks the first privatization of the Ukrspyrt assets by a foreign investor.  The privatization valued the relevant Ukrspyrt’s assets at UAH 120 million making it the first largest […]

Sayenko Kharenko has represented Zhejiang Baokang Wheel Manufacture Co., Ltd.

International trade practice of Sayenko Kharenko has represented Zhejiang Baokang Wheel Manufacture Co., Ltd. in anti-dumping investigation related to imports into Ukraine of aluminum wheel disks with origin in China and Russia. Sayenko Kharenko has represented interests of the client at all stages of the investigation including drafting commentaries on application on investigation initiation, submitting […]

Baker McKenzie advised IKEA on launching an offline business in Ukraine

Baker McKenzie’s Kyiv office has advised IKEA, a Swedish multinational conglomerate that designs and sells furniture, kitchen appliances and home accessories, on the launch of its first offline store in Ukraine.The Baker McKenzie team has been supporting IKEA ever since the very inception of the Blockbuster Mall project in May 2019.The firm`s lawyers conducted a […]

AVER LEX boosts its litigation practice with two promotions

AVER LEX is reinforcing its litigation practice in connection with the growth of clients’ requests for representation in courts. After spending 5 years in the firm, Volodymyr Yenich was promoted to partner. He has unique experience in representing clients in commercial, corporate and administrative disputes. Kateryna Stashkiv was promoted to counsel. She has been working […]

The Impact of Quarantine on the Ukrainian HoReCa Industry

Quarantine restrictions aimed at tackling the COVID-19 pandemic have affected various sectors of the economy in different ways. The Hotel/Restaurant/Café industry is one of the areas that has suffered most from the ongoing quarantine. Since March 2020, catering and hotel businesses have been under pressure from the toughest quarantine restrictions up to the ban in […]

Ilyashev & Partners is a legal counsel of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine

Ilyashev & Partners provided legal support during the Ukraine.ua domain name re-delegation in favor of the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to host a modern digital portal about Ukraine for foreign audiences. The Ukraine.ua portal was officially launched on 14 January 2021. The Ukraine.ua domain name was owned by an individual for more than 8 […]

Asters advises Smart Holding on the sale of Unex Bank

Asters acts as a legal counsel to Withine Investments LTD (Cyprus), a subsidiary of Smart Holding (one of the largest industrial and investment groups in Ukraine), on the sale of JSC UNEX BANK to Dragon Capital Investments Limited (Cyprus) and Ivan Svitek. The parties plan to close the deal during the first quarter of 2021. […]

Sayenko Kharenko represented Zhejiang Longda Stainless Steel Co., Ltd

Sayenko Kharenko’s international trade practice team has successfully represented Zhejiang Longda Stainless Steel Co., Ltd in sunset review of anti-dumping measures applied to imports into Ukraine of seamless stainless pipes. Sayenko Kharenko has represented interests of the client at all stages of the investigation including drafting commentaries on application on review initiation, submitting answer to […]

EVERLEGAL advised Novopecherska School on EUR 10 million loan

EVERLEGAL acted as a legal counsel to Novopecherska School in relation to a loan agreement with the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank (BSTDB) for the amount of up to EUR 10 million for the construction of a school in the UNIT.City innovation park. This agreement will enable the school to increase the number of […]

Sayenko Kharenko opens its office in Strasbourg

Sayenko Kharenko opens its office in Strasbourg to fully ensure the protection of the rights and interests of the firm’s clients in the European Court of Human Rights right before Human Rights Day. Strasbourg is the legal capital of Europe. The new office will be headed by a French lawyer of Ukrainian origin with many […]

Antika Law Firm successfully defended the interests of Cherkasyteplocomunenerho

Antika Law Firm successfully defended the interests of a heat supply company, namely Cherkasyteplocomunenerho utility company of Cherkasy City Council, in a pre-contractual dispute before the Commercial Court of Cherkasy Region. The statement of claim against the client was filed by a local heat supply organization, which asked the court to accept the proposed version […]

Dentons launches combination with Durham Jones & Pinegar

Dentons has launched a previously announced combination with Salt Lake City-based Durham Jones & Pinegar, now known as Dentons Durham Jones Pinegar. The launch of Dentons Durham Jones Pinegar continues the growth of Project Golden Spike, a series of combinations launched earlier this year dedicated to advancing the first truly national US law firm capable […]

DLA Piper appointed Natalia Kirichenko as head of IPT in Ukraine

DLA Piper announced the appointment of Natalia Kirichenko as head of the Intellectual Property and Technology practice in its Kyiv office, starting with immediate effect. The appointment follows the departure of Natalia Pakhomovska, who led the team and has decided to leave the firm to explore new opportunities in other areas. Previously a legal director […]

Antika Law Firm successfully defended the interests of Cherkasyteplocomunenerho

Antika Law Firm successfully defended the interests of a heat supply company, namely Cherkasyteplocomunenerho utility company of Cherkasy City Council, in a pre-contractual dispute before the Commercial Court of Cherkasy Region. The statement of claim against the client was filed by a local heat supply organization, which asked the court to accept the proposed version […]

Sayenko Kharenko- legal adviser on the 800 MW wind farm project EPC contract

SayenkoKharenko acted as a legal adviser for WIND FARM LLC in relation to entering into an EPC contract with POWERCHINA. The contract provided for the joint implementation of an 800 MW wind farm in the Mangushskyi and Nikolskyi districts of the Donetsk Region. The project will attract about USD 1 billion of investments in Donetsk […]

Sayenko Kharenko reinforced its real estate and construction team

Real estate and construction practice of Sayenko Kharenko has been very busy lately and its success lured two prominent experts from the market: Svitlana Gurieieva joins as partner and Olena Denisova as senior associate, both from Auchan Retail Ukraine. Svitlana Gurieieva is an extremely skilled practitioner, with over 20 years of experience both with Ukrainian […]

Sayenko Kharenko advised Elementum Energy

Sayenko Kharenko has acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to Elementum Energy Limited, a subsidiary of VR Capital focused on investments into renewable energy, on a buy-out of the minority stake of its partner Volterra Energy Group in a joint venture company that had successfully developed ten solar power plant projects in Ukraine with the […]

CMS strengthened global life sciences

International law firm CMS is pleased to announce that Borys Danevych will be joining the firm as a partner and head of Life Sciences at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang in Kyiv from 1 November 2020. Borys was previously the owner and head of Danevych.Law, a leading life sciences boutique law firm in Ukraine, which […]

Kinstellar strengthened its Ukraine practice with new new Partner

Kinstellar announced the appointment of Olexander Martinenko as a Partner and Head of the Dispute Resolution and Commercial practices at the Kyiv office of Kinstellar. Olexander Martinenko is a highly acclaimed and recommended leading expert in dispute resolution and competition, as well as in technology and energy matters. With nearly three decades of experience, he has advised a […]

Kinstellar advised Turkey Wealth Fund

Kinstellar’s Kyiv office has successfully advised Türkiye Varlık Fonu (Turkey Wealth Fund) in connection with obtaining merger control approval from the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine for the acquisition of a controlling interest in Turkcell İletişim Hizmetleri A.Ş. Turkey Wealth Fund  is the wealth fund and strategic investment arm of the Republic of Turkey that was […]

Baker McKenzie advised Glencore Agriculture Limited

Baker McKenzie’s Kyiv office has advised Glencore Agriculture Limited, the agricultural commodities giant, on its acquisition of LLC Everi port terminal from the Orexim group of companies. Everi is a leading vegetable oil export terminal in the city of Mykolaiv, Ukraine, offering storage and loading services to first class international and domestic clients. The Baker […]

Investments Control

There is an emerging conversation around foreign investments in strategically important companies — is it a path towards modernization and development or a threat to national security? So we decided to discuss the idea of introducing a screening mechanism aimed at controlling foreign investment in particular areas of strategic importance for the economy and national […]

AVER LEX defended the interests of judges before the Supreme Council of Justice

The team of AVER LEX Attorneys at Law has once again made a stand for protection of the Ukrainian judicial system by defending the interests of a number of judges before the Supreme Council of Justice (SCJ). In the past few years, there has been an unspoken confrontation in Ukraine between certain law-enforcement agencies and […]

VB PARTNERS have succeeded to lift Ukraine’s sanctions against the EU company

Special economic restrictive measures (sanctions) were imposed on the European Union resident company (metallurgy sector), by the decision of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, in particular, its assets freezing and financial transactions suspending. This decision of the National Security and Defense Council was put into effect by a relevant decree of the […]

AVELLUM advised Argus Media Ltd

AVELLUM acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to Argus Media Ltd on the acquisition of Agritel International, a subsidiary of Agritel, an expert provider of information, consulting, and forecasting on agricultural and agro-industrial markets. AVELLUM conducted legal due diligence of the Ukrainian part of the target business and advised Argus Media Ltd on certain transaction […]

Kinstellar represented QTerminals

On 20 August 2020, the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority, the Qatari port operator QTerminals WLL and its Ukrainian subsidiary QTerminals Olvia, in the presence of the Minister of Transport and Communications of the State of Qatar, Jassim Al Sulaiti, and the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, Vladysav Kryklii, signed […]

COVID-19 and its Impact on State Aid in Ukraine

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented amount of state support to a broad range of businesses. Governments all around the world are spending billions now to support business sectors that have been forced to close their doors due to the pandemic outburst. This resulted in a significant increase of state aid-related work for competition […]

Impact of COVID-19 on the Ukrainian Pharmaceutical Market

From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the global pharmaceutical industry has been under tremendous pressure to provide a solution for treating COVID-19 and, at the same time, to ensure the uninterrupted access of patients to treatment for other diseases. Obviously, this challenge has influenced the pharmaceutical market, including in Ukraine. Although COVID-19 has affected […]

Asters advised International Finance Corporation

Asters acted as a Ukrainian law counsel to International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, in connection with up to USD 20 million loan to Nyva Pereyaslavshchyny, a leading Ukrainian pork producer. IFC is providing a long-term loan to finance Nyva’s working capital in an effort to limit potential input supply chain […]

EVERLEGAL acted as a legal partner of UNIT.City

On 1 July 2020 the first innovation park in Ukraine, UNIT.City, announced the signing of the finance contract with the European Investment Bank, which will provide a loan in the amount of EUR 50 million for the purposes of UNIT.City development. EVERLEGAL team supported the process of attraction of financing for UNIT.City at all stages […]

Asters advised EBRD on providing a loan to Grain Alliance

Asters acted as a legal counsel to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in connection with its financing to Grain Alliance Group, a large Ukrainian agricultural producer, which cultivates over 55,000 hectares of land in Northern Ukraine. The loan will support the Group’s liquidity and help it withstand the COVID19-caused crisis. Asters’ banking and […]

Asters advised EBRD on EUR 25 million financing to Yuria-Pharm

Asters acted as a legal counsel to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in connection with its EUR 25 million financing to Yuria-Pharm, Ukraine’s leading manufacturer of intensive care medicines, medical devices and antiseptics. A six-year loan of up to EUR 25 million from the EBRD will help Yuria-Pharm expand its existing production facilities […]

Asters advised EBRD on providing loan to Lantmännen Axa

Asters acted as a legal counsel to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in connection with its financing to Lantmännen Axa, a leading producer of breakfast cereals in Ukraine that is owned by Sweden’s largest agribusiness cooperative, Lantmännen. The EBRD funds will secure the company’s financial stability, allowing Lantmännen Axa to implement an investment […]

Tax Disputes matter during quarantine

Despite the ongoing lockdown in many resolution procedures of disputes, the administrative procedure remains rather active: businesses and the tax authorities have a number of tasks to fulfill during the quarantine period. Thus, the tax dispute resolution (TDR) practice reacts slowly and not critically towards temporary quarantine regulations. We provide a few comments (“news from […]

COVID-19 and international arbitration

Lockdown has so far paralyzed resolution of many disputes for a few months. In the absence of respective regulation enabling the holding of hearings in online mode, state courts had few options.  As a rule, they simply adjourned the hearings, extended the procedural deadlines and took similar measures.  In this respect, international arbitration has been […]

INTEGRITES advised Sibelco on asset acquisition in Ukraine

INTEGRITES acted as a legal advisor to Sibelco, one of the leading minerals and materials companies in Europe, on the acquisition of two Ukrainian clay producers – Euromineral LLC and Kurdyumovsky plant PrJSC. INTEGRITES corporate and M&A team led by partner Illya Tkachuk provided the client with full legal assistance in the deal. The firm’s […]

How has quarantine affected bankruptcy practices?

COVID-19 prevention measures have undoubtedly affected all spheres of life and business, including the practice of bankruptcy. Analyzing the statistics of bankruptcy proceedings, we see the following figures: 85 cases were opened between 1 January 2020 and 11 March 2020, and from 12 March 2020 to 14 May 2020, 52 cases were opened. That is, […]

The COVID-19 lockdown and its impact on telecommunications in Ukraine

In the current conditions of isolation and restrictions of movement, remote work and education, the world is becoming even more dependent on reliable connectivity services. The importance of stability of telecommunications in the light of COVID-19 should not be underestimated. Legislative impact Like in many other jurisdictions, to ensure an uninterrupted consumers’ access to telecommunications […]

Kinstellar advised UMG Investments

Kinstellar recently acted as a legal counsel to UMG Investments in connection with its acquisition of a minority stake in Feednova LLC, a Ukrainian company focusing on production of feed additives for farm animals and pets, and the subsequent establishment of a joint venture with Effective Investments Group and other stakeholders of Feednova. Feednova will […]

COVID-19 and trade in agricultural commodities & commodity arbitration: Ukraine

The COVID-19 outbreak has already affected many legal industries in Ukraine. This post is a brief reflection on those changes in the field of trade in agricultural commodities and commodity arbitration as seen presently as of 6 May 2020 and those dynamics which have already emerged under the circumstances. The post, however, does not aim […]

The changing climate of private equity and venture capital

There is no industry that has not been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, and private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) industries are no exception. Moreover, as PE and VC funds, being professional financial institutions, are investors in other businesses operating in a wide range of industries and sectors, when considering the impact of COVID-19 […]

The coronavirus pandemic and the future of work

The COVID-2019 outbreak and the restrictive measures that followed are having a serious effect on employment. Surprisingly, while the impact of the pandemic is definitely negative, there is still one positive consequence. Ukraine has taken at least one step forward towards flexibility and modernization of its labor legislation. Even these tiny changes will influence the […]

Implications of pandemic for protection of intellectual property rights

Inertial practice IP is unique for its stability against all kinds of infections and viruses. Therefore, I am not inclined to talk about the pandemic’s direct or drastic impact on IP. Of course, quarantine and other restrictions have an effect on workflow and approaches to doing business in general. The IP sphere is rather inertial. […]

Criminal investigations in emergency situation. Test for Electronic Court system

The quarantine was introduced in Ukraine in mid-March by presidential decree. This significantly complicated the work of law-enforcement officers and lawyers in criminal proceedings. In the absence of an urgent need for law-enforcement officers there is no possibility to carry out investigative and some procedural actions like interrogation (witnesses, victims), receipt of samples needed for […]

The COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on debt restructuring

The COVID-19 situation has had a grave effect on the overall business environment, both globally and locally. A lot of things are on ice, resulting in limited access to funding both from capital markets and bank lending sources. To mitigate public health related consequences, the Ukrainian Government and local authorities have introduced certain quarantine measures, […]

COVID-19 and its impact on the transport business

Quarantine prolongation: airline losses and impact on cruise tourism At its meeting on 22 April, the Cabinet of Ministers followed the recommendations of the Ministry of Healthcare of Ukraine and extended quarantine restrictions in the country for the second time, this time till 11 May. As for the transport sector, there is still some uncertainty. […]

Practical impact of COVID-19 for FinTech: things to consider

On 11 March, the Ukrainian government restricted business activity involving personal contact with customers, except for banks and insurance companies. The NBU responded with a number of regulatory reliefs for banks. Nevertheless, neither the NBU nor the Financial Services Commission (FSC) provided specific relief for non-banking firms. In our view, given the nature of the […]

Post-COVID-19 era for aviation

The impact of COVID-19 on aviation and tourism industries was very rapid and heavy in a way we have never seen before. Travel bans and flight cancellations in response to the outbreak resulted in an unprecedented deep and long-lasting drop in passenger traffic and almost total absence of air connectivity. This led to a fall […]

INTEGRITES protected interests of EuroСape Ukraine

INTEGRITES protected interests of EuroСape Ukraine, one of the leading renewable energy producers, in a tax dispute against the Head Office of the State Tax Service. The firm’s lawyers succeeded to resolve the dispute at the pre-trial stage. The background of the case includes the resolution issued by the tax authority to recognize certain business […]

AVELLUM advised on acquisition of 33% stake in Ocean Plaza by UDP

AVELLUM acted as the legal counsel to UDP, a leading Ukrainian development company, on the acquisition of a 33.35% stake in Ocean Plaza, one of the largest shopping and entertainment centers in Ukraine and Europe. AVELLUM provided full legal support to the client in structuring the transaction, negotiating and signing the transaction documents, as well […]

AVELLUM advised EBRD

AVELLUM acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in connection with a long term secured loan to LLC Novi Biznes Poglyady in the total amount of up to EUR 52.5 million. NBP is a special project company, which owns and operates Riviera Shopping City, a shopping mall located […]

Asters advised Regal Petroleum

Asters acted as a legal counsel to Regal Petroleum, a British oil and gas company, on its up to USD 8.63 million acquisition of Arkona Gas-Energy, a Ukrainian company holding the license to explore, develop and produce hydrocarbons in Svystunkivsko-Chervonolutske field located in Poltava region. Asters’ team has provided full transactional support with Ukrainian law issues, […]

Sayenko Kharenko advised EBRD on EUR 15 million financing to OTP Leasing

Sayenko Kharenko has acted as a Ukrainian legal counsel to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on providing a four-year loan of up to EUR 15 million equivalent to OTP Leasing. The loan will be available for disbursement as a UAH synthetic and/or a EUR denominated facilities. It will enable OTP Leasing to finance […]

AVELLUM advised BSTDB

AVELLUM acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank in connection with a long-term secured loan to LLC Butsefal and Prometey Swiss SA in the total amount of up to USD 10 million. Part of the loan proceeds were used for the acquisition of a new silo in Mykolaiv […]

Sayenko Kharenko – legal counsel to Promprylad.Renovation

Sayenko Kharenko has acted as legal counsel to Promprylad.Renovation, the largest impact-investment enterprise in Ukraine.  Promprylad.Renovation is a unique and rapidly growing project aimed at creation of an ecosystem of collaboration between businesses, social initiatives, artists, and educators within the premises of Promprylad, a revitalized Soviet-era plant in Ivano-Frankivsk. The project has already raised more […]

AVELLUM advised on Vodafone Ukraine acquisition and Eurobond financings

AVELLUM acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to: J.P. Morgan Securities Plc and Raiffeisen Bank International AG as arrangers on USD 464 million bridge loan financing for Bakcell’s acquisition of PJSC VF Ukraine  structured through the purchase from MTS’s wholly owned subsidiary Allegretto s.a.r.l of its 100% stake in Dutch subsidiary Preludium B.V., the sole […]

Kinstellar advised DEG on USD 20 million credit facility for Nibulon

Kinstellar has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to DEG – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH, a development finance institution and subsidiary of KfW Bankengruppe, in connection with a USD 20 million credit facility for Nibulon, a leading agricultural commodities exporter and producer in Ukraine. In addition to the work that is usual for this type of […]

CMS advised TIS Group

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang in Kyiv has advised TIS Group on the English and Ukrainian law aspects of a joint venture transaction whereby DP World, one of the worlds’ largest port operators, enters Ukraine directly for the first time. As part of the transaction, DP World agreed to acquire control in TIS Container Terminal […]

Kinstellar advised QTerminals

Kinstellar’s Kyiv office, in coordination with Clyde & Co, has successfully represented Qatari port operator QTerminals in the largest port concession tender in Ukraine to date. Kinstellar handled all Ukrainian law aspects of the project, while Clyde & Co’s Middle East offices acted as overall deal counsel. The pilot port operating concession was prepared by […]

INTEGRITES protected interests of Euronet Ukraine

INTEGRITES protected interests of Euronet Ukraine, the local representative of the international group Euronet Worldwide, in a UAH 64 million tax dispute with Kyiv State Fiscal Service. Resulting from a tax audit, the dispute arose in 2018 when the Kyiv tax authority overstated the amount of the corporate profit tax that allegedly had to be […]

Mindset Shift

The Velvet Revolution which took place in Armenia in 2018 changed the country and society. After a period of calm watching the course of the new political leaders in power, international investors are confirming strong interest in the country. The legal market went through a clear out, which is irreversible when healthy,as intense competition takes […]

Baker McKenzie assisted BSTDB on an up to USD 70 million loan to Epicentr K

The Kyiv office of Baker McKenzie acted as Ukrainian law counsel to the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank  in connection with their up to USD 70 million loan to Epicentr K LLC and Renvior Trading Limited. The loan will support the Group’s agriculture business program for 2019-2021, in particular the construction of three new […]

Baker McKenzie advised shareholders of Biopharma

The Kyiv office of Baker McKenzie advised the shareholders of Biopharma, a leading Ukrainian manufacturer of pharmaceuticals and healthcare products, on the carve-out of its non-plasma business and its further sale to Stada AG, a global manufacturer of pharmaceuticals and consumer healthcare products. The Baker McKenzie team was co-led by Kyiv office partners Viacheslav Yakymchuk, head […]

Sayenko Kharenko advised on the landmark EUR 1.25 billion Eurobond issue by Ukraine

Sayenko Kharenko has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to BNP Paribas, JP Morgan and Raiffeisen Bank International, the joint lead managers of Ukraine’s record-setting EUR 1.25 billion Eurobond issue. The notes have a 10year tenor and bear a coupon of 4.375 % per annum, which is the lowest pricingfor Ukraine’s euro-denominated debt. SayenkoKharenko’s team was led by […]

ETERNA LAW announced the promotion of key legal staff

ETERNA LAW announced the promotion of key legal staff starting from 1 January. Artem Kuzmenko is appointed as a partner in Corporate and M&A Practice with a focus on corporate law, IT law, advising companies in infrastructure, construction, IT, gambling, sports industry. Igor Mulyarchuk is appointed as a counsel in International Litigation Department with a […]

Anastasia Usova is promoted to partner at Redcliffe Partners

Redcliffe Partners announced the promotion to partner of Anastasia Usova, who leads the firm’s Antitrust practice. Anastasia joined the firm in 2017, and in three years she has developed the antitrust practice into a Top-3 antitrust practice on the Ukrainian market. During that period, Redcliffe’s antitrust team worked on a number of prominent transactions in the […]

Markian Malskyy rejoins Arzinger as partner

On 20 January 2020 Markian Malskyy returns to Arzinger as partner and will head the firm’s Western Ukrainian office. As a lawyer specialized in providing legal support in investment projects as well as in dispute resolution, including in international commercial and investment arbitrations, he will also be co-head of International Litigation and Arbitration Practice. Previously, […]

Serhiy Shershun promoted to partner at INTEGRITES

INTEGRITES announced the appointment of Serhiy Shershun, counsel and head of Antitrust and Competition, as partner effective from 1 January 2020. Following this promotion, the leadership board at INTEGRITES in Ukraine has grown to 11 partners. Serhiy specializes in projects related to public procurement, pharmaceuticals and retail. He also supports clients in a number of cases […]

More Than Just Business

  During his first visit to Ukraine, Paul Rawlinson, Global Chair of Baker McKenzie, told UJBL readers in a special interview of his vision of the balance between local independence and a global strategy, partnership policy and innovation, as well as the global challenges facing the legal marketplace during celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of Baker […]

AVELLUM advised CHG Healthcare

AVELLUM acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to CHG Healthcare on the acquisition of Modio Health, a provider of technology solutions for the healthcare industry. AVELLUM advised CHG Healthcare on various Ukrainian IP law matters arising during the transaction. In particular, AVELLUM advised the client on the transfer of IP rights to the software and compliance […]

AEQUO advised Dragon Capital

AEQUO acted as a legal advisor to Dragon Capital on execution of the agreement for acquisition of stake in Idea Bank JSC (Lviv) from the East European financial group Getin Holding S.A. (Poland). Working closely with the Dragon Capital team, AEQUO provided the client with legal assistance that included legal due diligence of Idea Bank, […]

Kinstellar advised local agribusiness MAIS

Kinstellar has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to the leading Ukrainian seed producer MAIS in connection with the establishment of a joint venture with a strategic investor, the US company Remington Seeds – the largest third-party seed producer in the world. The new joint venture, SEED CORP, will provide a full range of high-quality seed […]

Asters advised EBRD on up to EUR 10 million financing to Kormotech

Asters acted as a legal counsel to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in connection with its up to EUR 10 million financing to Kormotech Group. Kormotech is one of the top three market players in the Ukrainian pet food market and the first and largest Ukrainian producer of high-quality pet food for cats […]

Kinstellar advised DEG on USD 20 million credit facility for Astarta

Kinstellar has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to the German development finance institution DEG – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH, a subsidiary of KfW Bankengruppe, headquartered in Cologne, Germany, in connection with a long-term facility of up to USD 20 million for Astarta Group.. Part of DEG’s investment will be directed at modernisation of Astarta’s production […]

AVELLUM advised Van Leeuwen Pipe and Tube Group

AVELLUM acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to the Netherlands based Van Leeuwen Pipe and Tube Group on the acquisition of BENTELER Distribution Ukraine, a part of the international distribution division of BENTELER International AG. AVELLUM advised Van Leeuwen Pipe and Tube Group on the structuring of the transaction, conducted legal due diligence of the […]

Asters advised EBRD on EUR 10 million financing to Grain Alliance Group

Asters acted as a legal counsel to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in connection with its EUR 10 million financing to Grain Alliance Group, a large Ukrainian agricultural producer, which cultivates over 50,000 hectares of land and is owned by Claesson & Anderzen of Sweden. The loan will finance the expansion of the […]

DLA Piper advised NEQSOL

DLA Piper has advised NEQSOL on the acquisition of VF Ukraine (one of the largest local mobile network operators) from Russian telecommunications operator MTS Group for USD 734 million, including a.c. USD 84 million of earn-out payment. In addition, the firm advised NEQSOL on the raising of acquisition financing for the deal from a group […]

Ilyashev & Partners secured settlement of the largest insurance compensation

Ilyashev & Partners has represented the interests of Budpostach – the leading national player of professional equipment and tooling market of Ukraine, in handling an insured fire accident which resulted in burning down the company warehouse in Kyiv on 2 February 2019. On 5 December 2019, the Insurance Company Universalna, where Budpostach insured its property […]

AVELLUM – legal counsel to UFUTURE

AVELLUM acted as the legal counsel to UFUTURE on obtaining a merger control clearance of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine for the partial sale of its stake in LvivTech.City. LvivTech.City is an innovation park in Lviv that will offer a comprehensive ecosystem of Class A office premises, co-working spaces, laboratories and conference rooms occupying the […]

Asters advised Green Genius

Asters acted as a legal counsel to Green Genius, a renewable energy company, part of Modus Group international holding, in connection with the construction of 14 MW solar power plant in the village of Zalukva (Ivano-Frankivsk Region). The solar power plant in Zalukva was launched on 27 November 2019. This is the first solar power […]

AVELLUM advised on successful Kernel and Naftogaz Eurobond offerings

AVELLUM acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel on two more successful Eurobond offerings from Ukraine. The firm acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to Kernel Holding S.A. in connection with an offering of USD300 million 6.5% guaranteed notes due 2024. ING Bank N.V., London Branch, and J.P. Morgan Securities plc acted as joint lead managers of […]

INTEGRITES advised ÜMITLI on construction of solar PV plants in Ukraine

INTEGRITES acted as local legal counsel for ÜMITLI, Turkish developer of renewable energy facilities, on the construction of three photovoltaic (PV) plants with a total capacity of 26 MW in Dnipropetrovsk Region, Ukraine. The total investment involved reaches USD 30 million. One plant has already been commissioned, two others are scheduled for commissioning by the […]

EKVITA law firm (Azerbaijan) is looking for a compliance manager/lawyer

Key Responsibilities Identify, analyze and monitor potential key Compliance and/regulatory risks, potential conflicts of interests and other Compliance challenges. Manage projects that relate to regulatory developments, supervisory activities, or strategic initiatives. Oversee, coordinate and handle day-to-day Compliance tasks, such as Compliance training, Compliance monitoring/surveillance and investigations process where appropriate. Develop and conduct Compliance workshops and […]

Aequo Advises Naftogaz on USD 500 mln. Eurobonds Issue

AEQUO has acted as a Ukrainian law counsel to NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine on Ukrainian law matters in connection with its second capital markets transaction in 2019. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has acted as a counsel to Naftogaz on English law matters. Naftogaz returned to the market in November with USD 500 million 7-year Eurobonds […]

CMS advises syndicate of European banks on extension and increase of pre-export credit facility for Kernel

CMS hasadviseda syndicate of banks (including Black Sea Trade and Development Bank) led by ING and UniCredit as mandated lead arrangers, on the extension and USD 100million increase of a pre-export credit facility toUkraine’sKernel Group. The total available limitunder the amended facilityhas beenincreasedto USD390million. Kernel Groupis the world’slargest producer and exporter of sunflower oil,and a […]

CMS advised EBRD on green logistics loan

CMS has advised European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the largest international financial investor in Ukraine, on a loan of up to USD 35 million that will support Louis Dreyfus Company, the world’s largest agricultural trader, to establish its own railcar logistics business in Ukraine. The investment is significant for EBRD in Ukraine where […]

AVELLUM advised MHP on USD 350 million Eurobond issue

AVELLUM acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to MHP Lux S.A. on USD 350 million offering of 6.250% notes due 2029 . The transaction was structured as an offering of the Notes guaranteed on a senior basis by MHP SE and certain of its Ukrainian and Cypriot subsidiaries. ING Bank N.V., London Branch, and J.P. […]

AVELLUM advised ICU

AVELLUM acted as the legal counsel to Investment Capital Ukraine (ICU) on the sale of the remaining stake in alternative energy projects with total capacity over 200 MW to VR Capital Group. The transaction covered the following solar power plants jointly developed by ICU and VR: “Kamianets-Podilskа” in Khmelnytskyi region, “Solar Capital” in Kherson region, […]

Denys Kytsenko joined Eterna Law as partner of Bankruptcy and Restructuring Practice

Eterna Law announced that Denys Kytsenko on 2 September joined the firm as partner and a head of Bankruptcy and Restructuring Practice. Before Eterna Law, Dr Kytsenko led a number of outstanding cases, representing major International and Ukrainian banks as creditors, including those ones, acknowledged as the most profound and complicated procedures of 2016 and […]

Ambitious Agenda

The policy makers of post-Soviet states as well as prominent thinktanks and independent researchers constantly refer to the exceptional case of Georgia. This country, located in the heart of the Caucuses, has much in common with Ukraine, but has definitely moved ahead with its reform ambitions and transformations.   Alexander Bolkvadze, founding partner of BLC Law […]

AEQUO advised Raiffeisen Bank International

AEQUO has acted for Raiffeisen Bank International AG (RBI) on extension of ECA-covered finance in the amount of approximately EUR 4 million to EpiCentr Group. Within the long-term cooperation of RBI with EpiCentr Group, Austrian bank has granted a five-year facility to Epicentr-K LLC to increase agrarian fleet of the agricultural division of the Ukrainian […]

AEQUO secures win for ProCredit Bank

AEQUO defended interests of ProCredit Bank in a precedent-setting dispute over the loan commitment. The Supreme Court decided in favor of the Bank, upholding the lawful decision of the court of appeal. The complexity of the dispute was that the opponent claimed Bank to issue a loan based on the concluded loan agreement. In refusing […]

Asters defended interests of Bayer Ukraine

Asters successfully defended interests of Bayer Ukraine, a leading international healthcare and agriculture company, before the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine. On 26 July 2019, the AMCU closed proceedings in the case on the alleged violation of the competition law by Bayer LLC, as the company complied with the AMC’s recommendations concerning revision of certain provisions […]

Asters advised Norsk Solar AS

Asters acted as a legal and tax counsel to Norsk Solar AS, a Norwegian solar power developer, in connection with the project of construction of a 9 MW solar power plant in Kyiv Region. This is the first solar power project to be implemented in Ukraine by Norsk Solar AS. It is expected that the […]

CMS advised Euro Cape

CMS has advised EuroCape Ukraine I LLC, a subsidiary of independent renewable energy company LongWing Energy SCA, as lead borrower and sponsor in relation to equity and senior debt financing, for the construction of a wind farm in Ukraine. VLC Renewables, a renewable energy investment fund formed through a partnership between Vitol and Low Carbon, […]

AEQUO advised NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine

AEQUO has acted as a Ukrainian law counsel to NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine on Ukrainian law matters in connection with the landmark Eurobonds issue. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has acted as a counsel to Naftogaz on English law matters.  Naftogaz has placed 5-year bonds in the amount of EUR 600 million at 7.125% and 3-year […]

Asters advised EBRD on financing to Farmak

Asters acts as a legal counsel to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (in connection with its up to EUR 15 million financing to JSC Farmak, Ukraine’s market leader in pharmaceuticals manufacturing. The 5-year EBRD loan will be used to support the expansion of Farmak’s production of liquid dosage forms and the modernisation of its […]

AVELLUM advised EBRD

AVELLUM acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development  in connection with a long term senior secured loan to LLC Zunami  in the total amount of up to EUR 3 million. The EBRD is contributing to sustainable forest management in Ukraine by supporting a major domestic wood processing company […]

Sayenko Kharenko advised Bergner Group

Sayenko Kharenko has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to Bergner Group on the acquisition of a majority interest in a Ukrainian distribution company, and on the establishment of a joint venture with a local partner aimed at developing the distribution network for Bergner products in Ukraine. Sayenko Kharenko’s involvement in this deal included structuring advice, […]

Asters scores for Sanofi Ukraine

Asters acted as a legal counsel to Sanofi Ukraine against the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine in a case regarding the alleged competition law violation. On 30 May 2019, the Supreme Court rendered the final decision in the case that had been litigated for almost 1.5 years. The court found that the allegations of antitrust law […]

AEQUO advised the European Fund for Southeast Europe

AEQUO has acted as Ukrainian law counsel to the European Fund for Southeast Europe – the Luxembourg-based fund, which focuses on the development of local financial sectors in Southeast Europe and parts of Central Asia by providing long-term funding for micro- and small enterprises (MSEs) as well as private households, on granting of a USD […]

CMS advised Scatec Solar

CMS advised Scatec Solar on its acquisition of the 148 MW Progressovka solar power project in Mykolaiv Region. Scatec Solar is an integrated independent solar power producer, delivering affordable, rapidly deployable and sustainable clean energy worldwide. CMS team advising Scatec Solar was led by energy partner Vitaliy Radchenko, with key support provided by real estate […]

CMS advised Acciona Energia

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang in Kyiv has advised Acciona Energia on all aspects of its joint venture projects with UDP Renewables (UDPR), a leading Ukrainian investment and development company for the renewable energy sector. As part of the projects, Acciona and UPDR will construct two new solar power plants, Gudzovka-Solar and Arcyz-Solar, in the […]

AVELLUM – Ukrainian legal counsel to EBRD

AVELLUM acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development  and Nederlandse Financierings – Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden N.V. (“FMO”) in connection with a senior secured loan to LLC Chysta Enerhiia-2011 in the total amount of up to EUR 24.5 million (and each 50%). The loan proceeds will be used to […]

AEQUO advised Dragon Capital

AEQUO advised Dragon Capital group of companies, one of the leading private equity investors in Ukraine, on the sale of Chumak that is one of the largest food industry enterprises in Ukraine. In particular, AEQUO represented the client in the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine in relation to obtaining the merger clearance. AEQUO project team included […]

AVELLUM advised Dobrobut on investment by Horizon Capital

AVELLUM acted as the legal counsel to Dobrobut and its shareholders on the disposal of a minority stake in Dobrobut to Horizon Capital. AVELLUM advised Dobrobut on various aspects of the deal structuring and negotiated the transaction documents, as well as coordinated completion of the entire transaction. Dobrobut is a network of clinics and medical […]

AVELLUM advised ICU on sale of 50% stake in 11 solar park projects

AVELLUM acted as the legal counsel to Investment Capital Ukraine (ICU) on the complex M&A transaction involving:sale to VR Capital Group of 50% stake in a holding company owing 11 solar plants; establishment of a joint venture between ICU and VR Capital Group. AVELLUM provided full legal support to ICU in negotiating and signing of […]

Eterna Law represented Soufflet Negoce SA

Eterna Law has successfully represented Soufflet Negoce SA in the Supreme Court of Ukraine in the process of recognition and enforcement of a disclosure order issued by the High Court of Justice of England and Wales The application successfully went through the court of the first instance and court of appeal, until it was finally […]

Ilyashev & Partners protected the interests of Lifelong Meditech Private Limited

Ilyashev & Partners International Trade Practice team, headed by partner Olena Omelchenko, has protected the interests of a large Indian manufacturer of sterile hypodermic single use syringes Lifelong Meditech Private Limited in the anti-dumping investigation on imports into Ukraine of syringes originating from the Republic of India, the Republic of Turkey and the People’s Republic […]

INTEGRITES opts for more ILFs’ partner hires

Partners of the Kyiv office of the international law firm Jeantet Illya Tkachuk and Igor Krasovskiy joined INTEGRITES, bringing the total of the firm’s partners to 19 across 6 offices. The arrival of new partners along with their teams will reinforce M&A and Finance capabilities of INTEGRITES and will establish the firm’s French Desk. This […]

EY Ukraine advised Horizon Capital

EY Ukraine advised Horizon Capital in connection with the acquisition of a minority stake in Ajax Systems. The investment was realized through the purchase of a part of existing shares of Ajax Systems by a new Horizon Capital fund – Emerging Europe Growth Fund III, LP (EEGF III). Ajax Systems is Europe’s leading manufacturer of […]

AVELLUM represented international inspection company in ICAC arbitration

AVELLUM secured a favourable award for the client in the International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (“ICAC”) for a total amount of almost USD 200,000. AVELLUM represented a major international inspection company in a dispute against a global oil trading company, which refused to pay for the Surveyor’s services. […]

Crime Time

European criminal practice varies from state to state. But general trends are rather clear. On the eve of the International Criminal Law Forum, which takes place in Kyiv on 5 April, Olha Prosyanyuk, managing partner of AVER LEX attorneys at law, invited us to join the conversation with Jaime Campaner, managing partner of Campaner Law, […]

Baker McKenzie advised on the sale of a Ukrainian artificial intelligence startup

The Kyiv office of Baker McKenzie represented the sellers of Septa Communications (trading as Captain Growth), a Ukrainian AI startup, in its acquisition by Perion Network Ltd, an Israeli adtech company listed on NASDAQ and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. Andrii Finogin, senior associate at Baker McKenzie, represented Dmytro Bilash and Dmytro Plieshakov, the startup’s co-founders, in the […]

Evolving Role

English law is a key export of the UK to post-Soviet countries, including Ukraine. Every year legal practitioners from both countries gather for English Law Day in Kyiv. We met Christina Blacklaws, President of the Law Society of England and Wales, to explore the development of the legal profession, the evolving role of women in […]

AVELLUM advised EBRD on infrastructure financing to Negabarit-Service

AVELLUM acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in connection with a senior secured loan of up to EUR 2.6 million to Negabarit-Service LLCa Ukrainian leader in the oversized and complex auto cargo transportations. The loan will help financing the Company’s investment programme for the acquisition of up […]

Avellum advised on IBRD-supported financing for Ukraine

AVELLUM acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine in connection with two syndicated EUR-denominated facilities arranged by Deutsche Bank in December 2018 and March 2019 for the total amount equivalent to approximately USD1 billion. Both facilities benefited from a policy-based guarantee from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development. […]

Wolf Theiss acted for Sompo International

Wolf Theiss advised a major international insurance company, Sompo International, on the M&A warranty and indemnity insurance transaction for the acquisition of the Aladdin shopping and entertainment center. Located in one of the densely populated neighbourhoods of Kyiv, Ukraine, and having a total area of over 16,000 m2, Aladdin was purchased by the Ukrainian Commercial […]

Yevgen Solovyov appointed as a partner at Ilyashev & Partners

Yevgen Solovyov, attorney, insolvency receiver. He has been working at Ilyashev & Partners since 1999. The main Yevgen’s areas of specialization are corporate law, M&A, compliance practice and business protection. In addition, Yevgen advises on corporate restructuring matters, defence against hostile takeovers, corporate disputes, fire damage cases, and criminal law. Yevgen provided legal support regarding […]

CMS advised on sale of one of Kyiv’s largest shopping malls

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang in Kyiv has advised leading international real estate investment fund, Meyer Bergman, on the Ukrainian and English law aspects of its sale of the Aladdin Shopping Mall in Kyiv, one of the biggest and most popular malls in Ukraine. The CMS team was led by Graham Conlon, Kyiv managing partner […]

AVELLUM advised solar power plant developer

AVELLUM acted as the legal counsel to SM Invest Construction B.V., a solar PV plants developer, on the sale of shares in the holding company, which owns the underlying assets to develop a 120MW solar power plant in Mykolaiv region. Scatec Solar, a leading and globally acting solar energy producer, acted as the purchaser. AVELLUM […]

Baker McKenzie acted as lead legal counsel to MHP SE

The Kyiv office of Baker McKenzie acted as lead legal counsel to MHP SE, a leading international agro-industrial group, on its acquisition of PerutninaPtuj, international meat-processing company and the largest producer of poultry meat and poultry meat products in Southeast Europe. Baker McKenzie’s team was led by Viacheslav Yakymchuk, partner in the Baker McKenzie’s Kyiv office […]

AVELLUM advised Kernel

AVELLUM acted as the legal counsel to its longstanding client Kernel Holding S.A. on the acquisition of 100% of shares in Rail Transit Kargo Ukraine worth, based on the enterprise value, USD 64 million. AVELLUM provided legal support to Kernel in negotiating and signing of the transaction documents, as well as in the completion of […]

AVELLUM advised MTB Bank and Bank Center on merger

AVELLUM acted as the legal counsel on the merger of PJSC MTB Bank and PJSC Commercial Bank Center. The merger was conducted under a simplified procedure introduced by the Law of Ukraine On Simplifying Reorganisation and Capitalisation Procedures for Banks, which became effective on 29 April 2017. As a result of the merger, MTB Bank became […]

Aequo advised Posco Daewoo

Aequo advised Posco Daewoo with over USD 21 billion annual revenue, regarding Ukrainian law matters in connection with the acquisition of a grain export terminal located in Mykolaiv,. With the mentioned deal, Posco Daewoo will become the first Korean firm operating a grain terminal overseas, thus exercising control over the entire supply chain of grain […]

Pavlo Byelousov promoted to partner at Aequo

Aequo is delighted to announce the promotion of Pavlo Byelousov, head of International Arbitration and Cross-Border Litigation, to its partnership, effective as of 1 January 2019. Pavlo has 14 years of hands-on experience in investment, commercial and energy-related disputes, and has been instrumental in building up the firm’s international arbitration and cross-border litigation practices since […]

Sayenko Kharenko boosts IP practice

Sayenko Kharenko is pleased to announce the recruitment of a four-strong team from the leading Ukrainian IP boutique. Yaroslav Ognevyuk is the new head of Sayenko Kharenko’s IP practice. He is a recognized IP authority in Ukraine and has extensive experience advising clients on all types of IP-related issues with a special focus on IP […]

Aequo advised Dragon Capital on the acquisition of a stake in Ciklum

AEQUO advised Dragon Capital, one of the leading private equity investors in Ukraine, on acquisition of a stake in Ciklum. Ciklum is a leading global IT-company, founded in 2002. Ciklum has 3,000+ developers, designers, product managers and data scientists around the world building tailored digital solutions that leverage emerging technologies. AEQUO project team included partner […]

Asters advised Emer Group Limited

Asters has acted as a counsel to Emer Group Limited in connection with the recent sale of its 6.99% stake in Joint Stock Company Farmak, the largest pharmaceutical producer in Ukraine. Asters team involved in the matter consisted of partner Iryna Pokanay and counsel Gabriel Aslanian.

AVELLUM advised PrJSC Jacobs Douwe Egberts Ukraina

AVELLUM advised the client on minorities squeeze-out procedure followed by the successful corporate reorganisation of  Jacobs Douwe Egberts Ukraina  from a private joint stock company to a limited liability company. The firm supported the client on corporate law issues arising out of this complex transaction. The project enabled the client to significantly streamline its corporate […]

PwC Legal Ukraine attorneys represented Syngenta in a dispute with tax authority

PwC Legal Ukraine developed and implemented a winning strategy in a court case that involved a failure to refund an overpaid corporate profits tax by Ukraine’s central tax authority as well as its blatant disregard of the taxpayer’s legitimate demands to issue a refund notice (a statutory document) and forward it to the National Treasury. […]

Oleksandr Fefelov appointed as partner at Ilyashev & Partners

Oleksandr Fefelov, the Head of Antitrust and Competition Practice, appointed as partner at Ilyashev & Partners Law Firm. Oleksandr has been heading the Antitrust and Competition Practice of Ilyashev & Partners since 2010. Under his management the firm’s practice has gained international recognition and was awarded the Legal Award 2018. Oleksandr Fefelov is an attorney […]

Sayenko Kharenko announces new partner promotion

Sayenko Kharenko is delighted to announce the appointment of Maksym Nazarenko as a new partner in the firm’s antitrust & competition practice. Mr Nazarenko has more than 17 years of professional experience, over ten of which he dedicated to Sayenko Kharenko specializing in antitrust and competition matters, corporate law and real estate. During this time, […]

Ilyashev & Partners advised IATA on launching EasyPay in Ukraine

Ilyashev & Partners Law Firm was appointed as Ukrainian legal advisor on regulatory issues concerning introduction by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the global trade association for airlines headquartered in Canada, of a new payment system EasyPay between its member airlines and travel agents. Senior partner Roman Marchenko, who heads firm’s top-notch Aviation Practice team, […]

AVELLUM promoted Vadim Medvedev to tax partner

AVELLUM announced the promotion of Vadim Medvedev to partner effective from 1 January 2019. Vadim leads the firm’s tax practice and has an outstanding track record in the areas of international tax planning, transaction structuring, and succession planning matters. Vadim is also highly praised for successfully representing clients in tax litigation cases. Vadim is well regarded for […]

Asters advised IFCon restructuring deal with Mriya

Asters has acted as a legal counsel to International Finance Corporation in connection with its recent restructuring deal with the Mriya group. Overall, the restructuring negotiations and procedures took up to 20 months. Asters team’s advisory role covered multiple dimensions, including developing the legal and tax models of the deal, evaluation of different options, negotiating […]

Dentons advised DTEK Renewables

Dentons acted as legal counsel to DTEK Renewables in relation to the implementation of the Orlovka Wind Farm project, in particular by providing legal support during contract negotiations with Vestas, a supplier of the equipment and the EPC contractor for the project. Orlovka Wind Farm is DTEK’s third project in the wind power sector with […]

Aequo defended interests of Pilot Group’s TV Production Companies

Aequo dispute resolution team has successfully defended interests of Pilot Group’s TV production companies by conclusion settlement agreements. The case was dealing with unlawful transfer of funds from the Companies’ accounts to the accounts of private entrepreneurs without the knowledge and consent of the Companies’ management for the allegedly provided consulting services. The circumstances of the […]

AVELLUM advised largest Ukrainian brick manufacturer on restructuring and refinancing of its debt

AVELLUM acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to Private Joint Stock Company with Foreign Investments Slobozhanska Budivelna Keramika (SBK) in connection with the restructuring and refinancing of SBK’s debt, valued at approximately EUR 20 million. Atlas Advisors, an independent investment banking firm, acted as the exclusive financial advisor to the SBK’s shareholders in connection with […]

AVELLUM advised EBRD on first financing of academic institution in Ukraine

AVELLUM acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development  in connection with a senior secured loan of up to EUR1.3 million to Private Higher Educational Establishment Kyiv Medical University . The loan will be used by KMU to expand its dentistry and pharmacy education programs through the acquisition of […]

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP and Asters score for Oschadbank

Asters has acted as local Ukrainian counsel to JSC Oschadbank, one of the largest financial institutions in the country, in connection with its claim against the Russian Federation for recovery of compensation as a result of the total loss of its investments in Crimea, with Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP acting as the lead […]

Baker McKenzie advised on the sale of the Ukrainian laboratory operations of Invitro

Baker McKenzie advised Invitro on the sale of it’s Ukrainian laboratory operations to Medicover. The deal was signed on 17 October 2018. The operations consist of about 60 blood-drawing points (BDPs) and one laboratory, focused on eastern and central Ukraine. The transaction is expected to be closed in early 2019. The transaction is subject to […]

Dentons advised BNP Paribas and a syndicate of international banks

Dentons advised BNP Paribas and a syndicate of international banks on the extension and increase to USD 500,000,000 of a pre-export secured revolving facility to Ferrexpo.  Dentons’ cross-border team from offices was led by London partner Evgenia Laurson and Kyiv partner Natalia Selyakova and included Nadiya Shylienkova, counsel, Kyiv, Dennis Montgomery, counsel, Moscow, Olga Sokolova, […]

PwC Legal Ukraine and Linklaters advised Guala Closures S.p.A. on the issue of bonds

PwC Legal Ukraine and Linklaters have successfully advised Guala Closures S.p.A. on the issue of international bonds for EUR 455 million maturing in 2024 and listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange. PwC Legal Ukraine worked alongside Linklaters UK and Italy offices on Ukrainian law related matters, while Linklaters was the lead legal advisor to Guala […]

Aequo announces expansion of its management team

Aequoannounced promotion of senior associates Bohdan Dmukhovskyy and Michael Lukashenko to counsels. Bohdan Dmukhovskyy, counsel, Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, has an extensive experience in advising financial services companies, including banks, international payment systems, insurance companies, professional securities markets participants on various financial services and corporate law matters. He possesses top-notch experience in complex international […]

ADER HABER conducted real estate due diligence for Dragon Capital

Dragon Capital acquired Horizon Park Business Center, the largest business park in Kiev, which is the largest deal on the Ukrainian office real estate market over the past 10 years.  Horizon Park Business Center has become the seventh and largest property in Dragon Capital’s portfolio, which has expanded over the past year. Horizon Park Business […]

Aequo advised Ipsos

Aequo advised Ipsos, a global market research and consulting firm, on Ukrainian law matters in connection with the acquisition of four global divisions of the GfK Custom Research Business: Customer Experience, Experience Innovation, Health and Public Affairs. The deal results in almost 1,000 GfK’s employees joining Ipsos in 25 countries. The estimated 2018 revenue of […]

Baker McKenzie advised Diligent Capital Partners

Baker McKenzie has assisted with the successful formation of a private equity fund vehicle in Luxembourg and sourcing financing for the joint acquisition of a 16% equity stake in Allseeds S.A. by the Dutch development bank FMO and private equity manager Diligent Capital Partners. The investment was made to realize Allseeds’ expansion plans of adding […]

AVELLUM advised Ukrainian investment firm

AVELLUM acted as the legal counsel to Investment Capital Ukraine on the establishment of a joint venture with VR Capital Group to develop a 34.75 MW photovoltaic solar power plant in Kherson Region. AVELLUM provided legal support to ICU in negotiating and signing the transactional documents, as well as in completion of the transaction. The […]

AVELLUM advised Diligent Capital Partners

AVELLUM acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to Diligent Capital Partners (DCP) in connection with the acquisition of a 16% equity stake in Allseeds SA together with the Dutch Development Bank FMO (FMO). As a result of the transaction, Allseeds obtained financing to implement its ambitious growth strategy that includes the expansion of its oilseed […]

AEQUO advised EBRD on USD 20 million secured loan to Astarta Group

AEQUO acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in connection with USD 20 million secured loan granted to Ukrainian subsidiaries of Astarta Group. The proceeds from the loan will be utilized for Astarta working capital needs. Astarta is going to employ modern IT solutions necessary for the precision […]

Wolf Theiss – legal counsel to Munich RE

Wolf Theiss Kyiv together with colleagues from Wolf Theiss Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Slovenia and Slovakia acted as a legal counsel to Munich RE (Münchener Rückversicherungs-Gesellschaft) in M&A transaction for the sale of its insurance subsidiaries in Ukraine and other CEE countries. Wolf Theiss provided Munich RE with full legal support in all transactional matters and […]

Dentons Kyiv advised Natixis

Dentons provided legal advice Natixis, a French corporate and investment bank, with regard to the Ukrainian law requirements for carrying out certain banking transactions, regulatory and banking and finance law matters. Dentons team in Ukraine was led by partner Natalia Selyakova with significant input from counsel Nadiya Shylienkova and sssociates Artem Lukyanov and Alla Kushnirenko.

Baker McKenzie assisted Monsanto

Baker McKenzie’s Kyiv office provided full legal support to Monsanto, which has now become a part of Bayer group, on all stages of the seeds processing facility construction project in Ukraine.  The largest of its kind in Ukraine, the seeds processing facility was officially opened on 5 September 2018 in Pochuiky, Zhytomyr Region. The scope of […]

Asters defended interests of PrivatBank

Asters defended the interests of PrivatBank CB JSC in a dispute with Pivdenmedbiosintez Design and Survey Institute JSC before the Commercial Cassation Court of the Supreme Court. The matter in dispute was the property guarantor’s claims to declare illegal the NBU’s omission and to oblige PrivatBank CB JSC to transfer over UAH 2 billion. On […]

Sayenko Kharenko advised Mriya Agro Holding

Sayenko Kharenko has advised Mriya Agro Holding for several years in connection with USD 1.1 billion debt restructuring. 13 unsecured bank credits, 7 suppliers’ credits, 1 ECP programme and 2 issues of Eurobonds were restructured in a single secured debt instrument. Due to this unprecedented restructuring, the total debt of the new Mriya Group has decreased […]

Sayenko Kharenko advised the European Fund for Southeast Europe

Sayenko Kharenko has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to the European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) in connection with Ukrainian hryvnia financing equivalent to EUR 10 million to PJSC Kredobank, a Ukrainian subsidiary of Poland’s largest bank – PKO Bank Polski S.A. The transaction included the purchase of UAH 250 million local corporate bonds of Kredobank, which makes it […]

Ilyashev & Partners advised Cryptagio Exchange Platform

Tallinn office of Ilyashev & Partners advised Cryptagio – a licensed Estonian platform for cryptocurrency exchange – on issues related to business operations and business development. Services rendered by the law firm include legal support and counseling in business structuring, cooperation with financial institutions, ensuring compliance with AML/KYC provisions of European and Estonian legislation, risk […]

Asters acted as local Ukrainian counsel for Ukraine in Eurobond dispute with Russia

Asters acted as local Ukrainian legal counsel for Ukraine in the USD 3 billion Eurobond dispute with Russia where Ukraine has scored an important victory. The English Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in the latest hearing of the ongoing dispute commenced by the Trustee, The Law Debenture Trust Corporation plc, against Ukraine regarding […]

Sayenko Kharenko helped Safège-Suez Consulting reach settlement with Ukrainian state body

Sayenko Kharenko’s international arbitration team has represented the interests of Safège-Suez Consulting in reaching agreement with the National Commission for State Regulation of Energy and Public Utilities on completion of payment for consultancy services provided within the framework of the district heating regulatory reform support program funded by the World Bank. The contract price equaled […]

Ilyashev & Partners defended the interests of Ukrainian state-owned enterprise in Russia

Ilyashev & Partners represented the State Enterprise Ukrinterenergo in a dispute with the Russian state-owned CJSC Inter RAO UES regarding supply of Russian electricity to the temporarily occupied territories of Luhansk and Donetsk Regions. “Despite the absolutely biased decision of the ICAC at the Russian Chamber of Commerce, as a result of which the Ukrainian […]

Eterna Law – legal advisor to Gamma Solar Holding

Gamma Solar Holding, European solar energy projects operator and investor, is commencing investment into the development of a solar power station project with a capacity 2,3 MW in Vinnytsia Region. Eterna Law team of lawyers led by Maksym Uslystyi, partner, head of alternative energy practice, acted as  legal advisor to Gamma Solar in Ukraine. Maksym […]

Asters advised EBRD on USD 15 million financing to Modern-Expo Group

Asters acted as a legal counsel to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in connection with its USD 15 million financing to Modern-Expo Group, one of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of fixtures and equipment for retail stores and warehouses in Central and Eastern Europe. A seven-year loan will be used to increase […]

Axon Partners and Oksana Kobzar Law Office announced merger

Against the backdrop of huge mergers, it was a backstage and private one. And now there are offices of the teal law company in three largest tech centers of Ukraine: Kyiv, Lviv, and Kharkiv. The name of the merged company is Axon Partners. This merger has an efficient goal beyond increasing the number of lawyers […]

CMS advised on high-profile TIP Trailer Services sale

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang has advised HNA Group, a global conglomerate focused on aviation, tourism, logistics and financial services, on the sale of TIP Trailer Services to I Squared Capital, an independent global infrastructure investment manager. Since its founding in 1993, HNA Group has evolved from a regional airline based on Hainan Island in […]

Kinstellar advised IFU on a loan to Kness Group

Kinstellar has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to the Investment Fund for Developing Countries (IFU), an agency of the Government of Denmark, in connection with a secured EUR 5.75 million loan facility to Kness Group, a Ukraine’s leading engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) group of companies. The IFU’s loan facility will support the development, construction […]

DLA Piper advised Atlantic Agro Holdings and DUI Holding

DLA Piper has advised Atlantic Agro Holdings and DUI Holding on the sale of three companies: Kyiv Atlantic Ukraine (KAU), Atlantic Farms and Atlantic Farms II, which together formed Kyiv Atlantic Group, a grain, oil seed and vegetable protein processing agroholding. Located in Kyiv Oblast’s KAU has been operating in Ukraine for 28 years. Kyiv […]

ANK Team advised Port Operator of Odesa Port

Law Firm ANK acted as the legal counsel to the port operator of Odesa Sea Port in the project related to conclusion of lease agreements for land plots transferred for the purpose of realization of the investment project for construction of a grain transshipment complex. As a result, lease agreements for nine land plots located […]

Asters and EPAP Ukraine announced merger

Asters and EPAP Ukraine will merge on 1 October  2018.  The combined firm will have offices in Kyiv and Washington, D.C. and will be Ukraine’s largest with 26 partners and more than 140 associates. The firm’s total headcount will include 250 employees. The firm will be managed by a committee of three partners: Oleksiy Didkovskiy, Serhii Sviriba, and Armen Khachaturyan. […]

New brand Danevych.Law appeared on the market

On 1 August 2018 a leading legal practice in life sciences area in Ukraine appeared under new name of Danevych.Law. The team of Danevych.Law speaks pharmaceutical, clinical trials and healthcare languages fluently and is dedicated to assisting leading global life sciences companies and pharma/clinical trials business associations. Danevych.Law is focused on advising clients on regulatory, compliance & […]

Aequo defended interests of Pilot Group’s TV Production Companies

Aequo’s dispute resolution team has successfully defended interests of Pilot Group’s TV production companies in a dispute over the invalidation of transactions and the collection of unreasonably received funds. The case concerned unlawful transfer of funds from the accounts of the companies without the management’s knowledge and consent to the accounts of private entrepreneurs (PEs) […]

Vasil Kisil & Partners defended Rost Agro in UAH 63 mln Tax Dispute

Vasil Kisil & Partners has successfully represented Rost Agro, one of the largest seed producers and exporters in Ukraine, in a tax dispute. In May 2017, taxation bodies imposed more than UAH 63 million of penalties on the company for alleged failure to observe the time limits of payments in foreign economic activities. The company […]

DLA Piper contributes in launching SMART-MONEY service by Kyivstar

DLA Piper Ukraine acted as a legal counsel by phasing-in of SMART-MONEY service – fast, convenient and secure way of online payments provided by Kyivstar. The DLA Piper Ukraine team advised on the incorporation of Starmoney being subsidiary of Kyivstar as a financial institution and on obtaining a license for money transfer. The team also […]

Vasil Kisil & Partners advised on sale of 51% share in Spectr-Agro

On 11 July 2018 Sumitomo Corporation, Spectr-Agro LLC and Spectr-Agrotekhnika signed an agreement for acquisition by Sumitomo of 51% share in Spectr-Agro. Vasil Kisil & Partners advised Spectr-Agro on all matters of the transaction, including tax and corporate structuring of the group, vendor due diligence of the companies and their assets for disclosure purposes, negotiations […]

AVELLUM and A.G.A. Partners announce combination

AVELLUM and A.G.A. Partners announced that two law firms have agreed to combine effective 9 July 2018. This strategic combination brings together renowned transactional practice of AVELLUM and experienced dispute resolution practice of A.G.A. Partners. Both firms see the new firm as a natural combination of best practices and teams on the Ukrainian legal market. […]

Ukrainian Law Firms 2018. A Handbook for Foreign Clients is now available in print

Yuridicheskaya Practika Publishing publishes its annual market research Ukrainian Law Firms 2018. A Handbook for Foreign Clients. The Handbook provides a legislative review and in-depth research of the country’s legal services market. The publication covers: Recent developments and the prospects of the Ukrainian legal services market; Monitoring of notable public transactions throughout 2017; Review of […]

Sayenko Kharenko promoted Sergiy Smirnov to partner

Sayenko Kharenko announced the promotion of Sergiy Smirnov to the firm’s partnership effective from 2 July 2018. Sergiy becomes a partner after heading up the firm’s white collar criminal defence practice as a counsel since 2016. His practice spans all aspects of domestic corporate, fraud and business crime, internal investigations and litigation matters. He boasts […]

Baker McKenzie announced promotion of Olha Demianiuk to partner

The Kyiv office of Baker McKenzie announced that counsel Olha Demianiuk has been promoted to Partner. This promotion has brought the total number of Baker McKenzie partners in Kyiv to 10. Olha has been appointed as a partner of the Corporate M&A Practice Group. In her new capacity, she will continue to lead the Healthcare Industry Group […]

DLA Piper advised Haas Group

DLA Piper advised Haas Group on the global sale of their global group headquartered in Austria to a Swiss company, Bühler AG. Christoph Mager, partner and corporate practice head at DLA Piper’s office in Vienna, Austria, was leading the international advisory team which involved DLA Piper offices in Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, […]

Asters advised IFC on USD 17 million financing to Agrofusion

Asters acted as a Ukrainian law counsel to International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, in connection with USD 17 million loan to Agrofusion, the largest tomato paste and industrial tomato producer in Ukraine. IFC is providing a long-term corporate loan to finance the Agrofusion’s 2018-2019 expansion and debt refinancing program. […]

Vasil Kisil & Partners advised on opening new Auchan store

A new Auchan Zorianyi in Dnipro has joined this spring 2018 the Auchan hypermarket chain in Ukraine. Vasil Kisil & Partners acted as legal advisor to Auchan Ukraine on obtaining the lease of the premises. Before deciding on the location for the supermarket, the firm’s lawyers conducted a legal due diligence review of the shopping […]

Axon Partners supported USD 37 million ICO for Money Token project

Money Token is a financial ecosystem where you can get a hard-currency loan secured by BTC/ETH or other cryptocurrencies basically worldwide. The firm has been providing legal support for the project since its beginning. Working together with the client the team has built corporate, tax, and financial structures, prepared the set of documents for token […]

CMS advised Scatec Solar on developing solar power plants in Ukraine

CMS has advised Scatec Solar ASA (Scatec Solar), a Norway-based solar power producer, on securing two solar projects in the Cherkassy Region of Ukraine. The projects, with a capacity of 33 MW and 50 MW, will be the first step towards developing a larger portfolio of solar power plants in the country for Scatec Solar. CMS team […]

Asters advised IFC on USD 30 million financing to Astarta

Asters acted as a Ukrainian law counsel to the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in connection with a USD 30 million loan to Astarta, a leading agricultural producer in Ukraine. IFC financial support will fund the company’s two-year investment program aimed at increasing the resource efficiency of its processing plants and the productivity of its farming […]

Asters advised International Finance Corporation

Asters acted as a Ukrainian law counsel to International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, in connection with up to USD 12.5 million loan to Nyva Pereyaslavshchyny, a leading Ukrainian pork producer. IFC is providing long-term debt financing to support Nyva’s investment program, which includes constructing a new meat-processing facility that will […]

AVELLUM advised Nordcurrent

AVELLUM acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to Nordcurrent on the acquisition of Blam! Games Studios. AVELLUM advised Nordcurrent on the structuring of the transaction and preparation of the acquisition documents, as well as on the preparation of the employment contract for the Ukrainian CEO. AVELLUM also provided an extensive advice on the structuring of the […]

AEQUO acted as a counsel to EBRD

AEQUO has advised the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on the Ukrainian law matters associated with the transaction on the acquisition of its borrower – Ergopack LLC by Sarantis Group. Sarantis AEQUO’s advisory role to EBRD included legal assistance in drafting and negotiating the transaction documents from the Ukrainian legal perspective, including the shares […]

AVELLUM advised EBRD

AVELLUM acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development  in connection with a senior secured loan of up to EUR9.5 million to  LLC Nova Poshta This is one of the first UAH/EUR multi-currency loan extended to a Ukrainian company by EBRD. The loan employs innovative UAH/EUR multi-currency mechanics aimed […]

AVELLUM – legal counsel to Investment Capital Ukraine

AVELLUM acted as legal counsel to Investment Capital Ukraine (ICU) on the establishment of a joint venture with VR Capital Group to develop a 63.8 MW solar power plant in Khmelnytskyi Region. AVELLUM provided legal support to ICU in negotiating and signing the transactional documents, as well as in completion of the transaction. AVELLUM also […]

Dentons advised NEFCO and IFU

Dentons acted as legal counsel to the Danish Investment Fund for Developing countries (IFU) and the Northern Environmental Financial Corporation (NEFCO) in connection with an equity agreement for the construction of a 36 MWp solar plant in the Lviv region in Western Ukraine. Yavoriv Energy Park will be constructed near the village of Ternovytsa in […]

Aequo defended interests of leading British Airline

Aequo lawyers won a lawsuit in the Circuit Administrative Court of Kyiv city representing leading British Airline against the State Aviation Service to declare illegal and invalidate resolutions on imposition of fines for violations in the field of civil aviation. The resolutions were taken by the State Aviation Service for allegedly committed flights to the […]

Asters advised VR Capital Group

Asters acted as a legal counsel to VR Capital Group on the acquisition of 50% of Matlomenius Holdings Ltd (Cyprus) from ICU, an independent asset management, private equity and investment advisory firm specialising in the emerging markets of Central and Eastern Europe. Matlomenius Holdings Ltd is an owner of PodilskEnergo, which is building a 60 […]

Sayenko Kharenko advised on the largest refinancing by Ukrainian corporate

Sayenko Kharenko acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to Deutsche Bank, ING, Natixis and UniCredit, joint bookrunners of the USD 1.592 million Eurobond issue by Metinvest B.V. The issue of Eurobonds was divided into two tranches: USD 944.5 million bonds due 2023 and USD 647.7 million bonds due 2026. The issue was coupled with the cash tender […]

Kinstellar advises Marriott in connection with the opening of Aloft Kiev Hotel

Kinstellar has acted as Ukrainian counsel to International Hotel Licensing Company S.a r.l., a subsidiary of Marriott International, in connection with the opening of Aloft Kiev, the first managed hotel of Marriott International in Ukraine. Kinstellar advised Marriott International on the real estate, contract, corporate, competition and exchange controls aspects of the matter. Kinstellar also […]

Asters advised Nestlé

Asters provided legal advice to Nestlé, one of the world’s largest food and beverage company, in obtaining merger clearances from the Ukrainian competition authority in connection with: the acquisition of Atrium Innovations, a global leader in nutritional health products, from a group of investors led by Permira Funds for USD 2.3 billion in cash; the […]

Dentons advised DTEK Renewables B.V.

Dentons acted as legal counsel to DTEK Renewables B.V. on the implementation of a project for the construction of a solar power plant (SES) with an established capacity of 200 MW in Nikopol district (Dnipropetrovsk region). The project cost is estimated at EUR 230 million. Agreements for the design, construction, installation and supply of the […]

Asters advised BSTDB

Asters acted as a legal counsel to the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank (BSTDB) in connection with its USD 20 million financing to Concern Galnaftogaz, a leading Ukrainian petroleum retailer company. A seven-year loan will assist the company to expand and upgrade its network of gas filling stations and meet its working capital needs. […]

Asters advised Anadolu Efes

Asters acted as a Ukrainian legal counsel to Anadolu Efes Biracilik Ve Malt Sanayii A.Ş. (Anadolu Efes), one of the world’s largest brewing companies, and Efes Ukraine PrJSC, its Ukrainian subsidiary, in connection with the merger of businesses of Anadolu Efes and Anheuser-Busch InBev S.A./N.V. (AB InBev) in Ukraine and Russia. The largest deal in […]

CMS advised ING on USD 30 million revolving facilities to Astarta

CMS has advised ING, one of its key clients, in connection with a bilateral USD 30 million revolving facilities to Astarta group for their export operations. The financing included USD 25 million pre-export revolving loan facility and USD 5 million multicurrency uncommitted guarantee/ letter of credit issuances revolving credit facility, both extended for a three […]

AEQUO strengthens IT Industry Group

AEQUO is pleased to announce bolstering of IT Practice. Mykyta Polatayko who has joined the firm is appointed as the head of IT industry group. The strengthening of the practice is based on continued client demand for our IT law services. Mykyta Polatayko is a leading IT lawyer in Ukraine, advising established multinationals and early […]

Asters advised CMEC

Asters acted as a legal counsel to China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC), one of the largest Chinese state-owned construction and engineering companies, in connection with signing a contract with DTEK, Ukraine’s largest private power producer, for the construction of a solar power plant in Nikopol (Dnipropetrovsk Region). The project cost is estimated at EUR 230 […]

MHP SE announced Eurobond closing

The Kiev office of Baker McKenzie acted as Ukrainian law counsel for J.P. Morgan Securities plc, ING Bank N.V. and UBS Limited as joint lead-managers with respect to the issue of USD 550 million 6.95% notes due 2026 by MHP Lux S.A. MHP Lux S.A. is a member of the MHP (Myronivskyi Hliboprodukt) Group, a […]

AEQUO advised DebtX

AEQUO advised DebtX Ukraine, a Ukrainian subsidiary of The Debt Exchange, Inc. – one of the leading global marketplaces for non-performing loans purchase & sale transactions – on its qualification with the Deposit Guarantee Fund. As a result of such qualification DebtX Ukraine got qualified to render the following services to the DGF within the […]

ADER HABER strengthens its team of experts by appointing Oleksandr Udovychenko

Oleksandr Udovychenko has over 27 years of legal experience, working for 19 years as judge of the Kharkiv Regional Commercial Court, Kharkiv Commercial Court of Appeal, and, in particular, working from 2004 to 2018 as a judge of the Higher Commercial Court of Ukraine. In his practice, Mr. Udovychenko paid considerable attention to the issues […]

Key features of the newly adopted Law On Privatization

Baker McKenzie acted as the legal counsel to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine in connection with reform of the legal framework to achieve more efficient, transparent and straightforward rules for privatization in Ukraine. Managing partner Serhiy Piontkovsky led the Kyiv office team on the project, […]

Maria Tsabal joined AVELLUM as a counsel at finance practice

Maria Tsabal joined AVELLUM as a counsel at AVELLUM’s finance practice. In her new role, she will focus on cross-border finance transactions. Maria specialises in a variety of banking and finance transactions related to financing of Ukrainian corporate and banking entities (corporate lending and project finance, syndicated secured and unsecured lending, acquisition finance, pre-export and […]

Dentons promoted four new counsel in Ukraine

On 21 March 2018  Dentons has announced the promotion of four lawyers in Kiev to the position of counsel. Oksana Horban is an Intellectual Property and Technology lawyer with more than 15 years’ experience in intellectual property law. She concentrates her practice on various IP issues, including filing, prosecution, due diligence and IP-related litigation. She […]

Dentons achieves victory for BIIR

Dentons successfully represented Bojer Innovativ Ingeniør Rådgivning (BIIR), a leading engineering consulting company in Aarhus, Denmark, in connection with a lawsuit regarding the ownership of the client’s property in Odessa. In spring 2017, BIIR acquired a property in Odessa for USD 400,000 for the construction of a new office. In summer 2017, the building was […]

New TMT Industry Group in Kiev

Oleksiy Stolyarenko, a senior associate in the IP practice group, was appointed as the head and coordinator of the IT/TMT industry group in Baker McKenzie  Kiev office. Oleksiy Stolyarenko is an experienced IP and IT lawyer, has represented major international tech companies and worked on most of the major tech, media or telecom transactions in Ukraine […]

Victoria Gardens shopping mall changes owner

Baker McKenzie’s Kyiv office advised Phoenix-Capital LLC on the multi-tiered sale transaction of Victoria Gardens shopping centre, the largest shopping mall in Western Ukraine, to Dragon Capital. Baker McKenzie’s Kyiv team was led by managing partner Serhiy Piontkovsky, with key input from senior associate Andrii Grebonkin and associate Elmaz Abkhairova.

Interlegal opened the office in Constanta

Interlegal presents the new partner – Virgil Nita, the Romanian practice manager. Law firm expansion in Black Sea Region resulted in opening the new office in Constanta. Interlegal new office will facilitate more effective legal support for the Romanian clients in international trade and sea transportation. Interlegal renders proper services to the Romanian business in […]

AVELLUM advised Ukrzaliznytsia

AVELLUM acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to PJSC Ukrainian Railway (Ukrzaliznytsia) on a USD1 billion collaboration with General Electric Company (GE). The project aims at renovating and modernising the locomotive fleet of Ukrzaliznytsia through a long-term joint collaboration for the supply of up to 225 new locomotives and modernisation of 75 currently operating locomotives. […]

AVELLUM advised Ministry of Finance of Ukraine

AVELLUM acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine on the state-guaranteed USD 250 million loan extended to State Enterprise National Nuclear Energy Generating Company “Energoatom”. The loan is funded through the issuance of loan participation notes in the United States capital markets, arranged by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & […]

Spenser & Kauffmann announced new promotions

In 2018  Spenser & Kauffmann  strengthened the team with the appointment of Nickolas Likhachоv as a partner and head of Banking & Finance, Asset Tracing & Forensic, Sergiy Pushko as a partner and head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution and Tamila Aleksyk, as counsel and head of Criminal law practice. Nickolas Likhachov focuses on banking […]

Kinstellar announced partner and counsel promotions

As part of Kinstellar’s announcement of 2018 promotions, Kinstellar Kyiv is  pleased to announce that the firm has promoted Olena Kuchynska to partner and Mykyta Nota to сounsel, effective from 1 January 2018. Olena Kuchynska has 15 years of experience as a lawyer. Olena’s core practices are Energy and M&A/Corporate, where she has been recommended in […]

Asters strengthens its private clients practice

Asters announced that Oleksandr Onufrienko has joined the team as a partner focusing on private clients practice as of 29 January 2018. Oleksandr Onufrienko has extensive experience both in consulting business and in investment services, including working for 20 years as head of legal department at KINTO Investment Banking Firm. Mr. Onufrienko has a PhD […]

Spenser & Kauffmann advised YUYUE HOME TEXTILE

Spenser & Kauffmann acted as a legal adviser to YUYUE HOME TEXTILE СО. LTD, one of the largest Chinese textile producers, in connection with complex business structuring issues in Ukraine. The firm advised YUYUE HOME TEXTILE on developing the optimal market entrance and corporate structure, project financing, as well as legal due diligence of several […]

Asters to strengthen its TMT practice

Asters is further expanding its industry-focused expertise with the addition of Yuriy Kotliarov as a partner in charge of the Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice effective 24 January 2018. Furthermore, Sergiy Tsyba has joined the firm’s TMT practice as a counsel. Yuriy Kotliarov has extensive work experience both in consulting business and in technology and […]

Vasil Kisil & Partners represented Rele construction company

Vasil Kisil & Partners have successfully represented Rele construction company for the second time in a dispute with the Kyiv City Council related to the premature termination of a land lease agreement. Both the Court of Appeals and the Cassation Court have acknowledged that, after finishing the construction and commissioning of the building, a good-faith […]

AEQUO acted as a counsel to the EBRD

AEQUO advised the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on the Ukrainian law matters of granting USD 25 million loan to Astarta, Ukraine’s leading agribusiness operator and sugar producer. The proceeds of the loan will be utilized to develop and modernise the existing grain and sugar production infrastructure. AEQUO lawyers assisted with drafting and […]

Ilyashev & Partners represented Mozyrsalt

Ilyashev & Partners’ International Trade Law Practice team represented the interest of Mozyrsalt OJSC, one of the biggest producers of salt extra on post-Soviet territory , in the anti-dumping investigation on imports into Ukraine of white evaporated salt extra packaged into 25 to 50 kg bags and containers of up to 1000 kg originating from Belarus. The […]

AVELLUM advised Deere & Company

AVELLUM acted as the Ukrainian legal advisor to Deere & Company on Ukrainian employment matters related to the USD 5.2 billion acquisition of the Wirtgen Group. AVELLUM advised on retention of employees of Ukrainian subsidiary of the Wirtgen Group as well as provided ancillary advice on Ukrainian employment law. Deere announced its acquisition of the Wirtgen Group […]

Asters announced the appointment of Yaroslav Petrov as partner

Asters is delighted to announce that Yaroslav Petrov has been promoted to partner effective 1 January 2018. Yaroslav Petrov joined Asters as Associate in June 2010 and was promoted to counsel in July 2014. Yaroslav holds master of law degree from the Donetsk National University and LL.M in International Arbitration from the Stockholm University. Yaroslav also attended a […]

Arthur Kiyan became an associate partner in Lavrynovych & Partners.

Starting from 1  January  2018 Arthur Kiyan was appointed as  associate partner in Lavrynovych & Partners. Arthur Kiyan is a graduate of the National University of the State Tax Service of Ukraine, Master of Laws. Lawyer and member of the Committee on Mediation of the National Bar Association of Ukraine. Arthur joined Lavrynovych & Partners Law Firm in 2009 […]

Kinstellar advised ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih

Kinstellar has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to PJSC ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih in connection with a USD 350 million loan facility provided by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The loan to ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih will allow the company to modernise its facilities for sintering and to reline one of the plant’s blast furnaces. The loan facility has […]

CMS advised on landmark transaction which brings P&O Maritime to Ukraine for the first time

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang in Kiev has advised SD Capital on the English and Ukrainian law aspects of a joint venture transaction which brings P&O Maritime (owned by DP World Group – one of the worlds’ largest port operators) to Ukraine for the first time.  As part of the transaction, P&O acquired control over the Ukrainian harbour towage company LB Shipping.  The joint venture will […]

AEQUO Advises Industrialbank on the financial restructuring with multiple creditors

AEQUO advised JSCB Industrialbank in the course of restructuring of USD 19.7 million indebtedness under the syndicated loan granted to the Ukrainian borrower Mercury LLC and secured by the mortgage of Kyiv Hotel Khreschatyk. It was the first-ever financial restructuring under the Law of Ukraine On Financial Restructuring involving multiple creditors: JSCB Industrialbank, JSC Express-Bank […]

Konnov & Sozanovsky has announced the strengthening of its Intellectual Property Practice

Konnov & Sozanovsky has announced the strengthening of its Intellectual Property Practice through the accession of ARTEX UKRAINE, an intellectual property services firm. ARTEX UKRAINE successfully operates in Ukraine since 2011. The firm possesses a large clientele, and its team is experienced in providing the Ukrainian and international clients with the services in the area of intellectual property rights […]

Konnov & Sozanovsky represented Microsoft Ukraine

Konnov & Sozanovsky successfully represented Microsoft Ukraine in the UAH 2,38 million labor dispute (approx. USD 90, 000). Having considered the case the Goloseevsky District Court of Kiev dismissed all claims brought against Microsoft Ukraine and its director. Partner Alexey Pokotylo represented Microsoft Ukraine interests before the court.

Evris law firm has completed financial restructuring for PJSC Alfa-Bank

Evris law firm has completed the project on provision of legal support for PJSC Alfa-Bank in the process of financial restructuring of nearly USD 100 million debt. The project is the largest in terms of debt volume, which has been restructured, among all procedures carried out in accordance with the new Law of Ukraine On Financial Restructuring. Evris team […]

Competitive Environment

Australia is often called the remote continent even though its market is mature and highly integrated with the Asia-Pacific region. Inbound investment is leading to the arrival of global players, and technological developments within the country also boost its highly competitive environment. Right after the IBA Annual conference in Sydney, we visited the office of […]

New ICO Consulting has launched in Ukraine

As the number of cryptocurrency transactions is growing fast across the world, Brightman Law Firm – new project of Kiev-based lawyers has launched. Brightman is a very unusual law firm for Ukrainian market thanks to its unique focus and expertise in cryptocurrency investments and Initial Coin Offering (ICO).  Brightman provides businesses with a single access point to crypto-investments,renderingtheir clients […]

Arzinger advised Grosso Holding

Arzinger has successfully advised Austrian private equity group Grosso Holding in the course of acquisition of the majority stake in a Ukrainian JV Sanders-Vynohradiv LLC (Sanders-Vynogradiv TOV) from Gebr. Sanders GmbH und Co. KG (Germany), aleading European manufacturer of bedding goods. The Ukrainian transaction is a part of the complex cross-border deal, originating out of the bankruptcy procedure of Gebr. Sanders GmbH und Co. […]

DLA Piper advised McDonald’s

DLA Piper has advised and represented McDonald’s in a recently completed transaction resulted in opening of a new restaurant in Kyiv.  The DLA Piper Ukraine team provided full legal support to McDonald’s in the transaction, which included legal due diligence, advice on various construction regulatory, tax and land issues, structuring of the deal, development of transaction documents, negotiations […]

Dentons provided complex legal advice to BlaBlaCar

Dentons acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to BlaBlaCar, the world’s largest long-distance ridesharing community, in connection with the activity on the Ukrainian market. Dentons team advised as to various complex legal issues of Ukrainian law, including on issues of electronic commerce, data and consumer protection, regulatory requirements, tax, and liability. Dentons team was led by Kiev […]

AVELLUM represented Česká Exportní Banka

AVELLUM successfully represented Česká Exportní Banka, a.s. (“ČEB”) in (i) a number of litigations against a Ukrainian corporate borrower in connection with attempts of illegal transfer of mortgaged real estate assets securing USD 37 million loan and (ii) a sale of the relevant loan and security claims. In the course of the proceedings, AVELLUM assisted ČEB in challenging […]

Asters advised EBRD

Asters acted as a legal counsel to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in connection with its up to USD 25 million financing to Novus, Ukraine’s major retail chain owned by Lithuanian shareholders. A seven-year loan will be used to finance the expansion of Novus, which is aiming to open a new logistics […]

Vasil Kisil & Partners advised Mellanox Technologies

Vasil Kisil & Partners acted as a legal advisor for Mellanox Technologies, a major supplier of hardware for data centers and software developer. Mellanox Technologies has its main offices in USA and Israel, has opened its R&D center in Kyiv. Lawyers of Vasil Kisil & Partners provided advice on corporate issues of doing IT business […]

Dentons advised VTB Bank

Dentons acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to VTB Bank Germany in respect of the restructuring and acquisition of the USD 75 million loan to a large development company and security package from VTB Bank Ukraine. Dentons team provided legal support with structuring of the transaction, drafting of the transaction documentation as well as provided regulatory […]

Full International Role

The stable and certainly comfortable business environment in Canada boosts its business opportunities. After a series of mega-mergers across the globe, the legal market of Canada has been empowered with big international players. Tom Houston, partner of Dentons’ office in Ottawa, shared his views on the market landscape and the evolving needs of clients to […]

INTEGRITES strengthens the Dispute Resolution practice

Volodymyr Pavlenko became a partner of INTEGRITES and headed the Dispute Resolution practice. The team also joined a new counsel – Andriy Haichenko. “By far the best proof is experience”. Veritably confirming this opinion of Francis Bacon, experts in the field of evidence, Volodymyr Pavlenko and Andriy Haichenko used their more than 10 years of […]

AEQUO advised Dragon Capital Investments

AEQUO has advised Dragon Capital Group of companies, one of the leading private equity investors in Ukraine, on acquisition of two business centers– Prime and Eurasia – from BTA BANK, Ukraine. The deal marked further expansion of investments of Dragon Capital Group into commercial real estate in Kiev, following the remarkable last year’s acquisition of […]

BPU and Asters advised ViDi Group companies

BPU and Asters acted as counsels on the restructuring of ViDi Group companies’ (LLC ViDi Autocity Kiltseva and LLC ViDi Autocity) debt to JSC Oschadbank, implemented in accordance with the Law of Ukraine On Financial Restructuring. BPU acted as a project manager and financial consultant, while Asters provided legal advice to ViDi Group companies. Asters […]

Sale of Karavan hypermarket chain to Auchan Group completed

AVELLUM acted as a legal advisor to the seller regarding the sale of Karavan hypermarket chain to Auchan Group. On 20 July 2017 the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine granted a merger control clearance for the acquisition of Karavan hypermarket chain by Auchan Group. The acquisition was completed on 5 September 2017. After this acquisition Auchan […]

INTEGRITES closed two major transactions

The INTEGRITES’ team of lawyers provided legal support of two transactions for the Banque de Commerce et de Placements SA (Switzerland) and Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A. (Netherlands) regarding provision of pre-export financing to the leading Ukrainian agro-holding. Credit funds were provided for financing purchase of wheat, maize, barley, soybean and other agricultural products of Ukrainian origin […]