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Employment — Ukraine


Baker McKenzie - Employment

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Band 1

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Lina Nemchenko
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Market-leading employment practice that advises across the full spectrum of employment law. Particularly renowned for its popularity with international clients. Highly visible in employment law matters surrounding M&A transactions, including terminations, corporate policy, employee transfers and localisation projects.

Strengths Sources note the team's commercial approach. "They are responsive, practical and knowledgeable - really terrific. They also get us as their client, they understand us well."

Significant clients SAP Ukraine, British Embassy.

Notable practitioners

Top-ranked Mariana Marchuk has a strong track record in advising both domestic and foreign clients on labour and migration law. Sources confirm that "she is one of the strongest employment lawyers in the market."

Department profile by Baker McKenzie

Our dedicated team of four lawyers advise clients on all aspects of labour and employment law issues in Ukraine.

Our areas of employment law expertise in the Kyiv office include conducting employment law audits, negotiations with trade unions and resolution of strikes, reductions in force, internal corporate investigations, and due diligence reviews of employment law liabilities in corporate acquisitions.

We have also advised on wage and hour issues, employee privacy rights, employment-related tax issues, family and medical leave matters, terminations, leave of absence policies, workers’ compensation, safeguarding trade secrets and intellectual property, insurance coverage for employment law claims, alternative dispute resolution mechanisms for resolving employee grievances and legal claims, and compliance – both the detection and the prevention of violations of the labour law by employers.

Baker McKenzie Kyiv lawyers participated in the Parliamentary Working Group on preparing the new Draft Labour Code of Ukraine, including review of the current legal framework and providing recommendations regarding amendments to the Labour Code of Ukraine.

Furthermore, we continuously perform as speakers at Ukrainian and international conferences and seminars on employment and migration issues, on a frequent basis contribute articles to business and legal editions, both local and international.

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Our reputation as the world's premier employment practice is built on providing the real added value to our clients. Our track record in working on complex multijurisdictional projects and transactions is both extensive and unrivaled. We have experience dealing with every possible HR and employment challenge your business can face.

We support our clients on the full range of employment law issues, including:

  • Disciplinaries and grievances
  • Performance and absence management
  • Termination and settlement agreements
  • Individual and collective dismissals
  • Maternity and family-friendly rights
  • Discrimination and diversity
  • Senior exits
  • General compliance matters, such as data protection and whistleblowing
  • Redundancies
  • Full day-to-day HR services​


Dentons - Employment

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Band 1

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Volodymyr Monastyrskyy
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded employment practice with a strong international client base, that works across the full spectrum of employment law issues. Assists with termination as well as negotiations with trade unions. Advises on labour law issues in an M&A context.

Strengths Clients note their business-tailored advice: "You can describe a specific situation and they immediately understand you and provide legal and business advice. That's what makes them different."

Sources highlight the team's in-depth knowledge of labour legislation, particularly in dismissal matters.

Work highlights Advised an international energy company on employment and immigration issues, including possible dismissals.

Assisted BIIR with a number of labour issues in Ukraine.

Notable practitioners

Volodymyr Monastyrskyy leads the employment practice at the firm and has a strong track record in assisting clients with employment issues. He recently advised the Salvation Army on complex employment, immigration and corporate law issues.

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Vasil Kisil & Partners - Employment

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Band 1

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Oksana Voynarovska
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Long-standing, prominent employment team. Renowned for handling employment law aspects of company restructurings, including mass redundancies. Also active in contracts, remuneration and litigation for domestic and international clients.

Strengths Sources note the team's dedication: "They are hard-working professionals who try their best to provide clients with necessary support."

Work highlights Advised on a cross-border labour law instruction project in conjunction with an American law firm in a case relating to a reduction of staff.

Acted for an Italian home appliances manufacturer on an employment case in relation to the termination of a client's Ukrainian office head as well as hiring a replacement.

Notable practitioners

Practice head Oksana Voynarovska has extensive experience in labour issues from drafting employment contracts for top management to negotiating collective bargaining agreements and disputes. "She is a very experienced professional," a client says, also praising her strong communication skills.

Entering the rankings this year, senior associate Valeriya Savchuk assists with the firm's key instructions across a variety of labour issues. Sources describe her as a "reliable" lawyer.

Department profile by Vasil Kisil & Partners

Vasil Kisil & Partners is the first multi-disciplinary law firm on the domestic market to create a dedicated labor and employment practice 16 years ago, and since then we developed the biggest Employment team in Ukraine.

Vasil Kisil & Partners has been ranked as Band 1 Employment Team for the recent decade.

Vasil Kisil & Partners is a member of the world’s largest alliance of leading law firms providing specialized legal services in labor & employment with over 1,400 lawyers in over 49 countries.

The peculiarities of the Ukrainian labor law are mainly dictated by its obsoleteness. Being employee-oriented it hampers to certain extent labor market flexibility and makes it difficult to resolve the labor and employment-related matters on a parity basis. Consequently, it poses serious challenges for companies in various sensitive employment issues, including top-management dismissal.

Our lawyers are the go-to Ukrainian experts on such matters as preparation and negotiation of collective bargaining labor agreements, drafting employment contracts for top management, legal support in the dismissal of personnel, as well as court disputes concerning labor issues. When you work with us you can expect the highest quality client service and specialist expertise in employment, labor, immigration, expatriation, pensions and employee benefits law.



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Asters - Employment

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Band 2

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Armen Khachaturyan and Vadym Samoilenko

What the team is known for Well-regarded practice, assisting with structuring of labour relations and also representing clients in contentious matters, particularly in relation to the dismissal of top management. Frequently acts for multinational companies from a range of sectors, including retail, pharmaceuticals and banking.

Strengths Sources highlight their attention to detail. "They were very thorough and worked very closely with us to address all of our concerns." Another client adds: "They are very approachable and responsive. They understand and address our needs."

Work highlights Advised Molson Coors on a number of employment matters in relation to day-to-day business.

Represented WizzAir Ukraine in a dispute against a former employee who was claiming an unfair dismissal.

Significant clients Visa.

Notable practitioners

Armen Khachaturyan and Vadym Samoilenko are key contacts for clients.

Department profile by Asters

Asters attorneys advise clients in nearly all industries on an entire spectrum of employment matters from drafting of agreements to litigation. The experience of our labour and employment lawyers includes: legal advice, counseling and training, personnel hearings, collective bargaining, grievance hearings, investigations, arbitration, litigation, and compliance.

Specifically, Asters attorneys routinely advise on the issues such as:

-  employment planning for start-up businesses;

-  employment of foreign citizens, including employment permits and management services agreements;

-  collective bargaining and agreements;

-  reorganizations and redundancies;

-  coordination of corporate elections and employment formalities;

-  wage arrears and compensation plans, payroll tax planning;

-  compliance with mandatory preferential treatment requirements for junior and senior employees and women, structure of work time and vacation time;

-  termination and severance payments;

-  workers' compensation and workplace safety;

-  mediation and litigation; and

-  other labour issues, such as labour agreements and contracts; development of compliant labour policies and procedures including benefit packages and incentive programs.

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Sayenko Kharenko - Employment

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Band 2

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Svitlana Kheda and Vladimir Sayenko

What the team is known for Well-regarded team assisting many international brands with employment issues. Recognised for activity in mediation. Recent instructions involved dismissals as well as labour force transfers and restructurings.

Work highlights Assisted FrieslandCampina with the employment aspects of setting up in Ukraine.

Significant clients Aegon, Philip Morris, BTG Pactual, Coca-Cola, Greif.

Notable practitioners

Svitlana Kheda is the firm's key employment specialist who is particularly recognised for her mediation experience. Sources describe her as "dynamic and commercial."

Department profile by Sayenko Kharenko

Sayenko Kharenko is the only law firm in Ukraine to have labour and compliance practice, which emerged from the firms’ labour and employment practice and its niche privacy/data protection and anti-corruption/anti-bribery practice groups.

We are able to simultaneously handle multiple projects, including large compliance projects requiring combined legal advice from the experts of our labour/employment, privacy/data protection and anti-corruption/anti-bribery practice groups.

Sayenko Kharenko labour/employment team specializes in all areas of law and provides a wide range of legal services to address the clients’ needs, including:

  • labour/employment law compliance audits
  • due diligence reviews of employment law liabilities in corporate acquisitions
  • developing plans for payment of compensations and benefit
  • analysis of violations of labor duties and labor discipline, as well as imposing disciplinary sanctions
  • problematic dismissals of employees, including by reducing staff
  • out-of-court know-how, dismissal of employees for violations of anti-corruption/anti-bribery legislation and the employer's compliance policies/procedures aimed at preventing the dismissal of guilty employees in court
  • advising the employer on the practical issues of firing whistleblowers
  • developing and adjusting complex labor agreements, internal policies and procedures
  • developing compliance programs in the field of personal data protection 


For more details please visit our website: http://sk.ua/practices/labour/employment




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Arzinger - Employment

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Band 3

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Pavlo Khodakovsky and Alesya Pavlynska
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Active team assisting clients with collective labour negotiations and relationships with trade unions as well as matters related to top-management employment. Clients include Ukrainian banks and global pharmaceutical companies.

Strengths Sources note the team's detailed advice, stating: "They are very responsive, perfectly bilingual, and were very patient in explaining all the risks. They offered us contingency plans."

Work highlights Assisted KOTÁNYI with a change of head of its Ukrainian subsidiary.

Represented Ukrsibbank in court against a former employee.

Significant clients Ukrsotsbank, Scania, Porsche, OLX, Sanofi-Aventis.

Notable practitioners

Entering the rankings this year, senior associate Aleysa Pavlynska is an increasingly visible employment lawyer. "She is proactive," a client reports, adding she is also "easy going, friendly and nice to work with."

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Avellum - Employment

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Band 3

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Mykola Stetsenko
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Increasingly active employment team joining the rankings this year. Works in close cooperation with the firm's corporate practice, assisting with matters related to large transactions that include redundancies and employee transfers. Acts on contentious cases relating to top-management. Clients include notable life sciences names.

Strengths Sources praise the team's pragmatic approach. "They were very good at giving practical, usable advice." Another source adds that the lawyers "try to find the most business efficient solution."

Work highlights Advised Allergan on employee transfer in Ukraine as part of the company's global sale of part of its business to Teva.

Assisted Scheltec with the redundancy of its employees due to closing operations in Ukraine.

Significant clients Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim, ClinTec International.

Notable practitioners

Associate Yuriy Zaremba "always offered several solutions to every problem and could easily explain the pros and cons of each solution. What I appreciated the most is that he was able to recommend which solution was best for our situation," a client reports. He advises clients on employment aspects of corporate matters.

Department profile by Avellum

Our employment practice grew from our desire to help clients in every aspect of their business in Ukraine. To achieve this, our lawyers are always available to lead you through complexities of Ukraine's conservative labour laws.

You may trust us with everything from obtaining consent for personal data transfers and drafting employment agreements to transfer of employees, to drawing up redundancy and employee incentive plans. You can be sure that our advice is always timely and straight to the point.​

Whether you are a Ukrainian company in search of new ways to motivate employees, or a foreign corporation planning to start or terminate a business in Ukraine, we will be there to support you every step of the way.

We will be happy to assist you on the full range of employment issues, including:

  • developing a complete set of staff documentation, labour contracts, and internal policies 
  • advising on employment, dismissal of management, and redundancy issues
  • developing share option incentive plans for management
  • drafting a collective bargaining agreement and representing the client in collective negotiations
  • advising on the employment of foreign citizens and obtaining work permits
  • advising on confidential information, intellectual property, and personal data protection issues
  • consulting on tax issues related to payroll taxes
  • assisting in employees transfers
  • due diligence of labour law and anti-corruption law compliance
  • resolving labour disputes in out-of-court procedure and in courts

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CMS - Employment

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Band 3

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Olexander Martinenko and Maria Orlyk
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises international clients on a broad range of mandates from general labour issues to immigration matters and labour disputes. Also active in transaction-related employment matters.

Strengths Sources like the team's client-centric approach, noting that "their answers are client friendly."

Notable practitioners

The firm has two independent offices in Kyiv where the two respective practice leads are Olexander Martinenko and Maria Orlyk.

Department profile by CMS



Employment is a rapidly developing area of regulation in CEE. Our employment specialists in the region can work in partnership with your legal and human resources teams to provide advice on all key aspects of employment law, employee pension arrangements and employee benefit schemes. This is a complex area of law with, at times contradictory, rules established by EU and national legislation. Having been at the forefront of changes to legislation in these areas in several countries in the region, CMS lawyers have a unique grasp of the issues to provide practical and commercial strategies and solutions for your business.

We advise clients across jurisdictions in relation to employment and executive contracts, pension schemes, employee benefit programmes, restructuring, employment disputes, employment aspects of M&A transactions, works council and trade union relations. A 280-strong group of employment specialists worldwide can help you navigate a maze of regulations, policy documents and other legal complexities you face on a daily basis.

Our Ukrainian team advises clients on a wide range of labour law matters, including employment agreements, internal employment policies and individual dismissals, as well as more complex matters involving the implementation of mass layoff programmes, outsourcing projects and other schemes for employment restructuring.



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Ilyashev & Partners - Employment

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Band 3

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Mikhail Ilyashev
- 1 partner
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Noted for its expertise in employment litigation. Also handles general labour issues, in addition to employment matters relating to M&A.

Strengths Sources highlight the speed of work. "They respond very quickly," a client says, adding: "I have to say I have been satisfied."

Work highlights Represented Antonov in a number of labour disputes against the Ministry of Industrial Policy.

Significant clients Altimo, ArcelorMittal Kryviy Rih, Ciklum, Danone, Kyivstar.

Notable practitioners

Associate Leonid Gilevich joins the rankings this year. He is a corporate lawyer who regularly acts on employment issues. He is praised by clients for his quick responses and business-oriented approach.

Department profile by Ilyashev & Partners

Specialisations
Having extensive experience in providing legal services in labor law, Ilyashev & Partners offers individual and professional problem-solving approach within the framework of employment relations. We undertake a full range of employment work, rendering advisory on comprehensive projects, confidentiality, labor safety, contractual matters, employment disputesThe Department provides services to major companies, trade unions and individuals, in particular, government officials, chief executives of industrial companies and foreign representatives. 

Recent work highlights

We have worked on many of the largest and most important deals that have taken place in Ukraine. Many of these have involved significant transfers of undertakings. Some representative projects included representing SE Antonov during a series of labor disputes against the Ministry of Industrial Policy and its candidate regarding dismissal and further confirmation of powers of the President of SE Antonov; acting for VimpelCom on the collection, processing and protection of personal data of employees and clients; advising Ukrrichflot on peculiarities of business trips of towing fleet members working under rotational system. 

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In response to very strong client demand, we opened new offices: in Simferopol (Crimea) in 2014 and in Moscow (the Russian Federation) in 2015 and Tallinn, Estonia, in 2016. All of these offices have strong Employment practices.


Wolf Theiss - Employment

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Band 3

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Olena Vardamatska
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Works in close cooperation with the firm's corporate team. Frequently advises on regulatory and contractual matters and also assists with issues arising from transactions. Advises Austrian clients and is also popular with other international names.

Strengths Clients highlight the team's high availability.

Work highlights Advised Türktelekom International on changes relating to a restructuring of its corporate governance structure in its Ukrainian subsidiary.

Significant clients Alvogen, Vienna Insurance Group, QBE Insurance Group.

Notable practitioners

Olena Vardamatska is a key contact for clients.

Department profile by Wolf Theiss

During the past several years our clients have undergone substantial corporate restructuring, including merger and carve-out. All global corporate changes affect employees. They often result in changes of chief executives, staff restructuring and termination. Thus, employment is always an important issue in any restructuring project. In the circumstances of economic challenges in Ukraine, flexible thinking is required to provide sound and practical advice in highly formalistic labour law area.

Our Reputation

Our employment team has vast experience working with clients from all major industries. Having the safest solution approach, we advise our clients on how to avoid even the remote risks existing due to unclear statutory wording or gaps in law. Attention to detail is our core feature in this practice area.   

Our Cases

We have supported many large-scale M&A transactions, restructuring projects and provided advice to companies in the process of their day-to-day operations. These include petrol distribution businesses, insurance, financial services, IT, healthcare and consumer product manufacturing companies. We conducted due diligence during the M&A transactions, gave advice and supported the carve-out process; advising our long-term clients on multiple issues.



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With offices in 13 countries in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe and 3 regional desks, Wolf Theiss is ideally positioned to handle regional as well as local finance work.

Our Reach

Our Ukrainian lawyers cooperate with colleagues in all countries where we have offices: Austria, Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia. In addition, our regional desks cover Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro. For multi-jurisdictional assignments this allows us to provide our clients with the most harmonized advice possible.

Our Advantage

We truly operate as a single firm. This enables us to always assign the best team of lawyers in accordance with the specific needs of a client. Each of our offices works on transactions that rank among the most significant in their markets so our clients can rely on unified high quality work. Our lawyers have years of experience of working
together on cross-border transactions. Our clients have one point of contact.

Our Work

As an example, we recently advised on the spin-off of the traditional lamps business of OSRAM, a leading global lamps producer, in 10 countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine. Products such as halogen bulbs, energy-saving bulbs as well as certain LED bulbs will be brought under a new brand: LEDVANCE. The new subsidiary has more than 10,000 employees. Alone at Wolf Theiss, approximately 30 lawyers have been working on this large multijurisdictional transaction. We were selected due to our expertise, our
ability to immediately mobilize and coordinate a large and specialized team of lawyers in all relevant countries, and our long track record of large transactions in CEE/SEE.




Band 1

Mariana V Marchuk

Baker McKenzie

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Top-ranked Mariana Marchuk has a strong track record in advising both domestic and foreign clients on labour and migration law. Sources confirm that "she is one of the strongest employment lawyers in the market."

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Volodymyr Monastyrskyy

Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Volodymyr Monastyrskyy leads the employment practice at the firm and has a strong track record in assisting clients with employment issues. He recently advised the Salvation Army on complex employment, immigration and corporate law issues.

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Oksana Voynarovska

Vasil Kisil & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Practice head Oksana Voynarovska has extensive experience in labour issues from drafting employment contracts for top management to negotiating collective bargaining agreements and disputes. "She is a very experienced professional," a client says, also praising her strong communication skills.

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Sayenko Kharenko

From the Chambers Europe guide

Svitlana Kheda is the firm's key employment specialist who is particularly recognised for her mediation experience. Sources describe her as "dynamic and commercial."

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Associates to watch

Ilyashev & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Associate Leonid Gilevich joins the rankings this year. He is a corporate lawyer who regularly acts on employment issues. He is praised by clients for his quick responses and business-oriented approach.

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Associates to watch

Arzinger

From the Chambers Europe guide

Entering the rankings this year, senior associate Aleysa Pavlynska is an increasingly visible employment lawyer. "She is proactive," a client reports, adding she is also "easy going, friendly and nice to work with."

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Associates to watch

Vasil Kisil & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Entering the rankings this year, senior associate Valeriya Savchuk assists with the firm's key instructions across a variety of labour issues. Sources describe her as a "reliable" lawyer.

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Associates to watch

Avellum

From the Chambers Europe guide

Associate Yuriy Zaremba "always offered several solutions to every problem and could easily explain the pros and cons of each solution. What I appreciated the most is that he was able to recommend which solution was best for our situation," a client reports. He advises clients on employment aspects of corporate matters.

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