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Europe Guide

Employment — Ukraine

Band 1

第一等

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."

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Band 1

第一等

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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Band 1

第一等

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.

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Band 2

第二等

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.

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Band 2

第二等

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."

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Band 3

第三等

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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Band 3

第三等

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.

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Band 3

第三等

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.

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Band 3

第三等

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.

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Band 3

第三等

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.

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Band 1

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

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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Band 1

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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Band 1

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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Band 2

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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