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Employment — Ukraine


Baker McKenzie - Employment Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Also acts on matters relating to employee migration.

Strengths The team stands out for its "impressive quality of service."

Another source highlights the department's lawyers as "the leaders in Ukraine" for employment work.

Notable practitioners

"Leading expert" Mariana Marchuk advises on a broad range of employment matters, including trade union relations, mass terminations and migration. She acts on domestic and cross-border cases, and clients appreciate her "great attention to detail, high responsiveness, her ability to provide good guidance and her patience when explaining complex matters."

About the Team (content provided 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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Vasil Kisil & Partners - Employment Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Client roster comprises key players from the automotive, construction and telecommunications sectors.

Strengths One client enthuses that the department has "specialists with huge experience, deep expertise and knowledge in this area," while another notes that they "always deliver an excellent service."

Another source highlights the team as "one of the best employment practices, with a strong team that focuses on litigation."

Work highlights Advised a Swedish business on mass terminations following the closure of its Ukrainian unit.

Assisted a US agriculture company with the dismissal of an employee.

Notable practitioners

Practice head Oksana Voynarovska is highly regarded and noted to be "one of the leading practitioners in this area." She leads both contentious and non-contentious cases and advised an international food packaging producer on more than 150 dismissals in relation to the closure of its factory in Ukraine. Clients endorse her "calm and clear" approach and her "profound knowledge of the subject matter."

Valeriya Savchuk's practice covers a broad scope of employment work which includes terminations, transfer of business and negotiations with trade unions. She assisted a UK software development company with hiring employees in Ukraine. Clients note that she is "very knowledgeable, insightful and generates creative ideas," adding that she is "hard-working, collaborative and confident."

About the Team (content provided 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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Dentons - Employment Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Advises on labour law issues in an M&A context as well as reorganisations and transfer of business. Particularly adept at assisting with business immigration and terminations as well as negotiations with trade unions.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's commercial approach: "They are very responsive, great communicators and possess both the necessary business sense and knowledge of the local law - they have provided an excellent service."

Work highlights Assisted a luxury products company with immigration matters relating to the employment of foreign employees by a local subsidiary.

Represented an electronics manufacturer in a cross-border employment dispute valued at more than USD8 million.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Volodymyr Monastyrskyy comes highly recommended by clients, with one noting that he is "extremely responsive, very engaged and business-minded." His counsel is frequently sought on M&A-related employment mandates, representing both domestic and international businesses. He is also capable of advising on terminations, exemplified by his recent work advising a maritime services company in relation to the dismissal of a director and the appointment of a new director.

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Sayenko Kharenko - Employment Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Established department advising local and international clients on various employment issues. Acts on dismissals, including at manager level. Also assists with employment issues relating to M&A transactions, including transfers of business and restructurings.

Strengths One client emphasises that the lawyers are "very responsive," adding that they are "great to work with and produce good work product."

Sources value the team's "accurate and detailed" advice.

Notable practitioners

Svitlana Kheda advises both employers and employees on dismissals, as well as assisting with ongoing employment issues. One source describes her as "very effective and focused," while a second interviewee comments: "She always does a great job for us."

About the Team (content provided by Sayenko Kharenko)

Sayenko Kharenko has a separate, independent labour/employment law practice with a remarkable pool of clients who engage us specifically for sophisticated employment law advice that often requires deep knowledge of Ukrainian employment law theory and state-of-the-art solutions.

We advise our clients on very specific employment law issues, in particular:

  • Employee transfers, including developing transfer algorithms​
  • Personnel outsourcing, including relevant cross-border issues
  • Redundancies and mass layoffs
  • Employment of protected groups of employees
  • Trade union regulation and dispute settlement, including global trade union activities and their implications for Ukrainian employers
  • Bringing global employment/corporate policies and procedures into compliance with Ukrainian laws
  • Employing interns and temporary employees
  • HR record retention issues
  • Adjusting global employee reference release procedures to Ukrainian data protection legislation
  • Military service and mobilization law implications for employers
  • All aspects of engaging foreign labour
  • Workplace health and safety
  • Employee compensation and benefits including executive compensation issues
  • Equal employment opportunity policies/procedures, including bringing global corporate anti-discrimination policies/procedures into compliance with Ukrainian laws
  • Litigation and other labour dispute settlement, including employment mediation and quasi-mediation

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Arzinger - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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 banks, IT companies and pharmaceutical companies. ADM Trading is a new client win for the department.

Strengths Interviewees have a "very positive impression" of the team and also highlight the firm's ability to handle employment issues within the pharmaceutical industry.

Work highlights Advised PAREXEL on employment issues in connection with the restructuring of its workforce.

Assisted Sanofi-Aventis with matters relating to the transfer of personnel between local legal entities.

Notable practitioners

Promising associate Aleysa Pavlynska is endorsed by one client for her "client-oriented and supportive" attitude and "attention to detail." Pavlynska advises on a broad range of employment matters including dismissals, reorganisations and outsourcing. She assisted FM Logistic with various employment issues including changes to the local management of the company. One client reports: "She has exceptionally good knowledge of Ukrainian employment legislation and has provided clear and helpful feedback to us."

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Asters - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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 finance, automotive and pharmaceuticals. Also assists with day-to-day issues, including collective bargaining agreements and compensation plans.

Strengths Clients praise the team's "precise and practical" advice.

This "good and established local law firm" is also commended by market commentators for its breadth of expertise.

Notable practitioners

Armen Khachaturyan and Svitlana Chepurna are key points of contact for this practice.

About the Team (content provided 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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Avellum - Employment Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Works in close co-operation 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. Deutsche Beteiligungs is a new client win for the team.

Strengths Sources praise the "dynamic and responsive team."

The lawyers are also commended as "experts in the Ukrainian market."

Work highlights Assisted Boehringer Ingelheim with transfer of employee benefits in connection with its business swap with Sanofi.

Advises ClinTec International on an ongoing basis in relation to employment matters.

Notable practitioners

Mykola Stetsenko is a key contact for clients.

About the Team (content provided 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 Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Active in transaction-related employment matters, such as restructuring and outsourcing. Also assists with individual dismissals and group redundancies.

Strengths Sources identify the team's broad practice and "appreciate their work."

Notable practitioners

Olexander Martinenko and Maria Orlyk are key client contacts for this practice.

About the Team (content provided 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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Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners - Employment Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Works in close co-operation with the corporate and dispute resolution practices and regularly represents employers in litigation. Also assists with management incentive programmes, immigration, regulatory compliance and co-operation with trade unions. Adept in handling matters for clients within the pharmaceutical, finance, transportation and sport sectors, among others.

Strengths Sources note that the lawyers are "very prompt and proactive."

Work highlights Advised a global taxi aggregator on the structuring of employment relations with the CEO and with foreign staff.

Assisted a software R&D services company with employment structuring for its operations in Ukraine.

Notable practitioners

Aleksandra Yevstafyeva's practice covers a broad scope of employment mandates, which include workplace safety, dismissals and employment incentives. Clients value her as a "very good and trustworthy" lawyer. She assisted BGC Partners with employment aspects of its acquisition of Besso Insurance Group.

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Ilyashev & Partners - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Recent mandates include management-level dismissals and advising on employment agreements.

Strengths Clients value that the lawyers "know our business inside out" and add that "they are very reliable."

Work highlights Advised COFCO on compliance with labour protection and industrial safety legislation.

Assisted Algol Chemicals with developing a template employment agreement for its Ukrainian business.

Notable practitioners

Leonid Gilevich advises on a broad range of employment matters and recently assisted Plant 410 CA with a number of employment disputes with former employees. One client highlights his "great service," adding that he is "very knowledgeable."

About the Team (content provided 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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Band 1

Mariana V Marchuk

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

"Leading expert" Mariana Marchuk advises on a broad range of employment matters, including trade union relations, mass terminations and migration. She acts on domestic and cross-border cases, and clients appreciate her "great attention to detail, high responsiveness, her ability to provide good guidance and her patience when explaining complex matters."

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Band 1

Oksana Voynarovska

Vasil Kisil & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Practice head Oksana Voynarovska is highly regarded and noted to be "one of the leading practitioners in this area." She leads both contentious and non-contentious cases and advised an international food packaging producer on more than 150 dismissals in relation to the closure of its factory in Ukraine. Clients endorse her "calm and clear" approach and her "profound knowledge of the subject matter."

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Band 2

Sayenko Kharenko

From the Chambers Europe guide

Svitlana Kheda advises both employers and employees on dismissals, as well as assisting with ongoing employment issues. One source describes her as "very effective and focused," while a second interviewee comments: "She always does a great job for us."

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Band 2

Volodymyr Monastyrskyy

Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of department Volodymyr Monastyrskyy comes highly recommended by clients, with one noting that he is "extremely responsive, very engaged and business-minded." His counsel is frequently sought on M&A-related employment mandates, representing both domestic and international businesses. He is also capable of advising on terminations, exemplified by his recent work advising a maritime services company in relation to the dismissal of a director and the appointment of a new director.

^ See whole ranking table

Associates to watch

Ilyashev & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Leonid Gilevich advises on a broad range of employment matters and recently assisted Plant 410 CA with a number of employment disputes with former employees. One client highlights his "great service," adding that he is "very knowledgeable."

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Associates to watch

Arzinger

From the Chambers Europe guide

Promising associate Aleysa Pavlynska is endorsed by one client for her "client-oriented and supportive" attitude and "attention to detail." Pavlynska advises on a broad range of employment matters including dismissals, reorganisations and outsourcing. She assisted FM Logistic with various employment issues including changes to the local management of the company. One client reports: "She has exceptionally good knowledge of Ukrainian employment legislation and has provided clear and helpful feedback to us."

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Associates to watch

Vasil Kisil & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Valeriya Savchuk's practice covers a broad scope of employment work which includes terminations, transfer of business and negotiations with trade unions. She assisted a UK software development company with hiring employees in Ukraine. Clients note that she is "very knowledgeable, insightful and generates creative ideas," adding that she is "hard-working, collaborative and confident."

^ See whole ranking table

Associates to watch

Aleksandra Yevstafyeva

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Aleksandra Yevstafyeva's practice covers a broad scope of employment mandates, which include workplace safety, dismissals and employment incentives. Clients value her as a "very good and trustworthy" lawyer. She assisted BGC Partners with employment aspects of its acquisition of Besso Insurance Group.

^ See whole ranking table