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Energy & Natural Resources — Ukraine


CMS - Energy & Natural Resources 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 team with an outstanding reputation across the full spectrum of oil and gas, electricity and renewables mandates. Boasts exceptional regulatory expertise combined with strong transactional capabilities, including advising on joint ventures and M&A projects across the energy sector. Notable experience of project financing mandates and enjoys an enviable client list which features global energy companies as well as international financial institutions. Assists clients with complex energy-related disputes.

Strengths The team's client service impresses clients, with one noting: "CMS people take their time to explain all the detail," a client says, adding: "They have never missed a deadline."

Work highlights Advised Nafta on the establishment of a joint venture with Cub Energy to pursue a gas exploration project in western Ukraine.

Notable practitioners

Olexander Martinenko is a long-standing figure in the Ukrainian legal market with a strong track record in handling energy deals. He is highly prized for his experience of M&A and corporate restructuring mandates, representing both domestic and international energy clients. He also handles energy-related disputes.

Vitaliy Radchenko is an outstanding practitioner who attracts significant praise from interviewees who describe him as a "leader in the sector" and "the best energy lawyer in Ukraine." His practice focuses primarily on cross-border transactional mandates related to the energy sector as well as advising clients on regulatory issues. One interviewee enthuses: "He is very good at explaining regulatory changes to international players."

About the Team (content provided by CMS)

A key driver of the global economy, the energy sector is affected by geopolitical, economic and regulatory pressures. You require advisers who understand your industry and work with leaders of energy companies, regulators, governments, industry bodies and investors on the cutting edge of commercial, regulatory and risk issues in the sector. Based across 15 jurisdictions in Central and Eastern Europe, we have been active in CEE since the beginning of the privatisation and liberalisation of the energy sector across the region. We have helped to shape the sector by advising on the most high-profile and ground-breaking projects and transactions over many years.

Our Ukraine Energy Projects and Construction practice group is consistently recognised as being the leading energy practice in Ukraine by both international and local rating agencies (Chambers Europe, 2012-2017, Legal 500, 2015-2017 and Ukrainian Law Firms, 2009-2017).

We advise clients from across of the energy industry (upstream and downstream oil & gas, electricity, nuclear and renewables) on how to structure projects, offering not only legal expertise but also wide-ranging knowledge of the industry and its technical and physical characteristics. Our specialists also cover associated legal fields, including real estate law, construction law, infrastructure regulation, environmental law and corporate law.

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Asters - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Esteemed team particularly known for its track record in electricity generation matters and and practical expertise in production sharing agreements. Also active in renewable energy and energy efficiency mandates. Handles a range of transactional issues and advises on project financing. Assist with energy-related disputes. Boasts a broad client base of both international and local companies.

Strengths One source sums up the strengths of the team, saying: "Their knowledge of the market and wide-ranging connections as well as the speed of their assistance means they are a firm that we can rely on."

Clients also appreciate the practical advice the practice group offers. One notes that "they know how to help us understand the renewables sector and investment procedure in Ukraine," adding: "They were good at putting that information into a report which we could use to develop our recommendations."

Work highlights Assisted IFC with a USD15 million financing to Nadezhda Group.

Advised OAK Utility Solutions & Development WLL on the implementation of waste-to-energy projects in Ukraine.

Notable practitioners

Yaroslav Petrov focuses principally on the electricity sector, with particular emphasis on renewable energy projects. Clients praise his market insight and ability to explain complex regulatory issues. Sources are also quick to note his dedication and focus on his client's aims: "He is very easy going but he will always stand up for his client," whilst another interviewee adds that "he has a positive, collegial attitude and it is always a pleasure to collaborate with him."

Tamara Lukanina is an experienced practitioner who focuses on assisting clients with production sharing agreements and special permits for subsoil use. A market source values her "very detailed and focused approach," adding that "when you know she has been working on a document, you don't need to check it as you know it is going to be perfect."

About the Team (content provided by Asters)

Asters has an extensive experience in advising clients on various significant energy related projects in Ukraine. Our attorneys have represented major international energy companies, developers, private equity funds and equity investors, lenders, contractors, project companies, the Ukrainian government and its departments/agencies in the development, financing, construction, operation, mergers & acquisitions, restructuring of a wide range of oil & gas, electricity, renewable energy, energy efficiency and emissions reduction projects.

Asters has significant government relations and lobbying capacities. Our team is actively involved into lobbying initiatives of the American Chamber of Commerce Energy Committee, European Business Association Fuel & Energy Committee, Ukrainian Wind Energy Association and Ukrainian Bioenergy Association, Kiev Energy Research Institute, which represent interests of foreign investors involved in energy-related projects and dealing with the Government. Our key energy law expert, Yaroslav Petrov, is a co-chair of the European Business Association Fuel & Energy Committee.

Asters energy team is composed of professionals with not only profound knowledge of Ukrainian law, but also knowledge of technical aspects of the industry that makes communication between our clients and lawyers more efficient.



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Baker McKenzie - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded team with experience of advising on electricity, renewables and energy efficiency, downstream gas and mining mandates. Often instructed on a range of energy-related corporate, finance and regulatory matters, including joint ventures and restructuring. Active in privatisation and energy infrastructure projects as well as energy-related disputes. Popular with international financial institutions as well as domestic and international energy companies.

Strengths Clients note the market insight and business-minded approach of the team, with one highlighting the "exceptional understanding of client needs," adding: "They have outstanding knowledge of the legal and regulatory aspects as well as very good communication skills."

Another interviewee comments: "The lawyers are very flexible and ready to be of service to the client when needed."

Work highlights Advised Odesa Portside Plant on various legal issues ahead of its privatisation.

Assisted Ukrenergo on the implementation of its corporate governance structure.

Notable practitioners

US and Ukrainian-qualified managing partner Serhiy Piontkovsky advises international corporates on domestic regulatory and compliance issues. Sources say he is "always ready to help in any case" and that they "find his comments and remarks insightful and relevant." As well as his strong advisory practice he also acts on transactional mandates, often in the renewables and electricity sectors.

About the Team (content provided by Baker McKenzie)

Over the last 25 years Baker McKenzie has developed a top tier Energy, Mining & Infrastructure practice group in Kyiv, with coordinated grasp of the industry and legal issues pertinent to transactions in this sector. Our dedicated team consists of eight lawyers, who advise clients on all aspects of their activities in energy sphere, including advising on construction and real estate matters, financing and M&A transactions, dispute resolution, competition, joint ventures and capital raising, to name a few.

We have significantly extended our experience in connection with investments into Ukrainian oil and gas production sharing contracts (PSCs). Our lawyers assist international oil and gas companies in understanding the specifics of the applicable regulatory regime of the PSCs, structuring the terms of their entry into the projects and negotiating the PSCs.

We continue to be actively involved in energy reforms implementation in Ukraine, including corporate restructuring of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) in energy sector (including Naftogaz and UkrEnergo) and high-scale privatizations of blue chips SOEs, development of emission trading mechanisms in Ukraine.

We frequently advise clients on renewable energy matters, including construction and acquisition of renewable energy plants, feed-in tariff regulation. We have been involved in the largest nuclear power projects in Ukraine, advising on construction and operation of nuclear plants.

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Dentons - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Active energy team with a solid reputation for upstream oil and gas as well as renewables mandates. Renowned for its strong transactional expertise, with an extensive track record in energy M&A, joint ventures and financing matters. Also advises on restructuring and insolvency and has experience of handling energy disputes. Client base features large energy companies, international organisations and banks, who benefit from the firm's global network of offices.

Strengths Market sources highlight the team's visibility in a specific sector, with a source reporting: "I would say their primary expertise is in renewables."

Clients note quick and clear advice they received.

Work highlights Advised CEFC Hainan International Holding, a subsidiary of CEFC, on Ukrainian law aspects of its acquisition of a majority stake in KMG International.

Advised GESS Consulting Ukraine on a number of acquisitions in the energy sector in Ukraine.

Notable practitioners

Maksym Sysoiev assists with a broad range of mandates, including M&A, project financing and providing regulatory advice on energy projects. He is popular amongst his clients and one reports that he offers "in-depth expertise and an efficient approach." He is particularly adept at advising clients active in the renewable energy sector.

About the Team (content provided by Dentons)

Our Energy team in Ukraine provides comprehensive strategic advice to help our clients achieve their business goals in such challenging and complex market as in Ukraine. We provide real time know-how and updates on all developments in the sector.

We have been providing advisory services to major companies in Ukraine’s energy sector since 1992, and we have been involved in the most innovative transactions in the Ukrainian energy sector.

Oil majors, independents, transportation companies, power generators, utilities, gas and power distribution and transmission system operators, manufacturers and trading companies, including gas importing companies, financial institutions and other players, trust our Energy and Natural Resources team in Kiev to advise on the full spectrum of legal matters sought by the sector—transactional, project development and finance, regulatory and environmental law and dispute resolution. We are leading the field in terms of legal advice on renewable energy projects in Ukraine.

Most recently we advised OECD on a road map on implementation of bioenergy projects in Ukraine and provided our recommendations on its improvement. We have also advised IBRD on provision a US$500 million guarantee which would allow Naftogaz of Ukraine (NAK) to improve the terms on which it is able to purchase gas.

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Aequo - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Dynamic team particularly noted for handling complex domestic energy disputes, including international arbitration proceedings. Capable of assisting clients with energy financing and development mandates. Client base includes local energy giants as well as international organisations who are active in the Ukrainian oil and gas and renewable energy sectors.

Work highlights Assisted Naftogaz with its borrowing of EUR478 million from Citibank and Deutsche Bank for the acquisition of gas.

Advised Guris Holding on a wind energy project in the Odesa region.

Notable practitioners

Denis Lysenko is a key contact for clients.

About the Team (content provided by Aequo)

Your market is tough, but it is also a world of opportunity. Today energy companies operating in Ukraine face commercial, operational and legal challenges that can have a significant impact on their business. Ukraine is consistently rated among Europe’s top energy consumers. The issue of energy security is at the top of the political agenda. The industry is capital intensive and strictly regulated.

We are aware that sustainable sector-specific legal solutions require time, knowledge and experience. We are here to help you to achieve your goals. Our team dedicated to your matter will have first-hand knowledge of the energy and natural resources industries, and applicable regulations. Our lawyers with expertise in corporate and commercial transactions, capital markets, litigation and arbitration, IP, real estate and construction, and restructuring and tax, will provide you with top-tier, comprehensive legal advice to keep pace with market and regulatory developments.

AEQUO’s energy and natural resources group advises on every tier of the energy industry and has a particular understanding of the oil and gas, conventional power and renewables sectors. You will benefit from our unique insight and successful track record of assisting high-profile clients with deals and disputes.

For more details please visit our website: https://aequo.ua/

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Arzinger - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Reputable practice group with a strong track record assisting on energy-related transactional mandates. Assists clients in the renewable energy and electricity sectors with market entry. Also capable of acting on energy disputes and providing advice on energy regulations. Broad client base includes a number of government institutions as well as energy industry clients.

Strengths Clients appreciate the pragmatic advice that the team provides. "They are creative," a client says, adding that the team also provides "financially effective and practical solutions" as well as being "available any time and immediately responding to our enquiries."

Notable practitioners

Head of department Maryna Ilchuk advises on a range of issues, including energy regulation, transactional mandates and renewable energy projects. "She always knows about all the changes, she understands how they influence business," a client says. She represents a range of domestic and international clients active in the energy and oil and gas sector.

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Sayenko Kharenko - Energy & Natural Resources Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded team that is best known for advising on project financing and capital markets mandates related to natural resources and energy projects. Also handles disputes for energy corporates, as well as providing regulatory advice. Instructed by both international and domestic clients from the energy and finance sectors.

Strengths Clients highlight the dedication of the team: "I admired the fortitude and perseverance the team demonstrated in turning documents around as quickly as possible."

Work highlights Advised Citibank and Deutsche Bank as lead arrangers of the EUR478 million financing to Naftogaz.

Provided regulatory and corporate advisory services to the Yenakiyeve Iron and Steel Works.

Notable practitioners

Vladimir Sayenko and Nazar Chernyavsky are key contacts for clients.

About the Team (content provided by Sayenko Kharenko)

Sayenko Kharenko is one of the very few law firms with a significant energy practice, both transactional and regulatory. Driven by our clients’ business goals, we have established a reputation for advising on the most challenging and first-of-their-kind projects in the market. Our lawyers started assisting industry clients back in the 1990s, advising on the establishment of the first joint ventures for the exploration and production of oil & gas, as well as on landmark privatisations of electricity distribution companies and the reconstruction of combined heat and power plants.

Sayenko Kharenko handles the full spectrum of energy-related transactions and issues, including:

  • M&A transactions​
  • Exploration and production
  • Licensing and ownership rights
  • Construction of power plants
  • Regulatory and compliance issues
  • Finance matters
  • Merger clearances and other aspects of competition law
  • Litigation and international arbitration

Renewable energy focus
The need to diversify energy resources and to decrease Ukraine’s dependency on energy imports has driven the development of the alternative energy sector in Ukraine. In the past few years, we have advised a number of foreign investors on the legal nuances and local practicalities of investments into Ukraine’s renewable energy sector. This has included, inter alia, the application of “green tariffs” and other tax incentives, licensing and regulatory issues, financing of wind energy, solar energy, and waste-to-energy projects.

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Eminent Practitioner

Olexander P Martinenko

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Olexander Martinenko is a long-standing figure in the Ukrainian legal market with a strong track record in handling energy deals. He is highly prized for his experience of M&A and corporate restructuring mandates, representing both domestic and international energy clients. He also handles energy-related disputes.

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Band 1

Vitaliy Radchenko

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Vitaliy Radchenko is an outstanding practitioner who attracts significant praise from interviewees who describe him as a "leader in the sector" and "the best energy lawyer in Ukraine." His practice focuses primarily on cross-border transactional mandates related to the energy sector as well as advising clients on regulatory issues. One interviewee enthuses: "He is very good at explaining regulatory changes to international players."

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Band 2

Asters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Yaroslav Petrov focuses principally on the electricity sector, with particular emphasis on renewable energy projects. Clients praise his market insight and ability to explain complex regulatory issues. Sources are also quick to note his dedication and focus on his client's aims: "He is very easy going but he will always stand up for his client," whilst another interviewee adds that "he has a positive, collegial attitude and it is always a pleasure to collaborate with him."

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Band 3

Asters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tamara Lukanina is an experienced practitioner who focuses on assisting clients with production sharing agreements and special permits for subsoil use. A market source  values her "very detailed and focused approach," adding that "when you know she has been working on a document, you don't need to check it as you know it is going to be perfect."

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Band 3

Serhiy Piontkovsky

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

US and Ukrainian-qualified managing partner Serhiy Piontkovsky advises international corporates on domestic regulatory and compliance issues. Sources say he is "always ready to help in any case" and that they "find his comments and remarks insightful and relevant." As well as his strong advisory practice he also acts on transactional mandates, often in the renewables and electricity sectors.

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Up and Coming

Arzinger

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of department Maryna Ilchuk advises on a range of issues, including energy regulation, transactional mandates and renewable energy projects. "She always knows about all the changes, she understands how they influence business," a client says. She represents a range of domestic and international clients active in the energy and oil and gas sector.

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Up and Coming

Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Maksym Sysoiev assists with a broad range of mandates, including M&A, project financing and providing regulatory advice on energy projects. He is popular amongst his clients and one reports that he offers "in-depth expertise and an efficient approach." He is particularly adept at advising clients active in the renewable energy sector.

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