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Corporate/M&A — Ukraine


Avellum - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Market-leading firm with an outstanding track record in complex and large-scale M&A transactions. Acts for global corporates on acquisitions, disposals and exchanges of shares. Also advises on the establishment of joint ventures and handles corporate restructuring projects. Broad experience in a variety of industry sectors, with recent instructions encompassing banking, agriculture and pharmaceuticals. Regularly involved in cross-border transactions, often working in co-operation with international law firms. Complemented by top-tier financing and capital markets practices.

Strengths The lawyers' efficiency is highlighted by many clients as a strength. One describes them as "fast and responsive" and says: "They are the best in class."

Other sources note the firm's "capacity to understand the client's needs and to react extremely quickly." They continue: "The level of support was excellent."

Work highlights Assisted Altran with its acquisition of software engineering services company Lohika Ukraine.

Represented Allergan in the Ukrainian side of the USD40.5 billion global sale of one of its businesses to Teva.

Significant Clients UniCredit Group, CPP Investment Board, Custos Invest & Finance.

Notable practitioners

Mykola Stetsenko is hailed by sources as "one of the best M&A lawyers in the market." He handles high-profile corporate mandates, such as UniCredit Group's disposal of 99.9% of its shares in Ukrsotsbank. He represents a range of financial players and often acts as co-counsel with international law firms. Interviewees also recommend his "hands-on approach."

Yuriy Nechayev is widely recognised for his expertise in M&A, having assisted with many of the firm's highest-profile mandates. Sources describe him as "extremely client-oriented" and say: "His knowledge of the local market was invaluable throughout the process."

About the Team (content provided by Avellum)

At AVELLUM you will receive an unrivaled level of service and expertise in establishing your first presence in Ukraine, improving corporate governance, buying or selling a business, or establishing a joint venture. We know what you expect from your Ukrainian counsel, and offer a personalized approach.

For our Ukrainian clients we provide full guidance through sales or purchases of businesses in Ukraine, to the highest international standards. Our Ukrainian clients can also trust us with advising them on investments outside of Ukraine.

As a foreign client we will guide you smoothly through all of the intricacies of the Ukrainian legal system, so that you understand Ukrainian realities in terms familiar to you in your home country.

You can rely on us in any general corporate matters, from setting up your business in Ukraine, to structuring your corporate governance and compliance.

Mergers and acquisitions is one of the core practices of AVELLUM, and was a key area of expertise of the firm from its first days. Over the years we have refined our art of M&A by advising on the largest Ukrainian and multijurisdictional deals on the market. 

Through our close cooperation with major international law firms we have comprehensive understanding of the application of English law in M&A transactions, which makes us the perfect counsel for advising on Ukrainian M&A deals governed by English law.

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Baker McKenzie - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Viacheslav Yakymchuk
- 1 partner
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Global heavyweight with a strong presence in the local and regional markets. Boasts strong transactional capabilities, with recent instructions including a number of private equity deals. Assists with joint ventures, global corporate restructuring projects and general corporate advice. A popular choice for cross-border work, particularly in the CIS region. Prominent client base includes multinationals as well as prestigious local corporates from a variety of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, agriculture and real estate. Additional experience in post-M&A support, including integration issues and dispute avoidance.

Strengths One source describes the corporate department as "a great team of very competent and savvy lawyers. It is a pleasure to work with these guys."

The team is repeatedly singled out for its excellent attention to detail. One client also particularly highlights the firm's "very clear answers."

Work highlights Assisted Greece's Eurobank Ergasias with the sale of its Ukrainian subisidiary.

Significant Clients BILLA Ukraine, Shire, BCPP, EBRD, Odessa Portside Plant.

Notable practitioners

Viacheslav Yakymchuk's practice encompasses domestic and cross-border mandates. He is skilled in a variety of transactions and recently assisted BILLA with the sale of two supermarkets in Kharkiv. Sources appreciate his "knowledge, experience and flexibility."

Entering the rankings for the first time, counsel Olha Demianiuk is increasingly active on private M&A matters, both cross-border and domestic. She focuses on healthcare transactions such as pharmaceutical acquisitions, for which she receives praise. Sources say: "She has a deep knowledge of the Ukrainian environment, including pharmaceutical regulations." She has additional expertise in the establishment of joint ventures.

About the Team (content provided by Baker McKenzie)

Over the past 25 years in Ukraine, we have been involved in an unprecedented number of deals both in booming markets and financial downturns. We have helped to achieve the successful completion of many first-of-their-kind transactions by combining a sensitivity for local considerations and a deep understanding of the requirements of the international markets.

Industry groups have been a long standing part of the Baker McKenzie structure with specialist teams focusing on a wide range of industries, in particular including consumer goods & retail, financial institutions, energy, mining & infrastructure, healthcare, technology, media & telecoms.

We have been recently involved in several significant M&A transactions in Ukraine. In particular, we successfully completed a complex share sale deal for Eurobank Ergasias S.A., which disposed of its Ukrainian subsidiary, Universal Bank, in favour of TAS Group, advised Billa-Ukraine on the sale of its five supermarkets in Ukraine, advised Horizon Capital on its acquisition of a majority stake in Datagroup, as well as continue to advise Avista Capital Partners and Nordic Capital on various issues arising after their joint acquisition of Pharma Start.

In recent years, our team has been actively involved in advising EBRD and Ukrainian state energy companies (NAK Naftogaz Ukrainy, SE NPC Ukrenergo) in connection with implementing corporate governance structure, as well as on the reform of the privatization rules.

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Aequo - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Anna Babych
- 3 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A popular choice for full-scope transactional advice. Notable for advising on M&A in a variety of sectors, with particular experience in areas such as TMT, financial services and retail. Also handles joint venture projects and assists with corporate restructuring matters and general corporate issues. Instructed by notable local and international names. Experienced in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, often acting on deals involving neighbouring countries. Also regularly works in co-operation with international law firms.

Strengths One client draws attention to the firm's innovative approach, highlighting its "positive dynamics, creativity and ability to understand the client's viewpoint."

Another source is impressed by the lawyers' expertise: "The Aequo team's knowledge and experience make it easy to carry out a deal."

Work highlights Acted for Viasat World on its acquisition of Viasat Ukraine from Modern Times Group.

Assisted Lohika Systems with its sale of Lohika Ukraine to Altran Group.

Significant Clients Mosquito Mobile, Nova Poshta, Ukrainian Redevelopment Fund, TAS Group, ATB Market.

Notable practitioners

Anna Babych has a wealth of experience in domestic and international mergers and acquisitions. She represents both local and international corporations, financial institutions and companies, advising on shareholder agreements and business structuring, among other matters. Her expertise spans such sectors as TMT, energy and natural resources. Sources describe her as "very committed and sharp, with an excellent eye for detail and a strong commercial sense."

Denis Lysenko is particularly active on investment matters. He assists clients with corporate restructuring as well as with the establishment of joint ventures. He is skilled at both the domestic and cross-border level. "He is an experienced and thoughtful practitioner," a client confirms.

About the Team (content provided by Aequo)

Integrated with our other transactional teams, our corporate commercial practice is ideally positioned to add value to our clients.Our key advantage is the broad expertise that helps us to address diverse situations. Our lawyers combine industry knowledge and local expertise with the ability to tailor innovative solutions to businesses of all types and sizes. Our advice is efficient, timely and to the point because we are constantly engaged in helping our clients at every stage of their businesses’ life cycles.

This practice covers all corporate and trading activities of a business. Our corporate governance lawyers are the true innovators in this area. By virtue of their regular participation in drafting and developing сorporate legislation in Ukraine, they are leading experts on how to apply it commercially.

We help our clients address the sector-specific regulatory compliance challenges in regulated industries. We develop and test compliance programmes to satisfy general needs of the clients.

We are experts in the full range of commercial contracts – customer and supplier, franchising, contractual liability, logistics, sales promotion and distributorships, outsourcing, e-commerce, licensing, agency and advertising. Our clients’ day-to-day businesses matter as much for us as stand-alone projects.

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

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Asters - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Oleksiy Didkovskiy, Armen Khachaturyan and Vadym Samoilenko
- 5 partners
- 45 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Long-standing firm which is regularly called upon to advise on M&A deals spanning a range of industries, with particular experience in the financial services sector. Also active in corporate restructuring and joint venture projects and provides day-to-day support on a range of corporate and commercial matters. Advises on a range of matters for shareholders, including potentially contentious issues. Client roster includes prominent international companies as well as domestic names. Often works in co-operation with international law firms.

Strengths One interviewee admires the lawyers' expertise and client service: "They have been very good and attentive and have turned documents around quickly. They have a good understanding of the lay of the land."

Work highlights Assisted Hawk Applications with the corporate, employment and taxation matters associated with the establishment of its business in Ukraine.

Acted for Arysta LifeScience on a post-M&A reorganisation and a variety of additional matters.

Significant Clients Monsanto, Molson Coors, Wizz Air, Boeing, Motorola Solutions.

Notable practitioners

Oleksiy Didkovskiy is recognised for his expertise in corporate law. He is involved in transactional matters as well as contentious mandates.

Armen Khachaturyan continues to advise on general corporate advisory matters as well as mergers and acquisitions. He recently acted for VTG on the liquidation of Transpetrol's Ukrainian office.

Vadym Samoilenko typically handles the taxation issues arising from transactions, as well as corporate restructuring mandates. He is recognised for his corporate know-how and advises a number of aviation players, including Wizz Air, on their corporate activity in Ukraine.

About the Team (content provided by Asters)

Asters has one of the best track records in the country in transactional, corporate governance, and other corporate work. Firm's lawyers deal with M&A, governance, finance, reorganization and liquidation, and other corporate issues. 

We help our clients establish presence in Ukraine, incorporate new and restructure existing legal entities, draft charters, by-laws and other corporate documents as well as shareholder agreements and other similar arrangements. Asters offers its clients a full package of services on structuring and implementing transactions, including due diligence, tax planning, currency regulation, merger clearance, negotiation and drafting of contracts and other transaction documents.

Asters attorneys assist in preparation of general meetings of shareholders, protecting and enforcing their rights, represent clients in corporate conflicts and shareholder litigation. 

On the regulatory side we advise our clients on various corporate-related registrations, filings, disclosures, listings, securities and other compliance matters.



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CMS - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 2

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Graham Conlon, Johannes Trenkwalder and Olexander Martinenko
- 5 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A popular choice for cross-border deals as a result of in-house English law expertise and its widely recognised strength in the CIS and CEE regions. Its solid transactional practice handles M&A instructions in a broad range of industries, including agriculture and banking, and is also particularly noted for its in-depth knowledge of the energy sector. Often acts for private equity clients investing in Ukraine and also handles corporate restructuring projects. Advises both on market entrance and exit mandates. Boasts a German-speaking corporate team as well as on-the-ground Austrian law expertise.

Strengths Sources praise the team's bespoke offering: "They successfully combine the best working methods of an international law firm with a profound knowledge of the local market. This ensures the client receives a high-quality and tailored legal product." Others note the team's ability to "understand what the client wants and identify the crucial points."

One interviewee admires the lawyers' efficient approach: "All of them were fast, co-operative, met the brief and the deadlines and, most importantly, were able to explain lawyers' stuff to a non-lawyer. They were willing to help us urgently and to propose several ways to resolve the problem."

Work highlights Acted for Decapterus on the corporate, real estate and competition implications of its EUR175 million sale of Hamé to Orkla.

Assisted MANE AUSTRIA with its acquisition of a distributor.

Significant Clients MV Cargo, NAFTA, Advent International, HETA Asset Resolution.

Notable practitioners

Olexander Martinenko retains his "very versatile" reputation. He is well versed in corporate matters such as group restructuring, and his notable clients include both national and international entities.

Graham Conlon is described by market sources as a "fantastic" lawyer. He is involved in joint ventures as well as cross-border M&A mandates, dividing his time between the firm's offices in Ukraine, Poland and the UK.

Maria Orlyk is active on transactions affecting other jurisdictions in CEE, with particular recognition for her work involving German-speaking countries. She represents clients hailing from a range of sectors including mining, pharmaceuticals and financial services. One source says: "She is very good at communicating."

Tetyana Dovgan continues to impress the market with her successful handling of M&A transactions. She has expertise in several sectors, including finance, infrastructure, agriculture and IT. Sources say: "She proved to be a committed and highly motivated lawyer."

About the Team (content provided by CMS)

With over 25 years’ experience in CEE, we are the preferred M&A adviser to corporates and financial institutions, and have topped the deal tables by volume for a number of consecutive years. With domestic experts and English law practitioners on the ground in 15 offices across the region, we can mobilise international specialist teams quickly to manage your cross-border transactions.

Whether a global multinational group or a dynamic domestic business, we can deliver a tailored, commercial, cost effective solution for you, covering areas such as M&A, private equity, equity capital markets, outsourcing, group restructuring and privatisations. Our cross-border teams include experts in sectors such as banking, consumer products, energy, infrastructure, insurance, lifesciences, real estate and construction, technology and media. 

Our first-rate corporate team in Ukraine works on the most sizeable cross-border transactions in Ukraine, throughout Europe and beyond. We are the only law firm in Ukraine with an international private equity team, staffed locally by an English- and Austrian-qualified lawyers dedicated to private equity, and transactional work.

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Dentons - Corporate/M&A Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Oleg Batyuk
- 5 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-established team recently active on behalf of clients in the natural resources and agriculture sectors. Expertise covers corporate governance and structuring, providing industry-specific regulatory advice, as well as support in joint venture projects and M&A deals. Client base features prominent international corporates. Also recognised for advising on cross-border matters across the CIS region.

Strengths One enthusiastic source sums up the strength of the team's approach to mandates, saying: "They have great local knowledge and a systematic approach to project management, which enables effective handling of complex transactional issues."

Work highlights Assisted the Adecco Group with the sale of its Ukrainian subsidiary.

Advised Cub Energy on a joint venture with Nafta International focused on the development of an oilfield in western Ukraine.

Significant Clients BlaBlaCar, Dr Reddy's, Ingenico, Salvation Army, Sberbank.

Notable practitioners

US-qualified Adam Mycyk acts for international corporates involved on Ukrainian-bound transactions and projects. He is regularly called upon to provide market insight to overseas investors, and is noted for his commercial approach to negotiations. A source states: "He's easy-going, open-minded, has great drafting skills and always thinks of compromise solutions in advance, which helps avoid dead-ends at make-or-break deal situations."

Ukraine managing partner Oleg Batyuk is a long-standing figure in the market. He regularly acts for international corporations involved in cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions. He advised CEFC Hainan on the Ukrainian aspects of its cross-border acquisition of a controlling interest in KazMunayGaz International.

US-qualified Myron Bohdan Rabij is a long-standing name in the Ukrainian corporate/M&A market and has returned to the Kyiv office from New York in late 2017. He advises international corporates on Ukraine-bound transactions and joint ventures, often in the natural resources sector. Sources describe him as "a tough negotiator, very practical."

Volodymyr Monastyrskyy acts for significant international corporates involved in infrastructure, real estate and natural resources projects. He advised COFCO Agri on the corporate matters related to the construction of a transhipment complex at the Mykolaiv seaport.

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DLA Piper Ukraine LLC - Corporate/M&A Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Margarita Karpenko and Alla Kozachenko
- 2 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Notable team providing international clients with transactional support across a range of industries. Also provides corporate governance and structuring advice, including market entry and group restructuring support. Particularly active in the life sciences sector.

Strengths Sources praise the team's business-oriented approach and pragmatism, stating: "The DLA Ukraine team understood our issues and helped us devise a solid and pragmatic plan to arrive at a favourable outcome. I also appreciated their ability to communicate the legal nuances to us."

The depth of the team is another key strength noted by interviewees, who state: "They have a very high level of expertise and the team is big enough to address complex matters; they always have at least one attorney who is an expert. They provide complete feedback and they also have a high standard of English."

Work highlights Acted for the DCH Group on its acquisition of Karavan, a national chain of entertainment centres.

Assisted Georgian Industrial Group with its purchase of a 29.29% stake in Indar, a Ukrainiain insulin producer.

Significant Clients Crown Agents, Mondelez, Pfizer, Sanofi, Wix.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Margarita Karpenko oversees the practice, advising on a broad range of transactional and corporate advisory mandates. She acts for international clients on a broad range of cross-border mandates, including global M&A projects.

Alla Kozachenko provides domestic law advice to international corporates involved in Ukraine-bound mandates. Her advice and insight are appreciated by clients, who say: "She has everything you want to see in a lawyer, she's reasonable and practical."

About the Team (content provided by DLA Piper Ukraine LLC)

DLA Piper has a long-standing presence in Ukraine, opening our Kyiv office in 2005. Our Corporate and M&A team is a full-service practice providing tailored, technically astute and pragmatic legal services on all aspects of inbound and outbound investment projects.

We advise international and Ukrainian companies across the broad spectrum of corporate work including business set up, private M&A, capital markets, complex joint ventures, disposals, corporate restructurings and reorganizations, as well as general commercial and corporate governance issues. We have deep industry knowledge of the key sectors where our clients operate. Our particular experience lies within the energy, media, consumer goods, food and beverages, hospitality and leisure, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, and technology sectors.

Internationally, the Corporate Group has a significant global presence with over 1,000 lawyers based across the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. This enables us to combine market leading international practice with specialist local expertise. We are also able to cover wider business needs partnering with our colleagues from Tax, Antitrust and Competition, Employment, Intellectual Property and Technology, Real Estate, Litigation and Regulatory, and Finance & Projects practices.

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Sayenko Kharenko - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Andrei Likahov and Vladimir Sayenko
- 4 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Long-standing domestic firm that regularly acts alongside international law firms, advising on the Ukrainian aspects of high-stakes global M&A deals, providing due diligence, compliance support and document drafting. Particularly well known for its transactional experience in the financial services sector. Also advises on day-to-day corporate issues and regulatory matters. Prominent client base includes key international players from the insurance and electronics industries. Complemented by top-tier banking and finance, capital markets and competition practices.

Strengths Sources agree on the substantial experience and market insight the firm can offer to clients.

Work highlights Acted as local Ukrainian counsel to Giant Interactive on its global acquisition of Playtika.

Represented Aegon Group in its sale of Aegon Life Ukraine to the TAS Group.

Significant Clients Allianz, Coortland Investments, Talanx.

Notable practitioners

Founding partner Vladimir Sayenko is a leading figure on the domestic scene. He oversees the corporate practice, lending his domestic law expertise to corporate restructurings, joint ventures and transactions.

About the Team (content provided by Sayenko Kharenko)

The firm is widely recognised as the country’s leading adviser on M&A and other corporate matters. Our M&A team has an exceptional track record across various sectors and industries, including handling some of the most innovative and sophisticated transactions in the market.

Having an experienced team of lawyers specialising in complex cross-border stock and asset acquisitions, joint ventures and corporate restructurings in a wide range of industries, we offer a combination of exceptional transactional skills and deep industry expertise that enables us to remain business-oriented while rendering high quality legal advice. This helps us to create cutting-edge legal solutions for our clients.

Our services also include:

  • Setting-up / winding-up corporate presence for any venture in Ukraine
  • Structuring businesses and investments of any complexity
  • Restructuring corporate groups, including as a part of pre-transactional work
  • Assisting through all stages of an M&A transaction from deal structuring, legal due diligence and negotiations of the transaction documents to coordination of pre-completion activities and post-completion business integration
  • Negotiating and setting-up joint ventures of any complexity
  • Support with obtaining regulatory clearances in highly regulated industries
  • Building up efficient corporate governance systems in line with best practices
  • Supporting businesses across the broad spectrum of corporate, corporate finance and general commercial matters.








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Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Oksana Ilchenko and Oleg Boichuk
- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Regularly provides domestic law support on cross-border transactional mandates as well as offering strong day-to-day corporate support. Also handles corporate restructuring and corporate governance projects for international corporates active in Ukraine. Experienced in advising clients from a wide range of industry sectors, including natural resources, construction and financial services. Often co-operates with international law firms. Regularly instructed by German-speaking clients.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's advisory services. "They're responsive in terms of identifying risks, options and recommending a course of action," say interviewees.

Other sources highlight "their knowledge of the local authorities and proactive, innovative approach."

Work highlights Acted as local counsel to BGC Partners on the Ukrainian aspects of its purchase of Besso Insurance Group.

Advised Salini Impregilo on the restructuring of its Ukrainian assets following the disposal of Todini Costruzioni Generali.

Significant Clients Halliburton, Intesa Sanpaolo, Regal Petroleum, Uber.

Notable practitioners

Oksana Ilchenko remains an active figure in the domestic market. She advises regional and international clients on corporate structuring, including joint ventures and cross-border mergers. She recently advised Halliburton on the Ukrainian law aspects of its proposed acquisition of Baker Hughes.

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Vasil Kisil & Partners - Corporate/M&A Department

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Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Alexander Borodkin, Volodymyr Igonin and Anna Sisetska
- 1 partner
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Long-standing firm well versed in a range of corporate and commercial issues. Regularly instructed to act on corporate restructuring projects as well as corporate governance mandates. Also provides domestic law support on transactional matters, often representing international corporates active in Ukraine. Experienced in acting on mandates involving a breadth of industry sectors, such as media, agriculture and construction. Benefits from its top-class litigation practice on contentious restructuring cases.

Strengths Sources appreciate the local law support the firm provides, with one stating: "They were proactive and managed local aspects of the transaction with their counterparts effectively. They showed a commercial approach in resolving issues."

Other sources highlight the team's detailed and focused approach. "They are reliable, show attention to detail and they meet all necessary deadlines," comments an interviewee.

Work highlights Assisted CEN Biotech with the group restructuring of its Ukrainian subsidiaries.

Significant Clients Astra Capital, Bauer Media Group, Hellenic Bank, Tetra Pak.

Notable practitioners

Name partner Vasil Kisil is a towering figure in the domestic market. Echoing the sentiments of many, one source describes him as "one of the most respected lawyers in the market."

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In today’s economy many companies are facing a quandary: should we pursue acquisitions and invest in new projects now or wait for clear signs of a lasting recovery? The growing range of attractive—even once-in-a-lifetime—investment opportunities not only seems hard to pass up but also includes some that weren’t possible just a few years ago. 

Our Corporate / M&A Practice is well-known for its experience in sophisticated, complex and innovative mergers and acquisitions. Our team of renown professionals is here to offer you business savvy advice on corporate and restructuring issues, comprehensive support in cross-border and domestic M&A transactions, including recommendations on all transaction related matters (such as tax, regulatory and employment compliance), as well as assistance with privatization matters.

Recently there has a been a growing demand for practical advice related to business restructurings in a case of insolvency, including liquidation of legal entities, optimization of structures of companies’ groups, as well as debt restructuring. 

We offer the overall legal approach to handling challenging corporate restructurings and setting up an optimal legal and tax structure of your businesses. Our Corporate / M&A lawyers are experienced in a range of industry sectors and combine extensive knowledge of industry-specific issues with excellent legal skills. We develop our Corporate / M&A Practice to meet specific client needs and provide a full-scale legal support.


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Arzinger - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Timur Bondaryev and Anna Zorya
- 3 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-recognised practice that covers transactional issues and day-to-day corporate advice. Solid track record in corporate restructuring projects combined with tax restructuring advice. Also provides local support in acquisitions, including due diligence, and advises on joint ventures. Experienced in advising local and international names from a variety of industry sectors, with particular expertise in pharmaceuticals and real estate. Client roster includes investors and business owners. Regularly advises German-speaking clients.

Strengths The lawyers are singled out for their "understanding of business needs and requirements."

Further interviewees describe the team as "well organised, with a proactive and client-oriented approach."

Work highlights Assisted Zeppelin International with its EUR3.3 million acquisition of a majority stake in a business formerly owned by TMM.

Acted for Leineweber on various matters arising from its joint venture in Ukraine.

Significant Clients Centrica, Concorde Capital, BPM Mezzanine Fund, Sabis Educational Holding, EBRD.

Notable practitioners

Timur Bondaryev typically acts on M&A transactions in the retail, fast-moving consumer goods, automotive and life sciences sectors. He is skilled in both local and international transactions and recently advised Centrica on a Ukrainian acquisition as part of its global start-up investment portfolio.

Anna Zorya represents clients from a range of sectors including agriculture and TMT. She handles a variety of joint ventures and cross-border acquisitions and recently assisted Concorde Capital with its investment into Hideez Technology.

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Redcliffe Partners - Corporate/M&A Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Dmytro Fedoruk and Rob Shantz
- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Relatively recently established Ukrainian firm with close ties to several international law firms. Often called upon to advise on the Ukrainian aspects of cross-border M&A transactions. Also handles general corporate and regulatory issues and provides a range of compliance advice. Experienced in a broad range of industry sectors.

Notable practitioners

Founding partner Dmytro Fedoruk acts for international corporates active in Ukraine across a broad range of industries. The oil and gas market is one particular area of expertise. He also assists clients with corporate structuring, including in regard to joint ventures.

Counsel Zoryana Sozanska-Matviychuk recently joined Redcliffe Partners from an international law firm. She assists with a wide variety of transactional mandates, including private equity deals.

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Wolf Theiss - Corporate/M&A Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Head of department: Taras Dumych
- 1 partner
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A popular choice for international clients seeking counsel on cross-border transactional matters. Also provides general business support, including governance and regulatory advice as well as acting on corporate structuring issues. Notable areas of focus include the energy and financial services sectors. Benefits from the strength of its international network.

Strengths The team's client-oriented approach is highlighted by several sources. One says: "They did everything on time, they prepared everything properly for us and they work to a high quality."

Another says: "You feel like their most important client: call any time, e-mail any time and you get a response immediately."

Work highlights Assisted AMIC Energy Management with its EUR3.8 million acquisition of two aircraft refuelling companies in Ukraine.

Advised OSRAM on Ukrainian-law issues during its global corporate restructuring.

Significant Clients AMIC Energy Management, Erste Bank, Grid Dynamics, Lukoil.

Notable practitioners

Taras Dumych is called "very proactive" by interviewees. He regularly advises on local law issues relating to corporate restructuring, joint ventures and corporate governance issues.

About the Team (content provided by Wolf Theiss)

We advise on a range of corporate issues from M&A and joint ventures, including involving the authorities, to corporate restructurings, antitrust, corporate governance as well as general commercial.

Our Approach

From general advisory to complex transaction advice, our clients require us to be innovative and find solutions that best fit their needs, give maximum comfort to them and yet are acceptable to their counterparties.

Our Reputation

Our team has expertise in several legal areas and understanding of the industries, regulatory and political environment in which our clients operate. This multidisciplinary approach combined with transactional experience makes us well positioned to efficiently handle projects and advise clients on general issues pertinent to their business or on a specific deal.

Our Cases

We have supported many large-scale M&A transactions, including a landmark deal when 240 petrol stations changed hands in one transaction. We also assisted the large insurance companies QBE and Vienna insurance Group with M&A projects in Ukraine.

Our Pro Bono Work

We believe that the active participation of the private sector and, in particular, lawyers in developing a new investor-friendly legal environment is an investment in our future. As a member of the Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association, we urged a legislative initiative to improve the investment framework (e.g. abolishing the requirement to register foreign investments) which was adopted by Parliament.











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Senior Statesperson

Vasil Kisil & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Name partner Vasil Kisil is a towering figure in the domestic market. Echoing the sentiments of many, one source describes him as "one of the most respected lawyers in the market."

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Eminent Practitioner

Oleksiy Didkovskiy

Asters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Oleksiy Didkovskiy is recognised for his expertise in corporate law. He is involved in transactional matters as well as contentious mandates.

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Eminent Practitioner

Armen Khachaturyan

Asters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Armen Khachaturyan continues to advise on general corporate advisory matters as well as mergers and acquisitions. He recently acted for VTG on the liquidation of Transpetrol's Ukrainian office.

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Eminent Practitioner

Olexander P Martinenko

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Olexander Martinenko retains his "very versatile" reputation. He is well versed in corporate matters such as group restructuring, and his notable clients include both national and international entities.

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Band 1

Sayenko Kharenko

From the Chambers Europe guide

Founding partner Vladimir Sayenko is a leading figure on the domestic scene. He oversees the corporate practice, lending his domestic law expertise to corporate restructurings, joint ventures and transactions.

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Band 1

Avellum

From the Chambers Europe guide

Mykola Stetsenko is hailed by sources as "one of the best M&A lawyers in the market." He handles high-profile corporate mandates, such as UniCredit Group's disposal of 99.9% of its shares in Ukrsotsbank. He represents a range of financial players and often acts as co-counsel with international law firms. Interviewees also recommend his "hands-on approach."

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Band 1

Viacheslav Yakymchuk

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Viacheslav Yakymchuk's practice encompasses domestic and cross-border mandates. He is skilled in a variety of transactions and recently assisted BILLA with the sale of two supermarkets in Kharkiv. Sources appreciate his "knowledge, experience and flexibility."

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Band 2

Aequo

From the Chambers Europe guide

Anna Babych has a wealth of experience in domestic and international mergers and acquisitions. She represents both local and international corporations, financial institutions and companies, advising on shareholder agreements and business structuring, among other matters. Her expertise spans such sectors as TMT, energy and natural resources. Sources describe her as "very committed and sharp, with an excellent eye for detail and a strong commercial sense."

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Band 2

Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

US-qualified Adam Mycyk acts for international corporates involved on Ukrainian-bound transactions and projects. He is regularly called upon to provide market insight to overseas investors, and is noted for his commercial approach to negotiations. A source states: "He's easy-going, open-minded, has great drafting skills and always thinks of compromise solutions in advance, which helps avoid dead-ends at make-or-break deal situations."

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Band 3

Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ukraine managing partner Oleg Batyuk is a long-standing figure in the market. He regularly acts for international corporations involved in cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions. He advised CEFC Hainan on the Ukrainian aspects of its cross-border acquisition of a controlling interest in KazMunayGaz International.

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Band 3

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Graham Conlon is described by market sources as a "fantastic" lawyer. He is involved in joint ventures as well as cross-border M&A mandates, dividing his time between the firm's offices in Ukraine, Poland and the UK.

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Band 3

Wolf Theiss

From the Chambers Europe guide

Taras Dumych is called "very proactive" by interviewees. He regularly advises on local law issues relating to corporate restructuring, joint ventures and corporate governance issues.

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Band 3

Margarita Karpenko

DLA Piper Ukraine LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Margarita Karpenko oversees the practice, advising on a broad range of transactional and corporate advisory mandates. She acts for international clients on a broad range of cross-border mandates, including global M&A projects.

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Band 3

Aequo

From the Chambers Europe guide

Denis Lysenko is particularly active on investment matters. He assists clients with corporate restructuring as well as with the establishment of joint ventures. He is skilled at both the domestic and cross-border level. "He is an experienced and thoughtful practitioner," a client confirms.

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Band 3

Myron Bohdan Rabij

Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

US-qualified Myron Bohdan Rabij is a long-standing name in the Ukrainian corporate/M&A market and has returned to the Kyiv office from New York in late 2017. He advises international corporates on Ukraine-bound transactions and joint ventures, often in the natural resources sector. Sources describe him as "a tough negotiator, very practical."

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Band 4

Jeantet

From the Chambers Europe guide

Bertrand Barrier of Jeantet is highlighted for his "great attention to detail." He regularly assists European corporates active in Ukraine with corporate governance and structuring matters. He also advises on transactional mandates, providing due diligence and local law support to international clients.

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Band 4

Arzinger

From the Chambers Europe guide

Timur Bondaryev typically acts on M&A transactions in the retail, fast-moving consumer goods, automotive and life sciences sectors. He is skilled in both local and international transactions and recently advised Centrica on a Ukrainian acquisition as part of its global start-up investment portfolio.

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Band 4

Redcliffe Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Founding partner Dmytro Fedoruk acts for international corporates active in Ukraine across a broad range of industries. The oil and gas market is one particular area of expertise. He also assists clients with corporate structuring, including in regard to joint ventures.

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Band 4

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Oksana Ilchenko remains an active figure in the domestic market. She advises regional and international clients on corporate structuring, including joint ventures and cross-border mergers. She recently advised Halliburton on the Ukrainian law aspects of its proposed acquisition of Baker Hughes.

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Band 4

Volodymyr Monastyrskyy

Dentons

From the Chambers Europe guide

Volodymyr Monastyrskyy acts for significant international corporates involved in infrastructure, real estate and natural resources projects. He advised COFCO Agri on the corporate matters related to the construction of a transhipment complex at the Mykolaiv seaport.

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Band 4

Avellum

From the Chambers Europe guide

Yuriy Nechayev is widely recognised for his expertise in M&A, having assisted with many of the firm's highest-profile mandates. Sources describe him as "extremely client-oriented" and say: "His knowledge of the local market was invaluable throughout the process."

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Band 4

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Maria Orlyk is active on transactions affecting other jurisdictions in CEE, with particular recognition for her work involving German-speaking countries. She represents clients hailing from a range of sectors including mining, pharmaceuticals and financial services. One source says: "She is very good at communicating."

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Band 4

Asters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Vadym Samoilenko typically handles the taxation issues arising from transactions, as well as corporate restructuring mandates. He is recognised for his corporate know-how and advises a number of aviation players, including Wizz Air, on their corporate activity in Ukraine.

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Band 4

Jeantet

From the Chambers Europe guide

Illya Tkachuk of Jeantet advances in the rankings. He is recognised for his legislative insight, with one source saying: "He has good understanding of the market and the law." Clients appreciate his pragmatism and commercial approach to deals: "He is able to build diplomatic relations with both parties involved." He also assists international clients with corporate structuring matters. 

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Band 4

Arzinger

From the Chambers Europe guide

Anna Zorya represents clients from a range of sectors including agriculture and TMT. She handles a variety of joint ventures and cross-border acquisitions and recently assisted Concorde Capital with its investment into Hideez Technology.

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Up and Coming

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Entering the rankings for the first time, counsel Olha Demianiuk is increasingly active on private M&A matters, both cross-border and domestic. She focuses on healthcare transactions such as pharmaceutical acquisitions, for which she receives praise. Sources say: "She has a deep knowledge of the Ukrainian environment, including pharmaceutical regulations." She has additional expertise in the establishment of joint ventures.

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Up and Coming

Zoryana Sozanska-Matviychuk

Redcliffe Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Counsel Zoryana Sozanska-Matviychuk recently joined Redcliffe Partners from an international law firm. She assists with a wide variety of transactional mandates, including private equity deals.

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Associates to watch

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tetyana Dovgan continues to impress the market with her successful handling of M&A transactions. She has expertise in several sectors, including finance, infrastructure, agriculture and IT. Sources say: "She proved to be a committed and highly motivated lawyer."

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Associates to watch

DLA Piper Ukraine LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alla Kozachenko provides domestic law advice to international corporates involved in Ukraine-bound mandates. Her advice and insight are appreciated by clients, who say: "She has everything you want to see in a lawyer, she's reasonable and practical."

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