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Europe Guide

Tax — Ukraine

Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Alexander Minin, Alexander Shemiatkin and Ivan Shynkarenko
- 4 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Undisputed leader in Ukraine's tax market. Often assists Ukrainian subsidiaries of significant global companies as well as domestic companies with contentious and non-contentious matters concerning VAT and corporate tax as well as tax avoidance issues. Particularly strong in tax litigation. Also represents clients in criminal proceedings. 

Strengths The firm is singled out for its litigation prowess. A source enthuses: "They are especially strong in tax litigation." Another client comments: "If I was to give an estimate of the job they are doing, I would give them nine out of ten," adding the team is skilled to deal with "complex disputes issues."

The lawyers' dedication is also highly appreciated by clients. One source says: "All requests from our side were resolved promptly." Another source notes: "All decisions of lawyers focused on getting the client the desired end result."

Work highlights Advised a household goods company on a dispute relating to the inclusion of royalties into customs value.

Represented an international investment and development company in a court case regarding the cancellation of a decision of the Brovarsky City Council to impose local taxes.

Significant clients Cargill, Bunge, Coca-Cola Beverages Ukraine, Danone, Procter & Gamble Ukraine.

Notable practitioners  

Stellar practitioner Alexander Minin represents taxpayers in disputes, often relating to overpayment claims, and is also highly regarded for tax consultancy. "He is one of the best litigation and tax lawyers in Ukraine. I mean he has outstanding experience with all types of clients," a source reports, with another client adding: "If you have an urgent issue he will reply immediately." 

Alexander Shemiatkin has a strong track record in a broad variety of tax matters, including VAT as well as possible criminal proceedings. One client reports: "He has extensive experience in resolving any controversial issues." He also advises on general tax matters.

Ivan Shynkarenko heads the firm's pricing and customs practices and is especially praised by clients for his "analytical approach to solving problems." He assists with litigious tax cases concerning customs and VAT issues. 

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Hennadiy Voytsitskyi
- 1 partner
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Especially noted for international tax advice as a result of the firm's strong international network. Advises largely multinational clients on cross-border tax matters, including tax planning, optimisation, transactional support and VAT issues. Notable contentious tax practice, representing clients against tax authorities. Also assists with international wealth management issues.

Strengths Sources note the team's initiative. A client says: "We were lucky to learn a lot from them on tax matters because they are proactive and not limited to matters that we ask of them," also mentioning that "they keep us posted on all legislative developments in our area."

Significant clients ArcelorMittal, Erste Group.

Notable practitioners  

Top-ranked Hennadiy Voytsitskyi is particularly recommended for international tax issues, acting for multinationals on cross-border tax planning and structuring as well as on litigious tax cases. Clients value his experience of handling tax-related criminal issues.

Yuriy Zaluskyy assists with administrative and criminal tax litigation cases as well as advising on international tax planning. He receives highly complimentary remarks from clients, who describe him as practical and to the point. "He delivers answers to what we are asking," a client enthuses.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Svitlana Musienko
- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong tax team that advises a multinational clientele on corporate tax, VAT and customs matters as well as handling tax controversies. Also provides transactional tax support.

Strengths A client says the lawyers stand out as a result of "responsiveness and clear understanding of how they can help me achieve the commercial and financial objectives." Another client reports that the team listens to clients and is "very attentive to the clients' needs."

Work highlights Advised Crown Agents on tax issues relating to its contract with the Ukrainian Ministry of Health to procure medicine under a special state-financed programme.

Significant clients Bomond Group, Leroy Merlin, Sanofi-Aventis Ukraine, Naspers, Mondelez International.

Notable practitioners  

Svitlana Musienko has a broad experience in tax matters, including international tax planning and structuring. A client describes her as "clever, attentive and extremely helpful in her guidance to me as a client."

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department 
- Heads of department: Pavlo Khodakovsky and Kateryna Gupalo 

What the team is known for Advises Ukrainian and international clients on a broad range of tax issues, including tax disputes and tax consultancy matters. Experienced in domestic tax structuring and litigation as well as VAT-related matters. Clients include technology and pharma companies.

Strengths Sources note the team's clear advice and responsiveness. "The recommendations provided were straightforward and comprehensive. Response was always prompt and complete," a client reports.

Significant clients BrainBasket Foundation, Softline Group Ukraine, Servier Ukraine, UPM Ukraine, Scania.

Notable practitioners   

New to the rankings, Kateryna Gupalo focuses on tax and customs-related disputes, including handling cases with possible criminal aspects. "I'd name her a very active tax litigator," says one source.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Oleksiy Didkovskiy and Alexey Khomyakov

What the team is known for Particularly experienced in tax structuring issues related to corporate M&A activity. Also advises taxpayers on tax disputes with Ukrainian tax and customs authorities. Broad client base includes several major local names as well as Ukrainian subsidiaries of foreign companies.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's tailored advice and availability. A client reports that the team "provides clear and practical structuring solutions," adding that the lawyers are "very helpful, quick to respond to queries, easily accessible and able to explain things well." 

Work highlights Assisted ED&F Man Holdings with tax issues relating to a tolling transaction that uses a special customs regime.

Advised Visa on VAT and corporate tax implications of the launch of its new products in the Ukrainian market.

Significant clients Dentsu Aegis Network, Molson Coors Brewing Company, L'Oréal, Game Show Network, Ukrainian Railways.

Notable practitioners  

Alexey Khomyakov predominantly provides tax support in transactions and also represents clients in audits and tax disputes. "He is very business-savvy," a client says, adding that he is attentive to "client needs and detail."

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Serhiy Verlanov

What the team is known for Actively developing tax team, providing tax support on M&A and financing instructions. Increasingly visible in tax litigation. Also handles transfer pricing and tax structuring issues. Additionally, assists high net worth individuals with personal tax compliance matters.

Strengths Sources highlight the team's strong client support, with one client describing the team as "quite pragmatic, result-oriented, extraordinarily supportive and available 24/7."

Work highlights Advised a global technology company on the local tax aspects of a multi-jurisdictional M&A transaction. 

Notable practitioners  

Dmytro Korbut is a well-regarded practitioner who focuses on the tax aspects of cross-border transactions, including in corporate restructuring matters.

Serhiy Verlanov is known for defending major international and local companies in complex disputes, often concerning corporate tax liability issues. He also advises on broader tax issues and risks.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Andriy Stelmashchuk
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Special strength in tax litigation with a track record in defending clients in criminal proceedings. Especially active of late in disputes concerning VAT and also advises on conflicts concerning CPT.

Strengths Interviewees note that "they are very good at tax litigation," adding that the advice is "very practical," and the lawyers "combine strong academic knowledge with vast experience in tax disputes area."

Work highlights Represented Shell in several disputes with tax authorities in relation to the right to an automatic VAT refund.

Represented Imperial Tobacco Production Ukraine in a dispute concerning the inclusion of royalties in expenses and determination of the beneficiary owner status of the recipient.

Notable practitioners  

Managing partner Andriy Stelmashchuk has a strong focus on tax litigation. He gets very positive feedback from clients, with one source pointing out: "He always looks at the issue from different angles, allowing us to take well-balanced decisions."

Associate-to-watch Tetyana Berezhna enjoys high visibility in the market and is involved in the firm's key instructions. "She is very attentive to detail and committed to deadlines," a source says.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Oleksandr Maydanyk and Arsen Miliutin

What the team is known for Well-regarded tax litigation team that includes criminal defence specialists. Assists with tax advisory and regulatory matters. Represents local and multinational clients. Member of international network Taxand in Ukraine.

Strengths Interviewees praise the client-oriented approach: "They are very attentive to detail and always find ways to help."

Work highlights Represented Quinn Properties Ukraine in a pre-trial administrative proceeding in relation to withholding tax on payments to non-residents and issues concerning corporate profit tax.

Acted for a supplier of petroleum products on a tax amnesty proceeding.

Significant clients Salini Impregilo, Tabletochki, IBRC. 

Notable practitioners  

Oleksandr Maydanyk and Arsen Miliutin are key contacts for clients.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Yaroslav Romanchuk and Larysa Vrublevska
- 4 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Provides tax consultancy and litigation services, representing clients in administrative and criminal proceedings. Involved in transfer pricing matters and boasts additional capacity to conduct tax audits. Assists companies from oil and gas, telecommunications, media and consumer goods products sectors. 

Strengths Sources note the team's strength in contentious tax cases as well as the team's increasing visibility on the market.

Work highlights Represented Linik in a tax dispute challenging the classification of the client's business that could have otherwise resulted in costly tax liabilities.

Acted for Savik Shuster Studio on a high-profile dispute with the tax authorities.

Significant clients Mikogen-Ukraine, Ukrrichflot, Louis Dreyfus Commodities Ukraine, DPD Ukraine, Zepter.

Notable practitioners  

Entering the rankings this year, Yaroslav Romanchuk assists with a broad array of tax issues, including transfer pricing, business restructuring and tax disputes.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Roman Marchenko

What the team is known for Strong tax litigation expertise. Also offers tax consultancy services, advising on corporate and personal taxation. Covers a variety of sectors including transport and finance.

Strengths The team is best recognised for its strength in tax disputes. Commenting on the handling of a contentious case, a client reports that the lawyers were "responsive and proactive and did everything I expected of them."

Work highlights Acted for SE Antonov on a number of cases, including an overpayment of income tax as well as challenging a tax penalty.

Significant clients Altimo, ArcelorMittal Kryviy Rih, BTA Bank, Danone, Roshen.

Notable practitioners  

Roman Marchenko is a key contact for clients.

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Star Individuals

KM Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Stellar practitioner Alexander Minin represents taxpayers in disputes, often relating to overpayment claims, and is also highly regarded for tax consultancy. "He is one of the best litigation and tax lawyers in Ukraine. I mean he has outstanding experience with all types of clients," a source reports, with another client adding: "If you have an urgent issue he will reply immediately." 

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Band 1

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Top-ranked Hennadiy Voytsitskyi is particularly recommended for international tax issues, acting for multinationals on cross-border tax planning and structuring as well as on litigious tax cases. Clients value his experience of handling tax-related criminal issues.

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Band 2

DLA Piper Ukraine LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Svitlana Musienko has a broad experience in tax matters, including international tax planning and structuring. A client describes her as "clever, attentive and extremely helpful in her guidance to me as a client."

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Band 2

KM Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexander Shemiatkin has a strong track record in a broad variety of tax matters, including VAT as well as possible criminal proceedings. One client reports: "He has extensive experience in resolving any controversial issues." He also advises on general tax matters.

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Band 3

Sayenko Kharenko

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dmytro Korbut is a well-regarded practitioner who focuses on the tax aspects of cross-border transactions, including in corporate restructuring matters.

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Band 3

KM Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ivan Shynkarenko heads the firm's pricing and customs practices and is especially praised by clients for his "analytical approach to solving problems." He assists with litigious tax cases concerning customs and VAT issues. 

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Band 3

Vasil Kisil & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Andriy Stelmashchuk has a strong focus on tax litigation. He gets very positive feedback from clients, with one source pointing out: "He always looks at the issue from different angles, allowing us to take well-balanced decisions."

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Up and Coming

Arzinger

From the Chambers Europe guide

New to the rankings, Kateryna Gupalo focuses on tax and customs-related disputes, including handling cases with possible criminal aspects. "I'd name her a very active tax litigator," says one source.

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Up and Coming

Asters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexey Khomyakov predominantly provides tax support in transactions and also represents clients in audits and tax disputes. "He is very business-savvy," a client says, adding that he is attentive to "client needs and detail."

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Up and Coming

EUCON International Legal Center

From the Chambers Europe guide

Entering the rankings this year, Yaroslav Romanchuk assists with a broad array of tax issues, including transfer pricing, business restructuring and tax disputes.

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Up and Coming

Sayenko Kharenko

From the Chambers Europe guide

Serhiy Verlanov is known for defending major international and local companies in complex disputes, often concerning corporate tax liability issues. He also advises on broader tax issues and risks.

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Up and Coming

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Yuriy Zaluskyy assists with administrative and criminal tax litigation cases as well as advising on international tax planning. He receives highly complimentary remarks from clients, who describe him as practical and to the point. "He delivers answers to what we are asking," a client enthuses.

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Associates to watch

Vasil Kisil & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Associate-to-watch Tetyana Berezhna enjoys high visibility in the market and is involved in the firm's key instructions. "She is very attentive to detail and committed to deadlines," a source says.

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Associates to watch

Avellum

From the Chambers Europe guide

Associate to watch Vadim Medvedev of Avellum enters the rankings this year as a result of positive market feedback and increasing market visibility. He assists with the tax aspects of the firm's major instructions, which include big corporate and financing restructurings.

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