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Tax — Ukraine


KM Partners - Tax Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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, among others. Particularly strong in tax litigation, also representing clients in criminal proceedings. Has recent experience advising individuals on extraordinary tax audits.

Strengths One source says: "KM Partners' team has a creative and individual approach to solving issues."

Another source praises the team's client service: "They understand our specific needs, always go far and beyond our expectations, and have remarkable skill in handling difficult cases."

Notable practitioners

Considered the best tax lawyer in Ukraine, Alexander Minin is well equipped to advise major local and international clients on tax advisory work and tax litigation, including criminal proceedings. Clients enthuse over his tax expertise: "He knows this theme so deeply that he can answer any question," while another source highlights that "he would leave no stone unturned."

Described as "one of the very experienced lawyers," Alexander Shemiatkin rises to the top tier as a result of positive feedback. He has a strong track record in a broad variety of tax matters, including VAT. Interviewees comment on "his capacity to find a prompt, effective and realistic decision in every complicated situation."

About the Team (content provided by KM Partners)

The flagship practice of KM Partners (WTS Consulting LLC) is rendering of the full range of tax services which quality is up to the highest world standards in tax consulting. This provides our firm with significant competitive advantages in the Ukrainian market of legal services.

Due to innovative and creative approach as well as legal knowledge harmonically combined with deep understanding of the economic substance, KM Partners tax department helps in finding an answer to the most complicated questions and offers optimal approaches taking into consideration the peculiarities of your business. Being competent in Ukrainian as well as in international taxation, our specialists provide the high quality of the legal support on the issues of tax planning, tax compliance, tax optimization, international tax structuring and profit repatriation, cross-border agreements, avoidance of double taxation etc.

Thus, having developed of one of the best court practice in Ukraine and being the leader in disputes with tax authorities, our firm can provide high-quality support both at the stage of adopting management decision and at the stage of defending this decision in case of dispute with tax authorities.

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Baker McKenzie - Tax Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Especially noted for cross-border 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. Provides additional support to clients with tax disputes, representing clients against tax authorities.

Strengths Clients describe the team as client-oriented, with one source saying: "They are very attentive to our requests, very reasonable on fees and willing to understand our needs."

Various commentators especially recommend the team for its advice on tax structuring.

Notable practitioners

Recognised as a leading lawyer, Hennadiy Voytsitskyi is particularly recommended for international tax issues, acting for multinationals on cross-border tax planning and structuring. Interviewees point out his excellent negotiation skills and commercial approach, and also praise his "detail-oriented written consultation."

About the Team (content provided by Baker McKenzie)

With a team of eight lawyers and one partner we provide sophisticated international tax planning for major corporations, including tax optimization in connection with inbound and outbound investment. We also provide elaborate and innovative domestic tax planning, tax planning for mergers and acquisitions as well as pre spin-off and post-acquisition restructuring.

Our clients benefit from our expertise in transfer pricing services, including advice on transfer pricing compliance, assistance in preparation and filing of transfer pricing documentation, legal support during transfer pricing audits. We develop comprehensive and operational transfer pricing models fit for client's business needs.

We represent clients in tax disputes with revenue authorities by strategically employing a wide variety of administrative dispute resolution techniques and, when necessary, by advocating our client’s position in court litigation.

We provide customs advice and planning with respect to compliance, origin regulations, export controls and licensing. We represent clients in tax and litigation arising from customs matters, as well as frequently advise clients on fringe benefits taxes, retirement plan taxes, employee share options plans and related matters.

Through our Global Wealth Management Group, we provide domestic and international tax succession, regulatory, compliance and related services to private banks, trustees, wealth management professionals and the families they and we serve.

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DLA Piper Ukraine LLC - Tax Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Team boasts members with a strong accounting background. Department's clientele includes key players from the TMT and pharmaceutical sectors.

Strengths One interviewee says: "They offer business-driven and balanced solutions."

Sources also value the team's timely responses, as one source says: "Whatever the request and urgency, they have managed to deliver their advice in a timely manner."

Notable practitioners

Head of tax practice Illya Sverdlov enters the rankings as an up-and-coming lawyer who receives excellent market feedback. He advises domestic and international companies on cross-border tax matters, especially related to transactions and transfer pricing. One client says: "He understands the tax landscape and has extensive knowledge of our business."

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

In today’s world, any company faces complex tax issues that require thorough knowledge of national legislation and international practice. Through the use of the international network of offices, we provide advice on the issues of Ukrainian and international taxation and offer a comprehensive approach to the tax structuring of foreign economic transactions. Our tax lawyers have an excellent knowledge of the issues that are specifically essential for international companies investing into Ukraine, as well as for the large local business groups that are planning to enter the world markets.

Our tax team advises on Ukrainian and cross-border tax matters covering corporate profit tax and transfer pricing, VAT and customs, individual taxation and real estate taxation. Our tax team also advises on tax-driven restructuring at a domestic and international level, advises on various cross-border transactions, performs tax due diligences and reviews. We have broad experience in supporting taxpayers during the tax audits, our lawyers have substantial expertise in representing of interests and defending the clients within tax controversies process, in contesting decisions and actions of tax authorities within administrative and court appeal procedures, at all stages of disputes' consideration. The Kyiv office's tax team members come from legal, accounting and auditing backgrounds which allows to have a comprehensive expertise to add value to the client and achieve a tailor-made approach.

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Arzinger - Tax Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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 as well as VAT-related matters. Active across various industries, including agriculture, IT and life sciences.

Strengths One source appreciates the team's "in-depth knowledge and soft skills."

The team is noted for its expertise in criminal tax investigations.

Work highlights Represented a company producing industrial gases in a dispute with the tax authorities.

Notable practitioners

Kateryna Gupalo focuses on tax and customs disputes, as well as assisting with white-collar crime matters. Sources commend her "deep knowledge of the market" and praise her energy and enthusiasm.

The "energetic" Dmytro Trut enters the table as an associate to watch who is actively representing clients in tax disputes.

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Asters - Tax Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

Strengths One source observes: "I would like to highlight the team's speedy handling of requests, innovation and initiative."

According to another client, the team "understands the client's needs."

Work highlights Acted for Ukrainian Railways on tax issues concerning its corporate restructuring and the restructuring of its international borrowings.

Notable practitioners

Constantin Solyar enters the rankings on the back of extensive positive feedback. He acts for international and local clients on a variety of tax matters including tax structuring and VAT, as well as advising on the taxation of corporate profit. One source describes him as "very persistent in getting positive results and completing projects on time," while another source adds: "He is fast and gets right to the point."

Alexey Khomyakov acts on transactional tax matters and also represents clients in audits and tax disputes. According to one interviewee, "he is a very reputable tax practitioner who is extremely passionate about his work and gives clear and well thought through advice."

About the Team (content provided by Asters)

Asters tax practice group provides full scope of tax and tax-related services, including effective international tax and business structuring, developing tax strategies for launching new products and services, conducting tax audits and compliance reviews, assists in prompt resolution of tax disputes both in pre-litigation stage and in courts. 

Asters has extensive experience and all necessary resources to address any tax-related questions in a reliable and effective way. We make ensure that our tax structures are consistent not only with the tax laws but also with the myriad of currency, financial, securities and other regulations existing in Ukraine. 

Precise attention to details and innovative solutions help us to achieve results through careful structuring of transactions and through sophisticated arguments on behalf of our clients.


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Avellum - Tax Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Dynamic team with an impressive track record in international tax planning. Represents domestic and international corporations in tax disputes and criminal investigations. Also assists with tax issues related to large-scale M&A and capital markets tickets. Notable experience advising clients from the banking and finance and IT sectors, with UniCredit being among the department's new clients.

Strengths The team stands out for its knowledge of international tax, with one source praising its "understanding of both local and international contexts."

Another source appreciates the "very good teamwork."

Work highlights Advised Kernel on tax issues related to its USD500 million offering of 8.75% guaranteed notes due 2022.

Notable practitioners

Vadim Medvedev is noted as a "really knowledgeable rising star" in the tax community in Ukraine. He has a particular focus on international tax planning, often acting for clients from the financial sector. He receives strong feedback from market sources, with clients highlighting his expertise and practical skills in international tax.

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PwC Ukraine - Tax Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Joins the rankings following market praise for its tax consultancy and contentious work. Notable strength in transfer pricing matters. Advises major national and multinational companies as well as public sector institutions on general corporate tax cases, including international tax planning, structuring, compliance and VAT. Also well versed in representing clients in tax and customs litigation, including criminal investigations.

Strengths Sources say: "They are creative and client-oriented, with a global and comprehensive view on business."

Sources also point out the team's "ability to produce quality results under the time pressure."

Work highlights Advised the European Investment Bank on VAT in connection with a project in Ukraine.

Notable practitioners

Slava Vlasov is the key contact for clients.

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Sayenko Kharenko - Tax Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Particular expertise in tax litigation, working on complex matters. Provides tax advice on M&A and financing instructions, as well as handling tax structuring issues. Known for representing clients from the financial sector, and also active for companies from the agricultural, IT and energy industries. Additionally, assists high net worth individuals with personal tax compliance matters.

Strengths Sources emphasise that the team is "proactive and prompt in providing advice."

Clients also highlight the lawyers' "good expertise."

Work highlights Represented a local subsidiary of a global group of energy and petrochemical companies in a dispute with the state tax authorities concerning the cancellation of profit tax assessment.

Advised a Ukrainian agricultural company on tax issues related to its cross-border debt restructuring.

Notable practitioners

Serhiy Verlanov defends major international and local companies in complex disputes, often concerning corporate tax liability. He also advises on broader tax issues and risks. His "client-oriented" approach stands out to interviewees, and he is also praised as a "knowledgeable and experienced" tax lawyer.

About the Team (content provided by Sayenko Kharenko)

Sayenko Kharenko tax group delivers seamless and highly practical tax advice. It effectively addresses a full spectrum of international and domestic tax issues faced by clients. The firm offers a one-stop-shop advisory, including tax advice; tax administration; tax compliance; transactional tax advice; tax disputes.







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Vasil Kisil & Partners - Tax Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Special strength in tax litigation with a strong track record in defending clients in criminal proceedings. Especially active in disputes concerning VAT and also advises on conflicts concerning CPT. Also provides tax assistance with M&A transactions and restructurings.

Strengths The team stands out for its practical approach, as one interviewee observes: "It effectively combines strong analytical skills with extensive litigation expertise, so that their advice is very practical and well-balanced."

Another source admires the high-quality job performed by the team, highlighting its "strategy and quality of documents" and adding: "They are experienced and clever."

Work highlights Advised Baker Hughes on VAT in relation to the export of gas pipeline services.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Andriy Stelmashchuk focuses on tax litigation. He is praised for his "business-oriented" approach and represents both domestic and international clients.

Up-and-coming lawyer Tetyana Berezhna centres her practice on domestic tax litigation advising clients on disputes related to VAT, corporate income tax and inclusion of royalties in expenses, among other matters. Sources endorse her ability "to offer good solutions within reasonable deadlines." Another source adds: "Everything is done on time and the quality is excellent."

About the Team (content provided by Vasil Kisil & Partners)

Depending on business objectives our clients seek us out to get advice on tax and customs law, either as a stand-alone service or as an integrated part of comprehensive legal support.

Years of experience and expertise accumulated by our tax practice team, repeatedly recognized by experts, professional associations and the corporate world as one of the best in Ukraine, allow us to offer a wide range of optimal, commercially viable and sustainable solutions to the most challenging tasks in the area of ​​tax planning, M&A transactions, corporate restructuring, comprehensive support of foreign operations and disputes with regulatory authorities.

In addition to developing effective and practice-proven solutions in all areas of tax and customs legislation that are based on industry-specific insight, we also successfully introduce new tools of tax planning, meeting the most stringent requirements of our clients.


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Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners - Tax Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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, including financial institutions and real estate companies. Member of international network Taxand in Ukraine.

Strengths One source describes the lawyers as "very well prepared," adding: "They know the matter and all the new legislation."

Work highlights Advised Salini Impregilo on tax issues related to its restructuring of the Ukrainian assets and operations following the sale of Todini Costruzioni Generali.

Notable practitioners

Oleksandr Maydanyk and Arsen Miliutin are key contacts for clients.

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EUCON International Legal Center - Tax Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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 domestic clients as well as Ukrainian subsidiaries of global companies from the oil and gas, telecommunications, media and consumer goods sectors. Boasts a strong following among Polish clients, with the support of the Warsaw office.

Strengths The team is noted for its expertise in transfer pricing.

Work highlights Represented Linyk in a USD15.2 million case concerning cancellation of tax notice decisions.

Assisted Mikogen Ukraine with a case relating to the non-recognition of the client's VAT report and additional tax liabilities.

Notable practitioners

Yaroslav Romanchuk assists with a broad array of tax issues, including transfer pricing, business restructuring and tax disputes. "He gets the result as promised," comments one client.

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Star Individuals

KM Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Considered the best tax lawyer in Ukraine, Alexander Minin is well equipped to advise major local and international clients on tax advisory work and tax litigation, including criminal proceedings. Clients enthuse over his tax expertise: "He knows this theme so deeply that he can answer any question," while another source highlights that "he would leave no stone unturned."

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Band 1

Alexander Shemiatkin

KM Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Described as "one of the very experienced lawyers," Alexander Shemiatkin rises to the top tier as a result of positive feedback. He has a strong track record in a broad variety of tax matters, including VAT. Interviewees comment on "his capacity to find a prompt, effective and realistic decision in every complicated situation."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Hennadiy Voytsitskyi

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Recognised as a leading lawyer, Hennadiy Voytsitskyi is particularly recommended for international tax issues, acting for multinationals on cross-border tax planning and structuring. Interviewees point out his excellent negotiation skills and commercial approach, and also praise his "detail-oriented written consultation."

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Band 2

Ernst & Young Law

From the Chambers Europe guide

Vladimir Kotenko of Ernst & Young stands out for his experience in tax consultancy and widespread recognition for his practice. Clients highlight his ability to listen to their needs and offer "an alternative point of view."

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Band 3

WTS Consulting LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ivan Shynkarenko heads the firm's transfer pricing and customs practices. He receives strong praise from market sources, with one commentator saying that he offers "really comprehensive and practical advice," while another source mentions that "he is very careful about the details."

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Band 3

Constantin Solyar

Asters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Constantin Solyar enters the rankings on the back of extensive positive feedback. He acts for international and local clients on a variety of tax matters including tax structuring and VAT, as well as advising on the taxation of corporate profit. One source describes him as "very persistent in getting positive results and completing projects on time," while another source adds: "He is fast and gets right to the point."

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Band 3

Andriy Stelmashchuk

Vasil Kisil & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Andriy Stelmashchuk focuses on tax litigation. He is praised for his "business-oriented" approach and represents both domestic and international clients.

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Band 3

Sayenko Kharenko

From the Chambers Europe guide

Serhiy Verlanov defends major international and local companies in complex disputes, often concerning corporate tax liability. He also advises on broader tax issues and risks. His "client-oriented" approach stands out to interviewees, and he is also praised as a "knowledgeable and experienced" tax lawyer.

^ See whole ranking table

Up and Coming

Vasil Kisil & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Up-and-coming lawyer Tetyana Berezhna centres her practice on domestic tax litigation advising clients on disputes related to VAT, corporate income tax and inclusion of royalties in expenses, among other matters. Sources endorse her ability "to offer good solutions within reasonable deadlines." Another source adds: "Everything is done on time and the quality is excellent."

^ See whole ranking table

Up and Coming

Arzinger

From the Chambers Europe guide

Kateryna Gupalo focuses on tax and customs disputes, as well as assisting with white-collar crime matters. Sources commend her "deep knowledge of the market" and praise her energy and enthusiasm.

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Up and Coming

Asters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alexey Khomyakov acts on transactional tax matters and also represents clients in audits and tax disputes. According to one interviewee, "he is a very reputable tax practitioner who is extremely passionate about his work and gives clear and well thought through advice."

^ See whole ranking table

Up and Coming

Avellum

From the Chambers Europe guide

Vadim Medvedev is noted as a "really knowledgeable rising star" in the tax community in Ukraine. He has a particular focus on international tax planning, often acting for clients from the financial sector. He receives strong feedback from market sources, with clients highlighting his expertise and practical skills in international tax.

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Up and Coming

Yaroslav Romanchuk

EUCON International Legal Center

From the Chambers Europe guide

Yaroslav Romanchuk assists with a broad array of tax issues, including transfer pricing, business restructuring and tax disputes. "He gets the result as promised," comments one client.

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Up and Coming

DLA Piper Ukraine LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Head of tax practice Illya Sverdlov enters the rankings as an up-and-coming lawyer who receives excellent market feedback. He advises domestic and international companies on cross-border tax matters, especially related to transactions and transfer pricing. One client says: "He understands the tax landscape and has extensive knowledge of our business."

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Associates to watch

Arzinger

From the Chambers Europe guide

The "energetic" Dmytro Trut enters the table as an associate to watch who is actively representing clients in tax disputes.

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