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Dispute Resolution: White-Collar Crime — Ukraine


Arzinger - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Timur Bondaryev, Kateryna Gupalo and Markian Malskyy
- 3 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong team often representing international fast-moving consumer goods companies and luxury brands as well as financial institutions. Noted for its strong capabilities in tax litigation and particularly active in debt recovery disputes. Also has experience handling general commercial litigation and increasingly active in disputes with white-collar crime elements, such as allegations of embezzlement and tax evasion. Experienced in international arbitration and cross-border litigation, with recent work including investment treaty cases.

Strengths According to one source, the team is "very strong in tax litigation and criminal proceedings."

Other clients note the team's "scrupulous attention to detail" and add that "the lawyers have a good understanding of our business and needs."

Work highlights Assisted the State of Ukraine with a USD40 million ICSID arbitration concerning alleged violations of a bilateral agreement with the Netherlands.

Represented Zeppelin International in court proceedings concerning the enforcement of a more than USD6 million arbitral award.

Significant Clients Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits, Mercuria Energy Trading, Puratos, Archer Daniels Midland, MAN Truck & Bus Ukraine.

Notable practitioners

According to market commentators, Markian Malskyy is a "well-established name" in the Ukrainian market. His areas of focus include commercial and investment arbitration proceedings. One client appreciates that "he understands how the business works and therefore knows how to manage the case the best way."

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AVER LEX - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Olga Prosyanyuk and Vitaliy Serdyuk
- 4 partners
- 25 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Market-leading criminal law boutique known for its outstanding track record in criminal defence work. Handles white-collar crime and alleged corruption cases, and is often involved in large-scale and high-profile proceedings against the state. Advises on criminal and civil cases related to tax and suspected fraud. Client base comprises former state officials and high net worth individuals, as well as banks and corporates.

Strengths The department is recognised for its strong expertise in white-collar crime, with sources describing the team as made up of "first-class lawyers in the field of defence," and citing its experience in "high-profile and complex criminal cases."

The team also attracts praise for its client service. One commentator states: "Aver Lex provides the client with timely responses and the lawyers are ready to dive deep into the specifics of the matter."

Work highlights Defended businessman and former member of parliament Olexander Onishchenko in an approximately USD60 million case involving allegations of embezzlement and abuse of power.

Represented Odessa Portside Plant in a series of tax disputes with a total value of USD24 million.

Significant Clients Serhii Bochkovsky, Diamant Bank, ZTE Corporation, LTD Carlton Trading, Total Ukraine.

Notable practitioners

Vitaliy Serdyuk maintains an outstanding reputation as "one of the best criminal lawyers in the country" and wins particular renown for his "defence work among Ukrainian business leaders and political figures." Source praise his practical and straightforward approach, with one client stating: "He is very friendly in communications and his message is always clear and realistic." His recent work includes representing the former president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovich, in a number of criminal proceedings.

Managing partner Olga Prosyanyuk is praised as a "solid team communicator" who is "very dedicated to her client." She has extensive experience handling white-collar crime mandates for prominent individuals and corporate clients. Sources recognise her "convincing way of presenting things" and "direct and to-the-point style."

Igor Fedorenko enters the rankings this year in recognition of several major instructions and his strong market presence. Commentators describe him as a "strong advocate" and note his involvement in very significant white-collar crime cases. His recent work includes representing Bunge Ukraine in a number of criminal proceedings concerning alleged tax evasion, where the figure at stake exceeded USD2.5 million.

About the Team (content provided by AVER LEX )

AVER LEX is the leading WCC boutique law firm in Ukraine, focused on high-profile economic crimes and politically motivated prosecutions. 

In 2016-2017 clients' portfolio included state officials and high net worth individuals within protection from politically motivated prosecutions (Viktor Yanukovych, Olexander Onishchenko, Serhii Bochkovsky, etc.); big corporate clients from a range of economic sectors (Odessa Portside Plant, Diamant Bank, ZTE Corporation, LTD Carlton Trading, Bunge Ukraine, BRCM-Nafta, Total Ukraine, Ukrainian Interbank Currency Exchange Group, etc.). The Firm is the exclusive counsel of the Ukrainian branches of the Big 4 companies on a wide range of WCC issues. 

The firm commands unrivalled capacities for being a preferred criminal defense team in particular compound and complex WCC litigations with numerous parties, parallel investigations and simultaneous hearings, sometimes in different regions of Ukraine. 

Over the last year, the firm has been working on the complex legal defence of former Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych in a range of criminal proceedings, initiated by the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine. Another highlight is the resonant "Oleksandr Onishchenko gas case" - one of the first high-profile cases of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine. 

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Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Serhii Sviriba, Markiyan Kliuchkovskyi and Gleb Bialyi
- 4 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Market-leading team with comprehensive disputes expertise spanning litigation, arbitration and white-collar crime. Recognised for particular strength in international disputes, often handling cross-border litigation and international arbitration and regularly acting on instructions involving Russia, leveraging the firm's substantial presence there. Also noted for its dedicated domestic litigation team and advises clients on significant fraud and anti-corruption matters. Active on a broad spectrum of disputes, including international trade, debt recovery, energy, tax and competition matters, as well as more niche areas such as sports disputes. Instructed on commercial arbitration and has experience of investor-state cases.

Strengths One source states: "They were very responsive, quickly grasped the issues at stake and what was necessary, and also anticipated difficulties."

The department is described as "very strong in litigation" and "the top" in cross-border matters.

Work highlights Advised Azerbaijan's Silk Way Airlines, and two international insurance companies, on a potential dispute relating to a plane crash.

Represented EuroChem in a trade dispute regarding anti-dumping duties imposed by the Interdepartmental Commission on International Trade.

Represented Ukraine's former Minister of Economic Development in a criminal investigation undertaken by the state's Anti-Corruption Bureau.

Significant Clients Irish Bank Resolution Corporation, Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, Quinn Properties Ukraine, The State Road Agency of Ukraine, UkrFA.

Notable practitioners

Eminent practitioner Serhii Sviriba has a "very good reputation in the arbitration world," with commentators lauding him as "one of the leading individuals" and recognising his extensive experience in this field.

Sergiy Grebenyuk is noted as a "very strong lawyer" in the white-collar crime arena, covering cases involving allegations of tax evasion, corruption and fraud. His practice also includes advice on corporate investigations and compliance issues. He is notably experienced in advising corporates, including international companies. Also acting for high-profile individuals, he defended a former Russian banker following his arrest in Ukraine in connection with financial fraud allegations.

Markiyan Kliuchkovskyi is a well-regarded figure in the arbitration community, with one source referring to him as a "stellar performer." He has a significant track record in international arbitration, with particular experience of advising on sports and energy disputes. He advised Spanish footballer Cristóbal Márquez Crespo on multiple disputes arising from the termination of his sports employment contract in Ukraine and related issues.

Market commentators distinguish Gleb Bialyi as a "very good litigator" who is especially active in the domestic litigation arena. He covers commercial and administrative proceedings, with particular experience of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations. He represented Avgust Crop Protection in an anti-dumping investigation concerning imports of pesticides into the Eurasian Economic Union.

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Vasil Kisil & Partners - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Andriy Stelmashchuk and Oleg Alyoshin
- 5 partners
- 23 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly experienced litigation team handling a range of domestic and cross-border disputes. Has a significant track record in tax and real estate cases. Instructed on debt recovery and insurance cases and continues to gain experience in contentious competition mandates. Its recently strengthened white-collar crime team advises on issues arising from allegations of fraud, tax evasion and embezzlement. Its prestigious clientele features major international corporates and private individuals.

Strengths One client appreciates that the team "effectively combines strong analytical skills with extensive litigation expertise, so that their advice is very practical and well balanced, which helps us to make business decisions."

Work highlights Represented Ukrainian counsel to oligarch Gennady Bogoliubov in his EUR380 million dispute with Tatneft arising from allegations of misappropriated funds.

Acted as co-counsel to TB Fruit in a EUR50 million LCIA arbitration relating to a Ukrainian investment.

Significant Clients Ukrainian State Road Agency, BILLA, UNIQA, Shell, DuPont Pioneer.

Notable practitioners

According to one market commentator, Oleg Makarov is a "respected lawyer with significant experience" in the litigation arena. He has an extensive track record in a range of national and international disputes. He advised Kyiv City Council in a dispute concerning the demolition of a building's upper floors, which were judged to have contravened planning regulations.

Managing partner Andriy Stelmashchuk is distinguished for his significant track record in tax disputes, recently advising Sandvik on a number of cases against the Ukrainian tax authorities. He also has experience of real estate and general commercial litigation, with one client describing him as "business-oriented."

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

In dispute resolution, we are the trusted attorneys and advisors of many major international and Ukrainian clients. We guard their interests in a wide range of disputes, from antimonopoly to tax, arising in various industries, from automotive to telecommunications. In addition to representing clients in disputes, we regularly advise on dispute-related risks in complex transactions.

The specific expertise we have accumulated during the 25 years of our dispute resolution practice, unique court precedents we set, knowledge of the local and international environment, as well as strong practical skills combined with solid theoretical background allow us to develop innovative strategies and provide efficient solutions in the most complex and challenging matters.

Understanding how our clients’ legal and even more so – business objectives affect a particular matter, we work proactively to reach specific commercial goals of those we represent.


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VB Partners Law Firm - Dispute Resolution Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the Department
- Heads of department: Denys Bugay and Oleksandr Lukianenko
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected practice handling a broad array of white-collar crime proceedings and corporate investigations, including matters relating to fraud, corruption and tax evasion. Significant track record advising on alleged white-collar crimes in the banking sector. Assists corporates, banks and private clients with business protection and criminal defence.

Strengths Clients commend the department for its client service, appreciating its "good solutions and proposals about how to present ourselves and handle the case."

Work highlights Defended two senior managers of USB Bank against allegations of a USD100 million embezzlement.

Acted for a private client who was the victim of a USD4 million real estate fraud.

Significant Clients Mriya Agroholding, BAT, Nykolaevsky Alumina Plant.

Notable practitioners

Denys Bugay enters the rankings this year on the back of his strong market presence in white-collar crime. According to commentators, he is an "energetic" practitioner who has the "ability to remain calm in crisis situations." He represents corporates and private individuals in a range of criminal proceedings and has particular experience advising on crimes in the banking sector.

About the Team (content provided by VB Partners Law Firm)

VB PARTNERS is a legal boutique that mainly focuses on white-collar crime, mutual assistance in criminal matters and dispute resolution. Our team primarily advises and represents individuals, companies in Ukraine, as well in complex multi-jurisdictional proceedings, including fraud, corruption, money laundering, etc. 

VB PARTNERS is consistently included in the top 50 leading law firms in Ukraine. The partners and the company are recognized by all professional international and national ratings. Our team has 11 highly qualified lawyers, seven of which are attorneys who provide legal support in complex tasks.

Clients. Shareholders and owners of large Ukrainian businesses, corporate icons, banks, foreign investors, officials and individuals.

Recent work highlights:

  1. Successful defense in 50 criminal proceedings, including those with the status of suspects with minimal reputational and financial losses;
  2. Filing appeals on more than 20 decisions on seizure of property;
  3. Successful representation of 10 clients in criminal proceedings concerning bringing their unscrupulous business partners to justice;
  4. Comprehensive support of criminal proceedings against manufacturers of counterfeit products and the use of international brand products in Ukraine;
  5. Support of extradition procedures in different jurisdictions, representation of clients in the bodies of Interpol, etc.

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Fomin & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

According to market commentators, Igor Fomin of Fomin & Partners is a "white-collar crime guru" who is "well known and respected." He is particularly known for representing high-profile individuals.

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AVER LEX

From the Chambers Europe guide

Vitaliy Serdyuk maintains an outstanding reputation as "one of the best criminal lawyers in the country" and wins particular renown for his "defence work among Ukrainian business leaders and political figures." Source praise his practical and straightforward approach, with one client stating: "He is very friendly in communications and his message is always clear and realistic." His recent work includes representing the former president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovich, in a number of criminal proceedings.

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Solodko & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Evgeniy Solodko of Solodko & Partners is lauded as "one of the most experienced lawyers in white-collar crime" and "very active in the market." He is particularly known for his "high-profile defence work."

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Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sergiy Grebenyuk is noted as a "very strong lawyer" in the white-collar crime arena, covering cases involving allegations of tax evasion, corruption and fraud. His practice also includes advice on corporate investigations and compliance issues. He is notably experienced in advising corporates, including international companies. Also acting for high-profile individuals, he defended a former Russian banker following his arrest in Ukraine in connection with financial fraud allegations.

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AVER LEX

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Olga Prosyanyuk is praised as a "solid team communicator" who is "very dedicated to her client." She has extensive experience handling white-collar crime mandates for prominent individuals and corporate clients. Sources recognise her "convincing way of presenting things" and "direct and to-the-point style."

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VB Partners Law Firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Denys Bugay enters the rankings this year on the back of his strong market presence in white-collar crime. According to commentators, he is an "energetic" practitioner who has the "ability to remain calm in crisis situations." He represents corporates and private individuals in a range of criminal proceedings and has particular experience advising on crimes in the banking sector.

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AVER LEX

From the Chambers Europe guide

Igor Fedorenko enters the rankings this year in recognition of several major instructions and his strong market presence. Commentators describe him as a "strong advocate" and note his involvement in very significant white-collar crime cases. His recent work includes representing Bunge Ukraine in a number of criminal proceedings concerning alleged tax evasion, where the figure at stake exceeded USD2.5 million.

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