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Dispute Resolution: Arbitration — Ukraine


Aequo - Dispute Resolution

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Pavlo Byelousov and Oleksandr Mamunya
- 2 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Enters the rankings due to increased visibility and market recognition in both international arbitration and local litigation. Has recently been instructed on high-stakes international commercial arbitration matters and also acts on cases heard at the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce. Involved in cross-border shareholder disputes. Domestic litigation team focuses on commercial disputes and is also well known for IP disputes capabilities.

Strengths Sources note the team's flexible approach, remarking: "They demonstrate a creative approach to solving complex business problems."

Clients appreciate the dedication of the team, declaring them: "Incredibly hard workers, responsive, diligent."

Work highlights Successfully defended Dr. Reddy's Laboratories in a patent infringement dispute relating to a biosimilar medical product.

Represented RwS Bank in a large debt recovery dispute.

Significant clients Citadele Banka, Ramburs, Sandvik, Samsung, DuPont

Notable practitioners

Up-and-coming Pavlo Byelousov heads the international arbitration group and is also involved in litigation cases. Sources say: "He is full of ideas, very creative and very inventive."

Up-and-coming Oleksandr Mamunya is increasingly singled out for his practical experience in IP litigation.

Department profile by Aequo

You need a win. Whether it is a bet-the-company case or a seemingly routine controversy going to trial, it will eventually affect your business. What you need is not just a favourable judgment, but substantive commercial value.

While thorough legal assessments and well-elaborated arguments are of utmost importance, the other cornerstone of our strategy in your case is the optimal combination of efficient business solutions, reasonable costs and timing. 

We gather together the best litigators and arbitration professionals to provide bespoke solutions to any particular dispute. Strong practical skills derived from daily trial and case management practice, specific industry knowledge, and extensive experience of a range of market-highlight and precedent-setting cases are the key elements of our expertise. That's our business. That's how you win.

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

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AGA Partners - Dispute Resolution

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Aminat Suleymanova
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A new addition to the rankings, the firm specialises in Grain and Feed Trade Association (GAFTA) arbitration proceedings and also represents clients in Federation of Oils, Seeds and Fats Associations (FOSFA) and London Maritime Arbitration Association (LMAA) cases. Acts on behalf of major Ukrainian agricultural companies.

Strengths Clients note their specialist focus: "They're very experienced in numerous disputes in the sphere of international trade in commodities."

The team's client-oriented approach is another strength: "We were pleased by the fact that they are in touch 24/7 and we can call them at any moment we need."

Work highlights Assists State Food & Grain Corporation of Ukraine with GAFTA arbitration proceedings relating to a USD multibillion contract with a Chinese state-owned company.

Representing Agroprosperis in a USD10 million cross-border supply contract dispute with a South Asian country.

Significant clients BI Granum, Daewoo, Mitsubishi, ViOil, NCH Capital.

Notable practitioners

Aminat Suleymanova is a key client contact.

Department profile by AGA Partners

Since AGA Partners was founded in 2005, it has been conducting major cases for leading companies around the globe from more than 20 jurisdictions. The firm represents interests of states, international business and private clients. 

AGA Partners’ practice of dispute resolution and international arbitration is recognised by international rating agencies. The list of cases won on behalf of its clients and the high appraisal given by leading European companies confirm the perfect quality of AGA Partners’ services in the field of international trade and agribusiness.

For more information please visit our website: www.agalawyers.org

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Arbitrade - Dispute Resolution

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Yuliya Chernykh and Andriy Shulga

What the team is known for Enters the rankings this year due to its growing presence in the disputes market. Focusing on international arbitration, the team is involved in commercial arbitration and also represents clients in international commodities and sports arbitration matters. Predominantly acts for Ukrainian clients and is gaining popularity among international names. Its key partner also acts as an arbitrator.

Strengths Clients note the team's efficient approach and fast responses.

Work highlights Represented EFKO-Trade in a supply contract dispute against Grains & Fourrages.

Acted for COFACE on a significant debt recovery dispute against a Ukrainian distributor.

Significant clients Oceanapolis, Trenazher, Veres Group, The State Food and Grain Corporation of Ukraine, CFH Markets.

Notable practitioners

Yuliya Chernykh advances through the rankings this year. She is a highly respected international arbitration practitioner who is described as "experienced and hard-working" by clients. She handles both commercial and investment arbitration cases and also acts as an arbitrator.

Department profile by Arbitrade

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Arzinger - Dispute Resolution

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Timur Bondaryev, Kateryna Gupalo and Markian Malskyy

What the team is known for Strong team often representing international FMCG and luxury brands as well as financial institutions. Handles contentious corporate, IP and competition cases. Debt recovery and bankruptcy cases are recent areas of activity. Has significant experience in international arbitration and cross-border litigation. Also advises on disputes involving white-collar crime elements.

Strengths Sources highlight the team's courtroom skills: "They have a very credible presence in court and know the case's details inside out." They appreciate the team's tactical approach to leading cases: "They have a good strategy."

Interviewees are also quick to praise the dedication and client-oriented approach of the team, with one stating: "They are attentive to the client, always ready to help, always ready to work 24 hours to resolve the problem."

Work highlights Represented Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits in a dispute relating to the bankruptcy of the client's Ukrainian subsidiary.

Acted for Mercuria Energy Group on a dispute relating to an alleged shortage of petrol and diesel valued at USD12 million.

Significant clients Archer Daniels Midland, Louis Dreyfus Company, Porsche, Raiffeisen Bank International, Puratos.

Notable practitioners

Markian Malskyy is well-recognised as an international arbitration specialist, with sources describing him as a "well-established authority in the field." Recent highlight instructions include representing the government of Ukraine in investment arbitration against the Netherlands.

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CMS - Dispute Resolution

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Olexander Martinenko, Maria Orlyk and Anna Pogrebna

What the team is known for Growing presence in international arbitration cases, particularly in relation to investment arbitration. Well known for its strong energy conflicts practice and acts on cross-border oil and gas disputes. Also represents clients in commercial and financial litigation cases, including enforcements, contractual disputes and bankruptcies. Often representing German corporates as well as natural resources and manufacturing clients.

Work highlights Successfully represented Bauer in a significant and long-lasting debt-recovery dispute.

Acted for mBank on a trade mark dispute against Bank Mykhailivsky.

Significant clients JKX Oil & Gas.

Notable practitioners

Olexander Martinenko is a key contact for clients.

Department profile by CMS

CMS has a leading and experienced dispute resolution team across CEE. Lawyers across 15 offices in the region collaborate closely on advising high-profile multinational and regional clients on a wide variety of disputes from simple claims to complex, high-value litigation cases. We can represent you in civil and commercial disputes and have particular expertise in infrastructure disputes, international arbitration and white-collar crime. The dispute resolution team includes sector experts who can offer specific industry insight, for instance in insurance claims, construction litigation or disputes with regulators in the energy, telecommunications or financial services sectors.

With nearly 600 experts, we routinely act in all business areas before courts, arbitral tribunals and regulatory authorities. Whether you are faced with employee, corporate, intellectual property, competition or product liability disputes, we can support you in any European jurisdiction, obtain judicial assistance in foreign proceedings and deal with enforcement procedures for foreign judgements and arbitral awards.

We have one of the leading dispute resolution practices in Ukraine. We advise our clients on tactical and strategic issues and cover a wide range of languages, jurisdictions, and industries.

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Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners - Dispute Resolution

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Gleb Bialyi and Serhii Sviriba
- 5 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Market-leading disputes practice with an excellent reputation in international arbitration and is active in cross-border litigation. Often instructed on cases involving Russia, as a result of its large parent firm there. Domestic litigation team assists clients with a broad range of commercial disputes for major domestic clientele and international financial institutions. Also boasts a notable criminal law practice.

Strengths Clients highlight the team's market insight as its key strength. Clients also note the team's international outlook. "They understand Western legal systems," a client says.

The group's client-oriented approach is also praised by sources. "The team is very responsive and is always in touch. They are dedicated to the client’s interests and overcome all obstacles."

Work highlights Represented Quinn Properties in two separate construction disputes with state authorities.

Acted for UkrFa in relation to antidumping and antisubsidy investigations by the Eurasian Economic Union authorities.

Significant clients EuroChem, Ukravtodor, Cyprus Popular Bank, IBRC, Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Serhii Sviriba is recognised as one of the most prominent arbitration lawyers. He is a well-respected figure amongst market commentators, who note his "very high reputation in Ukraine."

Sergiy Grebenyuk heads the firm's criminal law practice. Market commentators recognise him for his criminal litigation know-how. His practice includes corporate investigations, tax evasion, anti-money laundering and compliance. He also advises clients involved in alleged corruption cases.

Markiyan Kliuchkovskyi focuses on domestic and international arbitration. Sources particularly highlight his experience as a key strength: "He knows how to deal with a case and develop a strategy." Alongside general disputes, he is well known for his specialism in sports arbitration.

Gleb Bialyi oversees domestic litigation projects, lending his insight to financial disputes and disputes with state authorities. Sources appreciate his strategic approach: "He is really good at seeing the whole picture."

Counsel Arsen Miliutin enters the rankings as a result of positive market feedback. He is mostly active on litigation cases and principally assists international clients with financial disputes and disputes with Ukrainian authorities. Sources say that "he has good experience, knowledge of law, integrity and he knows how to develop a successful case."

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ENGARDE - Dispute Resolution

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Irina Nazarova and Andriy Vyshnevsky
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Disputes-focused boutique highly regarded for its international arbitration expertise, particularly in relation to commercial arbitration. International contractual disputes are a particular area of strength, alongside high-value debt recovery disputes. Domestic disputes offering focuses on enforcement proceedings and disputes with state authorities.

Notable practitioners

Irina Nazarova is a leading figure in international arbitration. Sources say she "should be named amongst the best practitioners," adding: "She is known and respected."

Andriy Vyshnevsky specialises in domestic litigation mandates. He represents clients in a broad range of financial and commercial disputes, including tax and contractual conflicts.

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Ilyashev & Partners - Dispute Resolution

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Roman Marchenko
- 2 partners
- 27 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Exceptionally strong in domestic litigation, advising on a wide range of cases, including shareholder, commercial and debt recovery disputes, as well as conflicts with state authorities. Also active in cross-border litigation as well as international arbitration.

Strengths Clients are quick to praise the team's advice and client service. A client describes the team as "quick, very efficient and very Western in the style of service." Another source notes the firm's "tailored advice with high partner involvement."

Sources praise the firm's ability to work on cross-border disputes, saying that the team co-ordinated well and efficiently in multijurisdictional deals.

Work highlights Represented Ukrinterenergo in international arbitration proceedings in Russia against Inter RAO regarding electricity payments relating to the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Regularly represents the aircraft manufacturer Antonov in high-stake litigation cases, including with state authorities.

Significant clients Algol Ukraine, Danone, Kyivstar, Roshen, UkrGazEnergo.

Notable practitioners

Roman Marchenko is a highly respected and experienced litigator and arbitration specialist who receives plenty of praise from clients. Sources describe him as "reliable, very client-oriented and fast," and also say that he is "down-to-earth, focusing on the needs of the case."

Managing partner Mikhail Ilyashev remains involved in the firm's high-profile cases. Clients appreciate his pragmatism and dedication: "He is an extremely responsive and hard-working lawyer with a strong business orientation." He acts on a broad range of domestic disputes.

Since publication, Dmytro Shemelin has joined Asters.

Department profile by Ilyashev & Partners

Specialisations
Dispute resolution is one of the key areas at Ilyashev & Partners. We undertake dispute resolution relating to general commercial disputes as well as a whole range of specialist areas including: shareholder disputes, intellectual property (including patent and counterfeiting disputes); labor disputes; real estate disputes, insurance disputes, criminal defence, and many more. Our team has also recently acted on several major insolvencies that involved a significant dispute element.
We handle more than 500 cases a year, many of which are highly complex. Our leaders of the practice – Mikhail Ilyashev and Roman Marchenko – are two of the best known practitioners in Ukraine in dispute resolution.

Recent work highlights
Ilyashev & Partners has been a leader in the litigation practice by the number of judicial and arbitration disputes in recent years: in 2016 the Firm provided legal advice in 25% of major public litigations and arbitrations. Many of which had a significant international element.

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In response to very strong client demand, we opened new offices: in Simferopol (Crimea) in 2014 and in Moscow (the Russian Federation) in 2015 and Tallinn, Estonia, in 2016. All of these offices have strong Dispute Resolution practices.
The practice handled over 150 disputes and arbitrations in Russia in 2016. Majority of the disputes are of a highly complex nature. Over two years of operation in Russia, the practice has developed especially deep expertise in the real estate disputes, bankruptcy proceedings and disputes connected to asset recovery.


Integrites - Dispute Resolution

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Ruslan Bernatsky, Vyacheslav Korchev and Denys Kytsenko

What the team is known for Joins the rankings based on its increased capabilities and market recognition. The firm has recently expanded its arbitration capabilities and maintains a domestic litigation presence. Acts on cross-border debt recovery disputes and commercial disputes, often representing significant Ukrainian entities.

Strengths Interviewees appreciate that the advice is relevant to the clients' problems: "They provide us with well-tailored advice."

Other sources note their ability to think outside the box. "They have a creative and result-oriented approach to solving our business problems."

Work highlights Represented BIONIC Hill Innovation Park Construction in a land acquisition dispute.

Acted for Farmak on a pharmaceutical trade mark dispute.

Significant clients DHL, Next, Philip Morris, VTB Bank, UkrOboronProm.

Notable practitioners

Olena Perepelynska focuses on international arbitration and advances through the rankings this year. One source declares: "I was impressed with her strategic thinking and clear vision of the risks and perspectives of the case."

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Kinstellar - Dispute Resolution

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Kostiantyn Likarchuk
- 1 partner
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Regional firm that established its Ukrainian office in 2016 and enters the rankings this year. Active in both international arbitration and domestic litigation, the team represents regional corporates in commercial disputes, enforcement proceedings, debt recovery and shareholder conflicts.

Strengths Clients appreciate the depth and strength of the team, saying: "They understand our specific needs, always exceed expectations and have a remarkable ability to handle complex cases."

Clients also describe the team as "hard-working and goal oriented."

Significant clients AIS Corporation, DAFI Group, Interrybflot, Nemiroff Vodka, Redbreast.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner and head of the group Kostiantyn Likarchuk is known for his international arbitration focus. "He is a creative lawyer delivering business-focused advice," a client says.

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Sayenko Kharenko - Dispute Resolution

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Commentary from the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Sergey Pogrebnoy and Tatyana Slipachuk

What the team is known for Particularly strong in commercial international arbitration, where the team represents major domestic clients. Has a growing domestic litigation practice.

Strengths Clients note the expertise and pragmatism of the team: "They provide high quality, efficient and complex legal counsel and support to the project."

Other sources highlight the client-oriented approach: "They are easy to communicate at any time of day, and are precise and helpful."

Work highlights Acted for Azovmash on a series of debt recovery cases amounting to USD65 million.

Represented Shelton in a number of disputes, including dealing with Ukrainian state authorities.

Significant clients Altcom, Daimler, U&SLUNO.

Notable practitioners

Tatyana Slipachuk is a leading figure in international arbitration. She acts as counsel and is also recognised as a very respected arbitrator.

Department profile by Sayenko Kharenko

Sayenko Kharenko's Dispute Resolution team is known for its outstanding record in handling various complex dispute projects. We have Litigation and International Arbitration practices that advise clients on all aspects of Domestic, Cross-Border and International Disputes.

Our Litigation team has established an enviable reputation for delivering high quality, innovative solutions and client-tailored strategies.

Litigation team advises clients on every stage of the litigation process, including:

  • pre-trial stage
  • extrajudicial stage
  • trial stage
  • post-trial stage

Our International Arbitration team has unprecedented insight into the arbitration proceedings in Ukraine and covers all major spheres of international business.

International Arbitration advises clients on all arbitration-related matters including:

  • involved in some of the most complex dispute resolution projects in Ukraine
  • choice of applicable law
  • structuring arbitration clauses in the most sophisticated cross-border transactions
  • drafting and negotiating arbitration clauses and separate submission agreements
  • negotiating, drafting and executing settlement agreements
  • drafting expert opinions on Ukrainian law in the arbitration and court proceedings abroad
  • setting aside the arbitral awards rendered in Ukraine
  • recognition and enforcement of the foreign arbitral awards in Ukraine and abroad


For more details please visit our website: http://sk.ua/practices/dispute-resolution or http://sk.ua/practices/international-arbitration

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ENGARDE

From the Chambers Europe guide

Irina Nazarova is a leading figure in international arbitration. Sources say she "should be named amongst the best practitioners," adding: "She is known and respected." 

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Tatyana Slipachuk

Sayenko Kharenko

From the Chambers Europe guide

Tatyana Slipachuk is a leading figure in international arbitration. She acts as counsel and is also recognised as a very respected arbitrator.

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Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Serhii Sviriba is recognised as one of the most prominent arbitration lawyers. He is a well-respected figure amongst market commentators, who note his "very high reputation in Ukraine."

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Arbitrade

From the Chambers Europe guide

Yuliya Chernykh advances through the rankings this year. She is a highly respected international arbitration practitioner who is described as "experienced and hard-working" by clients. She handles both commercial and investment arbitration cases and also acts as an arbitrator.

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Markiyan Kliuchkovskyi

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Markiyan Kliuchkovskyi focuses on domestic and international arbitration. Sources particularly highlight his experience as a key strength: "He knows how to deal with a case and develop a strategy." Alongside general disputes, he is well known for his specialism in sports arbitration.

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Ilyashev & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Roman Marchenko is a highly respected and experienced litigator and arbitration specialist who receives plenty of praise from clients. Sources describe him as "reliable, very client-oriented and fast," and also say that he is "down-to-earth, focusing on the needs of the case."

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Kostiantyn Likarchuk

Kinstellar

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner and head of the group Kostiantyn Likarchuk is known for his international arbitration focus. "He is a creative lawyer delivering business-focused advice," a client says.

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Arzinger

From the Chambers Europe guide

Markian Malskyy is well-recognised as an international arbitration specialist, with sources describing him as a "well-established authority in the field." Recent highlight instructions include representing the government of Ukraine in investment arbitration against the Netherlands.

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Avellum

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dmytro Marchukov focuses on international arbitration. Sources note his strategic approach, stating: "He has a goal-oriented helicopter view; he can understand the consequences of each step," adding that he is a "strategic thinker." He has practical experience of cross-border financial disputes.

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Sergei A Voitovich

Grischenko & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sergei Voitovich of Grischenko & Partners is well regarded in international arbitration and has extensive experience assisting with investment arbitration proceedings.

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Olena Perepelynska

Integrites

From the Chambers Europe guide

Olena Perepelynska focuses on international arbitration and advances through the rankings this year. One source declares: "I was impressed with her strategic thinking and clear vision of the risks and perspectives of the case."

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DLA Piper Ukraine LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Olga Vorozhbyt has joined DLA Piper Ukraine LLC from CMS in November 2016. She is described as a "client-oriented lawyer who provides practical advice." She is particularly experienced in commercial disputes and assists clients with both international arbitration and litigation matters.

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ETERNA LAW

From the Chambers Europe guide

Eugene Blinov of ETERNA LAW is an arbitration-focused lawyer. Described as "technically strong, responsive and commercial in his outlook," he assists clients with contractual and shareholder disputes. He heads the practice.

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Aequo

From the Chambers Europe guide

Up-and-coming Pavlo Byelousov heads the international arbitration group and is also involved in litigation cases. Sources say: "He is full of ideas, very creative and very inventive."

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Redcliffe Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sergiy Gryshko of Redcliffe Partners joined the team in 2016 to lead its disputes practice. He focuses on international arbitration matters.

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Asters

From the Chambers Europe guide

Dmytro Shemelin joined the team in April 2017. He assists clients with international debt recovery as well as arbitration proceedings. A client says he is "hard-working and able to deal with quite difficult issues," adding: "His turnaround times are very good."

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