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Firm Profile

Sayenko Kharenko

Firm Profile


  • Profile
  • 10 Muzeyny Provulok
  • Kyiv
  • Kyiv City Municipality
  • Ukraine
  • 01001

Firm profile submitted by Sayenko Kharenko

Managing Partners: Vladimir Sayenko, Michael Kharenko
Number of partners: 8
Number of other lawyers: 74
Languages: English, French, German, Russian, Ukrainian

Sayenko Kharenko enjoys global reputation as a leading Ukrainian full-service law firm. The firm specialises in complex cross-border transactions and handles the largest and the most innovative deals involving Ukrainian assets or counterparties in agricultural, pharmaceutical, construction, energy, finance, IT, insurance, media, steel, public, sports, communications, and other industries. Its reputation as a Ukraine’s leading firm is confirmed by #1 position in league tables, top rankings in the legal directories, and international and local awards.

The firm’s antitrust/competition team is one of the largest on the market, and includes lawyers with over 20 years of experience in practicing antitrust/ competition law in Ukraine, which allows it to handle multiple simultaneous projects. Sayenko Kharenko antitrust lawyers cover every aspect of competition and antitrust issues including multijurisdictional merger filings, concerted practices (cartel cases), unfair competition, abuse of dominance, and others.

Banking & Finance:
The firm is a recognised leader in banking and finance work involving Ukraine and is ranked top tier for finance by all major international and local rankings. Sayenko Kharenko lawyers have cuttingedge experience advising large multinational and Ukrainian corporations, banks, international financial organisations and export credit agencies on a variety of financings.

Capital Markets:
Sayenko Kharenko has established the reputation of the leading legal advisor for capital markets deals in Ukraine. The firm has a successful track record of working with all types of issuers in local and international markets, including the Ukrainian state, municipalities, corporates, state-owned and private banks.

Corporate & M&A:
The firm has one of the leading corporate and M&A practices specialising in complex cross-border mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, privatisations, and joint ventures. The firm’s corporate and M&A team has been the leader by the number of closed M&A deals involving Ukrainian assets for the last six years according to Thomson Reuters and Mergermarket.

Corporate Security:
For the last 10 years Sayenko Kharenkо has gained extensive experience in the development of comprehensive solutions in corporate security aimed to identify, eliminate and prevent external and internal threats to its clients’ business in various industry sectors. The corporate security practice comprises a seamlessly integrated team of professionals, GR experts and lawyers whose experience includes protection of clients in criminal proceedings in cases of economic crime and fraud.

Criminal Law:
Sayenko Kharenko criminal defence team consists of experienced litigators recognised for its ability to settle the most challenging cases and deep understanding of all subtle factors of criminal law. The unparalleled practical skills, profound expertise, comprehensive understanding of specific aspects of doing business in Ukraine and impeccable quality of legal services are key factors of Sayenko Kharenko’s success in effective preventing of criminal risks and in defence of clients in criminal proceedings.

Debt Restructuring:
Sayenko Kharenko has the market-leading debt restructuring expertise. In 2009-2016, the firm advised on the country’s largest debt restructurings in all major industries including banking, food processing, telecommunications, public sector, steel, insurance and others for the total amount of over USD 15 billion.

Government Relations:
Sayenko Kharenko’s GR practice adheres to the best international standards in the field offering its clients the following services: local, regional and central Government Relations, strategic planning, public policy and legislation drafting, monitoring and analysis of legislative and regulatory activity, message development, due diligence, business intelligence, crisis communications and media outreach, public affairs and stakeholder relations.

Intellectual Property:
The firm advises foreign and local clients on a broad range of matters related to investing into and enforcing intellectual property rights in Ukraine, such as registering, licensing, and selling IP assets, resolution of IP related disputes, including copyright, trademark and design infringements, and unfair competition cases. The firm has a strong team of brand protection experts to safeguard brands and IP portfolio of clients, as well as develop effective brand protection strategies

International Arbitration:
Sayenko Kharenko arbitration lawyers have unprecedented insight into the arbitration proceedings in Ukraine and abroad built on their experience of serving as party appointed arbitrators, sole arbitrators, chairmen of the arbitral tribunal, and legal counsel to a party to arbitration. The team handled over 70 arbitrations in over 10 jurisdictions worldwide under a variety of international institutional and ad hoc arbitration rules.

International Trade:
The firm offers a wealth of experience across the full spectrum of cross-border trade regulation and policy. Sayenko Kharenko advises on international trade transactions, contractual structuring, agency, distribution, franchising, trade, remedies procedures, customs and other applicable import and export regulations, WTO law and preferential trade agreements and trade-related dispute resolution.

Labour & Compliance:
Sayenko Kharenko is the only law firm in Ukraine having labour and compliance practice, which emerged from the firm’s labour and employment practice and its niche privacy/data protection and anti-corruption/anti-bribery practice groups. Sayenko Kharenko labour/employment team specialises in all areas of labour and employment law.

The firm specialises in complex commercial litigations and other dispute resolution proceedings, most of which involve a foreign party or have an international element. The lawyers in Sayenko Kharenko litigation group have extensive experience in the conduct of various proceedings in Ukraine and other jurisdictions involving disputes with Ukrainian companies and governmental entities.

Private Wealth Management:
Sayenko Kharenko has been regularly advising clients on a variety of private wealth management projects for the last few years. Private wealth management team helps to create effective holding structures for operational business and determine successful business development models by developing effective strategies, which include, i.a., tax advising or optimisation, assets protection, risks mitigation and asset management.

Real Estate:
The firm’s real estate team is heavily engaged in advising on major transactions in connection with real estate lease, real estate finance, real estate securitisation and real estate development and acquisition. Sayenko Kharenko also has a strong track record in dispute resolution involving land and construction matters.

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. The firm boosted its growing tax practice with the appointment of a new partner Serhiy Verlanov and his team of experienced tax lawyers and consultants.

Clients: The firm’s clients are the largest financial institutions and multinational corporations. The firm’s regular clients include Allianz, Auchan Ukraine, Barclays Capital, BNP Paribas, Citigroup, Coca-Cola, Credit Suisse, Dell, Deutsche Bank, EBRD, HSBC, ING, Japan Tobacco, JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley, NEFCO, Philip Morris, Procter & Gamble, Reckitt Benckiser, Samsung, Shelton Petroleum, Soufflet Group, SUN InBev Ukraine, Talanx AG, UBS, Visa, and Western Union.


  • 10 Muzeyny Provulok,
  • Kyiv,
  • Kyiv City Municipality
  • Ukraine
  • 01001
  • Tel +380 44 499 6000
  • Fax +380 44 499 6250
  • Email : [email protected]
  • Website :
  • 17 Clarges Street,
  • Mayfair,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • W1J 8AE
  • Tel +44 203 73 41 168
  • Email : [email protected]