Who Is Who

Leading FIRMS

  1. Baker & McKenzie
  2. Sayenko Kharenko
  3. Avellum
  4. AEQUO
  5. Asters

Leading INDIVIDUALS

  1. Mykola STETSENKO Mykola STETSENKO (Avellum)
  2. Vladimir SAYENKO Vladimir SAYENKO (Sayenko Kharenko)
  3. Viacheslav YAKYMCHUK Viacheslav YAKYMCHUK (Baker & McKenzie)
  4. Anna BABYCH Anna BABYCH (AEQUO)
  5. Oleg BATYUK Oleg BATYUK (Dentons)

OTHER NOTABLE PRACTITIONERS

Listed in alphabetical order

  • Denys BUGAY Denys BUGAY (VB PARTNERS)
  • Graham CONLON Graham CONLON (CMS Cameron McKenna)
  • Yevheniy DEYNEKO Yevheniy DEYNEKO (EVERLEGAL)
  • Svitlana CHEPURNA Svitlana CHEPURNA (Asters)
  • Oleksiy DIDKOVSKIY Oleksiy DIDKOVSKIY (Asters)
  • Taras DUMYCH Taras DUMYCH (Wolf Theiss )
  • Dmytro FEDORUK Dmytro FEDORUK (Redcliffe Partners)
  • Ernest GRAMATSKIY Ernest GRAMATSKIY (Gramatskiy & Partners)
  • Olyana GORDIYENKO Olyana GORDIYENKO (Baker & McKenzie)
  • Oksana ILCHENKO Oksana ILCHENKO (Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners Ukraine)
  • Margarita KARPENKO Margarita KARPENKO (DLA Piper)
  • Armen KHACHATURYAN Armen KHACHATURYAN (Asters)
  • Andriy KOLUPAEV Andriy KOLUPAEV (LEXWELL & PARTNERS)
  • Denis LYSENKO Denis LYSENKO (AEQUO)
  • Oleh MALSKYY Oleh MALSKYY (ETERNA LAW)
  • Olexander MARTINENKO Olexander MARTINENKO (CMS Cameron McKenna)
  • Adam MYCYK Adam MYCYK (Dentons)
  • Sergiy OBERKOVYCH Sergiy OBERKOVYCH (GOLAW)
  • Vadym SAMOILENKO Vadym SAMOILENKO (Asters)
  • Anna SISETSKA Anna SISETSKA (Vasil Kisil & Partners)
  • Albert SYCH Albert SYCH (EY Ukraine)
  • Illya TKACHUK Illya TKACHUK (Jeantet Ukraine)
  • Galyna ZAGORODNIUK Galyna ZAGORODNIUK (DLA Piper)
  • Anna ZORYA Anna ZORYA (Arzinger)

Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions

Illya TKACHUK

Illya TKACHUK,
Jeantet Ukraine

Ukraine’s M&A market was barely alive in 2015 due to a number of objective factors ranging from difficult economic conditions to military action in Eastern Ukraine.

Most of the deals seen in the course of the last year were foreign to foreign transactions involving, to some extent, Ukrainian subsidiaries.

A bright spot on the market, if one may call it that, was an increase in small and medium-scale deals by foreign investors who are willing to invest in Ukraine, but are seeking at the same time to limit their risks.

Our clients in 2015 and 2016 are mostly interested in the agricultural, manufacturing, energy and mineral resources sectors. Looking at the bigger picture and talking to other players, we noted that the banking, pharmaceutical and IT sectors also showed a positive tendency in 2015 as far as M&A transactions are concerned.

We also see an increase on the part of foreign investors in Ukraine’s real estate and land market, including both commercial and residential premises.

2015 brought yet another positive development, which was renewed interest by private equity and investment funds in Ukraine.

Based on an optimistic GDP growth forecast for 2016-2018 by the World Bank and assuming that the situation in the Eastern part of Ukraine does not deteriorate, the trends seen in 2015 are likely to gain momentum in 2016 as the market has accumulated the potential to grow.

The announced privatization of state-owned enterprises, with the biggest prizes being the Odessa Port Plant and Tsentenergo, can be an additional trigger to boost the M&A market in 2016. Indeed, numerous investors are closely following developments on privatization procedures and target companies.

Baker & McKenzie retains a significant share of deals on the Ukrainian transactional market. The Kiev team stands out for its extensive experience of working on English law governed deals and established CIS-focused English qualified team. Apart from the impressive international client roster, this international powerhouse has a distinctive feature of solid Ukrainian clients that engage the firm for handling deals with respect to Ukrainian assets and for investments/divestitures abroad. The Kiev office has for many years been demonstrating extensive counseling of private equity firms — both local and international. The team advised Rozetka, a major Ukrainian online retailer, on the sale of a minority stake to a leading private equity fund focusing on Ukraine; advised Avista Capital Partners and Nordic Capital in joint acquisition of LLC Pharma Start. Seasoned partner Viacheslav Yakymchuk, who heads the corporate/M&A and private equity practice groups in the Kiev office, has established a market position and is known amongst peers. Olyana Gordiyenko, partner, has her focus on cross-border and private equity transactions.

Sayenko Kharenko constantly reinforces its good market standing and presence in high-profile international transactions across IT, energy and natural resources, pharma, transportation as well as financial services. Apart from transactional work, the firm was busy in 2015 with a number of corporate governance and corporate restructuring projects, establishment of corporate presence in Ukraine for international clients, advising on anti-corruption laws and corporate compliance policies. Some representative projects included acquisition of energy company GGE a.s. from Grafobal Group by Infracapital Partners II LP; sale of TE Connectivity’s telecom, enterprise and wireless businesses (including Ukrainian subsidiary) to CommScope Holding Company. In the past year the firm was also enlisted to draft national legislation. Partners Vladimir Sayenko, Andrei Liakhov, counsels Svitlana Kheda, Dmytro Korbut, Alina Plyushch, and senior associate Oleksandr Nikolaichyk are active with corporate/M&A. Renowned corporate practitioner Vladimir Sayenko is also known for deep antitrust and securities expertise.

The 10-strong team of Avellum is especially activeon counseling sizeable multijurisdictional mandates and advised Novartis in GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)/ Novartis transaction. The firm is traditionally enlisted by leading banking institutions. For example, it advised Raiffeisen Bank International AG and PJSC Raiffeisen Bank Aval in connection with the acquisition by the EBRD of a 30% shareholding in PJSC Raiffeisen Bank Aval. Joint ventures and outbound acquisitions is a notable feature of recent work. Another notable representation was advice to MHP S.A. on the exchange of grain growing assets of Voronezh Agro in Voronezh Region of the Russian Federation for Agrokultura in Lviv, Ternopil and Ivano-Frankivsk Regions of Ukraine. Mykola Stetsenko, managing partner, has extensive track record of high-profile deals accompanied by strong recognition from the professional community.

Throughout 2015 the team of AEQUO rapidly enhanced its market positions in terms of developing its client roster and involvement in landmark projects of the past year. The firm advised George Soros’s Ukrainian Redevelopment Fund on its acquisition of a significant equity stake in Ciklum Holding Limited. The firm has been extremely vivid in the telecommunication sector, and acted as a legal counsel to MTS in relation to extension of the strategic partner market agreement with Vodafone and expanding the scope of it in Ukraine; represented Mosquito Mobile in the acquisition of TRANS-CON LLC, a company operating major telecom infrastructure in Kiev city’s underground. The team of banking and finance partner Yulia Kyrpa is very active in banking M&A work, acting on benchmark acquisitions of two insolvent banks (Astra Bank and bridge bank Omega Bank) from the Deposit Insurance Agency. The market praises the achievements of Anna Babych, who became QLTS (qualification legal transfer scheme) certified in the UK. Her industrial focus was in TMT, energy and natural resources. Managing partner Denis Lysenko, whose broad expertise also covers antitrust and competition, tax, handles projects in the retail and oil and gas sectors.

The sizeable and respected team of Asters is praised for its broad corporate offering, including proactive M&A work, PSAs, share increase and corporate governance matters, joint ventures, reorganizations and restructurings. The firm is especially experienced in advising transactions in energy, private equity, banking, TMT, food and beverages, aviation. In a recent highlight Asters advised Europe Virgin Fund L.P. on acquisition of shares in Venbest Group, the largest private security firm in Ukraine, and on establishment of a joint venture; acted for Primestar Energy FZE, an international trading company (UAE), on the purchase of a 100% shareholding in Ukrgazprombank PJSC. A large number of partners are involved in leading projects, i.e. Oleksiy Didkovskiy, Armen Khachaturyan, Vadym Samoilenko, Svitlana Chepurna, Yevgen Porada. Counsel Oleksiy Demyanenko was promoted to partner.

Dentons expands its clientele and is a preferred legal counsel for many multinational corporations in connection with their operations in Ukraine. Amongst clients of the firms are CHS Inc., CUB Energy, Herbalife, JT International, Dragon Capital, Noble Group, VISA International, Europe Virgin Fund, etc. The office is enlisted for transactional mandates, including global M&A. Of late the Kiev team represented Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri on acquisition of SCM Holdings Limited’s 44.96% stake in Euroasia Telecommunications Holding B.V. based in the Netherlands. The well diversified and versatile practice encompasses a wide scope of corporate law matters, i.e. market entry, exit, corporate governance, investment, restructuring, as well as day-to-day operations. The 13 fully-dedicated lawyers are led by managing partner Oleg Batyuk. Another important figure recognized by the market is partner Adam Mycyk.

CMS Cameron McKenna has a strong team that stands out on the market with the English law counsel on board. The office is renowned for its engagement in private equity deals, and acted for Horizon Capital and Zubr Capital on the sale of MTBank, the largest private bank in Belarus; and represented Horizon Capital on the sale of its stake in Ciklum. The Kiev team is known for handling comprehensive cross-border support on joint ventures and M&A. Recently it advised MV Cargo in connection with the establishment of a joint venture with Cargill. English qualified partner Graham Conlon is head of corporate/M&A practice in the Kiev office. The market sources constantly praise renowned general practitioner, senior partner and head of the commercial, regulatory and disputes practice group Olexander Martinenko. Among other notable team members are Olga Belyakova, Tetyana Dovgan, Olena Bassanska, Victor Chykyrynda.

DLA Piper has an experienced M&A practice and acts for both buyers and vendors, often involving multinational corporations and occurring in multiple jurisdictions. The industrial breakdown of recent mandates covers banking and finance, pharmaceuticals, TMT. Among the recent highlights of the firm is acting as a legal counsel to shareholders of Pharma Start LLC, a major Ukrainian pharmaceutical manufacturer, in connection with the sale of a 100% stake in Pharma Start to Acino Pharma AG. The team is attracted for providing day-to-day corporate legal support and advice to such companies as Mondelez (former Kraft Foods), Pfizer, Fairmont, WPP, Bacardi Martini, Dragon Capital, Avon, Sanofi, Starwood Hotels, Swissport. The corporate team is headed by Margarita Karpenko, managing partner, and includes a number of established practitioners, namely Galyna Zagorodniuk, Alla Kozachenko, Illya Muchnyk.

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners Ukraine is regularly instructed on high-profile M&A, corporate restructurings, as well as complex corporate and regulatory matters related to doing business in Ukraine. In 2015 the firm enjoyed a following from a number of major companies in agriculture, investment, media, IT and pharmaceuticals. In particular, the team acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to a top 10 European bank with respect to internal restructuring of its Ukrainian subsidiary. On the M&A front, EPAP Ukraine advised Avito Holding in the sale of Ukraine’s leading classifieds free ads site torg.ua to MIH Allegro, a part of a global mass media corporation NASPERS; advised by Apax Partners LLP on the Ukrainian law aspects of its public takeover of EVRY ASA. The 9-lawyer team is led by partner Oksana Ilchenko with input from Oleg Boichuk and Aleksandra Yevstafyeva. The practice is strengthened by foreign expert Ilona Zekely, partner and head of the German desk.

Redcliffe Partners (prior to 1 December 2015 — Clifford Chance) was involved into the largest cross-border transactions involving Ukraine. In the track record of the past year is advising Mondelez International in relation to the USD 5 billion demerger of its coffee business with further sale to a JV partner; acting for Fairfax Insurance and reinsurance business on its acquisition of the Ukrainian subsidiary of the QBE Insurance Group. Known as a strong banking and finance outfit, the team acted for the EBRD on an equity investment in Raiffeisen Bank Aval. The clients for corporate work include Abbott Laboratories, COFCO Corporation, Monsanto, Permira, Louis Dreyfus and other multinationals. Dmytro Fedoruk, who became a partner in Redcliffe, is a known name on the market. In 2015 the firm strengthened its capacities with several notable arrivals, namely Rob Shantz, partner, who headed the corporate practice; and Zoryana Sozanska-Matviychuk (previously employed in Baker & McKenzie), counsel.

Long standing market player Arzinger has wide ranging practice of investment deals, M&A, capital increase, debt-to-equity swap, corporate governance. Among the highlights of the past year is representation of D.E. Master Blenders 1753 B.V. on the demerger of the coffee business of Mondelez International with further sale to JV partner; acting for OSI Group on sale of two agricultural businesses in Ukraine. Increasingly recognized partner Anna Zorya heads Arzinger’s practice. Maksym Cherkasenko moved of counsel.

Vasil Kisil & Partners, a respected Ukrainian firm, is engaged as a legal counsel for share transfers, M&A, restructurings, foreign investments and business relocation. Clients include private investors, significant players drawn from the real estate, hospitality, agrarian, industrial and mining, TMT sectors. The firm represented JSC Liepajas Metalurgs on its sale to KVV Group and advises Hongyang Metal Industry Co., Limited, China’s largest producer of electrolytic manganese, on acquiring shares in the Ukrainian company with special permits for the development of manganese deposit. Given strong dispute resolution performance, the firm is also enlisted for representation in corporate disputes. Partners Oleg Alyoshin and Alexander Borodkin, andcounsel Anna Sisetska are the core practitioners.

Well-positioned in the CIS region, AstapovLawyers* international law group constantly advises international corporates, regional business groups, private investors. M&A, assets transfer, group restructuring and joint ventures constitute a major part of the group’s practice. The notable mandates included advising Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc on Russian and Kazakh law matters in connection with the sale of a gas turbine and compressor business for USD 1.32 billion to Siemens AG; acting for a private investor in the acquisition of Allset, a tables and restaurant booking service in the USA. The annexation of Crimea provoked a source of highly complicated and sensitive advice. Oleh Malskyy, partner and head of corporate and M&A, is a prominent name.

Wolf Theiss has a growing reputation for private equity deals and M&A, which is enhanced by the recent performance of the Kiev office. The firm advised AMIC Energy Management GmbH, an independent private equity and corporate finance and strategic advisory firm, on the acquisition of one of the largest petrol station chains in Ukraine operated under the LUKOIL brand; Redcast Holdings Limited on a two-tier acquisition of RED.MET LLC, a Ukrainian company engaged in the amber exploration business in the north-west region of Ukraine. Among the recent highlights in the insurance field is advising VIG on the acquisition of a 20% stake in the insurance company Globus. The practice head is the Kiev managing partner Taras Dumych, noted for transactional advice and energy sector knowledge.

Jeantet (a French international law firm, launched by taking over the Kiev office of Gide Loyrette Nouel in November 2015) enjoys a strong portfolio of international clients. The firm preserves its cross-border capabilities and acts a lot on complex matters involving several jurisdictions. Throughout the past year Gide’s corporate team assisted with the creation of a joint venture between Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Siemens; provided advice to ACP Europe across a number of complex legal aspects relating to the acquisition of the production unit in Ukraine and its further reconstruction. Other instructions included intragroup sale and restructurings, M&A, corporate governance, structuring of distribution of dividends, corporate resolutions and compliance. Illya Tkachuk was promoted to the position of counsel, and now heads the practice.

Integrites, international law firm headquartered in Kiev, impresses with its growing geographical reach and rapidly growing client base. The practice demonstrates dedication to comprehensive corporate restructurings and structuring group of companies’ work with sharp focus on cross-border assignments. Integrites reported that its cross-border projects covered 37 jurisdictions around the globe. The dedicated team recently acted as counsel to Agroinvest Group, Palma Group, Rikon Fish Group, the group of companies MacHouse. The firm is active in the banking sector and advised VTB Bank on increasing its share capital. Olga Vinglovska, counsel, is the main point of contact.

Ilyashev & Partners, the Ukrainian firm that in 2015 opened offices in Moscow and Simferopol, is becoming more visible in corporate work. In the mainstay of the firm are cross-border mandates, corporate governance and contentious work. The portfolio of clients include such solid names asBTA Bank, State Enterprise Antonov, Algol Ukraine, ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih, Group DF, Kyivstar, Ukrplastic, Ukrrichflot, Etrex. Noteworthy, the firm actively supported exits from the annexed Crimea, i.e. advised METRO Cash & Carry Ukraine. Another notable project is corporate restructuring and reorganization of the companies of Danone Ukraine and support for a venture fund and asset management company in terms of purchasing a grain mill. BTA Bank regularly instructs the firm for high stake projects, i.e. sale of stake in several jurisdictions in course of appealing control over oil port in Murmansk (Russian Federation) and other M&A mandates. Partners Mikhail Ilyashev and Roman Marchenko are in charge of the practice.

Lexwell & Partners has corporate and M&A as its core area of strength. Loyal clients, notably CRH Group, Naftogaz Ukraine, Subaru, Sumitec, Toyota, VS Energy Group, are advised on various corporate issues on a regular basis. The firm advised a group of investors on its acquisition of a grain terminal and other related assets located in a sea port in Odessa Region. Among the notable assignments of the team is advising Maximus Air, a UAE cargo air carrier and a subsidiary company of Abu Dhabi Aviation, on restructuring the ownership of its subsidiary company in Ukraine; and CRH Group on change of management of some of its operating companies in Ukraine. Andrey Kolupaev, managing partner, is a practice leader and main contact.

The new domestic market player EVERLEGAL demonstrated a significant speeding up in terms of capacities and attracted workload. Thus, the young ambitious team continues to advise international and local corporates, financial institutions as well as private equity funds. The core practitioners of the practice came from Clifford Chance, commanding experience of handlingnoticeable global corporate mandates. The 6-lawyer corporate practice is led by Yevheniy Deyneko, managing partner, and has a recent focus on structuring cross-border M&As and JVs as well as advising on general corporate matters, especially corporate governance and dividend policies. Amongst the recent assignments is advising management on a buy-out of a Ukrainian subsidiary from a leading global provider of specialized industrial services to the worldwide energy and infrastructure sectors; a Czech investment firm on restructurings and acquisitions of agricultural businesses in Ukraine. The team currently represents Ukrainian developers as well as foreign and Ukrainian investors on corporate and finance issues related to solar and wind power projects in Ukraine.

The two offices in Kiev and Warsaw keep the International Legal Center EUCON busy with legal support of inbound and outbound investments. The firm rapidly develops its offering of corporate structuring of business in Poland and, among others, advises Aeromex, Artishoke, Travel Professional Group Poland, Microsity, Bio-Energy Company, IBIS Company. With the strong following of Polish clients, the firm is more and more instructed for corporate structuring in Ukraine, for instance, by ECO-GAZ.EU and Oles Prodjekt Sp. z o.o. Corporate compliance is a significant part of recent work. The Kiev-based managing partner Yaroslav Romanchuk, and Warsaw-based senior partner Ihor Yatsenko are the key contacts. Other key practitioners of the firm are Andrii Romanchuk and Aleksandr Melnyk.

GOLAW (previously known as Gvozdiy & Oberkovych) stands out for its consistent work for major international brands, such as Marks & Spencer, GAP, Zara, Bershka, Oysho, Stradivarius, Massimo Dutti, Red Bull, etc. The team advised Marka Ukraine LLC (Marks & Spencer) and GAP Ukraine on various corporate issues with regard to the merger of companies. In 2015 a significant part of work was rendered to international charitable funds, while the litigation team acted in a number of shareholder disputes. Long-lasting market resident Sergiy Oberkovych, partner, is a premier port of call for corporate and M&A work.

During the past year, Attorneys Association PwC Legal supported projects related to corporate restructuring, sale and winding up of business in Ukraine, and continued to assist its clients in entering the Ukrainian market. The corporate team has seen some new hires and acted for a range of solid names like Oriflame Cosmetics, Toshiba Corporation, Dyckerhoff. The representative work included full-scope legal support in the sale of the Honda Motor Europe Limited distributorship business in Ukraine to a Ukrainian dealer; advising Raben Group on restructuring of the Ukrainian subsidiary’s intra-group debts in the way of debt-to-equity conversion. The practice at the PwC Legal is led by Alexey Katasonov, senior attorney, who concentrates on advising foreign investors.

The legal practice of EY in Ukraine showed a sustainable performance with landmark M&A transactions and general corporate matters. Thus, EY advised Horizon Capital in its acquisition of a stake in Rozetka group; advised eBay Inc. in the course of acquisition of eBay Enterprise by a consortium of buyers led by Sterling Partners and the Permira Funds. The team is traditionally active in the energy sector and handled support to a major global oil and gas company on its exit from the Ukrainian market. Partners Vladimir Kotenko and Albert Sych are in charge of the practice.

KPMG Ukraine advises clients on corporate restructuring, compliance, M&A. The practice handled sell-side assistance in acquisition of Maxymizer Limited (IT business) by Oracle; restructuring of TOP-10 Ukrainian bank’s business in Crimea; delivered comprehensive legal support to CTP in relation to establishment of an industrial park in Lviv. Tetiana Zamorska and Yuriy Katser are the leading counsels.

Being especially active across industry sectors key for the firm, notably agrarian, oil and gas, MORIS GROUP is preferred by clients like AvangardCo, Lukoil Ukraine, Ukrtransgaz PJSC,Ivano-Frankivsktsement JSC and the Football Federation of Ukraine. Apart from comprehensive investment-related projects, the group also advised on shareholders agreements, liquidation, and privatization. AvangardCo Investment Public Limited,the leader in the egg and egg-processing industry, was supported in investment projects on construction, poultry and equipment delivery. The practice is led by two partners, namely Maryan Martynyuk and Oleg Paryliak.

FCLEX Law Firm is mostly known for representation of shareholders in high stake corporate disputes. In particular, the firm represented interests of Ferrexpo Poltava Mining in the corporate dispute lasting since 2005; and currently represents a well-known investor Andriy Adamovskiy in a corporate conflict dispute with the Estonian investor Hillar Teder, shopping center Sky Mall. Three partners Viktor Barsuk, Andriy Nikitin and Oleg Malinevskiy are involved.

WTS Tax Legal Consulting handles corporate and tax structuring, business restructuring, transfer of corporate rights (shares), liquidation, compliance and regulatory assignments. The firm supports M&A within the focus on individual business functions (such as manufacturing, logistics, sales) and optimization of internal organizational and operational expenses. As a top tax counsel in the country, the team gives extensive advice on transfer pricing risks. Alexander Minin and Maxim Oleksiyuk are lead partners.

Antika Law Firm advises on general corporate andcommercial matters on project wise and permanent basis. Firm’s long standing client AWT Bavaria is advised on construction of the new BMW Importer and Dealership Center and business operations in Ukraine. Managing partner Alexey Kot and senior associate Alexander Tretiakov are the main practitioners.

Denys Bugay assists Ukrainian and CIS originated clients on general corporate matters, including corporate governance, restructuring, and joint ventures establishment. The firm was recently enlisted for reorganizations, relocation and divestments, withdrawals and corporate disputes. The practice has two partners, Denys Bugay and Oleksandr Lukyanenko.

With two offices in Kiev and Kharkov, ILF (Inyurpolis Law Firm) is often chosen by international clients for establishing presence and operations in Ukraine, notably corporate structuring, inbound investments, outsourcing and assets acquisitions. The industrial focus is rather sharp on IT and pharmaceuticals. Tetyana Gavrysh, managing partner, heads the practice.

Gramatskiy & Partners considers corporate and M&A work as a part of its business set up practice, which  is guided by Iurii Zabiyaka. The corporate scope of work included structuring, shares issues and sale, corporate governance and control, restructuring. Amongst the recent ongoing projects is advising City Capital Group, Graal Ltd, Kepi End LLC, etc. The M&A support concentrates on intra-group transactions within a holding structure. Founder Ernest Gramatskiy is a recognized name on the market.

Throughout 2015 Spenser & Kauffmann dedicated itself to corporate and financial restructuring projects within Ukrainian and foreign jurisdictions. The corporate team advised Stending Car Selection Limited in corporate restructuring related to buying shares in Europcar Ukraine. The workflow includes corporate structuring and shares acquisitions. Nikolas Likhachev joined the firm as a counsel and became a head of practice. Valentyn Zagariya, managing partner, supervises corporate work in the firm.

LCF Law Group continued to operate on the litigation front and corporate reorganizations. The group delivered support to Ares Systems Ltd, UK oil and gas company, in a series of litigations covering recognition of purchase shares agreements invalid, recovery of ownership rights, etc. The projects were handled under the guidance of managing partner Anna Ogrenchuk.

Lavrynovych & Partners is entrusted for comprehensive corporate advice and transactional work.The M&A practice of the firm performed in such sectors as agriculture, banking, real estate. Of late the firm has been entrusted with  handling outbound investment projects. In September 2015 it officially announced the opening of the representative office in Vienna, based on the law firm Brandstetter, Baurecht, Pritz & Partner Rechtsanwälte. Partner Olena Zubchenko is the core contact.

The Kiev office of Peterka & Partners gives counsel on general corporate matters, including corporate changes and governance, initiation and liquidation. The team’s clients include Atlas Copco Ukraine LLC, a world-leading provider of sustainable productivity solutions, XPO Logistics, a leader in providing supply chain services, SDB Benelux SA, global logistics and forwarding company. As Nina Sydorenko left for the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine, in September 2015, Tatiana Timchenko was appointed a partner and the new director.

Juscutum Attorneys Association concentrates on registration, liquidation and reorganization of legal entities, obtaining permits, which are necessary for business activities. Last year the firm  worked on some long-term engagements and closed a number of unusual transactions. For example, the team assists Sport Life, one of the biggest networks of fitness centers in Ukraine, in reorganization of its corporate structure. Given its sharp IT focus, Juscutum acted for Xinwei Telecom Enterprise Group, LIGA Group, Elko Ukraine. The team consists of 6 lawyers and is headed by partner Ruslan Redka.

Throughout 2015 Jurimex Law Firm received corporate assignment including acquisitions, divestments, dividends. Tatiana Prychepa, head of economic and contractual law, advised H. Irfan Bumin, PERA Construction International DOO (Macedonia), on the payment of dividends in favor of a non-resident; Danylo Getmantsev, honorary president, advised its consistent client Bontrup Ukraine on the acquisition of enterprises owning agricultural lands.

ECOVIS Bondar & Bondar is active in specific industry niches of its clients, more specifically aviation, insurance, banking. The highlight of the firm is advising JS Insurance Company Soyus-Agro-Polis on an acquisition of insolvent bank PJSC Intercreditbank. Some other significant clients include Ukraine International Airlines, Ukrainian subsidiary of Reso Group — Pro100 Insurance, LLC Interavia. Oleksandra Nikitina, partner, is the main point of contact.

Law Offices of OMP assists clients with business establishment, corporate restructuring and investment issues. 5-lawyer practice team is guided by two partners in charge — Yaroslav Sverdlichenko and Dmitriy Mikhailenko.

Konnov & Sozanovsky, one of the market’s long-term local residents, has been noted for large intra-group restructurings and corporate disputes work; support in corporate stake purchase deals. Helen Yaremchuk, partner, is the main contact.

Among the areas of activity of Goldblum & Partners is elaboration of legal business models and inbound acquisitions. The Kiev office supported the acquisitions of Oskaragro, Ukrsudexpert LLC, Adolf Meyer Ukraine; handled accreditation of the office of Swiss investment fund Leyton Suisse AG and IMEX Europe Enterprise LLP office, a major supplier of petrochemical products in Ukraine. Victoria Lukyanenko is the main contact.

Alexandrov & Partners is dedicated to the firm’s mainstay — agrarian sector, where it is active in corporate structuring, acquisitions, contractual issues. Partner Oksana Kryzhanivska is practice head.

The Dnepropetrovsk-based BLISS law firm handles support on general corporate matters to the large companies in the region. Throughout 2015 the firm delivered support to Auto-Impulse, official dealer of Nissan and Mazda autos in Dnepropetrovsk Region; and handled reorganization of Zhytlobudmehanizaciya. Another important highlight is relocation of an agricultural enterprise from the ATO zone. The team has four principal members: Marina German, Iana Dragan, Olesia Paperniak and Stanislav Muha.

Corporate and investments are among the key practice areas of Dmitrieva & Partners, dedicated to development of individual schemes of international investment activity, optimization of taxation for holdings and private investors, representation in corporate disputes. Shkrebets & Partners is active in Kharkov. S.T. Partners, guided by Serhiy Tyurin, performs projects involving corporate reorganizations across agricultural, shipping, ecology field.

Regional desks

Allen & Overy advises both Ukrainian and international companies on corporate/M&A matters in the country and wider region. It is notable that thoughout the past year the Ukraine Desk continued to advise a number of clients on the impact of U.S. and EU sanctions on their Ukrainian operations. The firm acted as the English law counsel to Infracapital Partners on the acquisition of GGE, a.s. and its subsidiaries in CEE and SEE, including a significant Ukrainian component. Hugh Owen, a Budapest-based partner, manages major cross-border transactions in Central Europe and heads Allen & Overy’s South Eastern Europe Desk.

Linklaters have advised the government, Ukrainian and multinational companies, and a large number of financial institutions on matters ranging from privatisations to M&A across a range of sectors. The team, led by the Moscow-based partner Dominic Sanders, advised Oleg Mkrtchan on the acquisition of a 19.9% stake in Polyus Gold International. Under the guidance of Warsaw-based partner Daniel CousensLinklatersadvised UniCredit Group on the disposal of its Ukrainian subsidiary Ukrsotsbank to Alfa Group entity ABH Holdings, in exchange for a 9.9% share in ABH Holdings. The desk head is Mirthe van Kesteren, partner,co-heads the firm’s CIS desk and heads up the emerging markets banking and structured trade finance practice in London.

 

*In May 2016 AstapovLawyers merged with European Law Firm Baltic Business Group to operate under the new joint brand of Eterna Law.