Who Is Who

Authorities

Oleg MAKAROV

Oleg MAKAROV (Vasil Kisil & Partners)

Leading FIRMS

  1. Ilyashev & Partners
  2. FCLEX
  3. Vasil Kisil & Partners
  4. LCF Law Group
  5. Integrites

Leading INDIVIDUALS

  1. Mikhail ILYASHEV Mikhail ILYASHEV (Ilyashev & Partners)
  2. Anna OGRENCHUK Anna OGRENCHUK (LCF Law Group )
  3. Roman MARCHENKO Roman MARCHENKO (Ilyashev & Partners)
  4. Oleg MALINEVSKIY Oleg MALINEVSKIY (FCLEX)
  5. Andriy STELMASHCHUK Andriy STELMASHCHUK (Vasil Kisil & Partners)

OTHER NOTABLE PRACTITIONERS

Listed in alphabetical order

  • Oleh BEKETOV Oleh BEKETOV (ETERNA LAW)
  • Gleb BIALYI Gleb BIALYI (Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners Ukraine)
  • Volodymyr BOGATYR Volodymyr BOGATYR (BOGATYR & PARTNERS)
  • Pavlo Byelousov Pavlo Byelousov (AEQUO)
  • Oleksiy DIDKOVSKIY Oleksiy DIDKOVSKIY (Asters)
  • Valentyn GVOZDIY Valentyn GVOZDIY (GOLAW)
  • Alexey KHARITONOV Alexey KHARITONOV (ILF)
  • Andrey KUZNETSOV Andrey KUZNETSOV (ANTIKA)
  • Denys KYTSENKO Denys KYTSENKO (Integrites)
  • Kostiantyn LIKARCHUK Kostiantyn LIKARCHUK (Kinstellar)
  • Tetiana LYSOVETS Tetiana LYSOVETS (Sokolovskyi & Partners)
  • Markian MALSKYY Markian MALSKYY (Arzinger)
  • Oleksandr MAMUNYA Oleksandr MAMUNYA (AEQUO)
  • Dmytro MARCHUKOV Dmytro MARCHUKOV (Avellum)
  • Artur MEGERYA Artur MEGERYA (L.I. Group)
  • Ivan MISHCHENKO Ivan MISHCHENKO (Trusted Advisors)
  • Denys MYRGORODSKIY Denys MYRGORODSKIY (Law Firm Dynasty)
  • Maxim OLEKSIYUK Maxim OLEKSIYUK (WTS Tax Legal Consulting)
  • Oleksandr ONISHCHENKO Oleksandr ONISHCHENKO (Pravochyn)
  • Yuriy PETRENKO Yuriy PETRENKO (Spenser & Kauffmann)
  • Sergey POGREBNOY Sergey POGREBNOY (Sayenko Kharenko)
  • Olga PROSYANYUK Olga PROSYANYUK (AVER LEX)
  • Tetiana SAMSINA Tetiana SAMSINA (ILC EUCON)
  • Ihor SIUSEL Ihor SIUSEL (Baker & McKenzie)
  • Stanislav SKRYPNYCK Stanislav SKRYPNYCK (Lavrynovych & Partners)
  • Artem STOYANOV Artem STOYANOV (LCF Law Group )
  • Olga VOROZHBYT Olga VOROZHBYT (CMS Cameron McKenna)
  • Andriy VYSHNEVSKY Andriy VYSHNEVSKY (ENGARDE)

Litigation

Olga VOROZHBYT

Olga VOROZHBYT,
CMS Cameron McKenna

In recent years bankruptcy-related disputes of high magnitude have hit the market. This is no surprise since even though Ukraine’s economy shows a slight sign of gearing up, the situation still remains very shaky.

This trend relates to businesses in any sector of the economy, even to such a powerhouse as agriculture with the remarkable bankruptcy of Ukraine Mriya Agroholding, one of the largest agricultural companies.

Yet the banking sector has suffered the most. Finance and Credit, Delta and Khreshchatyk are just a few examples of high street banks out of 76 bank financial institutions which went bankrupt or into administration in the last few years.

Apparently this creates a huge workload for disputes lawyers, which will remain significant in 2016.

Another important trend is the increase in the number and significance of cross-border corporate disputes related to assets based in Ukraine.  Examples of such disputes include Skymall, Amstor and BRSM Nafta.

Normally one would not expect parties to high-profile corporate conflict to litigate in Ukraine. The reason is that traditionally the corporate structures of most Ukrainian businesses are located offshore and usually in several jurisdictions. Thus, a fair share of corporate disputes considered by Ukrainian courts is just a small constituent part of the large-scale strategy plan of “perfect storm” — filing of multiple claims in courts of various countries and/or initiating arbitration proceedings simultaneously with a view to put maximum pressure on an opposing party.

Reputable litigators Ilyashev & Partners expanded the firm’s client base last year while continuing to protect the interests of its regular clients in various fields both in Ukraine and abroad. In March 2015 the firm opened an office in Moscow, Russian Federation. By the end of 2015 this office had acted on more than 100 disputes and arbitrations in Russia. The team has actively accompanied disputes on the territory of Crimea. Among recent notable cases is representing FGC More in a USD 240 million international conflict in connection with the “nationalization” of the company’s assets in Crimea by the Russian Federation. The firm remains a port of choice for  regular clients like BTA Bank and Nadra Bank, representing their interests in numerous disputes, including cross-border litigation and arbitration, debts restructuring projects, insolvency procedures and enforcement of collaterals. The sizeable team is led by Mikhail Ilyashev, managing partner, who comes highly recommended by the market and Roman Marchenko, senior partner.

High-stake dispute resolution is a key field for FCLEX law firm. In 2015 the firm attracted a lot of new clients, including Azovmash Group of companies, The Ukrainian Business Group, Mriya Agro Holding, Vernum Bank, Trust Bank. Besides, the firm continues to cooperate with its regular clients. During 2015 the team reported on 1,000 litigations totaling about USD 2.8 billion, in particular, represented Finance and Credit Bank in more than 300 disputes totaling about USD 800 million. Highlights include a USD 100 million debt recovery case between UkrSibbank (BNP Paribas Ukraine) and AIS Corporation; representation of Azovmash and Nest Corporation in several disputes on debt recovery by Alfa-Bank. Senior partner Viktor Barsuk oversees the practice; partner Oleg Malinevskiy coordinates the majority of litigation, including banking and corporate; partner Sergey Chuyev accompanies administrative disputes, including tax; partner Vyacheslav Kraglevych is responsible for real estate litigation.

Fully dedicated to litigation work, LCF Law Group is among the most powerful practices in Ukraine. The prestigious client portfolio includes leading Ukrainian financial and industrial groups, banks, foreign companies, energy and IT companies. The team is well known every year  for successfully representing banks and corporate debtors in debt recovery disputes, as well as its extensive track record of commercial, bankruptcy proceeding, corporate conflicts, tax litigations. In 2015 the team supported Alfa-Bank in 13 debt collection litigations against the Azovmash group of companies. Another highlight was supporting oil and gas company Ares Systems Ltd/Ariana Business Limited (Great Britain) on annulment of securities purchase contracts and the resumption of property rights on shares issued by the State JSC Ukrnefteburenie. Pro-active practitioners Anna Ogrenchuk and Artem Stoyanov, both partners, handled the projects.

Vasil Kisil & Partners is often named one of the most respected and recommended litigation practices on the Ukrainian market. The sizable 25-strong team is known for its remarkable track record on corporate, commercial, banking, administrative and regulatory disputes, including tax, labor, IP litigation. In 2015 the litigation team represented Shell in four disputes with tax authorities regarding the right to automatic refund of VAT; defended the interests of one of the subsidiaries of NCH Capital Inc in a labor dispute with a former CEO; represented an international investor in the mining of manganese ore in Ukraine in four disputes with the Prosecutor-General regarding invalidation of a contract on lease of a land plot. Partner Oleg Alyoshin was recently involved in cross-border litigations. Oksana Voynarovska, partner, is devoted to labor disputes. Oleg Makarov, partner, is acclaimed as a top-level litigator. Vadym Belyanevych another litigation heavyweight was elected a member of the High Council of Justice. Proactive Andriy Stelmashchuk, managing partner, led the practice.

In 2015, Sayenko Kharenko demonstrated a successful track record in resolving high-profile disputes.The litigation team handled an impressive debt recovery portfolio, in particular represented the interests of one of the largest machine-building enterprises in Ukraine in 13 court cases on the recovery of a USD 65 million debt. With the hire of Serhiy Verlanov (previously worked with PwC) the firm intensified its tax disputes practice, successfully represented one of major tobacco producers in a series of tax disputes for a total amount of USD 4.5 million. Tatyana Slipachuk, partner, and Olexander Droug, senior associate, were involved in cross-border disputes, acted as Ukrainian counsel in Cypriot litigation regarding winding up proceedings in respect of the holding company of a major Ukrainian industrial group initiated by one of its creditors; represented one of the major Ukrainian banks in proceedings in Switzerland relating to the freezing of assets of the former shareholder of a Ukrainian agricultural group. The litigation also represented Daimler AG in a series of product liability and consumer protection cases in Ukrainian and Crimean courts. The firm saw growth in its criminal law practice, and acted on 11 high-profile criminal cases representing large corporations, businessmen, government officials, and non-residents in criminal proceedings related to financial fraud, tax evasion, bribes, crime of officials, fictitious business activity and other cases. Partner Sergey Pogrebnoy and senior associate Sergey Smirnov are the key litigators.

During the preceding year the dispute resolution practice of Integrites was focused on post M&A and IP disputes, disputes with state authorities, unique recoveries and restructurings. The firm also succeeded in other types of litigation in Ukraine and CIS. The firm recently acted as legal counsel to VTB Bank in the debt restructuring of Westa Holding; provided Denmark’s Export Credit Agency with strategic consulting on the court restructuring procedure of one of the biggest rapeseed producers in Kazakhstan; acted as local legal counsel for the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and defended its interests in a variety of disputes, including disputes that arose due to the default of the Travel Distribution Services Company in Ukraine. The tax team represented Philip Morris Ukraine in a range of disputes against the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine. Vyacheslav Korchev, senior partner, heads the dispute resolution practice in CIS. Denys Kytsenko, partner, possesses solid expertise in corporate, tax, banking, investment, IT and IP disputes, and bankruptcy litigation.

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners Ukraine enjoys a proven track record of resolving complex, multi-faceted disputes that require close cooperation and synergy between domestic and international litigation. In 2015 the team focused on protection of international investor’s interests with respect to assets and property recovery, bankruptcy proceedings, relations with Ukrainian state agencies as well as debt reimbursement. In particular, EPAP Ukraine represents a leading international chemical producer in court proceeding against the Ministry of Economy and Trade of Ukraine, Intergovernmental Commission on International Trade of Ukraine, challenging latest ruling on implementation of an anti-dumping duty; assists one of the world’s largest media conglomerates on the enforcement of IP rights and halting sales of counterfeit products representing a client before customs and state authorities. Managing partner Serhii Sviriba leads cross-border disputes. Partner Gleb Bialyi is co-head of litigation practice. Partner Ilona Zekely advises on disputes involving international and Austrian companies.

Avellum’s dispute resolution team is a notable market-player in cross-border litigation as well as domestic high-profile disputes. The team advised world leading investment funds as the owners of the majority of USD 470 million worth of notes issued by Mriya Agro Holding plc on removal of management and taking control of the company; represented Poltava Mining Plant in Ukrainian commercial courts in the dispute against the Bank Finance and Credit represented by the provisional administrator on recovery of USD 10 million. Another highlight was acting for Ferrexpo in connection with commencement of provisional administration procedure and liquidation procedure in respect of Bank Finance and Credit in which USD 174 million belonging to the Ferrexpo group companies are held. The practice is led by Dmytro Marchukov, who joined as a partner from EPAP Ukrainian.

Market heavyweight Asters showcases a well-diversified dispute resolution practice. The firm represents a range of international and local clients in commercial, corporate, tax disputes, IP litigations. In a recent highlight the firm represented Container Terminal Ilyichevsk, a private company with investments of American investment fund Siguler Guff & Company and the German forwarding company SRR Deutschland, in a dispute with state entities Sea Commercial Port of Illichivsk and Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority regarding terminating a joint venture agreement, repayment of an interest in a joint venture and compensation of losses. Another stand out representation is acting for Ostchem in a series of corporate disputes against Uralkalii with regard to PJSC Azot (Cherkassy). Oleksiy Didkovskiy, Svitlana Chepurna and Tamara Lukanina are leading partners.

The sizeable litigation team at Arzinger has extensive experience of various court cases, both domestic and on international issues. The firm operates through its offices in Kiev, Odessa and Lviv. In 2015 its diverse caseload centered on debt collection, tax and customs, commercial, IP disputes, business crime matters. Markian Malskyy, partner, head of the firm’s West Ukrainian branch is an important contact. Kateryna Gupalo is in charge of tax and customs disputes as well as white collar defence.

Litigation is a mainstay for active local player VB PARTNERS. The practice is diverse and covers a wide spectrum of domestic litigation and enforcement proceedings. Both founding partners of the firm are active litigators. Volodymyr Vashchenko is focused on tax, commercial and civil disputes, while Denys Bugay leads corporate, commercial, regulatory disputes, and heads the firm’s white-collar crime practice group. Last year was significant in representing the interests of Public JSC Zaporizhsky Alyuminievy Kombinat (ZAlK), a major Ukrainian aluminium smelter owned by RUSAL, in numerous disputes. Another highlight of the team is preparing the application to the European Court of Human Rights on violation of investors’ rights to a fair trial via government interference in the judicial process and the right to property through expropriation of ZAlK shares.

Baker & McKenzie has been providing legal assistance to clients in complicated disputes, both in Ukraine and around the world, including handling complex cross-border matters. In 2015 the team acted as legal counsel in bankruptcy proceedings and debt restructuring related issues, commercial and property disputes, assets recovery. Ihor Siusel, partner, heads the Kiev dispute resolution practice group.

LBL — Legal Bureau of Likarchuk, established in October 2015 by Kostiantyn Likarchuk, started with a diverse portfolio of domestic and cross-border projects. The firm advised Stockman Interhold S.A. and Mr. Andrey Adamovskiy in a multi-jurisdictional shareholders dispute, and advised a large Ukrainian developer of shopping malls on litigation strategies in Ukraine and Germany, and criminal proceedings initiated in Ukraine against a large German corporation group. The team was transformed into the Ukrainian office of Kinstellar from March 2016.

Apart from its transactional focus, AEQUO has rapidly expanded its dispute resolution portfolio in specific industry sectors, namely, agro, energy, pharma, IP, telecommunications. Amongst landmark projects was representing a major Latvian bank on recovery from Ukrainian debtors and Samsung regarding recovery of a USD 3.5 million debt. Partner Oleksandr Mamunya heads the dispute resolution and IP. Pavlo Byelousov, counsel, is dedicated to this practice area.

In 2015 the dispute resolution team of ILF (Inyurpolis Law Firm) was especially dedicated to banking disputes, including a claim against Deposit Guarantee Fund, debt restructuring and recovery, tax and land-related matters. The firm’s clients encompass agrarian enterprises, industrial producers and trading companies. Partner Alexey Kharitonov is a key litigation figure. The firm proactively develops its practice of defending clients’ interests in the European Court of Human Rights. Andriy Kristenko leads the relevant practice.

Lavrynovych & Partners provides litigation services in resolving a wide range of disputes, especially tax litigation and bankruptcy proceedings. In 2015 the team was present in real estate related disputes, and acted for Devilon Group in a range of cases amending leasing agreements regarding the increase of their validity.The firm continued acting for Swissport International Ltd in a series of disputes. Maksym Lavrynovych, managing partner, oversees the practice. Stanislav Skrypnyck,partner, is the main litigator.

Litigation remained ARBITRADE’s major focus. In 2015 the caseload was substantially increased by a number of complicated insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings, high-value tax-related proceedings as well a number of cases for recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitration awards and court decisions on the territory of Ukraine. ARBITRADE lately represented a well-known French insurance company called COFACE in a dispute with a Ukrainian distributor; acted for Oceanapolis, one of the leading importers of live seafood and refrigerated fish, in connection with an attempted illegal takeover; represented Trenazher, a company that has substantial immovable property in Kiev, in a corporate dispute with one of its shareholders. Pavlo Trytenichenko, managing partner, is the key contact.

CMS Cameron McKenna predominantly acts for international clients. It recently represented mBank S.A in a trademark dispute against Ukrainian Bank Mykhailivsky. The team was recently successful in representing the interests of threeAustralian life insurance companies in a complex fact-finding and private investigation assignment that culminated in court proceedings through the system of Ukrainian administrative courts. Olga Vorozhbyt, partner, develops litigation and is known for her compliance expertise. The reputable Olexander Martinenko, senior partner, is another point of contact.

Lexwell & Partners acts as a local counsel in domestic and multi-jurisdictional matters. Not long ago the  firm provided legal advices on Ukrainian law issues in a dispute before the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) which has been terminated by an amicable settlement reached between the parties, and related to valuable ferroalloy assets located in Ukraine (part of a global litigation campaign to the value of more than USD 1 billion). The firm represented Okean B.V. in USD 100 million litigation relating to control over assets of the Mykolayiv-based Okean Shipyard. The team is led by Andrey Kolupaev, managing partner.

Dispute resolution is one of the leading practices within MORIS GROUP. In 2015 the team cultivated its presence in banking and finance disputes, including debt collection and debt recovery disputes to a total amount of around USD 260 million. Another strong mainstay is tax litigation. Partner Andriy Savchuk also heads the dispute resolution department.

The litigation firm BOGATYR & PARTNERS is experienced in commercial litigation, asset tracing and recovery, business crime in Ukraine and internationally, challenging economic sanctions. The firm represented an international financial institution in a USD 72 million debt recovery dispute; and acted for a Dutch-owned leading Ukrainian bank in its USD 44 million loan agreement dispute. The firm’s senior partner, Volodymyr Bogatyr, is a specialist in cross-border disputes and works closely with a range of legal advisors and investigators from the United States, United Kingdom, Cyprus, Switzerland, France, Austria, Lichtenstein and other jurisdictions.

Dispute resolution is one of the main practices of AVER LEX attorneys at law, top-tier criminal defense counsel. Apart from a sizeable portfolio of criminal cases, the firm regularly acts on comprehensive multi-jurisdictional cases, including commercial and property rights assignments. Last year the 13-strong team advised in a range of high-profile cases with the participation of well-known politicians, businessmen, corporations, banks and individuals, as well as a number of social projects for the protection of the professional rights of journalists and attorneys. Defamation cases and tax litigation is another strong feature of this team. Partners Olga Prosyanyuk and Mykola Grigoriev are the main dispute resolution team contacts.

AstapovLawyers* international law group has a 20-lawyer multi-jurisdictional litigation team across its offices in Kiev, Moscow and Almaty. The track record includes representation of prestigious clients in general commercial, debt collection, employment, tax and customs, IP, as well as recognition and enforcement of arbitration awards. The practice is headed by recognized practitioner and partner Oleh Beketov.

Dynasty Law Firm, which operates through two offices in Kiev and Dnepro- petrovsk, has an extensive litigation portfolio. Each year the team accompanies more than 300 disputes. In 2015 the team was highly active in debt recovery disputes, insolvency matters and tax litigation. The management of the firm’s litigation practice is carried out by partners Denys Myrgorodskiy, Yevheniy Smiyuha, Viacheslav Kohlyakov, Tamila Petrenko, Anna Poddubnaya and Snejana Karagodina.

Over the past year Attorneys Association PwC Legal has successfully represented over 20 clients in disputes with the focus on complicated tax litigation cases. The team acted for ADM, Oriflame, Cogniance, etc. The practice is led by Andrey Pronchenko, managing partner, and supported by a team of senior staff like Alexander Protsyuk and Zhanna Brazhnyk.

New market player Trusted Advisors is a dedicated litigation law firm. In 2015 the team supported a range of bankruptcy proceedings and represented the interests of debtors in the process of foreclosure on mortgage, debt enforcement support. Other spheres of practice include corporative disputes, cross-border litigation, tax, land, labor, IP, family disputes. Partner Vladislav Rieznikov heads the litigation practice. Ivan Mishchenko, managing partner, leads bankruptcy/restructuring and white-collar crime.

Litigation practice and pre-court dispute settlement are the key specialization of Pravochyn attorneys-at-law. The firm recently represented Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) in cases on several claims by the Civil Service regarding UAH 60 million debt recovery to the fund of the cost formation for aviation activities. The firm took part in forming a new practice regarding recovery transportation tax. Managing partner Oleksandr Onishchenko is the key litigator known widely on the market.

With its multi-year presence in Ukraine, Dentons Kiev office has been engaged in numerous litigation and arbitration proceedings in Ukraine as well as in the UK, US, Canada, Switzerland and Sweden on Ukrainian legal matters. The team’s recent focus  is tax and customs disputes, IP litigation and enforcement of arbitration awards in Ukraine. Oleg Batyuk, managing partner, is the main contact.

Antika Law Firm has successfully defended the interests of  Energobank (in liquidation) in a range of disputes on the recognition of a loan agreement obligation as terminated, recovery of funds from the bank, recognition of a pledge agreement as terminated; and recovery of debt and penalties. It also represented AWT Bavaria in the course of tax-related matters. Partner Andrey Kuznetsov is the key litigator.

KPMG Ukraine handles sophisticated commercial and administrative disputes in the spheres of debt collection, including foreclosure of pledged assets; debt restructuring; insolvency proceedings; recognition of title to assets; corporate disputes; disputes with regulators and state authorities. The team actively develops commercial litigation practice. In particular, the firm represented a large foreign investment fund in a number of commercial disputes on collection of outstanding dividends from one of the largest Ukrainian oil and gas companies. Volodymyr Pavlenko is in charge of commercial ligation.

During 2015 GOLAW (previously — Gvozdiy & Oberkovych) strengthened its market presence with the opening of two new offices in Lviv and Odessa. The team has vast experience of supporting disputes resolution in public and economic relations with a sharp focus on debt recovery work and tax disputes. Valentyn Gvozdiy, managing partner, is the key contact.

Gramatskiy & Partners demonstrates the most significant activity in proceedings against banks and financial institutions, State Fiscal Service of Ukraine authorities, credit and mortgage disputes, land, labor, as well as disputes on recovery against the firm’s client debtors. Significant cases include protecting the Seven Hills group of companies in a suit brought by the Prosecutor’s Office to invalidate lease agreements for land in the Boryspil district of Kiev Region. Andrii Trembich is the curator of the 15-lawyer team.

TCM Group Ukraine specializes in domestic and international debt restructuring matters, including related litigation. The Group often works in cooperation with its foreign offices. In 2015 the Ukrainian branch of TCM initiated a liquidation proceedings against a debtor incorporated in the United Kingdom on behalf of the biggest Ukrainian grain exporter and represented Gedeon Richter LLC in court proceeding against Prominvestbank. Denys Kopii, partner is the main contact.

In 2015 Okhrimchuk Grushyn Khandurin advised on pledge issues and recognition and enforcement of respective foreign judgments by Ukrainian courts as well as bankruptcy issues and disputes with state authorities. The work highlight is representing DATAGROUP in a dispute with the National Commission for the State Regulation of Communications and Informatization regarding licensing of certain types of activities. Denys Okhrimchuk heads litigation.

Konnov & Sozanovsky attorney at law provides legal assistance whether in administrative, civil and or commercial court proceedings. The team recently acted for Caterpillar Financial Ukraine in debt collection and removal of equipment under capital leases and was involved in disputes with insurance companies. Alexey Pokotylo, partner, is the key contact.

The litigation activity of GoldenGate Law Firm is based on the enforcement of international awards/decisions in Ukraine, setting aside awards rendered within arbitration proceedings. In particular the team, led by partner Anton Sotir, represented a Canadian company during litigation and enforcement proceedings regarding debt recovery from the Ukrainian company SDT (Era Plast, Dnepropetrovsk) in relation to the supply of manufacturing equipment.

The recent caseload of Spenser & Kauffmann contains various disputes to the total value exceeding USD 120 mln, including debt recovery and tax disputes. In particular, the team provided advice to Ukravto Corporation, a leader of the Ukrainian automobile market, in a USD 34 million dispute with Delta Bank on the ineligibility of recovery under a pledge agreement; acted for MetLife and Insurance Company Cardif in tax disputes. Partner Yuriy Petrenko heads litigation.

The litigation team of new market player EVERLEGAL commands its primary focus on tax, commercial, corporate, employment and banking disputes, and has already won an instruction for representing a number of international companies and brands in Ukrainian courts. Among the highlights is representing interests of a Ukrainian development company in a UAH 160 million dispute with a Ukrainian bank; representation of Logoplaste Ukraine, a subsidiary of Portuguese Logoplaste, and Slavyanka LLC, major producer of salads and vegetables in a number of tax disputes. Partner Andriy Porayko heads the dispute resolution practice.

Redcliffe Partners (prior to 1 December 2015 — the Kiev office of Clifford Chance) announced the launch of a full-scope dispute resolution practice following the hiring of Sergiy Gryshko, a well-known arbitration and litigation lawyer from CMS Cameron McKenna. The firm currently represents an international finance organisation in a litigation involving one of the leading privately-owned railcar operators.

The majority of disputes taken on by WTS Tax Legal Consulting relates to tax matters and white-collar crimes. Another considerable part of the firm’s caseload constitutes commercial disputes and international arbitration and is led by partner Maxim Oleksiyuk. The team stands out for experience in various types of labor disputes. The leading experts on tax litigation are partners Alexander Minin and Alexander Shemiatkin, while disputes on transfer pricing and customs issues are led by Ivan Shynkarenko.

In 2015 Jurimex Law Firm was present in disputes on protection of business reputation and consumer rights, litigation with government bodies, recovery for rendered and non-rendered services, appealing tender results, and traditionally well-versed tax litigation. In particular, the firm represented Ukravtodor and its subsidiaries in numerous disputes related to carry out road building. Marina Slobodnichenko and Nina Kucheruk are the main contacts.

ENGARDE is known for its strong performance in both arbitration and litigation. The past year saw the team’s active engagement in banking and financial litigation. Partners Andriy Vyshnevsky and Irina Nazarova are the main point of contacts.

In 2015 Wolf Theiss continued representing a large range of clients in Ukraine. In particular, the firm acted for Cleanosol Trading Company LLC, the Ukrainian subsidiary of Geveko Industri Holding A.B., in over 40 court actions against the State Company Motorways of Ukraine. Kiev managing partner Taras Dumych leads the practice.

During 2015 Poberezhnyuk & Partners law group continued to develop its litigation practice, adding several resonant cases regarding protecting the assets of a Ukrainian bank. The group also continued to develop its tax practice include tax litigation and white-collar defense. Partners Larysa Poberezhnyuk and Tetiana Ignatenko are in charge of developing practices.

L.I. Group, dynamic Ukrainian team, enjoys a strong track history of debt recovery cases, acting for banking clients, in particular, Ukrsotsbank, VAB Bank, Ukrsibbank, VTB Bank, etc. Complicated bankruptcy and related litigation work fall within group’s remit. Both partners Mykola Kovalchuk and Artur Megerya are highly active.

Sokolovskyi & Partners attorneys at law has been involved in tax and customs disputes, bankruptcy proceedings, commercial litigation, disputes on civil and labor law. Tetiana Lysovets, senior partner, supervises the practice.

Dispute resolution is a core practice of Marchenko Danevych. The team acts mainly for multinational corporations in a wide range of litigation matters, including antitrust controversies, aviation disputes, corporate, customs, commercial disputes, FCPA investigations, tax controversies, transfer pricing disputes, white-collar crimes. The practice is led by partner Oleh Marchenko.

Law Offices of OMP represented Agramanta LLC in courts of the Russia Federation in a case concerning protection of rights to the Simferopol pasta factory (Crimea). Valeriy Bitsyuk, partner, heads the practice.

Domestic Misechko & Partners deals primarily with debt collection, tax and general commercial disputes. The firm’s client list includes industrial enterprises, trade companies and distributors, agrarian, food and beverages companies, as well as private individuals. The team recently represented the PFTS Stock Exchange in a dispute with Delta Bank on recovery of funds. Volodymyr Misechko, managing partner, is the main point of contact.

In 2015 ECOVIS Bondar & Bondar Law Bureau performed debt collection, commercial and regulatory matters. In particular, the firm represented Baukom LLC and representative office of a Turkish company in debt collection in relation to sublease of special equipment used for repair of roads in preparation for Euro 2012; represented LLC Millenium 2003 and Illichivsk Sea Commercial Port in a dispute in connection with a JV between the companies related to management of cargo handling facilities. The bureau receives instructions from its consistent client Ukraine International Airlines and acted in in a dispute with the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine. Oleg Bondar, managing partner, led the team. Larysa Lytvynenko, partner, is another point of contact.

The new market player Ante Law Firm occupies the aviation niche. The firm represented Atlasglobal in well-known public conflict with numerous court cases between UIA and Atlasglobal on entering the Ukrainian market; acted for UMAir in conflict with UIA around air routes to Tehran (Iran) and Amman (Jordan). Moreover, in 2015 Ante won court cases on more than 20 passenger claims for five foreign airlines and didn’t lost a single passenger claim court case. Andriy Guck, partner, is the practice head.

The significant cases of IMG Partners, include protection of client’s interests in the case against a large construction company for recovery of damages; representation of an international agricultural company in a dispute with a commercial bank regarding the release of a pledge of property; and protection of one of the largest Ukrainian banks from fraud connected with a loan taken by a restaurant chain. Lesya Kaspruk is lead partner.

Attorneys’ Association Gestors is experienced in complex litigation. Among areas of expertise are corporate and financial services litigation, takeover and insolvency-related disputes. In 2015 the firm was active in ownership disputes and debt recovery. Andrey Tsvetkov, partner, is the main contact.

Kharkov-based Shkrebets & Partners was involved in tax litigation, debt collection, land disputes, etc. The work highlight is representation of Australian insurance companies in the litigations concerning attempting to illegally obtain insurance payouts. Partners Eugene Shkrebets, Olexiy Meniv, Yuriy Artukh are active litigators.

The mainstay of Odessa-based Interlegal is representing its shipping clients in court. Its peculiar track record includes representing a container forwarder’s interests in relation to outstanding freight and demurrage; damages recovery due to breach of contract by the shipowner; arrest of cargo in criminal proceedings; and a range of disputes in favor of grain owners in Ukrainian sea ports.

In 2015 court proceedings were the main focus of Dnepropetrovsk-based Bliss Law Firm. The firm acted on debt recovery matters and won several complex disputes with regulatory authorities, including notification of appeal decisions of tax inspections.

In 2015 the compact team of NOBLES, a Ukrainian law firm, represented AJ Walter Aviation, a UK-based supplier and repair shop for aircraft components, in a USD 2 million claim against Aerosvit Airlines and in USD 1 million claim against Donbassaero Airlines in Ukraine. Tatiana Iurkovska is head of team.

S.T. Partners is an active local team for debt recovery, execution of court decisions and disputes under family law matters. Partners Sergiy Tyurin and Svitlana Trofymchuk are the firm’s contacts.

Legal Alliance Company traditionally provides legal services to pharmaceutical companies, the firm’s industrial niche, and covers IP, tax, employment issues. Tax litigation is one of the main specializations of new market player Vdovychen & Partners, founded by Oleg Vdovychen. Dmitrieva & Partners represented clients in courts in civil cases and economic disputes in the field of corporate, commercial, tax law, foreign economic activity, debt recovery, compensation, etc. Grischenko & Partners was involved in tax disputes and represented the interests of clients in disputes with state authorities. Legal Guarаntees Law Firm acted on debt and deposit recovery, tax,antimonopoly matters. In 2015 ALEXANDROV & PARTNERS worked on a number of tax disputes, including foreclosure on compensation of budgetary arrears. During 2015 Juscutum Attorneys Association settled a series of various conflicts, ranging from family relations to the banking sector. Peterka & Partners headed by Tatiana Timchenko represented the Czech company Reticulum Power, a.s., a leader in investment, corporate restructuring, purchasing debts and administration, in connection with debt recovery.

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

Olga PRОSYANYUK Olga PRОSYANYUK, Managing Partner, AVER LEX Attorneys at law Attorney-at-law, Candidate of Legal Sciences, Member of the Disciplinary Chamber of the Kiev City Qualification and Disciplinary Bar Commission of Ukraine, Board Member of the UBA

Education:

Academy of Advocacy of Ukraine (2004), V.M. Koretsky Institute of State and Law of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (2013), Candidate of Legal Sciences.

Professional experience:

Olga Prosyanyuk is experienced in successfully representing and defending the interests of her clients at corporate, administrative and criminal cases in national and international judicial authorities. She represents interests of economic societies in disputes with business partners or state authorities as well as of private persons on business reputation protection. Ms. Prosyanyuk is involved in active research: she is the author of more than 100 works published in leading trade journals. Moreover, she participates in social projects.

Under the guidance of Olga Prosyanyuk Aver Lex Attorneys at Law was named among the top law firms in the sphere of “dispute resolution” according to international ranking Chambers and Partners 2016. According to research Legal 500 EMEA 2015, Olga was recommended as real professionals in the sphere of disputes resolution. She was mentioned in the 100 best lawyers of the court practice respectively to research Choice of a client: TOP 100 best lawyers of Ukraine 2015.  As consistent with research 50 Leading Law Firms of Ukraine 2015, 2014, 2013 Olga Prosyanyuk received an award as the leading litigation lawyer and lawyer of criminal cases. And in 2015, 2014, 2013 Olga was rated by Ukrainian Law Firms. A Handbook for Foreign Clients as one of the best in the fields of litigation and criminal law/business crime. According to all-Ukrainian independent public rating Attorney of 2013, Olga was among the best 5 attorneys. In 2011 Olga Prosyanyuk won in The Best Trial Lawyer nomination of Legal Award 2011.

Practice Areas:

White-Collar Crime, Litigation, Corporate Law

Languages:

Ukrainian, Russian, English

Vоlоdymyr BOGATYR Vоlоdymyr BOGATYR, Senior Partner of BOGATYR & PARTNERS, Ph.D., Honorary Lawyer of Ukraine

Education:

Mr. Bogatyr graduated from Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University with J.D. in 1999, and received a Ph.D. from Legislation Institute of the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament) of Ukraine in 2014.

Professional experience:

Volodymyr Bogatyr acts for clients in complex, fact-heavy and high value cross-border commercial disputes. As part of that work, Volodymyr is often responsible for the strategic coordination of proceedings in multiple jurisdictions. He is the only qualified Ukrainian advocate who is registered as a foreign advocate in both Russia and Poland.

Mr. Bogatyr’s practice focuses on a broad range of civil and criminal litigation and investigations involving international and transnational matters. He undertakes international litigation management work, coordinating the provision of legal advice and/or legal proceedings across multiple jurisdictions.

Mr. Bogatyr has represented both corporate clients and individuals in a wide variety of matters, including fraud claims, white collar matters, assets tracing, post-M&A disputes, partnership and joint venture disputes. He provides advice on contractual and insolvency matters as well as issues relating to the enforcement and recognition of judgments in Ukraine and abroad.

Mr. Bogatyr’s deep, yet wide-ranging understanding of his specialty has also benefited from his experience in distinguished public service prior to him entering private practice. Mr Bogatyr served as Ukrainian Deputy Justice Minister from 2007 to 2011. He was recognised as Honorary Lawyer of Ukraine by the President of Ukraine in 2010. He also possesses acknowledgments from 2008 provided by the Parliamentary Committee on Combating Organized Crime and Corruption.

Since his return to private practice, Mr Bogatyr has developed a strong track record of successfully helping his clients deal with national and cross-border asset recovery investigations in fraud, insolvency and bribery matters.

Practice Areas:

Litigation, Dispute Resolution, Corporate Fraud Investigation, White Collar Criminal Defense, Law Enforcement Intelligence, Global Litigation and Enforcement, Transnational Litigation and Foreign Judgments, Internal Investigations, Government investigation, Government Relations and others.

Languages:

Ukrainian, Russian, English