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Banking and finance
Hillmont Partners

Hillmont Partners is a corporate law firm which opened its first office in Kyiv in 2016. Today it also has offices in Lviv and London and a team of 10 lawyers.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is active in corporate and M&A, and in restructuring and insolvency.

 

Key clients

Among the clients of the firm are Black Iron, Glovoapp Ukraine, National Democratic Institute, Viva Gas, Betting and Gaming Council, Mazars, BVI, MBWS and Scania Ukraine.

 

Financial and corporate
Aequo

Aequo is a full-service firm which was established in Kyiv in 2014.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is experienced in advising foreign and domestic clients on mostly cross-border transactions across all areas of the corporate law.

In banking and finance, it advises private companies, institutional investors and banks in their roles as lenders and borrowers on project finance, refinancing and acquisition finance. It has experience advising clients in the banking and finance sectors on market entries and providing regulatory advice.

In capital markets it has experience in advising issuers on Eurobond issues, as well as on advising international and domestic institutions on capital markets legislation improvements.

In corporate and M&A it has a track record in advising private equity funds and foreign investors on acquisitions of shares and assets in various industries, including IT and energy.

A recent addition to the corporate and M&A team of the firm is Michael Lukashenko, an internally promoted corporate and M&A partner.

 

Key clients

Among its clients are Epicentr K, State Savings Bank of Ukraine, Dragon Capital, Piraeus Group, Ukrposhta, EMSO Asset Management, Raiffeisen Bank International AG, Güris, Deposit Guarantee Fund of Ukraine, Naftogaz of Ukraine, Mercury and DebtX.

 

Research period review: 32nd edition (2021/2022)     

During the research period the firm was active in all areas of corporate law.

In banking and finance the firm a bit more active on the borrower’s side and also advised lenders on direct financing, acquisition financing, refinancing and project financing. It also assisted international commercial clients and institutions with regulatory structuring advice in the area of payments and funds.

The capital markets team advised issuers on debt transactions such as LME and Eurobond repurchase. The regulatory work of the team includes advice on new securities market infrastructure.

In corporate and M&A the firm has a prolific record in advising mostly acquirers on acquisitions in various industries, including telecommunications, transport, construction and materials, oil and gas, healthcare, agriculture and utilities. It also advised a merger party on a merger in manufacturing industry, and sellers and targets on sales in telecommunications and pharmaceuticals industries.

In restructuring and insolvency the firm advised debtors’ and creditors’ sides on financial and debt restructurings, business restructurings, and an insolvent entity on insolvency proceedings. It advised clients in many industries, especially in banking, financial services and energy.

 

Deal highlights: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

Astarta $10 million loan restructuring

Deposit Guarantee Fund of Ukraine $4 billion debt restructuring

Dragon Capital’s acquisition of Unex Bank

Epicentr K $120 million project financing

Mercuria Energy Trading €1.9 billion investment in CWP Europe

Mercury $20 million debt restructuring

Naftogaz of Ukraine $1 billion debt restructuring under Eurobond programme

Naftogaz of Ukraine $100 million LME

State Savings Bank of Ukraine $100 million convertible loan

UkrPoshta $20 million acquisition of Alpari Bank

Avellum

Avellum is a full-service law firm founded in 2009. It is based in Kyiv and today employs more than 50 lawyers.   

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is experienced in advising foreign and local clients on cross-border transactions in all areas of corporate law and project development.

In banking and finance the firm advises borrowers and lenders on various types of loan and project financing. It has a track record of working on institutional financing that comes from organisations such as the EU and the EBRD, as well as governments.

In corporate and M&A it advises foreign and local purchasers and sellers on cross-border acquisitions and sales.

In project development it is equally experienced in advising contractors and developers on projects across various industries but it’s particularly active in the renewable energy and the oil and gas sectors.

In restructuring and insolvency it often advises the financing and the insolvent party on restructurings, insolvency proceedings and bankruptcies. Its deal record includes clients from financial services.

 

Key clients

Among its clients are Ministry of Finance of Ukraine, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Ukrenergo, Interpipe Holdings, DTEK Group, JP Morgan, Metinvest, MedeAnalytics, Diligent Capital Partners, The Myronivsky Hliboproduct, Furshet Group, Concorde Capital, Dobrobut, Volt Resources Limited and The Myronivsky Hliboproduct.

 

Research period review: 32nd edition (2021/2022)     

During the research period the firm was active in banking and finance, debt capital markets and corporate and M&A.

In banking and finance the firm advised mostly borrowers and also lenders on direct financing, acquisition financing and refinancing. It also advised a lender on debt restructuring.

In capital markets the firm was particularly active in advising mostly the issuer on some of the biggest bond and note issues, green bond issue, as well as on the restructuring of multi-billion debt under notes issue programme.

In corporate and M&A it has a versatile record in advising all sides of the table on acquisitions in various industries, including technology and telecommunications, food and beverage, healthcare, oil and gas, consumer goods and services, agriculture and most notably in energy.

 

Deal highlights: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

DTEK Group $2 billion notes restructuring

Diligent Capital Partners $20 million acquisition of Edinstvo Group

Interpipe Holdings $300 million notes issue

Kyivskyi Metropolitan €50 million financing

Ministry of Finance of Ukraine’s €116 million financing

Ministry of Finance of Ukraine $1.3 billion bond issue

Ministry of Finance of Ukraine $500 million notes issue

Ukrenergo $825 million notes issue

Ukravtodor and the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine’s $700 million notes issue

 

 


 

Avellum is a full-service law firm founded in 2009. It is based in Kyiv and today employs more than 50 lawyers.   

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is experienced in advising foreign and local clients on cross-border transactions in all areas of corporate law and project development.

In banking and finance the firm advises borrowers and lenders on various types of loan and project financing. It has a track record of working on institutional financing that comes from organisations such as the EU and the EBRD, as well as governments.

In corporate and M&A it advises foreign and local purchasers and sellers on cross-border acquisitions and sales.

In project development it is equally experienced in advising contractors and developers on projects across various industries but it’s particularly active in the renewable energy and the oil and gas sectors.

In restructuring and insolvency it often advises the financing and the insolvent party on restructurings, insolvency proceedings and bankruptcies. Its deal record includes clients from financial services.

 

Key clients

Among its clients are Ministry of Finance of Ukraine, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Ukrenergo, Interpipe Holdings, DTEK Group, JP Morgan, Metinvest, MedeAnalytics, Diligent Capital Partners, The Myronivsky Hliboproduct, Furshet Group, Concorde Capital, Dobrobut, Volt Resources Limited and The Myronivsky Hliboproduct.

 

Research period review: 32nd edition (2021/2022)     

During the research period the firm was active in banking and finance, debt capital markets and corporate and M&A.

In banking and finance the firm advised mostly borrowers and also lenders on direct financing, acquisition financing and refinancing. It also advised a lender on debt restructuring.

In capital markets the firm was particularly active in advising mostly the issuer on some of the biggest bond and note issues, green bond issue, as well as on the restructuring of multi-billion debt under notes issue programme.

In corporate and M&A it has a versatile record in advising all sides of the table on acquisitions in various industries, including technology and telecommunications, food and beverage, healthcare, oil and gas, consumer goods and services, agriculture and most notably in energy.

 

Deal highlights: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

DTEK Group $2 billion notes restructuring

Diligent Capital Partners $20 million acquisition of Edinstvo Group

 

Interpipe Holdings $300 million notes issue

Kyivskyi Metropolitan €50 million financing

Ministry of Finance of Ukraine’s €116 million financing

Ministry of Finance of Ukraine $1.3 billion bond issue

Ministry of Finance of Ukraine $500 million notes issue

Ukrenergo $825 million notes issue

Ukravtodor and the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine’s $700 million notes issue

Equity

Equity Law was founded in 2002 in Kyiv and today specialises in restructuring and insolvency.

 

Focusses / specialisms                    

The firm has an established bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring practice mainly focussed on the domestic market but also with experience working on cross-border deals. It is known for both transactions and dispute resolution.

 

Key clients

Among its clients are Belmont industries, Investohills Vesta, Helios, Privat Bank, UkrInBank, Nadra Bank, Porsche Finance, UkrLandFarming, United Cardboard Company, National Bank of Ukraine, Azovelectrostal, Azovobschemash Trading House, Expert Invest, Poltavkhimmash and IFC.

 

Research period review: 32nd edition (2021/2022)     

During the research period the firm was active mostly in representing all sides of the table on dispute resolutions, and also worked on debt restructuring and insolvency proceedings on behalf of insolvent entities. It advised clients in many industries, especially in banking, financial services, and industrials and manufacturing.

 

Deal highlights: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

Privat Bank $80 million acquisition of distressed assets

Ilyashev & Partners

Ilyashev & Partners is a full-legal service firm, founded in 1997 in Kyiv. Today it employs more than 150 people and has offices and representatives in Kyiv, Moscow, Tallinn, Dnipro, Kharkiv, Simferopol and Odesa.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is experienced in representing local and foreign clients in legal disputes, related to all areas of the corporate law.

It represents financing parties and insolvent parties in bankruptcy cases, corporate disputes, challenges to corporate decisions, tender outcomes, and cross-border debt recoveries.

In addition to that it provides advice on establishing new entities, mergers, acquisitions, and sales.

 

Key clients

Among its clients are LU Invest, Volt Resources, Alfa-Bank Ukraine, Creative Group, Kremenchug Automobile Plant, Salute Hotel, Indumet Limited, Trend Invest Group, Ukrspecexport and ISD Dunaferr Danube Ironworks.

 

Research period review: 32nd edition (2021/2022)     

During the research period the firm was active in corporate and M&A, project development, and restructuring and insolvency.

In corporate and M&A it advised acquirers and sellers on acquisitions in various industries, including mining, agriculture, construction and materials, telecommunications and energy, and a joint-venture partner on a joint-venture formation in the aviation sector.

In project development it advised acquirers on land acquisitions, as well as a developer on the renovation of a public building.

The restructuring and insolvency team was active in the firm and it advised mostly creditors and also debtors on mostly bankruptcy proceedings and also assisted clients with debt restructurings.  

Recent staffing changes include the recruitment of Yurii Mosunov, an attorney at law restructuring and insolvency and dispute resolution, coming from Evris Law.

 

Deal highlights: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

Alchevsk By-Product Coke Plant $2 billion bankruptcy proceedings

Alchevsk Iron and Steel Works $76 billion bankruptcy proceedings

Dniprovsky Metallurgical Plant $3.2 billion financial clean-up

Galena $25 million bankruptcy proceedings

Industrial Union of Donbas (ISD) Corporation $358 million bankruptcy proceedings

Morye $60.2 million bankruptcy proceedings

North Ukrainian Construction Alliance $76 million bankruptcy proceedings

Regenza $101 million bankruptcy proceedings

UDP $54.4 million acquisition of First Kyiv Machine-Building Plant

Volt Resources acquisition of Zavalyevsky Graphite Plant

 

Client feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

Bank lending : Lender side                                                                          

"The firm has performed very well and has been of considerable assistance in dealing with recent challenges in our regulatory environment. Ilyashev & Partners are known for their calmness under pressure and methodical approach. Together with their dedicated and efficient team it makes them a go-to choice, especially when conflicts arise."

 

Insolvency                                                                                         

"Roman is an excellent attorney and a big name in the legal landscape. He is a top guy in this sphere. His style is very practical; he is always to the point and gives short and concise answers. He immediately understands what you mean when you ask him something and he always takes care of the issue right away; and he has a good overall picture of an assignment. Roman is very pragmatic and always close to his clients. Roman Marchenko is always able to provide sound and perfect legal advice - even on matters untested by court rulings and academics. His advice is always strategic and commercial. "

 

M&A

"I can assess the firm's high level of service and high degree of specialization, which combines excellent business acumen and outside-the-box thinking. This law firm is a top choice for challenging deals where you need to invent a new kind of solution or to improve the current practice. Its lawyers have the uncommon ability to integrate wide and in-depth legal knowledge with superb commercial understanding. I like their creativity and willingness to fight for a successful transaction."

"The team has a strong understanding of the legal landscape backed by solid transactional on-the-

ground expertise. The firm provides good partner attention on any mandate and maintains an

extensive international network of professional service providers. We appreciate its delivery level and

highly qualified department. "

 

Private equity

"A positive attitude toward job in general. A high level of professionalism. An open-minded approach to new ideas."

 

Project development : Energy

"Over the 14 years of working with Ilyashev & Partners, I have had the opportunity to be convinced of the correctness of my choice many times. First of all, it is a super-professional and decent legal partner. Secondly, and this is very important for such a large country as Ukraine, the firm has a large network of offices, each of which has a strong team. The stability of the teams is the third indisputable advantage: the company's specialists are aware of all my questions and tasks, no one needs to explain the situation again. This allows the company to keep the situation in the regions under full control and for me to keep calm during times of pressure, engaging in the development of my company's business."

 

Project development : Transport

"The firm has a precedent-setting jurisprudence regarding a number of well-known construction and historical architectural objects in the Ukrainian capital."

 

Mikhail Ilyashev        

"Mikhail is a sharp and responsive attorney with wonderful business knowledge. He is a unique dealmaker, whose strategic advice is a very valuable asset in managing complex, stressful and time-sensitive transactions. His cross-border experience adds value, ensuring smooth negotiations. Mikhail is very devoted to his clients. He is ready to answer any call and is always straight to the point and efficient. Mikhail’s strategy is very sound and he always knows what outcome would be better for our business."

"Mikhail Ilyashev for many years has been authoritative adviser in the acquisition, registration, lease and management of real estate. The team under his leadership achieves incredible results."

"Mikhail Ilyashev is my main contact in the firm. Everyone who comes into contact with Mikhail, knows how deeply he understands on the energy sector. Our cooperation is not a communication between a client and a contractor. His opinion on business matters is very important to me and I really appreciate his personal efforts in the success of our company in the Ukrainian market."

"Knowledge of the law. Compassion for clients."

 

Roman Marchenko   

"Roman Marchenko has a strong reputation as a great trial lawyer and insolvency receiver who acts on complex issues relating to financial institutions. Roman has an impressive track record of asset recovery and cross-border enforcement work in the banking and insurance sectors.  "

"Roman is an excellent attorney and a big name in the legal landscape. He is a top guy in this sphere. His style is very practical; he is always to the point and gives short and concise answers. He immediately understands what you mean when you ask him something and he always takes care of the issue right away; and he has a good overall picture of an assignment. Roman is very pragmatic and always close to his clients. Roman Marchenko is always able to provide sound and perfect legal advice - even on matters untested by court rulings and academics. His advice is always strategic and commercial. "

"Roman Marchenko is an incredible legal mind, one of the top corporate lawyers in the country. He combines thorough knowledge, creative thinking, organisational skills and vast experience. "

LCF Law Group

LCF Law Group is a law firm that specialises in legal disputes related to financial law. Founded in 2009, today in its office in Kyiv work eight partners, two counsels and four lawyers.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is experienced across all areas of corporate law with a particular emphasis on corporate structure work, debt restructuring and recovery, and insolvency work.

In banking and finance the firm has a strong record in advising lenders and borrowers on debt-restructurings, loan recoveries and refinancing.

In corporate and M&A the firm has a prolific record of advising clients on corporate structurings, restructurings and on various corporate matters, as well as on sales, acquisitions, and investments.

In restructuring and insolvency it represents debtors, creditors, administrators and distressed companies in bankruptcies, insolvency proceedings, debt recoveries and legal disputes.

 

Key clients

Among its clients are Ostchem Holding Limited, Finance Real AT, Consumers cooperative Solar City, AVK Group, TNT Express Worldwide, Ovostar Union, First Ukrainian International Bank and USAID.

 

Research period review: 32nd edition (2021/2022)     

During the research period the firm was active in corporate and M&A and restructuring and insolvency.

In corporate and M&A it advised clients on a merger clearance and various corporate agreements.

In restructuring and insolvency it advised creditors and debtors on insolvency proceedings and disputes. It assisted clients coming from various industries, including energy, industrials and manufacturing, agriculture and, most notably, banking.  

Recent staffing changes include the recruitment of Nina Sydorenko, a counsel in antitrust law coming from Antimonopoly committee of Ukraine, as part of the firm’s corporate and M&A team.

 

Deal highlights: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

Sumy NPO $60 million debt recovery

Nobles

Nobles is a full-service corporate law firm. It was established in 2007 in Kyiv, where today it employs a team of 25 professionals.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is experienced in corporate and M&A cross-border transactions where it advises local and foreign clients. Its main focus in its work is acquisitions, sales and joint ventures.

It is also active in banking and finance, working on debt-restructurings and financings.

In restructuring and insolvency it advises buyers and sellers on corporate reorganizations.

It assists clients on transactions in various industries.

 

Key clients

Among its clients are Levine Leichtman Capital Partners and more confidential names.

 

Research period review: 32nd edition (2021/2022)     

During the research period the firm was active in corporate and M&A. It advised acquirers and sellers in acquisitions in various industries, including financial services, agriculture, technology and logistics. It also advised joint-venture partners on joint-ventures in telecommunications, agriculture and aviation industries, and a target in gaming industry.

 

Deal highlights: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

Leichtman Capital Partners acquisition of Creditinfo Group

Redcliffe Partners

Redcliffe Partners is a full-service firm, established in Kyiv in 2015 by a team from Clifford Chance’s former local office.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is experienced in cross-border deals in all areas of financial and corporate law and it advises on Ukrainian as well as on English law matters.

In banking and finance it advises foreign banks and institutional investors mainly on project financing, debt restructurings and new money lending.

In corporate and M&A it advises mainly foreign investors on acquisitions, sales, joint ventures and various corporate matters.

In project development it has a track record of advising contractors and developers on contracts and project implementations in all industries, including energy, TMT, transport and agriculture.

In restructuring and insolvency it is more active in restructuring and advising performing businesses. It also advises debtors and creditors on insolvency proceedings.

 

Key clients

Among its clients are EBRD, JP Morgan, Nebras Power Investment Management, The State Property Fund of Ukraine, Graham Partners, Aspect Energy, SigmaBleyzer, IFC, UkrGasVydobuvannya, Eni, UNIDO, Nordic Investment Bank, Netherlands Development Finance Company, Bank of Ireland, HSBC, Rabobank, ING, Barclays and Nordic Investment Bank.

 

Research period review: 32nd edition (2021/2022)     

During the research period the firm was active in all areas of corporate law and project development.

In banking and finance it advised mostly lenders on direct financing transactions such as secured loans and revolving facilities, project financing, as well as it provided regulatory advice on AML and payment services.

In capital markets the firm has been active on the debt side advising clients arrangers, joint-lead managers and a guarantor on bond issues.

In corporate and M&A it was active in working on behalf of the acquisition side and the sell side in acquisitions in various industries, including energy, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and life sciences and agriculture. It also advised joint-venture partners on joint-ventures in oil and gas industry.

The project development team has a prolific record in advising project developers on projects, renewable energy plants acquisition and EPC-contracts in a versatile list of industries which includes most notable oil and gas, and renewable energy, and also industrials and manufacturing and technology and telecommunications.

In restructuring and insolvency it advised creditors on debt restructurings and on insolvency proceedings.

Recent staffing changes include the recruitment of Andriy Nikiforov, a partner in banking and finance, and capital markets, hired from Kinstellar, and Albert Sych, a partner in corporate and M&A, hired from EY.

 

Deal highlights: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

Alchevsk Iron & Steel Works 459 million insolvency

Kokhavynska Paper Factory €13.8 million financing

M.V. Cargo $150 million project financing

Origin Enterprises €400 million debt restructuring

Raiffeisen Bank Ukraine €75 million financing

Scythia-Solar-1, Scythia-Solar-2, Free-Energy Henichesk, Terslav and Sun Power Pervomaisk acquisition

 

Client feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

Bank lending : Lender side                                                                          

"Comprehensive and accurate analysis. Fast response. Attractive fees."

 

M&A                                                                                       

"Among the most prominent positive sides of the Redcliffe Partners I would highlight: an attentive attitude to the analyzed object; thorough determination of all issues associated with the business of the analyzed legal entity; a very pro-client approach (preserving the initially agreed fee rate despite more than twice increased scope of work); well-organized and systemic project work."

 

Project development : Energy                                              

"They can understand the idea and propose their own ideas to improve performance. Great attention to detail. "

 

Sergiy Bert

"Diligent attitude to the work he did. Timely performance even within tough deadlines."

 

Dmytro Fedoruk        

"He looks at the task, asking to understand the idea, proposes how to achieve better results from the idea. "

 

Olesia Mykhailenko  

"Knowledgeable, accessible, fast to respond."

 

SDM Partners

SDM Partners is a full-service law firm established in 2008. It employs 32 lawyers, including four partners in the Kyiv office and 40 off-counsels across all regions of Ukraine.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is experienced in advising foreign and domestic banks, institutional investors and private investors and funds on deals across all sectors.

In banking and finance it is active in advising foreign investors on debt restructurings, project financing and it provides regulatory advice on establishing financial services and entities.

In capital markets it advises foreign and domestic investors on securities and debt and equity swaps.

In restructuring and insolvency it works on behalf of the financing party and the insolvent party on bankruptcies, debt recoveries and insolvency proceedings.

  

Research period review: 32nd edition (2021/2022)     

During the research period the firm was active in all areas of corporate law and project development.

In banking and finance it provided regulatory support in relation to payment services licensing and banking regulatory matters.

In capital markets it assisted a company with obtaining an additional listing on Swedish NASDAQ.

In corporate and M&A it advised all sides of the table on acquisitions in construction. agriculture industries, transport and pharmaceuticals and life sciences. It also advised joint-venture partners on joint-ventures in energy, and a merger party on the merger of two FMCG companies.  

In project development it advised mostly project developers and also a project company and a concessionaire on projects in real estate, transport, healthcare and energy sectors.

Recent staffing changes include the recruitment of Maria Felmetsher, a counsel in labour law and corporate and M&A, coming from Legal House, and Anatoliy Kyselov, a counsel in corporate investment and real estate.

Vasil Kisil & Partners

Vasil Kisil & Partners is a full-service law firm founded in Ukraine in 1992.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is experienced in advising domestic and foreign companies, institutional investors and private funds.

In banking and finance it works on the borrower’s and the lender’s side in project financing and debt restructuring.

In capital markets it is particularly active on behalf of the issuer and the lender on securitisation transactions and debt-to-equity swaps.

Its corporate and M&A practice is experienced in share capital increases, acquisitions, sales, and spin-offs. It advises acquirers and purchasers in all sectors, including energy and real-estate.

In project development it has a versatile and prolific record advising developers and contractors on project design and implementation, procurement procedures and on construction sites acquisitions in a broad range of sectors.

In restructuring and insolvency is particularly active in advising performing companies on corporate restructurings as part of their acquisition processes. It also advises borrowers on bankruptcies.

 

Key clients

Among its clients are European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Tchibo, Energy Standard Group, Fin.Do, and Arcona Property Fund.

 

Research period review: 31st edition (2020/2021)

During the research period the firm has been active in banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and M&A, project development, and restructuring and insolvency.

In banking and finance the firm advised lenders and borrowers on project financing and debt-restructurings.

In terms of capital markets it advised issuer, purchasers and lenders on securities issues, securitization of project finance loans, and debt to equity swaps.

In corporate and M&A it advised sellers and purchasers on share capital increases, spin-offs, acquisitions, share-purchases and sales. It worked on behalf of clients in sectors including energy and real estate.

In project development the firm advised developers on project design and implementation, procurement procedures and construction site acquisitions in sectors including energy, real estate and agriculture. It also advised contractors on regulatory requirements.

In restructuring and insolvency the firm advised mainly performing companies on corporate restructurings as part of their acquisition processes, as well as acting for debtors in bankruptcies.

                          

Deal highlights: 31st edition (2020/2021) 

Arcona Property Fund €30 million financing

DW Akademie

 

Client feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021)

Capital markets: Equity                    

"Reactivity and professionalism."

 

M&A               

"Very professional, excellent time management, client care and precise legal advice provided to the best standards. Certainly the leader in the legal market of Ukraine."

 

Oksana Voynarovska    

"Reactivity and professionalism."

 

Volodymyr Igonin          

"Very professional and responsive. Deep integrity and client care. High standards of service and deep understanding of clients' commercial needs. Fantastic application of law in complex matters. "

ABSOLUTE, LAW AGENCY

Absolute” is a corporate law firm founded in 2008. It has an office in Kyiv.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is active in restructuring and insolvency.

 

Ader Haber

Founded in 2006, Ader Haber is a Ukrainian law firm with an office in Kyiv where nine lawyers work.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is active in advising banks, companies and individuals on the provision of financing and debt restructuring, litigation and regulatory matters.


Key clients

Among its clients are Alfa-bank, Credit Agricole Bank, Piraeus Bank, Crystalbank, Raiffeisen Bank Aval, Industrialbank and International Invest Bank.


Client Feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021)  

Banking and finance               

"I would like to note that the advantage of the work of the Ader Haber team is an individual approach to the client's requirements, the ability to quickly navigate in non-standard situations, efficiency in the implementation of assigned tasks and a high level of competence in their field."

"In Ader Haber we have found a reliable partner for legal services and qualified team of professionals with whom it is easy and pleasant to deal."

Amber Law Firm

Founded in 2013, Amber Law is a corporate law firm with an office in Kyiv and a team of 18 lawyers.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is active in finance and corporate.

Antika Law Firm

Founded in 2010, Antika Law Firm is a Ukrainian law firm with 15 lawyers and an office in Ukraine.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm advises international companies and private clients on deals in the area of project finance, M&A and project development.


Key clients

Among its clients are EBRD, World Bank, NEFCO, AWT Bavaria, Usenco Nadra and Cadogan Petroleum.


Client Feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021) 

M&A

"Antika was very responsive and we really appreciate their resourcefulness during the Covid-related lockdown. "

Project development

"Clear, professional control of the situation, prompt solution of arising problems. availability of highly qualified specialists."

Ario Law Firm

Ario Law Firm is a Ukrainian law firm which established an office in Kyiv in 2002.

Focusses / specialisms

The firm specialises in corporate and M&A and restructuring and insolvency. In banking and finance, it advises companies in mergers, acquisitions, sales and various corporate matters. In restructuring and insolvency, it advises banks and companies on insolvency proceedings, bankruptcies, restructurings and disputes. It is active in all industries, including shipbuilding, energy, agriculture and hospitality.


Key clients

Among its clients are Okean Shipyard, Hotel Lybid, Lviv Autobus Plant-LAZ, Hunter Financial Company, Biogas, Asher, Hotel Cheremosh, ETU, ViOil Industrial Group and Agroplus.

Asters

Founded in 1995, Asters is a full-service Ukrainian law firm with an office in Kyiv. It comprises 140 lawyers, including 27 partners. It also has offices in Washington DC, US and Brussels, Belgium.

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is experienced in providing legal advice in absolutely all areas of financial law and project development. It acts mainly for foreign clients on cross-border deals.

It advises banks, institutional investors, companies and development funds on a broad range of transactions within the banking, corporate financing, project financing and capital markets practice areas.

Its corporate practice includes assisting with M&A transactions in all industries, including energy, agriculture, healthcare, life sciences and telecommunications.

In project development, it advises clients on projects in energy, transport, water and waste utilities, social infrastructure and industrial enterprises.

Among its specialties is advising foreign banks, financial organisations and companies on corporate restructurings.


Key clients

Among its clients are Deutsche Bank, Ukrainian Railways, Hilong Oil Service and Engineering Ukraine, Bank Polska Kasa Opieki, mBank, ING Bank Śląski, Santander Bank Polska, BNP Paribas Bank Polska, Powszechna Kasa Oszczędności Bank Polski, Withine Investments, Arawak Energy Ukraine and Enwell Energy.

 

Client feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

Banking and finance

"Experienced on the market, well positioned to advise foreign clients."

 

Restructuring

"They are great all round. Knowledgeable, helpful, responsive. Even after the start of the Russian invasion, when frankly we weren't expecting anything from Asters at all (and had sent them messages saying so), they continued to provide advice and progress matters."

Axon Partners

Set up in 2016, Axon Partners is a Ukrainian law firm with an office in Kyiv, employing 10 lawyers.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is specialized in advising start-ups and enterprise ventures on all matters related to corporate and M&A, IP, commercial agreement, litigation and data support. It is focused on work in media and entertainment, gaming, e-commerce and fit-tech.   

 

Key clients

Among its clients areDatas Technology, Beetroot, Poster, Compatel Ukraine, Innovataion Park UnitCity, IDAP, Data Intelligence Lab, Diceus, Rabota.UA, BlaBlaCar, MySales, ReFace AI, 3DLOOK and Vitagramma.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie opened an office in Kyiv, Ukraine in 1992.

Focusses / specialisms 

The firm is experienced in representing banks, institutional investors and international and domestic companies in multimillion corporate law transactions and in development projects.

It has a particularly prolific record in banking and finance and corporate and M&A. Its banking and finance practice includes various forms of direct financing, acquisition finance, project finance and debt restructuring. Its M&A practice includes acquisitions and sales in a variety of industries, including renewable energy, agriculture, technology, pharmacy and healthcare. 

It is also active in the capital markets area, advising issuers on Eurobond issues, and in restructuring and insolvency, advising on proceedings.

In project development, it advises investment funds and companies on projects and regulatory issues in a number of sectors, including electricity, oil and gas and renewable energy. 


Key clients 

Among its clients are Cargill Financial Services International, Bayerische Landesbank, First Ukrainian International Bank, Raiffeisen Bank, Aragvi Finance International, International Finance Corporation, Acino, Depositphotos, EPH, Nafta, State Property Fund, EY, KPMG, DTEK Energy, Nielsen and Becton, Dickinson and Company.

 

Client feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

M&A

"Very structured, helpful, experts you can rely upon."

 

Project development

"Very reliable. Business oriented."

CMS Cameron McKenna / CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang is a corporate law firm with an office in Kyiv. It is part of the international law firm of the same name, which established its first office in Frankfurt, Germany in 1999 and today has a team of more than 5,000 lawyers in more than 78 offices spread across 43 countries.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is active in project development.

 

Key clients

Among the clients of the firm are Air Products, FAS Energy, Nafta International, Horizon Capital and Data Group, Vodafone Ukraine and Neqsol Holding.

Dentons

Dentons is a full-service law firm which opened its office in Kyiv, Ukraine in 1992.

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is active in banking and finance, corporate and M&A and project development. It advises clients at all sides of the table, including banks, investment institutions and private investment companies, on direct financing, debt restructuring, project financing, acquisitions and sales. Its practice also involves restructuring and insolvency work on litigation and regulatory matters.

In project development, it advises banks and development companies on projects and regulatory matters in renewable energy, oil and gas and real estate.


Key clients

Among its clients are Oesterreichische Entwicklungsbank, Black Sea Trade and Development Bank, Piraeus Bank, Dionis Biogas Energy, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Eksim Yatirim Holding, Ciklum and Volkswagen.

 

Client feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

M&A

"Positive and highly professional approach from Dentons teams."

 

Private equity

"Perfect hard and soft skills, attentive to requests, punctual, diligent, proactive."

Ecovis Bondar & Bondar Law Bureau

ECOVIS Bondar & Bondar is a law firm with an office in Kyiv, Ukraine. It is part of the international consulting firm ECOVIS International which operates in more than 60 countries globally.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is active on legal and litigation matters related to the project development practice area.

 

Key clients

Among its clients is Ukraine International Airlines.

Esquires

Esquires is a Ukrainian law firm with an office in Kyiv.

Focusses / specialisms

The firm advises on M&A, financial services regulatory and disputes.


Key clients

Among its clients are Alpha Strategies, Nature Tech Innovation Group, History Group and Platipus.

 

Eterna Law

Founded in 2002, Eterna is a law firm where over 50 lawyers work. Its headquarters are located in Kyiv, Ukraine. The firm also has offices in Riga, Latvia, Kazakhstan and Dusseldorf, Germany.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is active in banking and finance, corporate and M&A and project development.

In its banking practice prevails direct financing, while its corporate and M&A work includes sales, restructurings and acquisitions. It assists clients in various industries, including FMCG, IT and energy.

In project development it advises clients on projects, licencing and regulatory matters in energy, IT and FMCG.  


Key clients

Among its corporate and M&A clients are Nexters, CoreValue, Dogus, Global Spirits, State Roads Agency, NEST, SKM, HoganLovells and DTEK Bioton.

Its banking and finance clients are Alfabank, FUIB, Ukrgasbank, BTA Bank, Factoring Finance, I&U Group Ukraine and Banque Internationale à Luxembourg.

Among its project development clients are Axton Commodities and Gamma Solar Holding.

Everlegal

Founded in 2015, Everlegal is a Ukraine law firm with an office in Kyiv, comprising 50 lawyers.

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is active in banking and finance, corporate and M&A and project development.

In banking and finance, the firm advises on direct financing, debt restructuring and project financing.

In corporate and M&A, it advises mostly sellers on sales, mergers, restructurings and acquisitions in various industries, most notably in energy, including oil and gas and renewable energy.

In project development, it advises developers and contractors on projects in renewable energy, infrastructure and real estate.


Key clients

Among its clients are UDP Renewables, China Electric Power Equipment and Technology, Novopecherska School, Delfast, Go To-U Network and Triosan.

EY Law

EY is a firm that provides law and tax advice, and it has an office in Kyiv, Ukraine. It is part of the global firm EY with 700 office locations in more than 150 countries.

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is active in banking and finance and in corporate and M&A.

It has experience advising institutional investors and companies on market entries, regulations and financial restructurings in the banking sector.

In corporate and M&A, it advises mostly private equity investors in their roles as investors and sellers on acquisitions, sales and business restructurings in various sectors, including energy and agriculture.


Key clients

Among its clients are Horizon Capital, Volition Capital, InVivo Group, EBRD, Ministry of Infrastructure, Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority, IFC, Lviv City Council, Ministry of Health, National Health Service, Onur Construction, State Road Agency, Lviv local authorities and Container Logistics.

 

Client feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

Project development

"Their knowledge, network and coordination capabilities."

Golaw

Golaw is a Ukrainian law firm which established its office in Kyiv in 2003.

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is active in banking and finance and corporate and M&A.

The banking and finance practice is focused on advising creditors on debt restructurings and trade receivables, while the corporate practice includes advising clients in energy, IT and retail on corporate restructurings, share capital increases, corporate governance implementations and other matters.


Key clients

Among its banking clients are Export Guarantee and Insurance Corporation, UniCredit Bank, Česká exportní banka, Erste Abwicklungsanstalt, Commerzbank, Euler Hermes, IKB Deutsche Industriebank and Heidelberger Druckmaschinen.

Gramatskiy & Partners

Gramatskiy & Partners is a law firm which established its office in Kyiv, Ukraine in 1998. Today, its office comprises 36 lawyers.

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is active in advising borrowers on project financing, banking and regulatory matters.


Key clients

Among its clients are CallExpert, Atara, City Capital Group Development, Kharlamova Olga & Others, Avencis and FC Omega.

Gryphon Group

Founded in 2011, Gryphon Group is a law firm with an office in Kyiv, Ukraine.  

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is active in banking and finance and corporate and M&A. It has a prolific record in conducting due diligence investigation on banks, advising institutional investors while its corporate practice includes advising clients in various industries on mainly corporate restructurings. It is particularly active in real estate construction and e-commerce.


Key clients

Among its clients are Taryan Group, European Investment Bank, WOG, Clever Asset Management, Crystal, Epicentr M, Hubber, Molis Group, Agrogroup and Nitro Invest Group.


Client Feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021)  

Asset finance            

"Everything is good. In all areas. Professionals."

 

Bank lending : Borrower side                      

"They negotiate with financial structures on a high level. They realised our opportunities and the company achieved business goals in investments. "

"All team demonstrate: professionalism and personal attention to the details, personal approach, responsiveness. The work was completed in time. "

"Explicitly, the firm always aims to satisfy the needs of the clients as much as possible. Annually the authoritative studies recognise the partners of the firm Elena Lynnyk and Igor Lynnyk as the best lawyers in the areas."

"Provide quality data for analysis."

“Ukraine is well known for corruption and corrupt legal practices. My work with Gryphon established an open and transparent relationship and above all trust. "

 

M&A                           

"The firm provides excellent service. The team works with high respect to its clients."

Inpraxi

Founded in 2007, Inpraxi is a boutique law firm that specializes in renewable energy projects. It has an office in Kyiv.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is focused on advising constructors and developers on renewable energy projects.


Key clients

Among its clients are SUNWIN 13, PV Progresyvka-Alpha, Energy Solar System, Lending Platform Vietnam, Ingul Solar, Consulting Solar, Ukravto, Sunstar Energy, Energy Solar System, Sunwin 18, Rengy Tatarbunary, Nik Solar 2, Energy Den, Greenan, Nik Sunstar and Best solar.

 

Client Feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021) 

Banking and finance               

"Being on a tight deadline, they assigned a very talented team of lawyers who worked exclusively on our projects. Any other law firm would probably not have been able to meet the deadline but they did. The quality of their DD analysis was impressive. In the end of each project, every loan they analysed for us had a 7-8-page well-organised asset summary report, where they structured all the legal risks for the potential buyer of the NPL portfolio."

 

Project development               

"Customer-oriented, professional, timely responding."

Integrites

Founded in 2005, Integrites is a full-service law firm with a head office in Kyiv, Ukraine and representative offices in Russia, Kazakhstan, Germany and the UK.

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is active in baking and finance, M&A and project development.

In banking and finance, it advises lenders and borrowers on direct financing and project financing. In addition, it works on securitisation of loans and assets.

In corporate and M&A, it advises investors, buyers and sellers on mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and sales in various industries, including pharmacy, renewable energy, real estate and transport.

Its project development practice consists of advising mostly foreign investors on the implementation of projects in the renewable energy sector.

 


Key clients

Among its clients are InVivo, Soufflet Group, Logoplaste, Avia Solutions Group, Kovalska Group, General Сommerce, Ministry of Finance of Ukraine, JSB Ukrgasbank and Sturgeon Capital.

Jeantet

Jeantet is a boutique corporate law firm based in Kyiv. It is part of the international law firm Jeantet, founded in Paris in 1924. In Ukraine it has a team of three lawyers.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm advises clients in banking and finance, corporate and M&A, and in project development.

 

Key clients

Among the clients of the firm are European Investment Bank, Malteurop, Ubisoft, Eiffage, Egis, Aerogestion, Virtuos Holdings, Wendel, Desautel and Stereau.

 

Client feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

Project development

"Very accurate, well-documented services."

Kasyanenko & Partners

Kasyanenko and Partners is a corporate law firm with an office in Kyiv, Ukraine.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm offers legal services in all areas of corporate law and project development.

 

Client feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021)

Asset finance            

"Did everything quickly, quality, without involving us."

 

Bank lending : Borrower side                      

"It was a very well-coordinated work. A real team worked on our case, we did not have any problems or delays at all. Every month we received a report on the work done every day."

 

Bank lending : Borrower side                      

"We were very surprised by the visible track record of this company. No company on the Ukrainian market has so many victories, cases won in court, positive dynamics of negotiations."

 

Banking and finance             

"This company was recommended to us. They have a lot of experience and many positive decisions in relation to their clients. They know the banking system inside and out."

 

Investment funds                  

"Search and analysis of national and foreign projects for joint investment with minimal risks; using the existing framework of investment projects and assistance to the Ukrainian investors in search of foreign investors; analysis of demand for goods in a particular investment industry; preparation and legal support for investment projects - business sales, investment proposals, preparation of business plans; legal support and assistance in organising meetings with foreign investors; legal advice on opening your own business in Ukraine; assistance in registering a company, foreign investments, and selecting a tax system; legal support of a turnkey company; legal support for business meetings, consultations, forums and conferences."

 

Restructuring            

"We have achieved the result in the form of writing off part of the debt. And this is a great deal. The work of the company is highly appreciated by the legal department. We continue to receive consulting services from the company and are very pleased with the cooperation."

Kinstellar

Established in 2016, the Kinstellar office in Kyiv, Ukraine offers a full range of legal services, provided by 60 lawyers. It is part of the international law firm Kinstellar which established its first office in Prague, Check Republic in 1992 and today it has offices across Central and Eastern Europe, as well as in Turkey.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is active in banking and finance, corporate and M&A and project development.

In banking and finance the firm advises the lending side and the borrowing side on direct financing, project financing and acquisition financing.

In corporate and M&A it advises sellers and buyers on acquisitions and sales in energy, IT, telecommunications and pharmacy.

In project development it advises clients on projects and concessions in transport and energy.


Key clients

Among its clients are Naftogaz of Ukraine, Marriott International, Duferco, Deutsche Investitions und Entwicklungsgesellschaft, EBRD, State Property Fund of Ukraine, World Bank Group, IFC, QTerminals, Vesco Private Joint Stock Company, Abt Britain, ADM International, Amway, Alvogen, Bosal Nederland, British Embassy Kyiv, CET Central Energy Trade, Ciklum, City Storage Systems, CMEC, Dunapak, DXC Technology, EBRD, Ezpada, GIZ, Google, GTT Communications, State Property Fund of Ukraine, SESS Solar, Duferco, Vesco, QTerminals and Mitsubishi Corporation.


Client Feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021)  

Project development                        

"Speaking about Kinstellar, that's the case when I chose to keep the counsel even after moving to another workplace. The firm has always had a reputation as an efficient, professional and business-focused legal adviser. I would mark out strong expertise, excellent quality, high responsiveness and business focus - these are the main features that make the firm stand out in the market. I've heard and seen them quite a lot in a recent year, and they are definitely worth a high grade from IFLR1000! Speaking about individual firm's representatives, I would mark out Iryna Nikolayevska, head of the corporate/M&A team, a highly professional lawyer having solid experience in the field, deep understanding of the market and business processes, always offering business-focused solutions. "

 

Restructuring : Corporate                            

"DLA Piper Ukraine is a trusted partner in a difficult and complicated financial and legal environment, namely Ukraine. They are highly professional and have an excellent knowledge of the Ukrainian legal framework and infrastructure. They have been successful in all projects, despite the obstacles and complications encountered. "

KPMG

KPMG  opened its office in Ukraine in 1992 in Kyiv. KPMG is a global firm that operates in 147 countries, and it employs 219,000 people. 

Focusses / specialisms 

The firm advises sellers and buyers on acquisitions and sellers in various industries, including industrial manufacturing and IT. 


Key clients 

Among its clients are Asset Portfolio Servicing Romania, Terkuriy-2, Bystronic Ukraine, State Property Fund of Ukraine, Dragon Capital, CWP Europe, Ukrposhta, Suol Innovations and Agile Coworking.

 

Law Offices of OMP

Law Offices of OMP is a Ukrainian law firm founded in 2007 with an office in Kyiv, Ukraine. It comprises of 50 lawyers.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm advises investors on securities, corporate governance and regulation, taxation tax audit, intellectual property and dispute resolutions.


Key clients

Among its clients are Crown Agents.


Client Feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021)  

M&A               

"Qualified specialists of different directions, reasonable price of services."

"Responsive, imaginative, combining knowledge from different practices."

Moris

Moris Group established its office in Kyiv, Ukraine in 2004. Today it comprises 36 lawyers.

Focusses / specialisms

The firm focuses on banking and finance, corporate and M&A, investment and business support, data privacy and cybersecurity, real estate, financial restructuring and capital markets.


Key clients

Among its clients are Ivano-Frankivskcement, First Private Brewery Group, Promprylad.Renovation, Nibelungo Overseas, Allrise Capital, Carton Mill, Gazinvest, Invest-Active Asset Management Company, Ukrteplo Group, Riven-Agro, Orthodox Church of Ukraine, Ukrainian Association of Football, H&M Sweden and Save the Children.

Pavlenko Legal Group

Pavlenko Legal Group is a Ukrainian law firm which established its office in Kyiv in 2008.

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is experienced in litigation cases in the area of banking and finance. In corporate and M&A it advises sellers and buyers on sales, acquisitions and various corporate matters in various sectors, including telecommunications, agriculture, pharmaceuticals and IT.


Key clients

Among its clients are K Invest, Niko Finance, Investohills Vesta, Dispomed Group of Companies, Materialise, Odesa Film Studio, PAEK Group, Beautyfree and Data Science.

Peterka & Partners

Peterka & Partners has established its office in Kyiv, Ukraine. It is part of the international law firm Peterka & Partners. The first office of the firm was established in 2000 in Prague, Czech Republic and today it has offices in Belarus, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia and Slovakia.

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has experience in advising borrowers and lenders on obtaining financing and debt-equity swaps.


Key clients

Among its clients are Bombay Group, Mammoet Ukraine, World Courier Ukraine, PEKM Kabeltechnik, Amesz Enterprises and Polpharma.

 

PwC Legal

PwC Legal established its first office in Kyiv, Ukraine in 1993. Today, it also has offices in Lviv and Dnipro. The firm is a member of the PwC network of firms in 156 countries, with more than 295,000 people. 

Focusses / specialisms 

The firm is experienced in advising domestic and international companies on corporate restructurings, corporate governance, financial restructurings, preparations of companies for sale, and tax advice.


Key clients 

Among its clients are Procter & Gamble Ukraine, Aon Risk Services EMEA, Multi Corporation, DevSoft, Lemtrans, Lesaffre Ukraine, Winner Leasing, Nestlé Ukraine, Nova Poshta, Porsche Ukraine, Gate Gourmet Switzerland and Eurochim Service.

Sayenko Kharenko

Sayenko Kharenko is a top-tier Ukrainian full-service law firm which established its first office in Kyiv in 2004. It also has an office in London, UK.

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is active in all areas of corporate law.

In banking and finance the firm advises lenders on complex multimillion direct-financing, financing recovery and project financing transactions, some of them incorporating capital markets elements such as Eurobonds. In addition, it advises borrowers on debt restructurings.

Its capital markets practice includes assisting joint-lead managers and bookrunners on Eurobond issues for more than a billion, advising bond holders on debt restructurings, and taking an active part in drafting international capital markets and structured finance legislation.

Its corporate and M&A practice includes assisting companies with fund-raising matters, such as business restructurings and share capital increases, as well as sellers and buyers on sales, acquisitions of assets and shares, and other corporate matters. It is active in all sectors, including banking, financial services and technology.

Its restructuring and insolvency practice consists of advising mostly the financing side on transactions such as financing recovery and buy-backs.

 


Key clients

Among its clients are JP Morgan, Nordic Environment Finance Corporation, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, ING, Renaissance Capital, Dragon Capital, Creatio, Millstone Group, Volia, Getin Holding, DTEK Renewables, Ukreximbank and Elementum Energy.

 

Client feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

Bank lending

"Sayenko Kharenko always provide very client-oriented, practical and professional advice. They respond in a timely fashion and maintain good communication with the team. "

 

Capital markets

"Sayenko Kharenko are top tier in debt capital markets in Ukraine, and this is well deserved. The bank greatly benefits from their vast historic experience in this area, and on all types of capital market exercises the firm knows exactly what needs to be done and how it needs to be done. "

Selepey Volkovetsky & Partners

Founded in 2008, Selepey Volkovetsky & Partners is a Ukrainian law firm known for its restructuring and insolvency practice of revitalising distressed assets. Its office is located in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is specialised in the restructuring and insolvency area, where it assists mainly distressed companies and private figures on debt and corporate restructurings, disputes, protection from hostile acquisitions, bankruptcies and insolvency proceedings.


Key clients

Among its clients are Estelle Ventures, Polis, Globyno Meat Factory, Consulting Venture Group and Leverage FC.

Shkrebets & Partners

Shkrebets & Partners is a Ukrainian law firm which established its office in Kyiv, Ukraine in 2002. Its team consists of more than 20 lawyers. The firm opened an office in Kramatorsk in 2020.

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is active in project development and dispute resolution. Its clients are mainly domestic companies and public figures.


Key clients

Among its clients are Kharkiv Heat Power Plant-5 and Kharkiv City Council.

Sytnyk & Partners

Sytnyk & Partners established its office in Kyiv, Ukraine in 2006.

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is active in corporate and M&A.

 

TCM Group

TCM Group established its office in Kyiv, Ukraine in 2014. It is part of the international TCM Group which comprises 35 offices and 110 agencies, practicing law in 145 countries.

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is specialised in restructuring and insolvency. It advises companies on the financing side and the distressed side on debt restructurings, corporate restructurings and other insolvency matters.

Ulysses

Marchenko and Partners is a Ukrainian full-service law firm with an office in Kyiv.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is active in banking and finance, capital markets and M&A.

In banking and finance it advises lenders, borrowers and creditors on direct financing, pre-export financing and debt-restructuring.

In capital markets the firm advises mostly issuers on public offerings, senior notes offerings, ATM projects and IPOs.

In corporate and M&A the firm advises buyers and sellers on sales, acquisitions and restructurings in various industries.


Key clients

Among its clients are EnergoGroup, Export-Import Bank of the United States, LafargeHolcim, and Western NIS Enterprise Fund, Canopy Growth Corporation, Harvest Health & Recreation, Hecla Mining Company, Indus Holdings, Kirkland Lake Gold, Lithium Americas Corp, MedMen Enterprises, New Gold, Newmont Corporation, Sandstorm Gold, Orla Mining, Yamana Gold and Wheaton Precious Metals Corp.


Client Feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021)  

M&A                                 

"The team is definitely most best defined by its members, and I can but say that Roman Shulyar as the practice leader has gathered unique and exceptionally qualified lawyers who can handle any corporate tasks just perfectly. I really enjoy working with them and I am always sure that the result they provide will be just what I need - many years of our cooperation prove that. They are real experts in a wide range of corporate matters, and I would recommend them for any type of such work in Ukraine without the slightest doubt."

VB Partners

VB Partners is a boutique law firm, specializing in litigation, which was established its office in Kyiv, Ukraine in 2005.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is active in banking and finance, corporate and M&A and restructuring and insolvency. It advises clients in various sectors, most notably in banking.


Key clients

Among its clients are shareholders and top managers of banks such as Delta Bank Ukraine, Delta Bank Belarus, Khreshchatyk Bank, Omega Bank, Ukrsibbank. It also advises National Bank of Ukraine officials, Helios financial company, Quarter Partners, Immer Group, Vioil Industrial Group and International Clinic for Rehabilitation.

Wolf Theiss

Wolf Theiss is a law firm which established its office in Kyiv, Ukraine more than 20 years ago. It is part of the global law firm Wolf Theiss, with offices in 13 countries and 340 lawyers. 

Focusses / specialisms 

The firm is active in all areas of corporate law. It advises mainly international companies on various regulatory and legal matters related to banking, corporate and debt restructurings, insolvency and bankruptcy, project financing.

It is particularly active in corporate and M&A, advising companies in their roles as buyers, sellers and simply organisations on share capital increases, acquisitions, corporate governance, joint ventures and market entries. It is active in various industries, most notably in energy, pharmacy, life sciences and IT.


Key clients 

Among its clients are Optimum Solar, EP Commodities, Ukrmilkinvest, Yarzin Sella Management and Holdings, Apalon, Vienna Insurance Group, Glovo, DSM Nutritional Products, Uniqa Real Estate, Voice Group, UrbanLeap and VakifBank.

 

Client feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

M&A

"Excellent network, strong M&A track record, experienced team."