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Doing Business in Ukraine: Economic Recovery and Prominent Future

Last couple of years presented a tough challenge for Ukraine and exposed a number of political, as well as economic problems within the country. The scope of these problems led to a popular belief that the new Ukrainian government stands very little chance in taking meaningful steps to attract foreign investment in the near future.

However, since 2015, the Government proved to be capable of enhancing Ukraine's investment appeal and creating favourable business environment in the country. A number of significant reforms were introduced boosting foreign investments and support of Ukrainian business in the aftermath of economic and political turmoil.

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Ukraine is one of the world’s largest exporters of agricultural products and has a burgeoning IT industry, but its economy was hit hard by Russia’s annexation of Crimea and civil unrest in eastern regions. Although tensions remain high, fighting has eased off and the economy is steadily recovering.

The country is slowly progressing towards European Union membership with economic and political reform underway. Foreign investors remain cautious and are awaiting the outcome of these reforms before pursuing new projects.

M&A and finance activity remains muted, though there are signs of more cross-border and domestic deals in the pipeline, along with infrastructure projects in areas including renewable energy. Dispute resolution continues to provide a strong flow of work for lawyers.

Some international law firms remain, including Baker McKenzie, Kyiv Office, DLA Piper Ukraine LLC and Dentons. Eastern European and Central Asian firm Kinstellar opened in Kiev, while Integrites, already with offices in Kiev, Kazakhstan and Russia, is now present in London, Munich and Amsterdam. Redcliffe Partners maintains ties with Clifford Chance.

Leading domestic firms include Sayenko Kharenko, Vasil Kisil & Partners, Arzinger, Asters, Avellum, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, Ilyashev & Partners and Aequo. AstapovLawyers changed its name to Eterna Law.

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