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Employing Foreign Specialists in Ukraine – Rules of the Game Have Been Simplified?

July 2018 - Employment. Legal Developments by GOLAW.

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Following the strategy of the Government to improve the doing business climate in Ukraine, Parliament adopted the Law of Ukraine “On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine Concerning Elimination of Barriers for Foreign Investments Attraction” dated May 23, 2017 (hereinafter – “the Law”), which came into force on September 27, 2017.  The Law with such an expressive name should have definitely removed the barriers for employment of foreigners, but what have we actually received? Putting the cart before the horse, the Law really significantly changed the procedure of obtaining work permits (hereinafter – “the Permit”) facilitating it essentially from the one hand, but introducing some questionable conditions from the other.

New Law on LLCs in Ukraine

The Law of Ukraine On the Limited Liability Companies and Additional Liability Companies passed on 6 February 2018 shall come into force on 17 June 2018. The Law is a positive sign for doing business in Ukraine as it introduces significant changes and innovations in the legal regulation of the establishment and activities of limited liability companies, which are the most numerous and the most popular form of entrepreneurial activity in Ukraine (second only to individual entrepreneurs).

Prior to the the new Law adoption, the limited liability companies’ activities were regulated by the Law of Ukraine On Business Entities, adopted in 1991 (with many subsequent amendments) and which stopped meeting the facts of life, preventing limited liability companies’ shareholders from handling the issues of corporate relationships between them easily.

The Code of bankruptcy procedure in Ukraine: positives and negatives of the new document

The Verkhovna Rada registered a draft law on the Code of Bankruptcy Procedure (No. 8060). Among other things, it is noted that such a document will increase the efficiency of bankruptcy procedures, the level of protection of the rights of creditors, improve the procedures for selling debtor property at the auction, increase the level of execution of contracts and court decisions. However, does the text of the document correspond to the stated purpose? 


Over the last few months before January 2018, when the latest changes to the power purchase agreements (PPAs) between State Enterprise “Energorynok” and producers of energy from alternative sources were adopted, more than ten agreements were signed with upgraded conditions set earlier in 2017. In the mentioned agreements, the changes to the PPAs were applied and helped bring Ukraine’s PPAs closer to international standards. Nevertheless, the revised PPAs still have a lot of issues that need to be clarified and further elaborated to make them perfectly bankable, and to make them properly executable.

Antitrust Compliance Program in Ukraine: Current Status and Development Prospect

July 2017 - EU & Competition. Legal Developments by Avellum.

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Mykola Stetsenko, Managing Partner, AVELLUM

Yaroslav Medvediev, Senior Associate, AVELLUM

2015 and 2016 turned into a period of reform for the Ukrainian antitrust regulatory framework and the Ukrainian competition authority – the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMC). The AMC’s new executive team follows the best European practices in antitrust and competition field as the model for development of domestic competition environment. During those two years, the AMC significantly increased its investigation of alleged violations of competition law (including violations of the merger control regime, cartels, unauthorized concerted practices, abuse of dominance, unfair competition, and bid rigging) and deepened its commitment to promoting fair competition in general. In this regard, the existence of the antitrust compliance program for medium and large-sized companies has become very important.

Recent Legal Developments in Renewable Energy Sector

Glib Bondar, Partner, AVELLUM

Dmytro Symbiryov, Associate, AVELLUM

Ukraine has huge potential and capacity for growth in renewable energy sector. In view of the Government’s efforts to attract foreign capital flow into the economy, Ukraine continues to support the “green” energy sector. 

A Remarkable Year of Restructuring. What Next?

August 2016 - Finance. Legal Developments by Avellum.

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What happened in 2015 in the world of Ukrainian corporate finance was a reflection of larger scale events in and around Ukraine. In this article, we will share our view of the key events in 2015 in the area of cor-porate finance, highlight the most important legislative and regulatory developments in finance and, based on our experience, make a few suggestions for creditors and debtors on how to navigate through 2016.

Enforcement in Ukraine of Interim Orders Issued by Foreign Courts and Arbitral Tribunals

In the past few years Ukrainian clients have developed an appetite for solving their disputes abroad. Litigation and arbitration sagas involving Ukrainian parties or related to Ukrainian assets often spread across many jurisdictions. In many such sagas various interim reliefs were granted by courts and tribunals.

Applicable law in contractual disputes: recent arbitration practice

AstapovLawyers Partner Eugene Blinov & the firm's Associate Roman Protsyshyn share their recent arbitration practice regarding applicable law in contractual disputes.

Disputes arising from finance arrangements: post-crisis phenomenon in Ukraine – read more!

The 2008 financial crisis peak had hardly faded away, when another breaking news was brought to the surface in CIS countries: a significant part of the funds advanced during the pre-crisis period by banks and other financial institutions to support various businesses and commercial initiatives, flew beyond national frontiers to be found in Panama, BVI, Seychelles, Jersey, Cyprus and other offshore and onshore jurisdictions in the pockets of numerous private persons, mostly CIS nationals. No surprise this fact led to a tsunami of disputes, one way or the other related to repayment of loans and funds advanced under other types of finance arrangements. Many of those disputes are still pending, thus, keeping finance arrangements among the top-litigated issues within CIS borders.

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