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  1. Dispute resolution
  2. Leading individuals

Arbitrade’s Yuliya Chernykh and Pavel Trytenichenko are ‘the leading Ukrainian lawyers for arbitration and litigation’. The firm represented the Ukrainian Chess Federation in the unlawful transfer of a female grand master to the Russian Chess Federation. It successfully defended Donventilyator against claims over the quality of equipment for wind tunnels. Litigation partner Andriy Shulga is highly recommended.

The team at Asters is ‘professional, prompt and client-oriented, always developing winning strategies’. Oleksiy Didkovskiy and Andriy Pozhidayev are ‘excellent litigators – reliable and responsive’; they represented ED&F Man Holdings in disputes and acted for Ektornet in a $15m property matter.

Avellum Partners provides ‘extremely good service and persuasive advice’. Kostiantyn Likarchuk and Mykyta Nota represented Ferrexpo in a $400m share dispute over Poltava Mining Refinery and advised Assofit Holding on protecting its stake in Sky Mall from takeover attempts.

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners’ ‘knowledgeable and responsive’ team provides ‘excellent service’. The ‘relentless’ Markiyan Kliuchkovskyi and Oleksandr Volkov ‘have great skill before the courts’. Kliuchkovskyi and Serhii Sviriba advised on multimillion-pound international arbitrations. Counsel Dmytro Marchukov is ‘top class’.

EnGarde Attorneys at Law is ‘a leading disputes firm’. The ‘experienced and creativeIrina Nazarova is ‘among the best litigation and arbitration practitioners in Ukraine’. Clients include Smart Holding, Piraeus Bank, and UniCreditBank. Andriy Vyshnevsky is recommended.

Ilyashev & Partners is arguably ‘the number-one dispute resolution firm in Ukraine’. Mikhail Ilyashevensures top-level service’. Roman Marchenko advised BTA Bank on enforcing a UK judgment to recover $451m. Oleg Trokhimchuk is ‘talented, thoughtful and practical’.

Sayenko Kharenkoconsistently demonstrates in-depth industry knowledge’. Tatiana Slipachuk excels at international arbitration. Clients ‘greatly value the professional advice and positive results’ of investment disputes expert Sergey Pogrebnoy. Anton Zhdanov, Sergey Smirnov are also recommended.

Andriy Kravets & Partners is ‘a highly reputable firm operating to a high standard’. Vladyslav Lyaskovskiy and Andriy Kravets’ clients include Kyivrianta LLC and KLCC Holdings.

Arzinger is ‘competitive on price and ready to take an innovative approach’. Sergiy Shkylar and rising star Andriy Selyutin acted for a financial institution during an embezzlement case and assisted an agrichemical company with a sizeable debt matter. Head of alternative dispute resolution Markian Malskyy is also recommended.

Andrey Astapov’s ‘responsive and reliable’ team at AstapovLawyerscould compete with any litigation practice in London’. Head of international litigation Oleh Beketov is ‘extremely capable and has good tactical judgement’. Head of arbitration Eugene Blinov is also recommended. Highlights included handling a $350m cross-border dispute.

Baker & McKenzie – CIS, Limited gives ‘quick and considered feedback’. The ‘highly skilledIhor Siusel heads the team, which includes the ‘truly excellent’ Olga Shenk and Nataliya Demir, who has ‘high business acumen and industry knowledge’. Siusel represented ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih in a mining rights case.

Integrites has ‘significant experience and good knowledge of the law’. Vyacheslav Korchev and Vsevolod Volkov represented VTB Bank in a $320m restructuring dispute. Managing partner Ruslan Bernatsky is also a key figure.

LCF Law Group is ‘among the top litigation firms’, and includes ‘knowledgeable and experienced litigatorAnna Ogrenchuk and ‘creative, superior lawyerArtem Stoianov. Ogrenchuk represented a state-owned aircraft repair business in a $20m dispute with aeroplane manufacturer Antonov.

Anton Prysyazhnyuk’s team at Magnusson recently acted in a $200m real estate dispute and assisted Caterpillar Ukraine with debt recovery.

Oleh Marchenko leads Marchenko Danevych’s ‘deeply knowledgeable’ team, which represents healthcare companies Bayer and Johnson & Johnson. Vadym Shestakov and ‘great professional’ Andriy Guck are rising stars.

At Vasil Kisil & Partners, Andriy Stelmashchuk leads in litigation and Oleg Alyoshin handles arbitration following the departures of Oleksiy Filatov to a government post and Yaroslav Teklyuk to Naftogaz. Stelmashchuk represented an international bank in a $16m claim against defaulting borrowers.

AGA Partners Law Firm’s Aminat Suleymanova, Irina Moroz and Ivan Kasynyuk operate with ‘integrity and efficiency’. They have handled numerous GAFTA arbitrations.

Aequo’s team is led by Oleksandr Mamunya, formerly of Vasil Kisil & Partners. Pavlo Byelousov is local counsel alongside a UK Magic Circle firm advising UK-based receivers on handling the assets of a Kazakh tycoon being sued by BTA Bank for damages exceeding $6bn.

Aver Lex Attorneys at law is ‘one of the best for criminal cases’. Vitaliy Serdyuk and ‘true professional and good strategist’ Olga Prosyanyuk combine ‘clear strategy, strong views and full devotion to advocacy’.

Olexander Martinenko’s team at CMS advised agricultural equipment manufacturer Bauer Group on enforcement proceedings.

DentonsIgor Davydenko secured damages for an energy company in arbitration. Other clients include Czech Export Bank. Oleg Batyuk and Markian Silecky are also recommended.

Law Firm Dynasty is ‘the best firm in Dnipropetrovsk’. Clients appreciate ‘creative solutions from high-level professionals’ such as Denys Myrgorodskiy, Yevheniy Smiyuha and Anna Poddubnaya. Clients include Louis Dreyfus Commodities Ukraine.

FCLEX Law Firm has ‘a fast-growing practice that gets stronger every day’. Co-heads Viktor Barsuk and Oleg Malinevskiy are ‘very experienced in all kinds of disputes’. Clients include F&C Bank.

At Attorneys’ Association Gestors, Yaroslav Snigur represented Russian rubber producer Kurskrezinotehnia during anti-dumping investigations. The ‘strongly recommended’ Andriy Tsvyetkov heads the team.

Gide Loyrette Nouel hired seasoned litigator Oleksiy Feliv when Beiten Burkhardt’s office closed. ‘Knowledgeable, straight-to-the point’ practice head Bertrand Barrier and Vitaliy Yurkiv defended Natixis in a case pertaining to a nullified $28m loan.

Jurimex Legal Solutions has ‘the knowledge and competency to tackle any complex issue’. Danil Getmantsev and Yuriy Krainiak recently represented MIBS Travel and Info24.

KPD Consulting Law Firm has ‘a practical and business-focused approach’. The ‘experienced and practicalIgor Kalitventsev defended Piraeus Bank and UniCredit Leasing in commercial courts. Olena Kyrylyuk is ‘reliable and attentive’.

Lavrynovych & Partners has ‘a long-established and reputable disputes practice’ led by Stanislav Skrypnyck, who represented Swissport International in a $30m shareholder litigation. Maksym Lavrynovych is highly recommended.

Lexwell & Partnersprovides high-quality services swiftly’. ‘First-class professional and excellent litigator’ Andrey Kolupaev defended VS Energy in a case brought by Ferrexpo.

Andriy Romanchuk and ‘high-powered litigator’ Andriy Savchuk at Moris Group acted for VAB Bank in disputes totalling $142m.

NoblesVolodymyr Yakubovskyy represented UK-based AJ Walter Aviation in a $2m claim against Aerosvit Airlines and acted for Vendor Finance in an €8m debt recovery matter.

Evgen Kubko at Squire Patton Boggs is respected for his arbitration skills.

Taras Dumych and the ‘dedicated, focusedOksana Volynets at Wolf Theiss recently represented construction contractor Rönesans Holding in a €10m dispute.

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Legal Developments in Ukraine for Dispute resolution

Legal Developments in Ukraine

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  • 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.
  • Proper notices in arbitration – watch the details!

    Article V1(b) of the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, better known as the New York Convention, provides that recognition and enforcement of a foreign arbitral award may be refused, at the request of the party against which it is invoked, only if that party furnishes proof to the competent authority where the recognition and enforcement is sought that it was not given proper notice of the appointment of the arbitrator or of the arbitration proceedings. However simple at first glance, the question of what constitutes 'proper notice' turns out to be less than clear in practice.
  • The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Real Estate 2013. Chapter 38: Ukraine

    This guide provides the international practitioner and in-house counsel with a comprehensive worldwide legal analysis of the laws and regulations of real estate. This article appeared in the 2013 edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Real Estate; published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London. www.iclg.co.uk )
  • Is the Door to England Still That Wide Open for CIS Disputes?

    6 February has marked lawyers’ calendars with an important message from the UK Supreme Court: English courts will not accept the jurisdiction over a dispute having the “centre of gravity” in another country. AstapovLawyers' Managing Partner Andrey Astapov and Associate Anna Kombikova comment on a recent CIS precedent.
  • Time limit for forwarding arbitral award to parties extended

    The Presidium of the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UCCI) recently amended Article 52 of the Rules of the International Commercial Arbitration Court (ICAC) at the UCCI. This article governs the procedure for forwarding an arbitral award to the parties to arbitration proceedings.
  • Enforcing arbitral awards against Ukrainian bankrupt companies

    Eugene Blinov and Anna Kombikova of AstapovLawyers ILG commented on peculiarities of enforcement of arbitral awards against Ukrainian bankrupt companies. The lawyers noted the risks connected with such cases and suggested possible solutions.
  • Ukraine: National Bank incredibly fast in implementing its new power

    On 6 November 2012, the Ukrainian Parliament adopted changes to the Law of Ukraine "On the Procedure of Carrying-Out Settlements in Foreign Currency", dated 23 September 2004, No. 185/94-BP, as amended, granting the National Bank of Ukraine ("NBU") a power to amend for a term of up to six months the term for cre-diting to the exporters' accounts of currency proceeds under export contracts. These changes to the law entered into force on 17 November 2012. The NBU was extremely fast to implement its new power, passing a Resolution dated 16 November 2012, No. 475 (which entered into force on 19 November 2012).
  • Mitigation of damages in arbitration practice: trite law or space for creativity?

    The mitigation of damages is a well-known principle in international legal practice. However, in Ukraine there is no widely applied court and arbitration practice on the issues relating to mitigation of damages, and aggrieved parties may be unclear as to what should and can be done.
  • Ukraine enables itself to furnish procedural orders of foreign judicial and arbitral authorities

    The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine at its meeting on August 29 resolved [1] to amend its Resolution "On approval of the Order for the use of funds allocated in the state budget for payments related to implementation of judgments of foreign jurisdictional authorities rendered upon consideration of matters against Ukraine" (the "Government Resolution").[2] Appropriate amendments were prepared by the Ministry of Justice (responsible for protecting the state's interests in foreign courts and arbitral tribunals) in order to improve mechanisms to protect the rights and interests of Ukraine in foreign judicial and arbitral proceedings.

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  • Launch of Competition Law Firm CLACIS in Cooperation with AstapovLawyers

    Kyiv, Moscow, Almaty, 18 May 2015 - CLACIS , a competition law advisory which focuses on matters concerning competition law and compliance in Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan announces its opening.
  • Avellum Partners Advised Ferrexpo on Exchange Offer in Respect of USD500 Million Notes Due 2016

    Kyiv, 13 March 2015  – Avellum Partners acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to Ferrexpo in connection with the exchange offer in respect of outstanding USD500 million 7.875% guaranteed notes due 2016 issued by Ferrexpo Finance plc. This exchange offer was coupled with the new issue of USD160.7 million 10.375% guaranteed amortising notes due 2019 and a 25% cash consideration.
  • Avellum Partners Is Shortlisted for European Tax Awards 2015

    Kyiv, 3 April 2015  – Avellum Partners is proud to announce that our Tax Practice has been shortlisted for European Tax Awards by International Tax Review, a highly reputable international magazine for tax professionals published by Euromoney Plc. In particular, we were shortlisted for Ukraine Tax Firm of the Year ,  Ukraine Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year  and  Best Newcomer .
  • AstapovLawyers Is Highly Ranked by DealMakers

    Kyiv, 27 January 2015 - Dealmakers Monthly Magazine, an established global deal reporting magazine, has highlighted exceptional rankings of AstapovLawyers and awarded the firm the following accolades:
  • Avellum Partners Advised on Ukrainian Merger Control Aspects of Lafarge Holcim Planned Merger

    Kyiv, 29 January 2015  – Avellum Partners is proud to announce that it has acted as the legal counsel to the world’s two biggest cement producers Lafarge and Holcim in connection with obtaining a merger control clearance from the Ukrainian competition authority of their EUR 40 billion planned merger of equals. The proposed transaction will create the largest cement producer in terms of sales and manufacturing capacity in the world.
  • Avellum Partners Advised FUIB on Successful Consent Solicitation

    Kyiv, 30 January 2015  – Avellum Partners acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to PJSC “First Ukrainian International Bank” (“FUIB”) in connection with solicitation of consents of holders of its outstanding USD252,488,000 11% Loan Participation Notes due 2014 (“Notes”) issued by, but without recourse to, Standard Bank Plc (“Issuer”) for the sole purpose of funding a loan to FUIB. FUIB solicited consents from noteholders to amend certain terms and conditions of the Notes, including in particular the substitution of the Issuer, the extension of the final maturity date of the Notes to 31 December 2018 and the addition of an amortised redemption provision under the Notes.
  • Avellum Partners Advised Nadezhda Group on Corporate Restructuring

    Kyiv, 29 December 2014  - Avellum Partners advised Nadezhda Group ("Group"), operating in the liquefied petroleum and gas industry, on tax planning for holding structure of the Group, all legal and tax aspects of corporate restructuring and acquisition finance issues, aimed at obtaining finance from international finance institutions ("IFIs").
  • Avellum Partners Advised on Exchange Offer of Metinvest

    Kyiv, 14 January 2015  - Avellum Partners acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to Deutsche Bank AG, London Branch and ING Bank N.V., London Branch, who acted as Dealer Managers, in connection with the exchange offer of Metinvest B.V., the parent company of a vertically integrated group of steel and mining companies ("Metinvest") for its USD500 million 10.25% guaranteed notes due 2015, coupled with the new issue of USD289.7 million 10.5% guaranteed notes due 2017 ("Notes") under its USD1,500,000,000 Guaranteed Medium Term Note Programme and a 25% cash consideration. The Bank of New York Mellon, London Branch acted as the Exchange Agent. The Notes are listed and admitted to trading on the Global Exchange Market of the Irish Stock Exchange.
  • Avellum Partners Advised Lafarge Group on Selling One of Its Cement Plants in Russia

    Kyiv, 08 December 2014 - Avellum Partners advised Lafarge Group in connection with obtaining a merger control clearance from the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine for the sale of LLC "Lafarge UralCement", operating a 1.1 million tones per year cement plant in Korkino, Russia, to Dyckerhoff Gmbh. The plant was sold for a total enterprise value of EUR 104 million.
  • Avellum Partners Advised ING Bank N.V. on USD100 million Pre-Export Loan Facility to MHP Group

    Kyiv, 18 November 2014  - Avellum Partners announced that it has acted as the legal counsel to ING Bank N.V. (" ING ") in connection with a USD100 million sunflower oil pre-export loan facility (" Loan ") to Myronivsky Hliboproduct Group (" MHP ").