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  1. Dispute resolution
  2. Leading individuals

Arbitrade is ‘outstanding in dispute resolution’. Pavel Trytenichenko, the ‘efficient and sharpYuliya Chernykh and Andriy Shulga stand out as ‘truly professional in international arbitration and complex litigation’. The team has been advising Edible Oil Trading on domestic litigation and FOSFA arbitrations.

Asters is ‘good in tough negotiations’ and provides ‘high quality, good value and very commercial advice’. Oleksiy Didkovskiy advised Crédit Agricole on a multimillion-dollar disputed debt, and is recommended along with Tamara Lukanina and ‘reliable, pleasant, excellent litigator’ Andriy Pozhidaev.

Ilyashev & Partnersprovides detailed and thorough legal support’ through ‘trustworthy business partnersMikhail Ilyashev and the ‘intelligent, focusedRoman Marchenko. The firm represented BTA Bank in the enforcement of a $451m award in its favour made by the High Court of Justice of England and Wales.

Sayenko Kharenkopersistently demonstrates in-depth knowledge, prompt and profound advice’ in litigation and arbitration. Tatiana Slipachuk is ‘highly recommended for international arbitration’. Sergey Pogrebnoy, who advised OJSC Power Machines on the enforcement of an overseas judgement in favour of a creditor, and Anton Zhdanov are recommended.

Vasil Kisil & Partners’ ‘highly professional and responsive’ team includes Yaroslav Tekyluk and managing partner Oleg Makarov. The firm acted for Shell in disputes concerning shale gas production sharing agreements. Oleksiy Filatov recently left the firm after being appointed deputy head of the Presidential Administration.

The service is excellent’ at Andriy Kravets & Partners, which ‘stands at the forefront of the market’. Julia Samoylova is ‘very responsive and provides real added value’, and Andriy Kravets and practice head Vladyslav Lyaskovskiy are also recommended. Clients include Kyivrianta LLC and KLCC Holdings.

Arzinger provides ‘good value and high-quality services’. Its ‘thoroughly recommended’ lawyers include litigator Sergiy Shklyar, head of alternative dispute resolution Markian Malskyy and criminal defence specialist Vitaliy Kasko. Shklyar represented Alfred C. Toepfer International in a €2m dispute with state tax authorities.

Avellum Partners is ‘a good firm, with good work and good lawyers’, say clients. The ‘professional, straightforward and focusedKostiantyn Likarchuk leads the ‘strong and motivated team’, which includes ‘smart’ associate Mykyta Nota. The team acted for Ferrexpo in a $400m dispute over shares in Poltava Mining Refinery.

The most experienced international law firm in Ukraine’, Baker & McKenzie – CIS, Limitedhandles disputes the right way’. Ihor Siusel shows ‘exceptionally high quality’, and the responsive Olga Shenk and Nataliya Demir are also recommended. The team recently acted in an international arbitration concerning land development.

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners is ‘efficient, impressive, and excellent at strategy’. The ‘insightful’ Serhii Sviriba, the ‘hardworking and highly efficient’ Oleksii Reznikov, the ‘bright, very creative’ Dmytro Marchukov and the ‘excellent, responsive’ Markiyan Kliuchkovskyi are recommended. Clients include the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice.

EnGarde Attorneys at Law’s clients report ‘excellent work from reliable partners’. Irina Nazarovaexcels in cross-border litigation and arbitration, thinks outside the box and is exceptionally good on strategy’. Andriy Vyshnevsky advised Piraeus Bank regarding a large insolvency dispute.

Integrites’ Maksym Kodunov, who represented a subsidiary of business conglomerate EastOne in pursuing a $10m claim, is ‘highly recommended’. Ruslan Bernatsky and Yuri Korchev are ‘responsive and explain everything in detail’, and Anna Tyshchenko is also recommended.

LCF Law Group’s ‘reliable and responsible professionals’ include Anna Ogrenchuk, Yuliana Maleeva, Olena Volianska, and Artem Stoianov. ‘Strategic thinker’ Ogrenchuk advised Kuwait Energy Ukraine on various disputes, including a $13m case concerning termination of a joint venture agreement.

The quality is what one would expect of a top tier law firm in Western Europe’, say clients of AstapovLawyers International Law Group. The ‘dynamic, imaginativeAndrey Astapov and the ‘calm, assured, brightOleh Beketov represented JSC EFKO in a $250m cross-border dispute concerning the enforceability of a grain sales contract.

Olexander Martinenko’s team at CMS is ‘dedicated, responsive and highly effective’. He represented Italia-Ukraina Gas in a $200m cross-border arbitration.

Andriy Tsvyetkov embodies the ‘professionalism and efficiency’ of Attorneys’ Association Gestors. Yaroslav Snigur, who ‘should undoubtedly be singled out for trade investigations’, advised JSC Gomelglass on anti-dumping issues.

Grischenko & Partners’ Dmitri Grischenko is an acknowledged expert in litigation and arbitration.

Jurimex Legal Solutionsprovides services at the highest level, and deals with cases creatively and constructively’. Danil Getmantsev, Yuriy Krainiak and Bohdan Shapoval ‘are always helpful and effective’. Clients include The State Road Agency of Ukraine.

KM Partners provides ‘good value for money’ in international litigation and arbitration. Alexander Minin exhibits ‘the highest level of professionalism’ and Maxim Oleksiyuk provides ‘high-quality, client-oriented service’.

KPD Consulting Law Firm is ‘client-focused, competitive and reasonable’. Igor Kalitventsevknows the right way to handle complicated disputes’. He recently advised Piraeus Bank on a corporate borrower’s insolvency, including related court proceedings.

Lavrynovych & Partners is ‘a reliable partner with extensive experience’, and provides ‘prompt and competent advice’. Maksym Lavrynovych, who acted for Crimean Vodka Company in a $200m dispute, and Stanislav Skrypnyck are recommended.

Marchenko Danevych has ‘a high level of knowledge and its advice is always appropriate and applicable’. Vadym Shestakov, Andriy Guck and Borys Danevych are recommended. Clients include Johnson & Johnson.

Dentons provides ‘quick, relevant, comprehensive advice’. Oleg Batyuk, Vladimir Zakhvataev and the ‘practical and knowledgeableMyron Rabij are recommended. Clients include Czech Export Bank.

Salkom is ‘impressive in arbitration’. Evgen Kubko works closely with Squire Sanders Ukraine LLC under a formal association.

Wolf TheissTaras Dumych is ‘helpful and hardworking’. He represented Geveko Industri in a €3.5m dispute with Motorways of Ukraine.

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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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  • 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 ").
  • Avellum Partners’ Tax Practice Recommended by International Tax Review

    Kyiv, 22 October 2014  - Avellum Partners is proud to announce that our Tax Practice has been highly recognized by International Tax Review (" ITR "), a highly reputable international magazine for tax professionals published by Euromoney Plc. In particular, Avellum Partners was ranked within Tier 3 according to the World Tax and World Transfer Pricing 2015 proving its leading reputation in Ukraine.
  • AstapovLawyers Represents KVV Group Shortlisted for Acquisition of Liepajas Metalurgs

    AstapovLawyers represents interests of  KVV Group in potential acquisition of JSC "Liepajas Metalurgs", Latvian biggest industrial enterprise as well as the only still mill in Baultic states. KVV Group is one of two finalists for further talks on the sale of the metallurgical company. The bidders have signed letters of intent for the acquisition of the plant. The expected deal value is not disclosable yet, however it is clear it will be in the range of EUR 80-100 million.
  • AstapovLawyers Top-Ranked in Energy and Infrastructure by IFLR1000

    Kyiv, 30 October 2014 - AstapovLawyers has been named among the top firms in Energy and Infrastructure (Tier 2) by the annual IFLR1000 rating.
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