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At Arzinger, key contacts Pavlo Khodakovsky and Alesya Pavlynska advised Porsche Holding on employment contracts for senior executives. Caparol Ukraine and ADM Trading are also clients.

Employment planning, collective bargaining, immigration, terminations and disputes are key areas for Asters, where Armen Khachaturyan and Svitlana Chepurna lead the practice. Wizz Air is a key client.

At Baker McKenzie, Kyiv Office, Lina Nemchenko and counsel Mariana Marchuk handled trade union negotiations, collective disputes and strikes for ArcelorMittal.

Dentons handles the employment law aspects of corporate transactions for blue-chip clients. Volodymyr Monastyrskyy assisted an international luxury products company with immigration matters.

Top-quality firmSayenko Kharenko frequently handles the employment aspects of cross-border M&A deals. The ‘responsive, engaged and commercialSvitlana Kheda leads the team. Kuzma Pozychaniuk is also noted.

Vasil Kisil & Partners is ‘one of the best in the Ukraine’. The ‘smart, professional’ Oksana Voynarovska and associate Valeriya Savchuk assisted a Swedish power tools company with senior employee dismissals.

Avellum’s broad practice has specialist expertise in the pharmaceutical, IT and clinical research industries. Mykola Stetsenko and senior associate Yuriy Zaremba are the key names. Allergan and Boehringer Ingelheim are clients.

CMS’ team focuses on immigration matters, redundancies and disputes. Practice head Maria Orlyk advised multinational company Mane Group on employment matters arising from a multi-jurisdictional acquisition.

DLA Piper Ukraine LLC is best known for handling senior executive exits, regulatory advice, collective bargaining agreements and employment disputes. Margarita Karpenko’s clients include a multinational pharmaceutical company.

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners handles senior executive employment terminations, labour disputes, incentives programmes and internal policy management. Senior associate Aleksandra Yevstafyeva’s clients include Cisco Systems and Uber.

Mikhail Ilyashev leads the practice at Ilyashev & Partners, which counts the Federation of Trade Unions and Hong Kong-based Cofco among its clients. Roman Marchenko handled labour disputes for Antonov.

At Jeantet, ‘immediate responses show the experience of the team’. Illya Tkachuk, who ‘makes complicated situations simple’, and Bertrand Barrier advised Pact on redundancies. Pharmaceutical company Servier is also a client.

PwC Legal is known for handling HR consultancy matters, disputes and immigration. Practice head Olga Melnychenko is ‘recognised by peers as an expert’. Andrey Pronchenko handles disputes. Clients include Wolters Kluwer.

At Ante Law Firm, Andriy Guck and senior associates Roman Storonskiy and Kateryna Ishchenko are the standout lawyers. Guck handled a full labour contract audit for Technomedex Group.

At Deloitte (PJSC Deloitte & Touche USC), ‘the service is excellent’. Key contacts Dmytro Pavlenko and Svitlana Tutovska advised Oracle Corporation and more than 60 other multinationals on immigration matters.

Eterna Law focuses primarily on the placement of foreign employees. Tax and corporate structuring head Oksana Kneychuk counts a global high fashion brand and an aviation services company among her clients.

Everlegal provides ‘high-quality and good value’ advice. The team handles labour law matters for energy, IT, pharmaceutical and agricultural companies. Yevheniy Deyneko, Andriy Olenyuk and Oleksandr Ruzhytskyi are the key contacts.

Attorneys’ Association Gestors handles advisory and contentious matters for domestic and international clients. Practice head Andriy Tsvyetkov is advising the UK’s Association of Chartered Certified Accountants on labour regulations.

At GOLAW, litigator Valentyn Gvozdiy heads the practice. Clients include global pharmaceutical company Reckitt Benckiser and international video game developer Ubisoft.

KM Partners acts for a broad client base of European and global corporates on employment matters. Tax and litigation expert Alexander Shemiatkin, who leads the team, advised an oil and gas company on a large-scale programme of dismissals that included contentious matters.

KPD Consulting Law Firmprovides services at the highest level’. Kyrylo Kazak’s team acted for UniCredit Leasing in a dispute with a former manager, and handled work permits for Wincor Nixdorf.

Legal Alliance Company stands out for its ‘high business acumen and appropriate advice’ and is a popular choice for leading pharmaceutical companies. Illya Kostin handled the transfer of staff from Boehringer Ingelheim to Sanofi.

Peterka & Partners LLC’s Tatiana Timchenko handles labour law matters as part of her corporate practice. She advised renewable energy company Bigadan and the Embassy of the Czech Republic on work permits and dismissals respectively.

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  • AVELLUM advises on acquisition of shares in Bank Lviv

    AVELLUM acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to a private equity vehicle managed by responsAbility Investments AG (“responsAbility ”) in connection with the acquisition of a shareholding in Bank Lviv. Bank Lviv is the first investment project of responsAbility in Ukraine. Further on, responsAbility intends to increase its stake in the bank to 51%.

    Officials of the company according to the new Law on LLC shall bear joint and several and in some cases – subsidiary liability to the company.
    - GOLAW
  • Sayenko Kharenko advised Mriya Agro Holding

    Sayenko Kharenko advised Mriya Agro Holding on the successful debt restructuring and subsequent sale
  • Employing Foreign Specialists in Ukraine – Rules of the Game Have Been Simplified?

    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.
    - GOLAW
  • 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).
  • 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? 
    - GOLAW

    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.
    - GOLAW
  • Antitrust Compliance Program in Ukraine: Current Status and Development Prospect

    Mykola Stetsenko, Managing Partner, AVELLUM
  • Recent Legal Developments in Renewable Energy Sector

    Glib Bondar, Partner, AVELLUM
  • A Remarkable Year of Restructuring. What Next?

    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.

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