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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.

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GOLAW

GOLAW is one of the leading Ukrainian full-service law firms. The firm was founded in 2003 and currently has offices in Kyiv, Lviv, Odessa (all in Ukraine) and Berlin, Germany. The lawyers of the firm are widely recognised for their skills and extensive expertise. GOLAW’s team focuses on efficiently resolving issues facing the clients, communicating effectively on their behalf, assisting them in navigating the nuances of Ukrainian law, and avoiding costly legal traps.

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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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