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Specialist boutique allTax focuses predominantly on tax matters. Clients appreciate the 'accuracy and intelligence' of key partners Artem Sereda and Victor Sereda, who 'can easily explain difficult issues because of his understanding of the needs of the client'.

At Asters, which excels in both advisory work and litigation, the lawyers are 'winners and constantly prove it with successful projects'. Constantin Solyar and the 'talented, passionate' Alexey Khomyakov are leading lights. Oleksandr Maydanyk, who joined from Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, is 'one of the best tax lawyers in Ukraine'.

At Avellum, practice head Mykola Stetsenko and newly promoted specialist tax partner Vadim Medvedev are 'true stars able to handle all Ukrainian and international matters'. Clients include Metinvest and Ukrzaliznytsia.

Hennadiy Voytsitskyi at Baker McKenzie, Kyiv Office is a key name in the Ukrainian tax market. He oversees a team of eight lawyers, who count ArcelorMittal among their clients. Recent work includes handling pre-litigation matters for a Gulf-based feedstock company.

The practice at Ernst and Young LLC climbs the ranking and has 'profound industry experience'. Vladimir Kotenko leads the group, in which associate partner Iryna Kalyta is 'smart, responsive and positive'. Transfer pricing expert Igor Chufarov is also recommended.

KM Partners has 'exceptional knowledge of tax legislation and court practice'. Standout practitioners include 'great expert' Alexander Minin, Alexander Shemiatkin and Ivan Shynkarenko. For Xerox Ukraine, Minin rebutted additional tax demands and exposed procedural violations by the tax authorities.

At KPMG, Maksym Zavalnyy leads on international tax matters and Oksana Olekhova leads the tax advisory practice. The firm has the largest transfer pricing practice in Eastern Europe, which is led by Konstantin Karpushin. Sergey Popov acted for a Ukrainian energy producer in a tax audit of nine group companies.

PwC Legal has a 25-year history of providing tax services in Ukraine and has become one of the leading practices in the market. Camiel van der Meij and Slava Vlasov are the key names. Vlasov counts Ukraine's Ministry of Finance among his clients.

At Vasil Kisil & Partners, managing partner Andriy Stelmashchuk focuses strongly on tax litigation and senior associate Tetyana Berezhna is another key name. The duo represented Shell Exploration and Production in VAT and tax registration disputes.

At Aequo, corporate partner and litigator Denis Lysenko leads the practice. Senior associate Vasyl Mishchenko, who is a key name in 'a young, dynamic and highly professional team', handled tax structuring for internet business

Head of tax advisory Pavlo Khodakovsky and head of tax and customs litigation Kateryna Gupalo are the key contacts at Arzinger. Khodakovsky advised Ukraine's largest pharmaceutical distributor on tax structuring.

CMS stands out for the strength of its tax and customs advisory work and its track record in litigation. Regulatory specialist Olexander Martinenko and practice head Anna Pogrebna, who count Scatec Solar among their clients, are recommended.

Deloitte (PJSC Deloitte & Touche USC) has grown its team of experienced tax professionals. Director of tax and legal services Dmytro Pavlenko was joined by the highly regarded Natalya Ulyanova, who was a new arrival from ICF Legal Service and leads the firm's new business transformation practice group.

Dentons has 'a great team', which is led by Igor Davydenko  and also includes highly regarded associate Tetiana Gryn. The firm advised Ingenico Group on the tax issues arising from its acquisition of a Ukrainian company.

DLA Piper Ukraine LLC has a strong international tax practice that handles the tax aspects of large M&A transactions, including transfer pricing matters. Illya Sverdlov and senior associate Dmytro Rylovnikov count Epam Systems among their clients.

Ilyashev & Partners handles tax audits, tax planning, judicial appeals and contentious matters. Litigator Roman Marchenko leads the practice. Mikhail Ilyashev acted for shipyard FSC More in a $2m dispute.

Experienced counsel Viktoriya Fomenko  leads the tax and customs practice at Integrites, which counts an international airline and a global cigarette company among its clients. The firm is best known for its disputes work.

Lexwell & Partners excels in tax litigation and Andrei Kolupaev is 'very experienced and has excellent commercial sense'. The firm's 'technically excellent team' acted for Ukraine's Ministry of Justice in a $300m investment dispute arising from tax claims made by a foreign investor.

Sayenko Kharenko's tax team consists of ten experienced lawyers. Following Serhiy Verlanov's departure to become Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Finance, counsel Vitalii Odzhykovskyi leads the practice; he represented Philip Morris International in tax and customs disputes.

SDM Partners LLC has a dedicated and experienced tax practice that is led by Dmytro Syrota. Mykola Melnyk is recommended for advisory work and litigation. He represented one of the world's largest food manufacturers in a dispute concerning tax on profits.

At ADER HABER, which consists of former Spenser & Kauffmann lawyers, Tatiana Daniltseva is a highly respected practitioner. Among her clients is internet company Yandex. Counsel Maryna Tomash is also recommended.

Axon Partners has further developed its tax practice following the arrival of Oksana Kobzar, who previously ran her own firm and now heads up the Kharkiv office. Kobzar acted for furniture company Nowy Styl in international tax and customs matters.

Crowe LF Ukraine, which is part of the Crowe Global network, joins the ranking having advised a growing client base on tax regulations and disputes. Dmitriy Mikhailenko's team is praised for its 'win-win approach to strategy'.

Oksana Kneychuk at Eterna Law frequently advises large Ukrainian companies and multinationals on tax matters. She assisted testing and inspection company NofaGroup with tax structuring for an acquisition.

International Legal Center EUCON's Yaroslav Romanchuk handles tax and transfer pricing matters. He acted for Savik Shuster Studio in a dispute regarding the cancellation of tax notices.

GOLAW is recommended for tax litigation, international tax planning and tax audits. Litigator Valentyn Gvozdiy successfully challenged a tax notice for Galicia Distillery. Counsel Iryna Kalnytska is also recommended.

The 'very experienced and flexible' practice at KPD Consulting Law Firm is 'a strong firm and a safe haven for clients'. The 'impressive and highly professional' Vitaly Patsyuk advised Development Construction Holding on tax structuring for M&A deals.

Litigator Olena Volyanska is the key contact at LCF Law Group, which has a strong tax disputes practice. She frequently advises Alfa Bank, Ukrsotsbank and BTA Bank.

Marchenko Partners has a strong tax litigator in Oleh Marchenko, who acted for subsidiaries of Philip Morris International in a high-value action against the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine.

At Moris Group, Vasyl Andrusyak leads a practice that represented a brewing company in an appeal against a £1.6m VAT and income tax demand. Defence company Antonov and agribusiness UkrLandfarming are also clients of the firm.

The team at SKG Attorneys at law has 'brilliant knowledge of tax disputes' and provides 'high-quality advice'. Practice head Olga Solovyova, who provides 'quick and prompt solutions', handled tax structuring for the buyer in a matter concerning a $100m purchase of shares in Prominvestbank.

SPENSERS handles domestic and cross-border tax structuring as well as litigation. Sergiy Pushko, who leads on tax disputes, acted for an Eastern European household appliance manufacturer in litigation concerning a VAT refund.

Absolute, which is based in Dnipro, advises local and international companies on tax matters. Oleksandr Bondarchuk acted for RDE LLC in appealing a tax notice.

Dynasty Law Firm advises on domestic and cross-border tax matters, including tax audits and judicial appeals. Antonina Selivanova assisted Elektrum Payment Systems with issues arising from cryptocurrencies.

At Evris, experienced partner Andriy Reun acted for a large agribusiness in a high-value tax dispute. Transfer pricing specialist Kateryna Kuzmina is a key name for transfer pricing.

Gramatskiy&Partners has 'brilliant professionals, who are as creative as lawyers can be'. Ernest Gramatskiy handles transfer pricing matters, while Igor Reutov and Mykola Voytovich are other key tax practitioners.

Jurimex Law Firm has experienced partners in head of tax planning Danylo Getmantsev and head of tax litigation Vita Forsiuk. For a US investment company, Forsiuk handled a high-value tax audit concerning an investment in the aircraft engineering sector.

Oleksandr Peremezhko & Partners advises both domestic and international clients on tax matters. Name partner Oleksandr Peremezhko represented Vuglesyntez Engineering in a tax dispute concerning the right to a VAT refund.

At Redcliffe Partners, counsel Oleksandr Markov leads the tax advisory and disputes practice. He represented a global cigarette company in a dispute concerning unlawfully accrued late payment interest.

Vladyslav Sokolovskyi at Sokolovskyi and Partners Law Firm is 'a well-known tax specialist in Ukraine with deep knowledge of tax legislation'. He advised a Portuguese building company on tax structuring for its entry into the Ukrainian market.

Litigation boutique VB PARTNERS has an active tax disputes practice led by Volodymyr Vashchenko. He recently acted for a Russian conglomerate in an appeal against tax notices and VAT charges.

Mykhailo Razuvaiev at Wolf Theiss is a specialist tax lawyer who works with corporate partner Taras Dumych to assist the firm's international clients. The duo advised a European bank on tax issues arising from sanctions imposed on its local subsidiary.

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