The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon
10 MUZEYNY PROVULOK, 7TH FLOOR, 01001 KYIV, UKRAINE
Tel:
Work +380 44 499 6000
Email:
Web:
www.sk.ua

Vladimir Sayenko

Tel:
Work +380 44 499 6000
Email:
Sayenko Kharenko

Work Department

Antitrust/Competition, Corporate and M&A.

Position

Vladimir Sayenko, partner at Sayenko Kharenko, is practicing law since 1994, admitted in Ukraine and in the State of New York (USA).

Vladimir specializes in competition, M&A, corporate and securities law. He has extensive experience in supporting clients through the entire lifecycle of their business, from formation and day-to-day operational issues to major transactions and exit. Throughout his career Vladimir has worked with clients across all major industry sectors but his principal focus is in the financial services, energy, oil & gas, real estate and media sectors.

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Advising on Ukrainian law aspects of benchmark cross-border M&A transactions, such as the acquisition of Samsung printer business by HP, acquisition of vaccines business of Novartis by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) with further establishment of a joint venture between GSK and Novartis, acquisition of Unimilk CIS operations by Danone, acquisition of Cadbury by Kraft Foods, as well as numerous Ukrainian M&A deals, including the acquisition Karavan Hypermarket chain by Auchan Group, sale of minority stake in Ukrainian subsidiaries of Allianz SE.
  • Handling M&A transactions involving over a dozen Ukrainian banks, including the acquisition of a controlling shareholding of PJSC “Region-Bank” by a foreign investor,  acquisition of Platinum Bank (Ukraine) by a group of Ukrainian and foreign investors, acquisition by First Ukrainian International Bank of Renaissance Credit Bank, acquisition by Platinum Bank of Home Credit Bank, sale by Platinum Bank of Vostok Bank, acquisition by Alpha Bank of Astra Bank, acquisition by Societe Generale of Ikar Bank, and acquisition by Piraeus Bank of International Commerce Bank.
  • Advising bidders in the privatizations of Kryvorizhstal, KGOKOR, Odessa Port Plant and regional electricity distribution companies.

Antitrust/Competition

  • Advising major corporations, such as Apple, Beam, BEKO, Coca-Cola, Dyckerhoff, Henkel, and Philip Morris, on Ukrainian competition law issues, including development trainings and compliance programs, conducting mock down raids, etc.
  • Representing multinationals in various investigations and proceedings before the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine, including Amadeus, Coca-Cola, Dyckerhoff, Sanofi, Visa and Western Union.
  • Merger clearance for numerous mergers and acquisitions, including for AB InBev, BASF, Boehringer Ingelheim, Citibank, Comcast, Dell, DowDuPont, Geely, Glencore, Goldman Sachs, Hamburg Süd, Hitachi, HP, Honda Motor, Imerys, Japan Tobacco, Komatsu, Maersk Line, Monsanto, Outokumpu Oyj, Porsche, Samsung Electronics, Sandvik, Société Générale, Syngenta, and Thyssenkrup

Career

Prior to co-founding Sayenko Kharenko, for over 10 years Vladimir worked for a leading western law firm operating in Ukraine. For a number of years he acted as an advisor to the Ukrainian Parliamentary Committee on the Freedom of Speech and Information.

Languages

English, German, Ukrainian, Russian.

Member

  • Public Council with the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine
  • Ukrainian Bar Association, Vice-President, Board Member of the Committee on Competiton Law
  • International Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • British-Ukrainian Law Association, Member of the Executive Committee
  • Kyiv City Bar (admitted since 1998)
  • New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), USA (admitted since 1998)

Education

  • LL.D. in Securities Law from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Law Department
  • LL.M. in Transnational Business Practice from McGeorge School of Law (Muskie Fellow)
  • LL.B., summa cum laude, from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Law Department (joint degree with Diploma in English translation from the Department of Foreign Languages)
  • Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg
  • University of Michigan


Ukraine

Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Leading individuals

Vladimir Sayenko - Sayenko Kharenko

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Sayenko Kharenko is 'responsive, quick and professional' and its team includes 'the best lawyers I have worked with in Eastern Europe', according to one client. Vladimir Sayenko, who acted for HP on its acquisition of Samsung's printer business, Oleksandr Padalka and Russian-qualified Andrei Liakhov are among the key practitioners. Counsel Sergiy Kazmirchuk is 'precise and clear in his answers'.

[back to top]

Competition

Within: Leading individuals

Vladimir Sayenko - Sayenko Kharenko

Within: Competition

Sayenko Kharenko has 'a responsive and helpful team with excellent knowledge of the law and the process involved in merger filings'. Vladimir Sayenko, Oleksandr Padalka and the 'helpful and responsive' Valentyna Hvozd are the names to note. The firm advised global drinks company AB InBev on its merger with brewing company Efes.

[back to top]

Energy

Within: Energy

Sayenko Kharenko is known for its ' reliability, responsiveness, professionalism and huge expertise in the most sophisticated cases'. Nazar Chernyavsky advised Bank of America Merrill Lynch on the $250m financing of Energoatom. Vladimir Sayenko and counsel Igor Lozenko are other names to note.

[back to top]

Real estate and construction

Within: Real estate and construction

Sayenko Kharenko stands out for the breadth of its work in real estate transactions and construction disputes. Vladimir Sayenko and Sergey Pogrebnoy advised BTA Bank on the sale of commercial properties to Dragon Capital. Oleksandr Nikolaichyk is also recommended.

[back to top]


Back to index

Legal Developments by:
Sayenko Kharenko

  • Sayenko Kharenko acts as legal counsel to DTEK Renewables for construction of Primorskaya WEP with a

    Sayenko Kharenko has acted as legal counsel to DTEK Renewables, which manages DTEK projects in renewable energy, on construction of Primorskaya Wind Electric Plant LLC (Primorskaya WEP) with a capacity of 200 MW. DTEK Renewables is currently one of the largest producers of renewable electric energy in Ukraine and accounts for about 10% of ‚Äúgreen‚ÄĚ capacities market.
    - Sayenko Kharenko

Legal Developments in Ukraine

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • AVELLUM advises on Ukraine`s first in over a decade Euro-denominated notes issue

    AVELLUM acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine on another milestone Eurobond deal. The issue by Ukraine of EUR1 billion notes with a 7-year tenor marks the first euro-denominated offering Ukraine has made in almost 15 years.
  • AVELLUM advises solar power plant developer on sale of solar project

    AVELLUM acted as the legal counsel to SM Invest Construction B.V., a solar PV plants developer, on the sale of shares in the holding company, which owns the underlying assets to develop a 148MW solar power plant in Mykolaiv region. Scatec Solar, a leading and globally acting solar energy producer, acted as the purchaser.
  • General requirements to advertising in Ukraine

    The main legal act regulating legal relations in the field of advertising is the Law of Ukraine  On Advertising . The implementation of the Law in practice requires a detailed analysis and practical experience. The fulfillment of the requirements of the Law and other regulatory legal acts regulating advertising relations in Ukraine is a guarantee that government agencies in Ukraine, such as the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine, the State Inspection of Consumer Protection of Ukraine will not be able to start an advertiser's check.
  • Business in Ukraine: the ins and outs of top managers dismissal in Ukraine

    Top managers belong to the category of employees on whom the company efficiency depends, as top managers implement business and corporate policies¬†‚Äststrategies, business plans, and projects¬†‚Ästand make decisions that will determine the future of company business. Although it is indisputable that business is based on complete trust, effective control mechanisms could hardly be dispensed with. These truisms are well known to everyone. However, as practice shows, sometimes business owners overlook important issues that later lead to financial and reputational risks.
  • AVELLUM advises EBRD on secured loan to major Ukrainian wood processing company

    AVELLUM acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (‚ÄúEBRD ‚ÄĚ) in connection with a long term senior secured loan to Limited Liability Company ‚ÄúZunami‚ÄĚ (‚ÄúZunami ‚ÄĚ) in the total amount of up to EUR3 million.¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†
  • AVELLUM advises Dobrobut on investment by Horizon Capital

    AVELLUM acted as the legal counsel to Dobrobut, the leading private healthcare services provider in Ukraine, and its shareholders on the disposal of a minority stake in Dobrobut to Horizon Capital.
  • AVELLUM advises EBRD on another large renewable energy financing deal

    AVELLUM acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (‚ÄúEBRD‚ÄĚ>) and Nederlandse Financierings ‚Äď Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden N.V. (‚ÄúFMO ‚ÄĚ) in connection with a senior secured loan to LLC ‚ÄúChysta Enerhiia-2011‚ÄĚ in the total amount of up to EUR 24.5 million (and each 50%).
  • Sayenko Kharenko acts as legal counsel to DTEK Renewables for construction of Primorskaya WEP with a

    Sayenko Kharenko has acted as legal counsel to DTEK Renewables, which manages DTEK projects in renewable energy, on construction of Primorskaya Wind Electric Plant LLC (Primorskaya WEP) with a capacity of 200 MW. DTEK Renewables is currently one of the largest producers of renewable electric energy in Ukraine and accounts for about 10% of ‚Äúgreen‚ÄĚ capacities market.
  • Sayenko Kharenko advises VR Capital on establishment of a joint venture to develop solar power plant

    Sayenko Kharenko has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to VR Capital on the establishment of a joint venture with Volterra Energy Group, the developing partner. The joint venture company is set to develop a number of solar power plant projects throughout Ukraine.
  • Sayenko Kharenko advises EBRD on synthetic UAH loan facility to Ukreximbank to support small and med

    Sayenko Kharenko has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on providing a dual-tranche UAH-denominated loan equivalent to USD 25 million to JSC ‚ÄúThe State Export-Import Bank of Ukraine‚ÄĚ. The synthetic local currency loan provides access to UAH loan funds for eligible SME borrowers.