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Andrei Liakhov

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Sayenko Kharenko

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Corporate and M&A, Private Wealth Management.


Andrei Liakhov, partner at Sayenko Kharenko, has over 22 years of international experience with leading law firms, private companies and government institutions in the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Russia, Lithuania, and Canada.

Dr Liakhov advises extensively on the most sophisticated cross-border transactions relating to corporate finance and securities, corporate governance and corporate restructuring, wealth management, debt restructuring, and M&A.

Dr Liakhov has extensive experience in the public sector and has been repeatedly involved in developing legislation, negotiating international treaties and agreements, and advising on the most complex transactions involving the state.

Dr Liakhov is a British lawyer qualified in Lithuania and Russia.


Leading international law firms, companies and government institutions in the United Kingdom, Lithuania, Canada, and Ukraine.


Russian, Lithuanian, French, English.


  • PGL degree from College of Law of England and Wales
  • Honorary Doctor of Law of Karlov University in Prague
  • Doctor of Law degree from the Academy of Sciences of the USSR
  • Doctor of Law degree from the Academy of Sciences of Lithuania


Commercial, corporate and M&A

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'.

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Private client

Within: Private client

Sayenko Kharenko was one of the first full-service law firms in Ukraine to offer private client services, and it has a team of eight wealth management specialists. It frequently advises high-net-worth individuals on business ownership, tax structuring and regulatory compliance. Alina Plyushch is a leading light in the market. Nazar Chernyavsky and Andrei Liakhov are also recommended.

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    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 “green” capacities market.
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