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The firm

Vasil Kisil & Partners was founded in 1992 and for more than 25 years continues to be a leading independent multi-disciplinary Ukrainian law firm with thriving international and national practices. We work as a trusted adviser on high-profile local and international matters and cater to large domestic and global corporate clients, including many Fortune 500 companies. The firm is especially well-known for its stellar litigators and significant corporate, labor & employment, real estate, antitrust & competition, and IP expertise.

Areas of practice

Agricultural Business: The team consists of leading experts and practitioners in the area of tax, intellectual property, land, labour, corporate and contract law, allowing them to provide a comprehensive service to clients whose business is related to agriculture and food industry.

Antitrust & Competition: Advising on all matters related to merger control, concerted practices, market dominance, cartels investigations, intellectual property, public procurement, trade/WTO matters within the competition and trade regulatory environment of Ukraine.

Banking & Finance: Advising on setting up, acquiring or merging Ukrainian banks and establishing in-house legal expertise; NBU licenses and approvals; various issues of capital increase; payment systems registration with NBU, related tax and regulatory issues.

Capital Markets: Assisting in equity, debt, asset securitisation and financing transactions, supporting domestic bonds issues; representing lenders and borrowers, financial investors and their target companies; legal opinions re validity and enforceability of the financial and security documentation; major restructurings of corporate debt.

Corporate/M&A: Corporate mergers, acquisitions, reorganisations and liquidations, all types of commercial contracts; structuring cross-border transactions; obtaining necessary merger control clearances and other regulatory approvals.

Dispute Resolution: Leading Ukrainian DR practice highly experienced in local and international litigation and arbitration; excellent track record in antimonopoly litigation and regulatory investigations, litigation in banking, corporate, commercial, financial, environment, insurance, international trade, intellectual property, maritime, privatisation, property, regulatory, tax and other matters.

Energy & Natural Resources: Advising on all aspects of oil, gas and coal mining industries, subsoil use, alternative/renewable energy, sector-specific regulatory, transactional and environmental matters; significant experience in project finance transactions within the sector.

Intellectual Property: Advising on all aspects of intellectual property laws, including trademarks, patents, trade names, copyright, IP litigation, prosecution and transactions in advertising, automotive, biotechnology, FMCG, consumer goods, telecommunication, media and IT.

International Trade: Advising on various types of contracts, including sale and distribution contracts, franchise, license and concession agreements, agency agreements, confidentiality and consultancy agreements, IP rights and Know-How transfer agreements, leasing, etc.

Labour & Employment: Advising on Ukrainian labour and employment law, including employment contracts and agreements with independent contractors, work permits for foreigners, registration with the immigration and employment authorities, as well as redundancies and termination of collective bargains and trade union issues.

Private Clients: Representing interests of high net worth individuals in matters of capital structuring, domestic and international tax planning, asset management, working closely with international network of law firms and offshore trust companies handling on all matters of family law.

Public Private Partnership, Concessions & Infrastructure: Advising on all matters related to prequalification stage, bidding procedures, contractual work and negotiations, project finance, construction process and operational stage; international contract transactions, regulatory and compliance matters, design and adaptation agreements, general contracts for works.

Real Estate & Construction: Full range of legal services, including operations with all types of commercial, residential and industrial property, investment and development projects; title due diligence, structuring transactions, project acquisition support, contractual work and negotiations, regulatory advice, pre-sales and project finance greenfield development, rezoning and legal support for agricultural business, mining and other specific operations with land.

Taxation: Advising on all aspects of taxation under Ukrainian law, M&A and restructuring related tax planning; taxation aspects of property purchase and lease, industrial plants and machinery; tax implications of investing in Ukraine; double taxation treaties; tax affairs of foreign nationals employed in Ukraine; tax compliance and litigation, VAT refund.

White Collar Crime: Advising on criminal law proceedings which include economic and financially motivated nonviolent crimes committed by business and government professionals; significant experience in representing companies / senior managers in public audits, as well as protecting the interests of clients in courts in cases involving state control in the sphere of business.

Languages Ukrainian
Russian
English
German

Number of legal professionals worldwide45

International groupings IBA
Terralex
Ius Laboris
Cathay Associates
INTA (International Trademark Association)

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Legal Developments in Ukraine

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • 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
  • CHANGES TO PPA: TO MAKE FINANCIAERS HAPPY

    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
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  • Enforcement in Ukraine of Interim Orders Issued by Foreign Courts and Arbitral Tribunals

    In the past few years Ukrainian clients have developed an appetite for solving their disputes abroad. Litigation and arbitration sagas involving Ukrainian parties or related to Ukrainian assets often spread across many jurisdictions. In many such sagas various interim reliefs were granted by courts and tribunals.
  • Applicable law in contractual disputes: recent arbitration practice

    AstapovLawyers Partner Eugene Blinov & the firm's Associate Roman Protsyshyn share their recent arbitration practice regarding applicable law in contractual disputes.
  • Disputes arising from finance arrangements: post-crisis phenomenon in Ukraine – read more!

    The 2008 financial crisis peak had hardly faded away, when another breaking news was brought to the surface in CIS countries: a significant part of the funds advanced during the pre-crisis period by banks and other financial institutions to support various businesses and commercial initiatives, flew beyond national frontiers to be found in Panama, BVI, Seychelles, Jersey, Cyprus and other offshore and onshore jurisdictions in the pockets of numerous private persons, mostly CIS nationals. No surprise this fact led to a tsunami of disputes, one way or the other related to repayment of loans and funds advanced under other types of finance arrangements. Many of those disputes are still pending, thus, keeping finance arrangements among the top-litigated issues within CIS borders.
  • Proper notices in arbitration – watch the details!

    Article V1(b) of the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, better known as the New York Convention, provides that recognition and enforcement of a foreign arbitral award may be refused, at the request of the party against which it is invoked, only if that party furnishes proof to the competent authority where the recognition and enforcement is sought that it was not given proper notice of the appointment of the arbitrator or of the arbitration proceedings. However simple at first glance, the question of what constitutes 'proper notice' turns out to be less than clear in practice.