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Valentyn Gvozdiy

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Dispute Resolution, Tax, Government relation


Managing Partner


Valentyn Gvozdiy is Managing Partner at GOLAW and Vice-President of the Ukrainian National Bar Association (UNBA). He has extensive experience in handling some of the most complex litigations and high profile white collar crime cases in Ukraine of the last few years with remarkable results. He provides development of legal strategies for litigation cases and criminal proceedings as well as their further implementation for both Ukrainian and foreign companies, challenging unlawful actions of law enforcement authorities, procedural representation of legal entities and their top-employees during investigations, defence of potential and actual suspects and defendants. His competencies include support during investment, corporate, economic and administrative disputes.

Among other focus areas in Valentyn’s practice is Tax, Corporate and Banking. He focuses on the provision of legal advice on a broad spectrum of related legislation issues, tax litigation, as well as tax planning and structuring, along with representing the interests of local and foreign companies before the tax authorities (including all types of tax investigations both domestic and international).

In 2017, Valentyn Gvozdiy has been awarded the title of Honored Lawyer of Ukraine.

Admissions: Ukrainian Bar; German Bar.


  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2018 – recognised in Dispute Resolution, Employment and Tax practices;
  • Best Lawyer in Ukraine, 2018 edition – recommended among best Ukrainian lawyers for Litigation, Investment, M&A, Corporate, Land Use and Zoning, Banking and Finance;
  • TOP 50 Law Firms in Ukraine 2017 – named among the top practitioners in Litigation and Tax matters;
  • Top-100 Client Choice 2017 – best lawyer in Litigation and Tax;
  • Legal Awards 2016 - the winner of Best Tax Litigators nomination;
  • Legal 500 EMEA, 2014 edition – recommended among best Ukrainian lawyers for litigation and taxation practices;
  • PLC Which Lawyer, 2013 edition – recommended among best Ukrainian lawyers in taxation law sphere;
  • Tax Directors Handbook, 2013 edition – recommended among best Ukrainian lawyers in taxation law sphere.


Ukrainian, Russian, English


  • Vice President of the Ukrainian National Bar Association;
  • Ukrainian American Bar Association;
  • Association of Advocates of Ukraine;
  • German Federal Bar Association (Bundesrechtsanwaltskammer)
  • Ukrainian Lawyers’ Association;
  • International Bar Association;
  • International Fiscal Association;
  • American Chamber of Commerce;
  • European Business Association;
  • International Compliance Association;


  • Law faculty, Yury Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University;
  • ICA Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Governance, Risk & Compliance (UK).


Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

At GOLAW, ‘the service is excellent and the advice is creative’. Valentyn Gvozdiy’s team handled a $24m dispute for Czech bank Expobank.

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Within: Employment

At GOLAW, litigator Valentyn Gvozdiy heads the practice. Clients include global pharmaceutical company Reckitt Benckiser and international video game developer Ubisoft.

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Within: Tax

The ‘strong, professional team’ at GOLAWprovides quick and clear advice’. Litigator Valentyn Gvozdiy and senior associate Iryna Kalnytska are ‘prompt and results oriented’. The team advised Czech engineering company Enkom on the tax aspects of a $15m heat and power project.

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  • AVELLUM advises on acquisition of shares in Bank Lviv

    AVELLUM acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to a private equity vehicle managed by responsAbility Investments AG (“responsAbility ”) in connection with the acquisition of a shareholding in Bank Lviv. Bank Lviv is the first investment project of responsAbility in Ukraine. Further on, responsAbility intends to increase its stake in the bank to 51%.

    Officials of the company according to the new Law on LLC shall bear joint and several and in some cases – subsidiary liability to the company.
    - GOLAW
  • Sayenko Kharenko advised Mriya Agro Holding

    Sayenko Kharenko advised Mriya Agro Holding on the successful debt restructuring and subsequent sale
  • Employing Foreign Specialists in Ukraine – Rules of the Game Have Been Simplified?

    Following the strategy of the Government to improve the doing business climate in Ukraine, Parliament adopted the Law of Ukraine “On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine Concerning Elimination of Barriers for Foreign Investments Attraction” dated May 23, 2017 (hereinafter – “the Law”), which came into force on September 27, 2017.  The Law with such an expressive name should have definitely removed the barriers for employment of foreigners, but what have we actually received? Putting the cart before the horse, the Law really significantly changed the procedure of obtaining work permits (hereinafter – “the Permit”) facilitating it essentially from the one hand, but introducing some questionable conditions from the other.
    - GOLAW
  • 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

    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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    What happened in 2015 in the world of Ukrainian corporate finance was a reflection of larger scale events in and around Ukraine. In this article, we will share our view of the key events in 2015 in the area of cor-porate finance, highlight the most important legislative and regulatory developments in finance and, based on our experience, make a few suggestions for creditors and debtors on how to navigate through 2016.