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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).


Banking, finance and capital markets

Within: Banking, finance and capital markets

GOLAW has 'the ability to resolve complex issues and a business-oriented approach based on vast experience', and it joins the ranking this year. Valentyn Gvozdiy is 'extremely driven and visionary'. Sergiy Oberkovych, who acted for Procredit Bank on a subordinate financing transaction with IFC, is also recommended.

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Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

GOLAW has 'the ability to resolve complex issues' and the 'extremely-driven' Valentyn Gvozdiy is highly regarded. He acted for Czech bank Expobank in a dispute concerning a debtor who tried to invalidate a mortgage for a glass factory.

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Real estate and construction

Within: Real estate and construction

GOLAW is recognised for its expertise in leasing, international real estate transactions and property management. Valentyn Gvozdiy and Max Lebedev assisted European Agro Investment Ukraine with a leasehold for maritime buildings in Chornomorsk port.

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Within: Tax

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.

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