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Denis Lysenko

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Antitrust and Competition, Government Relations, Mergers and Acquisitions, Tax and Customs; Agro,Consumer and Retail, Energy and Natural Resources, Private Equity


Managing Partner


For over 15 years Denis has been acting for foreign investors (strategic players, private equity, banks and other lenders) in cross-border transactions involving Ukrainian assets, and investments in greenfield and brownfield projects.

He regularly represents major companies and investors in the Ukrainian economy (including acting on behalf of foreign and domestic clients at the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine and the State Property Fund of Ukraine) in acquiring Ukrainian strategic assets and establishment of joint ventures.

During 2000’s Denis acted for major Ukrainian clients in privatization projects (steel and natural resources) in Central and Eastern Europe (Hungary, Poland and Czech Republic), also representing their interests before the European Commission in financing and competition (including state aid) matters.

He has extensive practical experience in restructuring groups of companies and legal due diligence, successful support and closing of cross-border and domestic M&A deals, as well as thorough tax planning for optimal structuring of business presence as well as commercial transactions involving international and domestic clients in Ukraine.

Denis Lysenko has been repeatedly recommended by reputable international and local legal rankings such as Best Lawyers, Chambers Europe/Global, The Legal 500, IFLR 1000, Legal Experts Europe, Middle East & Africa, PLC Which Lawyer?, The Tax Directors Handbook, Who's Who Legal, Top 100 best Lawyers of Ukraine. Clients' Choice by Legal newspaper (Ukraine), The Ukrainian Law Firms. A Handbook for Foreign Clients, etc.


English, Russian, Ukrainian


International Bar Association (IBA), Kyiv City Bar (admitted since 2003), Ukrainian Bar Association (UBA)


Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Master of International Law, 2001


Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Leading individuals

Denis Lysenko - Aequo

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Aequo¬†is¬†‚Äėa good example of how a firm can develop a strong practice rapidly‚Äô.¬†Anna Babych¬†(who is¬†‚Äėa great person and a great lawyer‚Äô) and¬†Denis Lysenko¬†count Dragon Capital and DIY chain Epicentr-K among their clients. Senior associate¬†Michael Lukashenko¬†and of counsel¬†Oksana Krasnokutskaya¬†are other names to note.

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Within: Leading individuals

Denis Lysenko - Aequo

Within: Competition

Aequo is regarded as 'one of the top firms in the market'. Key partners Denis Lysenko and Sergey Denisenko, together with senior associate Yevgen Blok, advised international food company Bunge on compliance issues and merger clearance for a joint venture.

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Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

At Aequo, clients appreciate 'the quality of the lawyers and their ability to quickly grasp complex and novel issues'. Head of international litigation and arbitration and recently promoted partner Pavlo Byelousov, key partner Denis Lysenko and counsel Myroslava Savchuk handled a large gas transit arbitration.

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Within: Energy

Aequo handles projects, corporate transactions and disputes in the energy sector. Regulatory expert Denis Lysenko and corporate partner Anna Babych are the key contacts. Among their clients are Ukraine's largest gas producer, gas supplier Fortex Energy and US energy services company Itron.

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Private client

Within: Private client

Aequo advises domestic and international high-net-worth individuals on wealth management, litigation, investments, philanthropy, family law, immigration and tax. 'The team is extremely dedicated and experienced, delivering results fast and cost-efficiently', notes a client. Anna Babych and Denis Lysenko are the key partners.

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Real estate and construction

Within: Real estate and construction

Aequo 'has probably done the most work of any local firm and has a really strong team in real estate', says one source. Yulia Kyrpa, who handled the acquisition of a business centre in Kiev for Dragon Capital, Denis Lysenko and Mykhaylo Soroka are recommended.

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Within: Tax

At Aequo, corporate partner and litigator Denis Lysenko leads the practice. Senior associate Vasyl Mishchenko, who is a key name in 'a young, dynamic and highly professional team', handled tax structuring for internet business

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