Banking, finance and capital markets in Ukraine
Aequo has 'a good team producing a good product, and is very easy to work with'. Leading light Yulia Kyrpa leads on banking, finance and debt capital markets matters. Among her clients are Naftogaz and Industrialbank. For EBRD, she handled a $20m loan to OTP Leasing. Denys Kulgavyi is a rising star.
Widely regarded as a market leader in banking and finance, Avellum has a vastly experienced senior partner in Glib Bondar. He assisted Ukraine's Ministry of Finance with its $3bn eurobond issue, and advised Metinvest on refinancing $2.3bn-worth of debt. Taras Dmukhovskyy moved to an in-house position.
Baker McKenzie, Kyiv Office has 'a professional approach that helps protect its clients' interests'. Practice head Serhiy Chorny is a leading light in the market and he advised EIB on a €136m loan to Ukrenergo. Regulatory expert Ihor Olekhov and rising star associate Hanna Shtepa are also recommended.
Key partner Oleksandr Kurdydyk handles bilateral financing, currency derivatives, project finance and debt restructuring at DLA Piper Ukraine LLC. He assisted the Ministry for Regional Development, Building and Housing, the World Bank, EIB and others with structuring Ukraine's energy efficiency fund.
Sayenko Kharenko has a reputation for high-quality advice on both regulatory and transactional matters. The practice led by Michael Kharenko, Nazar Chernyavsky and Anton Korobeynikov handles a large volume of cross-border work. It advised on a UAH4bn notes issue by Ukreximbank. Counsel Igor Lozenko is a rising star.
At Arzinger, agriculture, real estate finance, trade finance, project finance and, in particular, debt restructuring are key strengths. Oleksander Plotnikov acted for Ukrsotsbank and Deutsche Bank on the restructuring of $1.3bn of Mryia Agro Holding's debt. ING, VTB Bank and EBRD are among his clients for restructuring work.
EnGarde Attorneys at Law
Mikhail Ilyashev's practice at Ilyashev & Partners handles asset finance, securities, banking matters, debt collection and much more. It is 'one of the most resourceful and top-quality firms on the market' and key lawyer Oleksandr Vygovskyy 'has a deep insight into the banking sector'. SE Antonov and ProCredit Bank are among its clients.
Oleh Zahnitko and Oleksiy Feliv are the key partners at Integrites since Vsevolod Volkov moved to EVERLEGAL. The team advises on regulatory and transactional matters including bilateral and syndicated loans, and debt recovery. Zahnitko handled a €52m secured financing for EBRD. Associate Olena Savchuk provides 'accurate' advice. Igor Krasovskiy was a new arrival from Jeantet.
KPD Consulting Law Firm
LCF Law Group
Vasil Kisil & Partners, which last year launched a new aviation finance service, is respected for its work in debt restructuring and non-performing loan transactions. Anna Sisetska, who assisted Awas and Kahala with financing for the lease and sale of 30 aircraft, and Alexander Borodkin are the key contacts.
Cai & Lenard
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners maintains a small team in Kiev following the departure of much of the firm to Asters. Ilona Zekely, who assisted an industrial client with a loan agreement with Ukraine's national bank, and the 'transparent, smart and responsive' Oksana Ilchenko remain at the firm.
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.