Aequo is ‘a good example of how a firm can develop a strong practice rapidly’. Anna Babych (who is ‘a great person and a great lawyer’) 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.
Commercial, corporate and M&A in Ukraine
At Arzinger, lead partner Anna Zorya is ‘a good strong corporate practitioner’. Timur Bondaryev is recommended for M&A deals in the real estate and construction sectors. He advised Contour Global on the sale of its Ukrainian businesses. Senior associates Alesya Pavlynska and Viktoriia Dobrynska are rising stars.
Avellum 'has unique experience and the best knowledge, so usually finds the best proposition for the client'. Mykola Stetsenko and Yuriy Nechayev, who are 'very hardworking and professional', are leading lights in the market. Senior associate Andriy Romanchuk is also noted. The team acted for Horizon Capital on the sale of its stake in Ergopack Group.
Baker McKenzie, Kyiv Office
Baker McKenzie, Kyiv Office 'provides great support in M&A deals - the work is structured and prioritised in the proper way to deliver the best outcome'. Viacheslav Yakymchuk, 'great professional' Olha Demianiuk and senior associate Andrii Moskalyk are the key contacts. The firm advised poultry exporter MHP on redomiciling its holding company to Cyprus.
Dentons has 'a perfect, dedicated team' and clients praise 'great partner' Oleg Batyuk. He advised a US technology company on investments in software developers and R&D centres in Ukraine. Adam Mycyk and associate Oksana Franko are among the key practitioners. Adecco Group and Acciona Energy are also clients.
DLA Piper Ukraine LLC is 'very efficient and provides a deep assessment of all matters it handles'. Practice head Alla Kozachenko is 'very proactive and pragmatic' and Galyna Zagorodniuk is 'highly skilled'. Margarita Karpenko, who acted for Skiold Group on its divestment to Solix Group, is also recommended.
Redcliffe Partners is ‘a very strong player in the market' and climbs to the top tier. The practice has 'outstanding professionals and provides top-notch services'. Dmytro Fedoruk, Rob Shantz and counsel Zoryana Sozanska-Matviychuk (who is 'very practical and client oriented') are key names. Ukrnafta and Monsanto are among its clients.
Sayenko Kharenko is 'responsive, quick and professional' and its team includes 'the best lawyers I have worked with in Eastern Europe', according to one client. Vladimir Sayenko, who acted for HP on its acquisition of Samsung's printer business, Oleksandr Padalka and Russian-qualified Andrei Liakhov are among the key practitioners. Counsel Sergiy Kazmirchuk is 'precise and clear in his answers'.
EY Law is known for its 'availability and deep knowledge'. It frequently handles matters in the oil and gas, agriculture, healthcare and IT industries. Albert Sych and Borys Lobovyk, who returned from the Kazakhstan office, are the key contacts. BTA Bank and Horizon Capital are among the team's clients.
Jeantet climbs the ranking due to its growing workload of cross-border corporate activity. Bertrand Barrier frequently acts for French, German, Belgian and Polish companies active in Ukraine. They assisted Eurocape with the structuring of companies to operate wind farms and helped Airbus with the €550m sale of a fleet of helicopters. Illya Tkachuk is now with Integrites.
Kinstellar frequently advises buyers and sellers on M&A transactions for strategic and financial investors. It has notable expertise in sectors such as agriculture, banking, energy, oil and gas, FMCG and insurance. Practice head Iryna Nikolayevska and Olena Kuchynska are the key contacts. Clients include Naftogaz and Syngenta.
Lexwell & Partners acts for companies of all sizes including local Ukrainian companies and multinational corporations. Counsel Igor Nagai and Andrei Kolupaev are the lead lawyers. They assisted leading supplier of building materials CRH Group with the restructuring of its local business. ArcelorMittal and Evraz are also among the team's clients.
NOBLES 'can do any deal', according to one market source. Volodymyr Yakubovskyy, Alexander Weigelt and Tatiana Iurkovska are all highly respected partners. The firm acted for a major digital engineering company on the sale of a minority stake to a private equity consortium. For a Norwegian renewable energy company, the firm handled a €4m acquisition.
Vasil Kisil & Partners is regarded as a strong player in the M&A market and provides corporate advice to a large roster of domestic and international clients such as Mondelēz International and Mitsubishi. Practice head Volodymyr Igonin acted for Intellecom on the restructuring of its partners' shareholdings. Alexander Borodkin is also recommended.
Clients of Wolf Theiss praise the 'outstanding work from a highly committed team'. Lead partner Taras Dumych acted for Bain Capital on local matters arising from its acquisition of Sealed Air's food safety and hygiene division, Diversey Care. Senior associate Oksana Volynets plays a key role in the practice's major deals.
LLC “Deloitte & Touche Ukrainian Services Company”
Deloitte (PJSC Deloitte & Touche USC) joins the ranking having invested in its corporate practice, which counts Porsche Group and Ukrainian Railway among its clients. It is known for its 'excellent teamwork and first-class customer service'. Dmytro Pavlenko advised Nissan Motor Ukraine on commercial matters.
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has a small team following the departure to Asters of Oleg Boichuk and others. The 'reliable and responsive' Oksana Ilchenko and Ilona Zekely, who now works mainly from Moscow, remain. Recent highlights include advising a German holding company on its entry into Ukraine.
EnGarde Attorneys at Law
Attorneys’ Association Gestors
KPD Consulting Law Firm
KPD Consulting Law Firm has 'strong experience in cross-border transactions' and Vitaliy Patsyuk provides 'efficient support in joint ventures, shareholder agreements and corporate governance'. He assisted Diebold Nixdorf with post-closing matters arising from the global merger of Diebold and Wincor Nixdorf.
Lavrynovych & Partners Law Firm
Lavrynovych & Partners Law Firm acts predominantly for banks, financial institutions, agrarian enterprises and IT companies. Maksym Lavrynovych leads the practice, in which key partner Dmytro Savchuk acted for Eco-Baik on the structuring of a company to attract financing for a waste processing plant.
Moris Group acts for domestic and international companies in the financial services, trading and FMCG sectors and, according to one client 'is capable of providing first-class legal advice'. Maryan Martynyuk and associate Oleksandra Serheniuk 'look for efficient and pragmatic solutions'. Football Federation of Ukraine is a key client.
Law Offices of OMP
Andriy Kravets & Partners
Antika Law Firm
Avidbiz handles M&A deal structuring, shareholder agreements and the cross-border aspects of major projects. The team recently acted for a private investor on the $100m purchase of a majority holding in Prominvestbank from Russia's Vnesheconombank.
ECOVIS Bondar & Bondar Law Bureau
ECOVIS Bondar & Bondar Law Bureau is predominantly focused on the transport sector and counts Ukraine International Airlines and Interavia among its clients. Oleg Bondar leads the practice. Oleksandra Nikitina recently advised a private investor on a joint venture in the real estate development sector.
EUCON Legal Group
ILF Law Firm
Jurimex Law Firm
Jurimex Law Firm handles M&A, commercial contracts and due diligence as part of its broad corporate practice. Sviatoslav Kibets and head of international trade Anna Antonenko are recommended. The practice handled the sale of a domestic television channel and assisted a UAE-based investor with the acquisition of a local airline.
Legal Alliance Company
Ostin Law Firm
Pavlenko Legal Group
Pavlenko Legal Group stands our for its 'client-oriented' approach. Denis Maistrenko, who handled a $17m acquisition for Eridon, and associate Daria Stadnyk are 'experienced, persistent and attentive to the details'. New practice head Anna Hryshchenko, who joined from Evris in September 2018, is also recommended.
PETERKA & PARTNERS LLC
PETERKA & PARTNERS LLC handles M&A, governance, corporate reorganisation and other matters and frequently collaborates with its other offices across the CEE region. Newly promoted partner Taras Utiralov leads the practice. He acted for an Asian computer exporter on the local aspects of its liquidation.
VB PARTNERS joins the ranking having handled significant corporate matters last year. Denys Bugay assisted asset manager Prosperity Capital Management with the transfer of shares in a liquidated Ukrainian company, which was made complex because shares had been suspended by the National Securities and Stock Market Commission.