Competition in Ukraine


Practice head(s):

Mariya Nizhnik

Key clients

ArcelorMittal and its Ukrainian subsidiary ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih




Philip Morris

Cameco Corporation





Ukrainian agribusiness club (UCAB)




Dragon Capital

Smart Holding

Radekhiv Tsukor

European Business Association


Work highlights

  • Representing organised food retailers in the AMCU to support retailers’ efforts to assist Ukrainian food producers and ensure the Ukrainian population with the most necessary fundamental groups of food products during martial law.
  • Representing Cameco Corporation in the AMCU on obtaining merger clearance for acquisition of Westinghouse Electric Company in a deal valued at $7.875 bln. in partnership with Brookfield Renewable Partners, together with its institutional partners.
  • Representing Vodafone Ukraine in acquisition of Freenet company, which provides fixed internet access services under the «О3» brand.


Practice head(s):

Timur Bondaryev; Sergii Shkliar; Lana Sinichkina


‘Arzinger offers profound understanding of healthcare industry in Ukraine.’

‘Arzinger is good and highly recommended law firm when it comes to Ukrainian antitrust law. They are responsive, smart and professional.’

‘Timur Bondaryev with his team is an excellent lawyer and good communicator. He is responsive and has excellent knowledge of Ukrainian merger control.’

Key clients

SK Innovation and

Ford Motor Company

Porsche Ukraine LLC (Member of Volkswagen Group)

Zeonbud LLC

Sanofi-Aventis Ukraine

Servier Ukraine

Roche Ukraine

GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceutical Ukraine

Sandoz Ukraine

Work highlights

  • Advised SK Innovation and Ford Motor Company on merger clearance for innovative and several billion USD worth transaction, – JV Blue Oval SK aimed at manufacturing electric vehicle (EV) batteries.
  • Representing Zeonbud LLC in the Supreme Court of Ukraine within an extremely high-profile & complicated abuse of dominance case and challenging the fine in the courts.


Practice head(s):

Igor Svechkar

Key clients








Novo Nordisk

Philip Morris


Work highlights

  • Advising Microsoft on its acquisition of Activision Blizzard.
  • Advising Brookfield on merger clearance for the acquisition by Cameco and Brookfield of joint control over Westinghouse.
  • Representing Mironivsky Hliboproduct in the ongoing investigations into alleged abuse of dominance.


Practice head(s):

Mykyta Nota


‘Avellum team is definitely one of the best competition law teams in Ukraine. They are exceptional in every aspect – 24/7 availability; an impeccable quality of work; a remarkable ability to successfully deliver large-scale and complex antitrust projects with global dimension. ’

‘Mykyta Nota is an absolute star. He is unsurpassed in his ability to deliver results. I do not know of anyone who exceeds his knowledge of local merger control rules and procedures.’

‘Despite the challenging situation on the ground, Avellum’s partner Mykyta Nota and his team are highly responsive and provide very valuable advice which always considers a hands-on practical approach to potential issues under Ukrainian merger control, including complicated risk assessments. Counsel Anton Arkhypov is also extremely knowledgeable. It is a pleasure to work not only with both but also with the rest of the Avellum team.

‘The Avellum competition team has seen exceptional growth for the last year. The experience and delivery of excellent results is unparalleled. They are now is without a doubt the best in Ukraine offering impressive capabilities both in antitrust and merger control.’

‘Mykyta Nota is an excellent competition lawyer, among the very best in this field. He picks up on issues very quickly and is extremely responsive.’

Key clients

Interstarch Ukraine

Mondelēz International

The Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company (SALIC)

State Forest Resources Agency of Ukraine


British American Tobacco (BAT)

Siemens Energy



Electricité de France SA

Work highlights

  • Representing Interstarch in a landmark case against the AMC regarding alleged abuse of dominance.
  • Advised Mondelēz International on obtaining merger clearance for acquiring a confectionery business – Ricolino – from Grupo Bimbo.
  • Advising SALIC on obtaining merger clearance for the acquisition of 35.4% minority stake in and joint control over Olam Agri Holdings Pte. Ltd..

Baker McKenzie, Kyiv Office

Practice head(s):

Oksana Simonova


‘Diverse knowledge of the industry, good analysis of regulator’s practices.’


Key clients

Alimak Group AB

Astellas Pharma



HSH Chemie


Metinvest Holding


Olam Agri


Platinum Equity Group

Sika AG

Sumitomo Corporation


Remington Seeds

Work highlights

  • Advised Platinum Equity Group in connection with multiple merger control and concerted actions filings concerning the acquisition of High Temperature Solutions Business from Imerys.
  • Advised Alimak Group AB in connection with the merger control filing concerning the acquisition of Tractel, a global provider of work at height products and safety systems from Cinven.
  • Advised Nike in connection with competition law issues which may arise due to renewal of its distribution agreement covering Ukraine.


Practice head(s):

Antonina Yaholnyk


‘The CLACIS team combines excellence in Ukrainian antitrust and merger control laws as well as commercial acumen that is hugely appreciated by clients.’

‘Antonina Yaholnyk is the senior partner of the firm and has in depth knowledge of Ukrinian antitrust and merger control law as well as an extensive and long standing practical experience in his field. She is well known and respected by Ukrainian competition regulators.’

Key clients

A.P. Møller – Mærsk A/S (Maersk Corporation)

British American Tobacco


HHLA Group (Municipal Hamburg Port, Germany)



Work highlights

  • Advised Grand Dragon Investment Enterprise Limited  on its acquisition of the shares of HHLA Container Terminal Tollerort GmbH.
  • Represented Mastercard before the Antimonopoly committee of Ukraine to obtain the approval for reduction of domestic interchange fee rates in Ukraine.


Practice head(s):

Maria Orlyk; Olga Belyakova; Borys Danevych


‘Available and competent.’


Key clients

The German government

Eli Lilly and Company


Berlin-Chemie / Menarini


Johnson & Johnson (including Janssen Pharmaceutica)



FAS Energy

Work highlights

  • Advising the German government in obtaining merger clearance in Ukraine leading to successful closing of the transaction on acquisition of around 99% stake in Uniper Group within the implementation of the stabilization package of the German government to overcome the energy crisis and to provide financial relief to Uniper as Germany`s largest importer of natural gas.
  • Advised Berlin-Chemie, a German pharmaceutical company based in Berlin, being part of Menarini Group, on competition restrictions and compliance matters, as well as reviewing agreements with distributors and draft distribution policy.
  • Advising the global leading life sciences company (part of Johnson & Johnson group of companies) on competition matters associated with its work in Ukraine, including various competition aspects of supply of innovative single source therapies.

Ilyashev & Partners

Practice head(s):

Oleksandr Fefelov


‘Very good, professional team.’

‘Strong professional team. Attentive towards clients. Specialised in different relevant areas. Keep to deadlines. Respond very quickly.’

‘We worked with Oleksandr Fefelov. Client-orientated, multi-faceted, highly-qualified specialist in his sphere. We recommend him.’

Key clients

UPD Holdings Limited

COFCO Agri Ukraine

Ivano-Frankivsk Cement Plant

The Association of Cement Producers Ukrcement

Tribo Group



BTA Bank

PZU Ukraine


International Airport Kyiv (Zhulyany) named after I. Sikorsky


Reikartz Hotel Management

CRH Ukraine



Danube Stevedoring Company

Work highlights

  • Defending the interests of an agroholding before the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine.
  • Supporting buyers at auctions within the framework of privatisation and obtaining permits from the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine for concentration.
  • Preparing a complaint to the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine about abuse of a dominant position.


Practice head(s):

Olexander Martinenko


Kinstellar has a great competition law team in Ukraine. Oleksandr and Yulia are not only excellent lawyers but also very efficient and resourceful.

Key clients

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

InterCars SA, DANX

Work highlights

  • Advising InterCars SA, DANX to obtain the AMC approval for the establishment of a joint venture DANXILS sp. z о.о. (Poland) by ILS SP. z o.o. and DANX Group A/S.

Sayenko Kharenko

Practice head(s):

Vladimir Sayenko; Maksym Nazarenko; Valentyna Hvozd


‘Super support, both in terms of the depth of legal knowledge as well as timewise and understanding of the client and its needs.’

‘Maksym Nazarenko – as described above and recently perfectly supported by Julia Kuyda.’

‘The firm is leading in the antitrust and merger control field in Ukraine. They have good connections with the authority.’

‘Maksym Nazarenko and Valentyna Hvozd. They are very nice to deal with and extremely responsive.’

‘The team is very much to the point, they can deal with demanding clients and also meet challenging deadlines. They are working in an extraordinarily difficult environment and provide still top service!’

‘I regularly work with Vladimir Sayenko and Maksym Nazarenko – both really top lawyers, very service-minded and a pleasure to work with!’

‘Amazing how this team copes during war times and is still fully responsive! Also very helpful that they have very good contacts to the relevant officials.’

‘Maksym Nazarenko: Very good to work with; very trustful relationship Valentyna Hvozd: Very energetic and very good to work with Vladimir Sayenko: Very pragmatic.’

Key clients



Dyckerhoff GmbH

Ford Motor Company

Japan Tobacco International

Goldman Sachs

Novartis AG


Saudi Aramco

Volkswagen AG


CPP Investments (formerly CPPIB)



Bain Capital







Warburg Pincus


Practice head(s):

Volodymyr Monastyrskyy


Responsive and to the point.’

Key clients




Work highlights

  • Advising Farmak on competition law matters in connection to a series of strategic acquisitions from a portfolio company of private equity house Novator.
  • Advising one of the world’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturers on competition law matters and assisting in obtaining merger clearance in Ukraine.
  • Advising multinational mass media factual television company on competition law matters and compliance with Ukrainian personal data protection and privacy laws during cooperation with local VOD/OTT providers.


Practice head(s):

Vyacheslav Korchev

Other key lawyers:

Nataliya Kovalova


‘A team very knowledgable, available and with a strong connection with the local authorities. ’

‘Vyacheslav Korchev is very available, despite the circumstances. He is solution-driven, which is very valuable for us and our clients. Always a pleasure to work with him. ’

‘Integrites is known and respected in the market, they have wide expertise and reputable lawyers. The team is resourceful and diligent, I like how easily they handle complicated legal issues.’

‘Vyacheslav Korchev is a brilliant trouble shooter, smart and discreet. He combines remarkable negotiation skills, wide network and practical outlook. I greatly appreciate his ability to find solutions for the intricate cases and strongly recommend him for all kinds of competition issues. ’

‘They are quick, competent, pleasant. ’

‘Vyacheslav Korchev is really cool. Clever, charismatic, nice. ’

‘The team is well-organized and skillfully combines and implements the skills of each member. I must note the high level of communication, loyalty and focus on the client’s interests.’

‘ I must mention Vyacheslav Korchev and Viktoriya Fomenko, attentive to the essence of the task and the desired result. What makes them different from their competitors is their non-standard approach, attentiveness and informality in communication.’

Key clients

Market Universal


Bank Alliance

Kovalska Group


Q Partners


Winner Imports

Khlibni Investytsiy


Work highlights

  • Advising Market Universal on a number of issues related to the analysis of the Ukrainian pharmacy market, selection and acquisition of new assets, merger control and market competition issues

Legal Alliance Company

Practice head(s):

Andrii Gorbatenko

Key clients


Redcliffe Partners

Practice head(s):

Anastasia Usova; Yuriy Terentyev


‘The Team is very professional and client oriented. Very good communication and the process of collaboration. ’

‘Yuriy Terentyev (Partner), Denys Medvediev (counsel) are extremely experienced Competition Compliance professionals’

‘Very response, always providing practicable advice which we can directly forward to the client.’

Key clients


Aspect Energy


Black Sea Trade and Development Bank

CVC Capital Partners



International Food & Fragrances (IFF)

J.P. Morgan



Lesaffre Ukraine

Louis Dreyfus

Mr Stefan Pierer

Myronivsky Hliboproduct (MHP)

Neopharmed Gentili

Partners Group

Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC)

Scientific Games



Work highlights

  • Advised CVC Capital Partners’ subsidiary and Partners Group on obtaining merger clearance in Ukraine for increasing the stake of the latter in a leading Swiss watchmaker Breitling.
  • Advised Laboratorios Lesvi, subsidiary of Neuraxpharm, and Sanofi on obtaining merger clearances in Ukraine for the acquisition by Laboratorios Lesvi of certain assets from Sanofi and certain its subsidiaries that ensure manufacturing and sale of medicines for treatment of central nervous system disorders and pain/vascular diseases.
  • Advised LEONI and Mr. Stefan Pierer’s subsidiary on obtaining merger clearance in Ukraine for the acquisition by the latter of shares of LEONI.

Sergii Koziakov & Partners

Practice head(s):

Mykola Podpalov; Nataliia Isakhanova


‘Nataliia Iskhanova and her team are great –m they know how to make the premerger filings and fit in with the rest of the filings around the globe.’

‘Sergii Kozikov & Partners has one of the most professional teams in the field of competition law in Ukraine. Their vast experience and exclusive knowledge in this area make them a powerful player in the Ukrainian legal market.’

‘We are working with partners Nikolay Podpalov and Nataliia Isakhanova, and lawyers Yuriy Prokopenko, Andrey Pilipenko, and Mikhail Kuznietsov. They have deep theoretical and practical knowledge of competition law, which makes Sergii Koziakov & Partners a powerful player in the legal services market in Ukraine. ’

Key clients

Nibulon LLC

Subsidiary Enterprise “Lactalis Ukraine”

PJSC “Lactalis Nikolaev”

The State of Ukraine

LLC “Interpipe-Ukraine”

Subsidiary Enterprise “Itron Ukraine”

PrJSC “Itron Ukrgas Meters Company”

Budhouse Group

“Municipal Mechanized Transportation and Loading Distance” LLC

Lenovo group

State Enterprise “Ukrspyrt”

Chinese Commerce Association

Fifth guard LLC

Fortive Inc

Work highlights

  • Advised a major Ukrainian holding on acquisition of assets in Ukraine of a total value of $100m.
  • Represented Interpipe Ukraine in litigation against the AMCU regarding anticompetitive concerted actions and imposition of fine amounting up to $3m.
  • Representing one of the major Ukrainian dairy products distributors, while challenging the AMCU decision on unfair competition with the penalty approx $1.3mn.

Vasil Kisil & Partners

Practice head(s):

Anna Sisetska

Key clients

Farmgate Group

Aspik Group

LNZ Group

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation Ukraine

Konstanta Kyiv LLC

San-Standart LLC

RLG Ukraine

European Business Association

Kischenzi Fruits LLC

Wolf Theiss

Practice head(s):

Olga Ivlyeva

Key clients



Centurion Holdco S.a.r.l.

MiddleGround Capital

Work highlights

  • Obtained merger clearance for the potential acquisition of sole control over the nitrogen business of Austrian-based Borealis Group by Czech-based Agrofert Group.
  • Advising KKR on the Ukrainian competition regulations application to the international acquisition transaction of a major renewable energy group.
  • Assisted the Be Shaping companies with antitrust due diligence in connection with their potential acquisition by Centurion Holdco.

Ante Law Firm

Practice head(s):

Andriy Guck


‘Ante has extraordinary expertise in aviation and is involved in all industry-changing antimonopoly and fair competition practice cases in Ukraine. ’

‘Andriy Guck is a top aviation lawyer in Ukraine. He handles the most complicated competition issues for our airline and the whole industry. ’

‘Ante successfully navigates us in a complex insurance market and fair competition practices compliance. Ante is responsible for our ability to adapt to evolving industry regulations and we are confident in our business practices. ’

Key clients

Sanofi-Aventis Ukraine LLC

Perrigo Ukraine LLC

Lutsk Foods PJSC

Qatar Airways Group

Air France – KLM

Zdravo LLC

Harwind LLC

Innovative Insurance Capital PJSC

Grand Modern LLC

Austrian Airlines


Aviation measuring center LLC

Bees Airline

Lviv Danylo Halytskyi International Airport


Practice head(s):

Yevheniy Deyneko; Andriy Olenyuk


‘Strong team with a good mix of junior and senior members.’


Work highlights

  • Advising one of the largest Ukrainian producers of sunflower oil, with regard to the necessity of filing a merger clearance application and obtaining a merger clearance of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine in connection with client’s planned purchase of the grain elevator currently owned by a Ukrainian subsidiary of a global commodities’ trader.
  • Advising a German multinational chemical company and the largest chemical producer in the world, with regard to obtaining a merger clearance of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMC) in connection with the planned acquisition by the client of 49% of corporate rights in an Indonesian company engaged in nickel and cobalt ore processing and refining, which will be implementing the project on the development, construction and operation of a hydrometallurgical nickel and cobalt plant in Indonesia.
  • Providing antitrust advice to the Ukrainian innovation park in relation to the sale of its Ukrainian subsidiary, engaged in development and construction of an office building on the territory of innovation park, to an Azerbaijani investment group.

SDM Partners LLC

Practice head(s):

Dmytro Syrota