International trade in Ukraine

Aequo

Aequo 'has an active presence in the market, which is also combined with outstanding experience'. Managing partner Denis Lysenko oversees trade remedies and customs matters; Anna Babych handles commercial and distribution projects; and senior associate Oleksandr Tereshchenko is overall head of the trade practice. The firm stands out for its advice on export control issues, customs, trade remedies, WTO law and sanctions.

Testimonials

‘I am satisfied with professionalism of the work Aequo does for us. They are proactive and ready to help at any time. Anna Babych and Oleksandr Tereshchenko are the main practitioners.’

‘The firm has expertise in various areas of Ukrainian law and the ability to give legal advice from different angles.’

‘Oleksandr Tereshchenko provides a quick reaction to requests and detailed advice.’

Key clients

China Chamber of International Commerce

China Council for the Promotion of International Trade

Inditex/Zara Group (Zara Ukraine, Zara Home, Pull&Bear Ukraine, Bershka Ukraine, Uterqüe Ukraine, Stradivarius Ukraine)

Sumitomo Corporation (Japan)

Komatsu Europe International NV (the Netherlands)

Adama

Renart (Ukraine)

Resilux Central Europe Packaging Ltd (Hungary)

Peja CIS Holdings Limited (the Netherlands)

Limpid Armor LLC (Ukraine)

Uniprint LLC (Ukraine)

Work highlights

  • Representing the interests of the China Chamber of International Commerce in an anti-dumping investigation into imports of pipes originating from China.
  • Advising Inditex/Zara Group on trade, customs, regulatory, consumer protection and commercial matters, which the group faces in its day-to-day commercial activity.

Asters

Asters' sizeable international trade practice doubled its capacity in 2018 through its hiring of the majority of lawyers from Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners. Alexey Pustovit and Gleb Bialyi lead a practice that handles WTO and EU law, anti-dumping and safeguard trade investigations, sunset reviews, customs regulations, export control and sanctions. It is the only firm in Ukraine that focuses on the defence of trade investigations.

Practice head(s):

Alexey Pustovit; Gleb Bialyi

Testimonials

‘Gleb Bialyi is an excellent trade lawyer and one of the best in Kiev.’

‘Gleb Bialyi is aggressive and very good at talking with difficult Ukrainian clients and getting the information out of them for a case. He is an excellent lawyer.’

‘The firm is picking up and strengthening their practice with every year.’

Key clients

China Iron and Steel Association

Association of Market Operators of Medical Devices (AMOMD)

EuroChem Group AG

Avgust Crop Protection

Zhejiang Lianxin Steel Plate Technology Co., Ltd.

Zhejiang P.R.P.T. Prepainted Technology Co., Ltd.

Russian Fertilizer Producers Association

OJSC Naftan

Metafrax

Anhui Hongyu Wuzhou Medical Manufacturer Co Ltd.

Anhui Hongyu Wuzhou Import and Export Co., Ltd.

Jiangsu Kanghua Medical Equipment Co. Ltd.

Shandong Zibo Shanchuan Medical Instrument Co. Ltd.

Ayset Tibbi Urunler Ve Plastik Tekstil Elektronik Gida Temizlik Maddeleri Sanayi A.Ş.

Set Medikal San. ve Tic A.Ş.

Belarusian Cement Company

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended the interests of the Association of Market Operators of Medical Devices, the first and only professional association of medical devices market participants in Ukraine, in anti-dumping investigation into imports into Ukraine of syringes from India, Turkey and the PRC.
  • Representing the Association of Market Operators of Medical Devices in an appeal against the decision to terminate an 18-month investigation without imposing any anti-dumping duties in the anti-dumping investigation into imports into Ukraine of syringes from India, Turkey and the PRC.
  • Represented Metafrax, the leading Russian chemical producer and exporter, in an anti-dumping investigation, securing no anti-dumping duty on imports of urea formaldehyde concentrate to Ukraine.

Avellum

Avellum has 'a very effective team that handles matters very professionally with a "hands-on" approach'. The firm handles a high proportion of Ukraine's agricultural export transactions, and advises five of the country's largest agri-businesses. It is the local representative of the Grain and Feed Trade Association (GAFTA). Head of trade Iryna Moroz, head of litigation Aminat Suleymanova and head of international arbitration Ivan Kasynyuk frequently act in commodity arbitrations in London.

Testimonials

‘The firm is nice to interact with. Its strength is its understanding of the legal issues that are not obvious. Certainly a good firm to work with.’

‘Iryna Moroz is definitely a skilled lawyer who manages to balance a solid legal background with a calm and friendly savoir-faire.’

‘The firm provides a high level of support in arbitration processes and pre-arbitration settlements. I recommend Ivan Kasynyuk.’

Key clients

UkrLandfarming PLC

NCH Capital Inc. (UK)

Syngenta Seeds

Harvest Group S.A.

State Food Grain Corporation of Ukraine, PJSC

ADM Company GmbH

Posco Daewoo Corporation

COFCO Agri Resourses LLC

Metinvest Holding

Myronivsky Hliboproduct (MHP)

Ferrit Ltd

DTEK Holdings Limited

Louis Dreyfus Company

KERNEL

Olam International Limited

Mriya Holding

Astarta Holding LLC

Shyntomer Speciality Addictives

Epicentr K

Ukrzaliznytsia, PJSC

GAFTA Kyiv Office

EFKO Group

Bizon Import

Granum, part of Globex Inernational

Marcopolo Commodities SA

Ukrprominvest Agro

Industrial Group Vioil

Ronly Holdings Ltd (UK)

Smart Trade Overseas SA

APPLECOM OU

Tornton Partners

Harvest Group SA

Fergus Kazakhstan LLP

Iliotropion Trade & Services LTD

Primus LP

Kolo Agrarhandel GmbH

Mimier Trade SA

Kazansky Oil Extraction Plant (Russia)

G.A.Trading LTD

RMD Grains SAL

COTECNA

Crytek  GmbH

Ligo General Trading FZE

Ambar Export/Bizon Tech

Top Grain LTD

AK Commodities S.A

Work highlights

  • Advised COFCO Agri on sale of goods contract templates with various delivery terms.
  • Representing Ferrit LTD in the International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in a dispute concerning the delivery of coal-mining equipment by a Czech seller to one of the Ukrainian mines in the Donetsk region prior to the Russian military invasion in Eastern Ukraine.
  • Successfully represented Ukrlandfarming in the first tier of a GAFTA arbitration arising under the sale contract for delivery of commodities.

Baker McKenzie, Kyiv Office

Baker McKenzie, Kyiv Office advises its clients on compliance with US, EU, Ukrainian and other government sanctions, trade restrictions and regulations affecting the cross-border movement of goods, technology, services and investments. Counsel Hanna Shtepa leads a practice that has extensive experience in export controls, economic sanctions, embargoes, free trade agreements, and WTO and customs issues. Associate Nadiya Filozop is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Hanna Shtepa

Testimonials

‘The team consists of lawyers who are competent in anti-dumping legislation in Ukraine and related bodies of law, and, at the same time, have a deep understanding of the world economy and international trade area.’

‘The individuals are on a very high professional level. They provide high-quality advice and legal support in full and within specified timeframes. In this context, I can specifically mention Hanna Shtepa and her colleagues Nadiya Filozop and Kateryna Bondarenko.’

Key clients

ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih

EPK Stepnogorsk

B.A.T.- Pryluky Tobacco Private Joint Stock Company

Work highlights

  • Representing ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih over the course of an anti-dumping investigation into imports of carbon and alloyed steel rods from Belarus and Moldova.

Ilyashev & Partners

Ilyashev & Partners 'delivers remarkable work and has an excellent reputation in international trade'. Practice head Olena Omelchenko is 'a highly strategic manager, who has the respect and confidence of local officials as well as her peers'. The firm handles anti-dumping matters, free trade agreements, international trade disputes, and WTO and EU law for national producers, importers and exporters. It also advises the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine on trade matters.

Practice head(s):

Olena Omelchenko

Testimonials

‘The firm has an outstandingly dedicated and very knowledgeable team, which impresses in terms of its professionalism, efficiency and proactive behaviour.’

‘The firm’s international trade practice quickly became one of the top practices in Ukraine. The team, lead by Olena Omelchenko, is extremely knowledgeable and effective.’

‘Olena Omelchenko is probably the best trade lawyer in Ukraine. She is outstanding and a team player.’

‘Ilyashev & Partners is a highly professional legal adviser with the strongest international trade expertise and knowledge. The team listens to the client and gets things done, identifying solutions were nobody else can.’

‘Ilyashev & Partners has an outstanding reputation. They are definitely one of the top law firms in Ukraine.’

‘Partner Olena Omelchenko is the best Ukrainian expert in international trade. I recommend her as a result-oriented and competent expert with broad experience. Olena is always aware of all developments and progress on our matters.’

‘This team is a fine combination of the solidity of a mature heavyweight among the Ukrainian law firms and the dynamism of a sprinter with that rare drive that only young businesses possess.’

‘Experienced and well-connected, these people offer their best in terms of knowledge and the ability to deliver results.’

‘Olena Omelchenko is a true professional in international trade. She is a serious, diligent person, very attentive to details. Well-connected, always willing to go the extra mile to secure a result.’

‘This firm is good for strong legal analysis and highly motivated representation. The firm provides smooth communication during the execution of deals. The team has a full understanding of the local regulatory environments and market drivers.’

‘Olena Omelchenko is one of the best in the industry for international trade support. Olena has first-class reputation in this field. She identifies the points that no one else had noticed. Olena leads a really devoted team. Her personal participation in the project consistently guarantees a high-standard result.’

Key clients

BNK-UKRAINE

CRH Ukraine

Dyckerhoff Ukraine

HeidelbergCement Ukraine

Ivano-Frankivsk Cement Plant

Mozyrsalt

Myronivsky Hliboproduct

Ukrainian Autoclaved Aerated Concrete Producers Association

COFCO Agri Ukraine

Zaporozhye Ferroalloy Plant

Nikopol Ferroalloys Plant

PrJSC Privat Intertrading

The Ukrainian association of producers of ferro-alloys and other electrometallurgy products (UkrFa)

Ukrainian match plant Ltd.

Swisspan

ROSHEN

Work highlights

  • Representing the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine in a dispute under the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement concerning certain Ukrainian export restrictions on wood.
  • Representing the Association of Cement Producers of Ukraine (Ukrcement) and others in an anti-dumping investigation concerning imports to Ukraine of cement originating in the Russian Federation, the Republic of Belarus and the Republic of Moldova.
  • Representing PJSC Zaporozhye Ferroalloy Plant in an anti-dumping investigation concerning imports to the EU of ferrosilicon originating in Ukraine.

PwC Legal

PwC Legal has a sizeable team of lawyers and tax advisers handling customs and international trade. Practice head Denis Shendryk has in-house experience at the State Customs Service of Ukraine and associate and VAT specialist Inna Andrushchenko previously worked for the State Tax Service of Ukraine. The firm is a key adviser to the Ukrainian government on customs and international trade matters.

Practice head(s):

Denis Shendryk

Key clients

Department for International Development

Aptiv

Jabil

Akuo Enery Group

Borela

Work highlights

  • Assisting global auto parts producer Aptiv with updating existing customs procedures to meet planned production growth in Ukraine.
  • Performing a comprehensive international trade compliance review for international manufacturing group Jabil.
  • Providing customs and VAT advice to Akuo Energy Group on the importation of wind turbine generators for the construction of a wind power plant in Ukraine.

Sayenko Kharenko

Sayenko Kharenko has 'a very well-established practice and there is no doubt that it is a leader in this field'. One client remarks that the firm has 'the best expertise on the market, with a strong results-oriented approach'. Anzhela Makhinova leads the international trade practice, which handles anti-dumping, safeguard and anti-subsidy matters, WTO disputes, free trade agreements and trade compliance. Associates Ivan Baranenko and Victoria Mykuliak are also recommended. Andrew Zablotskyi is no longer with the firm.

Practice head(s):

Anzhela Makhinova

Testimonials

‘Sayenko Kharenko’s team is well versed in the full spectrum of international trade law. The team convinces with its high level of expertise, efficient working methods, reliability and rapid implementation of decisions. The firm provides consistently excellent-quality work and high-level strategic thought. The team is very business-oriented.’

‘The international trade team of Sayenko Kharenko has been very professional, hardworking, efficient, accurate and very communicative in the course of the whole investigation. The lawyers have offered strategic advice and deliver on very tight deadlines.’

‘Anzhela Makhinova has deep experience, a very good feel for the industry and extraordinary ingenuity in coming up with solutions. She has demonstrated very deep knowledge in both the legal and procedural aspects of investigations as well as WTO issues. In addition, I would like to highlight associates Ivan Baranenko and Victoria Mykuliak for their dedication to the case and high-quality legal analysis on difficult issues in very short timeframes.’

‘Andrew Zablotskyy has solid knowledge of the industry and subject matter.’

‘It is definitely the strongest team on the market. Andrew Zablotskyi is knowledgeable and business-oriented, and always finds the best solution for the client.’

‘Counsel Oleksiy Koltok always has a strategy adapted to each case.’

Key clients

Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine

Adama Group

Group Metinvest

DF Group

LLC Karpatsmoly

Industria Veneta Lavorazione Elettrodomestici S.p.A.

Marks and Spencer plc

Ukrainian Oil & Gas Association

Kyivguma LLC

Stalkanat-Silur

Vita Polymers Poland

AB metal Group

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of the DF Group of companies in WTO dispute settlement proceedings.
  • Providing legal support to the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine in a WTO dispute on transit.
  • Representing the interests of Adama Group in an anti-dumping investigation related to imports into the customs territory of the Eurasian Economic Union of herbicides originating in the EU.

Eterna Law

Corporate partner Oleh Malskyy leads the practice at Eterna Law and is highly active in trade remedy investigations and WTO disputes. The firm acts for foreign and domestic companies and has in-depth experience in key industry sectors such as agriculture, banking, energy, natural resources, telecoms and pharmaceuticals.

Practice head(s):

Oleh Malskyy

Integrites

At Integrites, counsel Sergey Lakhno has more than 15 years' experience in WTO law, preferential trade agreements and trade remedies, and he frequently acts for domestic companies in protecting their interests in foreign markets. He also increasingly advises foreign companies doing business in Ukraine. One client notes that Lakhno 'has diverse and extensive experience in the field of international trade law'. The firm's key area of expertise is anti-dumping investigations.

Practice head(s):

Sergey Lakhno

Testimonials

‘Sergey Lakhno represented one of Ukraine’s key industries, steel, in foreign jurisdictions for many years. He also worked in many important governmental positions. This unique experience distinguishes him from his colleagues in other law firms.’

Key clients

EUROCEMENT Group

RUSSOL-Ukraine Ltd

VALLOUREC Group,

PIVDENTRANSBUDKOMPLEKT Ltd.,

Work highlights

  • Represented the cement production companies of Eurocement Group located in Russia and Ukraine in the anti-dumping investigation into imports of cement products into Ukraine from Russia, Belarus and Moldova.
  • Represented the only Ukrainian salt production company Russol-Ukraine Ltd in the procedure of initiating a safeguard investigation against imports of salt into Ukraine from Belarus.
  • Representing the tubes and pipes production and trade companies of the French-headquartered Vallourec Group located in China and Germany in the anti-dumping investigation into imports of certain pipe products from China into Ukraine.

LEGRANT LAW COMPANY

LEGRANT LAW COMPANY in Odessa has 'deep knowledge of maritime law and international trade regulations'. Practice heads Tatyana Titarenko and Danil Hristich focus on maritime law, international trade and disputes, frequently acting for trading companies such as Black Sea Commodities. The firm handles matters under both Ukrainian and English law and represents clients in disputes under GAFTA and FOSFA rules.

Testimonials

‘Tatiana Titarenko is highly skilled and shows personal dedication to every case in the practice.’

‘Danil Hristich is a responsible and customer-oriented manager.’

‘We liked the way the firm handled our case. They gave us a realistic picture of the options that we had and explained their advantages and weak sides. With this analysis, we could make an educated choice that met our expectations. These guys are professionals.’

‘We came to the firm to find a way to settle a long-standing dispute. Tatyana Titarenko demonstrated a meticulous approach and spotted minute details that had been overlooked by our previous lawyers. Thanks to her we managed to bring an end to an exhausting conflict.’

‘Thankfully, due to their professional approach, we settle disputes without litigation, thus saving time and costs. The team has always been available and ready to react and such reliability, responsibility and high level of expertise is of paramount importance.’

‘Tatyana Titarenko and Danil Hristich make a formidable combination. Due to Tatyana’s strong management skills, over and above legal advice, we also consider her as a business partner who always works in our very best interests. Danil’s extensive experience in dispute resolution, combined with his excellent knowledge of English contractual law, makes him an invaluable adviser.’

‘The main difference of Legrant from all firms we have worked with is their focus on the result. Everything is clear, fast and, above all, effective. Legrant is exactly what our business needs in today’s rapidly changing environment.’

‘Daniil Hristich is a significant industry expert in maritime law and international trade. I am also impressed with the qualities of managing partner Tatyana Titarenko. Apart from a deep legal expertise, she has a wide network of contacts and she is an excellent communicator. Thanks to her qualities. today Legrant is one of the best legal firms in its sphere.’

‘It is great that there are such law firms as Legrant that can be fully trusted and you don’t need to be afraid that the services will be provided unprofessionally. I can confidently recommend contacting Legrant.’

‘We are completely satisfied with the quality and level of competence of Tatyana Titarenko. Our case was in the hands of Danil Hristich. His work deserves the highest grade. We recommend both of them as lawyers who can manage any task.’

‘We think that Legrant is one of the best legal firms in Ukraine. Its main advantage is its individual approach to its clients. They don’t build their business processes on patterns and cliches. Instead, they always want to understand each and every small detail of a case.’

‘Another big advantage is their commitment. In Legrant, I never heard that the working hours are over, come tomorrow. We always received help exactly when we needed it.’

‘First of all, I want to give credit to managing partner Tatyana Titarenko, who managed to build an outstanding team of lawyers. And secondly, we are exceptionally satisfied with the high level of competence of Danil Hrystich.’

‘Legrant’s lawyers have a deep knowledge of their field, which is combined with strategic thinking. I think these two elements are essential in legal practice. In our specific case, Legrant offered an unusual but strategically correct way of legally protecting our interests.’

‘The tremendous credit for Legrant’s achievements belongs to its managing partner Tatyana Titarenko. She is a talented lawyer with perfect organisational skills, who is able to show some spine. We would also single out the deep knowledge of senior lawyer Daniil Hrystich. There are only a few lawyers of such expertise in Ukraine.’

‘Legrant’s team managed to impress us with the high standards of their practice. They are assertive, extremely knowledgeable and skilful negotiators – and this was exactly what we needed for the case.’

‘We have had an exceptionally positive experience working with Tatyana Titarenko. As managing partner, she sets the tone and an example for the whole team, making professionalism something of a religion for Legrant. Additionally, I would like to underline the excellent work of senior lawyer Danil Hristich, who always pays maximum attention to detail.’

‘The firm has a good reputation and expertise in the marine market.’

Key clients

Black Sea Commodities

Vin-Orient LP

Actava Trading DMCC

Smart Trade Overseas SA

Savoy Trading LP

Work highlights

  • Settled a dispute over the non-presentation of a vessel under a GAFTA contract for a large overseas grain trader.
  • Successfully represented the interests of Vin-Orient LP in a GAFTA arbitration.
  • Supported a large overseas grain trader in a case of non-payment for delivered cargo.

NOBLES

NOBLES advises on regulatory, antitrust, financing, tax and customs issues related to importing products to Ukraine. Practice heads Alexander Weigelt and Volodymyr Yakubovskyy act for international clients on matters of inbound trade and Ukrainian companies on outbound trade, with Weigelt a key adviser to clients from German and English-speaking countries on domestic regulations.

Sergii Koziakov & Partners

'They know both the law and the lore, the facts and the people, so they are able to provide correct but also useful advice,' says a client of Sergii Koziakov & Partners. Practice head Nataliia Isakhanova has more than 20 years' experience in international trade and antitrust law. The firm is skilled in anti-dumping, anti-subsidy and safeguard investigations; WTO law, including tariff and non-tariff barriers; and regulatory compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Nataliia Isakhanova

Testimonials

‘Nataliia Isakhanova is great. She is a responsive, helpful and trusted adviser.’

‘The firm has a strong trade practice with leading experts.’

‘I have worked with Nataliia Isakhanova and Olesia Kryvetska. Both are very knowledgeable and responsive to clients’ needs.’

‘Nataliia Isakhanova is well known – and appropriately so – within the market.’

Key clients

Opel Southeast Europe LLC

Shanghai Prime Machinery Co., Ltd.

PJSC “Maryanivsky Glass Factory”

UkrEco-Khlib, LLC

Kazahdorstry, LLC

Chinese Commercial Association

Work highlights

  • Advised a domestic producer of industrial products, Maryanivsky Glass Factory, on a sunset review of anti-dumping measures concerning medical glassware originating in the Russian Federation
  • Advised Shanghai Prime Machinery Co Ltd. on the process of special sanctions cancellation in the area of international trade.
  • Advised UkrEcoKhlib on foreign economic activity.