Next Generation Partners

International trade in Ukraine


Practice head(s):

Mariya Nizhnik


I find Aequo trade team as highly professional and business-oriented. We have cooperated for many years and always received accurate legal advice and support. The team’s specific strength is their deep knowledge and understanding of our industry, which often requires significant time and dedication.

I would like to specifically underline Oleksandr Tereshchenko, the team`s senior associate, who provides us with daily legal supportin the framework of the EBA Agrochemical Committee. We can always count on his support and assistance, especially in regulatory fields.

Key clients


Novo Nordisk

Petronas Lubricants

BSN medical GmbH

LTG Cargo Ukraine

European Business Association (EBA)



JSC Skuba

Work highlights

  • Advising Velux Ukraine on complex contractual issues, different aspects of use of e-signature, on electronic data interchange (possibility to conclude cross-border and internal supply contracts by using only electronic digital signature, their validity and enforceability), for proper reinvoicing, etc.
  • Advising Superhumans on supply contracts, tax and customs risks related to delivery of medical equipment to Ukraine.
  • Advising JSC Skuba on problematic issues of customs valuation, developing distribution schemes for Ukraine, helping to mitigate customs and tax risks.

AGA Partners

Practice head(s):

Aminat Suleymanova; Iryna Moroz; Ivan Kasynyuk


‘Iryna Moroz – outstanding understanding of the case, out-of-box way of thinking and proposals Dmytro Izotov – scrupulosity Yuri Bedenkol – excellent deadlines meeting.’

‘We have been working with AGA Lawyers for 8 years. Their team is very professional, and they are always ready to assist and consult despite of the happening things. We really like and appreciate their work efficiency.’

‘We closely work with Irina Moroz, Yurii Bedenko, Ivan Kasynyuk. Once again we would like to emphasize their professionalism, and working manner with clients. Together with AGA Lawyers we have overcame many deals in a positive way for all concerned parties.’

‘AGA team is my first choice for legal issues in international trade. They know the nuances of the trading business and provide customised solutions for each specific case. The trade in the Black Sea region has been extremely turbulent last years and I am so grateful to AGA Partners for assisting our company with all the problems we faced. What is important for us, they have a huge team of lawyers which allows them to handle a large number of our enquiries on deliveries from different countries. I am more than satisfied with their hard work and professionalism. ’

‘Our cases are usually managed by Ivan Kasynyuk and Pavlo Lebediev. They are well-versed in the practicalities of international trade which always makes a difference in handling our enquires. Their team always digs deeper than others trying to achieve the best possible result. In particular, Ivan always thinks strategically about how to approach new challenges and creates tailor-made solutions to them. His advice is always valuable and well-timed. I really appreciate the work with Pavlo Lebediev: he reacts to our enquires almost instantly and efficiently helps us to handle the challenges we face in these turbulent times in the Black Sea region. Pavlo is always ahead knowing in advance what you need.’

‘flexible approach, prompt and high-quality result.’

‘The partners and associates are highly experienced and have a deep understanding of the law. They are always willing to go the extra mile to help their clients. Potential clients would wish to know about the team’s strengths and key capabilities, such as: – experience in handling a wide range of legal matters. – ability to provide clear and concise legal advice. – commitment to client satisfaction. – willingness to work collaboratively with their clients. They have a team of partners who are fluent in multiple languages, which allows them to serve clients from all over the world. They offer a variety of flexible billing options to meet the needs of their clients. They are committed to diversity and inclusion, and they have a team of lawyers from a variety of backgrounds.’

‘Iryna Moroz is a partner who always participates in solving issues and provides extensive explanations about possible options. She is a valuable asset to the team and her clients appreciate her dedication and expertise.’

Key clients

Agroimeks Sp. z O.O.

Grain Flex LTD

Grain Meadov Trading LLC

Metallurgical Primary Commodities SA

LLC Ambar+

Simmetric Corp.

Virtus Commodities AG

Emmet Partners Limited

PAE “Vostok-Zapad”

LTD Bioenergy-Vinnitsa


LLC Trading House Dnіpropetrovsk Pipe Rolling Plant

JSC “Agrarian Fund”

Catalan Agro Feed Sl

Agro Chain General Trading LLC

Maestro-Nut SRL

OneSoil AG

Primetransport Company OÜ

Group of Companies “Prometey”

Prime Trading LLC

Sunflower Resources LTD

Transped s.r.o.

Jolio LLC

Agridays OÜ

Albion Power Capital LTD

Med International Corporation

PE NPO “Energy saving technologies”

LLC “Agrotek-HPP”

Maxinvest Ltd

Five Grains Limited

Region Grain Company AG

SIA Augšvoleri investīcijas

Ulusoy Un Sanayi Ve Ticaret A.S.

Cosmopolitan Trade & Development Sdn Bhd


Dm Commodities Sp Z O O

Agroprosperis Group Kft

Al Basma Lel Zuyut Al Nabatiya

Ukralfa Trade FZ LLC

Eurolink Trade Management LP

LLC “Agrofirma “Vidrodzhennia”

Ak Nisasta Sanayi Ve Ticaret A S

AST Holding

Bek Tarim/Hitit AG

Max Krolikowska Danuta Spolka Komandytowa

MEKE Commodities

Ofis Yem Gida Sanayi Ve Ticaret AS

Oliyatorg OU

“Delta Wilmar Ukraine” LLC

Buchachahrokhlibprom LLC

PJSC “Ukrhydroenergo”

Reed Smith LLP

GrainCorp Operations Limited

Viking Trading OU

LLC “Kukhar Rishelie”

Gals Agro LLP

Ukroliya LLP

Tradex Gida Dis Ticaret Ltd Sti

Millcorp Geneve SA

Syngenta Seeds

Harvest Group S.A.

State Food Grain Corporation of Ukraine, PJSC

ADM Company GmbH

Fergus Kazakhstan LLP

COFCO Agri Resourses LLC

Astarta Holding LLC

Myronivsky Hliboproduct (MHP)

Bizon Import

Smart Trade Overseas SA

NCH Capital Inc. (UK)

Alberta Corp. LP.

Work highlights

  • Avised the MHP LLC on a number of legal issues in relation to the trade contracts concluded with different counterparties based on English law.
  • Advised O Resources SA concerning the proofreading and preparation of sample draft sale contracts on the delivery of agricultural commodities governed by English law.
  • Represented a major Turkish agritrading company and its Swiss subsidiary in 7 separate disputes in the GAFTA arbitration under the sale contracts on delivery of agricultural goods governed by English law as well as advised on numerous international trade issues on a daily basis.


Practice head(s):

Alexey Pustovit; Gleb Bialyi


‘The approaches are striking in their creativity and the wide range of tools and resources involved in the process. Very meticulous preparation for the hearings, taking into account a number of details, which, in combination with a professional presentation of the position to the audience, always brings a positive effect.’

‘Gleb Bialyi is a company partner and a high-class negotiator. A big advantage is that a professional of this caliber is easily accessible to the client and is ready at any moment to get involved in the issue and quickly put him to work. Anton Sintsov is a highly qualified lawyer who prepares impeccable motivational documents and perfectly conveys his position at hearings and skillfully works with objections.’

‘Very proactive and competent team, which knows what they are doing.’


Key clients

Auchan Ukraine

Ardis Group


Gurmandiz LLC


Qingdao Honesteel Metal Co., Ltd.

Shandong Boxing Huaye Industry and Trade Co., Ltd.

Shandong Iron & Steel Group Jiangsu Trading Co., Ltd.

Shandong Hwafone New Materials Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Represented DEPS TELECOM LLC in two parallel court disputes regarding the appeal of the decision of the Interdepartmental Commission on International Trade on the application of safeguard measures.
  • Represented leading Chinese manufacturers and exporters during an anti-dumping investigation into imports to Ukraine of rolled carbon steel coated originating from the People’s Republic of China.
  • Represented a numbers of retailers, food products manufacturers and distributors in a safeguard investigation into the imports to Ukraine of certain types of cheese.


Practice head(s):

Vadim Medvedev


‘Great team of people with excellent communication skills’

‘Prompt, responsive, very contactable’


Key clients

Miniso Hong Kong Limited

Baker McKenzie, Kyiv Office

Practice head(s):

Hanna Shtepa


‘Useful insights into Ukraine’s evolving list-based sanctions framework.’

‘Hanna Shtepa has offered helpful insights into Ukraine’s sanctions framework.’

Ilyashev & Partners

Practice head(s):

Olena Omelchenko

Other key lawyers:

Oleksiy Gorbatyuk


‘In an increasingly competitive market, it is heartening to witness the remarkable achievements of Ilyashev & Partners. Their astute legal strategies have not only protected our national producers but have also yielded positive outcomes.’

‘We would like to extend our utmost appreciation to Ilyashev & Partners for their outstanding performance and unwavering dedication during the war. Despite the adversities faced, their team has consistently demonstrated remarkable efficiency and a client-oriented mindset. We are truly grateful for their unwavering commitment to delivering impactful results.’

‘Olena Omelchenko is a name that resonates with authority and respect to all Ukrainian manufacturers, making her a go-to choice for legal expertise. Her team played a crucial role in sustaining production and jobs. We are incredibly thankful for her invaluable contributions and the positive change she brings. Olena Omelchenko is an incredible professional with a knack for cross-functional collaboration and top-notch communication skills. Her profound knowledge and professional experience have been instrumental in revolutionising legal practice. ’

Key clients

The Association of Cement Producers Ukrcement

Dyckerhoff Ukraine

CRH Ukraine

Ivano-Frankivsk Cement Plant

Kryvyi Rih Cement

Druzhkovka Hardware Plant


COFCO Agri Ukraine

Zaporozhye Ferroalloy Plant

Nikopol Ferroalloys Plant

Ukrainian Match Factory

Ukrainian Autoclaved Aerated Concrete Producers Association

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

Heavy Metal


Plank Electronic


Interstarch Ukraine






Concern “Vodpolymer”

Oliyatorg OU

KOZ Organik

Moldova Steel Works



Practice head(s):

Yevgen Ivanets

Key clients

Centravis Production Ukraine

Epiroc Mining India

Epiroc Ukraine

Work highlights

  • Representing Centravis Production Ukraine in the review of price undertakings of a Chinese exporter regarding the suspension of the dumped imports of seamless stainless-steel pipes originating from the PRC into Ukraine.
  • Represented Epiroc Mining India and Epiroc Ukraine, both local subsidiaries of Epiroc Group in India and Ukraine, in the safeguard investigation on the imports of three-cone drill bits into Ukraine.

PwC Legal

Practice head(s):

Oleksiy Katasonov; Vita Miroshnychenko


‘Excellent personal approach towards client needs, great expertise in customs and trade compliance activity. Proactive follow up on the desired topics, including pushing and lobbying government regulations, administration of trainings, transparent and easy collaboration.’

Key clients

Swiss Krono LLC




Nova Poshta LLC

SE Bordnetze-Ukraine LLC




Macquarie Aircraft Leasing Services (Ireland) Limited

British American Tobacco Sales and Marketing Ukraine LLC

Silpo-Food LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO and JT International Ukraine on launching new products.
  • Advised Macquarie Aircraft Leasing Services (Ireland) Limited on possibilities for removing the engines without negative consequences for customs duties/import VAT to the lessee, analysed alternative scenarios for reexporting the engine in accordance with the customs regulations of Ukraine because of war.

Sayenko Kharenko

Practice head(s):

Anzhela Makhinova


‘Combination of deep professional knowledge multiplied by knowledge of industries.’

‘Sayenko Kharenko has an excellent international trade team. Its strengths are its highly technical knowledge, the efficiency and speed with which it attends to each inquiry, and its ability to identify the specific needs of clients. It’s not just about the results, which have been excellent, it’s also about excellent communication, availability, and offering a respectful and reassuring environment, even in the middle of a long and challenging file. The team works seamlessly with us and shares our values of diligence and respect. They go over and above the call of duty by anticipating issues, identifying risks and opportunities and paving the way for customer success.’

‘Anzhela Makhinova is a true professional, I’d say, the best legal adviser I had in my career. She has a deep understanding of our business and is able to guide her clients in processes they might have. Her strength is that she is really into the details. She has an excellent team and is well-prepared. She delivers exceptional service on complex matters and quickly builds trust with her clients. Anzhela is outstanding and provides incredible insights and a thoughtful approach to issues arising in the international trade space.’

Key clients

AB metal Group


Aluplast Sp. Z.o.o.

Aluplast Ukraine LLC

JSC “Tele-Fonica Kable”

PJSC “Central Mining and Processing Plant” (Metinvest)

PJSC “Northern Mining and Processing Plant” (Metinvest)

Profine Ukraine LLC

SIP Ukraine LLC

Slavyanska Sol LLC


Sweetondale Plant LLC


Wellful Group

Zhejiang Longda Stainless Steel Co., Ltd

SDM Partners LLC

Practice head(s):

Dmytro Syrota; Serhiy Dzis


‘SDM Partners has a great reputation in international trade, with a team of lawyers who possess cross-departmental expertise, covering competition law, customs law, FDI, and trade law. This allows the team to provide valuable solutions throughout the case. They use their combined knowledge to provide effective solutions for each case. What’s more, they also incorporate marketing research into their strategies, which is impressive.’

‘Serhiy Dzis is exceptionally hardworking and diligent in this field. His value each client, are knowledgeable and have a creative approach that enables them to leverage their institutional competencies in achieving our goals. I have had the opportunity to work with him closely for over 3 years now and he has successfully delivered the desired results and given correct directions with their expertise in the field.

Sergii Koziakov & Partners

Practice head(s):

Nataliia Isakhanova


‘Nataliia Isakhanova and her team understand how this complicated topic works in Ukraine and how their work can fit in with similar reviews around the globe.’

‘The firm’s international trade practice has a long history of success. Fundamental knowledge of international trade law, the ability to work well as a team, an attentive attitude towards clients and their requirements, ease of communication, achieving the best results for clients are their greatest strengths.’

‘Partner Nataliia Isakhanova, as well as counselors Yuriy Prokopenko and Andrey Pilipenko, are the best of the best international trade consultants in Ukraine. They always have answers to all questions regarding the foreign economic activity of our company, and their extraordinary approach, which is supported by deep theoretical knowledge of international trade law, to issues allows us to complete the assigned tasks in the best possible way.’

Key clients

“UPCAST ​​OY” company



The Carry Company


SC “Lactalis Ukraine”

PJSC “Lactalis Sumy”

The Istanbul Chemicals and Chemical Products Exporters Association (IKMIB)




“Klinkier Przysucha” S.A.

Grupa Azoty S.A.

Chinese Commercial Association

Shanghai Prime Machinery Co., Ltd.

Zhongan Huali Construction Group Co., Ltd.,

Honghua International Ukraine Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Representing Istanbul Chemicals and Chemical Products Exporters Association (IKMIB) and their members in safeguard investigations concerning imports of Ukraine of PVC profiles regardless of country of origin and export.
  • Representing Lactalis Ukraine in safeguard investigations concerning imports of Ukraine of certain types of cheese regardless of country of origin and export.
  • Representing Lactalis Sumy in safeguard investigations concerning imports of Ukraine of certain types of cheese regardless of country of origin and export.

Fortior Law

Practice head(s):

Vitaliy Kozachenko; Danil Hristich


‘Excellent, dedicated knowledge of sector.’

Key clients

Integral Petroleum S.A.

Murat Seitnepesov

Adelon AG

Petrochemical Logistics Ltd

Blockchain Optimization S.A.

Work highlights

  • Representing Integral Petroleum S.A. before the High Court of Justice in relation to its dispute with Bank GPB International S.A in relation to credit facility of some $20m and a claim of conspiracy of some $50m.
  • Advised a shipping client on a unique Grain and Feed Trade Association case regarding instalment deliveries under Gafta pro-forma contract.
  • Representing Petrochemical Logistics Ltd, Blockchain Optimization S.A. before the High Court of Justice in relation to recouping clients’ $2.3m investment in fraudulent scheme.