White-collar crime in Ukraine

Asters

Asters has 'a unique approach in providing legal advice and a strategic approach'. Head of criminal law Sergiy Grebenyuk, who acted for a former deputy minister in criminal proceedings, 'fights hard for his clients'. Serhii Sviriba and senior associate Oleksandr Yakovenko are also recommended.

Aver Lex

Aver Lex is 'very good in high-profile political cases'. Frequently involved in precedent-setting matters, the firm acted for former president Viktor Yanukovich in a challenge to his conviction for treason. Vitaliy Serdyuk (who is 'one of the best criminal lawyers in Ukraine') and Olha Prosyanyuk (whose 'goal is to achieve the desired result with all her might') are the standout lawyers.

GORO legal

GORO legal is 'well-known for participating in public trials and prominent criminal cases'. Oleksandr Goroshynskyi acted for former president Viktor Yanukovich in a treason case. He also represented Sergii Kimenko in a UAH1bn financial fraud and malpractice investigation.

Ilyashev & Partners

Ilyashev & Partners is 'the best legal adviser in challenging cases and one of the most resourceful and top-quality full-service law firms on the market'. 'Brilliant litigatorRoman Marchenko and leading light Mikhail Ilyashev are the key partners. Among their clients are SE Antonov and BTA Bank.

Kinstellar

'No international firm has white-collar crime capabilities comparable to this firm', says a client of Kostiantyn Likarchuk's litigation group at Kinstellar, which is arguably 'in a class of its own, second to none'. Likarchuk and associate Lyudmyla Volkova advised the board of Naftogaz on criminal investigations.

Sayenko Kharenko

Sayenko Kharenko has 'a highly professional team and is a solid partner in the field of white-collar criminal law'. Sergey Pogrebnoy and Sergiy Smirnov (who is 'positive and cooperative, and provides extremely clear and precise advice') are the key partners. They acted for a client accused of the unlawful appropriation of funds totalling $650m.

Vasil Kisil & Partners

Under Andriy Stelmashchuk and Vitaliy KaskoVasil Kisil & Partners has an active white-collar crime practice that acts for large multinational clients and domestic corporations. The team defended the management of a leading Ukrainian energy company against allegations of criminal negligence, and represented former officials of a bank who faced charges of embezzlement.

VB PARTNERS

VB PARTNERS is a national litigation and white-collar criminal law boutique that frequently handles cases concerning fraud, money laundering, misappropriation of funds and assets, tax evasion, fictitious bankruptcy, abuse of office, negligence and illegal enrichment. Denys Bugay acted for Mriya Agroholding, which made submissions to the National Anti-Corruption Bureau as the victim of white-collar crimes.

Ario Law Firm

Ario Law Firm is 'creative, modern and fast with a systematic approach to solving problems'. Julian Khorunzhyi (who is 'among the best') and Yevhen Hrushovets lead the practice. Hrushovets successfully acted for construction company CBS Group in a $7m dispute following the seizure of property by investigators.

Arzinger

The practice at Arzinger is 'very efficient and provides good ideas about how to resolve a case'. Clients praise the 'very good work' of practice head Kateryna Gupalo and senior associates Dmytro Trut and Oleksandr Maksymenko. The team is acting for a multinational car manufacturer in a case alleging criminal activity by its officials.

Baker McKenzie, Kyiv Office

Experienced litigator and arbitrator Ihor Siusel leads the white-collar practice at Baker McKenzie, Kyiv Office, which handles complex cross-border cases. Siusel and associate Kseniia Pogruzhalska are currently acting for the subsidiary of an international pharmaceutical company and a global car manufacturer in criminal proceedings.

Barristers Bar Association

Barristers Bar Association has experienced advocates in Oleksiy ShevchukKostiantyn Hloba and Andrii Levkovets, who focus on criminal cases. Shevchuk is currently defending the former deputy director of Ukrzaliznychpostach against charges of possession of foreign property by means of abuse of his official position.

CMS

Senior partner Olexander Martinenko leads the commercial, regulatory and disputes group at CMS. He recently acted for a major multinational oil and gas company in an investigation of its Ukrainian subsidiary. Maria Orlyk and senior associate Olga Shenk are also recommended.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper Ukraine LLC acts for companies, shareholders, boards of directors and individual executives in investigations and prosecutions involving allegations of fraud, tax evasion, corruption and financial offences. Litigation head Olga Vorozhbyt is currently acting for a global professional services company in Ukraine.

GOLAW

At GOLAW, Angelika Moisieieva is a leading criminal defence lawyer and she recently defended the head of a regional state authority against allegations of unlawful compensation for closing a case of intentional tax evasion by a company director. Counsel Igor Glushko is also recommended.

Integrites

Integrites handles investigations and litigation on behalf of victims and suspected perpetrators of white-collar crime. Last year, the firm successfully defended six clients. Counsel Volodymyr Rudnychenko leads the practice and he recently advised the local subsidiary of an international trading firm as the victim of forgery in an illegal takeover transaction.

Redcliffe Partners

Redcliffe Partners has 'world-class experts and high ethical standards, and provides a top-notch service'. Practice head Sergiy Gryshko (who is 'one of the strongest litigators in Ukraine') and counsel Oleksandr Markov are recommended. Gryshko successfully defended a commodity trading firm against accusations of embezzlement regarding a VAT refund.

Danevych.Law

Danevych.Law, which was formerly part of Marchenko Danevych, focuses on cases in the highly regulated life sciences sector. Borys Danevych recently acted for a leading global pharmaceutical company in criminal investigations involving conflict of interest and abuse of power in clinical trials.

Dynasty Law Firm

The business protection and white-collar crime practice at Dynasty Law Firm is led by Vyacheslav Kokhlyakov, who is known for both real estate and criminal matters. He successfully represented a client in the Court of Appeal, following the arrest of vehicles, and for another client handled a similar case relating to the arrest of a plot of land.

EQUITY Law Firm

EQUITY Law Firm has experienced litigators in Viktor BarsukTaras Poshyvanyuk and economic crimes specialist Vyacheslav Krahlevych. The firm is acting for a Ukrainian bank in a case against an official accused of appropriating a multimillion-dollar sum during its refinancing.

KM Partners

Best known for its tax practice, KM Partners also handles criminal matters. Alexander Minin and Olena Bukuyeva are the key contacts. Minin recently acted for a supplier of building materials in a case alleging administrative infringements by its director and chief accountant.

KPD Consulting Law Firm

Practice head Kyrylo Kazak at KPD Consulting Law Firm is recognised for his expertise in labour law and criminal matters. He recently defended Porsche Mobility in a number of cases, including one that centred on allegations of collateral misappropriation. Diebold Nixdorf and Ozone Investment are also among his clients.

Legal Alliance Company

Legal Alliance Company is developing its criminal practice, which focuses predominantly on white-collar crimes. The practice led by Illya Kostin handles both internal investigations and litigation. Counsel Taras Bezpalyy is also recommended and he secured the return of a large sum to a client accused of tax evasion.

Oleksandr Peremezhko & Partners

Oleksandr Peremezhko and Evgeniy Usik are the key contacts at Oleksandr Peremezhko & Partners, which handles internal audits, litigation and dealings with law enforcement authorities. Usik represented All-Ukrainian Energy Company in a case concerning the withdrawal of funds from its electronic accounts by unauthorised persons.

Shkrebets & Partners

Shkrebets & Partners has an experienced criminal lawyer in Olexiy Meniv. He recently acted for an official who faced accusations of embezzlement and misappropriation of funds from a regional energy company. For the same company, he handled a pre-trial investigation by the National Anti-Corruption Bureau into potential abuse of official powers by company officials.