Sayenko Kharenko wins twice at The Lawyer European Awards 2019

Sayenko Kharenko wins twice atThe Lawyer European
Awards 2019

Sayenko Kharenko won the titles of Law firm of
the year: Russia, Ukraine and the CIS and European energy and infrastructure
deal of the year at The Lawyer European Awards 2019. The firm is the only
one on the Ukrainian market ever to have won two accolades in a single year. Please click here for more information.

The ceremony took place
on Tuesday 19 March
2019 at The Grosvenor House Hotel in London. “Despite
an uncertain market in Ukraine, Sayenko Kharenko grew its top line in 2017 and
continued to invest in quality lateral hires. It is firmly international in
outlook. Those clients, which form the bedrock of the firm’s practice, have
propelled Sayenko Kharenko to a top position in terms of cross-border corporate
activity. A striking aspect of the firm is its commitment to inclusion, both
within the firm and outside of it in the form of corporate social
responsibility. It has supported over 100 social impact projects in Ukraine.
Its associated think-tank is actively researching social, economic developments
that will shape the firm’s response to client delivery”, says The Lawyer. The
judges noted warmly the firm’s “strong financials, good evidence of people
initiatives, and investment in strategic thinking and tech.”

Sayenko Kharenko scooped the prize for the European energy, infrastructure and
projects deal for its work on the complex financing to State Enterprise
“National Nuclear Energy Generating Company “Energoatom” (Energoatom)
operator of all running nuclear power plants in Ukraine.

The Lawyer notes that “the significance of the
project for Ukraine as a whole was enormous, since it will create a safe
environment for processing, storing, safeguarding significant quantities of
nuclear spent fuel. The facility will not only reduce the need to ship the
spent fuel to Russia but importantly, will increase capacity to store spent
fuel moving Ukraine closer to energy independence.” The judges lauded the way
that the firm dealt with the “complex technical and legal challenges around the
financing as well as the navigation through the new state aid regime.”

The lawyers of the firm particularly involved
in the project are partner Nazar Chernyavsky, counsel Olexander Olshansky,
associates Denis Nakonechnyi, Vira Pankiv, Oles Trachuk and Dmytro Vasylyna.

Partner Nazar Chernyavsky comments: “The Lawyer European Awards
is no doubt one of the most distinguished awards in
Europe, and I am more than happy to know that
Sayenko Kharenko is the only Ukrainian law firm ever to have won two categories
in a single year. I would like to thank each and every member of the Sayenko
Kharenko team. You do a great job and deserve this professional recognition.”

To see the
full shortlist, please follow the link.

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