Firm Profile > Wolf Theiss > Kiev, Ukraine

Wolf Theiss
9A KHORYVA STR.
04071 KIEV
Ukraine

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Wolf Theiss' team is led by the experienced Oksana Volynets, who is well versed in high-value, cross-border finance transactions, as well as regulatory, currency control and security enforcement matters. The team's diverse workload includes large-scale sales of NPL portfolios, cross-border loans and financial monitoring compliance. Among its clients are large corporates such as Uber Technologies and Google, as well as financial institutions such as UniCredit Bank and the EBRD.

Practice head(s):

Oksana Volynets

Key clients

EBRD

Münchener Rückversicherungs-Gesellschaft

Uber Technologies Inc.

China Electronics Technology Group Corporation

Rent24 GmbH

Schlatter Industries AG

Google

Unicredit Bank S.p.A.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

The practice at Wolf Theiss consists of 'very competent, experienced and reliable lawyers' and works 'in a highly efficient and effective manner'. The firm has been active advising on both inbound and outbound investments in a range of sectors, including banking, insurance, renewable energy, mining and agriculture. Taras Dumych leads the practice, which frequently works with other offices in the firm's European network to handle global M&A transactions. Munich Re, Rent24 and China Electronics Technology Group are among its key clients.

Practice head(s):

Taras Dumych

Testimonials

Wolf Theiss Ukraine clearly understood the objectives of the engagement, the milestones and the timeliness of our project. The lawyers possessed strong knowledge of substantial and procedural law, The tasks were completed in a timely and agreed manner. The work was efficient and the delivered product was of good value.

Taras Dumych has a proactive approach and excellent legal skills, and is both flexible and solution-oriented.

Key clients

Munich Re

Rent24

Altopork

Take Two Interactive Software Inc.

Schlatter Industries AG

China Electronics Technology Group Corporation

Aventures Capital

Sompo International

Alvogen

Johnson Controls International

Competition Tier 2

Wolf Theiss has been increasingly active advising clients in the manufacturing, retail, energy, telecoms, pharmaceuticals, banking, IT and insurance industries on merger clearance filings. Lead partner Olga Ivlyeva has extensive experience acting for Ukrainian and foreign companies, including representing clients before the Antimonopoly Committee and in court proceedings. Clients include Munich Re and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Practice head(s):

Olga Ivlyeva

Key clients

Hisense Group

Munich Re

A1 Telekom Austria AG

Snam

EBRD

Champion Petfoods

AMIC Energy Management

Also Holding AG

Alvogen

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Wolf Theiss has a small litigation practice but it acts for an impressive multinational client base in high-value cross-border matters. Among its clients are Apple and Aviva. Taras Dumych leads the practice, which acts for both international and leading Ukrainian companies in disputes in Ukraine and abroad. It frequently opposes governmental authorities and agencies on behalf of foreign and domestic investors.

Practice head(s):

Taras Dumych

Key clients

ThyssenKrupp

SHID XXI

Aviva Insurance

Apple

Employment Tier 3

Wolf Theiss frequently handles the employment law aspects of large-scale M&A transactions and restructuring projects, as well as advising on employment issues relating to its corporate, regulatory, finance and tax work. Associates Olga Ivlyeva and Olena Kravtsova are the key practitioners. They count international companies such as A1 Telekom Austria, Snap and China Electronics Technology Group Corporation among their clients.

Practice head(s):

Olga Ivlyeva; Olena Kravtsova

Key clients

A1 Telekom Austria

Snap

China Electronics Technology Group Corporation

JOHNSON CONTROLS INTERNATIONAL

Intellectual property Tier 3

Wolf Theiss frequently handles the IP aspects of cross-border M&A transactions, many of which involve companies from German-speaking jurisdictions. It is also involved in its clients' e-commerce projects and advises on the formalisation of IP rights and portfolio management. The practice led by corporate partner Taras Dumych also assists with the protection of trade marks on the internet, notably with regard to domain names.

Practice head(s):

Taras Dumych

Key clients

A1 Telekom Austria

Hairdreams

Rent24

MunichRe

Google

Snap Inc

Real estate and construction Tier 3

Wolf Theiss handles real estate due diligence projects as part of cross-border M&A deals, transactional matters and, more recently, real estate disputes for mortgage holders, property owners and construction companies. Managing partner Taras Dumych advises on corporate, finance, real estate, energy and litigation matters; his team acts for international clients including A1 Telekom Austria and China Electronics Technology Group Corporation.

Practice head(s):

Taras Dumych

Key clients

A1 Telekom Austria

Rent24

China Electronics Technology Group Corporation

British investor of the Kyiv Terminal LLC

SHID XXI

Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings

GroupM

Tax Tier 4

Wolf Theiss handles tax structuring for corporate clients setting up businesses in Ukraine, as well as ongoing compliance matters and tax disputes. Mykhailo Razuvaiev's practice focuses on corporate and personal taxation, including tax structuring, transactional support, corporate rights and derivatives, the taxation of non-profit organisations, and the taxation of research and development and IT or IP-related activities. Among the firm's key clients are Munich Re, Uber Technologies and China Electronics Technology Group Corporation.

Practice head(s):

Mykhailo Razuvaiev

Testimonials

They are exceptional, value-led professionals who are part of a global team to support their clients.

The team that worked with us was highly professional and worked quickly without much formality but with the KPIs of the client in their heads. Taras Dumych exceeded expectations. I believe his personal input was at times critical to making things work and his emotional intelligence impressed us very much with his ability to read the situation and propose a number of potential actions to achieve the best result.

Key clients

Munich RE

Uber Technologies

China Electronics Technology Group Corporation

Federal-Mogul Motorparts

ThyssenKrupp

RMD Group, Canada

Johnson Controls International

The firm: Wolf Theiss opened its first office in Vienna in 1957 and soon established a reputation as one of the region’s leading law firms. The firm has since grown into a multinational team of approximately 340 lawyers, making it one of the largest integrated law firms in the region. It has offices* in Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia and Ukraine.

This presence on the ground is one of the firm’s key strengths. It works in a fast-moving part of the world that requires deep local knowledge and experience. By combining expertise with a strong international network, the firm is well-placed to handle complex cross-border transactions with a high degree of speed and flexibility.

Apart from its local offices in 13 CEE/SEE countries, Wolf Theiss also offers extensive regional experience in other countries in the region, such as Kosovo, Montenegro and North Macedonia.

*As a technical aside, the firm has regulatory frameworks within which it needs to comply. So by ‘presence’, it is meant a legal form that is in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations in that country.

Areas of practice: Wolf Theiss’ full range of services covers financial services, competition and antitrust, corporate/mergers and acquisitions, employment law, energy and infrastructure, intellectual property and information technology, litigation and alternative dispute resolution, real estate and construction, regulatory and procurement, and tax. The firm’s dedicated practice teams provide in-depth specialist knowledge in their respective areas and collaborate closely to provide clients with seamless advice.

Ukraine: Opening an office in Kyiv was a strategic move which reflected the growing importance of the Ukrainian legal market for Wolf Theiss. The Kyiv office undertakes work in all areas of corporate and M&A activity, including infrastructure and energy projects, as well as real estate and banking and finance. The Ukrainian office is led by Taras Dumych and comprises six lawyers (including one partner).

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Oksana Volynets
Banking and finance Mykhailo Razuvaiev
Private equity Taras Dumych
Private equity Sergii Zheka
Corporate/M&A Taras Dumych
Corporate/M&A Sergii Zheka
Dispute resolution Taras Dumych
Dispute resolution Olena Kravtsova
Employment Olga Ivlyeva
Employment Olena Kravtsova
Competition and antitrust Olga Ivlyeva
Competition and antitrust Mykhailo Razuvaiev
Energy, natural resources and mining Taras Dumych
Energy, natural resources and mining Sergii Zheka
Intellectual property and IT, hi-tech and venture capital Taras Dumych
Real estate Taras Dumych
Real estate Olena Kravtsova
Regulatory and procurement Oksana Volynets
Tax Mykhailo Razuvaiev
Renewable energy Sergii Zheka
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Taras Dumych  photo Mr Taras Dumych Partner; specialised in Corporate Governance, Insolvency and Restructuring. Private Funds, Real Estate…
Ms Oksana Volynets  photo Ms Oksana Volynets Senior Associate, specialised in Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions, Banking & Finance, Securities Regulations,…
 Sergii Zheka  photo Sergii Zheka Senior Associate with over ten years of legal experience in various areas…
Number of lawyers : 340
at this office : 7
Albanian
Bosnian
Bulgarian
Croatian
Czech
English
French
German
Hungarian
Italian
Polish
Romanian
Russian
Slovak
Slovenian
Spanish
Ukrainian
European Business Association
Ukrainian Bar Association
Contact : Taras Dumych (local managing partner)
Other offices : Belgrade
Other offices : Bratislava
Other offices : Bucharest
Other offices : Budapest
Other offices : Ljubljana
Other offices : Prague
Other offices : Sarajevo
Other offices : Sofia
Other offices : Tirana
Other offices : Vienna
Other offices : Warsaw
Other offices : Zagreb

At Wolf Theiss, we strongly believe that in a global marketplace, a company that employs a diverse workforce (both men and women of several generations and from ethnically and racially diverse backgrounds) is better able to understand the marketplace it serves, offers better and more unique perspectives and thus, is better equipped to thrive in that marketplace than a company that has a more limited range of employee demographics.

For us, uniting people in a region where, in some cases, it has previously experienced first-hand war-time prejudice and overcoming cultural divisiveness is part of our philosophy. By respecting each other, we have created a unique workplace camaraderie that spills over into our daily lives. Wolf Theiss considers itself to be politically liberal, not biased in any direction and imposing no restrictions on its workforce in terms of political view, religion, way of life, race, language and sexual orientation.

Our leadership team is comprised of 22% female partners and 60% of our senior associates are women. We strive to stand at the forefront in the region, when it comes to gender diversity. We were one of the first law firms in the region to implement a maternity policy.

Wolf Theiss is proud to have been recognised as “Best in Austria” at the European Women in Business Law Awards 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 & 2012, “Best in Croatia” at the European Women in Business Law Awards 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 & 2013 and “Best in Romania” at the European Women in Business Law Awards 2016, 2015 & 2014.

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

At Wolf Theiss we believe that success is a two-way street. Our financial success depends in large part on our doing quality work for our clients, so they come back to us and recommend us to others. But our success also depends on the support of the local communities where we live and work. They provide us with a great deal of input and impulses, including the talented lawyers and assistants who make it possible for us to do what we do. We all think it is essential that we give something back to the community.

One way to show our commitment to the community is by providing legal advice on a pro bono basis to clients who need legal help, but are unable to pay for our services. Our pro bono work is directed at clients whom we consider to be very deserving or who face legal issues that we believe are especially important to our communities or to society as a whole. We are proud that Euromoney Legal Media Group honoured us with the ‘2014 Best National Firm for Pro Bono Work’.


At Wolf Theiss, we strongly believe that in a global marketplace, a company that employs a diverse workforce (both men and women of several generations and from ethnically and racially diverse backgrounds) is better able to understand the marketplace it serves, offers better and more unique perspectives and thus, is better equipped to thrive in that marketplace than a company that has a more limited range of employee demographics. 

 

For us, uniting people in a region where, in some cases, it has previously experienced first-hand war-time prejudice and overcoming cultural divisiveness is part of our philosophy. By respecting each other, we have created a unique workplace camaraderie that spills over into our daily lives. Wolf Theiss considers itself to be politically liberal, not biased in any direction and imposing no restrictions on its workforce in terms of political view, religion, way of life, race, language and sexual orientation. 

 

Our leadership team is comprised of 25% female partners, one of them within our management board, and 53% of our senior lawyers are women. We strive to stand at the forefront in the region, when it comes to gender diversity. We were one of the first law firms in the region to implement a maternity policy. Innovation initiatives at our firm are driven by female talent. We also encourage our lawyers to spend part of their daily work on firm-wide non-billable initiatives. 

 

Wolf Theiss is proud to have been recognised as “Best in Austria” at the European Women in Business Law Awards 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 & 2012, “Best in Croatia” at the European Women in Business Law Awards 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 & 2013 and “Best in Romania” at the European Women in Business Law Awards 2016, 2015 & 2014. 

 

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY 

 

At Wolf Theiss we believe that success is a two-way street. Our financial success depends in large part on our doing quality work for our clients, so they come back to us and recommend us to others. But our success also depends on the support of the local communities where we live and work. They provide us with a great deal of input and impulses, including the talented lawyers and assistants who make it possible for us to do what we do. We all think it is essential that we give something back to the community. 

 

One way to show our commitment to the community is by providing legal advice on a pro bono basis to clients who need legal help, but are unable to pay for our services. Our pro bono work is directed at clients whom we consider to be very deserving or who face legal issues that we believe are especially important to our communities or to society as a whole.