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Wolf Theiss
04071 KIEV

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Experienced senior associate Oksana Volynets leads the practice at Wolf Theiss, which handles multi-jurisdictional finance transactions for clients including EBRD. For Erste Bank, the firm handled the €300m sale of a non-performing loan portfolio.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Clients of Wolf Theiss praise the 'outstanding work from a highly committed team'. Lead partner Taras Dumych acted for Bain Capital on local matters arising from its acquisition of Sealed Air's food safety and hygiene division, Diversey Care. Senior associate Oksana Volynets plays a key role in the practice's major deals.

Competition Tier 2

At Wolf Theiss, the competition group is led by associate Olga Ivlyeva, who handles merger control and compliance matters. She assisted petrol station and aircraft fuel company Amic Energy Management with compliance issues arising from changes in its corporate structure.

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Wolf Theiss acts for international and Ukrainian companies in domestic and cross-border disputes. Taras Dumych and associate Sergii Zheka are the main contacts. They represented ThyssenKrupp in a dispute against a major local customer who defaulted on payment for equipment.

Employment Tier 3

Wolf Theiss joins the table this year having advised Ukrainian companies and Ukrainian subsidiaries of multinational businesses on critical employment matters. Associates Olga Ivlyeva and Olena Kravtsova are the key names. Ivlyeva advised Bain Capital on matters arising from a corporate acquisition.

Intellectual property Tier 3

The IP practice at Wolf Theiss is 'highly organised and helpful'. The 'professional, punctual and patient' Taras Dumych acted for Uponor in a matter concerning the termination of an unlawful trade mark that infringed its domain name.

Real estate and construction Tier 3

Wolf Theiss acts predominantly for industrial companies on construction projects and real estate disputes. Taras Dumych handled due diligence for a European telecoms company, which owns and leases several properties in Ukraine.

Tax Tier 4

Mykhailo Razuvaiev at Wolf Theiss is a specialist tax lawyer who works with corporate partner Taras Dumych to assist the firm's international clients. The duo advised a European bank on tax issues arising from sanctions imposed on its local subsidiary.

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, North Macedonia and Turkey.

*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
Ms Oksana Volynets  photo Ms Oksana Volynets
 Sergii Zheka  photo Sergii Zheka
Number of lawyers : 340
at this office : 6
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.


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’.