Firm Profile > EY Law > Kiev, Ukraine

EY Law
KRESCHATYK PLAZA
19 A KHRESHCHATYK STREET
01001 KYIV
Ukraine

Tax Tier 1

EY Law has the largest tax, customs and people advisory services practice in Ukraine; its team in Kiev has more than 100 experienced tax, customs and human capital professionals. In 2020, the firm also opened an office in Lviv to cater for clients in the country's western region. The tax practice, which is led by Vladimir Kotenko, is respected for its advice to government bodies and business associations on major tax issues, including tax policy and tax reform. Clients of up-and-coming partner Iryna Kalyta note that 'her attention to detail and deep knowledge of tax law have been crucial'.

Practice head(s):

Vladimir Kotenko

Other key lawyers:

Iryna Kalyta

Testimonials

‘The team is very knowledgeable and provides a broad array of advisory services.’

‘Being new to Ukraine, Iryna Kalyta has been invaluable in our success in the country. Her attention to detail and deep knowledge of tax law have been crucial.’

‘The team has great professionalism and client-oriented.’

‘I worked with Iryna Kalyta who is very client-oriented and serves clients the best way. She always responds quickly, sometimes even providing some advice and support free of charge. The firm has an excellent professional team.’

Key clients

Aspect Holdings

DTEK Oil&Gas

Ministry of Energy of Ukraine

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

EY Law is increasingly visible in both local and cross-border matters, and it has featured prominently in many high-profile deals; one example concerned its advice to Naftogaz of Ukraine on the sale of Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine LLC by JSC Uktransgaz. The practice is led by Borys Lobovyk, who works closely with Albert Sych. Senior associate Olena Dreval has 'a very good understanding of corporate law'.

Practice head(s):

Borys Lobovyk

Other key lawyers:

Albert Sych; Olena Dreval

Testimonials

‘Senior associate Olena Dreval has a very good understanding of corporate law and tax matters and is able to follow and implement clients’ needs.’

Key clients

Acciona

Adobe

EBRD

Gorilla Group (A Wunderman Thompson Company)

Honeywell

Horizon Capital

IFC

Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine

Naftogaz of Ukraine

Puma

Rozetka

Employment Tier 2

EY Law's Kiev office has seen an increase in work under the leadership of Olga Gorbanovskaya and Halyna Khomenko. It advises clients on a wide range of issues, including labour, immigration, currency control, employee benefits, immigration, disputes and tax matters. Working with the firm's extensive global network, it is frequently involved in matters arising from large cross-border business reorganisations and M&A.

Practice head(s):

Olga Gorbanovskaya; Halyna Khomenko

Private client Tier 2

EY Law's team in Kiev focuses on tax, wealth management, immigration planning and currency control compliance. Olga Gorbanovskaya and Halyna Khomenko act for high-net-worth individuals from Ukraine and abroad, including family business owners and the senior executives of large corporations. The firm is best known for its work in relation to cross-border tax compliance and it is a leading adviser on Ukraine's new controlled foreign companies rules.

Practice head(s):

Olga Gorbanovskaya; Halyna Khomenko

Competition Tier 3

EY Law is sought after to handle the competition aspects of high-value cross-border M&A transactions. It has also worked with the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine on competition issues arising from pilot concession projects in the seaports of Olvia and Kherson. Also notable is that the firm handled merger control issues for Naftogaz in the unbundling of Ukraine's gas transportation system. Borys Lobovyk leads the practice, in which corporate partner Albert Sych plays a major role.

Practice head(s):

Borys Lobovyk

Other key lawyers:

Albert Sych

Key clients

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

International Finance Corporation

Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine

Naftogaz of Ukraine

Sarantis

Horizon Capital

Puma

MK Group

Rozetka

Altran

Energy Tier 3

EY Law has raised its profile in the energy sector with a string of production sharing agreements in the upstream oil and gas sector, including key deals for DTEK Oil & Gas and Aspect Energy. In 2020, the firm advised state-owned oil and gas company Naftogaz of Ukraine on the successful unbundling and independence of the operator of the gas transportation system. Borys Lobovyk and Albert Sych are the key partners.

Practice head(s):

Borys Lobovyk; Albert Sych

Key clients

Naftogaz of Ukraine

Aspect Energy

DTEK Oil&Gas

Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine

Acciona

The firm

EY has a strong full-fledged legal practice in Ukraine, well-versed in both local and international matters and practicalities.

EY offers companies a different approach by delivering legal services in a way that helps minimize the gap between business advisors and legal counsel. Our lawyers work in an integrated manner with professionals from other parts of EY’s business, including Tax, Transactions, Advisory and Assurance to deliver the informed and professional services that business needs.

Even when a client only retains EY’s lawyers they will still bring the benefits of the multidisciplinary, industry specialization and business oriented mindset.

Unlike traditional mono law firms, EY benefits from the global organization with presence in over 150 countries, not a mere alliance of various firms, in order to deliver consistent and pertinent counsel clients can trust. EY Law now unites more than 2,100 law practitioners in more than 80 countries of the world and is continuing to grow at a rapid rate.

With EY, clients can operate with confidence across jurisdictions, leveraging multi-service, fully-integrated consultant teams to make the most of today’s new business opportunities.

The track record of EY Ukraine’s legal practice includes some truly unique and unprecedented projects, such as work on production sharing agreements between Ukraine and multinational oil & gas companies, first implementing innovative products and solutions in Ukraine and support for major national reforms in Ukraine, including legislation drafting and their practical implementation.

Areas of practice

Corporate, commercial and M&A. EY Ukraine has a strong corporate, commercial and M&A practice focusing on legal due diligence, domestic and cross-border corporate transactions (including mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures), pre- and post-transaction reorganizations, as well as antitrust matters. EY supports buyers and sellers at all stages of transactions – from bid preparation and submission to negotiation, sign-off and closing. EY Ukraine has a solid track record of high profile deals.

Tax and customs. EY’s experience and capabilities in tax and transfer pricing are unmatched in the country. EY Ukraine has a large tax practice consisting of both lawyers and other tax specialists. EY’s capacity and in-depth industrial experience allows it to provide services in all the areas of tax, including corporate tax, indirect tax, personal tax, international tax, transfer pricing, transaction tax support, tax compliance, tax policy and controversy, tax dispute resolution, customs and international trade. For each such sub-practice, EY Ukraine has a dedicated team of experienced consultants and, where relevant, lawyers.

People Advisory Services. EY Ukraine’s People Advisory team provides comprehensive services to help clients harness their people agenda, the right people, with the right capabilities, in the right place, for the right cost, doing the right things. With the right input from lawyers, this practice works to address complex issues relating to organization transformation, end-to-end employee lifecycles, effective talent deployment and mobility, gaining value from evolving and virtual workforces, and the changing role of HR.

Industries. EY Ukraine focuses on a number of industries and sectors to ensure that its advice is tailored to its clients’ needs. These include:

    Agriculture

  • Automotive and transportation
  • Banking, insurance and other financial services
  • Consumer products and retail
  • Health and pharmaceuticals
  • Government and public sector
  • Oil and gas
  • Power and utilities
  • Private equity
  • Private wealth
  • Real estate and hospitality
  • Technology, media & entertainment and telecommunications.

Team

EY Ukraine’s Tax & Law practice consists of over 50 legal professionals, including 4 partners that are lawyers. In addition to this, the practice includes more than 90 non-lawyer professionals such as tax, financial and IT specialists.

EY’s legal practice globally unites more than 2,100 law practitioners.


Photo Name Position Profile
 Igor Chufarov photo Igor Chufarov Partner, Head of Transfer Pricing and International Tax
 Olena Dreval photo Olena Dreval Senior Associate
 Olga Gorbanovskaya photo Olga Gorbanovskaya Partner, Head of People Advisory Services in Ukraine
 Iryna Kalyta photo Iryna Kalyta Associate Partner
 Halyna Khomenko photo Halyna Khomenko Associate Partner
 Vladimir Kotenko photo Vladimir Kotenko Partner, Head of Tax and Law in Ukraine
 Iryna Kovalenko photo Iryna Kovalenko Senior Associate
 Borys Lobovyk photo Borys Lobovyk Parner, Head of Legal Practice
 Bogdan Malniev  photo Bogdan Malniev Director
 Bogdan Malniev  photo Bogdan Malniev Director
 Andrii Pryimak photo Andrii Pryimak Senior Associate
 Vitalii Pustovyi photo Vitalii Pustovyi Senior Associate
 Albert Sych photo Albert Sych Partner