Firm Profile > Eterna Law > Kiev, Ukraine

Eterna Law
Gulliver Business Centre
1-A Sportyvna Sq, 32nd Floor
01001 KYIV

Ukraine > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Eterna Law is 'pragmatic, commercially minded and easy to work with’. The firm has a stellar reputation for representing the Ukrainian state and private interests in arbitration matters both in Ukraine and abroad (including GAFTA and FOSFA cases), as well as in domestic and international litigation. In late 2020, the firm hired Nataliia Koroviakovska, who previously ran her own independent practice, as its new head of dispute resolution. Partners Andrey AstapovOleh Beketov and Eugene Blinov are also key individuals in the group.

Practice head(s):

Nataliia Koroviakovska; Andrey Astapov; Oleh Beketov; Eugene Blinov

Other key lawyers:

Olena Shumalo; Igor Mulyarchuk


‘Eterna Law Firm is a highly professional team that demonstrated full devotion to the set tasks. The professional approach highlights this firm among others.’

‘We highly appreciate all of the engaged lawyers which handled their legal services.’

‘Pragmatic, commercially minded and easy to work with.’

‘Eugene Blinov is excellent to work with.’

‘Eterna Law has a wide range of partner law firms in foreign jurisdictions, that allows it to be flexible and prompt in resolving any issues related to foreign substantive and procedural law. Lawyers of Eterna Law proved to be excellent specialists at handling complex disputes, providing full-cycle assistance starting with developing an effective and well-founded case strategy, preparing legal documents, and ending with representing and pursuing clients’ cases.’

‘During our deep cooperation, the team of lawyers – Andrey Astapov, counsel Igor Mulyarchuk and associate Olena Shumalo proved their professionalism and loyalty to clients.’

‘Eugene Blinov is always tenacious in pursuit of his client’s case. He has a very good grasp of English law and practice.’

‘I have worked with Oleh Beketov on a number of cases. He is very responsive and researches issues thoroughly. He is very industrious and looks for solutions to meet the clients’ needs.’

Key clients

National Bank of Ukraine

Joint Stock Company “Ukrainian Railways”

LLC Cub Market

Barbara Krom

AIG Ukraine

Soufflet Negoce SA

Nescare Group LP

Mr Gilfanov, Mr Tokarev


Hogan Lovells

Ukraine > International trade Tier 2

Eterna Law advises corporates and their investors on international trade and WTO law. Corporate partner Oleh Malskyy, who leads the practice, frequently acts for domestic and international companies in sectors as diverse as natural resources, energy, telecommunications, media, pharmaceutical and insurance. He regularly appears in trade remedy and anti-dumping investigations and WTO disputes. Newly promoted partner Artem Kuzmenko also plays a key role in corporate and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Oleh Malskyy

Other key lawyers:

Artem Kuzmenko

Key clients

EMSS (Ukrainian steel products producer)

Association of Ukrainian steel producers

Ukrainian Association of Steel Producers

Detskiy Mir

Ukraine > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

Eterna Law undertakes a wide variety of general banking and finance transactions, and in addition, its team has niche expertise in areas such as art financing, yacht financing, jet financing and agricultural financing. Practice head Nickolas Likhachov has notable expertise in fund structuring and investment management matters.

Practice head(s):

Nikolas Likhachov

Key clients

BTA Bank v Vanguard Capital Partners Limited et all

Alfa Bank



Privat Bank

A top-30 Forbes Ukraine private individual

Factoring Finance (International Finance Company)

I&U Group Ukraine

Private client

Banque Internationale à Luxembourg

Ukraine > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Eterna Law's Kiev office works closely with teams in Moscow and Kazakhstan to assist Ukrainian and Russian clients with corporate issues concerning assets in the Crimean peninsula, which includes transactional advice and the drafting and negotiating shareholder agreements. Oleh Malskyy and Artem Kuzmenko are the main corporate partners. Denys Kytsenko (whose 'client-oriented approach makes the cooperation extremely comfortable and effective') is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Oleh Malskyy

Other key lawyers:

Denys Kytsenko


‘In comparison to other law firms the team of Denys Kytsenko is extremely oriented to the result and provides the best level of cooperation within the projects.’

‘For my company, Denys Kytsenko’s team at Eterna Law is one the best and most professional advisors we have ever cooperated with. His result and client-oriented approach makes the cooperation extremely comfortable and effective.’

Key clients

AFK Sistema






Hogan Lovells


Alfa Bank


Ukraine > Employment Tier 3

Eterna Law advises on employment matters involving senior executives and employees of both Ukrainian companies and Ukrainian subsidiaries of foreign businesses. The firm's work derives from its corporate, regulatory, finance and tax work. It acts for companies in sectors such as IT, telecoms, FMCG and pharmaceuticals. Oksana Kneychuk is the head of the practice. Bankruptcy and litigation partner Denys Kytsenko also plays a major role.

Practice head(s):

Oksana Kneychuk

Other key lawyers:

Denys Kytsenko


‘In comparison to other law firms, the team is extremely oriented to the result and provides the best level of cooperation within the projects.’

‘For my company, Denys Kytsenko’s team in Eterna Law is one the best and most professional advisors we have ever cooperated with. His result- and client-oriented approach makes the cooperation extremely comfortable and effective.’

Key clients

Unimot SA

Christian Dior Couture Ukraine

Flick Gocke Schaumburg


Dufry Ukraine

Ukraine > Energy Tier 3

Eterna Law's track record includes the development of the new energy markets following the privatisation of state energy monopolies. Its work in the Ukrainian oil, gas, power, mining and water sectors includes permits, concessions, procurement and environmental matters. 'Practical, quick and effective' corporate partner Oleh Malskyy leads the practice, with Maksym Uslystyi having left to launch Acquis Law Firm. Malskyy works for domestic, CIS-based and multinational companies in the energy and natural resources sector as part of his broad practice.

Practice head(s):

Oleh Malskyy


‘The firm provides very good communication and I have a very good opinion of partner Oleh Malskyy. He is practical, quick and effective.’

Key clients

Modus Group

Enel S.p.A.

Gamma Solar Holding



Ukraine > Intellectual property Tier 3

Eterna Law acts for domestic and international clients in the luxury goods, telecoms, retail, FMCG, IT and pharmaceuticals sectors. It excels in the IP aspects of M&A transactions, and also handles disputes relating to trade marks, domain names, passing-off, copyright, database rights and breaches of confidence. Corporate partner Oleh Malskyy leads the practice, in which partner Denys Kytsenko has 'a client-oriented approach that makes the cooperation extremely comfortable and effective’.

Practice head(s):

Oleh Malskyy

Other key lawyers:

Denys Kytsenko


‘In comparison to other law firms the team of Denys Kytsenko is extremely oriented to the result and provides the best level of cooperation within the projects.’

‘For my company, Denys Kytsenko’s team in Eterna Law is one the best and most professional advisors we have ever cooperated with. His result and client-oriented approach makes the cooperation extremely comfortable and effective.’

Key clients

New Asset Management

Stepanchuk R.D. (Tobacco Universal Ltd.)


Ukraine > Private client Tier 3

Eterna Law joins the rankings on the strength of its work for business owners, senior executives and Ukrainian and CIS high-net-worth individuals in the area of wealth management and family law. The firm also frequently advises on the purchase of high-value items including private jets, yachts and real estate. Nickolas Likhachov, who joined in 2020 from SPENSERS to lead the banking and finance practice, and international tax planning specialist Oksana Kneychuk are the names to note.

Practice head(s):

Nickolas Likhachov; Oksana Kneychuk


‘It was a pleasure working with Eterna Law. The lawyers are dedicated to finding a solution fit for the client. They have shown good expertise and have always acted within initially agreed timelines.’

‘Oksana Kneychuk is very proactive, diligent and easy to work with. Her knowledge and attention to detail really stand out.’

Ukraine > Real estate and construction Tier 3

Eterna Law's real estate team is mainly focused on issues arising from corporate transactions, and it also handles large real estate investments for high-net-worth individuals. The group is active in complex commercial and industrial projects both domestically and regionally; its work covers negotiations with local authorities for permits, land allotment and use. Corporate partner Oleh Malskyy leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Oleh Malskyy

Key clients



Dyckerhoff Ukraine

Ukraine > Tax Tier 3

Eterna Law handles all aspects of business taxation including the tax-efficient structuring of corporate transactions, international tax planning, VAT, customs duties and tax finance. The practice, which is led by corporate partner Oksana Kneychuk, also provides day-to-day advice on indirect taxes, corporate and personal tax, and litigation. The firm recently assisted Alfa Bank with issues concerning the payment of tax on income received abroad.

Practice head(s):

Oksana Kneychuk

Key clients


Сelanor GmbH

Sony Ukraine

Ukrainian Tennis Federation

The firm: Eterna Law is a European full-cycle law firm with a strong  practice in Ukraine and the CIS region.

Since its foundation in 2002, the firm has grown rapidly and currently employs over 100 professionals and has five active offices (Kyiv, Moscow, Almaty, Riga and Dusseldorf). The firm is consistently named among the leaders of the market for quality, responsiveness and reliability of service as well as for the depth of its expertise.

The firm is dynamic, client-oriented and solution-focused firm with a team of energetic, foreign-educated young professionals that provide concise and practical legal advice in a cost-effective manner, while not compromising on quality.

Eterna Law has an extensive history and experience in Ukraine and the CIS region. The firm understands these diverse markets that demand international experience in combination with knowledge of the local business realities and legal environment.

Being a full-service law firm, its counsel may cover any aspect of doing business. The principal areas of focus are dispute resolution, corporate, M&A, tax, international finance, compliance, regulatory enforcement, public-private partnership, intellectual property, capital markets, human rights, insolvency, construction, real estate acquisitions, oil and gas, transport and infrastructure.

Areas of practice
Dispute resolution: strategy elaboration; preparing claims, defences, counter-claims and all other types of judicial documents; representing interests of clients in the course of procedural hearings; finding witnesses and working with them; selection of experts; and assisting in procedures of setting aside and negotiation and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards.

Mergers and acquisitions, corporate: negotiations support; structuring advice and tax analysis; due diligence and vendor due diligence (full scope, ‘red flag’); pre-acquisition restructuring, tax planning and risk mitigation; advising on regulatory and licensing matters; obtaining necessary regulatory approvals; drafting transactional documents (sale and purchase agreements, shareholders’ agreements, escrow agreements) under US law or English law (with co- counsels); post-acquisition and integration support; and shareholders’ and other post-M&A dispute resolution.

Tax, restructuring and insolvency practice: advises on all aspects of business taxation including tax structuring of transactions, international tax planning, developments and investment, value- added tax, customs duties and tax finance. The taxation practice offers ongoing advice on VAT, corporate, profit tax, personal income tax and other tax issues.

Energy and resources: is one of the major focus areas for our company. Eterna law has been actively involved in the development of the new energy markets in the CIS countries which rapidly emerged from privatization of state energy monopolies and the introduction of new regulatory regimes in Ukrainian oil, gas, electric power, mining, and water supply sectors. Most we are involved in advice on corporate, tax matters and disputes. In renewable energy we are key market player.

Banking and finance: advising on trade/project finance and loan transactions; legal assistance on debt restructuring transactions, assignment of receivables and payables; drafting syndicated loan agreements and structuring financial transactions; advising on international bond issues and advice on regulatory matters.

Real estate and infrastructure: the department has been involved in complex commercial and industrial real estate projects and transactions on the local, regional and national levels. Eterna law is an active team player in infrastructure projects. The firm advises a range of national and international investors in investments related to the port infrastructure in Ukraine and the realising of relevant projects.

Department Name Email Telephone
Arbitration Andrey Astapov
Arbitration (including GAFTA/FOSFA) Andrey Astapov
Banking and finance Andrey Astapov
Capital markets and securities Oleh Malskyy
Commercial Oleh Malskyy
Corporate and M&A Oleh Malskyy
Debt and credit management Oleh Beketov
Family and inheritance Oksana Kneychuk
Immigration Oksana Kneychuk
Infrastructure and real estate Oleh Malskyy
Intellectual property Oleh Malskyy
International financing/trade/WTO Oleh Malskyy
Luxury and retail Oleh Malskyy
Investigations and commercial intelligence Oleh Beketov
Investment and acquisitions Oleh Malskyy
IT and data protection Oleh Malskyy
Litigation Oleh Beketov
Maritime and transportation Eugene Blinov
Mediation and negotiation Eugene Blinov
Public-private partnership (PPP) Oleh Malskyy
Regulatory enforcement and white-collar Oleh Beketov
Shareholder, investment and post-M&A disputes Oleh Beketov
Tax, restructuring and insolvency Oksana Kneychuk
Trade remedies Oleh Malskyy
GR and lobbying Oleh Malskyy
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Andrey Astapov  photo Mr Andrey Astapov Andrey Astapov is Managing Partner of AstapovLawyers International Law Group since 2003.…
Mr Oleh Beketov  photo Mr Oleh Beketov Partner, Head of International Litigation Department
Ms Oksana Kneychuk  photo Ms Oksana Kneychuk Oksana Kneychuk joinedEterna Law in June 2004 and has grown from Junior…
 Denys Kytsenko  photo Denys Kytsenko Partner
 Aleksandr Lugovskyi  photo Aleksandr Lugovskyi Partner
Mr Oleh Malskyy  photo Mr Oleh Malskyy Oleh Malskyy is a Partner in Eterna Law. Mr. Malskyy has substantial…
Number of lawyers : over 80
at this office : about 50
Other offices : Almaty
Other offices : Dusseldorf
Other offices : Moscow
Other offices : Riga

ETERNA LAW team of lawyers defended the interests of the large taxpayer – PJSC “Stevedoring Company”

ETERNA LAW team of lawyers defended the interests of the large taxpayer - PJSC "Stevedoring Company" AVLITA" in a complex tax dispute in which the court investigated the tax liability accrued to the payer since the temporary occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.


ETERNA LAW announced appointment of Oleh Beketov, partner, head of International Litigation Department, as firm’s Senior Partner.Oleh Beketov joined the firm in 2009.

Eterna Law Lawyers Successfully Defended Interests Of One Of The Leading European Manufacturers Of V

Eterna law lawyers successfully defended interests of one of the leading European manufacturers of vitamins, pet food and pharmaceutical products-DSM Nutritional Products SP. z o. o.  in a dispute with the Ukrainian company. Eterna Law initiated proceedings in the commercial court of the city of Kiev, in connection with the unpaid delivered goods to Ukraine.

Eterna Law has successfully represented a major Asian grain producing and trading company in a GAFTA

The matter arose out of a contract on sale of commodities to a Middle Eastern trading company on C&F delivery basis. The arbitration proceedings were commenced due to the buyer’s failure to effect full payment for the delivered quantity of the goods, compensate liquidated damages caused by delay in payment for the goods and take delivery of the balance quantity of the purchased goods. As a consequence, the GAFTA Tribunal found the buyer to be in breach of the contract, awarded the Client with an amount exceeding USD 1.5 million, as well as dismissed the buyer’s unquantified counterclaim for the claimants’ alleged failure to ship the goods.

The case was handled by Mr. Eugene Blinov, Partner and Head of International Arbitration Department, Mr. Ievgen Boiarskyi, Associate, and Mr. Vsevolod Mazurenko, Junior Associate.

Moscow Office Of Eterna Law Represented The Interests Of The Owner Of Large Assets (shopping Center)

Eterna Law team represented the interests of the Group of companies located in Belgorod region in a dispute with the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia on sanctions for the violation of antimonopoly legislation of the Russian Federation in the form of an agreement with a public authority to limit competition.

Eterna Law Successfully Represented The Interests Of Polish Agro Company

Eterna Law successfully defended the interests of Polish agro company in a dispute with the Ukrainian agro trader.

Eterna Law initiated proceedings in the commercial court of Chernihiv oblast in connection with baseless retaining pre-paid contracts for the supply of agricultural products

Eterna Law Kazakhstan advised Jacobs Kazakhstan

Eterna Law Kazakhstan advised Jacobs Kazakhstan in relation with its re-registration. Services included preparation and filing of corporate resolutions and other documents, required by law. The project was handled by Konstantin Derbyshev, Senior Associate.

Eterna Law Almaty office is recommended by Legal 500 in the field of Corporate and M&A (Tier 3). 

Eterna Law In Cooperation With Maples And Calder (bvi) And Mr. Matthew Hardwick Qc Secured A Win For

Kyiv, March 17th - Eterna Law in cooperation with Maples and Calder (BVI) and Mr. Matthew Hardwick QC (instructed by Arabella di Iorio, partner of Maples) successfully appealed the decision of the first instance judge (Bannister J.) to discharge a USD 12m worldwide freezing injunction. 

Eterna Law Is Pleased To Announce Strengthening Of The Real Estate Practice With Joining Of Stanisla

Eterna Law is pleased to announce that Stanislav Gerasimenko, Senior Associate, joins our team on January, 25 as a Head of the Practice, in order to further enhance the Real estate practice.

Such appointment is caused by significant growth and development of the Real estate practice in the Kyiv office of Eterna Law and in accordance to the company's strategy aimed to strengthening of international opportunities to respond to the growing demand of Ukrainian and foreign customers for services in support of major transactions in the real estate sector.

Eterna Law succeeds in Ukrainian litigation

Eterna Law has recently successfully represented TPV Compound s.r.l., a leading Italian producer of polyvinyl chloride compounds, in a multiparty debt collection matter heard before the Ukrainian courts.

Eterna Law Successfully Represented Interests Of Major Agro Producer In Number Of Arbitration Procee

Kyiv, December 26th - Eterna Law successfully represented interests of major Ukrainian agro producer and trader in number of arbitration proceedings before the ICAC at Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The disputes arose out of failure of the respondent to fulfil its contractual obligations under supply contracts. Eterna law team initiated few arbitration proceedings seeking repayment under the supply contracts. In result, all claims were satisfied in full and the Client was awarded about USD 11 million.

The matter was handled by Igor Semenov, Counsel, Oleksandr Kravets, Senior Associate and Anastasia Klian, Junior Associate under supervision of Oleh Beketov, Partner and Head of International Litigation.

Eterna Law is pleased to announce a number of promotions in the company

Kyiv, December 19th. Eterna Law is pleased to announce a number of promotions in the company.

Maksym Uslystyi, counsel, was promoted to a Partner.

Igor Semenov, counsel, received partnership track.

Alexandr Lugovskiy, Senior Associate, received counsel track.

Artem Kuzmenko, associate, was promoted to senior associate.

Alexander Kravets, associate, was promoted to senior associate.

Julia Zarichniuk, junior associate,was promoted to associate.

Eterna Law Summed Up The Results Of Its Social Initiative – “p2p” Program For Law Students.

Kyiv, November 17th  - Eterna Law summed up the results of its social initiative - "P2P" program for law students. This is the first in Ukraine annual scholarship program for law students studying at Ukrainian universities.  Two successful winners will be receiving a monthly scholarship and a mentorship support of one of the firm's partners during the academic year. They will also be granted with unique possibility of an internship and employment with the firm. During the selection process more than 350 students of 4th-6th courses of five Ukrainian leading universities – Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Yaroslav Mudriy National Law University, Ivan Franko Lviv National University, Zaporizhzhya National University and National University "Odessa Law Academy"– competed for the right to be the best.Two winners - Viktoriya Polishcuk and Volodymyr Khomenko will start their internship in the firm starting from November 2016.Educational projects are a key focus of corporate social responsibility of the firm. Eterna Law is the only company in Ukraine that cooperates with all key legal faculties in the country. Leading firm’s lawyers regularly carry out master classes and workshops for students.