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

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Eterna Law focuses predominantly on high-value and cross-border arbitration, though it handles a range of domestic and international litigation. Clients describe 'an energetic and imaginative firm that will try to find a solution for even the most difficult problems'. Andrey Astapov, head of international litigation Oleh Beketov, 'extremely good tacticianEugene Blinov, who has expertise in international arbitration, and head of IT disputes Aleksandr Lugovskyi are the partners in a sizeable practice. Denys Kytsenko joined from Dynasty Law Firm to add capacity to the bankruptcy and restructuring practice. The firm counts Ukrenergy Trade and BTA Bank among its clients.

Testimonials

Eterna Law is a very professional firm with extensive experience in international litigation and arbitration.

Eugene Blinov has excellent English language skills, extensive knowledge of English law and great experience of conducting international litigation and arbitration. He is an extremely good tactician.

Eterna is one of the leading law firms in Kiev. In terms of dispute resolution, it is energetic and imaginative, and will try to find a solution for even the most difficult problems.

Eugene Blinov epitomises the way in which the firm always tries to find a solution to even the most difficult problems. Oleh Beketov is also well-respected.

Eterna Law firm has a highly professional team which demonstrates full devotion to the set task. A professional approach highlights this company among others.

We highly appreciate all the lawyers who handle our legal services. I know the team through Oleh Beketov, who is a highly competent Ukrainian lawyer with a good understanding of Western clients’ needs.

It is very responsive and does thorough legal research. Eterna has highly professional, engaged, experienced lawyers who bring that to the bear in dealing with fast-paced, complicated international litigation, often involving concepts and legal principles that might be unfamiliar to most Ukrainian lawyers, but which the team understand, deal with and respond intelligently to, notwithstanding it being not necessarily within their formal training or native language.

Both Oleh Beketov and Aleksandr Lugovski stand out for us as intelligent, responsive professionals who can make a substantive contribution to the pursuit of litigation in another jurisdiction and across multiple jurisdictions that you might think would be outside a Ukrainian-based lawyer’s comfort zone. For them it is not. They are positive contributors to the conduct of litigation and excellent intermediaries between English language jurisdiction lawyers and Ukrainian clients. If we were not working with them on a particular case for Ukrainian clients I would ask the clients if we could.

They have the strength in depth to handle large and urgent matters, with impressive responsiveness. Oleh Beketov is hugely experienced internationally and has very sound judgement. He is relentless but realistic.

Eterna Law makes a considerable contribution to the development and promotion of alternative dispute resolution in Ukraine and internationally. Eterna Law has been advising clients on transactions and disputes for over 15 years. This firm is a recognised leader among its competitors in Europe in the field of litigation in terms of both the number of successfully resolved disputes and their complexity.

The firm has built an outstanding reputation representing the state and private interests in international forums. The arbitration team has built up particular skill in multi-party arbitrations and the arbitration of corporate disputes.

Eterna Law provides us with highly qualified legal assistance for the protection of our violated rights and interests within the framework of economic justice. As a result of effective working with Eterna Law we have received professional legal assistance in all courts and reached the damages caused to our company. Eterna Law’s lawyers were able to do a quick analysis of the case at the pre-trial stage to determine the legal prospects of our business and to develop an effective strategy to further protect the interests of our company.

Andrey Astapov demonstrates high quality of work and takes a tailored approach to each particular issue.

Oleh Beketov is an effective, dynamic professional who is able to quickly and accurately provide advice on complex projects.

Key clients

Korlea Invest AS

UkrEnergy Trade

BTA Bank

DSM Nutritional Products Sp.z.o.o.

Energy Tier 2

Energy and natural resources is one of the major areas of focus for Eterna Law, where corporate partners Oleh Malskyy and Maksym Uslystyi lead the practice. The team's work covers the procurement of exploration and extraction permits, advice on concessions, the drafting and negotiating of procurement and product-sharing agreements, and compliance reviews. It frequently advises international investors - largely from Turkey, Greece and Lithuania - on acquiring assets in the renewable energy sector.

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Key clients

Modus Group

Enel S.p.A.

Gamma Solar Holding

International trade Tier 2

Corporate partner Oleh Malskyy leads the practice at Eterna Law and is highly active in trade remedy investigations and WTO disputes. The firm acts for foreign and domestic companies and has in-depth experience in key industry sectors such as agriculture, banking, energy, natural resources, telecoms and pharmaceuticals.

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Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

Eterna Law boosted the capacity of its bankruptcy and debt restructuring practice with the hire of Denys Kytsenko from Dynasty Law Firm. He joins corporate partner Oleh Malskyy and litigator Oleh Beketov, who jointly lead the practice. The firm acts for a growing number of international and Ukrainian banks as creditors in debt collection, bankruptcy, restructuring and contentious matters. Alfa Bank is among its clients.

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Key clients

BTA Bank v Vanguard Capital Partners Limited et al

Alfa Bank

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

The corporate practice at Eterna Law has been active advising on projects in the conventional energy and alternative energy sectors. It also handled matters in areas such as IT, where its work included advising on initial coin offerings, cryptocurrency trading, venture investment and start-up sales. It is also active in the infrastructure sector, handling projects related to rail, road and port development, as well as advising companies in the agricultural sector. Oleh Malskyy is the key partner. The team in Kiev works closely with the firm's other offices in Moscow and Kazakhstan.

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Key clients

AFK Sistema

Bioton

Bunge

SKM

FoodFox

Dior

Auchan

Alfa Bank

DTEK

Ukrainian State Roads Agency

Furshet

Employment Tier 3

Eterna Law handles employment matters related to the top-level management and personnel of both domestic companies and the Ukrainian subsidiaries of international businesses, including advising on the employment of foreigners and Ukrainians abroad. Oksana Kneychuk's team deals with employment matters in relation to the firm's corporate, regulatory, finance and tax work for companies in the IT, telecoms, FMCG, pharmaceutical, NGO and other sectors.

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Key clients

Monarch Aircraft Engineering Ukraine LLC

Christian Dior Couture Ukraine

Intellectual property Tier 3

Corporate partner Oleh Malskyy leads the practice at Eterna Law, which handles the creation, exploitation and enforcement of IP rights. As well as handling the IP aspects of M&A transactions, the firm also acts in a range of disputes including complex patent actions and cases involving trade marks, domain names, passing-off, copyright, database rights and breach of confidence claims.

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Real estate and construction Tier 3

Corporate partner Oleh Malskyy leads the practice at Eterna Law, which handles complex local, regional and national commercial and industrial real estate projects. Its work covers land allocation issues, negotiations with local authorities to obtain approvals and permissions, pre-development sales and acquisitions of land, as well as construction and leasing matters. The firm is also active in project finance matters.

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Tax Tier 3

Oksana Kneychuk leads the international taxation practice at Eterna Law, which focuses on the tax structuring of corporate transactions, international tax planning, cross-border investment, VAT, customs duties and tax finance. It also advises on matters concerning the reimbursement of export VAT and structuring transactions to minimise VAT liabilities, an area in which it also handles disputes. It acts for many domestic and Russian clients, including Sports.ru and the Ukrainian Tennis Federation.

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Key clients

Sports.ru

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 astapov@eterna.law
Arbitration (including GAFTA/FOSFA) Andrey Astapov astapov@eterna.law
Banking and finance Andrey Astapov astapov@eterna.law
Capital markets and securities Oleh Malskyy malskyy@eterna.law
Commercial Oleh Malskyy malskyy@eterna.law
Corporate and M&A Oleh Malskyy malskyy@eterna.law
Debt and credit management Oleh Beketov beketov@eterna.law
Family and inheritance Oksana Kneychuk kneychuk@eterna.law
Immigration Oksana Kneychuk kneychuk@eterna.law
Infrastructure and real estate Oleh Malskyy malskyy@eterna.law
Intellectual property Oleh Malskyy malskyy@eterna.law
International financing/trade/WTO Oleh Malskyy malskyy@eterna.law
Luxury and retail Oleh Malskyy malskyy@eterna.law
Investigations and commercial intelligence Oleh Beketov beketov@eterna.law
Investment and acquisitions Oleh Malskyy malskyy@eterna.law
IT and data protection Oleh Malskyy malskyy@eterna.law
Litigation Oleh Beketov beketov@eterna.law
Maritime and transportation Eugene Blinov blinov@eterna.law
Mediation and negotiation Eugene Blinov blinov@eterna.law
Public-private partnership (PPP) Oleh Malskyy malskyy@eterna.law
Regulatory enforcement and white-collar Oleh Beketov beketov@eterna.law
Shareholder, investment and post-M&A disputes Oleh Beketov beketov@eterna.law
Tax, restructuring and insolvency Oksana Kneychuk kneychuk@eterna.law
Trade remedies Oleh Malskyy malskyy@eterna.law
GR and lobbying Oleh Malskyy malskyy@eterna.law
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
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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 ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF OLEH BEKETOV AS A FIRM’S SENIOR PARTNER

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.


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


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 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 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 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 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.