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

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Eterna Law climbs the ranking on the strength of its international arbitration practice. Andrey AstapovOleh Beketov ('strong on Ukrainian law') and Eugene Blinov are 'second to none in terms of responsiveness and quality of advice'. Blinov represented Ukrenergy Trade in a $300m VIAC arbitration.

Energy Tier 1

Eterna Law's team is noted for the 'speed of its solutions'. Oleh Malskyy leads the practice, which includes alternative energy specialist Maksym Uslystyi, who provides 'useful and quick solutions'. The latter advised a private seller on the sale of an oilfield in Kazakhstan to a US investor

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Eterna Law frequently advises Russian and Ukrainian clients on business activities in the disputed region of Crimea. It also handles corporate matters in the energy and IT sectors. Lead partner Oleh Malskyy acted for an investor who bought a stake in delivery company FoodFox.

Employment Tier 3

Eterna Law provides advice on the employment of foreigners in Ukraine and Ukrainians abroad; this include assisting with contracts, incentives, immigration compliance, work permits and disputes. Practice head Oksana Kneychuk counts Christian Dior Couture and Auchan Ukraine among her clients.

Intellectual property Tier 3

Led by corporate partner Oleh Malskyy, the IP practice at Eterna Law advises domestic and international clients in the luxury, telecoms, retail, FMCG, IT and pharmaceutical sectors. Malskyy and associate Alina Podolyak advised WeFuture on a global data privacy compliance project.

Real estate and construction Tier 3

At Eterna Law, corporate partner Oleh Malskyy frequently handles the real estate aspects of M&A transactions. He acted for a Russian developer on the construction of a leisure sector development.

Tax Tier 3

Oksana Kneychuk at Eterna Law frequently advises large Ukrainian companies and multinationals on tax matters. She assisted testing and inspection company NofaGroup with tax structuring for an acquisition.


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
Mr Oleh Beketov  photo Mr Oleh Beketov
Ms Oksana Kneychuk  photo Ms Oksana Kneychuk
 Denys Kytsenko  photo Denys Kytsenko
 Aleksandr Lugovskyi  photo Aleksandr Lugovskyi
Mr Oleh Malskyy  photo Mr Oleh Malskyy
 Maksym Uslystyi  photo Maksym Uslystyi
Number of lawyers : over 80
at this office : about 50
Other offices : Almaty
Other offices : Dusseldorf
Other offices : Moscow
Other offices : Riga

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 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.


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 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.