Firm Profile > Sayenko Kharenko > Kiev, Ukraine

Sayenko Kharenko
10 MUZEYNY PROVULOK
7TH FLOOR
01001 KYIV
Ukraine

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Sayenko Kharenko is a leading firm for capital markets work and is also a prominent player in other domestic and cross-border financing transactions, including debt restructurings and project finance. Its enviable client roster includes international financial institutions such as BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank, the EBRD, JP Morgan Securities and Dragon Capital. Nazar Chernyavsky, who handles complex financing projects such as securitisations, and Michael Kharenko, who has expertise in structuring international investments, lead the 'exceptionally smart, knowledgeable and cleint-oriented team' with capital markets partner Anton Korobeynikov. New partner Igor Lozenko has experience in cross-border matters.

Testimonials

The team reacts so quickly and provides absolutely fantastic advice. It is a real pleasure to work with them. I wouldn’t go to anyone else.

Nazar Chernyavsky and Anton Korobeynikov are the best finance lawyers in the country – proactive, business-focused and affordable.

A great full-service team that couples technical expertise with commercial advice. Probably the best finance and restructuring team in Ukraine.

Anton Korobeynikov is incredibly creative and goes the extra mile to ensure the deal gets done.

Sayenko Kharenko is well known as Ukraine’s local transactional heavyweight. It acts for lenders, borrowers, underwriters and local issuers on the full range of banking and finance matters. The team works across a range of sectors.

Nazar Chernyavsky, Michael Kharenko, Anton Korobeynikov and Igor Lozenko see more transactions in the market than anyone else, so they are really great deal-doers.

When working with Sayenko Kharenko, we very much value their reliability and responsiveness. We also admire their high level of professionalism and profound expertise when it comes to dealing with the most sophisticated finance and capital markets matters. Their team always provides excellent advice in a timely manner for quite a reasonable price.

Igor Lozenko was responsible for the smooth internal and external communication of the team, ensuring that all of our requests were handled on time and high-quality project deliverables were submitted. Igor is very easy going and open-minded, which allows him to have a bigger and more complex vision on the case, thus minimising our risks.

Key clients

BNP Paribas

Citigroup

Deutsche Bank

Dragon Capital

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE)

Goldman Sachs International

J.P. Morgan Securities

Mriya Agro Holding

Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (Nefco)

Renaissance Capital

UBS Investment Bank

VR Global Partners L.P.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Sayenko Kharenko lost key partner Oleksandr Padalka to Ilyashev & Partners but practice co-head Vladimir Sayenko remains highly active advising on M&A transactions, particularly with a cross-border element, while the 'creative, results-orientedOleksandr Nikolaichyk has expertise in areas including joint ventures, corporate finance and corporate restructurings. The 'completely client-oriented, easily accessible and highly professional' team has a stellar client base drawn from the agriculture, financial services, FMCG, insurance, IT, media and retail sectors, including large international corporates and private equity firms. Counsels Sergiy Kazmirchuk, who has experience in corporate matters in the banking and insurance sectors, and Dmytro Korbut are also recommended.

Testimonials

I would say they are always ready to take on the most challenging tasks and to come up with results in an impressively short time. The team is always available and ready to deliver thorough advice and practical solutions. Having a wide range of expertise allows them to address complex legal issues.

Dmytro Korbut delivers the highest quality legal advice and services. He has an outstanding ability to produce excellent results in extremely short timelines. The business effectiveness of his advice could not be overestimated.’

Oleksandr Nikolaichyk has some of the strongest expertise on the market in relation to corporate governance in state-owned banks.

Oleksandr Nikolaichyk is well known as transactional lawyer and strong business-minded negotiator.’

Mykhailo Grynyshyn is also notable in a team of strong professionals with deep expertise who are highly engaged.

They are very commercially minded and always aim at making deals happen. During transactions it seems that there is no issue which they cannot resolve. They are excellent at negotiating transaction documents and highly client-oriented.

Oleksandr Nikolaichyk is very commercially oriented and pragmatic. It seems like there is no transactional issue Oleksandr cannot resolve.

Ilhar Hakhramanov is extremely knowledgeable in M&A transactions and has excellent negotiation skills.

Key clients

AXA Group

Bergner Group

BTA Bank

Elbrus Capital Funds

Elopak A.S.

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Greenyard N.V.

Groupe BPCE

Henkell & Co. Sektkellerei GmbH

Horizon Capital

Mriya Agro Holding

Naspers Group

Orexim Group (Orexim)

UkrSibbank

VR Global Partners L.P.

Competition Tier 1

Sayenko Kharenko is praised for 'its ability to provide commercially focused advice with respect to Ukrainian merger control rules'. Practice head Vladimir Sayenko specialises in obtaining merger clearances for market-leading transactions, while up-and-coming partners Valentyna Hvozd and Maksym Nazarenko have experience in concerted practices, cartels, abuse of dominance and unfair competition cases. All three are noted for their 'in-depth knowledge and responsiveness'. The firm counts Anheuser-Busch InBev and Horizon Capital among its clients.

Testimonials

‘The Sayenko Kharenko competition team is competent and responsive, and has first-hand insight into the latest developments of merger control rules in Ukraine.’

‘Maksym Nazarenko and associate Julia Kuyda have a client-oriented approach. They are knowledgeable and effective in their communication.’

‘The team is particularly good in investigations, delivering high-quality and timely advice adjusted to the local environment and culture.’

‘Valentyna Hvozd is a joy to work with from an in-house perspective. Hands-on and pragmatic, she does high-quality work within the competition law field.’

‘This team is responsive and able to provide clear, balanced advice.’

‘They have been very good at providing practical advice, balancing the need for expediency with the potential legal risks that can arise in Ukraine.’

‘The team is very responsive and gives pragmatic advice.’

‘Valentyna Hvozd is a very committed attorney and is always available at short notice. In addition, she gives pragmatic advice tailored to the client’s needs and is able to find a good balance between Ukraine’s demanding merger control regime and the client’s interests.’

‘This is my “go-to” firm for advice on Ukrainian merger control law.’

‘Valentina Hvozd is expert in merger control law.’

‘They have a very pragmatic approach and good connections with the competition authority. They truly think along with you and are therefore a reliable partner for merger control in Ukraine.’

‘Vladimir Sayenko is the top lawyer in Ukraine.’

‘Maksym Nazarenko is an energetic and enthusiastic person and also very knowledgeable, which makes it a great pleasure to work with him.’

Key clients

Anheuser-Busch InBev S.A./N.V.

BASF SE

Bayer Aktiengesellschaft

DowDuPont, Inc

EQT (Sivantos)

Horizon Capital

Shire plc

SUN InBev Ukraine

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited

VR Global Partners L.P.

Widex Holding A/S

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Sayenko Kharenko is 'well connected, very switched on and proactive' and clients note that the practice is 'very good tactically and always takes the time to understand the client’s business and potential risks'. 'Working with him really takes the pressure off', say clients of Olexander Droug, who with Sergey Pogrebnoy leads one of the largest practices in the market. Droug focuses on Ukrainian and international arbitration proceedings while Pogrebnoy leads on litigation. The team counts Prominvestbank, Philip Morris Ukraine, the State of Ukraine and VTB Bank among its clients.

Testimonials

The firm is is well connected, very switched on and proactive.

Olexander Droug is extremely knowledgable on virtually any issue of Ukrainian law.

Sayenko Kharenko demonstrates a capacity to manage complex actions involving multiple parties and jurisdictions, as well as to act across a diverse array of sectors. They are very good tactically and always take the time to understand the client’s business and potential risks.’

Our key contacts at Sayenko Kharenko are partner Olexander Droug and counsels Volodymyr Yaremko and Vitaliy Odzhykovsky. Olexander has expertise and the experience to deal with the most complex cases, working with him really takes the pressure off. Volodymyr also has notable litigation experience with a special focus on construction disputes under FIDIC forms of contracts and in commodities arbitrations (GAFTA, FOSFA). Vitaliy is an extremely good tax litigator.

I have cooperated with the dispute resolution practice of Sayenko Kharenko for more than three years. They are reliable and professional counsel who you can trust with your most sensitive matters. The team is huge and might be described as one of the biggest on the market. They have separate partners and practices responsible for arbitration and cross-border disputes, domestic litigation, and white-collar criminal defense, as well as tax and IP matters.

I enjoy cooperation with Volodymyr Yaremko, who handles ICC arbitration matters. He is creative, fast and results focused. Olexander Droug, a partner of the arbitration practice, is a very experienced and highly professional lawyer.

Key clients

Allard Pierson Museum

Al Sagr National Insurance Co (PSC)

DF Group companies

Farmak

NEFCO

Ostchem Holding Limited

Prominvestbank

Philip Morris Ukraine

Shareholders to PJSC “Sumy NPO”

The State of Ukraine

Vents

VTB Bank (Ukraine)

Employment Tier 1

Sayenko Kharenko is known for its 'great client service and expertise'. The sizeable team is led by Svitlana Kheda, who 'provides clear and practical advice' and has extensive experience assisting multinational corporate groups with labour policies and compliance with Ukrainian anti-corruption laws. The firm also advises on contracts, terminations, internal policies and contentious employment matters. Senior associates Olga Kyriusha, who specialises in the employment of foreign nationals in Ukraine, and Kuzma Pozychaniuk, who focuses on compliance violations and international investigations, are recommended.

Testimonials

‘The team is very responsive and understands better than other firms how to translate difficult Ukrainian legal concepts into a clear language that non-Ukrainian people easily understand.’

‘It goes without saying that their knowledge of Ukraine employment law is excellent. They provide real added value as they proactively inform clients of related issues to be aware of such as social security, corporate law and the practices of the state authorities.’

‘Svitlana Kheda speaks English fluently. She is extremely helpful and covers every single aspect you might have not been aware of if you are not familiar with Ukraine law.’

‘Svitlana Kheda is a delight to work with and always there when you need her. Her responsiveness, knowledge of my business and tailor-made practical business advice make her unique.’

‘The team is able to understand business-driven targets and problems for which they develop tailor-made and perfect legal solutions. In particular, the team shows a strong capability to develop legal solutions taking into consideration the peculiarities of market practice and typical behaviour of local authorities.’

‘Sayenko Kharenko is simply the best.’

‘I highly appreciate Svitlana Kheda’s outstanding qualifications as a lawyer. She has not only a brilliant and broad legal knowledge of Ukrainian employment law and related topics, but also an in-depth understanding of the business-related issues of her customers.’

‘Svitlana Kheda is able to explain legally complex issues in a highly understandable manner. Furthermore, she develops different options and clearly advises on the advantages and disadvantages of each option. Finally, her level of speaking and writing in English is brilliant.’

Key clients

Greif

Coca-Cola

Kyivstar

Energy Tier 1

Sayenko Kharenko has a multi-disciplinary team with experience across electricity, mining and metals, nuclear energy, oil and gas, power and renewables. It handles transactional, infrastructure, contentious and regulatory issues in the mining, oil and gas, and renewable energy sectors, and is also a key player in Ukraine's major energy efficiency programmes. Nazar Chernyavsky, new partner Igor Lozenko and counsel Maryna Hritsyshyna, who is 'one of the best in Ukraine', are the key practitioners.

Testimonials

They have good experience in the renewable market and support you independently.

They are very ethical and keep your matters confidential.

Maryna Hritsyshyna is able to act as a part of your team to explain all the detail patiently and in good time.

Key clients

DTEK Renewables

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

General Electric Company

Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO)

Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

Safège-Suez Consulting

State of Ukraine

VR Global Partners L.P.

Intellectual property Tier 1

Sayenko Kharenko is 'a unique phenomenon in the legal sphere in Ukraine and abroad - it has strong expertise, and is innovative, creative and able to attract the best legal brains to its team'. Oleksandr Padalka moved to Ilyashev & Partners but the firm hired Yaroslav Ognevyuk from Doubinsky & Osharova to lead the sizeable practice. The firm handles the entire spectrum of IP, from consulting to litigation and anti-counterfeiting actions. Counsel Oleg Klymchuk is also recommended.

Key clients

Scotch Whisky Association

Sistema PROSECCO

Public Joint Stock Company “State Savings Bank of Ukraine” (PJSC Oschadbank)

International trade Tier 1

Sayenko Kharenko has 'a very well-established practice and there is no doubt that it is a leader in this field'. One client remarks that the firm has 'the best expertise on the market, with a strong results-oriented approach'. Anzhela Makhinova leads the international trade practice, which handles anti-dumping, safeguard and anti-subsidy matters, WTO disputes, free trade agreements and trade compliance. Associates Ivan Baranenko and Victoria Mykuliak are also recommended. Andrew Zablotskyi is no longer with the firm.

Testimonials

‘Sayenko Kharenko’s team is well versed in the full spectrum of international trade law. The team convinces with its high level of expertise, efficient working methods, reliability and rapid implementation of decisions. The firm provides consistently excellent-quality work and high-level strategic thought. The team is very business-oriented.’

‘The international trade team of Sayenko Kharenko has been very professional, hardworking, efficient, accurate and very communicative in the course of the whole investigation. The lawyers have offered strategic advice and deliver on very tight deadlines.’

‘Anzhela Makhinova has deep experience, a very good feel for the industry and extraordinary ingenuity in coming up with solutions. She has demonstrated very deep knowledge in both the legal and procedural aspects of investigations as well as WTO issues. In addition, I would like to highlight associates Ivan Baranenko and Victoria Mykuliak for their dedication to the case and high-quality legal analysis on difficult issues in very short timeframes.’

‘Andrew Zablotskyy has solid knowledge of the industry and subject matter.’

‘It is definitely the strongest team on the market. Andrew Zablotskyi is knowledgeable and business-oriented, and always finds the best solution for the client.’

‘Counsel Oleksiy Koltok always has a strategy adapted to each case.’

Key clients

Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine

Adama Group

Group Metinvest

DF Group

LLC Karpatsmoly

Industria Veneta Lavorazione Elettrodomestici S.p.A.

Marks and Spencer plc

Ukrainian Oil & Gas Association

Kyivguma LLC

Stalkanat-Silur

Vita Polymers Poland

AB metal Group

Private client Tier 1

Sayenko Kharenko has a busy private wealth management practice that, according to one client, is 'the oldest, most experienced and most skilful in the market'. Practice heads Alina Plyushch and Nazar Chernyavsky, along with 'very friendly and professional' senior associate Dmitriy Riabikin, 'combine knowledge of international best practice in private wealth management with understanding of the requirements of the Ukrainian market'.

Testimonials

‘I have been working with the private client practice of Sayenko Kharenko for many years. They always understand what the client needs and how to deliver the best results. They know the international rules and requirements and local specifics. I will refer clients for private client matters only to Sayenko Kharenko.

I am working with senior associate Dmitriy Riabikin and partner Alina Plyushch, who know about all recent developments and always keep their finger on the pulse. Dmitriy always knows how to find a solution for my most sophisticated requests while structuring personal assets. They also have a very wide network of contacts with private wealth professionals from all over the world and this synergy provides for the best results.

Sayenko Kharenko is the first team on the market with the best expertise and professional knowledge. The guys are just the best in their sphere.

We have worked with Alina Plyushch and senior associate Dmitriy Riabikin for several years and they demonstrate a high level of service and always know what the client needs.

This practice has a unique perspective. They helped me find fast and effective solutions for every legal issue my business encountered, and their advice has always been solid and timely. I can trust them with the most complicated and delicate matters.’

They put their clients’ interests first, and they are quick to react to any new challenges. The practice also has great international connections, which is very convenient for those whose business or personal issues concern multiple countries.

I admire Alina Plyushch and Dmitriy Riabikin for their excellent assistance. Their experience of dealing with both international matters and domestic legal issues is substantial, which is why I have been working with them for many years.

Key clients

Maksym Bondarenko

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Sayenko Kharenko has 'an outstanding real estate practice and a professional team with a good reputation'. The firm advises domestic and international clients on all types of real estate transactions including acquisitions and disposals, property and land leases, investment and construction arrangements, and regulatory clearances. It is also a leading firm for contentious matters. Oleksandr Nikolaichyk, 'methodical and constructive' litigator Sergey PogrebnoyVladimir Sayenko and disputes specialist Sergiy Smirnov are the main partners. Senior associate Kuzma Pozychaniuk is also a key name for contentious real estate matters.

Testimonials

I always recommend them to others for Ukrainian matters. Their advice is always client-oriented and based on a profound knowledge of the best legal and business practices in Ukraine.

If we are talking about strategic support, I would point out Sergey Pogrebnoy, he is very much involved and available on request.

On real estate matters we worked with Kuzma Pozychaniuk. He possesses not only perfect legal knowledge, but understands the economic, political, business and social background of the case.

Sayenko Kharenko is well versed in the full spectrum of real estate work, including acquisitions, disposals, leasings, financings as well as development-related matters. Although it has many strengths, I would like to highlight its multi-functionality and its flexible approach in handling our requests. The team is very commercial and thoughtful.

We have been working with Sayenko Kharenko since 2013 across a wide variety of real estate, tax, banking & finance, corporate and M&A, labour and other matters. The lawyers are very collaborative, dedicated, responsive, and driven to get the best results.

Vladimir Sayenko and Oleksandr Nikolaichyk are excellent, know their stuff, have a great business sense and are extremely responsive. Notwithstanding the firm’s size, you feel they know their clients intimately and work throughout different departments seamlessly to maintain this.

An analytical, creative and goal-oriented real estate and construction team that has particular strength advising on complex real estate projects. It is really deal-oriented and has exceptional negotiating skills. The attorneys are practical, business-focused and all have excellent knowledge of the law. They are experienced, always reachable and efficient.

Key clients

Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine

Interstate Consultants Engineers Guild

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

DTEK Renewables

VR Global Partners L.P.

Safège-Suez Consulting

OPIC

Greenyard N.V.

Orexim Group (Orexim)

Huhtamaki Foodservice Ukraine

White-collar crime Tier 1

Sayenko Kharenko, which is 'very proactive, good at coming up with solutions and highly efficient', expanded its already strong capability through a merger with the criminal defence practice of Yevgeniy SolodkoSergey Pogrebnoy and Sergiy Smirnov are highly regarded for investigations, enforcement actions, and compliance issues. In 2019, the firm acted in more than 50 white-collar criminal cases with an aggregate value in excess of $2.1bn.

Testimonials

Sayenko Kharenko provides comprehensive advice on a range of matters including white-collar criminal defence and litigation. Although it has many strengths, I would like to highlight its multi-functionality and flexible approach in handling our requests.

We have been working with Sayenko Kharenko since 2016. The lawyers are very collaborative, dedicated, responsive, and driven to get the best results. Our key contacts at Sayenko Kharenko are partners Sergey Pogrebnoy and Sergiy Smirnov, who provide the highest level of expertise, efficient working methods, reliability and rapid implementation of decisions.

The Sayenko Kharenko team has been very responsive and highly professional. They provided clear, practical assistance which made sense from a legal and business risk perspective. Our key contacts are Sergey Pogrebnoy and Sergei Smirnov.

Sergey Pogrebnoy understands the tasks quickly, effectively manages his team and formulates a comprehensive strategy on complex matters.

Sergei Smirnov is a highly professional lawyer who is very responsive and provides very practical advice. I value his attitude, dedication and professionalism – it i always a pleasure to work with him.

Sayenko Kharenko has a strong expertise in white-collar crime. They are strong in advice and actions. Sayenko Kharenko is strong in communication with law enforcement authorities in order to protect business.

Sergii Smirnov is client-oriented and gives his team the right guidance to reach the desired outcome. He has a very strong expertise and is easily reachable.

There is a large stock of human resources in the company. It has young lawyers who are actively involved in external activities, in addition to work, they are trying to improve laws in the country.

Sayenko Kharenko has a strong bench of market-leading attorneys, known for their extensive courtroom experience. The firm provides consistently excellent quality work and articulate advice to anticipate client’s needs. They certainly do a great job of understanding our goals and figuring out the best commercial way to reach these goals.

I find the lawyers at Sayenko Kharenko to be very responsive, technically excellent and very practical in helping to get the deal closed. Their white-collar practice is extremely strong, and they have people throughout the firm who are thoughtful, practical, and highly efficient.’

Partners Sergey Pogrebnoy and Sergei Smirnov are very experienced and professional, results-oriented, very responsive and reliable.

Key clients

Philip Morris Ukraine

Porsche Ukraine Group

Tax Tier 2

Sayenko Kharenko hired a new head of tax in late 2018, with Svitlana Musienko joining from DLA Piper. She leads a practice that has a stellar corporate client base, including Philip Morris, Shell Ukraine and Reckitt Benckiser. Counsel Vitaliy Odzhykovskyi also plays a central role in the practice, which handles international tax advice, administration and compliance matters, transactional support and accounting services, and has been particularly active in high-value tax disputes. 'The team is very dedicated and highly concentrated on clients' interests,' remarks a client.

Testimonials

‘The firm provides a high quality of services through the excellent team of counsel Vitaliy Odzhikovsky and associate Kateryna Kolos.

The team is very dedicated and highly concentrated on clients’ interests and provides a comprehensive understanding of the legal strategy. Also, the great strength of Sayenko Kharenko is its positive approach and key capability to explain difficult conditions and clauses in simple words. This is the main difference compared to other firms.

Sayenko Kharenko is able to provide complex legal assistance in tax controversy resolution with professionalism, courage and intelligence, supporting all unexpected client situations.

I especially appreciated the assistance of Vitaliy Odjykovskyy and associate Mykhailo Grynkevych in the resolution of our claim. These two professional lawyers, working side-by-side, obtained a positive result.

It has strength in tax litigation, strong knowledge of legislation and existing tax practice, and a team that treats clients’ issues as their own when trying to find the best solution.

The team is ready to answer all your questions and provide all the necessary explanations.

Key clients

Philip Morris

Shell Ukraine

Enzym Company

VFS Global

Ceetrus

Reckitt Benckiser

Carlsberg Ukraine

DataRobot

The firm: Sayenko Kharenko enjoys a global reputation as a leading Ukrainian law firm with an internationally oriented full-service practice. The firm specialises in complex cross-border and local matters and regularly handles the largest and most challenging projects involving Ukraine.

The firm has introduced many new products in Ukraine, especially in finance and capital markets, and has significantly contributed to the development of many markets and industries. Its clients especially value its practical and innovative approach and its ability to deeply understand and help achieve their strategic and business goals.

This has helped the firm become the preferred legal counsel for many of the largest multinational corporations, banks and other financial institutions, including Fortune 500 companies, industrial groups, international public organisations, and individual business owners.

The firm’s reputation as Ukraine’s leading firm in antitrust, corporate, GR, finance, intellectual property, international arbitration, international trade, labour, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, real estate, securities and tax laws is confirmed by its high position in league tables, top rankings in the legal directories as well as international and local awards for its work.

Department Name Email Telephone
Antitrust/competition
Banking and finance
Capital markets
Corporate and M&A
GR
Bankruptcy and debt restructuring
International arbitration
International trade
Litigation
Real estate and construction
Corporate security
Intellectual property
Labour
Private wealth management
Tax
White-collar crime
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Ivan Baranenko  photo Mr Ivan Baranenko
Mr Nazar Chernyavsky  photo Mr Nazar Chernyavsky
Mr Ario Dehghani  photo Mr Ario Dehghani
Mr Olexander Droug  photo Mr Olexander Droug
Mr Konstantin Gribov  photo Mr Konstantin Gribov
Ms Maryna Hritsyshyna  photo Ms Maryna Hritsyshyna
Ms Valentyna Hvozd  photo Ms Valentyna Hvozd
Mr Sergiy Kazmirchuk  photo Mr Sergiy Kazmirchuk
Mr Michael Kharenko  photo Mr Michael Kharenko
Dr Svitlana Kheda  photo Dr Svitlana Kheda
Mr Oleg Klymchuk  photo Mr Oleg Klymchuk
Mr Oleksiy Koltok  photo Mr Oleksiy Koltok
Mr Dmytro Korbut  photo Mr Dmytro Korbut
Mr Anton Korobeynikov  photo Mr Anton Korobeynikov
 Olga Kyriusha photo Olga Kyriusha
Mr Igor Lozenko  photo Mr Igor Lozenko
Ms Anzhela Makhinova  photo Ms Anzhela Makhinova
Ms Svitlana Musienko  photo Ms Svitlana Musienko
Ms Victoria Mykuliak  photo Ms Victoria Mykuliak
Mr Oleksandr Nagorny  photo Mr Oleksandr Nagorny
Mr Maksym Nazarenko  photo Mr Maksym Nazarenko
Mr Oleksandr Nikolaichyk  photo Mr Oleksandr Nikolaichyk
Mr Vitalii Odzhykovskyi  photo Mr Vitalii Odzhykovskyi
Mr Yaroslav Ognevyuk  photo Mr Yaroslav Ognevyuk
Ms Alina Plyushch  photo Ms Alina Plyushch
Mr Sergey Pogrebnoy  photo Mr Sergey Pogrebnoy
Mr Kuzma Pozichanyuk  photo Mr Kuzma Pozichanyuk
Ms Eugenia Rebotunova  photo Ms Eugenia Rebotunova
 Vladimir Sayenko photo Vladimir Sayenko
Ms Olena Shcherbyna  photo Ms Olena Shcherbyna
Ms Zlata  Simonenko  photo Ms Zlata  Simonenko
Mr Sergiy Smirnov  photo Mr Sergiy Smirnov
Mr Yevgeniy Solodko  photo Mr Yevgeniy Solodko
Mr Igor Sukhomudrenko  photo Mr Igor Sukhomudrenko
Ms Olena Sukmanova  photo Ms Olena Sukmanova
Mr Dmitry Taranyk  photo Mr Dmitry Taranyk
Mr Volodymyr Yaremko  photo Mr Volodymyr Yaremko
Number of partners : 17
Number of lawyers : 100+
English
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IBA
ABA
GALA
INTA
BULA
Other offices : London

Sayenko Kharenko offers equal career opportunities to people irrespective of their gender, religion, sexual preference or ethnic background. Our entire firm is committed to inclusivity and diversity. We believe a diverse workforce is a powerful tool when it comes to understanding the needs of our diverse clientele. This allows us to deliver maximum value while offering innovative and unique legal solutions.

Sayenko Kharenko admires, inspires and encourages its staff. We aim to keep our team motivated while emboldening the best legal and interpersonal skills. We are committed to sustaining an innovative environment for professional education and development at all levels of the firm. Our training programs support newcomers and help established employees to keep their skills sharp. We rely on internal experts as well as external coaches. Over the past twelve months, we have added new programs to our existing training opportunities:

• Individual Development Plan (IDP) and Goal Setting (separate modules for managers and their teams). This program teaches managers to set clear expectations and SMART goals with defined steps, timeframes and expected results for their employees while preventing them from micromanagement.

• Legal workshops include practical training for our lawyers in various legal areas focusing on new Ukrainian laws.

• Regular BD training with internal and external experts aimed at improving our lawyers’ BD skills, client service and retention efforts. This includes a special internal program focusing on the development of employee capabilities to identify new growth opportunities for business via the creation of new products and services.

CSR is an essential part of Sayenko Kharenko’s business strategy and includes community involvement, pro bono legal work and environmental responsibility. As a major employer in Ukraine’s legal market, we believe that acting responsibly is fundamental to our sustainable future, as well as that of the community in which we work. In 2017, our firm supported over 100 social impact projects. Selected latest CSR stories include:

• Harmonization of the Ukrainian national legislation with EU legislation (including antitrust, capital markets, criminal law, corporate law and governance, labour law, energy efficiency, IP, real estate, land and financial restructuring)

• Growing legal talents – SK Innovative Summer School is a two-week law marathon which gathers top law students, offers an inside look at how law firms work, broadens student horizons and enhances understanding of the business world, the legal profession, and their own abilities. As a result, students grow and obtain personal development by expanding awareness, awakening curiosity and thinking differently. Last year we welcomed two of our clients as guest speakers who shared their inspiration and insights on doing business in Ukraine. The most talented and dedicated students are offered Sayenko Kharenko internships.

• Sayenko Kharenko joined the initiative of Coca-Cola and Osvitoria Public Union to support Socially Vulnerable Youth Development Program.This project supports graduates in preparation for Standardized External Testing exams and helps determine their future profession. Within the framework of the implementation of the educational iLearn project, the SK team visited eight boarding schools, introducing children to their rights and conducting interactive courses aiming to raise the level of legal literacy and awareness, while also helping them enjoy the social benefits and guarantees provided by Ukrainian legislation.

• Blood Donation series of events.
Sayenko Kharenko supported a blood donation program that included two events: Halloween Blood Donation and AmCham St. Valentine’s Day Blood Donation. Both were initiated and organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine in partnership with DonorUA.

• Corporate gifts policy. We believe that corporate gifts to partners and clients must be a part of our corporate culture. At Sayenko Kharenko, we established a corporate gifts policy of made in Ukraine goods. This way we chose to support Ukrainian small and medium-size business.

• Ukrainian language book publishing support
In 2017, we launched a joint project with the publishing house Knigolove to support books printing in Ukrainian translation and to popularize reading culture among our clients and partners. So far, two books have been published with our support, joining our corporate gifts to clients and partners.

Sayenko Kharenko contributes to legal framework for consulting engineers in construction projects

Sayenko Kharenko contributing to legal framework for consulting engineers in Ukrainian construction projects

Sayenko Kharenko's lawyers have actively participated in a working group to develop a legislative framework to regulate the role of independent consulting engineers in construction projects implemented in Ukraine. 


Sayenko Kharenko advises Porsche Ukraine Group companies on business security issues

Sayenko Kharenko advises Porsche Ukraine Group companies on business security issues

Sayenko Kharenko acts as the Ukrainian legal counsel to Porsche Ukraine Group companies, including Porsche Ukraine LLC and Porsche Inter Auto Ukraine LLC. Sayenko Kharenko’s white collar criminal defence team will provide complex legal support on all issues that may arise in connection with the companies’ business activities in Ukraine.pdf 2018.06.11_sayenko_kharenko_press-release_porsche_eng


Who’s Who Legal: Competition 2018 recognizes 4 Sayenko Kharenko’s experts among the world’s le

Who’s Who Legal: Competition 2018 recognizes four Sayenko Kharenko’s experts among the world’s leaders

Sayenko Kharenko’s competition team has recently received excellent rankings in Who's Who Legal's 2018 guides to the world's top competition law experts. Four Sayenko Kharenko’s lawyers are recognized in this year’s list: Vladimir Sayenko, Valentyna Hvozd, Maksym Nazarenko and Dmitry Taranyk. Sayenko Kharenko has more individuals listed than any other Ukrainian law firm in the research.pdf 2018.06.04_sayenko_kharenko_wwl_competition_eng


Sayenko Kharenko advised on the largest refinancing by Ukrainian corporate

Sayenko Kharenko advised on the largest refinancing by Ukrainian corporate

Sayenko Kharenko acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to Deutsche Bank, ING, Natixis and UniCredit, joint bookrunners of the USD 1.592 million Eurobond issue by Metinvest B.V., a holding company of the largest in Ukraine and one of the largest CIS producers of iron ore raw materials and steel.


Sayenko Kharenko advised the world’s largest brewing corp. in respect of creating of a joint ventu

Sayenko Kharenko advised the world’s largest brewing corporation in respect of creating of a joint venture

Sayenko Kharenko has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to Anheuser-Busch InBev S.A./N.V. (AB InBev) and SUN InBev Ukraine in relation to the combination of the Russian and Ukrainian businesses and assets of AB InBev and Anadolu Efes Biracilik ve Malt Sanayii AS (Efes), two of the world’s largest brewing companies, and the creation of a joint venture. Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton LLP acted as AB InBev’s global counsel, while Efes was represented by Norton Rose Fulbright LLP.


Sayenko Kharenko has represented the interests of Group DF

Sayenko Kharenko has represented the interests of Group DF in an interim review of anti-dumping measures applied to imports into Ukraine of nitrate ammonium originating in the Russian Federation 2018.04.04_sk_group_df_eng


Sayenko Kharenko advises Ukreximbank on UAH 4 billion repeat of hryvnia-denominated Eurobond

Sayenko Kharenko advises Ukreximbank on successful UAH 4 billion repeat of hryvnia-denominated Eurobond

Sayenko Kharenko has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to JSC “The State Export-Import Bank of Ukraine” in connection with UAH 4,051,000,000 (approximately USD 150,000,000) 16.5 per cent. Loan Participation Notes due 2021. Citigroup Global Markets Limited and J.P. Morgan Securities plc acted as joint lead managers for the issue. sk_ukreximbank_uah_lpn_press-release_eng


Sayenko Kharenko names five new partners

Sayenko Kharenko is pleased to announce the promotion of five new partners in six of the firm's market-leading practices: banking & finance, capital markets, corporate & M&A, international arbitration, international trade, and private wealth management.

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Sayenko Kharenko advised on financing the construction of spent nuclear fuel storage facility

Sayenko Kharenko acted as Ukrainian legal counsel in connection with the USD 250 million financing to State Enterprise "National Nuclear Energy Generating Company "Energoatom" (Energoatom), operator of all running nuclear power plants in Ukraine.Read more...


Sayenko Kharenko supported Ukreximbank in the launch of UZ partnership with GE

Sayenko Kharenko acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to Joint Stock Company “The State Export-Import Bank of Ukraine” (Ukreximbank) in connection with the inaugural deal within the USD 1 billion framework agreement between Public Joint Stock Company Ukrainian Railways (Ukrzaliznytsya) and General Electric Transportation relating to the purchase, modernization and leasing of GE locomotives. Read more...


Sayenko Kharenko advises on EUR 30 million loan for Ukrainian universities

Sayenko Kharenko advises on EUR 30 million loan for Ukrainian universities

Sayenko Kharenko has acted as legal counsel to the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) in relation to a EUR 30 million loan to Ukraine intended to boost energy efficiency programs at Ukrainian universities.pdf 2018.01.24_sk_news_nefco


Sayenko Kharenko begins 2020 with new partner promotions

Sayenko Kharenko is boosting its antitrust & competition and banking & finance practices with the promotion of two market stars to partner status – Valentyna Hvozd and Igor Lozenko respectively. These promotions are a result of their significant professional growth inside the firm, their considerable market success, and their ability to consistently surpass expectations and deliver the best results for clients.

Sayenko Kharenko advised on the landmark EUR 1.25 billion Eurobond issue by Ukraine

Sayenko Kharenko advised on the landmark EUR 1.25 billion Eurobond issue by Ukraine Sayenko Kharenko has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to BNP Paribas, JP Morgan and Raiffeisen Bank International, the joint lead managers of Ukraine’s record-setting EUR 1.25 billion Eurobond issue. The notes have a 10 year tenor and bear a coupon of 4.375 % per annum, which is the lowest pricing for Ukraine’s euro-denominated debt. Partner Nazar Chernyavsky commented: “We are delighted to have been a part of one of the most prominent capital markets transaction by Ukraine to date. Ukraine has finally tapped the Euro securities market and increasingly high demand for the Ukrainian debt proved the growing confidence of diverse investors in the country’s long-term potential.” Sayenko Kharenko’s team was led by Igor Lozenko and included associates Oles Trachuk, Yurii Dmytrenko, and junior associates Oleksandra Maksymenko and Oleksandr Motin.

Sayenko Kharenko represented the interests of one of the largest construction companies in Ukraine

Sayenko Kharenko has successfully represented the interests of one of the largest construction companies in Ukraine in litigation concerning the termination of a contract relating to a complex development project.

Sayenko Kharenko advises Bergner Group on acquisition of majority stake in Ukrainian distributor

Sayenko Kharenko has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to Bergner group on the acquisition of a majority interest in a Ukrainian distribution company, and on the establishment of a joint venture with a local partner aimed at developing the distribution network for Bergner products in Ukraine.

Sayenko Kharenko has represented a shareholder in a corporate USD 3 billion dispute

Sayenko Kharenko has represented a shareholder in a corporate dispute with one of the largest machine-building enterprises in Europe for the production of equipment for the oil, gas, nuclear and chemical industries.


Sayenko Kharenko successfully represents the owner of a Kyiv region land plot

Sayenko Kharenko has successfully represented the interests of a Ukrainian company that is the owner of a land plot in the Kyiv region during reconsideration of commercial court decision based on newly discovered circumstances.

Sayenko Kharenko advised on EUR 1 billion Eurobond issue by Ukraine

Sayenko Kharenko has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to BNP Paribas and Goldman Sachs International, the joint lead managers of Ukraine’s new benchmark EUR 1 billion Eurobond issue.


Sayenko Kharenko represents Kyivguma LLC in anti-dumping investigation related to imports

Sayenko Kharenko’s international trade team has represented the interests of Kyivguma LLC (a Ukrainian producer of rubber caps for medical purposes) in an anti-dumping investigation related to imports into Ukraine of rubber caps for medical purposes originating in Poland and China.

Sayenko Kharenko successfully asserts interests of the client against unfair competition

The IP practice attorneys of Sayenko Kharenko have defended the rights of Scotch whisky producers in a court case brought by a Ukrainian beverage producer challenging an Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMCU) decision.

Sayenko Kharenko advises world’s largest food packaging manufacturer on investment project

Sayenko Kharenko has acted as legal advisor to Huhtamaki Foodservice Ukraine (the “Company”), a subsidiary of the world’s largest packaging manufacturer in the foodservice segment – Huhtamaki Oyj, in connection with the launch of production in Ukraine.

Sayenko Kharenko advises on USD 300 million Eurobond issue by Trans-Oil Group

Sayenko Kharenko has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to Citigroup, Renaissance Capital and UBS Investment Bank, joint bookrunners in the issue of USD 300 million secured notes due 2024 by TransOil Group of Companies, a vertically integrated agro-industrial holding with operating facilities in Moldova and Ukraine.

Sayenko Kharenko has represented the interests of JSC “Ilyich Iron and Steel Works of Mariupol”

Sayenko Kharenko’s international trade team has represented the interests of JSC “Ilyich Iron and Steel Works of Mariupol” (a Ukrainian producer of galvanized sheets) in an anti-dumping investigation related to imports of galvanized sheets into Ukraine originating from Russia and China.

Sayenko Kharenko successfully protects the rights of Oschadbank before the Supreme Court

Sayenko Kharenko has successfully protected the rights of the Public Joint Stock Company “State Savings Bank of Ukraine” (Oschadbank) before the Supreme Court. The case related to claims by Oschadbank against a number of co-defendants and a foreign bank for protection of the right to a trademark and has been under consideration as a commercial proceeding since 2016.


Sayenko Kharenko advises EBRD on loan facility to Bank Lviv

Sayenko Kharenko has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on providing of up to EUR 5.3 million financial package to Bank Lviv.


Sayenko Kharenko advises on landmark USD 500 million Eurobond issue by Ukrainian Railways

Sayenko Kharenko has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to JP Morgan and Dragon Capital, the joint lead managers of a USD 500 million Eurobond issue by Ukrainian Railways, the exclusive state-owned provider of rail transportation services in Ukraine.

Sayenko Kharenko advises on up to USD 100 million Eurobond tap issue by Ukrainian Railways

Sayenko Kharenko has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to JP Morgan and Dragon Capital, the joint lead managers of the Eurobond tap issue by Ukrainian Railways, the exclusive state-owned provider of rail transportation services in Ukraine.

Sayenko Kharenko has initiated and provided legal support to a police operation that led to raids

Six months of joint efforts by the Sayenko Kharenko IP Practice, the Cyber Police and the Main Investigation Department of the National Police of Ukraine have resulted in the elimination of a criminal group that specialized in the manufacturing and wholesale distribution of counterfeited laundry and household products carrying globally-known brands. These counterfeit products were produced in different facilities located in the Transcarpathian region of Ukraine, then labeled and distributed as originals throughout Ukraine, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania. Around 60 tons of counterfeited chemical produce was produced every month by the operation.

Sayenko Kharenko advises EBRD on up to EUR 80 million loan to Ukreximbank for “green” investment

Sayenko Kharenko has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in the provision of a four-year syndicated loan of up to EUR 80 million to JSC “The State Export-Import Bank of Ukraine” (Ukreximbank). The EBRD provides up to EUR 40 million on its own account, with up to EUR 40 million provided by foreign participants.

Sayenko Kharenko advised Wabtec Corporation on obtaining of merger clearance in Ukraine

The Sayenko Kharenko antitrust team has provided legal assistance in obtaining merger clearance with the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (the “AMC”) for the spinoff and merger of GE’s Transportation business with Wabtec Corporation. The USD 11.1 billion deal was completed on 25 February 2019.

Sayenko Kharenko advises EBRD on the up to EUR 116 million loan

Sayenko Kharenko acted as legal counsel to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on providing up to EUR 116 million loan to Kronospan UA, a manufacturer of wood-based panels, to finance its capital expenditure.

Sayenko Kharenko advises on the USD 350 million Eurobond issue by MHP

Sayenko Kharenko acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to J.P. Morgan and ING, the joint lead managers of the USD 350 million 6.25 per cent Eurobond issue by MHP.

Sayenko Kharenko advises on the landmark dual-currency Eurobond issue by Metinvest

Sayenko Kharenko acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to Deutsche Bank, Natixis and UniCredit, joint bookrunners of the dual-currency Eurobond issue by Metinvest consisting of USD 500 million 7.75% tranche and EUR 300 million 5.625% tranche.

Sayenko Kharenko advises on USD 300 million Eurobond issue by Kernel

Sayenko Kharenko has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to J.P. Morgan and ING, the joint lead managers of a USD 300 million 6.5 percent Eurobond issue by Kernel.

Sayenko Kharenko advises on the debut EUR 325 million “green bond” issue by Ukrainian business

Sayenko Kharenko acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to Raiffeisen Bank International and Renaissance Capital, joint lead managers of the EUR 325 million Eurobond issue by DTEK Renewables, which marks the first-ever issue of notes under the green bond framework by a business from Ukraine. A green bond is a new type of debt instrument designed to raise capital for environment-friendly initiatives.

Sayenko Kharenko advises EBRD on up to EUR 70 million synthetic local currency financing

Sayenko Kharenko acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on providing a synthetic financing in local currency to three Ukrainian banks under the EU4Business initiative.

Sayenko Kharenko advises Ukreximbank on landmark USD 100 million subordinated Eurobond issue

Sayenko Kharenko has acted as legal counsel to the Joint Stock Company “The State Export-Import Bank of Ukraine” in connection with the issue of USD 100 million subordinated loan participation notes. The notes were issued by Biz Finance Plc., which applied the total principal amount of the issue towards financing a subordinated loan to Ukreximbank. The transaction marks the revival of the subordinated Eurobond for Ukrainian borrowers – an instrument which has been dormant for over a decade. The last previous similar issue back in 2006 was also by Ukreximbank, with Sayenko Kharenko acting as legal counsel.

Sayenko Kharenko advised Getin Holding S.A. in signing of the agreement on sale of Idea Bank JSC

Sayenko Kharenko has advised Getin Holding S.A. (one of the biggest privately owned Polish financial groups headquartered in Wroclaw and one of the biggest companies listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange (mWIG40 Index)) on signing of the agreement on sale of 100% shares in Idea Bank JSC to Dragon Capital group of companies, together with a private investor.

Sayenko Kharenko represents the winner of the pilot concession tender in Ukraine

Sayenko Kharenko has acted as legal counsel to a successful international consortium in relation to participation in both pilot tenders for the concession of Kherson and Olvia seaports. The concession projects provide for the operation and maintenance of functioning seaport infrastructure by the investor for periods of 30 and 35 years respectively.

Sayenko Kharenko advised on the landmark EUR 1.25 billion Eurobond issue by Ukraine

Sayenko Kharenko has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to BNP Paribas, J.P. Morgan and Raiffeisen Bank International, the joint lead managers of Ukraine’s record-setting EUR 1.25 billion Eurobond issue. The notes have a 10 year tenor and bear a coupon of 4.375 % per annum, which is the lowest pricing for Ukraine’s euro-denominated debt.