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 has 'a very reliable team, always responsive and delivering on time'. Clients praise the practice as 'solution-oriented, always trying to find a viable approach with deep subject knowledge of the most sophisticated finance and restructuring cases'. Partners Michael Kharenko, Nazar Chernyavsky, Anton Korobeynikov and Igor Lozenko are all highly regarded in their fields. The firm is frequently involved in the largest cross-border financings in Ukraine, including bond issues, secured lending, syndicated loans and export finance. It recently assisted BNP Paribas and JPMorgan with a landmark €1.25bn Eurobond issue.

Practice head(s):

Michael Kharenko; Nazar Chernyavsky; Anton Korobeynikov; Igor Lozenko

Testimonials

‘A very reliable team, always responsive and delivering on time. Professional and excellent knowledge of the banking and finance market in Ukraine.’

‘What I really have to point out is their ability to always deliver on time in spite of tight timelines. The members of the team we have collaborated with a very hard working and professional. I also like the fact that they are solution-oriented, always trying to find a viable approach.’

‘There are several qualities which I value the most when working with Sayenko Kharenko. Firstly, their reliability and fast responsiveness to our issues. Secondly, their professionalism and deep subject knowledge when it comes to dealing with the most sophisticated finance and restructuring cases. All in all, you get the best legal support in a timely matter for quite a reasonable price.’

‘Igor Lozenko, partner at Sayenko Kharenko, was a project manager for a recent deal we worked together. He specialises in all types of financings closely working with corporates, investment banks IFOs. Igor was responsible for the smooth internal and external communication of the Sayenko Kharenko.’

Key clients

BNP Paribas

Deutsche Bank

Dragon Capital

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

ING

J.P. Morgan

JSC “The State Export-Import Bank of Ukraine” (Ukreximbank)

Natixis

Raiffeisen Bank International

Renaissance Capital

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

UniCredit

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Sayenko Kharenko has 'a dedicated, decent and professional team, that always gives advice taking into account all the angles'. In 2020, the firm handled more than 30 cross-border M&A deals with a combined value in excess of $1bn. According to one of its clients, 'they think out of the box and find best solutions even when it seems impossible'. The practice is jointly led by Vladimir Sayenko, Oleksandr Nikolaichyk and Alina Plyushch. The firm hired Peter Teluk from Salkom and government relations specialist Oleg Samus joined from investment company Graterra LLC. Counsels Sergiy Kazmirchuk and Dmytro Korbut are also integral to the practice.

Practice head(s):

Vladimir Sayenko; Oleksandr Nikolaichyk; Alina Plyushch

Other key lawyers:

Peter Teluk; Oleg Samus; Sergiy Kazmirchuk; Dmytro Korbut; Tetiana Dyvak; Oksana Daskaliuk; Ilhar Hakhramanov; Angelina Danileyko

Testimonials

‘Obvious strengths of the practice are its strong professional expertise, very quick reactions to our requests and the provision of corresponding feedback, and the readiness to assist us 24 hours a day 7 days a week.’

‘The practice did not always wait for us to call or email to them to update the status of the action plan implementation information or to ask problematic questions. Instead, they regularly contacted us on their own initiative to make sure if the squeeze-out was being implemented as planned.’

‘Partner Oleksandr Nikolaichyk, associate Tetiana Dyvak and senior associate Oksana Daskaliuk are experienced professional in the field of law. We liked the business-oriented approach of Oleksandr Nikolaichyk in clearly splitting responsibilities for the implementation of respective steps of the action plan. Oleksandr also provided valuable support as regards the peculiarities of how to deal with the requirements of National Securities and Stock Market Commission of Ukraine applied to a joint-stock company engaged in a squeeze-out procedure.’

‘Tetiana Dyvak and Oksana Daskaliuk were accessible on the phone whenever it was needed that helped us in solving a number of urgent matters which usually occur during every legal project and cannot be predicted beforehand.’

‘SK Law firm has a dedicated, decent and professional team, that always gives advice taking into account 360 degrees and all the angles. They think out of the box and find the best solutions even when it seems impossible. We have cooperated for more than a year and are happy to receive professional advice at all stages.’

‘Oleksandr Nikolaychyk is excellent at building bridges between business needs and law rules, finding solutions and communication. He is business-driven and open-minded.’

‘The team is meticulously detailed, fair, communicative, knowledgeable, strategic and approachable.’

Key clients

Dobrobut

Getin Holding S.A.

Huhtamaki Foodservice Ukraine

Luxoptica Group

Orexim Group

Piping Rock Health Products

Promprylad.Renovation

Risoil Kherson LLC and Risoil Olvia LLC

VR Global Partners L.P.

Competition Tier 1

Sayenko Kharenko has 'experienced professionals who have good relationships with the AMCU and give good quality advice'. The firm has one of the largest practices in the market, and is known for undertaking merger control work, particularly in complex and high-value transactions. It has successfully obtained more than 800 merger clearances since forming the practice. Vladimir Sayenko, Maksym Nazarenko and newly promoted partner Valentyna Hvozd jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Vladimir Sayenko; Maksym Nazarenko; Valentyna Hvozd

Testimonials

‘The Sayenko Kharenko competition team has experienced professionals with good relationships and contacts with the Ukrainian Antimonopoly Committee. They give good quality advice within short response times.’

‘Valentyna Hvozd is our contact and is very responsive to clients’ needs and requests. She also manages client expectations very well and is overall an excellent lawyer providing good quality and reliable advice.’

‘Very efficient and to the point competition law advice. Well connected with the competition authorities. Swift responses and solution-minded service. Vladimir Sayenko and Valentina Hvozd stand out.’

Key clients

BASF SE

Bayer Aktiengesellschaft

GlaxoSmithKline plc

EQT Fund Management S.à r.l.

Solvay SA

Japan Tobacco International

SUN InBev Ukraine

Takeda Pharmaceutical

Nidec Corporation

Widex Holding

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Sayenko Kharenko ‘shows a professional and flexible approach to cases' and its team has 'a readiness to act quickly and responsively to changing circumstances'. Olexander Droug and Sergey Pogrebnoy work with the newly-hired head of litigation Olena Sukmanova, who was previously Deputy Minister of Justice of Ukraine. The firm, which now has one of the country's largest disputes practices, has a stellar track record in domestic and cross-border litigation, as well as international arbitration. It is representing The State of Ukraine in a $5bn Energy Charter Treaty matter.

Practice head(s):

Olexander Droug; Sergey Pogrebnoy; Olena Sukmanova

Testimonials

‘The firm shows a professional and flexible approach to cases. It has a readiness to act quickly and responsively to changing circumstances.’

‘The firm shows professionalism and an open-minded approach.’

Key clients

Auchan Ukraine

DF Group

Group of Companies Fazor

Henkell Freixenet Group

Japan Tobacco International Ukraine

The State of Ukraine

Ceetrus Ukraine

OschadBank

Bayer AG

Shell Ukraine

Employment Tier 1

Sayenko Kharenko is praised for its ‘high level of proficiency, strong client orientation and focus on solutions'. The firm has one of the largest teams in Kiev and it is strong in all areas of employment law, with work ranging from compliance projects to litigation. It recently assisted Andersen Globl with a multijurisdictional survey on the laws concerning employment support policies in connection with the Covid-19 outbreak. Svitlana Kheda and newly promoted counsel Iryna Bakina jointly lead the practice. Senior associates Olga Kyriusha and Kuzma Pozychaniuk are also highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Iryna Bakina; Svitlana Kheda

Other key lawyers:

Olga Kyriusha; Kuzma Pozychaniuk

Testimonials

‘A high level of proficiency, strong client orientation, a focus on solutions.’

‘I worked with Svitlana Kheda on a complex and confidential project related to labour law. Svitlana has had a proactive approach while resolving our topic, she is very solution-oriented, she anticipated the risks and provided us with the full legal support. Svitlana was super-fast which was impressive.’

‘The firm is unique because it is a high-quality law firm in a tough market where quality is inconsistent. The consistency of quality across the board is excellent.’

‘Svitlana Kheda is highly personable and a pleasure to work with. She is highly practical and knowledgeable and provides a great insight into local custom and practice.’

‘The team is always available and responsive.’

Key clients

Agroscope

Coca-Cola

Engelhart Commodities (former BTG Pactual)

Greif

Kyivstar

Energy Tier 1

'Market-leading firm' Sayenko Kharenko is known for its 'outstanding performance on deals, practical approach, excellent legal skills and deep insight into the market'. The firm is involved in all aspects of Ukraine's energy market, including flagship renewable energy projects. It assisted Wind Farm LLC with a new 800MW wind farm project in the Donetsk region. Nazar Chernyavsky, Igor Lozenko and counsel Maryna Hritsyshyna are the key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Nazar Chernyavsky; Maryna Hritsyshyna; Igor Lozenko

Testimonials

‘We consider Sayenko Kharenko to be market-leading firm within the field. Their high position on the market is proved by solid knowledge of the various legal issues and outstanding performance on deals, practical approach combined with excellent legal skills, deep insight into the market. It is a true one-stop shop for international companies doing business in Ukraine, and they are excellent in all areas of practice we worked with them, particularly finance and energy. I appreciate collaboration with the firm for the quality of product they deliver. The team working on our matters has been very professional and extremely helpful in preparing quality documents and negotiating them with counterparties.

‘I would like to highlight partner Igor Lozenko. His banking and finance background, as well as expertise in renewable energy, have been particularly useful to negotiate the local law security as part of the solar park development project and to resolve issues of implementation for other solar projects in Ukraine. He was very easy to work with, accomplished what we wanted in the time demanded. In addition, the advice we received from him was always to the point and his attention to detail and willingness to go beyond what is expected was superb.’

‘Sayenko Kharenko maintains a distinguished energy practice with excellent experts who display considerable motivation and are committed to the client.’

‘I would like to highlight counsel Maryna Hritsyshyna, who is the leader with undisputed experience in the energy sector and her force of persuasion and negotiation skills are some of her main strengths. She is strong for renewables and all types of regulatory work in the energy sector. She has very good attention to detail and market experience. She has excellent legal knowledge and always makes sure we get the right results in negotiations.’

‘We do appreciate the partnership with Sayenko Kharenko for its strong professional team and attitude to work. A scrupulous analysis of the legal background when providing a legal opinion makes the result founded and solid, which makes a perfect impression.’

‘The practice employs hardcore professionals with relevant experience in the energy field and beyond. The team is focused on the relevant field, tracks the legislative changes, and is reputable and trustworthy. The head of the practice Maryna Hritsyshyna is always deeply involved in preparing results and you know for sure, that what you get is well checked, grounded, assumptions and relative legislation explicitly indicated.’

Key clients

DTEK Renewables

Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO)

Power China Construction Corporation of China

Raiffeisen Bank International

Renaissance Capital

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

The State of Ukraine

VR Global Partners L.P.

WIND FARM

Intellectual property Tier 1

Sayenko Kharenko has an eight-partner practice led by 'excellent strategist and litigation advocateYaroslav Ognevyuk. The firm is 'hands-on and proactive, knows what needs to be done and makes it very easy to be a client'. The team assists clients with the management of complex IP portfolios, the development of design and branding strategies and negotiations of IP agreements, as well as enforcement actions, litigation and invalidity and infringement disputes. Its recent work for high-profile clients included Supreme Court patent litigation for multinational pharmaceutical company Bayer AG.

Practice head(s):

Yaroslav Ognevyuk

Testimonials

‘Working with Sayenko Kharenko is a delight. They are very hands-on and proactive, know what needs to be done, make it very easy to be a client and are the top counsel I’ve worked with. They understand our business exactly and know what the important points are for us. They are pragmatic, efficient and easy to work with, they won’t get bogged down by unwarranted things. They are just really easy to deal with.’

‘I would like to highlight Yaroslav Ognevyuk, an excellent team leader who is experienced and highly competent. He is an excellent strategist and litigation advocate with a strong grasp of underlying technical issues. Yaroslav is receptive to suggestions and tries to find the best solution from the legal perspective whilst taking into consideration the client’s point of view. His technical understanding is beyond what can be expected, he grasps issues extremely quickly and we always feel in good hands when having him on board.’

Key clients

Bayer AG

LVN LIMITED LLC (NEMIROFF)

Luigi Lavazza S.p.A.

Scotch Whisky Association

Sistema Prosecco

OschadBank

International trade Tier 1

Sayenko Kharenko demonstrates expertise in international trade law, including WTO rules, anti-dumping, safeguard and anti-subsidy proceedings. It frequently acts for local and international companies in the mining and metals, chemicals, machinery, pharmaceuticals and energy sectors. Practice head Anzhela Makhinova provides 'high-quality legal advice and finds pragmatic solutions'. Senior associate Victoria Mykuliak and associate Ivan Baranenko are also specialists in trade remedies, regulatory compliance and trade defence.

Practice head(s):

Anzhela Makhinova

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Mykuliak; Ivan Baranenko

Testimonials

The firm’s international trade practice is a really unique team with deep knowledge of the chemical industry, not only domestically but also globally. ’

‘Anzhela Makhinova is a leading international trade lawyer. She is a leader with best knowledge and practice of trade Law.’

‘We highly appreciate our long-standing cooperation with Sayenko Kharenko as they do excellent work for us. The team has already successfully represented us in two projects regarding an anti-dumping investigation and the sunset review of anti-dumping measures and it is working on the other project right now. The team displays considerable motivation and is committed to the client’

‘Sayenko Kharenko is a distinguished expert in international trade in Ukraine, led by Anzhela Makhinova, an excellent lawyer, who always keeps an eye on the overall perspective of the business, provides high-quality legal advice and at the same time finds pragmatic solutions. She exhibits extraordinary experience, unprecedented commitment and unique client understanding. The team possesses technical know-how of the highest level in combination with the ability to implement it in a profitable manner. We highly value their ability to keep an eye on the overall perspective of the business, provide high quality legal advice and at the same time find pragmatic solutions.’

‘Anzhela Makhinova is very practical, knowledgeable and business-oriented. She is the #1 choice in Ukraine.’

Key clients

AV metal Group LLC

DF Group

JSC “Azot”

JSC “Ilyich Iron and Steel Works of Mariupol”

JSC “Rovnoazot”

JSC “Severodonetske Obyednannya Azot”

JSC “Sumychimprom”

KHARKOV BEARING PLANT

Kievguma LLC

Novokramatorsky Mashynostroitelny Zavod

PrJSC “Dniprovskiy Plant of Chemical Fertilizers”

Stalkanat-Silur

Vita Polymers Poland

Zhejiang Longda Stainless Steel Co., Ltd

Private client Tier 1

Sayenko Kharenko provides a wide range of private wealth management services to high-net-worth individuals and business owners. Its work includes tax structuring and the purchase of high-value items, including works of art, wine collections, elite horses, private jets, football clubs and classic cars. Alina Plyushch, who 'always provides the best solution for each specific client', leads the practice. Senior associate Dmitriy Riabikin is also highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Alina Plyushch

Other key lawyers:

Dmitriy Riabikin

Testimonials

‘We are absolutely convinced, that Sayenko Kharenko has the strongest and the most skilled private client team in Ukrainian market, as they were the first in Ukraine who created separate practice for private clients. We are working with them for many years and believe that they combine deep knowledge with an understanding of local specifics.’

‘We can underline working with such individuals as partner Alina Plyushch and senior associate Dmitriy Riabikin. Alina can always provide the best solution for each specific client.’

‘We appreciate the partner availability and engagement.’

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Sayenko Kharenko provides 'quick responses and a transparent way of working, and is committed to getting the best results for its clients'. The firm is adept in acquisitions and disposals, property and land leases, investment and construction arrangements, regulatory matters and real estate litigation. Oleksandr Nikolaichyk, Sergey Pogrebnoy and Vladimir Sayenko are the lead partners. Also noted is that the firm hired new partner Svitlana Gurieieva from retailer Auchan; she specialises in real estate and construction matters. Senior associates Kuzma Pozychaniuk and Tymur Enkhbaiar are recommended for real estate disputes and transactions respectively.

Practice head(s):

Oleksandr Nikolaichyk; Sergey Pogrebnoy; Vladimir Sayenko

Other key lawyers:

Svitlana Gurieieva; Kuzma Pozichanyuk; Tymur Enkhbaiar

Testimonials

‘The team of Sayenko Kharenko provides quick responses and a transparent way of working, and is committed to getting the best results for its clients and partners. They have a good reputation, I always recommend them to others for Ukrainian matters.’

‘We worked with Kuzma Pozychaniuk. He is very methodical in bringing all the details of the case together. He discusses the strategy with us, which helps us to adopt a mutual approach to the issue.’

Key clients

Auchan Ukraine

Dobrobut

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Orexim Group

Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

Promprylad.Renovation

Risoil Kherson LLC and Risoil Olvia LLC

Tax Tier 1

Sayenko Kharenko's '‘friendly, creative and responsible' tax practice is led by Svitlana Musienko. Another key figure is counsel Vitaliy Odzhykovskyi, who has 'a creative and proactive approach to problem-solving'. The firm handles all manner of international and domestic tax issues faced by its clients, including tax administration and compliance, transfer pricing, disputes and BEPS-related matters. Senior associate Kateryna Utiralova joined in 2020 from KM Partners.

Practice head(s):

Svitlana Musienko

Other key lawyers:

Vitaliy Odzhykovskyi; Kateryna Utiralova

Testimonials

‘Friendly, creative and responsible.’

‘They are always friendly, with great respect for clients, without impudence and rudeness, like many of their competitors.’

‘We appreciate the firm’s individual approach, commitment, and perfect knowledge of industry and tax laws.’

‘Vitaliy Odzhykovskyi and Svitlana Musienko – I would underline their commitment and desire to help in the most high-quality manner.’

‘The show quick reactions and deep knowledge of tax laws and court verdicts, and they are client-focused.’

‘Vitalii Odzhikovskyi: has a creative and proactive approach to problem solving.’

‘The firm shows a high level of professionalism and customer focus.’

Key clients

Agromino

Ceetrus Ukraine

Cygnet Ukraine

Enzym PJSC

Faber International

Konica Minolta

Porsche Ukraine

Reckitt Benckiser Household and Healthcare

Samsung

Shell Ukraine

Syngenta

VFS Global

White-collar crime Tier 1

Sayenko Kharenko provides 'clear, practical assistance which makes sense from a legal and business risk perspective'. Practice heads Sergiy Smirnov and Yevgeniy Solodko are 'hardworking and very diligent with a good understanding of actual business needs'. The firm has significant experience of handling criminal investigations, enforcement actions, internal investigations and white-collar crime cases, and it is frequently involved in high-profile matters. It recently acted for one of Ukraine’s largest taxpayers in criminal proceedings alleging tax evasion.

Practice head(s):

Sergey Smirnov; Yevgeniy Solodko

Testimonials

‘It was really nice working with Sayenko Kharenko. The team works very professionally, the responsiveness is perfect. 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 manages his team effectively and handles the issues responsibly. He is very pragmatic and practical. Sergei Smirnov is hard-working, very diligent and a very good lawyer with a good understanding of actual business needs.’

Key clients

AURUM

Oshadbank

Porsche Ukraine Group

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
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 Iryna Bakina photo Iryna Bakina Counsel Iryna Bakina has extensive experience advising clients on regulatory issues related…
 Anastasiya Bidakh  photo Anastasiya Bidakh Senior associate Anastasiya Bidakh has considerable experience representing clients before the courts…
 Anastasіa Bodnar  photo Anastasіa Bodnar Senior associate Anastasia Bodnar specializes in antitrust and competition matters. She regularly…
Mr Nazar Chernyavsky  photo Mr Nazar Chernyavsky Nazar Chernyavsky, partner at Sayenko Kharenko, specializes in banking, capital markets, secured…
 Oksana Daskaliuk  photo Oksana Daskaliuk Senior associate Oksana Daskaliuk specializes in M&A, corporate governance and corporate law.…
Mr Ario Dehghani  photo Mr Ario Dehghani Ario Dehghani has over 10 years of professional experience in the fields…
 Olena Denisova  photo Olena Denisova Olena Denisova is a senior associate at the firm’s real estate and construction practice.  …
Mr Olexander Droug  photo Mr Olexander Droug Olexander, partner at Sayenko Kharenko, specialises in dispute resolution and restructuring with…
 Tymur Enkhbaiar photo Tymur Enkhbaiar Senior associate Tymur Enkhbaiar specializes in corporate law and M&A. He has…
Mr Konstantin Gribov  photo Mr Konstantin Gribov Konstantin Gribov, of counsel at Sayenko Kharenko, has considerable industry experience in handling…
 Mykhailo Grynkevych  photo Mykhailo Grynkevych Senior associate Mykhailo Hrynkevych specialises in taxation and tax disputes. He has…
 Svitlana Gurieieva photo Svitlana Gurieieva Partner Svitlana Gurieieva leads Sayenko Kharenko’s real estate & construction practice. With over 20 years of practical experience in both Ukrainian and international companies she…
Ms Maryna Hritsyshyna  photo Ms Maryna Hritsyshyna Maryna Hritsyshyna, counsel at Sayenko Kharenko, specializes in renewable energy projects, energy…
 Natalia Hutarevych  photo Natalia Hutarevych Senior associate Nataliia Hutarevych specializes in all aspects of energy law and…
Ms Valentyna Hvozd  photo Ms Valentyna Hvozd Valentyna Hvozd, partner at Sayenko Kharenko, is focusing on antitrust and competition…
Mr Sergiy Kazmirchuk  photo Mr Sergiy Kazmirchuk Sergiy Kazmirchuk, counsel at Sayenko Kharenko, focuses on corporate law and M&A…
 Anton Kerimov-Varanytskyi  photo Anton Kerimov-Varanytskyi Senior associate Anton joined Sayenko Kharenko’s team in September 2020. Anton has…
Mr Michael Kharenko  photo Mr Michael Kharenko Michael Kharenko, partner at Sayenko Kharenko, is one of the most successful…
Dr Svitlana Kheda  photo Dr Svitlana Kheda Svitlana Kheda, counsel at Sayenko Kharenko, heads labour practice, leading the firm’s…
Mr Oleg Klymchuk  photo Mr Oleg Klymchuk Counsel Oleg Klymchuk is a well-rounded intellectual property attorney with a particular…
 Kateryna Kolos  photo Kateryna Kolos Senior associate Kateryna Kolos specialises in taxation and tax litigation with a…
Mr Oleksiy Koltok  photo Mr Oleksiy Koltok Oleksiy Koltok, counsel at Sayenko Kharenko, has extensive experience of practicing law…
Mr Dmytro Korbut  photo Mr Dmytro Korbut Dmytro Korbut, counsel at Sayenko Kharenko, focuses on the largest M&A, corporate…
Mr Anton Korobeynikov  photo Mr Anton Korobeynikov Anton Korobeynikov, partner at Sayenko Kharenko, specializes in cross-border finance, international debt…
 Pavlo Kovalchuk  photo Pavlo Kovalchuk Pavlo is a senior associate at Sayenko Kharenko IP practice where he…
 Julia Kuyda  photo Julia Kuyda Senior associate Julia Kuyda regularly advises clients on a wide variety of antitrust…
Ms Olga Kyriusha photo Ms Olga Kyriusha Olga Kyriusha focuses on corporate law and employment law matters. Olga advises…
Mr Igor Lozenko  photo Mr Igor Lozenko Igor Lozenko, partner at Sayenko Kharenko, has over ten years of experience…
Ms Anzhela Makhinova  photo Ms Anzhela Makhinova Anzhela Makhinova, partner at Sayenko Kharenko, focuses on international trade. Mrs Makhinova…
Ms Svitlana Musienko  photo Ms Svitlana Musienko Svitlana Musienko, partner, heads Sayenko Kharenko’s tax practice. She advises on domestic…
Ms Victoria Mykuliak  photo Ms Victoria Mykuliak Victoria Mykuliak specializes in international trade law, including WTO-related projects and regulatory…
Mr Oleksandr Nagorny  photo Mr Oleksandr Nagorny Oleksandr Nagorny, counsel at Sayenko kharenko, specializes in antitrust, competition and finance…
Mr Maksym Nazarenko  photo Mr Maksym Nazarenko Maksym Nazarenko, partner at Sayenko Kharenko, focuses on antitrust and competition matters,…
Mr Oleksandr Nikolaichyk  photo Mr Oleksandr Nikolaichyk Oleksandr Nikolaichyk, partner at Sayenko Kharenko, deals with the firm’s most complex…
Mr Vitalii Odzhykovskyi  photo Mr Vitalii Odzhykovskyi Vitalii Odzhykovskyi, counsel at Sayenko Kharenko, has vast experience across a range…
Mr Yaroslav Ognevyuk  photo Mr Yaroslav Ognevyuk Yaroslav Ognevyuk, partner at Sayenko Kharenko, advises clients on all intellectual property…
 Olexander Olshansky  photo Olexander Olshansky Counsel Olexander Olshansky has extensive experience in banking and finance, capital markets, and debt…
Ms Alina Plyushch  photo Ms Alina Plyushch Alina Plyushch, partner at Sayenko Kharenko, specializes in private wealth management, corporate…
Mr Sergey Pogrebnoy  photo Mr Sergey Pogrebnoy Sergey Pogrebnoy, partner at Sayenko Kharenko, has been deeply engaged in corporate…
 Igor Pomaz  photo Igor Pomaz Senior associate Igor Pomaz specialises in antitrust and competition law and regularly…
Mr Kuzma Pozichanyuk  photo Mr Kuzma Pozichanyuk Kuzma Pozichanyuk specializes in dispute resolution in a variety of industries, including…
 Sergiy Protyven  photo Sergiy Protyven Senior associate Sergiy Protyven has considerable experience of representing clients in complex…
Ms Eugenia Rebotunova  photo Ms Eugenia Rebotunova Eugenia Rebotunova, senior counsel at Sayenko Kharenko, is based in London and…
 Dmitriy Riabikin photo Dmitriy Riabikin Senior associate Dmitriy Riabikin specializes in corporate law, private wealth management, M&A,…
 Oleg Samus photo Oleg Samus Partner Oleg Samus has extensive experience in developing and implementing strategies for…
 Vladimir Sayenko photo Vladimir Sayenko Vladimir Sayenko, partner at Sayenko Kharenko, is practicing law since 1994, admitted…
Ms Olena Shcherbyna  photo Ms Olena Shcherbyna Olena Shcherbyna, of counsel at Sayenko Kharenko, specializes in sophisticated corporate law…
Ms Zlata  Simonenko  photo Ms Zlata  Simonenko Zlata Symonenko specialises in the areas of criminal investigations and litigation. She…
 Tatyana Slipachuk photo Tatyana Slipachuk Special advisor Tatyana Slipachuk was a partner at Sayenko Kharenko from 2011…
Mr Sergiy Smirnov  photo Mr Sergiy Smirnov Sergiy Smirnov, partner at Sayenko Kharenko, specialises in domestic corporate, fraud and…
Mr Yevgeniy Solodko  photo Mr Yevgeniy Solodko Yevgeniy Solodko is a partner at Sayenko Kharenko. He has more than…
 Andriy Stetsenko  photo Andriy Stetsenko Senior associate Andriy Stetsenko has more than 8-year experience of consulting clients…
Mr Igor Sukhomudrenko  photo Mr Igor Sukhomudrenko Igor Sukhomudrenko, of counsel at Sayenko Kharenko, specializes in litigation and regulatory…
Mr Dmitry Taranyk  photo Mr Dmitry Taranyk Dmitry Taranyk, of counsel at Sayenko Kharenko, is an of counsel at…
Mr Peter Teluk  photo Mr Peter Teluk Peter Teluk has extensive expertise in corporate, M&A, finance, government affairs and…
 Kateryna Utiralova photo Kateryna Utiralova Senior associate Kateryna Utiralova extensively advises international and local clients on all aspects…
 Dmytro Vasylyna  photo Dmytro Vasylyna Dmytro is a banking, finance & capital markets lawyer with over 7…
Mr Volodymyr Yaremko  photo Mr Volodymyr Yaremko Volodymyr Yaremko, counsel at Sayenko Kharenko, specializes in providing legal support in…
Number of partners : 17
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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 has successfully represented the interests of LLC “Ascania-Flora”

Sayenko Kharenko’s international trade practice has successfully represented the interests of LLC “Ascania-Flora” in the safeguard investigation related to imports of fresh cut roses notwithstanding country of origin and export. The investigation was initiated at the request of LLC “Ascania-Flora”.

SK has successfully defended the rights of the major foreign investor in the criminal investigation

Sayenko Kharenko has successfully defended the rights of the major Chinese corporation – Power Construction Corporation of China Limited (POWERCHINA) – in criminal proceedings.

Sayenko Kharenko advised Creatio on USD 68 million investment

Sayenko Kharenko has acted as a legal counsel to Creatio Inc. in connection with USD 68 million minority investment raised to fuel growth of its leading low-code platform for process management and CRM. The capital investment was led by Volition Capital, a US-based growth equity firm investing in high growth companies, with participation from Horizon Capital, a private equity firm investing in Europe.

Sayenko Kharenko advises Getin Holding S.A. on the sale of Idea Bank Belarus to Belarusian MTBank

Sayenko Kharenko has acted as lead legal counsel to Getin Holding S.A., one of the biggest privately owned Polish financial groups headquartered in Wroclaw, in relation to the sale of 99.999 per cent stake in Idea Bank Belarus to MTBank, Belarusian commercial bank, providing a full range of services to corporate and private clients in the Republic of Belarus.

Sayenko Kharenko helps Ukravtodor to launch a joint anti-corruption project with EBRD

The State Agency for Roads of Ukraine (“Ukravtodor”), within the framework of a joint anti-corruption project, will reconfigure its management and procurement practices according to the recommendations of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (“EBRD”).

Sayenko Kharenko advises Bel Group on disposal of its Ukrainian business to Lactalis

Sayenko Kharenko acts as the Ukrainian legal counsel to Bel Group with respect to disposal of PrJSC “Bel Shostka Ukraine” (“Bel Shostka”) to Lactalis Group. The transfer of the Bel Group’s Ukrainian assets takes place within a larger transaction under the terms of which Bel Group will divest Royal Bel Leerdammer NL, Bel Italia, Bel Deutschland, Leerdammer and Bel Shostka, in return for Lactalis’ 23.16 per cent shareholding in Bel Group (the “Transaction”).

Sayenko Kharenko helps Ukraine to win its largest investment arbitration case

The State of Ukraine has defeated the Energy Charter Treaty claim by the minority shareholders of PJSC Ukrnafta (Ukrnafta), one of Ukraine’s largest oil and gas producersThe claimants in the case “Littop Enterprises Limited, Bridgemont Ventures Limited and Bordo Management Limited v. Ukraine” (SCC Arbitration No. V 2015/092) originally sought USD 4.674 bln, but later increased their claim to USD 6.108 bln.

Sayenko Kharenko advises European Fund for Southeast Europe on EUR 5 million financing to Bank Lviv

Sayenko Kharenko has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to the European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) on providing a loan of EUR 5 million equivalent in Ukrainian hryvnia to Bank Lviv. The loan will be used by the bank to provide local currency financing for agricultural micro and small enterprises (MSEs).

Sayenko Kharenko has successfully defended the interests of MHP

The international arbitration team of Sayenko Kharenko has successfully represented the leading Ukrainian agricultural holding PJSC “MHP” (“MHP”), the claimant in the case at the International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (“ICAC”), as well as at local Ukrainian courts in connection with the unsuccessful attempt of the respondent to set aside the arbitral award of the ICAC.

Sayenko Kharenko has successfully defended the interests of two declaring subjects

Sayenko Kharenko’s team has once again successfully defended the interests of two declaring subjects in a lawsuit against NACP. The courts of the first and appellate instances confirmed the Sayenko Kharenko’s position on the illegality of the decision of the NACP to conduct a full check of the declarations of two people’s deputies of Ukraine.

Sayenko Kharenko has represented Zhejiang Baokang Wheel Manufacture Co., Ltd.

International trade practice of Sayenko Kharenko has successfully represented Zhejiang Baokang Wheel Manufacture Co., Ltd. in anti-dumping investigation related to imports into Ukraine of aluminum wheel disks with origin in China and Russia. International trade practice of Sayenko Kharenko has successfully represented Zhejiang Baokang Wheel Manufacture Co., Ltd. in anti-dumping investigation related to imports into Ukraine of aluminum wheel disks with origin in China and Russia.

Sayenko Kharenko has defended the interests of Ukrainian scientists-inventors

Sayenko Kharenko’s intellectual property practice team has successfully defended the interests of Ukrainian scientists-inventors and obtained in court the collection of royalties in the total amount of several UAH millions in the clients’ favor. Sayenko Kharenko’s intellectual property practice team has successfully defended the interests of Ukrainian scientists-inventors and obtained in court the collection of royalties in the total amount of several UAH millions in the clients’ favor. According to the license agreement signed with the inventors in 2015, defendant received the exclusive right on the territory of Ukraine to produce haemostatic agents that were purchased by military hospitals for the needs of the Ukrainian army. However, despite the successful implementation of that right, no royalties were paid to the inventors of the unique technology.

Sayenko Kharenko has advised on USD 600 million Eurobond tap issue by Ukraine

Sayenko Kharenko has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to BNP Paribas and Goldman Sachs International, the joint lead managers of the USD 600 million Eurobond tap issue by Ukraine.Sayenko Kharenko has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to BNP Paribas and Goldman Sachs International, the joint lead managers of the USD 600 million Eurobond tap issue by Ukraine.

Sayenko Kharenko advises Green for Growth Fund on EUR 5 million financing to Bank Lviv

Sayenko Kharenko has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to the Green for Growth Fund (GGF) on providing a loan of EUR 5 million equivalent in Ukrainian hryvnia to Bank Lviv. The bank will on-lend funds to its business clients, primarily from the agricultural and agri-processing sectors, for the implementation of energy-effective projects.Sayenko Kharenko has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to the Green for Growth Fund (GGF) on providing a loan of EUR 5 million equivalent in Ukrainian hryvnia to Bank Lviv. The bank will on-lend funds to its business clients, primarily from the agricultural and agri-processing sectors, for the implementation of energy-effective projects.

Sayenko Kharenko advises Treeum on the sale of its controlling stake to Dragon Capital

Sayenko Kharenko has advised the Treeum group (“Treeum”) and its shareholders on the sale of the group’s controlling stake to Dragon Capital New Ukraine Fund L.P, a private equity fund managed by Dragon Capital.

Sayenko Kharenko has successfully represented Zhejiang Longda Stainless Steel Co., Ltd

Sayenko Kharenko’s international trade practice team has successfully represented Zhejiang Longda Stainless Steel Co., Ltd in sunset review of anti-dumping measures applied to imports into Ukraine of seamless stainless pipes.Sayenko Kharenko’s international trade practice team has successfully represented Zhejiang Longda Stainless Steel Co., Ltd in sunset review of anti-dumping measures applied to imports into Ukraine of seamless stainless pipes.

Sayenko Kharenko advises on USD 300 million Eurobond issue by Kernel

Sayenko Kharenko has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to Crédit Agricole, J.P. Morgan and Natixis, the joint lead managers of a USD 300 million 7-year 6.75 percent Eurobond issue by Kernel. The issuance was coupled with a tender offer to the holders of Kernel’s existing USD 500 million 5-year 8.75 percent Eurobond due in 2022.Sayenko Kharenko has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to Crédit Agricole, J.P. Morgan and Natixis, the joint lead managers of a USD 300 million 7-year 6.75 percent Eurobond issue by Kernel. The issuance was coupled with a tender offer to the holders of Kernel’s existing USD 500 million 5-year 8.75 percent Eurobond due in 2022.

Sayenko Kharenko advises on USD 300 million Eurobond issue by Kernel

Sayenko Kharenko has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to Crédit Agricole, J.P. Morgan and Natixis, the joint lead managers of a USD 300 million 7-year 6.75 percent Eurobond issue by Kernel. The issuance was coupled with a tender offer to the holders of Kernel’s existing USD 500 million 5-year 8.75 percent Eurobond due in 2022.

Sayenko Kharenko continues to successfully defend the interests of the Auchan Group of Companies

Sayenko Kharenko continues to successfully defend the interests of a major foreign investor in Ukraine – the Auchan Group of Companies – within the high-profile case on the illegal alienation of the belonging to the client land plots in the Odesa region of an estimated value of USD 10 million.

Oleg Klymchuk re-joins Sayenko Kharenko as IP practice counsel and Technology, Media & Communications group coordinator 

Sayenko Kharenko is delighted to welcome back Oleg Klymchuk as IP practice counsel and Technology, Media & Communications group coordinator. Oleg is an experienced intellectual property attorney who will focus on IT services outsourcing projects, technology, media and communications (TMC). 


Counsel Oleg Klymchuk re-joins Sayenko Kharenko IP practice

Sayenko Kharenko is delighted to welcome back Oleg Klymchuk to the firm’s IP practice as counsel. Oleg will lead the firm’s Technology, Media & Communications group. Oleg is an experienced intellectual property attorney who will focus on IT services outsourcing projects, technology, media and communications (TMC). Sayenko Kharenko is delighted to welcome back Oleg Klymchuk as IP practice counsel and Technology, Media & Communications group coordinator. Oleg is an experienced intellectual property attorney who will focus on IT services outsourcing projects, technology, media and communications (TMC).

Sayenko Kharenko advises EBRD on USD 100 million loan to Novus Group

Sayenko Kharenko has acted as legal counsel to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on providing a USD 100 million secured financing package to Novus Group (Novus), one of the major Ukraine’s food retailers.

Sayenko Kharenko reinforces its real estate and construction team with double lateral hire

Real estate and construction practice of Sayenko Kharenko has been very busy lately and its success lured two prominent experts from the market: Svitlana Gurieieva joins as partner and Olena Denisova as senior associate, both from Auchan Retail Ukraine.

Sayenko Kharenko acts as a legal adviser on the 800 MW wind farm project EPC contract

Sayenko Kharenko acted as a legal adviser for WIND FARM LLC in relation to entering into an EPC contract with POWERCHINA. The contract provided for the joint implementation of an 800 MW wind farm in the Mangushskyi and Nikolskyi districts of the Donetsk region.

Sayenko Kharenko reinforces its real estate and construction team with double lateral hire

Real estate and construction practice of Sayenko Kharenko has been very busy lately and its success lured two prominent experts from the market: Svitlana Gurieieva joins as partner and Olena Denisova as senior associate, both from Auchan Retail Ukraine.Real estate and construction practice of Sayenko Kharenko has been very busy lately and its success lured two prominent experts from the market: Svitlana Gurieieva joins as partner and Olena Denisova as senior associate, both from Auchan Retail Ukraine.

Sayenko Kharenko helps Ukrainian Parliament to form a strategy for obtaining the EU Commission decision

Sayenko Kharenko analysed and summarised all relevant criteria, which should be met by Ukraine in order to apply to the EU Commission and obtain a decision on the adequate protection of personal data by Ukraine (the Adequacy Decision).Real estate and construction practice of Sayenko Kharenko has been very busy lately and its success lured two prominent experts from the market: Svitlana Gurieieva joins as partner and Olena Denisova as senior associate, both from Auchan Retail Ukraine.

Sayenko Kharenko advises Elementum Energy on a buy-out of its joint venture partner

Sayenko Kharenko has acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to Elementum Energy Limited, a subsidiary of VR Capital focused on investments into renewable energy, on a buy-out of the minority stake of its partner Volterra Energy Group in a joint venture company that had successfully developed ten solar power plant projects in Ukraine with the total installed capacity of 147 MW.

Sayenko Kharenko advises on the USD 333 million Eurobond issue and cash tender offer by Metinvest

Sayenko Kharenko has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to Deutsche BankNatixisIMI Intesa Sanpaolo, and Raiffeisen Bank International, joint bookrunners of the new USD 333 million Eurobond issue by Metinvest. The notes have a 7-year maturity and bear interest at 7.65 per cent per annum.Sayenko Kharenko has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to Deutsche BankNatixisIMI Intesa Sanpaolo, and Raiffeisen Bank International, joint bookrunners of the new USD 333 million Eurobond issue by Metinvest. The notes have a 7-year maturity and bear interest at 7.65 per cent per annum.

Sayenko Kharenko advises on the USD 333 million Eurobond issue and cash tender offer by Metinvest

Sayenko Kharenko has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to Deutsche BankNatixisIMI Intesa Sanpaolo, and Raiffeisen Bank International, joint bookrunners of the new USD 333 million Eurobond issue by Metinvest. The notes have a 7-year maturity and bear interest at 7.65 per cent per annum. Sayenko Kharenko has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to Deutsche BankNatixisIMI Intesa Sanpaolo, and Raiffeisen Bank International, joint bookrunners of the new USD 333 million Eurobond issue by Metinvest. The notes have a 7-year maturity and bear interest at 7.65 per cent per annum.

Sayenko Kharenko – legal counsel of Syvash Wind Farm construction with capacity of 245.7 MW

Sayenko Kharenko acted as a legal counsel of Representative Office of Power Construction Corporation of China, LTD regarding construction of Syvash Wind Farm with capacity of 245.7 MW.Sayenko Kharenko acted as a legal counsel of Representative Office of Power Construction Corporation of China, LTD regarding construction of Syvash Wind Farm with capacity of 245.7 MW.

Sayenko Kharenko advises on sale of Ukrainian railway operator to Glencore

Sayenko Kharenko has acted as legal counsel to Myrwayton Holding Limited in relation to the sale of railway operator to Renaisco B.V., a subsidiary of Glencore Agriculture.Sayenko Kharenko has acted as legal counsel to Myrwayton Holding Limited in relation to the sale of railway operator to Renaisco B.V., a subsidiary of Glencore Agriculture.

Sayenko Kharenko welcomes top expert to strengthen GR practice

With government relations never more important in today’s Ukrainian business climate, Sayenko Kharenko has moved to strengthen its GR practice by adding new partner Oleg Samus to the team.With government relations never more important in today’s Ukrainian business climate, Sayenko Kharenko has moved to strengthen its GR practice by adding new partner Oleg Samus to the team.

Sayenko Kharenko is Ukrainian counsel to AbbVie in its USD 63 billion acquisition of Allergan

Sayenko Kharenko antitrust team has provided legal assistance to AbbVie Inc. in obtaining merger clearance with the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine for its acquisition of Allergan plc in a cash and stock transaction for an equity value of approximately USD 63 billion. The deal was successfully completed on 8 May 2020 following receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals.

Sayenko Kharenko advised clients in obtaining merger clearance for formation of a joint venture

Sayenko Kharenko acted as a local legal counsel to ADM, Bunge, Cargill, COFCO, Louis Dreyfus Company and Glencore Agriculture on obtaining clearance of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMC) for the joint venture developing an independent and trusted digital platform to enable post-trade efficiency for the participants of the agri-industry. Sayenko Kharenko acted as a local legal counsel to ADM, Bunge, Cargill, COFCO, Louis Dreyfus Company and Glencore Agriculture on obtaining clearance of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMC) for the joint venture developing an independent and trusted digital platform to enable post-trade efficiency for the participants of the agri-industry.

Sayenko Kharenko advised on USD 329 million Eurobond tap issue by Ukraine

Sayenko Kharenko acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to J.P. Morgan, the initial purchaser and bookrunner of the USD 329 million Eurobond tap issue by Ukraine. The additional notes were consolidated with the outstanding USD 1.36 billion 7.75 per cent notes that matured on 1 September 2020.Sayenko Kharenko acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to J.P. Morgan, the initial purchaser and bookrunner of the USD 329 million Eurobond tap issue by Ukraine. The additional notes were consolidated with the outstanding USD 1.36 billion 7.75 per cent notes that matured on 1 September 2020.

Sayenko Kharenko advises Orexim on the sale of leading port terminal to Glencore Agriculture Limited

Sayenko Kharenko advises Orexim Group (Orexim), a major Ukrainian logistics group, on the sale of a port terminal “Everi” (Everi) to Renaisco B.V., a subsidiary of Glencore Agriculture Limited.Sayenko Kharenko advises Orexim Group (Orexim), a major Ukrainian logistics group, on the sale of a port terminal “Everi” (Everi) to Renaisco B.V., a subsidiary of Glencore Agriculture Limited.

Sayenko Kharenko advised Orexim on USD 36 million financing

Sayenko Kharenko has advised Orexim Group (Orexim) on a secured USD 36 million financing provided by Export-Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM) to Grain Terminal Holdings, a Singapore-based joint venture between Posco International and Orexim.

Sayenko Kharenko advises DCH on the acquisition of Bank Credit Dnipro

Sayenko Kharenko has acted as a Ukrainian law counsel to Mr. Aleksandr Yaroslavskyi, owner and president of the DCH group, on the acquisition of 100 per cent shareholding in JSC “Bank Credit Dnipro” (Bank), for an undisclosed amount. Sayenko Kharenko has acted as a Ukrainian law counsel to Mr. Aleksandr Yaroslavskyi, owner and president of the DCH group, on the acquisition of 100 per cent shareholding in JSC “Bank Credit Dnipro” (Bank), for an undisclosed amount.

Sayenko Kharenko secures Ukrainian merger clearance for acquisition by Saudi Aramco

Sayenko Kharenko antitrust team has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) on obtaining merger clearance in Ukraine for its USD 69.1 billion acquisition of a 70 per cent stake in Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) from the Public Investment Fund, the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia. On 17 June 2020, Saudi Aramco announced the successful completion of the transaction.

Sayenko Kharenko advised the EBRD on the entry into ISDA Master Agreement with the NBU

Sayenko Kharenko acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on its entry into the 1992 ISDA Master Agreement with the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU), the Ukrainian central bank.

Sayenko Kharenko advised on the USD 2 billion Eurobond issue and related switch tender offer

Sayenko Kharenko has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to J.P. Morgan and Goldman Sachs International, the joint lead managers of Ukraine’s new USD 2 billion Eurobond issue.

Energy sector of Ukraine: main changes

Last week, the laws regulating the procedure for the environmental impact assessment, as well as settlements of debts that arose in the wholesale electricity market before the introduction of a new electricity market in Ukraine, came into force. Additionally, Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the first reading of the Draft Law of Ukraine “On Amendments to the Electricity Market Law” proposing to introduce a new instrument on the electricity market.

Sayenko Kharenko advised the EBRD on the derivatives and corporate bonds reforms

On 19 June 2020, the Parliament of Ukraine adopted the law “On Amendments to Certain Legal Acts to Facilitate Attraction of Investments and to Introduce New Financial Instruments” (the “Capital Markets Law”), which generally takes effect from 1 July 2021 (assuming President’s signature and promulgation which is currently pending). The Law has been developed with substantial input from and in close cooperation with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “EBRD”), with Sayenko Kharenko acting as the Ukrainian legal counsel to the EBRD.

Sayenko Kharenko advises EBRD on USD 60 million loan to Fozzy Group

Sayenko Kharenko acted as legal counsel to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on providing up to USD 60 million secured loan to Fozzy Group, Ukraine’s major retailer.

Sayenko Kharenko advises Dobrobut on acquisition of Doctor Sam healthcare network

Sayenko Kharenko acted as а legal counsel to the leader of the Ukrainian healthcare industry Dobrobut and its shareholders with respect to the acquisition of medical network operating three clinics in Kyiv under the brand name “Doctor Sam” (“Doctor Sam”).

Sayenko Kharenko represented the interests of JSC “Novokramatorsky Machine Building Plant”

Sayenko Kharenko International Trade Practice represented the interests of JSC “Novokramatorsky Machine Building Plant” in the sunset review of antidumping measures against import of casting rollers originating from Ukraine into the Eurasian Economic Union. The review was initiated at the request of Russian manufacturers.

Sayenko Kharenko represented the interests of PJSC “Manufacturing Association “Stalkanat-Silur�

Sayenko Kharenko International Trade Practice successfully represented the interests of PJSC “Manufacturing Association “Stalkanat-Silur” in the sunset review of antidumping measures against import of wire ropes originating from China into Ukraine. The review was initiated at the request of PJSC “Manufacturing Association “Stalkanat-Silur”.

Sayenko Kharenko adds an American partner strengthening its international team

Despite the pandemic, Sayenko Kharenko follows its development strategy and continues to strengthen its international team consisting of US, UK and EU qualified lawyers. Lateral hire of partner Peter Teluk, one of the most experienced foreign lawyers in Ukraine, confirms the well-deserved reputation of Sayenko Kharenko as a leading Ukrainian law firm working according to the highest international standards in collaboration with reputable foreign firms.

The tax revolution: Anti-BEPS has come up

President of Ukraine has signed the Law No. 466-IX “On Amendments to the Tax Code of Ukraine to Improve Tax Administration, Eliminate Technical and Logical Discrepancies in Tax Legislation” (the “Law”).

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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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