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Sayenko Kharenko > The Legal 500 Rankings
Sayenko Kharenko has a reputation for high-quality advice on both regulatory and transactional matters. The practice led by Michael Kharenko, Nazar Chernyavsky and Anton Korobeynikov handles a large volume of cross-border work. It advised on a UAH4bn notes issue by Ukreximbank. Counsel Igor Lozenko is a rising star.
Sayenko Kharenko is 'responsive, quick and professional' and its team includes 'the best lawyers I have worked with in Eastern Europe', according to one client. Vladimir Sayenko, who acted for HP on its acquisition of Samsung's printer business, Oleksandr Padalka and Russian-qualified Andrei Liakhov are among the key practitioners. Counsel Sergiy Kazmirchuk is 'precise and clear in his answers'.
Competition Tier 1
Sayenko Kharenko has 'a responsive and helpful team with excellent knowledge of the law and the process involved in merger filings'. Vladimir Sayenko, Oleksandr Padalka and the 'helpful and responsive' Valentyna Hvozd are the names to note. The firm advised global drinks company AB InBev on its merger with brewing company Efes.
Dispute resolution Tier 1
Sayenko Kharenko has a strong practice with 'very patient and considerate lawyers who have vast knowledge of bankruptcy proceedings'. Sergey Pogrebnoy, Sergiy Smirnov and Olexander Droug are the key partners. The firm acted for Ostchem Holding in the enforcement of an arbitral award. Tatyana Slipachuk left to take up a government position.
Employment Tier 1
Sayenko Kharenko is 'utterly professional, competent and fast - nothing is impossible and client service is exceptional'. Svitlana Kheda and associates Kuzma Pozychaniuk and Olga Kyriusha operate 'well beyond any high expectations'. Reckitt Benckiser, Engelhart and Greif are among the firm's high-profile clients.
Energy Tier 1
Sayenko Kharenko is known for its ' reliability, responsiveness, professionalism and huge expertise in the most sophisticated cases'. Nazar Chernyavsky advised Bank of America Merrill Lynch on the $250m financing of Energoatom. Vladimir Sayenko and counsel Igor Lozenko are other names to note.
Intellectual property Tier 1
Sayenko Kharenko handles litigation, anti-counterfeiting, rights management and specific advice to IT sector clients on matters such as outsourcing. Partner Yaroslav Ognevyuk heads the IP practice. Oleksandr Padalka is a leading light. Counsel Oleg Klymchuk, who counts Anheuser-Busch InBev among his clients, and senior associate Volodymyr Smelik are also noted.
Private client Tier 1
Sayenko Kharenko was one of the first full-service law firms in Ukraine to offer private client services, and it has a team of eight wealth management specialists. It frequently advises high-net-worth individuals on business ownership, tax structuring and regulatory compliance. Alina Plyushch is a leading light in the market. Nazar Chernyavsky and Andrei Liakhov are also recommended.
Real estate and construction Tier 1
Sayenko Kharenko stands out for the breadth of its work in real estate transactions and construction disputes. Vladimir Sayenko and Sergey Pogrebnoy advised BTA Bank on the sale of commercial properties to Dragon Capital. Oleksandr Nikolaichyk is also recommended.
White-collar crime Tier 1
Sayenko Kharenko has 'a highly professional team and is a solid partner in the field of white-collar criminal law'. Sergey Pogrebnoy and Sergiy Smirnov (who is 'positive and cooperative, and provides extremely clear and precise advice') are the key partners. They acted for a client accused of the unlawful appropriation of funds totalling $650m.
Sayenko Kharenko > Firm Profile
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.
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|Mr Olexander Droug||View Profile|
|Mr Konstantin Gribov||View Profile|
|Ms Maryna Hritsyshyna||View Profile|
|Ms Valentyna Hvozd||View Profile|
|Mr Sergiy Kazmirchuk||View Profile|
|Mr Michael Kharenko||View Profile|
|Dr Svitlana Kheda||View Profile|
|Mr Oleg Klymchuk||View Profile|
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|Mr Anton Korobeynikov||View Profile|
|Mr Denis Krokhmalyov||View Profile|
|Mr Andrei Liakhov||View Profile|
|Mr Igor Lozenko||View Profile|
|Ms Anzhela Makhinova||View Profile|
|Ms Svitlana Musienko||View Profile|
|Mr Oleksandr Nagorny||View Profile|
|Mr Maksym Nazarenko||View Profile|
|Mr Oleksandr Nikolaichyk||View Profile|
|Mr Vitalii Odzhykovskyi||View Profile|
|Mr Yaroslav Ognevyuk||View Profile|
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|Mr Sergey Pogrebnoy||View Profile|
|Ms Eugenia Rebotunova||View Profile|
|Vladimir Sayenko||View Profile|
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|Ms Zlata Simonenko||View Profile|
|Mr Sergiy Smirnov||View Profile|
|Mr Yevgeniy Solodko||View Profile|
|Mr Igor Sukhomudrenko||View Profile|
|Ms Olena Sukmanova||View Profile|
|Mr Dmitry Taranyk||View Profile|
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Staff FiguresNumber of partners : 17 Number of lawyers : 100+
LanguagesEnglish Ukrainian Russian German
MembershipsIBA ABA GALA INTA BULA
OtherOther 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 Kharenkos business strategy and includes community involvement, pro bono legal work and environmental responsibility. As a major employer in Ukraines 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. Valentines 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 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 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. 2018.06.11_sayenko_kharenko_press-release_porsche_eng
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. 2018.06.04_sayenko_kharenko_wwl_competition_eng
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 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 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 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 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.
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 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 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. 2018.01.24_sk_news_nefco
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 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 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 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 acts as legal counsel to DTEK Renewables for construction of Primorskaya WEP with a
Sayenko Kharenko has acted as legal counsel to DTEK Renewables, which manages DTEK projects in renewable energy, on construction of Primorskaya Wind Electric Plant LLC (Primorskaya WEP) with a capacity of 200 MW. DTEK Renewables is currently one of the largest producers of renewable electric energy in Ukraine and accounts for about 10% of “green” capacities market.
Sayenko Kharenko advises VR Capital on establishment of a joint venture to develop solar power plant
Sayenko Kharenko has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to VR Capital on the establishment of a joint venture with Volterra Energy Group, the developing partner. The joint venture company is set to develop a number of solar power plant projects throughout Ukraine.
Sayenko Kharenko advises EBRD on synthetic UAH loan facility to Ukreximbank to support small and med
Sayenko Kharenko has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on providing a dual-tranche UAH-denominated loan equivalent to USD 25 million to JSC “The State Export-Import Bank of Ukraine”. The synthetic local currency loan provides access to UAH loan funds for eligible SME borrowers.
Sayenko Kharenko has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to VR Capital on the acquisition of 50% of shares in Nicken Holdings LTD from Investment Capital Ukraine (ICU).
Sayenko Kharenko has acted as legal counsel to private equity firm Horizon Capital regarding acquisition of a minority stake in Dobrobut, the leading private healthcare provider in Ukraine. Dobrobut operates a network of private clinics and hospitals in Kyiv staffed by qualified professionals and equipped with modern medical equipment, providing quality care to their patients.
Sayenko Kharenko has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to Deutsche Bank as the lender and arranger of a EUR 529 million facility extended to Ukraine under a guarantee from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
Sayenko Kharenko wins twice atThe Lawyer European Awards 2019
Sayenko Kharenko won the titles of Law firm of the year: Russia, Ukraine and the CIS and European energy and infrastructure deal of the year at The Lawyer European Awards 2019. The firm is the only one on the Ukrainian market ever to have won two accolades in a single year. Please click here for more information.
Sayenko Kharenko announces new partner promotion
Sayenko Kharenko is delighted to announce the appointment of Maksym Nazarenko as a new partner in the firm’s antitrust & competition practice. Click here.
Sayenko Kharenko’s energy practice acquired top industry talent to consolidate all of the firm’s work and expertise in the sector
Maryna Hritsyshyna joins Sayenko Kharenko after spending almost seven years at WIND POWER LLC, sub-holding of DTEK RENEWABLES.
Maryna specializes in renewables projects, energy market, and dispute resolution in the energy sector. Being responsible for the legal support of complex projects in the renewable energy sector, she has accumulated extensive experience of drafting and negotiating a wide range of agreements, including wind turbine supply and installation agreements, turnkey agreements (including, EPC under FIDIC forms), service agreements, and re-negotiation of existing contracts. Her expertise also covers all legal issues related to the construction of renewable energy projects, as well as regulatory issues relating to the grid connection, offtake contracts and tariffs. In addition, Maryna is a certified business-mediator of Energy Community Secretariat’s Dispute Resolution and Negotiation Centre.
Svitlana Musienko joins Sayenko Kharenko as a partner
Sayenko Kharenko has strengthened its tax practice with a new partner hire. Svitlana Musienko brings 20 years of professional experience advising major international companies and the largest Ukrainian business groups on domestic and international tax planning, transfer pricing, tax issues, corporate law, and investment structuring.
Prior to joining Sayenko Kharenko, Svitlana worked as a partner heading the tax practice at an international law firm and as a senior manager at one of the Big Four accounting firms. She has been involved in some of the most significant corporate restructuring and high-profile tax due diligence projects in Ukrainian history. In addition, Svitlana is actively involved in policy and legislative initiatives in the areas of tax and transfer pricing.
Partner Vladimir Sayenko welcomes new partners team member: “We are proud to welcome Svitlana on board. She is a recognised expert in Ukrainian tax law with many years of experience leading the tax practice at a multinational law firm. We have no doubt that under Svitlana’s supervision our tax practice will continue to develop into a true market leader.”
Sayenko Kharenko advised on USD 2 billion dual-tranche Eurobond issue by Ukraine
Sayenko Kharenko acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to BNP Paribas, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup and J.P. Morgan Securities, joint lead managers of USD 2 billion Eurobond issue by Ukraine.
The issue comprises USD 750 million notes due 2024 and USD 1.25 billion notes due 2028. A share of proceeds of the new issue has been used by Ukraine to redeem its USD 725 million zero coupon notes issued for the purposes of bridge financing earlier in 2018, while the remaining funds will be applied for general budgetary purposes of the sovereign. The issue took place on the back of prolonged negotiations between Ukraine and IMF and gives a positive signal that international capital markets are still open for the Ukrainian debt.
Igor Lozenko and Nazar Chernyavsky led Sayenko Kharenko’s team working on the transaction, which included Denis Nakonechnyi, Yurii Dmytrenko, Oles Trachuk and Vira Pankiv. sk_press-release_eurobonds_eng
Sayenko Kharenko advises AB InBev Efes B.V. on mandatory tender offer and sell-out procedures with respect to SUN InBev Ukraine
Sayenko Kharenko has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to AB InBev Efes B.V. with respect to acquisition of shares of PJSC “SUN InBev Ukraine” from minority shareholders under the new procedures for mandatory tender offer (the MTO) and sell-out recently introduced to Ukrainian law.
Kharenko has advised AXA Group (France), a global leader in insurance and asset management, and UkrSibbank on the sale of PrJSC "Insurance company "AXA Insurance" and ALC "Insurance company "AXA Life Insurance" to Fairfax Financial Holding Limited (Canada).
Sayenko Kharenko advised Mriya Agro Holding on the successful debt restructuring and subsequent sale
Sayenko Kharenko has advised Mriya Agro Holding for several years in connection with USD 1.1 billion debt restructuring. 13 unsecured bank credits, 7 suppliers’ credits, 1 ECP programme and 2 issues of Eurobonds were restructured in a single secured debt instrument. Due to this unprecedented restructuring, the total debt of the new Mriya Group has decreased from USD 1.1 billion to USD 309.5 million.