Firm Profile > Vasil Kisil & Partners > Kiev, Ukraine

Vasil Kisil & Partners
17/52A BOGDANA KHMELNITSKOGO STREET
01030 KIEV
Ukraine

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Vasil Kisil & Partners has a large and well-established dispute resolution practice that handles high-profile and complex commercial, civil and administrative cases. It successfully represented Sandypool Ltd in a dispute concerning a $21m debt in commercial court. Managing partner Andriy Stelmashchuk, head of domestic litigation Oleg Kachmar and international arbitration head Oleg Alyoshin are the main contacts. Also recommended is associate Vsevolod Mazurenko, whose 'ability to analyse difficult legal issues and think on his feet is impressive'.

Practice head(s):

Andriy Stelmashchuk; Oleg Kachmar; Oleg Alyoshin

Other key lawyers:

Vsevolod Mazurenko

Testimonials

‘We have worked with the team at VKP headed by Mr Oleg Alyoshin. We have been impressed by this team’s ability to answer difficult questions of law directly, clearly and succinctly. When challenged, the team is prepared to stand by their advice and explain it further.’

‘VKP has specialists in many areas of Ukrainian law, which allows the disputes team to draw on their expertise. The VKP team is also capable of complying with very short deadlines when necessary, and their knowledge of the English language is outstanding.’

‘Mr Oleg Alyoshin is one of the best disputes practitioners in Ukraine. At the same time, unlike some other people at his level, he remains directly involved in the day-to-day work, participates in calls and meeting and is always familiar with the detail. Drawing on his experience, Mr Alyoshin frequently suggests elegant solutions to difficult legal issues.’

‘We have also dealt directly with associate Vsevolod Mazurenko. Despite his youth, Mr Mazurenko’s ability to analyse difficult legal issues and think on his feet is impressive. Mr Mazurenko is also familiar with the realities of English legal practice, and takes them into account in his Ukrainian law advice.’

Key clients

Sandypool Ltd

Socar Energy Ukraine

Hilton Hotel

Piraeus Bank

Maksym Nefedov

Gloria Jeans JSC

Rost Agro

Oksana Markarova, a Minister of Finance of Ukraine

Miniso Ukraine LLC

European Business Association

Prandicle Limited (Cyprus)

CarboCycle Ingenieurbüro

Sebgaf Incorporated and Denziart Incorporated (Panama)

New Alternative Oak (France)

Palma Group SA

Employment Tier 1

Vasil Kisil & Partners provides 'tailor-made pieces of legal advice' under the leadership of partner Oksana Voynarovska, with support from counsel Valeriya Savchuk. They are both members of the working group that is finalising the new Draft Labour Code for its second reading. The firm advises large domestic and international clients on the drafting of employment contracts for senior management, dismissals, collective bargaining agreements and labour disputes. Clients include global leaders operating in sectors such as consumer goods, food and beverage, and technology. Senior associate Oleksandr Melnyk is another key individual.

Practice head(s):

Oksana Voynarovska

Other key lawyers:

Valeriya Savchuk; Oleksandr Melnyk

Testimonials

‘We have been working with Vasil Kisil & Partners on many matters since 2016. Oksana Voynarovska and Valeriya Savchuk have provided us with tailor-made pieces of legal advice during all years of our cooperation. In particular, they have advised us on a wide range of matters in labour and employment, tax and property law.’

Private client Tier 1

Vasil Kisil & Partners is 'one of the first firms in Ukraine to develop complex a private client practice and already has strong international reputation'. It provides a broad range of private client services to high-net-worth individuals, families and business owners. This work encompasses all aspects of family law, including divorce and inheritance disputes, and pre-nuptial and post-nuptial contracts and cohabitation contracts. The firm also handles international capital structuring, and both domestic and international tax planning. Oksana Voynarovska, who handles family and inheritance law, and private wealth management partner Alexander Borodkin are the lead practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Oksana Voynarovska; Alexander Borodkin

Testimonials

‘The firm is one of the first in Ukraine to develop complex a private client practice and already has a strong international reputation.’

‘Oksana Voynarovska is a well-known expert in Ukrainian family law, always very efficient and attentive to the matters.’

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Vasil Kisil & Partners' clients note that the team's strengths include ‘very good communication, adherence to deadlines and a professional approach'. Practice head Alexander Borodkin leads the eight-lawyer group, which advises on the financing of real estate projects, construction matters, leases and acquisitions, public law issues and construction disputes. Senior associate Roman Riabenko is recommended for construction, agriculture and energy projects. Recent work included assisting Arcona Property Fund with the €30m acquisition of four Ukrainian companies and their real estate assets, as well as five development sites across Ukraine.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Borodkin

Other key lawyers:

Roman Riabenko

Testimonials

‘The firm provides very good communication, adherence to deadlines, and a professional approach, personified by Alexander Borodkin.’

Key clients

Arcona Property Fund N.V.

NIRAS A/S

Frontline Invest Capital ltd

N-Trans (RF)

International Business Centre LLC (Hilton hotel in Kyiv)

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Vasil Kisil & Partners' team handles a wide range of work, including banking-related M&A, litigation, debt restructurings, the sale of non-performing loans and debt finance transactions. It has also developed niche expertise in the area of aviation finance. Alexander Borodkin advises on currency control, foreign investment regulations and project finance. Anna Sisetska focuses on competition and antitrust matters, as well as corporate, international trade and banking law.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Borodkin; Anna Sisetska

Key clients

Piraeus Bank

Refinitiv

Arcona Property Fund N.V.

Niras A/S

Tchibo GmbH

Hellenic Bank

Energy Standard Group

Romad Holding

Cindrigo

USAID Project Credit for Agricultural Producers (CAP)

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

According to a client, Vasil Kisil & Partners has ‘a professional and client-oriented team successfully applying the best Western practices to Ukrainian business realities’. Volodymyr Igonin leads an 'outstanding set of lawyers with an ambition to go an extra mile in order to meet clients’ expectations'. The firm has a longstanding track record of involvement in challenging M&A deals, both domestic and international, as well as a strength in corporate governance matters.

Practice head(s):

Volodymyr Igonin

Testimonials

‘A professional and client-oriented team successfully applying the best Western practices to Ukrainian business realities.’

‘Partner, Attorney-at-Law Volodymyr Igonin is continuously demonstrating a profound understanding of in corporate governance as well as having a client-oriented approach and providing smooth communication.’

‘VKP is known to be one of the best law firms on the Ukrainian market of legal services. I have known the firm for the last 15 years and been actively working with VKP in 2019 and 2020. The outstanding professionalism and client care attitude definitely ensure the firm stands out among others. In particular, I would praise Volodymyr Igonin for exercising a “helicopter view” of the spectrum of clients’ problems, which is the key in this profession. I would certainly recommend Volodymyr and his department as a truly outstanding set of lawyers with an ambition to go an extra mile in order to meet and maintain their existing and moreover potential client’ ‘expectation. Mr Igonin can be characterised as a very diligent, responsible and high-performing “smoking good” lawyer who works around the clock irrespective of any obstacles the circumstances thrown on the transaction cycle. Finally, I would describe Volodymyr as a very professional and diplomatic person who we find very easy to work with. A truly outstanding individual.’

‘Volodymyr Igonin is a partner I used to work with most of all on a number of highly complicated transactions. I can only describe Volodmyr as a 5-star knowledgeable specialist who has a deep understanding of what he’s doing.’

Key clients

Danone

Ramburs Group

LNZ Group

Mellanox Technologies

Red Cross Society

Ingersoll-Rand

Ternopil Milk Plant (Molokija trademark)

Ukrnaftinvest

Refinitiv

Odeh Asalem Automation System ODASCO (UAE)

Arcona Property Fund N.V.

Competition Tier 2

Vasil Kisil & Partners is predominantly focused on investigations into market dominance abuse and cartels, as well as merger control matters. In addition, it also advises clients on unfair competition issues, public procurement, antitrust litigation and regulatory compliance. The practice, which is led by Anna Sisetska, also advises clients on state aid regulations that were introduced in Ukraine in 2017. It acts for large domestic and international companies, notably in the FMCG, gas and pharmaceuticals sectors.

Practice head(s):

Anna Sisetska

Key clients

Metro Cash and Carry Ukraine LLC

Energy Tier 2

Vasil Kisil & Partners provides a wide range of services to clients in the energy sector, including advice on privatisation, financing, investment protection, environmental compliance and dispute resolution. The firm also handles M&A, antitrust issues and regulatory matters. It recently assisted UAE-based ODASCO with the acquisition of a 4.9MW solar project. Alexander Borodkin leads the renewables practice group, while Oleg Alyoshin is head of oil and gas.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Borodkin; Oleg Alyoshin

Key clients

Odeh Asalem Automation System ODASCO

Energy Standard Group

Cindrigo

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Nadeva Wind

CarboCycle Ingenieurbüro

Socar Energy Ukraine

Intellectual property Tier 2

Vasil Kisil & Partners has a growing client roster of well-known international brands, and it assists them with issues across the entire IP life cycle. Its work ranges from the registration of IP rights to anti-counterfeiting strategies and dispute resolution. Copyright and trade mark litigation are among the key strengths of the six-lawyer practice led by up-and-coming partner Ilarion Tomarov. The firm acts for clients in sectors such as agrichemicals, pharmaceuticals, TMT, entertainment and social media.

Practice head(s):

Ilarion Tomarov

Key clients

McDonald’s Ukraine

Kovalenko Yunona (Lady Diana videoblog)

International trade Tier 2

Vasil Kisil & Partners has a strong corporate practice, which sees it handle international trade defence matters and investigations. Practice head Anna Sisetska recently represented Dorogobuzh PJSC, a subsidiary of Acron PJSC, before the Ministry for Development of Economy, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine and the Intergovernmental Commission on International Trade in a special safeguard investigation concerning the import of nitrogen fertilisers to Ukraine.

Practice head(s):

Anna Sisetska

Tax Tier 2

Vasil Kisil & Partners has a strong track record advising on the tax issues arising from complex domestic and cross-border corporate transactions. Its tax advice and tax risk management review services are key to its work in large M&A deals and corporate restructurings. Managing partner Andriy Stelmashchuk, who predominantly handles contentious tax matters, and counsel Tetyana Berezhna are the key practitioners. The firm recently advised retail company Miniso Ukraine LLC on a large VAT dispute.

Practice head(s):

Andriy Stelmashchuk; Tetyana Berezhna

Key clients

Maksym Nefedov, ex-Head of the State Customs Service of Ukraine

Gloria Jeans JSC

Rost Agro LLC

Oksana Markarova, ex-Minister of Finance of Ukraine

Miniso Ukraine LLC

European Business Association

Vitaland LLC

White-collar crime Tier 2

Vasil Kisil & Partners has a strong track record representing leading foreign and national companies, and their senior executives, in matters before law enforcement agencies and courts. Its work encompasses tax evasion, fraud, money laundering, false bankruptcy and other economic crimes. Managing partner Andriy Stelmashchuk and Nazar Kulchytskyy jointly lead the practice. Kulchytskyy frequently represents both companies and individuals in the European Court of Human Rights.

Practice head(s):

Andriy Stelmashchuk; Nazar Kulchytskyy

The firm: Vasil Kisil & Partners was founded in 1992 and for more than 25 years continues to be a leading independent multi-disciplinary Ukrainian law firm with thriving international and national practices. We work as a trusted adviser on high-profile local and international matters and cater to large domestic and global corporate clients, including many Fortune 500 companies.

Agricultural business: The team consists of leading experts and practitioners in the area of tax, intellectual property, land, labour, corporate and contract law, allowing them to provide a comprehensive service to clients whose business is related to agriculture and food industry.

Antitrust and competition: Advising on all matters related to merger control, concerted practices, market dominance, cartels investigations, intellectual property, public procurement, trade/WTO matters within the competition and trade regulatory environment of Ukraine.

Banking and finance: Advising on setting up, acquiring or merging Ukrainian banks and establishing in-house legal expertise; NBU licenses and approvals; various issues of capital increase; payment systems registration with NBU, related tax and regulatory issues.

Capital markets: Assisting in equity, debt, asset securitisation and financing transactions, supporting domestic bonds issues; representing lenders and borrowers, financial investors and their target companies; legal opinions re validity and enforceability of the financial and security documentation; major restructurings of corporate debt.

Corporate/M&A: Corporate mergers, acquisitions, reorganisations and liquidations, all types of commercial contracts; structuring cross-border transactions; obtaining necessary merger control clearances and other regulatory approvals.

Dispute resolution: Leading Ukrainian DR practice highly experienced in local and international litigation and arbitration; excellent track record in antimonopoly litigation and regulatory investigations, litigation in banking, corporate, commercial, financial, environment, insurance, international trade, intellectual property, maritime, privatisation, property, regulatory, tax and other matters.

Energy and natural resources: Advising on all aspects of oil, gas and coal mining industries, subsoil use, alternative/renewable energy, sector-specific regulatory, transactional and environmental matters; significant experience in project finance transactions within the sector.

Intellectual property: Advising on all aspects of intellectual property laws, including trademarks, patents, trade names, copyright, IP litigation, prosecution and transactions in advertising, automotive, biotechnology, FMCG, consumer goods, telecommunication, media and IT.

International trade: Advising on various types of contracts, including sale and distribution contracts, franchise, license and concession agreements, agency agreements, confidentiality and consultancy agreements, IP rights and Know-How transfer agreements, leasing, etc.

Labour and employment: Advising on Ukrainian labour and employment law, including employment contracts and agreements with independent contractors, work permits for foreigners, registration with the immigration and employment authorities, as well as redundancies and termination of collective bargains and trade union issues.

Private clients: Representing interests of high net worth individuals in matters of capital structuring, domestic and international tax planning, asset management, working closely with international network of law firms and offshore trust companies handling on all matters of family law.

Public Private Partnership, concessions and infrastructure: Advising on all matters related to pre-qualification stage, bidding procedures, contractual work and negotiations, project finance, construction process and operational stage; international contract transactions, regulatory and compliance matters, design and adaptation agreements, general contracts for works.

Real estate and construction: Full range of legal services, including operations with all types of commercial, residential and industrial property, investment and development projects; title due diligence, structuring transactions, project acquisition support, contractual work and negotiations, regulatory advice, pre-sales and project finance greenfield development, rezoning and legal support for agricultural business, mining and other specific operations with land.

Taxation: Advising on all aspects of taxation under Ukrainian law, M&A and restructuring related tax planning; taxation aspects of property purchase and lease, industrial plants and machinery; tax implications of investing in Ukraine; double taxation treaties; tax affairs of foreign nationals employed in Ukraine; tax compliance and litigation, VAT refund.

White-collar crime: Advising on criminal law proceedings which include economic and financially motivated nonviolent crimes committed by business and government professionals; significant experience in representing companies/senior managers in public audits, as well as protecting the interests of clients in courts in cases involving state control in the sphere of business.

Department Name Email Telephone
Antitrust & Competition Anna Sisetska
Banking & Finance Anna Sisetska, Alexander Borodkin
Corporate / M&A Volodymyr Igonin
Dispute Resolution Andriy Stelmashchuk
Dispute Resolution Oleg Kachmar
Energy & Natural Resources Oleg Alyoshin
Energy & Natural Resources Alexander Borodkin
Intellectual Property Ilarion Tomarov
International Arbitration Oleg Alyoshin
Labour & Employment Oksana Voynarovska, Valeriya Savchuk
Private Clients Oksana Voynarovska, Alexander Borodkin
Public Private Partnership, Concessions & Infrastructure Alexander Borodkin
Real Estate & Construction Alexander Borodkin
Taxation Andriy Stelmashchuk, Tetyana Berezhna
White Collar Crime Nazar Kulchytskyy
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Oleg Alyoshin  photo Mr Oleg Alyoshin Partner
Mr Alexander Borodkin  photo Mr Alexander Borodkin Partner
Mr Volodymyr Igonin  photo Mr Volodymyr Igonin Counsel
Mr Oleg Kachmar  photo Mr Oleg Kachmar Counsel
Ms Anna Sisetska  photo Ms Anna Sisetska Counsel
Mr Andriy Stelmashchuk  photo Mr Andriy Stelmashchuk Managing Partner
Ms Oksana Voynarovska  photo Ms Oksana Voynarovska Partner, Head of Labour & Employment, Head of Private Clients Practice Group
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UKRAINE

More than 28 years of successful practice in Ukraine (founded in 1992).

  • Full-service law firm (Practices:Agribusiness, Antitrust and competition, Corporate / M&A, Dispute resolution, Energy & Natural Resources, Intellectual property, International trade, Labor and employment, Private clients, Public-private partnerships, Concessions & infrastructure, Taxation, Real estate & construction, White collar crime). Main industries: Agribusiness, Aviation, Energy, IT, Real Estate and Construction
  • 9 partners
  • Over 50 attorneys
  • All partners and seniors are recommended by prestigious international directories Chambers Europe, Chambers Global, Legal 500 and IFLR1000
  • 70+ professionals on staff
  • Over 300 active clients
  • 50 court sessions a month
  • 600 on-going mandates
  • Clients from over 50 countries
  • 130 new clients each year
  • 700 new mandates each year
  • Exclusive member of TerraLexin Ukraine, a worldwide network of Independent Law Firms: 100+ Countries | 600+ Offices | 19,000 Attorneys
  • Exclusive member of IusLaboris, Global Employment Law Alliance in Ukraine (1400 HR-Lawyers | 49 Countries | 160 Cities)
  • Partners withCATHAY Associates, Business Bridge to China: 600+ Lawyers | 50 Countries