Firm Profile > Vasil Kisil & Partners > Kiev, Ukraine

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

Dispute resolution Tier 1

'The team is quite obviously and rightly regarded as top tier in Kiev', says a client of Vasil Kisil & Partners, where 'the lawyers are superb at all levels'. The firm's track record includes precedent-setting cases in the Supreme Court, as well as a diverse mix of land disputes, construction cases, post-M&A disputes and bankruptcy litigation. Managing partner Andriy Stelmashchuk leads the litigation practice, with a focus on tax litigation and white-collar crime, and is 'sharper than a surgeon's scalpel'. Oleg Kachmar leads on domestic disputes, particularly in relation to the real estate, banking and insurance, and Oleg Alyoshin is head of international arbitration.

Testimonials

The team at VKP is quite obviously and rightly regarded as top tier in Kiev. The lawyers are superb at all levels. The team is client friendly, has a Western outlook and attitude, and combines strength and depth in all things cross-border. It has an ability to handle complex disputes in Ukraine but with a foreign law element (or foreign disputes with a Ukrainian element) with consummate ease. It is easily my “go-to” firm in Kiev for anything contentious.’

Oleg Alyoshin for arbitration and Andriy Stelmaschuk stand out as individual practitioners with whom I have worked for several years. Andriy in particular is sharper than a surgeon’s scalpel with his analysis and strategic brainpower. Alyoshin is a great thinker who values input from his instructing solicitors and takes on board all comments before invariably making the right decision. I go elsewhere only if VKP are conflicted.

Key clients

Hilton Hotel

Piraeus Bank

Mondelez Ukraine

Rost Agro

European Business Association

SCM Financial Overseas Limited

Littop Enterprises Limited, Bridgemont Ventures Limited and Bordo Management Limited

Employment Tier 1

Vasil Kisil & Partners' sizeable team handles the full range of complex labour law matters, including employment contracts, the dismissal of employees, collective bargaining agreements, company restructurings and litigation. Practice head Oksana Voynarovska, who 'has exceptional expertise', and Valeriya Savchuk, who is 'an enthusiastic professional', are members of the working group finalising Ukraine's draft Labour Code. Associate Oleksandr Melnyk has expertise in labour disputes. Clients include household names from the pharmaceutical, energy, retail and technology sectors.

Testimonials

‘Vasil Kisil & Partners is unique for several reasons. It has a dedicated unit that only deals with labour law issues, so its legal advisers have a rich portfolio of labour law issues. Its lawyers are members of government working groups on drafting the new labour code of Ukraine and, as such, they are advising the government of Ukraine in really politically and strategically important matters.’

‘We are fully satisfied with the quality of the legal services provided, the approach to solving complex problems, the timeliness of services and their cost.’

‘Oksana Voynarovskaya’s speed of decision making is impressive. She is flexible and has an extremely professional approach to solving very special cases and sharing knowledge with the clients.’

‘Valeriya Savchuk has a thorough knowledge of labour law.’

‘Oleksandr Melnyk is an extremely positive person. He provided deep analysis which helped to resolve our employment issues.’

‘Their team has a good understanding of both the Ukrainian IT industry overall and the business of our company in particular. Their legal advice is very practical and effectively tailored to our business needs.’

‘Oksana Voynarovska is a quick and responsive person, available almost 24/7, even through the weekend if the matter is urgent. She has a good feeling of how her labour law advice may connect to other areas of law, for example tax law and contract law, which makes her advice very practical.’

‘Valeriya Savchuk is a very good professional who has both excellent knowledge of labour legislation and judicial practice and can foresee different potential scenarios, which enables us to better understand and assess all the pros and cons of the potential options.’

Key clients

National Public Broadcasting Company, JSC

Deutsche Welle

Private client Tier 1

Vasil Kisil & Partners excels in contentious family matters and inheritance disputes, as well as handling domestic and international tax planning. Family, inheritance law and wealth management specialist Oksana Voynarovska 'has a real international reach and understands complex issues related to family law matters'. Fellow practice heads Alexander Borodkin and Oleg Makarov are also recommended.

Testimonials

Oksana Voynarovska is excellent. She is involved in some of the biggest family cases and also lectures internationally. She is a good ambassador for her country and her firm.

It is very important for family offices to co-operate with dedicated law firms such as Vasil Kisil and Partners. This firm has the best practice in private law in Ukraine. We trust them.

It is a great pleasure to work with Oksana Voynarovska. She is definitely a top professional in private law in Ukraine.

Vasil Kisil and Partners is our key partner law firm in Ukraine. It is full-service and very reliable. The lawyers are known for their creative, business-savvy counselling skills.’

The team provides an excellent level of service at fair and reasonable fees. While being engaged in multi-jurisdictional projects, they are very flexible and always respect deadlines.

Oksana Voynarovska is a very good, reputable family lawyer dealing with various issues including complicated matters of surrogacy, incapacity and child guardianship. Her clients are always very positive about her and value her approach, knowledge and service a lot.’

Key clients

ROMAD Holding (Cyprus)

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Vasil Kisil & Partners has 'deep expertise in both real estate and agriculture issues' and clients praise its 'experience and willingness to listen to clients needs before proposing the right solution'. Practice head Alexander Borodkin has 'strong negotiations skills, a pragmatic approach and is capable of out-of-the-box thinking - he is always looking for alternative solutions'. The group handles the full range of work from due diligence and acquisitions through to public procurement matters and leasings for large domestic and international businesses.

Testimonials

They always work to protect the client but also put all the effort in for the deal to happen.

Our lawyer Alexander Borodin helped to understand the risks and proposed different ways to tackle them. Also, most importantly, he has the ability to describe complex legal issues in a good language that a non-lawyer can understand.’

The firm is fully client-oriented and has a time-saving approach.

We appreciate the quality of the documents – accuracy and risk evaluation was on high level.

A very friendly team that is open-minded and fast to react.

A very well organised, highly professional team, superb for the Ukrainian market.

Oleg Aloyshin has senior insight and a very proper attitude.

Alexander Borodkin has a nice personality, professional manners, and is well organised.

Tetiana Revutska is hands-on and very helpful.

Key clients

NIRAS A/S

Seven Hills (Ukraine)

Investment Construction Company (Ukraine)

PHARMAGATE

Mondelez Ukraine

Auchan

Hilton hotel

Vanguard Capital Partners

BSG Investments (Israel)

Scorpio Real Estate Group (Cyprus)

Arcona Property Fund N.V.

Frontline Invest Capital ltd

Corteva Agriscience, DowDuPont (USA)

St. Sophia Homes (Ukraine)

METRO Cash & Carry Ukraine

City Capital Group

System Capital Management (Ukraine)

KDD Group

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Vasil Kisil & Partners is best known for M&A transactions in the banking and financial services sector, banking litigation, debt restructuring, the sale and purchase of non-performing loans (NPL), and debt finance. Alexander Borodkin, who 'immediately understands what clients need and delivers it', leads the practice with Anna Sisetska. They act for Ukrainian and international companies, as well as advising private investors on cross-border transactions and anti-money laundering regulations. The team also has niche expertise in emerging areas such as cryptocurrencies.

Testimonials

We are happy with the services provided. All our queries are properly addressed in a timely way.

Key clients

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE)

Piraeus Bank

Hellenic Bank

Energy Standard Group (Cyprus)

Niras A/S

Tchibo GmbH (Germany)

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Vasil Kisil & Partners 'is very responsive and knowledgeable, and its advice is very business-friendly'. The firm handles large domestic and cross-border M&A and restructuring matters in key sectors such as agriculture, real estate, TMT, banking and finance, retail, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, transport and infrastructure. Volodymyr Igonin leads the practice, in which corporate and finance specialist Alexander Borodkin and competition law and M&A partner Anna Sisetska are recommended. Mondelez, Mitsubishi Corporation and Metinvest are among the team's high-profile clients.

Testimonials

Aleksander Borodkin provides excellent advice on lease agreements and the registration of new legal entities.

Key clients

Intellecom

LNZ Group

Lekhim, PrJSC

Mondelez (US)

Mellanox Technologies (USA, Israel)

Ternopil Milk Plant, PrJSC which operates under the trademark “Molokija”

Mitsubishi Corporation

Metinvest

Roman Holding (Cyprus)

Spectr-Agro (Ukraine)

Amadeus Marine (Ukraine)

Bauer Media Group (Germany)

Camozzi Holding S.p.A. (Italy)

DanoneArcona Property Fund N.V.

Competition Tier 2

Vasil Kisil & Partners focuses predominantly on investigations of market dominance abuse and cartels, as well as merger control filings. Practice head Anna Sisetska also provides regulatory advice to a diverse client base that includes Mondelez Ukraine, Spectr-Agro and the European Business Association. The firm has extensive experience in the retail sector and handles unfair competition issues in the fast-moving consumer goods, gas, pharmaceuticals and DIY industries.

Key clients

LNZ Group

Spectr-Agro

Alliance Holding LLC (Shell)

European Business Association (EBA)

Intellecom (Giraffe TM)

Lekhim

SVG Plus

Billa Ukraine

SMBC Aviation

Mondelez Ukraine

Energy Tier 2

At Vasil Kisil & Partners, construction and real estate specialist Alexander Borodkin leads the renewables practice and litigator Oleg Alyoshin is head of oil and gas. The firm handles complex energy assets transactions, including matters related to the surveying, exploration and industrial development of mineral deposits, the use of natural resources, and project implementation under the framework of the Kyoto Protocol.

Key clients

Littop Enterprises Limited,

Bridgemont Ventures Limited

Bordo Management Limited

UkrWind Investments Limited (UK)

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Cindrigo (UK)

Astra Capital (Ukraine)

Odeh Asalem Automation System ODASCO (UAE)

Pars Anatolian (Turkey)

Intellectual property Tier 2

Vasil Kisil & Partners has recently expanded its client base of large global brands. Clients remark that it is 'a great law firm', and praise practice head Ilarion Tomarov as 'an experienced lawyer who is always ready to help'. The firm advises international and large domestic clients on the entire IP life cycle from audits to filing to the structuring of cross-border transactions and dispute resolution.

Tax Tier 2

Vasil Kisil & Partners has 'the resources, experience and depth of knowledge to offer a high-level service in tax matters'. Managing partner Andriy Stelmashchuk and newly promoted counsel Tetyana Berezhna are the main practitioners in the practice, which has extensive experience in supporting complex domestic and cross-border M&A transactions and corporate restructurings with tax advice and risk management services. Stelmashchuk's prime focus is litigation, with tax a key element in his broader practice, and he has specialist expertise in the banking and finance, agriculture and IT sectors.

Testimonials

As the first step in our cooperation, Vasil Kisil & Partners gained a full understanding of our business. Then they tailored their approach to our requirements to provide exactly the service we needed. Vasil Kisil & Partners has the resources, experience and depth of knowledge to offer a high-level service in tax matters.

I worked with Tetyana Berezhna and Oleksandr Melnyk – they deliver the services we need in a professional, fast and cost-efficient manner. They are very responsible and can work under the pressure of tight time frames. Tetyana took part in the final court hearings on behalf of our company – she was very convincing and helped to win the trial.

Key clients

Vitaland LLC

Miniso Ukraine

SVG Plus LLC

Rost Agro LLC

AVE Lviv LLC

Oksana Markarova

Trade Company Aurora LLC

Imperial Tobacco Ukraine

White-collar crime Tier 2

Andriy Stelmashchuk leads the practice at Vasil Kisil & Partners following the departure of Vitaliy Kasko to become First Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine. The firm has significant experience in representing top foreign and national companies and CEOs before law enforcement agencies and in courts, and is known for its high ethical standards and its expertise in niche area including human rights litigation.

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. The firm is especially well-known for its stellar litigators and significant corporate, labor & employment, real estate, antitrust & competition, and IP expertise.

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
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
Private Clients Oksana Voynarovska, Alexander Borodkin
Public Private Partnership, Concessions & Infrastructure Alexander Borodkin
Real Estate & Construction Alexander Borodkin
Taxation Andriy Stelmashchuk
White Collar Crime Nazar Kulchytskyy
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Oleg Alyoshin  photo Mr Oleg Alyoshin
Mr Alexander Borodkin  photo Mr Alexander Borodkin
Mr Volodymyr Igonin  photo Mr Volodymyr Igonin
Mr Oleg Kachmar  photo Mr Oleg Kachmar
Mr Vasil Kisil  photo Mr Vasil Kisil
Mr Oleg Makarov  photo Mr Oleg Makarov
Mr Vladyslav Podolyak  photo Mr Vladyslav Podolyak
Ms Anna Sisetska  photo Ms Anna Sisetska
Mr Alexei Sluch  photo Mr Alexei Sluch
Mr Andriy Stelmashchuk  photo Mr Andriy Stelmashchuk
Ms Oksana Voynarovska  photo Ms Oksana Voynarovska