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GOLAW > The Legal 500 Rankings
Employment Tier 2
GOLAW has 'a true team - the work is cohesive, precise and really well organised'. Practice head Kateryna Manoylenko and key partners Valentyn Gvozdiy and Kateryna Tsvetkova 'have the courage and extremely high level of motivation needed to reach the best possible results'. It provides the full range of employment advice but particularly excels in labour disputes of all kinds.
‘This team managed to win court cases which most of the other firms would not even consider as successful or worth dealing with. I really appreciate their endurance during stressful situations and ability to come up with the right solutions for complicated issues in the shortest possible time.’
‘These lawyers know what it means to work in a way that is timely, effective and efficient.’
‘I can definitely say that the GOLAW employment practice is a team of true professionals who are really enthusiastic about what are they doing and genuinely creative in the development of defence strategies. Their personal approach is beyond comparison and the communication process with them has been always easy and effortless.’
‘Valentyn Gvozdiy and Kateryna Manoylenko have been working on my case from the very beginning and I can say that these lawyers have an exceptional combination of practical experience and the ability to develop non-standard strategies. They do not follow the already existing legal practice but set precedents.’
‘Kateryna Tsvetkova has been really helpful in time-sensitive issues and her extensive experience in resolving labour disputes is highly appreciated. She is really proactive in stressful situations and can easily manage any situation that seems to be out of control and find the right solution.’
‘This team deserves to be called one of the best in Ukraine.’
Energy Tier 2
GOLAW advises on the development of numerous solar and wind energy projects in Ukraine, and it has niche experience in assisting clients with the construction of biomass power plants. Finance partner Sergiy Oberkovych and corporate partner Max Lebedev are the key practitioners. Their work includes advising foreign investors on the acquisition of renewable energy projects, regulatory matters, environmental issues and permits.
White-collar crime Tier 2
GOLAW's work in criminal proceedings includes negotiatingthe return of illegally retained assets and documentation, representing clients before law enforcement agencies, determining material damages caused by criminal actions and the representation of defendants in court. Managing partner and Vice President of the Ukrainian National Bar Association Valentyn Gvozdiy, the highly acclaimed Angelika Moisieieva and head of the criminal law practice Igor Glushko are recommended.
‘As a part of the entire legal strategy GOLAW professionals helped us successfully with white-collar crime issues. It is their ability to choose the strategy and succeed that we appreciate so much.‘
‘Valentyn Gvozdiy, managing partner – has extensive experience in white-collar criminal cases including international cases.‘
GOLAW is known for 'its relevant experience in this field and sector, its high level of professionalism and engagement, and its creativity'. The firm has been increasingly active in bankruptcy matters and debt restructuring. The practice is led by Sergiy Oberkovych, who advises Ukrainian and international financial institutions that provide senior, subordinated, secured and unsecured loans; Max Lebedev, who handles bilateral and syndicated loans and real estate finance transactions; and debt restructuring specialist Iryna Kalnytska.
‘The firm has thorough knowledge of the Ukrainian and international banking, finance and capital markets. The GOLAW team has advised us on banking and finance matters with great success. The entire team is driven by delivering results to the client.‘
‘Sergiy Oberkovych has extensive experience in banking and finance, having worked for many years with banking and finance clients in different areas of expertise.‘
‘Iryna Kalnytska has extensive experience in representing the interests of financial institutions in debt restructuring, resumption of rights to collaterals, foreclosure and transfer of pledged property to the banks.‘
‘The firm shows commitment and professionalism.‘
Export Guarantee and Insurance Corporation (EGAP)
GOLAW has a 'deep understanding of the international legal framework, as well as the particularities of Ukrainian legislation, which is especially important for foreign companies entering the Ukrainian market'. The practice led by Sergiy Oberkovych and Max Lebedev acts for large and medium-sized domestic and foreign companies, banks and financial institutions, as well as private investors doing business in Ukraine. It mainly handles cross-border matters for both Ukrainian and international businesses and is known for its 'diligence, professionalism and expertise'.
‘The GOLAW team is very professional and business oriented. They are able to select and follow a winning strategy.‘
‘The firm’s lawyers assisted us in developing a winning strategy that helped us to save time and to launch our project on time and in accordance with our planned budget.‘
‘Max Lebedev is a top lawyer with a unique combination of commercial acumen and deep legal knowledge. Max is strategic thinker and an absolute pleasure to work with. He always acts as a competent negotiator, and is very practical and readily available for our assignments.‘
Georgian International Energy Corporation
Gap (Fiba Retail Group)
Marks & Spencer (Fiba Retail Group)
Česká exportní banka, a.s. (ČEB)
Export Guarantee and Insurance Corporation (EGAP)
Dispute resolution Tier 3
The litigation practice at GOLAW 'always searches for different, creative approaches'. Practice heads Valentyn Gvozdiy and Kateryna Manoylenko exhibit 'a high level of professionalism and commitment, and an individual approach with respect to the client's needs'. They frequently represent clients in disputes in the general, economic and administrative courts of all levels, as well as in international commercial disputes.
‘The team always establishes an individual approach towards clients, trying to take into account their needs while developing a strategy and action plan. The team seems to share the same values and always searches for different, creative approaches.‘
‘They show a high level of professionalism and commitment, and an individual approach with respect to the client’s needs.‘
‘We like the in-depth knowledge and vast experience of the professionals, the ability to select and follow a winning strategy and their goal-oriented approach, as well as a track record of successful litigations.‘
‘Valentyn Gvozdiy, managing partner, leads the process of developing a legal position and strategy to protect the interests of clients in litigation proceedings. Kateryna Manoylenko chairs the dispute resolution practice and successfully represents the interests of her clients in complex and challenging litigation cases. She has a proven track record of successful disputes settlements. She is expert in out-of-court deals as well.‘
Export Guarantee and Insurance Corporation (EGAP)
GAP (Fiba Retail Group)
Zara (Inditex Group)
Massimo Dutti (Inditex Group)
Oysho (Inditex Group)
Pull & Bear (Inditex Group)
Stradivarius (Inditex Group)
Bershka (Inditex Group)
Private client Tier 3
GOLAW advises on business structuring, tax, succession planning, trusts, funds and risk management, as well as handling residency matters for foreign and domestic clients. Corporate partner Max Lebedev leads the practice, in which senior partner and cross-border investment expert Sergiy Oberkovych also plays a key role.
Real estate and construction Tier 3
GOLAW acts for investors’ interests in international real estate transactions, handling the structuring of transactions and property management issues. It also advises on the financing of acquisitions and construction projects, as well as the related tax matters. Sergiy Oberkovych and Max Lebedev jointly lead the practice, which has extensive experience in the zoning and allocation of land plots for infrastructure, alternative energy and agricultural projects.
Tax Tier 3
GOLAW has a strong track record in a diverse range of matters including tax litigation, international tax planning and tax audits. 'They are the best tax advisers we have encountered in Ukraine,' remarks one client, while another highlights the firm's 'strong expertise in the protection of clients in tax disputes'. Managing partner Valentyn Gvozdiy and head of tax Iryna Kalnytska stand out in a practice that handles transactional support, audits, the administrative appeal of tax decisions, the defence of criminal tax proceedings, transfer pricing, and domestic and international tax planning.
‘It provides comprehensive analysis and overview of all related issues with a high level of professionalism and specialisation.‘
‘They are the best tax advisers we have encountered in Ukraine. We appreciate the creative approach to tax issues that leads to efficient payment of taxes as well as the ability to resolve complex tax issues related to the business of foreign companies in Ukraine.‘
‘The qualities of Valentyn Gvozdiy, managing partner, include leadership in tax law, tax planning and structuring.‘
‘GOLAW is one of the leading Ukrainian law firms in many spheres, including tax.‘
‘The partners care about their reputation, have a strong culture of success, and are both goal- and client-oriented. GOLAW has strong expertise in client protection in criminal cases and tax disputes.‘
‘Iryna Kalnytska and her team demonstrated advanced technical and strategic skills.‘
‘Iryna Kalnytska showed herself to be a proactive and experienced attorney. Iryna and her colleague Artur Stupak were always in contact with us and supported us where necessary with professional advice and involvement in the case.’
Export Guarantee and Insurance Corporation (EGAP)
GAP (Fiba Retail Group)
Marks & Spencer (Fiba Retail Group)
Zara (Inditex Group)
GOLAW > Firm Profile
GOLAW is an international full-service law firm was founded in 2003 and currently has offices in Kyiv (Ukraine) and Berlin (Germany). The firm has been recognized by several prestigious international and Ukrainian rankings, such as The Legal 500 EMEA, Chambers & Partners, IFLR 1000, Best Lawyers, Who is Who Legal, Legal Awards etc. For the last eight years, GOLAW is ranked among the TOP 10 Leading Law Firms of Ukraine.
The client portfolio of the firm includes large and medium-sized, national and foreign companies, banks and financial institutions, as well as private investors doing business in Ukraine or entering local and/or foreign markets. Among them: TIU Canada, Inditex Group (Zara, Pull & Bear, Massimo Dutti, Oysho, Bershka, Uterque) Fiba Retail (Marks & Spencer, GAP), ProCredit Bank, Expobank CZ a.s., Oriflame, Red Bull, Reckitt Benckiser, Syngenta, Export Guarantee and Insurance Corporation (EGAP), Azelis, Galicia Distillery, Enkom a.s., KBPP Management Ltd., Georgian International Energy Corporation (GIEC), Mercator Medical, Ubisoft, etc.
From 2003, GOLAW provides sophisticated legal advice and reliable legal assistance in all major sectors, including agribusiness, retail and FMCG, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, financial services, renewable energy, transportation and infrastructure, internet technology, and real estate.
GOLAW is a member of the leading Ukrainian business associations (American Chamber of Commerce, European Business Association, Ukrainian Network of Integrity and Compliance, German-Ukrainian Chamber of Industry and Commerce) and leading legal associations (Ukrainian National Bar Association).
The firm’s lawyers are presented at the board of directors and chair committees in state and nonprofit organizations, such as JSC Ukrhydroenergo, European-Ukrainian Energy Agency, Ukrainian National Bar Association.
|Tax, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Compliance, Criminal Law||Valentyn Gvozdiy|
|Tax Advisory, Tax Litigation, Banking and Finance, Restructuring and Insolvency||Iryna Kalnytska|
|Dispute Resolution and Litigation, Insolvency and Bankruptcy, Banking and Finance, Labour Law||Kateryna Manoylenko|
|Banking and Finance, Corporate Law and M&A, Energy, Private clients||Sergiy Oberkovych|
|Corporate Law and M&A, Renewable Energy, Structuring of Private Assets and Business||Max Lebedev|
|Labor Law, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Banking and Finance||Kateryna Tsvetkova|
|Criminal Law and White Collar Defence, Anti-Corruption and Anti-Bribery||Angelika Moiseeva|
|Criminal Law and White Collar Defence, Anti-Corruption and Anti-Bribery||Igor Glushko|
|Mr Igor Glushko||Partner, Head of Criminal Law and White Collar Defence practice, Attorney at…||View Profile|
|Mr Valentyn Gvozdiy||Managing Partner||View Profile|
|Ms Iryna Kalnytska||Partner, Head of Tax practice, Restructuring, Claims and Recoveries practice, Attorney at…||View Profile|
|Mr Max Lebedev||Partner||View Profile|
|Ms Kateryna Manoylenko||Partner, Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution pratice, Attorney at Law||View Profile|
|Mrs Angelika Moiseeva||Partner||View Profile|
|Mr Sergiy Oberkovych||Senior Partner||View Profile|
|Mrs Kateryna Tsvetkova||Counsel, Attorney at Law||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 58
LanguagesEnglish German Russian Ukrainian
MembershipsInternational Bar Association (IBA) European Business Association (EBA) American Chamber of Commerce (ACC) Global Criminal Law Counsel (GCLC) German Federal Bar Association Ukrainian National Bar Association (UNBA) Deutsch-Ukrainische Industrie- und Handelskammer
OtherOther offices : Berlin
In the age of globalisation, it is highly important not just to understand the social changes happening around us right now, but to accept their meaning, integrating the core ideas into our own lives. In GOLAW we believe that providing a policy of diversity and inclusion in our firm we bring social value both to our internal community and to the lives of those people we are working with every day.
GOLAW is an equal opportunity employer. We hire people regardless their age, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnical and cultural background or religion. We do believe that providing a policy of diversity and inclusion we created a flexible environment where all employees can feel themselves as a part of the whole community. We created an environment of mutual respect, where people are valued for their professional knowledge rather not their social status or nationality.
We know that diversity unites, and we believe that we all can make a change in our lives understanding this simple but essential idea.
In 2020, the GOLAW law firm organized a tree planting in the Botanical Garden named after Ukrainian academician Alexander Fomin. The date of the event wasn’t chosen accidentally: On March 21, in accordance with the decision of the UN General Assembly, International Day of Forests is celebrated worldwide. Previously, GOLAW team planted trees in front of the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.
In such way our firm shows that it’s easy to do good deeds when there is a team that supports the idea and when this idea will improve people’s lives and our environment.
Business and society are interconnected, and nowadays the mutual impact of both institutions cannot be underestimated. In GOLAW we know that to become a reliable and successful firm it’s not enough to make financial profit. Today businesses should act in compliance with laws, ethical requirements, international standards and social needs.
GOLAW implements several projects each year to support the wellbeing of the local communities in different ways.
In 2019 the firm published a children’s book named ‘Who is a Lawyer?’ devoted to the popularisation of the profession of lawyers on the one hand, and aimed to educate the youngest citizens of our country on the other. In simple words and through the funny stories this book tells children why this is so important to live in a country where the rule of law is an integral part of a modern democratic society, where human rights are always on the first place. Moreover, the book gives children an insight into how Ukrainian government works, what is law in general, what kind of rights children have, and what is the difference among attorneys, judges, prosecutors and other legal professions.
In GOLAW we do believe that today people in various countries are experiencing quite fundamental and, sometimes, psychologically exhausting changes of political regimes and movements, which influence people’s lives, and Ukraine is no exception. Thus, we hope that our book is a great investment into the future of the next generations who will live a more peaceful life in a peaceful world.
Some of the money raised from the book sales will be donated to charity.
Beside that, our firm has sponsored IV Italia Festival Barocco in Kyiv to promote musical culture.
Thus, CSR is one of the core ideas of GOLAW and we always put our responsibility to society in the first place.
GOLAW is proud to provide pro bono services to those who need it. We are committed to provide the highest quality legal assistance to all our clients regardless their financial capabilities. Justice in modern society is more than necessity: modern society just cannot exist without justice, and in GOLAW we do our best to understand the needs of the local communities we can help with.
CLIENT: Ruben Oganyan, Head of Credit risk department
COMPANY/FIRM: ProCredit Bank
TESTIMONIAL: We highly appreciate professional legal assistance from GOLAW on supporting our bank as a lender in Ukraine. The firm is an ideal option for clients seeking advice on complex multi-jurisdictional transactions including syndicated lending and project finance transactions. They are extremely business-focused and solution-driven. It’s easy to work with the team as they listen to clients’ needs. The personal touch they have is beyond other firms.
CLIENT: Neil Rutherford, Project Development Director
COMPANY/FIRM: Khmelnytsky Bio Power Plant (KBPP)
TESTIMONIAL: Since engaging GOLAW as our legal advisors, we have received an exceptionally high level and quality of legal services relating to the full range of issues associated with the development of a large biomass power plant. These services initially comprised full analysis and advice on all aspects of the business and legal issues regarding the establishment of the project. Then during the subsequent development of the project, GOLAW’s continuing advice and support was critical to its success. The services provided were of the very highest quality and always delivered quickly and efficiently. GOLAW always provided positive solutions to potential problems.
CLIENT: Bulent Temel, Country General Director
COMPANY/FIRM: Fiba Retail Ukraine
TESTIMONIAL: We have been using services of GOLAW for our various legal needs already for more than 7 years. With the leadership of Valentin Gvozdiy and Sergiy Oberkovych, GOLAW houses a very powerful and proficient lawyer team working in various fields, who are ready to grasp your needs and provide solutions. We as Fiba Retail, with the two worldwide brands that we are representing in Ukraine (Marks & Spencer and GAP), have enough evidence to say that working with GOLAW has been working out for us in all legal components of support we have received, and I can comfortably say that we are a satisfied customer.
CLIENT: Artem Zubok, Finance Director
COMPANY/FIRM: Red Bull Ukraine
TESTIMONIAL: We have been working with GOLAW for a long time and can certainly affirm its reputation of reliable and responsible partner in any legal and tax issues. The firm’s personnel is highly professional and client-oriented. All the requests are addressed in a smart and professional way with quick and to-the-point feedbacks. The in-depth knowledge and vast experience of GOLAW professionals meets the highest level of expectation of our company. The firm is also flexible in fees and tariffs.
CLIENT: Galina Kočendová, Recovery Department
COMPANY/FIRM: Export Gurantee and Insurance Corporation (EGAP)
TESTIMONIAL: EGAP as a credit insurance corporation insuring credits connected with exports of goods and services from the Czech Republic against political and commercial risks has been co-operating with GOLAW for many years. Starting from the year of 2015 we have been co-operating very intensely. We really appreciate their progressive approach to solving complex legal issues of claims recovery in Ukraine. We have profited from GOLAW’s attorneys ability to select and follow a winning strategy and from their business oriented approach. As a result of this approach our insured bank foreclosed upon an asset that has been nearly lost due to unlawful action of the debtor and is close to substantial recovery.
CLIENT: Junette Tashcioglu, Director
TESTIMONIAL: Our company has repeatedly appealed to the expertise of GOLAW law firm and each time the results were absolutely successful. In particular, we cooperated on tax legislation. The Tax practice at GOLAW represented our interests in tax disputes, as their strategy and experience proved to be winning for us: tax notices-decisions were proved to be illegal and, as result, abolished.
The GOLAW lawyers, who have been working on our projects, is a team of professionals who are able to find high-quality solutions to the issues of any complexity and always accordingly to the deadlines and timing set.
We are fully satisfied with our cooperation and can undoubtedly recommend GOLAW as a reliable and highly professional legal partner who is a pleasure to do business with.
CLIENT: Andrii Konko, CFO
TESTIMONIAL: Oriflame always adheres to the high standards of work and customer service. We do understand how important quality is, so we chose GOLAW lawyers who are sharing the same values with us. The GOLAW tax practice always professionally approaches our projects in Ukraine. The lawyers provide us with a high quality tax advisory support and accompany our tax audits. GOLAW team helped us in appealing tax notice-decisions, and thanks to the work of attorneys, all penalties were successfully cancelled. We can recommend GOLAW as we are confident in the quality, timeliness and professionalism of their work, which has been repeatedly proved by our own experience.
CLIENT: Vitaliy Vergeles, CEO
COMPANY/FIRM: Himagro Ukraine
TESTIMONIAL: Our company is moving forward and takes leading positions for quite a long time thanks to the professional support from GOLAW. We can definitely say that our business is well protected and ready for any challenge. In particular, we are working with the GOLAW tax practice when it comes to appealing the tax audits results. Due to the truly professional work of the practice, all penalties charged upon the results of inspections are cancelled. Moreover, the lawyers always get the reimbursement of legal assistance costs to our company. We believe that to prevent any risk you need to act properly, thus we have certainly made the right choice of a legal adviser.
CLIENT: Aleksey Vilkhovoy, CEO
COMPANY/FIRM: Georgian International Energy Corporation
TESTIMONIAL: The GOLAW Energy Team has extensive experience in implementation of solar projects in Ukraine. They have deep understanding of international legal framework as well as particularities of Ukrainian legislation, which is especially important for the foreign companies entering the Ukrainian market. The firm’s lawyers assisted us in developing a winning strategy that helped us to save time and to launch our project timely and in accordance with planned budget.
CLIENT: Anna Chychyl, Director
COMPANY/FIRM: GAP Ukraine
TESTIMONIAL: GOLAW is a legal consultant, the coordinated team work of which allows us to feel that our business is protected and that it works for the positive perspective.
CLIENT: Vladyslav Burda, Company President
COMPANY/FIRM: RedHead Family Corporation
TESTIMONIAL: They are very competent legal experts, outstanding professionals in corporate and criminal law. I really recommend these guys, this company. They are active, creative, and full of success-oriented ideas. This is an absolutely new generation of legal experts.
Disputes Yearbook 2020
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GOLAW is a TOP-ranked law firm in Ukraine with offices in Kyiv and Berlin.
GOLAW represents clients from Europe, North America and the Asia Pacific region. Its major international clients are based in the following countries:
- Czech Republic
The core of GOLAW’s legal practice is large and medium-sized companies and private clients doing business in Ukraine or those planning to enter the Ukrainian market.
GOLAW lawyers are members of the largest legal associations such as the International Bar Association (IBA), Ukrainian National Bar Association (UNBA), Rechtsanwaltskammer Berlin (Berlin Bar Association), International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWRIC), Global Criminal Law Counsel (GCLC).
This broad network helps guarantee stable support for its partners and colleagues in any jurisdiction. The high quality legal work grows from the continuous learning from their own experience and sharing it with their peers.
The Managing and Senior Partners of GOLAW are members of the Rechtsanwaltskammer Berlin – the Berlin Bar Association – as “Advokat”. This membership allows GOLAW to provide legal advice on Ukrainian and international legislation to local German businesses. Whether its clients from Germany are planning to enter the Ukrainian market or need legal advice for offices already operating in Ukraine – GOLAW is a reliable mediator for such matters.
Press Releases7th January 2021
GOLAW Law firm has been ranked in the Global Restructuring Review 100 list, an annual independent guide to the world's leading law firms for cross-border restructurings and insolvencies.
7th January 2021 GOLAW Partner Max Lebedev elected as a Vice Chairman of the European-Ukrainian Energy Agency Board
10th December 2020 GOLAW partner Iryna Kalnytska spoke at the ‘11th Annual International Taxation in CEE’ online conference which took place on December, 3-4. The event was devoted to the discussion of recent changes in tax planning, mandatory disclosure rules,, managing tax audits, tax risks, transfer pricing guidelines and case studies on tax compliance in Central and Eastern Europe.
10th December 2020
GOLAW is recognized among the top 10 market leaders according to the all-Ukrainian study "50 Leading Law Firms of Ukraine", which is annually held by the prestigious Publishing House ‘Legal Practice’. In 2020 the firm is ranked N6, moving up one position in comparison with the survey results in 2019.
14th October 2020 GOLAW attorneys successfully defended the interests of a large pharmaceutical company and its top executives in a criminal proceeding related to ungrounded accusation in acquiring a knowingly falsified medicine with the purpose of its further distribution.
14th October 2020 GOLAW Law Firm has successfully defended the global retail company against groundless charges of large-scale tax evasion totalling 4.5 million Hryvna.GOLAW Law Firm has successfully defended the global retail company against groundless charges of large-scale tax evasion totalling 4.5 million Hryvna.
14th October 2020 According to the results of the annual research “Ukrainian Law Firms: A handbook for Foreign Clients 2020”, GOLAW has been recognised in the several legal practices and economic sectors.
14th October 2020 GOLAW is recommended by international legal guide IFLR1000 2021 (International Financial Law Review) in the Banking & Finance and Restructuring & Insolvency practice areas.
20th August 2020 GOLAW received a prestigious award ‘The Law firm of the year in the field of Corporate law’ at the annual Legal Awards ceremony, which took place on July 3 in Kyiv.
19th August 2020 GOLAW lawyers have been highly recognised in Corporate Tax and Emlpoyment & Benefits practice areas by international legal advisory Who’s Who Legal.
19th August 2020 According to the results of the annual research “Ukrainian Law Firms: A handbook for Foreign Clients 2020”, GOLAW has been recognised in the several legal practices and economic sectors.
GOLAW in collaboration with Allen & Overy held an online discussion addressed to international arbitration18th August 2020 The internal online meeting for European-Ukrainian Energy Agency members took place on June 5, 2020. Meetup was dedicated to upcoming changes in state support regime for renewable energy producers and the consequences they entail.
18th August 2020 GOLAW law firm has successfully defended the interests of an international agriculture company specializing in mineral fertilizers in a tax dispute against Ukrainian tax authorities by successfully unblocking twenty tax invoices, resulting in a VAT tax credit in the amount of more than 3 million hryvnas. GOLAW law firm has successfully defended the interests of an international agriculture company specializing in mineral fertilizers in a tax dispute against Ukrainian tax authorities by successfully unblocking twenty tax invoices, resulting in a VAT tax credit in the amount of more than 3 million hryvnas.
10th June 2020 GOLAW Managing Partner, attorney at law Valentyn Gvozdiy, joined the working group on regulatory and legal support of financial monitoring and prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing matters at the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine. The relevant decree has been signed by the Minister of Justice of Ukraine Denis Malyuska.
GOLAW lawyers have been listed among the top professionals according to th international legal research10th June 2020
GOLAW lawyers have been listed among the Top professionals in Ukraine according to the international research program Best Lawyers and included to the 11th Edition of The Best Lawyers in Ukraine. The Best Lawyers survey is based on the peer-review only, which emphasises the professionalism of GOLAW lawyers and their recognition among colleagues.
29th April 2020 GOLAW successfully represented a leading international cosmetics manufacturer, Evyap Trading Ukraine, in a tax dispute with a total value over UAH 65 million.
13th December 2019 According to the annual research program “50 leading law firms of Ukraine” in 2019, GOLAW has been recognized among the TOP-10 market leaders and ranked No. 7.
30th September 2019 GOLAW has been recommended by international legal guide IFLR1000 (International Financial Law Review) in the following practice areas: Banking and finance, Merges and Acquisitions (M&A), Project development, Restructuring and insolvency.
GOLAW Managing Partner Valentyn Gvozdiy elected as the Head of the Supervisory Board at Ukrhydroener8th August 2019
8th August 2019 GOLAW Law Firm has successfully defended the interests of a judge of Kyiv Economic Court in the High Council of Justice.
8th August 2019
According to the results of the annual research "Ukrainian Law firms in 2019", GOLAW has been recognised in the several legal practices and economic sectors as one of the leading Ukrainian law firms.
13th June 2019
On May 7, GOLAW became a finalist of the Legal Award 2019 in two nominations (the best law firm in the field of Tax and Criminal Law) and received a prestigious award “The Law firm of the year in the field of Tax».
GOLAW lawyers have been listed among the TOP Professionals in Ukraine according to the international31st May 2019
GOLAW lawyers have been highly recognised by the international research program Best Lawyers and included to 10th Edition of The Best Lawyers in Ukraine 2020. The Best Lawyers survey is based on the peer-review only, that reconfirms the professionalism of GOLAW lawyers and their recognition among colleagues.
29th May 2019
GOLAW lawyers have been highly recognised by international legal research program Who’s Who Legal (WWL). The firm’s Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution and Litigation practice Kateryna Manoylenko and Counsel Kateryna Tsvetkova have been listed among the best lawyers in Ukraine in the field of Labour, Employment & Benefits 2019.
10th April 2019
State of implementation of the new electricity market and readiness of the Regulator and market participants for the new regime of state support for renewable energy projects - these were the main topics discussed by the TOP market experts during the interview at the “Hardtalk: Renewables in Details” event on March 28 in Kyiv.
The organizers of the event -A7 CONFERENCES and GOLAW.
GOLAW has successfully represented the interests one of the largest agricultural companies in Ukrain27th February 2019
GOLAW has successfully represented the interests one of the largest agricultural companies in Ukraine
GOLAW has successfully represented the interests of one of the largest companies of the agrarian sector in Ukraine in a dispute with the tax authority over recognition as unlawful and cancellation of the tax notice decisions for more than 16 million hryvnas.
11th December 2018
GOLAW has been ranked No. 7 Law Firm in Ukraine according to the 50 Leading Law Firms annual rating published on 4 December 2018 by Legal Practice periodical.
«The core value of GOLAW is our Clients. I am grateful to each of them for awarding us their trust and challenging projects, for allowing our team to continuously demonstrate the power of legal excellence during all these years.»
3rd December 2018
GOLAW has been recommended by international legal guide IFLR1000 (International Financial Law Review) in the next practices:
-Banking and finance;
-Merges and Acquisitions (M&A).
Ukraine we want you to know: a large-scale business Forum on promoting cooperation between Ukraine a3rd December 2018
On November 26 in Prague, a large-scale business Forum “Ukraine we want you to know”, gathered about 100 representatives of large and medium-sized Czech business and government institutions. The main topic of the event was a discussion of the investment attractiveness of Ukraine and the positive changes that are currently taking place in the country and promoting the attraction of foreign business. The event was organized by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Czech Republic in cooperation with the Embassy of Ukraine in the Czech Republic, with the support of GOLAW law firm.
3rd December 2018
GOLAW Partners have been highly recognised by international legal research program Who Іs Who Legal (WWL) in the field of Corporate Tax. Among them – Managing Partner Valentyn Gvozdiy (Corporate Tax: Controversy), Senior Partner Sergiy Oberkovych (Corporate Tax: Advisory) and Partner Iryna Kalnytska (Corporate Tax: Advisory).
6th November 2018
GOLAW, an international law firm with offices in Ukraine and Germany, announces Kateryna Manoylenko, Iryna Kalnytska and Igor Glushko as new partners at the firm.
24th October 2018
GOLAW, an international law firm with offices in Ukraine and Germany, announces Kateryna Manoylenko, Iryna Kalnytska and Igor Glushko as new partners at the firm.
13th July 2018
GOLAW has successfully defended the interests of Ukrsotsbank, one of the largest banks in Ukraine, in a credit dispute over the obligations under a surety agreement.
GOLAW has been recognised in 13 practices by the annual research “Ukrainian Law Firms: A Handbook fo13th July 2018
According to the annual research "Ukrainian Law firms in 2018", GOLAW has been recognised in 13 practices, while lawyers of the firm have been named as the notable practitioners in several fields of law. Among them - Managing Partner Valentyn Gvozdiy (Tax and Transfer Pricing, Litigation), Senior Partner Sergiy Oberkovych (Energy & Natural Resources), Partner Angelika Moisieieva and Counsel Igor Glushko (Criminal Law / White-Collar Crime).
22nd June 2018
GOLAW lawyers have been recognised as the leading professionals in several practices and included in the Ninth Edition of The Best Lawyers in Ukraine 2019.
4th June 2018
On May 16, GOLAW became a finalist of the Legal Award 2018 in three nominations (the best law firm in the field of taxation, business defence and criminal law) and received a prestigious award “The Law firm of the year in Business defence».
GOLAW has successfully defended the interests of one of the largest Ukrainian alcoholic beverage man22nd May 2018
We are pleased to announce that GOLAW has successfully defended the interests of one of the largest Ukrainian alcoholic beverage manufacturers Galicia Distillery in a tax dispute regarding the recognition of the tax notification-decisions amounting to about $500 thousand as illegal and its subsequent abolition.
2nd May 2018
GOLAW announces the appointment of its employees to the new key positions: Max Lebedev became a Partner at the Firm, and Iryna Kalnytska, Kateryna Manoylenko, Anatoli Grabovy, and Igor Glushko became Counsels to the Firm.
“The GOLAW clients are our greatest value. The GOLAW team consists of real professionals, and we are confident that the new personnel changes are our investment in the future of the Firm and a guarantee of the further provision of highest quality services.”
- Valentyn Gvozdiy, Managing Partner at GOLAW
Legal Developments6th April 2021
In the middle of 2020, significant tax reform was introduced in Ukraine. The newly adopted changes aim at implementing the BEPS plan into Ukrainian legislation and can influence significantly the presence of foreign business here.
19th January 2021 Businesses all around the world face enormous challenges due to pandemic. Good governance is in demand like never before. Both public and private companies have recognized that corporate governance affects directly their financial performance and long-term development. The governments have seen the value in well-governed companies too, and thus they cooperate with business in updating corporate governance codes and reforming corporate law.
19th January 2021 The new ambitious project of the Ukrainian government “Diia City” has been presented in the summer this year as a concept of a special legal framework for IT industry. The initiative was reflected in several draft laws, but some have been rejected already. Currently the draft law #4303 with its alternative versions #4303-1, #4303-2 is on agenda.
19th January 2021 Nowadays, few of us could be surprised by the scale of the esport industry development. Hundreds of thousands of tournaments’ live views, millions of dollars in prize pool and advertising revenue are constantly promoting esport in the world and in Ukraine in particular. The recent privatization of the Dnipro Hotel, which will include an esport arena, training areas and special rooms for professional players, emphasizes once again that esport is no longer the future, but the present.
9th December 2020
Non-performing loans (NPL) are one of the most popular types of credit contract breaches that substantially distorts the economy of any country and damages the health of the banking system as a whole. In Ukraine, the issue is especially acute: nearly a half the of credit portfolio of Ukrainian banks is non-performing.
19th October 2020 In the last five years, there has been a revolution in corporate governance in Ukraine. Starting with establishment of Supervisory boards in state – owned enterprises and ending with huge interest from private companies and all business owners; corporate governance has become a trend. Whether it is right or wrong, it is likely to continue. In response to the market demand; the National Securities and Stock Market Commission has adopted the Core Code of Corporate Governance: Requirements and Recommendations (the Code) introducing international standards and best practices in corporate governance for Ukrainian companies.
19th October 2020 The majority of the latest tax changes in Ukraine are based on the best tax experience throughout the world, especially on the BEPS Plan which Ukraine undertakes to implement. The Tax reform prescribes novelties to transfer pricing rules; new rules for preventing from double tax treaties abuse; new rules for preventing from avoidance of the status of permanent establishment and taxation of permanent establishments; etc.
19th October 2020 In the summer of 2020, Ukraine’s renewable energy market underwent another string of changes, this time mainly because of the “green” tariff reduction. After more than six months of negotiations, “green” energy investors and the government managed to reach some consensus on how to protect the market against the default of the State Enterprise Guaranteed Buyer (hereinafter – Guaranteed Buyer) which was initially reflected in the memorandum on the so-called “green” tariff restructuring and later found its own legislative settlement.
20th August 2020 In recent years, privatization has risen as a priority for the government of Ukraine. Fundamental to these efforts was the enactment of a law abolishing a list of over 1,000 state-owned enterprises that were not permitted to be privatized. This has removed the last major barriers for launching full-scale privatization.
9th July 2020 The widely discussed draft law 1210 has finally been signed by the President of Ukraine and come into effect on May 23 (Law No. 466). This is why business will have to adjust to new rules of the game. The Law mostly aims to implement the main measures under the BEPS Project, which our state undertook to do as early as in December 2019 by ratifying the MLI Convention.
2nd July 2020 The global financial crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic are impacting businesses all over the world so badly that many operations have stopped, exports have fallen and imports are being replaced by domestic consumption, and international corporations had to put on hold any expansion plans and their forays into other markets. In such an unprecedented situation, businesses have to either shut down or use their accumulated financial resources and find ways to stay afloat.
28th April 2020 According to information posted on the official website of the State Enterprise "Guaranteed Buyer", as of April 01, 2020, the state enterprise had indebtedness to the producers of electricity from RES in the amount of approximately 34% for February 2020. Quite recently, the Guaranteed Buyer also had significant debt for the last months of 2019.
31st March 2020 Businesses that rent premises in the Malls and can not operate there during the period of prohibition have a logical question: do they have to pay rent for the quarantine period? The same question arises for those businesses the activities of which are not prohibited for the quarantine period but they switch over to remote work so that do not actually use the premises they rent (primarily for offices) in buildings that do not close for the quarantine period.
31st March 2020 The remote work, part-time work, vacation at own expense, idle period – what is the best option in labour issues for a business owner during the quarantine period? How to act within the law and prevent violations that could lead to fines and litigations in the future? The situation in the country changes every day and employers have to make quick decisions regarding the further operation mode and employment relations with the employees.
31st March 2020 On March 17, 2020 a law (bill No. 3219) came into force that included quarantine established by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine in the list of force majeure events. Will this be a tool that allows Ukrainian businesses to drop their obligations without any consequences? In most cases – no, because force majeure is not as easy as it might seem at first glance.
15th January 2020 The degree of tension, inherent to labor disputes, rises when terminating the employment contract with the chief executing officer, commercial or financial director, as well as another employee making management decisions. Let’s consider the most popular grounds for the executive officer termination of employment according to the norms of the Labor Code of Ukraine.
13th December 2019 Yesterday (November 28th, 2019) Ministry of energy and environmental protection of Ukraine shared initial version of the draft law on the changes to the “green” tariff support system. Next week the draft law will be registered in the Parliament.
13th November 2019 More than one year ago Ukrainian business has been granted a wide variety of flexible instruments for corporate governance, established by the Law of Ukraine “On limited and additional liability companies” (hereinafter referred to as “the Law”).
13th November 2019 A mortgage has always been one of the most common and safe ways to secure an obligation. The popularity of a mortgage is explained by the fact that creditors believe the risks of losing real estate are minimal and therefore it can always be foreclosed. At the same time, unscrupulous borrowers and mortgagors are coming up with more sophisticated ways to avoid liability for failure to return funds which are not always managed by legislation and case law. In this article we will look at 5 difficulties that banks often face when applying for a mortgage, and explain how to avoid them.
21st August 2019
One of the biggest fear for a creditor in providing financing is a possible default with zero perspectives to recover damages. On the international arena until recently Ukraine has been known as a high-risk country that precludes foreign investment flows. However, the situation has changed substantially over the past few years.
8th August 2019 For many international companies, it is a common practice to allow the use of their trademarks (TM) to all group companies on a free of charge basis. Some parent companies do not even have a right to charge the royalty payments from their subsidiaries, as this contradicts the company’s policy. In the case of subsidiaries located in the territory of Ukraine, such a situation suits everyone, at first glance, because royalties do not have to be paid at all.
8th March 2019
“Ukraine will never join BEPS and will not introduce an automatic exchange of tax information! Ukrainian tax authorities are not able to understand the international tax planning and therefore BEPS will not work in Ukraine!” - such statements in different variations repeatedly sounded addressing the deoffshorization process launched in Ukraine a few years ago.
Indeed, earlier there were grounds for such thoughts, but now it is clear that all this does not match the reality. Particular evidence is ratification by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on February 28, 2019, of the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures, which was signed back in July 2018, in order to counteract the tax base erosion and profit shifting (hereinafter referred to as the “MLI Convention”).
Cancellation of the “green” tariff: international practice of protecting the rights of foreign inves27th February 2019
Perhaps the hottest topic in the energy sector at the end of 2018 and early this year is the discussion of changes to the approaches of providing state support for electric power producers from renewable sources. The main idea of the change is that, starting from 2020, new players of the RES market will be subject to a new incentive system - "auctions" instead of the "green" tariff.
20th February 2019
Strong oversight of corporate security and risk-taking is surely one of the most critical component of companies’ management process. We are no longer talking about whether or not boards should implement corporate governance and compliance policies: in the current climate we are grappling with the issue of all-round companies’ protection, which raises a much more meaningful set of questions.
20th February 2019
A new blocking system for tax invoices, along with a new procedure for suspending the registration of tax invoices in the Unified Register of Tax Invoices, has been in operation since March 2018 in Ukraine. According to the new procedure, established under Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine resolution № 117 of Feb. 21, 2018, the registration of tax invoices is suspended when such invoices meet the risk criteria of the transaction, or when the taxpayer meets the risk criteria set for taxpayers.
20th February 2019
A power purchase agreement or PPA is one of the core documents needed for the purchase of electricity produced by a power plant.
4th October 2018
Officials of the company according to the new Law on LLC shall bear joint and several and in some cases – subsidiary liability to the company.
27th July 2018
Following the strategy of the Government to improve the doing business climate in Ukraine, Parliament adopted the Law of Ukraine “On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine Concerning Elimination of Barriers for Foreign Investments Attraction” dated May 23, 2017 (hereinafter – “the Law”), which came into force on September 27, 2017. The Law with such an expressive name should have definitely removed the barriers for employment of foreigners, but what have we actually received? Putting the cart before the horse, the Law really significantly changed the procedure of obtaining work permits (hereinafter – “the Permit”) facilitating it essentially from the one hand, but introducing some questionable conditions from the other.
22nd May 2018
The Verkhovna Rada registered a draft law on the Code of Bankruptcy Procedure (No. 8060). Among other things, it is noted that such a document will increase the efficiency of bankruptcy procedures, the level of protection of the rights of creditors, improve the procedures for selling debtor property at the auction, increase the level of execution of contracts and court decisions. However, does the text of the document correspond to the stated purpose?
2nd May 2018
Over the last few months before January 2018, when the latest changes to the power purchase agreements (PPAs) between State Enterprise “Energorynok” and producers of energy from alternative sources were adopted, more than ten agreements were signed with upgraded conditions set earlier in 2017. In the mentioned agreements, the changes to the PPAs were applied and helped bring Ukraine’s PPAs closer to international standards. Nevertheless, the revised PPAs still have a lot of issues that need to be clarified and further elaborated to make them perfectly bankable, and to make them properly executable.