Mr Max Lebedev > GOLAW > Kiev, Ukraine > Lawyer Profile

01021 KIEV

Work Department

Corporate and M&A, Renewable Energy, Banking and Finance


Partner, Head of Corporate Law and M&A practice, Attorney at law


Max Lebedev is the Head of Private clients as well as Corporate law and M&A practices at GOLAW. He successfully consults foreign companies and local business on the issues of entering the Ukrainian market, business restructuring, and investment protection. Max is also actively developing the practice of green energy and already has successful experience in realisation of a number projects in this field.

Max Lebedev’s transaction experience comprises the provision of full support of deals on the purchase or sale of assets in Ukraine, including conducting due diligence, taxation and corporate structuring of investment involving foreign jurisdictions, and carrying out currency transactions.
Also, his core areas of activity include the construction of international models of business and asset ownership in Ukraine and abroad, creation of personal holding structures (using trusts, private trust companies, and funds), trading companies, and development of mechanisms for transferring the capital and business to heirs. Max Lebedev’s exclusive achievement is the establishment of family offices for several wealthy families in Ukraine.

As an advisor of foreign investors, Max represents clean and renewable energy developers, lenders, contractors and related companies on the entire lifecycle of the RES (Renewable energy systems) projects. He provides pioneering advice and guidance on efficient corporate structures, tax strategies, appropriate debt and equity financing models, environmental law, regulatory and risk management issues. Max’s transactional experience includes a full legal support of the RES projects’ implementation in the field of solar and wind energy and he has an exclusive experience of supporting a large scale project of biomass power plant construction.

In 2018, Max Lebedev was elected as a Board member of the European-Ukrainian Energy Agency and Сo-chair of the Solar Energy Subgroup.


Ukrainian, Russian, English


  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Ukrainian National Bar Association (UNBA)
  • American Chamber Of Commerce (ACC)
  • European Business Association (EBA)


  • Law Faculty of the National Aviation University, Master’s Degree;
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Laws, University of London (United Kingdom).

Lawyer Rankings

Ukraine > Real estate and construction

GOLAW acts for investors on cross-border real estate transactions, property management matters and leases. In addition, it assists developers with contractual matters arising from the construction of industrial projects, including the drafting of cross-border EPC contracts. The firm’s recent work has included many high-value leasing matters. It advised Ubisoft Ukraine on the $20m long-term lease of a business centre for ten years. Sergiy Oberkovych and Max Lebedev are the lead partners.

Ukraine > Energy

GOLAW has a prominent role in renewable energy projects in Ukraine, providing comprehensive legal support for project development and corporate transactions in the solar and wind energy sectors. Finance partner Sergiy Oberkovych and corporate partner Max Lebedev, who is now vice chairman of the European-Ukrainian Energy Agency, are the key practitioners. They recently assisted joint Spanish-Turkish company Beycelik-Elawan with long-term lease agreements for private land for the development of a 50MW wind farm.

Ukraine > Commercial, corporate and M&A

GOLAW frequently handles company formations, investment structuring and the drafting of corporate documents and shareholders agreements, as well as supporting clients in M&A transactions. Sergiy Oberkovych and Max Lebedev advised Indian Solar on sale of a portfolio of solar power projects with capacity of 140MW. The firm has a diverse client base in sectors such as IT, telecoms and energy.

Ukraine > Private client

GOLAW handles the structuring of family businesses and related tax matters, as well as audits, risk analysis and the transfer of assets. It is also recommended for the establishment of trusts and funds, as well as advising on the residence status of foreigners and citizens of Ukraine. Corporate partner Max Lebedev and Sergiy Oberkovych jointly lead the practice. They are supported by respected white-collar crime expert Valentyn Gvozdiy.