Firm Profile > Kinstellar > Kiev, Ukraine

Kinstellar
GULLIVER BUSINESS CENTER
1-A SPORTYVNA SQ., 16TH FLOOR
01601, KYIV
Ukraine

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Kinstellar has secured its position as one of the leading firms for cross-border and domestic litigation and arbitration, with an impressive track record in handling landmark disputes for both Ukrainian and foreign clients. Its varied caseload includes international commercial litigation, post-M&A and shareholders’ disputes, investment disputes, debt collection litigation, bankruptcy and insolvency matters, and administrative cases. 'Technically strong and detail-orientated' counsel Mykyta Nota and managing associate Lyudmyla Volkova are also recommended. Kostiantyn Likarchuk left the firm in 2020.

Testimonials

Kinstellar have a strong regional practice in Eastern Europe.

Mykyta Nota provides strong support. He is technically strong and detail-orientated.

Key clients

VTB Bank PJSC

Plaske SA

Galicia Distillery

lifecell

Diatom

Plaske SA

GIZ UA

National Private Air Transport Services Company

Wizz Air

Energy Tier 1

Kinstellar acts for major domestic clients including Naftogaz of Ukraine, as well as global energy majors and large investors in both conventional and renewable energy projects. Olena Kuchynska leads a practice that handles M&A, project finance, regulatory matters, energy trading contracts, power plant projects, disputes and compliance issues. Its current work includes some of the largest wind power plant projects in Ukraine.

Practice head(s):

Olena Kuchynska

Key clients

Naftogaz of Ukraine

TBEA

State Property Fund of Ukraine

Investment Fund for Developing Countries (IFU)

White-collar crime Tier 1

'Nimble and dynamic full-service firmKinstellar 'benefits from having a strong litigation bias and the services of a former criminal judge'. Managing associate Lyudmyla Volkova is a rising star. The firm's dedicated compliance, risk and sensitive investigations practice handles  anti-bribery and related legislation, internal investigations, compliance programmes, sanctions, background checks and risk assessments. Kostiantyn Likarchuk left the firm in 2020.

Testimonials

Mykyta Nota is now counsel with the firm. He is detail-orientated and provides strong support.’

The firm provides high quality in countries where it is not easy to find top level lawyering.

Key clients

Mr. Andrey Adamovskiy

Corning Optical Communications Wireless

Ms Anna Tigipko

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

The practice at Kinstellar is 'very responsive and takes commercial needs into consideration, providing excellent support in structuring transactions and precise legal advice'. Counsel Andriy Nikiforov leads the team and frequently acts for banks including Goldman Sachs, as well as large corporates such as Naftogaz of Ukraine. The firm's work for lenders, borrowers and sponsors encompasses secured financing, sovereign debt, cash pooling, insolvency and regulatory matters. Experienced senior associste Ganna Kalinichenko joined from Arzinger.

Practice head(s):

Andriy Nikiforov

Testimonials

Andriy Nikiforov’s network and knowledge of processes are very helpful. He provides immediate updates on new laws and regulations, along with explanations of the significance for current transactions, which are highly appreciated.

The firm provides high-quality support in general and at short notice. It is very strong in finding solutions to our requirements, taking our commercial needs into consideration.

Key clients

Naftogaz of Ukraine

IFU (Investment Fund for Developing Countries)

TBEA

DEG – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH

Goldman Sachs International

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Counsel Iryna Nikolayevska leads the practice at Kinstellar, which advises large Ukrainian and multinational companies on cross-border transactions, as well as acting for international financial institutions in matters of corporate governance and market regulation. Head of energy and natural resources Olena Kuchynska frequently handles M&A, equity capital markets and privatisation transactions in those sectors. Among the firm's high-profile clients are Naftogaz of Ukraine, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), British American Tobacco and Syngenta.

Practice head(s):

Iryna Nikolayevska

Key clients

Naftogaz of Ukraine

EBRD

IFC/World Bank Group

British American Tobacco

Syngenta

Wizz Air Hungary Kft.

ADM International

State Property Fund of Ukraine (SPFU)

GIZ UA

McCormick Inc.

TBEA

Competition Tier 2

Kinstellar handles matters relating to merger control, commercial practices, cartels, abuse of dominance, unfair practices and all aspects of competition litigation, as well as dealing with state aid matters. The practice is led by counsel Mykyta Nota, who has expertise in dispute resolution. Among the team's clients are international companies such as Marriott International, Syngenta, British American Tobacco and Wizz Air.

Practice head(s):

Mykyta Nota

Key clients

Marriott International Inc.

Nemiroff Vodka Limited

Lifecell

TBEA

Syngenta

British American Tobacco

Wizz Air

Real estate and construction Tier 2

As 'a young firm with well-seasoned professionals', Kinstellar has 'a professional team with a strong sense of ethics'. Counsel Oleg Matiusha is 'the renowned head of the team and is praised for his versatile experience in real estate matters.' He focuses on real estate and land mandates, construction projects, regulatory issues, PPP projects, concessions and infrastructure and privatisation projects. The group also handles large construction projects in the energy, agriculture, hospitality and retail sectors.

Practice head(s):

Oleg Matiusha

Testimonials

Olena Kuchynska, Oleh Andreikiv and Oleg Matiusha are a pleasure to work with. They are highly motivated, capable professionals with good knowledge of Ukrainian and international legislation and the business environment.

Key clients

Syngenta

ADM International

TBEA

Marriott International

Stockman Interhold SA

Investment Fund for Developing Countries (IFU)

State Property Fund of Ukraine (SPFU)

Colliers International