Firm Profile > Arzinger > Kiev, Ukraine

01010, KYIV

Ukraine > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Arzinger's corporate and M&A practice is praised for its 'client-oriented and well-customised approach, as well as round-the-clock availability'. 'The quality of their work and advice is far above other law firms in Ukraine', says a client of partners Timur Bondaryev and Anna Zorya, and counsel Alesya Pavlinskaya, who jointly lead the practice. The firm recently assisted with the management buyout of the Ukrainian Hubert Burda Media business, which holds more than 45 brands, including Marie Claire, Playboy, Lisa and Burda Style.

Practice head(s):

Timur Bondaryev; Anna Zorya; Alesya Pavlynskaya


‘We have been working with the firm for over a decade. The firm has assisted us in the establishment and restructuring of companies. We very much appreciate the fact that the staff does not change constantly, as is often the case in other law firms.’

‘The firm has a client-oriented and well-customised approach, as well as round-the-clock availability and the ability to devote resources. It has a balanced choice of teams and specialists engaged, and is an absolute match for clients’ needs. It delivers timely preparation of outputs at any stage in any required format, and a proactive approach to problem-solving.’

‘It has a high level of professionalism combined with outstanding soft skills, assuring comfortable cooperation at all levels, and has a clear understanding of clients’ needs and interests. It shows flexibility and great multi-task performance. This applies to all specialists involved, especially Anna Zorya who ran the process.’

‘The team’s knowledge of EU competition law is outstanding. I would rank the firm as the top firm by far in the market in Ukraine. Their knowledge of EU competition law, despite the fact that it has only been introduced relatively recently in Ukraine, is exceptional. The quality of their work and advice is far above other law firms in Ukraine. The firm also has an exceptionally strong energy practice in Ukraine.’

‘Timur Bondarev, the managing partner, is the go-to-name for competition law in Ukraine. He is the elder statesman of competition law in Ukraine. I would not rank any other lawyer anywhere near his level of expertise in the market.’

‘Arzinger has very professional and experienced team that is well prepared to work efficiently despite the difficulties on the way (cultural, language and also legal barriers).’

‘Anna Zorya is are very client-oriented and attentive to details and to protecting the client’s positions in the most efficient way. At the same time, the lawyers are very transparent and reasonable in all they are doing.’

Key clients

Zeppelin International AG


OSI International Holding GmbH

Expert Petroleum SPV SARL

Leineweber GmbH& Co. KG (TM Brax)

Burda International Holding GmbH

Von der Heyden Group

Imerys/Calderys Group

Wienerberger AG

Nufarm SAS

Strube GmbH

Big Dutchman

Porsche Holding

Indigo Agriculture, Inc.


LR Global Holdings GmbH

Ukraine > Competition Tier 1

At Arzinger, the team is ‘very professional, experienced and attentive to details and clients' requirements’. It excels in obtaining merger clearances, handling post-clearances in gun-jumping cases and advising clients on AMCU behavioural investigations. Timur BondaryevSergii ShkliarLana Sinichkina and Oleksander Dyakulych are 'guided by the ethical principles of honesty, fairness and decency'. They also excel in state aid matters and private antitrust counselling and enforcement.

Practice head(s):

Timur Bondaryev; Sergii Shkliar; Lana Sinichkina; Oleksander Dyakulych


‘First of all, it is necessary to admit high-quality service and personal attention which Arzinger’s lawyers provide to each of their clients. As for me, in comparison with other law firms, this one provides the greatest transparency in informing its clients about the state of affairs and executes orders in very short period of time.’

‘Arzinger has a leading team in all areas of law, guided by the ethical principles of honesty, fairness and decency and providing a professional solution to the client’s legal problems. As for me, these qualities distinguish them from other similar companies that work in this sphere.’

‘The Arzinger team’s strengths are that the lawyers are highly-qualified with broad practical experience and deep expertise in competition matters. They understand business processes, always protect the company’s interests, and provide high-quality legal assistance.’

‘We dealt with Timur Bondaryev and counsel Oleksander Dyakulych. They are highly-qualified lawyers who understand business processes and needs, and provide high-quality and comprehensive legal support and assistance in competition and other legal matters.’

‘The team is very professional, experienced and attentive to details and clients’ requirements.’

Key clients

Imperial Tobacco Ukraine



GSK Ukraine

IDS Borjomi PJSC

State Enterprise “ARTEMSIL”

Ukraine > Intellectual property Tier 1

Arzinger excels in the management of trade mark portfolios, strategic IP advice and all forms of domestic IP litigation. The firm has also developed a strong reputation in data protection and privacy matters. Its work extends beyond Ukraine, as it increasingly handles IP matters across the EMEA and CIS regions. Kateryna Oliinyk, who is a patent attorney and an arbitrator for domain disputes, and Taras Kyslyy, jointly lead the practice. Senior associate Tetiana Slabko is recommended for both IP and data protection matters.

Practice head(s):

Kateryna Oliinyk; Taras Kyslyy

Other key lawyers:

Tetiana Slabko

Key clients

Stada AG

Santa Bremor Ltd

Olicon AB

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries

RiGO Trading S.A. (Haribo corporation)

OMO Systems


Lifecell LLC

Elsevier BV (RELX group)

Micro Matic

Nickelodeon (with Gowling WLG)

Conte SPA (with Kubriakov &Co)

Caparol Ukraine

Ukraine > Real estate and construction Tier 1

Arzinger has a real estate and construction practice that operates from three offices in Ukraine, all of which handle high-value sales and leasing matters. The practice is jointly led by Timur Bondaryev in Kiev, Markian Malskyy in Lviv and Viktor Syzonenko in Odessa. They frequently act for international and Ukrainian public and private companies, financial institutions and funds. The team's experience spans residential, commercial, infrastructure, and industrial projects, as well as handling real estate issues arising from large M&A transactions. The firm recently assisted STADA Arzneimittel with real estate aspects of the purchase of a pharmaceuticals company.

Practice head(s):

Timur Bondaryev; Markian Malskyy; Viktor Syzonenko

Key clients


STADA Arzneimittel AG




IKEA Retail Ukraine

Ukraine > White-collar crime Tier 1

Arzinger's team comprises of '‘well-known professionals in the market'. It focuses on high-profile cases, with recent examples included the Agroinvest case, in which it represented international grain traders in one of the biggest fraud cases in the Ukrainian grain market. The group's focus on major cases sees it undertake work in sectors such as agriculture, energy, food and beverages, retail, hospitality, infrastructure and transportation, automotive and life sciences. Kateryna Gupalo, who is 'both experienced and always available', and Oleksander Plotnikov are the lead partners. Senior associate Oleksandr Maksymenko is an emerging talent in criminal cases.

Practice head(s):

Kateryna Gupalo; Oleksander Plotnikov

Other key lawyers:

Oleksandr Maksymenko


‘Well-known professionals on the market.’

‘Team head Kateryna Gupalo has good experience and is swift in difficult affairs.’

‘Kateryna Gupalo is both experienced and always available.’

Key clients

Econia LLC

Porsche Ukraine LLC

Ukraine > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

'Excellent service from a knowledgeable and professional team', says a client of Arzinger. The firm is well known for high-value debt restructuring, but also handles large cross-border financing transactions. It recently assisted BNP Paribas with a $60m financing facility for agricultural company Nibulon. Oleksander Plotnikov, who is 'very responsive and easy to approach - one of the best', leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Oleksander Plotnikov


‘Arzinger lawyers have a very good knowledge and insights of Ukrainian market. I engage Arzinger primarily on cross-border loan transactions and the market for cross-border loans is relatively small in Ukraine. Arzinger seems to either know or work with almost every potential borrower in Ukraine. This is very helpful when doing a deal.’

‘Oleksander Plotnikov is an exceptional lawyer. He has very good technical skills, knows the law well and most importantly knows how to interpret it and apply in often difficult and not so black and white situations. His experience and knowledge is the most useful during restructurings which are often complex and not straightforward. He is also very responsive and easy to approach. I think he is one of the best lawyers in banking and finance in Ukraine. ’

‘Excellent service, knowledgeable and professional. They have great experience in various types of finance deals and can help with the most sophisticated issues. I would also mention the firm’s proactive and business-oriented approach. You feel support at any stage of a project and tight timelines are not a problem.’

‘Oleksander Plotnikov is the head of the team. He is highly competent and experienced lawyer. Very efficient management of the project team. At the same time, he is very responsive and easy to work with. Exceptional combination of expertise, experience and soft skills makes him one of the best lawyers in banking and finance in Ukraine.’

Key clients

UniCredit Bank



Raiffeisen Bank International

BNP Paribas



SID – Slovenska izvozna in razvojna banka, d.d.

Deutsche Bank AG

Ukraine > Dispute resolution Tier 2

At Arzinger, the team is 'always available and has in-depth knowledge of the individual cases'. The practice has three partners - Sergii Shkliar, Kateryna Gupalo and Markian Malskyy - who handle commercial, investment, administrative and banking disputes. Counsel Oksana Karel is 'a class act and particularly adept at international litigation'. The firm recently represented hedge fund Promeritum Fund in a $45m insolvency dispute involving borrowers with assets in the conflict zone in Eastern Ukraine.

Practice head(s):

Sergii Shkliar; Kateryna Gupalo; Markian Malskyy

Other key lawyers:

Oksana Karel


‘The team is always available and has in-depth-knowledge of the individual cases.’

‘Oksana Karel is especially active in the market and a good choice to work with when you need assistance in complex litigation matters in Ukraine.’

‘They are really commercial and easy to deal with.’

‘Oksana Karel is a class act and particularly adept at international litigation.’

Key clients

Promeritum Fund SPC

Shell Lubricants Supply Company B.V.

CNBM International Corporation

Springer Maschinenfabrik GmbH

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Marubeni Corporation

Roche Ukraine

Soufflet Group

Santa Ukraine (member of Santa Group)

Olicon AB

Alliance Holding LLC (Shell group)

Imperial Tobacco Ukraine

Kyäni Inc.

Invescore Japan

ADM Ukraine

Louis Dreyfus Company Ukraine

Air Liquide

Delta Wilmar

Ukraine > Employment Tier 2

At Arzinger, 'the team is very responsive and proactive, and the advice is streamlined, accurate and very good quality'. The firm handles large M&A transactions that involve complex employment issues, including the termination of senior executives and contentious matters. Counsel Alesya Pavlynska, who leads the practice, 'communicates efficiently and is very knowledgeable'. Senior associate Nataliia Anokhina is also recommended. Pavlo Khodakovsky left to become Deputy Minister of the Finance of Ukraine.

Practice head(s):

Alesya Pavlynska

Other key lawyers:

Nataliia Anokhina


‘It is a big pleasure to work with the Arzinger team in Lviv. Its lawyers are professionals and at the same time kind people who can explain everything in understandable words in the best way. I always feel big support in helping us to resolve problems. I see a high level of services for customers such as us, because team members know the Ukrainian legislation very well and give the best solutions for business and also are able to make it understandable for foreign people, what sometimes is not easy.’

‘I am lucky to work with such young and intelligent people and get nice results from our collaboration. This is a very strong team of professionals!’

‘I work with Nataliia Anokhina. I like the style of her work: – always attentive and kind – she understands more than I express by words, quick ability to understand – ability to propose the best solutions to resolve problems – feeling of support and protection – hard-working person, she knows what to do – belief in achieving results.

‘The team is very responsive and proactive. They were able to provide required responses within a very short period of time. The advice they give is streamlined, accurate and very good quality.’

‘Alesya Pavlynska provides an excellent service. She communicates efficiently, is available and very knowledgeable. She is a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Austria Juice GmbH

STADA Arzneimittel AG

Porsche (Porsche Holding)

BNP Paribas (Ukrsibbank)


Caparol (DAW SE)

Team Extension SA

Big Dutchman




Wienerberger AG

LR Global Holding


Covance Inc.

GK SOFTWARE (Eurosoftware)

CHS Inc.

Von der Heyden Group

UCABevent (Ukrainian Agribusiness Club) (pro bono)

Ukraine > Energy Tier 2

Arzinger hired counsel Iaroslav Cheker from KPMG Law in Ukraine. The firm has a strong track record advising major private and state-owned energy and mining companies in Ukraine. The scope of its work includes antitrust investigations, corporate transactions, energy trading contracts, power sales and coal exports, as well as contentious matters. Corporate and competition partner Timur Bondaryev co-leads the practice with Cheker.

Practice head(s):

Timur Bondaryev; Iaroslav Cheker

Key clients

CNBM International Energy PTE LTD (Singapore)

China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC)

Expert Petroleum

United Mining and Chemical company

ESE Investment AG


TIU (Canada)



Ukraine > Private client Tier 2

Arzinger's private client practice handles tax, sanctions issues, anti-money laundering compliance and family law. The firm fields a multidisciplinary team that includes corporate and real estate partner Timur Bondaryev.

Other key lawyers:

Timur Bondaryev

Ukraine > Tax Tier 3

Arzinger's tax and customs litigation practice is led by Kateryna Gupalo, who is also the head of criminal law and business protection at the firm. Gupalo succeeded former practice head Pavlo Khodakovsky, who is now deputy minister of finance in the Ukrainian government. Counsel and head of energy Iaroslav Cheker leads the tax advisory practice. The firm acts for both Ukrainian and international clients, notably in sectors such as agriculture, IT, TMT, life sciences and healthcare, food and beverages, real estate and alternative energy.

Practice head(s):

Kateryna Gupalo; Iaroslav Cheker

Key clients

ADM Ukraine

Louis Dreyfus Company Ukraine

Air Liquide

Soufflet Group

IKEA Retail Ukraine

Delta Wilmar

OSI Group (“Koziatynskyi Miasokombinat” PrJSC)

Eurasia Foundation


CHS Ukraine

ESE International AG

Abbott Laboratories S

Campari Ukraine, LLC

Swedish Match

Imagineer Technology Group LLC

Puratos Belgium

CNBM International Energy LTD

Emarket Ukraine LLC

Nestle Ukraine

Expert Petroleum


Arzinger is an independent law firm headquartered in Kyiv which has regional offices in Western and Southern Ukraine, in Lviv and Odesa, respectively. Arzinger, for over 18 years, has been among the legal business leaders providing high-quality legal support to clients throughout Ukraine. Among the firm’s clients are top representatives of international and local businesses.

Arzinger follows high standards of legal services and is a reliable partner in view of its vast experience in a wide range of industries and legal practices: M&A, corporate law, real estate and construction, antitrust and competition, white collar crime, dispute resolutions, litigation and arbitration, anti-corruption compliance and business ethics, tax, banking and finance. We serve clients operating in the energy and natural resources, life sciences, agriculture, food and beverages, telecoms and IT and other industries.

Arzinger employs highly-qualified professionals with hands-on experience in a wide range of legal matters, deep knowledge and understanding of the local market, international education and background. The firm has a team of over 70 seasoned legal professionals led by ten partners. All of them are acknowledged among leading experts on the Ukrainian legal market and are recognized by reputable international and local rankings. As a result, Arzinger can offer extensive legal assistance to effectively support a variety of complex and challenging transactions, including cross-border matters. The firm renders tailor-made legal services of unsurpassed quality to meet the client’s expectations.

Arzinger cooperates closely with legal advisors from numerous jurisdictions and is a member of international professional organizations, enabling it to engage colleagues from various jurisdictions in cross-border transactions and so provide clients with top-level professional legal advice.

Having a wide range of foreign clients, we have a German desk to serve our clients in the respective region as well as to provide legal support to Ukrainian and international companies operating in global markets.

Department Name Email Telephone
Real Estate and Construction practice, Antitrust and Competition Timur Bondaryev +38 (044) 390 55 33
Dispute Resolution, Antitrust and Competition, GR Sergii Shkliar +38 (044) 390 55 33
Life Sciences & Healthcare, Food & Beverage, Antitrust & Competition, Public Procurement, Anti-Corruption Compliance and Business Ethics Lana Sinichkina +38 (044) 390 55 33
Criminal Law and Business Protection, Tax and Customs Litigation, Anti-Corruption Compliance and Business Ethics Kateryna Gupalo +38 (044) 390 55 33
Corporate / M&A Anna Zorya +38 (044) 390 55 33
Banking & Finance, Insolvency & Restructuring, White Collar Crime Oleksandr Plotnikov +38 (044) 390 55 33
Intellectual Property Kateryna Oliinyk +38 (044) 390 55 33
International Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Markian Malskyy +38 (032) 242 96 96
Intellectual Property Taras Kyslyy +38 (044) 390 55 33
Maritime and Port Law, Corporate / M&A, Dispute Resolution Victor Syzonenko +38 (048) 711 74 74
Tax Oleg Chayka +38 (044) 390 55 33
Photo Name Position Profile
 Timur Bondaryev photo Timur Bondaryev Founding and Managing Partner, Attorney-at-law, Head of Real Estate and Construction practice,…
 Oleg Chayka  photo Oleg Chayka Partner, Head of Tax / Deals and International Tax
 Iaroslav Cheker  photo Iaroslav Cheker Counsel, leader of Energy & Natural Resources practice, attorney-at-law
 Oleksander Dyakulych photo Oleksander Dyakulych Counsel, Attorney-At-Law
 Kateryna Gupalo photo Kateryna Gupalo Partner of White Collar Crime, Head of Tax and Customs Litigation, Attorney-at-law.
 Oksana Karel photo Oksana Karel Counsel, Co-Head of International Litigation and Arbitration, Attorney-At-Law
 Taras Kyslyy photo Taras Kyslyy Partner of Intellectual Property, Attorney-at-law, DRP and Dispute Resolution Arbitrator at ccTLD…
 Oleksandr Maksymenko photo Oleksandr Maksymenko Attorney-at-law, Counsel of White Collar Crime
 Markian Malskyy photo Markian Malskyy Partner, Head of West Ukrainian Branch, Dr. jur., Attorney-at-law, MCIArb
 Anton Molchanov  photo Anton Molchanov Counsel
 Yevgeniya Ocheretko  photo Yevgeniya Ocheretko Counsel, Сo-head of Public Procurement, Life Sciences and Healthcare
 Kateryna Oliinyk photo Kateryna Oliinyk Partner of Intellectual Property, Patent&Trademark Attorney of Ukraine, UDRP & URS Panelist…
 Alesya Pavlynska photo Alesya Pavlynska Counsel
 Oleksander Plotnikov photo Oleksander Plotnikov Partner, Attorney-at-law, Head of Banking & Finance as well as Co-Head of…
 Oleksii Prudkyi  photo Oleksii Prudkyi Counsel, Attorney-at-Law
 Sergii Shkliar  photo Sergii Shkliar Founding Partner, Attorney-At-Law, LL.D., Merited Lawyer of Ukraine, Head of Dispute Resolution,…
 Lana Sinichkina photo Lana Sinichkina Partner, Attorney-at-law, Head of Life Sciences & Healthcare, Food & Beverage, Antitrust…
 Iurii Sukhov  photo Iurii Sukhov Partner, Co-Head of White Collar Crime, Attorney-at-law, PhD
 Viktor Syzonenko  photo Viktor Syzonenko Head of South Ukrainian Branch, Attorney-At-Law
 Oleksii Zadoienko  photo Oleksii Zadoienko Counsel, Attorney-at-Law, PhD
 Anna Zorya photo Anna Zorya Partner, Head of Corporate / M&A practice
Number of lawyers : 70+
Ukrainian Bar Association (UBA)
European Business Association (EBA)
IBA (International Bar Association)
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
American Chamber of Commerce (ACC)
AIJA - International Association of Young Lawyers
Belgian Centre for Arbitration and Mediation (Cepani)
Institute for Transnational Arbitration
Pharmaceutical Trademarks Group (PTMG)
ASA below 40
Young International Arbitration Group
Norwegian-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce
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