Firm Profile > Arzinger > Kiev, Ukraine

01010, KYIV

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Arzinger 'has a real in-depth knowledge of Ukrainian and Central and Eastern Europe business law, and it is used to working with international companies on cross-border matters'. The firm has a strong track record in both domestic and cross-border transactions, including acquisitions, joint ventures and partnerships in Ukraine and other European jurisdictions. Key contacts include managing partner Timur Bondaryev, who has expertise in the real estate and construction industries; Anna Zorya, who advises on M&A, joint ventures and corporate finance; and counsel Alesya Pavlynska, who focuses on advising German investor clients. Senior associate Viktoriia Dobrynska is also recommended.


The team consists of various well-trained lawyers who are able to explain complex legal issues to clients quickly and in such a way that non-legal persons can understand the particulars.

The firm is very good. I want to mark out Alesya Pavlynska as a very good and qualified lawyer.

The team is knowledgeable, solution-driven, service-oriented and responsive. They go the extra mile to achieve the client’s targets.

The firm has a high level of knowledge of Ukrainian corporate and tax law with practical advice ready for implementation.

Alesya Pavlynska is client-oriented, reliable and provides very high-quality legal support.

Key clients

Adobe Inc.

Delta Wilmar

Ajax Systems

Centrica Plc


Nadra Ukraine

Yarych Confectionary

Investment Capital Ukraine

European Bank of Reconstruction and Development

Contour Global

Von der Heyden Group

Zeppelin International AG

Porsche Holding

Big Dutchman

LR Global Holdings GmbH

Imerys/Calderys Group


Wienerberger AG



Nufarm SAS


OSI International Holding GmbH

Leineweber GmbH& Co. KG (TM Brax)

CHS Inc.

Competition Tier 1

Arzinger has 'a strong and professional team that is forward-looking, creative and pragmatic in its advice'. Timur Bondaryev is highly experienced in Ukrainian and CIS competition law, particularly in acting for prominent businesses before the Antimonopoly Committee in complex merger control, abuse of dominance and alleged cartel cases. Counsel Oleksander Dyakulych is recommended for his expertise in the automotive and energy sectors. Other areas of strength for the team include market queries and investigations, state aid cases, public procurement, private enforcement and competition compliance.


‘Timur Bondarev is very energetic and always ready to help. It is easy to reach him. He is client-oriented and gives his team the right guidance to reach the desired outcome.’

‘Oleksander Dyakulych is pragmatic and focused on the actions which can work.’

‘The Arzinger practice is unique due to its strong expertise in competition law; the fact that the lawyers know and understand the field and the peculiarities in business; and its highly qualified lawyers with broad practical experience, deep skills and professional qualifications.’

‘The lawyers provide tailored legal advice, interact with regulatory bodies on behalf of the client, participate in court proceedings, always resolve cases quickly, on time and to the highest standard. They have deep knowledge and understanding of clients’ business needs.’

‘Arzinger is a reliable partner that supports the client in any complex and unusual case. It has high compliance standards.’

‘The Arzinger competition team is one of the best in Ukraine. Timur Bondaryev, Oleksander Dyakulych and Marianna Bek are professional and skilled practitioners. They understand business, always provide high-quality legal assistance, and develop innovative strategies and “out-of-the box” solutions for challenging and complex cases.’

Key clients


Employment Tier 1

Pavlo Khodakovsky and counsel Alesya Pavlynska lead the practice at Arzinger, which advises Ukrainian businesses on day-to-day labour issues such as the employment of foreign citizens, as well as complex projects involving collective labour relations, the dismissal of senior executives, compliance and anti-corruption investigations. Khodakovsky has expertise in advising on problematic dismissals, employment due diligence, and taxation and payroll issues, while Pavlynska frequently acts for German-speaking clients. Among the firm's clients are international companies such as Porsche, Boehringer Ingelheim and Danone.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Porsche (Porsche Holding)

BNP Paribas (Ukrsibbank)

Delta Wilmar

ADM Trading (Alfred C.Toepfer International)

Avon Cosmetics Ukraine

European Bank of Reconstruction and Development


Team Extension SA


Uniqa Insurance Group

Big Dutchman

Boehringer Ingelheim





Wienerberger AG

LR Global Holding





CHS Inc.

CF “GoF”/NGO “Pro.Svit”

Alumni Fund Ukraine

UCABevent (Ukrainian Agribusiness Club)

Intellectual property Tier 1

Arzinger hired Taras Kyslyy from Asters to lead its IP, TMT and data protection practice alongside Kateryna Oliinyk. The firm is praised for its 'great service and fully reliable, clear-cut advice'. The firm, which has a strong life sciences practice, counts certified patent and trade mark attorneys among its lawyers. It handles a broad scope of work including IP portfolio management, media law, data protection, advertising law and litigation. Senior associate Tetiana Slabko is also noted.

Practice head(s):


The team led by Timur Bondaryev is great and Kateryna Oliinyk is our regular contact for IP. They, along with life sciences partner Lana Sinichkina, are superb.

For many years, it has been our number one IP firm in Ukraine.

Team leader Kateryna Oliinyk is an outstanding attorney with excellent legal, strategic and social skills. Clients particularly appreciate her great responsiveness and pragmatic approach to handling even the most complex issues.

They are quick, efficient and very professional, and always work in the best interest of the clients.

Kateryna Oliinyk and Tetiana Slabko are quick, efficient and very professional.

Key clients

Rigo Trading SA

Brann AB


Solar Gaps

BurdaForward GmbH

OLX (Emarket Ukraine LLC)

Johnson&Johnson LLC

Insud Pharma






American 50’s diner



Private client Tier 1

Managing associate Denys Siiushov leads the practice at Arzinger, which handles personal tax, anti-money laundering compliance, sanctions issues, family and inheritance law. Siiushov acts as the central contact point for private client matters, drawing on expertise from tax specialist Pavlo Khodakovsky and corporate and real estate  partner Timur Bondaryev.

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Arzinger's real estate and construction team acts for real estate investors, funds, embassies and trade missions, developers, managers, financial institutions, construction companies, retailers, insurers, logistics companies, hotel operators, manufacturers and other large corporates in a range of sectors including the agriculture and energy industries. The group handles the full spectrum of real estate and construction matters and also assists with property management mandates. Managing partner Timur Bondaryev leads the practice, which also includes associates Olga Ivanova and Bohdan Shmorhun.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Leroy Merlin

Caparol (DAW Group)



Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Arzinger provides 'good quality advice for a good price'. Practice head Oleksander Plotnikov is noted for his strength in debt restructuring, which is a key pillar of the banking and finance practice. The team also handles general banking, trade finance, real estate finance, project finance - particularly for cross-border projects in the agricultural sector - capital markets and regulatory matters. Clients include leading international financial institutions, such as the EBRD and the European Investment Bank, and an increasing number of borrowers.

Practice head(s):


Oleksandr Plotnikov has an impeccable restructuring track record and Oksana Karel has strong litigation knowledge.’

Key clients



Raiffeisen Bank

CID Bank

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank


Landesbank Berlin

BNP Paribas


Dispute resolution Tier 2

The litigation practice at Arzinger has a deep bench of lawyers with experience in tax, commercial, banking, corporate, IP, civil, criminal, administrative, labour and competition disputes, as well as debt collection. Its impressive roster of international work includes investment treaty arbitration and commercial arbitration. Sergii Shkliar, who joined from the Ministry of Justice in 2018, and Kateryna Gupalo, who has expertise in criminal and cross-border litigation, lead the practice, and up-and-coming partner Oksana Karel is highly recommended. Among their clients are Louis Dreyfus Company Ukraine and Marubeni Corporation. Former practice co-head Markian Malskyy is now head of the Lviv Regional State Administration.


We mostly cooperate with lawyers from the West Ukraine office of Arzinger. The reason why we have chosen Arzinger is the fact that Arzinger is the only top-ranked Ukrainian law firm represented on the regional market and the one which provides clients with high-quality legal services.

Arzinger is the company which for sure is to be approached once you deal with exceptional and sophisticated cases in your business.

Arzinger lawyers are experienced, have deep expertise and suggest creative and business-oriented solutions.

Throughout the history of activity of our company, we have approached Arzinger for several different projects and its lawyers have always provided us with the required support on the raised matters.

Natalia Anokhina, senior associate, demonstrates exceptional understanding of our business and therefore always suggests the most effective and client-oriented strategies that help us reach our goals in the most efficient way. Ms. Anokhina is the key person to rely on when the matter requires a really sophisticated and deep analytical approach.

Arzinger’s team is really client-oriented, fast and very confident in dispute resolution cases.

Arzinger’s dispute resolution team always performs above our expectations and completely meets all our needs.

‘Questions were answered by Kateryna Gupalo quickly, efficiently and conclusively without the need for clarifications, which demonstrates the excellent expertise and common understanding of clients’ and partner firms’ needs; very present in the white-collar crime and tax market as organizer and speaker at conferences, which contributes to her being on top of new developments.’ 

‘Oksana Karel is hands-on, eager to help and very responsive both as a matter of time as well as regarding the quality of the product, and is very knowledgeable.’ 

Key clients

Zeppelin International AG

CHS Ukraine, LLC

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) Ukraine, LLC / ADM Trading Ukraine, LLC

MAN Truck & Bus Ukraine, LLC

Louis Dreyfus Company Ukraine, LLC

Raiffeisen group

Porsche Ukraine, LLC

Soufflet Negoice (France)

CNBM International Energy PTE LTD (Singapore)

Marubeni Corporation (Japan)

Olicon AB (Sweden)

Energy Tier 2

Arzinger has 'a strong and professional team that is forward-looking, creative and pragmatic in its advice'. Managing partner Timur Bondaryev, who focuses on corporate and antitrust matters, leads a practice that handles M&A transactions, competition law and disputes in the energy sector. Its work encompasses both conventional and renewable energy matters, including upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas projects.

Practice head(s):


Timur Bondarev is very energetic and always ready to help. It is easy to reach him. He is client-oriented and gives his team the right guidance to reach the desired outcome.

Oleksander Dyakulychis is pragmatic and focused on the actions which can work. He is strong in litigation and competition law.

Oksana Karel has a strong expertise in international arbitration. Her advice is clear and comprehensive.

Key clients

CNBM International Energy PTE LTD (Singapore)

Tax Tier 2

Arzinger has a large group of lawyers handling tax matters with the practice split into two separate divisions - tax advisory and tax and customs litigation. Pavlo Khodakovsky is head of the tax practice, which handles the tax-efficient structuring of corporate transactions and the restructuring of business activities in Ukraine and abroad. Tax litigation work falls under the remit of Kateryna Gupalo who is head of dispute resolution. Counsel Dmytro Trut also handles dispute resolution with tax, customs and other state authorities. The firm counts Louis Dreyfus Company Ukraine and Air Liquide among its clients.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Delta Wilmar CIS

OSI Group

ADM Ukraine

Louis Dreyfus Company Ukraine, LLC

Zeppelin International AG

Air Liquide

Soufflet Group

White-collar crime Tier 2

Arzinger 's team is 'is highly qualified, very client-oriented and always glad to help'. Co-head of dispute resolution Kateryna Gupalo leads the white-collar criminal law practice, in which senior associate Oleksandr Maksymenko is a key name. The firm's key focus is corporate criminal defence and it frequently acts for German companies, as well as international businesses in sectors including automotive, agriculture, energy and retail.

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 17 years has been among the legal business leaders providing high-quality legal support to clients throughout Ukraine. Arzinger employs highly-qualified professionals with vast 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 9 partners. All of them are acknowledged among leading experts on the Ukrainian legal market and are recognized by reputable international and local rankings.

Having a wide range of foreign clients, we have opened the foreign French Desk, Austrian Desk and German Desk to serve our clients in the respective countries as well as to provide legal support to Ukrainian and international companies operating in global markets. We offer full-fledged legal support in complex transactions, including cross-border deals.

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
Photo Name Position Profile
 Timur Bondaryev photo Timur Bondaryev Founding and Managing Partner, Attorney-at-law, Head of Real Estate and Construction practice,…
 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, Attorney-at-law, Head of Criminal Law and Business Protection as well as…
 Oksana Karel photo Oksana Karel Counsel, Attorney-At-Law
 Taras Kyslyy photo Taras Kyslyy Partner, Attorney-at-law
Mr Markian Malskyy  photo Mr Markian Malskyy Partner, Head of West Ukrainian branch, PhD, Attorney-at-law, MCIArb
 Anton Molchanov  photo Anton Molchanov Counsel
 Kateryna Oliinyk photo Kateryna Oliinyk Partner, Head of Intellectual Property practice, Patent&Trademark Attorney of Ukraine, UDRP &…
 Alesya Pavlynska photo Alesya Pavlynska Counsel
 Oleksander Plotnikov photo Oleksander Plotnikov Partner, Attorney-at-law, Head of Banking & Finance and Insolvency & Restructuring practices…
 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…
 Viktor Syzonenko  photo Viktor Syzonenko Head Of South Ukrainian Branch
 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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