Kateryna Gupalo > Arzinger > Kiev, Ukraine > Lawyer Profile

01010, KYIV

Work Department

White Collar Crime, Tax and Customs Litigation


Partner of White Collar Crime, Head of Tax and Customs Litigation, Attorney-at-law.


Kateryna’s expertise involves provision of legal aid to companies with foreign investments, to its top management as well as to private clients in criminal proceedings. Due to her understanding of the relevant business processes, Kateryna effectively defends clients at all stages of criminal proceedings (in pre-trial investigations as well as in court).

Kateryna also deals with cross-border cases as well as represents her clients before international investigative bodies, incl. Interpol.

The companies include, in particular, Ukrainian subsidiaries of multinational grain-trading companies and other agribusiness representatives as well as food, pharma, timber processing, construction companies, etc. Kateryna also practices complex litigation and also has extensive expertise in the area of tax and customs litigation.

Kateryna is an active participant in scientific and practical conferences and forums.


Ukrainian, English, Spanish, Russian


  • American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine (Co-Chair of the Legal Committee)
  • International Bar Association (Vice Chair of the Business Crime Committee)
  • Union of Ukrainian Entrepreneurs SUP (Head of Business Protection Committee)
  • American Bar Association
  • Ukrainian Advocates’ Association (member of the Board)
  • Alumni Association of the National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” (member of the Board)
  • Ukrainian Bar Association
  • Ukrainian Network of Integrity and Compliance (member of the Expert group on taxation)


National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

University of Salamanca (Spain), LLM

Lawyer Rankings

Ukraine > White-collar crime

(Leading individuals)

Kateryna GupaloArzinger

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.

Ukraine > Tax

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.

Ukraine > Dispute resolution

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.