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SDM Partners LLC
03150 KYIV
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Dr. Serhiy Dzis is a Partner and one of the founders of SDM Partners.


Position: partner. Area of ptactice: Commercial, Intellectual property, Labour & HR.


Before joining SDM Partners team Dr. Dzis was a partner of a multinational law firm as prior to that – an in-house counsel in one of the major Ukrainian food ingredients company. Serhiy Dzis has substantial experience (more than 12 years) in commercial, intellectual property, labour law and real estate. Dr. Dzis also lectures on intellectual property law at the Taras Shevchenko Kyiv State University.


Dr. Dzis has graduated with high honours from the Institute of International Relations, Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University. He received PhD in the same institute in 2004.

Lawyer Rankings

Ukraine > Tax

SDM Partners LLC develops tax solutions for many corporate clients, which range in size from multinationals to owner-managed businesses. The firm frequently challenges claims before the Ukrainian tax authorities, as well as advising on tax issues arising from corporate transactions and business reorganisations. Corporate and M&A partners Dmytro SyrotaSerhiy Dzis and Mykola Melnyk lead the practice. Dzis recently assisted a movie production company with the tax-efficient restructuring of its business.

Ukraine > Real estate and construction

SDM Partners LLC demonstrates strong capabilities in real estate and land transactions, leasing matters and construction projects. In addition, its team is also noted for its regulatory advice. The firm has particular expertise in the healthcare sector, having acted for local and international chains of medical laboratories on long-term lease agreements, land purchases and construction projects. Serhiy Dzis and Dmytro Syrota are the main practitioners.

Ukraine > International trade

SDM Partners LLC‘s team is experienced in structuring international trade transactions, advising on sales contracts for imports into Ukraine, and handling tax, customs and contentious trade matters. Corporate and competition law partners Dmytro Syrota and Serhiy Dzis are the main contacts at the firm. Their recent work included advising large multinational companies on multimillion-dollar purchase agreements and export operations insurance.

Ukraine > Intellectual property

SDM Partners LLC has a substantial practice in the registration of IP rights, with in-depth expertise in patents, trade marks, copyright, designs, domain names, trade secrets and related unfair competition issues. The practice, which is jointly led by Serhiy Dzis and Dmytro Syrota, frequently assists international companies with IP matters arising from corporate transactions, as well as acting for domestic and overseas clients in copyright disputes and infringement proceedings.

Ukraine > Employment

SDM Partners LLC has almost 20 years of experience advising on the entire spectrum of employment matters, which ranges from the drafting of agreements to litigation. Its work also extends to labour safety issues, non-disclosure, non-compete and non-solicitation undertakings, and also the recruitment of foreign citizens. Corporate partners Serhiy Dzis (who is ‘a highly experienced leader who easily finds the solutions to the most complicated matters‘) and Dmytro Syrota jointly lead the practice. They have experience in HR due diligence, corporate reorganisations and redundancies.

Ukraine > Commercial, corporate and M&A

At SDM Partners LLC, the team has ‘perfect subject matter knowledge and a practical approach to evaluating risk and negotiating strategy‘. The firm is well-versed in all aspects of corporate and commercial law, including domestic and cross-border M&A, corporate governance, company reorganisations and liquidations. Dmytro Syrota and Serhiy Dzis lead the practice, which is ‘well organised and client-focused, drawing on vast experience to provide clients with practical advice‘.

Ukraine > Private client

SDM Partners LLC provides legal support to family businesses, private entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals. Its work covers the areas of tax, corporate and family law. Its clients include many high-profile Ukrainian and foreign business leaders. Dmytro Syrota and Serhiy Dzis are the main practitioners.

Ukraine > Banking, finance and capital markets

SDM Partners LLC focuses predominantly on financial leasing and debt restructurings, and it frequently acts for international banks and development finance institutions. The firm recently advised International Development Finance Corporation (IDFC) on its role as guarantor for debt obligations in Ukraine. The practice is jointly led by Serhiy Dzis and Dmytro Syrota; according to a client, ‘their work combines deep experience, a pragmatic approach and the ability to find creative solutions‘.