Firm Profile > VB PARTNERS > Kiev, Ukraine

01011 KIEV

White-collar crime Tier 2

VB PARTNERS acts for suspects and victims of white-collar crime. Its work encompasses fraud, money laundering, misappropriation of funds and assets, tax evasion and fictitious bankruptcy, abuse of office, negligence and illegal enrichment. The highly regarded Denys Bugay and Oleksandr Lukianenko lead the practice, which counts top agricultural company Mriya and international real estate holding company Mallino Development Group among its clients.


What makes VB PARTNERS’ white-collar crime practice unique is its work with transnational cases, its international cooperation, its internal compliance, its experience in crimes in the private sector, and its work on the protection of investors’ rights.

Oleksandr Lukianenko is always available at the right time, which allows me to receive urgent and competent advice on the issues at hand.

Nikita Nuralin proved to be intelligent, highly conscientious and effective.  Overall, it is a pleasure working with him.

Key clients

Mriya agroholding

Mallino Development Group

Nykolaevsky Alumina Plant

Shareholders of Premium Commercial Bank PJSC

Svitland Development Ltd

Shareholders of Delta Bank Ukraine PJSC

Shareholders of Delta Bank Belarus

Commercial Bank “Khreschatyk” PJSC

Spike Trade Group

Dispute resolution Tier 3

VB PARTNERS handles economic, administrative and civil disputes in Ukraine and in foreign jurisdictions. The firm frequently defends the interests of clients with shares in joint-stock companies and acts in complex cases relating to corporate governance, rights to land and real estate. Its client base is made up of shareholders and top managers of large Ukrainian businesses, multinational corporations, banks, foreign investors, key government officials and private clients. Head of dispute resolution Volodymyr Vashchenko and key partner Denys Bugay are the main practitioners.

Key clients

KIT Yekaterinburg shopping mall

Nykolaevsky Alumina Plant

Mriya agroholding

Shareholders of Premium Commercial Bank PJSC

Svitland Development Ltd

Shareholders of Delta Bank Ukraine PJSC

Shareholders of Delta Bank Belarus

Commercial Bank “Khreschatyk” PJSC

Shareholder of Terra Bank, PJSC

Prosperity Capital Management

Tax Tier 4

VB PARTNERS has a prominent litigation practice in which tax disputes are a major component. The practice led by Volodymyr Vashchenko has a diverse range of litigation expertise that covers all stages from strategy formation through to resolution. The team regularly handles disputes with the state authorities and the defence of criminal proceedings for tax evasion. Among its clients are development company Svitland Development and Nykolaevsky Alumina Plant.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Shareholders and top-managers of Premium Commercial Bank PJSC

Svitland Development Ltd

Nykolaevsky Alumina Plant


VB PARTNERS is one of the market’s very few boutique law firms, which is specifically targeted at dealing with white-collar crime and large-scale disputes. The team is also recognized for its strong expertise in corporate, multinational and criminal investigations.

Our team includes 14 very experienced, innovative attorneys who are not afraid of managing complex projects and have a deep understanding of their clients’ business processes.

We have extensive experience in business protection from the pressure of law enforcement agencies, conducting investigations and asset tracing, supporting criminal proceedings and complex disputes in the courts of all instances. The company supports cases both in Ukraine and in foreign jurisdictions.

Our team has also a thorough knowledge of the Ukrainian anti-corruption legislation and other Compliance components, including Whistleblowing System implementation.

VB PARTNERS’ attorneys are recognized national experts on extradition and Interpol. 

Our professionalism is highly appreciated by all major national and international legal directories, including Legal 500 EMEA, Chambers Europe, Who’s Who Legal, Best Lawyers, IFRL 1000, Ukrainian Legal Awards, etc.

VB PARTNERS’ clients include leading national businesses, large multinational companies, and high net worth individuals. Client base also comprises former state officials and senior top managers of banks and corporates.


Department Name Email Telephone
Dispute resolution Vladimir Vashchenko +38 044 581 16 33
White-collar crime Denys Bugay +38 044 581 16 33
Investment protection Vladimir Vashchenko +38 044 581 16 33
Criminal defense Oleksandr Lukianenko +38 044 581 16 33
Investigations Denys Shkarovsky +38 044 581 16 33
Tax Vladimir Vashchenko +38 044 581 16 33
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Denys Bugay  photo Mr Denys Bugay Partner, Head of White Collar Crime practice at VB PARTNERS law firm 
Mr Oleksandr Lukianenko  photo Mr Oleksandr Lukianenko Partner at VB PARTNERS 
Mr Denys Shkarovsky  photo Mr Denys Shkarovsky Counsel
Mr Volodymyr Vashchenko  photo Mr Volodymyr Vashchenko Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution at VB PARTNERS
Number of lawyers : 14
Ukrainian Bar Association
American Chamber of Commerce
European Criminal Bar Association
IBA (International Bar Association)
European Business Association (EBA)

VB PARTNERS law boutique is appreciate the importance of creating an environment in which all of our employees can feel valued, included and empowered to bring great ideas and their full potential to help achieve our strategic goals.

Our workforce is split almost exactly 50:50 men to women. We value the views and opinions of all people regardless of race, color, ethnicity, gender, disability, or age.

Performing legal work under the conditions pro bono, our company provides legal services and advice to vulnerable groups in society.

We believe in mutually supportive relation between theoretical knowledge and practical experience. From our point of view, modern law education should maximally respond to real needs of the market in legal services and should be carefully tested in practice.

VB PARTNERS constantly looking for new opportunities to help talented young people to start their way and to improve their professional skills.

That is why we support and initiate a number of educational programs for law students during which we share our knowledge and expertise with young lawyers:

  • VB PARTNERS provides financial support to the Ukrainian Bar Association Students League;
  • On the initiative and with the financial support of one of the partners of the firm, attorney-at-law Denys Bugay every student of law faculty has the possibility to take part in annual scholarship competition. Participation in the competition assumes writing a scientific and publicist works on state governance issues. The contest takes place for the seventh consecutive year. 21 authors of the best papers have already received their scholarships.
  • We also share practical legal skills by providing internship opportunities within the law firm VB PARTNERS.

VB PARTNERS promotes a culture where everyone has an opportunity to make a career and where pathways to success are transparent. Our vision is to cultivate a culture where all talented contributors can have and can see a path to long-term success.

Our specialists are largely involved in internal processes and interpersonal communication, participate in the formation and implementation of vision. There are corporate policies, but our company achieves the best results for the client not due to the hierarchical control, but due to the support of general principles and values.

We are committed to stimulate the career development of women, based on the assessment of talent, ambition and passion. With respect to gender balance, we have embedded it so well in our firm’s culture over the years, that today women are not only represented at all levels, but they actually outnumber men.

VB PARTNERS accepts all different types of ages within its business environment, and this in time has resulted in an inter-generational workforce of all age groups.

We are devoted to the development of the most skilled and diverse workforce possible and work to achieve this objective through three ways: recruitment, retention, and outreach.

Through practice and personal involvement of both interns and partners to each project, we ensure better communication inside the firm and direct cooperation between each of our team members. This is an approach our clients appreciate in our work the most.

VB PARTNERS provides pro bono legal services to local NGOs in sphere of justice development and legal education.

We do care about legal education of students in Ukraine – our lawyers meet with students at the universities and students’ hubs, tell them about possibilities in the legal sphere. We take part in nation-wide career days, HR fairs and communicate with our candidates using fair and equal examination.

VB PARTNERS provides financial support to the Ukrainian Bar Association Students League and their projects.

Our team is proud of our recent promotion of the lawyers who started at VB PARTNERS as interns and now have been appointed on the positions of Counsel and Partner. In addition, our lawyers express active social position, are taking part in public discussions and in legislation process.

We encourage cooperation and teamwork and provide fair and ethical treatment of all employees regardless of age, colour, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status.

We are constantly improving management principles, marketing strategy and processes within the company to fulfil all the requirements, market trends and satisfy our clients. We involve almost all lawyers in the marketing activities of the company, provide them with the assistance to develop their soft skills.

Our HR strategy helps us to be in the leaders of our practices in the market for the past five years and we are sure that in the future it will help not only to maintain our position, but also to bring the company to a higher level.