Firm Profile > VB PARTNERS > Kiev, Ukraine

VB PARTNERS
PORCH 13, BUSINESS CENTER 'BASHNYA NO.5'
RYBALSKA ST, 22
01011 KIEV
Ukraine

Ukraine > White-collar crime Tier 1

At VB PARTNERS, the team 'consists of lawyers with comprehensive knowledge in Ukrainian criminal, corporate, business and tax law'. The firm acts for suspects accused of committing white-collar crimes, as well as victims of fraud, money laundering, embezzlement, misappropriation of funds, tax evasion, fictitious bankruptcy, abuse of office and illegal enrichment, among other crimes. Denys Bugay, up-and-coming partner Oleksandr Lukianenko and associate Nikita Nuralin are among other key practitioners. The firm has also developed a compliance practice and conducts its own corporate investigations.

Practice head(s):

Denys Bugay

Other key lawyers:

Oleksandr Lukianenko; Nikita Nuralin; Denys Shkarovsky; Stanislav Yena

Testimonials

‘They offer different options in the most difficult situations; each of these options is very valuable and of a high quality. Moreover, the lawyers consider the issue and provide effective solutions even in the shortest deadlines.’

‘What I especially liked about Denys Bugay is his ability to remain calm in crisis situations. He truly believes in the importance of the work and knows how to translate that belief into high quality advocacy.’

‘Nikita Nuralin leads projects on business protection in the field of white-collar crime and dispute resolution. Nikita is hardworking, an active and constructive team participant with strong leadership skills. I can commend with confidence that Mr. Nuralin does an excellent job.’

‘VB partners’ team is a very strong and experienced one. It consists of lawyers with comprehensive knowledge of Ukrainian criminal, corporate, business and tax law. The excellent team work of VB Partners distinguishes this law firm among others. Our company has interacted with a few VB Partners lawyers on white-collar crime case and remained highly satisfied with the level of legal services that were rendered and its outcomes.’

‘VB Partners demonstrated deep and comprehensive knowledge of Ukrainian law and legal system, was always in touch (even after regular working hours), did a lot of preparatory work and fully supported our company’s managers during communication with the investigator, drafted complaints and other important procedural documents.’

‘The team of VB PARTNERS has a spectacular reputation for defending businesses. When working with this company, I very much value their reliability and responsiveness.’

‘Denys Bugay is always ready to take on the most challenging tasks and to come up with results in an impressively short time. Denys garners plaudits for his significant experience defending corporations against corruption and money-laundering allegations. Nikita Nuralin is truly exceptional white-collar crime lawyer.’

‘Denys Shkarovsky thinks outside the box. We are impressed by his analytical skills that he demonstrated in course of our cooperation. Overall, it is a pleasure to work with him. High-quality feedback is always accompanied by valuable comments on the work done, as well as a list of next steps and up-to-date recommendations for preventing perceived and theoretical risks.’

Key clients

Former First Deputy Minister of Justice of Ukraine, Secretary of the Central Election Commission of Ukraine (2018-2019)

Continental Farmers Group

Former National Bank of Ukraine Board Member

IMMER Ukrplastic

Mallino Development Group

Spike Trade

Good Valley

Avellana Gold Company

Skyeng

Colliers International

Former Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine

Ukrainian Association of Football

Svitland Development

Delta Bank Ukraine (shareholders and top-management)

Khreshchatyk Bank (shareholders and top-management)

Commercial Bank Premium (shareholders and top-management)

Classic Bank (shareholders and top-management)

Astra Bank (shareholders and top-management)

Omega Bank (shareholders and top-management)

UKRSIBBANK BNP Paribas Group

Industrial group VIOIL

Glukhov Quartzite Quarry

Nykolaevsky Alumina Plant

Ukraine > Dispute resolution Tier 3

At VB PARTNERS, the dispute resolution team has 'tough and resourceful litigators’. The firm focuses on debt collection, banking, tax and customs, regulatory and shareholder disputes. The firm is currently representing a foreign investor in the dispute with the State of Ukraine regarding the payment of fair compensation for assets that have been privatised by the state. Vladimir Vashchenko, Denys Bugay and 'hardworking and diligent' counsel Denys Shkarovsky are the firm's most prominent practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Vladimir Vashchenko; Denys Bugay

Other key lawyers:

Denys Shkarovsky

Testimonials

‘Denys Shkarovsky – I appreciate the high level of his skills to quickly respond to force majeure circumstances and make the right decisions in critical situations.’

‘Vladimir Vashchenko is a class practitioner. He represents our interests in court at the highest level. Vladimir Vashchenko is always available for clients. He has deep industry knowledge.’

‘Denys Shkarovsky thinks outside the box. He is very analytical in his job. Overall, it is a pleasure to work with him. High-quality feedback is always accompanied by valuable comments on the work done, as well as a list of next steps and up-to-date recommendations for preventing perceived risks.’

‘A strong boutique firm for white-collar crime and dispute resolution. They are very experienced but small enough to provide a real sense of involvement and client care, which is often lost in a larger firm.’

‘Denys Shkarovsky provides a unique combination of the highest quality case preparation.’

Denys Bugay is one of the very best. Deep expertise in white-collar crime matters and large-scale disputes. Efficient preparation of procedural documents.’

‘Vladimir Vashchenko provides excellent client service and is fully devoted to the work’

‘Denys Shkarovsky is very active, professional and prompt, and he is a really great strategist.’

Key clients

KIT Yekaterinburg, shopping mall that belongs to Mallino Development Group

Nykolaevsky Alumina Plant

Glukhov Quartzite Quarr

Continental Farmers Group

Shareholders of Premium Commercial Bank PJSC

Svitland Development

Delta Bank Ukraine

Delta Bank Belarus

Commercial Bank “Khreschatyk” PJSC

IMMER Ukrplastic

Quarter Partners

Skyeng

Industrial group VIOIL

Avellana Gold Company

Ukraine > Tax Tier 4

VB PARTNERS is a boutique law firm focused specifically on white-collar crime and large-scale disputes, including high-value tax litigation. Its work encompasses appeals against tax decisions and defending individuals against allegations of tax evasion and forgery. Practice head Vladimir Vashchenko is 'a highly intelligent lawyer who understands both the legal details and the commercial nuances of matters'. He recently represented a subsidiary of Svitland Development in a case concerning tax surcharges of UAH1bn.

Practice head(s):

Vladimir Vashchenko

Testimonials

‘I have worked with VB PARTNERS since 2014. The team of this law firm not only solves legal issues, but also helps to make business decisions. At the same time, they are not afraid of taking responsibility for those decisions. VB PARTNERS law firm offers legal expertise of the high level and the lawyers are fully concentrated on the project. I love their approach to work, so every year I ask them for advice or help. They work effectively with the evidence base, including that obtained from other countries. I can confirm the highest levels of qualification of the team and the deep expertise of its lawyers.’

‘VB Partners have the unique combination of comprehensive knowledge and experience in the area of criminal, business and procedural law.’

‘One of the market’s very few boutique law firms, which is specifically targeted at dealing with сomplicated disputes. They are strong in tax disputes.’

‘Vladimir Vashchenko has a broad disputes practice with substantial experience in complex commercial, corporate and shareholder litigation. Vladimir has huge experience of work with government stakeholders, in particular on issues related to the non-ferrous metallurgy sector.’

‘At the beginning of the cooperation, we were attracted by the boutique format of the company and a narrow specialisation in practices, within which we began to have questions and the need for support. The VB PARTNERS team has a good reputation and deep expertise in main practices.’

‘Vladimir Vashchenko – I like the speed of his reaction to my requests. He is always in contact at the right time, which allows me to receive urgent and competent advice on the issues at hand. Moreover, he has deep expertise in tax disputes.’

‘VB PARTNERS team took part in the most high-profile and resonant criminal proceedings and disputes in Ukraine. They fight hard for their clients. First-class team of professionals who always do more than they bargained for.’

‘Vladimir Vashchenko is a highly intelligent lawyer who understands both the legal details and the commercial nuances of matters.’

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. Unique experience in these areas allows us to provide effective tools to settle conflicts with the state or an unfair counterparty.

The team is also recognized for its strong expertise in corporate, multinational and criminal investigations.

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

VB PARTNERS has obtained expertise in settling investors’ disputes against States at the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). We have positive experience in lifting sanctions imposed on foreign companies.

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

Thanks to years of successful practice, as well as unique and unprecedented cases the firm and its attorneys have received recognition from all professional international and national ratings (The Legal 500 EMEA, Chambers Europe, Best Lawyers, Who is Who Legal, Ukrainian Legal Awards and others).

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

Department Name Email Telephone
Dispute resolution, Investment protection Vladimir Vashchenko v.vaschenko@vbpartners.ua +38 044 581 16 33
White-collar crime Denys Bugay d.bugay@vbpartnes.ua +38 044 581 16 33
Criminal defense Oleksandr Lukianenko a.lukyanenko@vbpartners.ua +38 044 581 16 33
Investigations Denys Shkarovsky d.shkarovsky@vbpartners.ua +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
Mr Oleksandr Lukianenko  photo Mr Oleksandr Lukianenko Partner
Mr Denys Shkarovsky  photo Mr Denys Shkarovsky Partner
Mr Volodymyr Vashchenko  photo Mr Volodymyr Vashchenko Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution at VB PARTNERS
Number of lawyers : 17
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Ukrainian Bar Association
American Chamber of Commerce
European Criminal Bar Association
IBA (International Bar Association)
European Business Association (EBA)

VB PARTNERS provides equal access to opportunities and resources regardless of an individual’s diversity. We are committed to providing an open, diverse, safe and inclusive environment.

We promote a workspace where everyone can make a career and where pathways to success are transparent.

Our recent accomplishments and awards highlight the hard work of individuals across the firm.

We are committed to attracting, recruiting, mentoring, and promoting diverse attorneys and staff through involvement in organizations and programs that foster change.

Our aim to keep the team motivated, inspired and encouraged. We have implemented a system of educational initiatives of various levels.

We identify strengths and weaknesses of everyone, form a plan of personal growth, encourage the leadership qualities of our staff.

We are committed to stimulate the career development of women. 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 (70%/30%).

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

Our specialists are largely involved in internal processes and interpersonal communication, participate in the formation and implementation of vision.

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.

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 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.