Mr Denys Bugay > VB PARTNERS > Kiev, Ukraine > Lawyer Profile

01011 KIEV

Work Department

White Collar Crime


Partner, Head of White Collar Crime practice at VB PARTNERS law firm 


Professional Activity:

Specialization: White-Collar-Crime, GR, litigation, corporate law.

Founded in 2005 VB PARTNERS law firm which has been included for many years  in TOP-50 of the Ukrainian most successful law firms and is recognized by key international and national ratings (The Legal 500, Chambers Europe, Best Lawyers, Who is Who Legal, etc.).

He is enormously experienced in representing the clients’ interests in criminal proceedings in economic and corruption matters. Key expertise includes as follows: anti-fraud, money-laundering, misappropriation and embezzlement of assets, tax evasion, abuse of authority, negligence and unlawful enrichment.

He has considerable experience in conducting projects in the banking and media sectors, as well in the oil and gas and tobacco industries.

National expert in the matters related to cross-border investigations, extradition and Interpol. His expertise is particularly valuable where the request has a political or economic motivation.

His clients are the Ukrainian big companies, their shareholders and top managers, international companies, banks, foreign investors, key state officials.

Experience: central office of the National Bank of Ukraine, international investment company. Member of the Supervisory Boards of UMH Group (one of 15 biggest media companies in the post-Soviet space) and a large Ukrainian bank.

Public Activity:

President of the Ukrainian Bar Association (UBA), 3rd term of office – leading Ukrainian legal community, founded in 2002, which unites more than 7,000 members (attorneys, notaries, scholars, judges, civil servants, MPs).

According to the authoritative publishing house Yuridicheskaya Practika has been recognized as one of the 10 most active lawyers in the country for the last 7 years.

National expert of the Council of Europe’s projects aimed at supporting reforms in respect of judicature and criminal justice.

Mr. Bugay was a member of the working group on reforming the Bar at the Council on Judicial Reform at P. Poroshenko, the former President of Ukraine, and one of the co-authors of the draft Law “On Legal Practice and Advocacy”.

Co-initiator of “Tomorrow’s Lawyer”, a unique project, being the first all-Ukrainian lawyer professional program, developed in cooperation with the Canadian Bar Association. The Project is being implemented with the support of the US Embassy and such a Project as “Affordable and High-Quality Legal Aid in Ukraine”, funded by the Government of Canada.


Ukrainian, Russian, English


Ukrainian Bar Association (UBA) – President, International Bar Association (IBA), European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA)


National Yaroslav the Wise Law Academy of Ukraine, Kharkiv (2001); Open World Program, Washington (started by US Congress) (2008); Ukrainian School of Political Studies, Kiev (2009); Summer University for Democracy of the Schools of Political Studies of the Council of Europe, Strasbourg (2009).


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Lawyer Rankings

Ukraine > White-collar crime

(Leading individuals)


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.

Ukraine > Dispute resolution

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.