Mr Denis Lysenko > Aequo > Kiev, Ukraine > Lawyer Profile

01010 KYIV
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Work Department

Antitrust and Competition, Government Relations, Mergers and Acquisitions, Tax and Customs; Agro,Consumer and Retail, Energy and Natural Resources, Private Equity


Managing Partner


For over 15 years Denis has been acting for foreign investors (strategic players, private equity, banks and other lenders) in cross-border transactions involving Ukrainian assets, and investments in greenfield and brownfield projects.

He regularly represents major companies and investors in the Ukrainian economy (including acting on behalf of foreign and domestic clients at the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine and the State Property Fund of Ukraine) in acquiring Ukrainian strategic assets and establishment of joint ventures.

During 2000’s Denis acted for major Ukrainian clients in privatization projects (steel and natural resources) in Central and Eastern Europe (Hungary, Poland and Czech Republic), also representing their interests before the European Commission in financing and competition (including state aid) matters.

He has extensive practical experience in restructuring groups of companies and legal due diligence, successful support and closing of cross-border and domestic M&A deals, as well as thorough tax planning for optimal structuring of business presence as well as commercial transactions involving international and domestic clients in Ukraine.

Denis Lysenko has been repeatedly recommended by reputable international and local legal rankings such as Best Lawyers, Chambers Europe/Global, The Legal 500, IFLR 1000, Legal Experts Europe, Middle East & Africa, PLC Which Lawyer?, The Tax Directors Handbook, Who’s Who Legal, Top 100 best Lawyers of Ukraine. Clients’ Choice by Legal newspaper (Ukraine), The Ukrainian Law Firms. A Handbook for Foreign Clients, etc.


English, Russian, Ukrainian


International Bar Association (IBA), Kyiv City Bar (admitted since 2003), Ukrainian Bar Association (UBA)


Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Master of International Law, 2001

Lawyer Rankings

Ukraine > Tax

Aequo has ‘a strong reputation in tax and is efficient, competent, and helpful in all aspects‘. Clients praise the ‘in-depth knowledge and highly professional attitude‘ of the team, which assists major banking and corporate clients on transactional tax projects. It also advises on customs, wealth management, litigation and cross-border tax structuring. It has particular expertise in tax issues in the retail, finance, agriculture, consumer goods and energy sectors. Managing partner Denis Lysenko  leads the tax and customs practice, in which senior associate Vasyl Mishchenko plays an increasingly important role. Counsel Myroslava Savchuk is recommended for contentious tax matters.

Ukraine > International trade

Aequo has ‘a very strong international outlook and the ability to give clear and operational advice without too many caveats‘. The firm has an excellent reputation for trade remedies, customs and tax matters, export control, sanctions and cross-border distribution agreements. A significant amount of its recent work has focused on anti-dumping and safeguard investigations, as part of its prominent presence in trade defence matters. Managing partner Denis Lysenko, commercial law specialist Anna Babych and senior associate Oleksandr Tereshchenko are praised for their ‘high standards of decision-making and impeccable professional ethics‘.

Ukraine > Energy

Aequo‘s team has ‘‘strong knowledge of Ukrainian energy markets, the gas market in particular‘, and according to one client, it has ‘some of the deepest experience in the field out of all Ukrainian law firms‘. Its work spans major projects in the oil and gas, power, nuclear and renewable energy sectors. Managing partner Denis Lysenko and corporate partner Anna Babych co-head the energy and natural resources practice, which draws together expertise from the firm’s finance, litigation, corporate, regulatory and tax groups. Litigators Pavlo Byelousov and Myroslava Savchuk are heavily involved in energy matters. Finance partner Yulia Kyrpa is also recommended.

Ukraine > Dispute resolution

At Aequo, the team is ‘highly professional and dedicated to the client’s goals‘. The firm is frequently involved in high-value cross-border disputes, including landmark international arbitration cases and high-profile energy disputes. The firm has one of the largest disputes practices in Ukraine, and acts for major clients in key industry sectors such as agribusiness, energy and natural resources, pharmaceuticals and financial services. ‘Highly professional and dedicated‘ practice heads Denis Lysenko and Pavlo Byelousov ‘truly take ownership of the case‘. Counsels Myroslava Savchuk and Yevgen Levitskyi are also recommended.

Ukraine > Competition

Aequo has a specialist team of competition lawyers that has built up a strong roster of domestic and international clients. Its wide-ranging workload includes merger control, cartels and abuse of dominance investigations, as well as advice on compliance. Founding partner Mariya Nizhnik rejoined the firm in late 2020 from the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMCU) to lead the practice. Managing partner Denis Lysenko, newly promoted partner Sergey Denisenko and senior associate Yevgen Blok also feature prominently in the practice.

Ukraine > Commercial, corporate and M&A

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Aequo‘s team provides ‘a high-quality legal product tailored to the needs of the project‘. One client noted its ‘excellent technical knowledge and an exceptional client-oriented approach‘. The group is well-versed in sophisticated cross-border M&A, and frequently acts for large corporates and private equity houses. It recently assisted leading Russian telecommunications group Mobile TeleSystems with the $734m sale of its Ukrainian business. Anna Babych leads the corporate and M&A team, working closely with managing partner Denis Lysenko. Of counsel Oksana Krasnokutskaya and counsel Michael Lukashenko are among other key practitioners.

Ukraine > Private client

Aequo focuses on the private wealth needs of ultra-high-net-worth individuals, including business owners, entrepreneurs, families and groups of private investors. The firm’s multidisciplinary practice encompasses family law, disputes, philanthropy, art, estate planning, immigration, tax planning, reputation management and real estate transactions, among other matters. According to a client, the firm demonstrates ‘high standards of decision-making and impeccable professional ethics‘. Anna Babych (who has ‘both a great sense of business acumen and outstanding legal expertise‘) and managing partner Denis Lysenko are the lead partners. They are ably supported by senior associate Vasyl Mishchenko and counsel Oksana Krasnokutskaya.