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Redcliffe Partners
75 ZHYLYANSKA STREET
01032 KYIV
Ukraine

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Redcliffe Partners has 'an extremely knowledgeable team that has deep understanding of the banking and capital markets regulatory landscape'. The firm generates a strong flow of transactional work across many types of financing deals, including those connected with renewable energy projects. Practice head Olexiy Soshenko works with up-and-coming senior associates Evgeniy Vazhynskiy and Olesia Mykhailenko. The extensive work for EBRD includes the development of mechanisms for risk-sharing arrangements between the EBRD and Ukrainian banks to co-finance loans to local companies.

Practice head(s):

Olexiy Soshenko

Other key lawyers:

Evgeniy Vazhynskiy; Olesia Mykhailenko

Testimonials

‘An extremely knowledgeable team led by Olexiy Soshenko that has deep understanding of regulatory banking and capital markets, and energy and infrastructure legal landscape in Ukraine.’

‘Olexiy Soshenko ranks top in my rankings for precise advice and understanding of the business needs and budgetary constraints of the client. Olesya Mykhailenko is an up-and-coming banking senior associate who gets involved in most of the interesting deals.’

Key clients

EBRD

NEFCO

JP Morgan

FMO

Green for Growth Fund

GIEK

BitMEX

Proparco

Finnfund

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Redcliffe Partners provides 'exact solutions for complex legal issues and its corporate and M&A team stands out for its dedication and accessibility'. The firm is consistently involved in some of the most sophisticated and challenging transactions in Ukraine, in part due to its in-depth knowledge of key industry sectors such as agriculture, energy, IT, pharmaceuticals and retail. M&A head Zoryana Sozanska-Matviychuk (who is 'a very clever lawyer and impressive negotiator'), corporate and compliance head Rob Shantz and founding partner Dmytro Fedoruk are all prominent practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Zoryana Sozanska-Matviychuk; Rob Shantz; Dmytro Fedoruk

Testimonials

‘Redcliffe Partners offered a broad number of professionals able to provide exact solutions for complex legal issues in variety of legal practice areas. In my view, its corporate and M&A team stands out for its dedication and accessibility. During demanding times the team was available 24/7 and their prompt advise contributed a lot to our success in negotiations.’

‘Zoryana Sozanska-Matviychuk a very clever lawyer and impressive negotiator. I appreciated her hands-on approach and personal attention given to the transaction.’

‘The team is extremely experienced and knowledgeable in specifics of venture capital transactions in the IT industry. It was a real pleasure to work with the Redcliffe team, which is definitely at the top of the market. They have strong commercial acumen and their performance is stellar.’

‘Our overall impression is that Zoryana Sozanska-Matviychuk is very practical and solutions-driven, and she’s definitely a top-notch legal adviser in Ukraine who is capable of dealing with the most notable and complex cross-border deals (especially with English-law governed deals).’

‘I have never worked with such a kind, proactive and experienced legal firm. They are the best compared to others. They focus on all of the client’s interests and needs.’

‘Zoriana Sozanska-Matviychuk is the best. She is an educated and experienced partner.’

‘The strength of the firm is to be very kind with the client and to provide very short but always qualified advice.’

Key clients

UiPath

Aragon Capital/ Clear Energy

European Investment Bank

MNG/ MAPA Group

YayPay Inc.

BASF

SALIC

Energy Tier 1

Redcliffe Partners has one of the broadest energy practices in Kiev. It assists clients with the financing and development of major projects in both the conventional and renewable energy sectors. It work covers equity financing, production sharing agreements, production enhancement contracts, real estate, licensing and regulatory matters. Energy head Dmytro Fedoruk, who focuses on the oil and gas sector, and counsel Svitlana Teush, who leads the renewables and electricity practice, are the names to note. The firm recently advised FMO, Green for Growth Fund and GIEK on the financing of a 54MW solar power plant in Bohuslav.

Practice head(s):

Dmytro Fedoruk; Svitlana Teush

Key clients

Aspect Holdings

Trident Acquisitions

UGV

EBRD

FMO

Eni

SigmaBleyzer

UNB

JP Morgan

NEFCO

Proparco

Finnfund

Green for Growth Fund

GIEK

Competition Tier 2

Redcliffe Partners handles high-value merger clearance matters due to its involvement in large cross-border M&A transactions. Clients describe its antitrust practice as 'proactive and well organised'.  The firm recently advised GE Capital on obtaining merger clearance for the sale of the PK AirFinance to Apollo Global Management. Newly promoted partner Anastasia Usova leads the practice, which was strengthened by the arrival of experienced associate Denys Medvediev, who joined from Aequo. Usova, senior associate Nataliya Kovalyova and associate Tetiana Smurova are 'true professionals with great interpersonal skills'.

Practice head(s):

Anastasia Usova

Other key lawyers:

Denys Medvediev; Tetiana Smurova; Nataliya Kovalyova

Testimonials

‘Tetiana Smurova and Anastasia Usova are true professionals and have great interpersonal skills.’

‘Anastasia Usova is very responsive and clear in her responses, and is able to coordinate complex tasks in a very demanding transaction.’

‘The antitrust team of Redcliffe Partners is a top place for complex merger control cases with a very responsive team that provides fast and – where required – detailed advice and thinks one step ahead already before.’

‘Anastasia Usova is a passionate lawyer that puts herself in the client’s place, gives practical advice within short notice without losing her humanity.’

‘I would identify the following characteristics of the team as their main strengths: responsiveness, pragmatism, and a very solid experience in the area of merger control in Ukraine including valuable insights into recent law enforcement trends and decisions. I would also highlight their high level of English language skills which makes it particularly convenient to work with the Redcliffe Partners team on large international transactions. ’

‘Anastasia Usova has been our go-to contact for various merger control-related queries. She has always been extremely responsive and willing to provide advice even in early, non-billable stages of a potential matter. She is also very pragmatic and understands the needs and concerns of financial investors for whom merger control is a matter that needs to be handled quickly and efficiently.

‘Senior associate Nataliya Kovalyov was our main point of contact on a recent merger control matter. She was very responsive and proactive which made it very pleasant to work with her.’

‘Attentive to detail, logical and consistent. I would like to mention Anastasia Usova. All meetings are very constructive. She has a very good sense of the context and goals of the client.’

Key clients

Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC)

General Electric Company

Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Company Limited

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Redcliffe Partners has been involved in increasingly high-profile matters, which recently included handling a multijurisdictional case for EBRD in connection with the enforcement of a $44.5m non-performing loan. Practice head Sergiy Gryshko is 'an amazing character and an amazing lawyer' who handles investment arbitration cases, joint venture and M&A disputes. In addition, he is experienced in international commercial arbitration cases in key sectors such as energy, infrastructure, pharmaceuticals and banking.

Practice head(s):

Sergiy Gryshko

Testimonials

‘The lawyers are professionals, they are multidisciplinary in many areas of law. Disputes are stressful, but competitors are more narrowly targeted by specialists who, in stressful situations, do not know what to do.’

Key clients

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

RHI Glas GmbH

Raiffeisen Bank International AG

Mr Vlad Tsilytsky

Company with a foreign investment “LG Electronics Ukraine”, as entirely owned by the corporation “LG Electronics Inc.”

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Redcliffe Partners is involved in the financing and development of high-value projects, particularly in the alternative energy sector. It recently assisted EBRD and IFC with the $150m financing of a new private grain terminal in Ukraine’s Black Sea commercial port, and also acted for EBRD in a project to develop biomass plants. Newly promoted partner Svitlana Teush leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Svitlana Teush

Key clients

EBRD

Concord Consulting

IFC

Dutch Development Bank

Tax Tier 2

Redcliffe Partners has been involved in a growing number of high-value tax disputes, and it has a growing roster of clients for corporate tax structuring and the tax aspects of large M&A transactions. Counsel Oleksandr Markov leads the practice, which has 'extensive experience and expertise in the tax legislation of Europe and Ukraine'. Tax consultant Kateryna Kuzmenko also plays a central role in key matters. Recent work included advising the lenders on the tax aspects of a  €430m export credit facility.

Practice head(s):

Oleksandr Markov

Other key lawyers:

Kateryna Kuzmenko

Testimonials

‘The Redcliffe team has extensive experience and expertise in the tax legislation of Europe and Ukraine, as well as what is crucial in Ukraine – under Production Sharing Agreements with Government. We receive updates and some recommendations from the company about more significant changes in the national tax legislation.’

‘The level of knowledge and experience of Oleksandr Markov and Kateryna Kuzmenko is very good.’

Key clients

The Parliamentary Committee of Finance, Tax and Customs, Ukrainian oil and gas associations and producers

Employment Tier 3

Redcliffe Partners handles the employment aspects of cross-border corporate transactions, and it is also instructed in contentious matters. The firm is currently representing one of the world's largest banks in litigation against its former top managers. Other work encompasses redundancies, benefits and compensation, trade union negotiations and immigration matters. M&A head Zoryana Sozanska-Matviychuk and corporate and compliance head Rob Shantz are the names to note. Associate Stanislav Rodionov joined from Evris.

Practice head(s):

Zoryana Sozanska-Matviychuk; Rob Shantz

Other key lawyers:

Stanislav Rodionov

Key clients

European Investment Bank

UiPath

Ukrainian Energy

Intellectual property Tier 3

According to a client, Redcliffe Partners' team is 'number one for representing holders of IP rights in courts, particularly regarding protection of copyright and trade marks'. The firm advises clients on the development, commercialisation and protection of IP rights. Counsel Maria Koval, who leads the practice, has extensive experience in trade marks, designs, inventions, domain names, copyright, trade secrets and data protection matters.

Practice head(s):

Maria Koval

Testimonials

‘The team is number one for representing holders of IP rights in courts, particularly regarding protection of copyright and trade marks. The team is extremely responsive, qualified, and efficient. The service is very personal, and the prices are reasonable. Always timely advice.’

‘Maria Koval has a track record of advising local and multinational companies on various IP matters. We have long-term continuing cooperation. She often comes up with the unbeatable solutions, cost and time-efficient advice and brings exceptional results.’

Key clients

Revita

Medeanalytics Inc.

Olexandr Berenok

Light Converse LTD

YayPay Inc

White-collar crime Tier 4

Redcliffe Partners is frequently involved in investigations and proceedings pursued by regulatory and state criminal and civil enforcement authorities. It fields a team of experienced litigators, insolvency experts, criminal defence attorneys and arbitrators. Clients include corporates, directors, officers and employees against allegations. The group's areas of expertise include cases involving allegations of tax evasion, fraud and other crimes. Dispute resolution head Sergiy Gryshko is the key partner. The head of tax litigation is counsel Oleksandr Markov, who is also involved in the defence of criminal cases.

Practice head(s):

Sergiy Gryshko

Other key lawyers:

Oleksandr Markov

Redcliffe Partners is a leading Ukrainian law firm that provides a full range of legal services to large national enterprises, international companies, financial institutions and private investors who are conducting business or investment activities in Ukraine.

We are involved in the majority of the largest and most complicated transactions and litigation cases in Ukraine.

The basis of our work and dynamic development is a powerful international team, practical experience in the most active business sectors, and impeccable professional ethics and business transparency.

Top-tier law firm: Tier 1 in all of our key practices: Banking, M&A and Energy according to The Legal 500 2020.

Cross-border focus: We have handled some of the most complex cross-border transactions involving Ukraine.

Fast-growing: We have grown threefold and added a number of practice areas over the past three years, which makes us one of the most dynamic and fastest growing law firms in Ukraine.

Diversity: We employ US-, UK-, and Ukraine-qualified lawyers, making us one of the most diverse law firms in Ukraine.

Department Name Email Telephone
Agribusiness Rob Shantz Rob.Shantz@redcliffe-partners.com +38 044 390 5885
Antitrust and competition Anastasia Usova Anastasia.Usova@redcliffe-partners.com +38 044 390 5885
Banking and finance Olexiy Soshenko Olexiy.Soshenko@redcliffe-partners.com +38 044 390 5885
Capital markets Olexiy Soshenko Olexiy.Soshenko@redcliffe-partners.com +38 044 390 5885
Corporate and M&A Rob Shantz Rob.Shantz@redcliffe-partners.com +38 044 390 5885
Corporate and M&A Zoryana Sozanska-Matviychuk Zoryana.Sozanska@redcliffe-partners.com +38 044 390 5885
Corporate and M&A Dmytro Fedoruk Dmytro.Fedoruk@redcliffe-partners.com +38 044 390 5885
Debt restructuring and insolvency Olexiy Soshenko Olexiy.Soshenko@redcliffe-partners.com +38 044 390 5885
Energy and natural resources Dmytro Fedoruk Dmytro.Fedoruk@redcliffe-partners.com +38 044 390 5885
Healthcare, life sciences and chemicals Dmytro Fedoruk Dmytro.Fedoruk@redcliffe-partners.com +38 044 390 5885
Infrastructure and PPP Svitlana Teush Svitlana.Teush@redcliffe-partners.com +38 044 390 5885
Intellectual property Maria Koval Maria.Koval@redcliffe-partners.com +38 044 390 5885
International arbitration Sergiy Gryshko Sergiy.Gryshko@redcliffe-partners.com +38 044 390 5885
Labour and employment Zoryana Sozanska-Matviychuk Zoryana.Sozanska@redcliffe-partners.com +38 044 390 5885
Litigation Sergiy Gryshko Sergiy.Gryshko@redcliffe-partners.com +38 044 390 5885
Real estate and construction Svitlana Teush Svitlana.Teush@redcliffe-partners.com +38 044 390 5885
Tax Oleksandr Markov Oleksandr.Markov@redcliffe-partners.com +38 044 390 5885
TMT Rob Shantz Rob.Shantz@redcliffe-partners.com +38 044 390 5885
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Dmytro Fedoruk photo Mr Dmytro Fedoruk Partner, Head of Energy
Mr Sergiy Gryshko photo Mr Sergiy Gryshko Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution and International Arbitration
Mr Olexiy Soshenko photo Mr Olexiy Soshenko Managing Partner, Head of Banking and Finance, Capital Markets and Debt Restructuring 
Ms Zoryana Sozanska-Matviychuk photo Ms Zoryana Sozanska-Matviychuk Partner, Head of M&A
Number of lawyers : 30+
English
French
Russian
Ukrainian
American Chamber of Commerce
European Business Association
International Chamber of Commerce
Association of International Petroleum Negotiators
International Fiscal Association (IFA)

Former Chairman of the Anti-Monopoly Committee of Ukraine joins Redcliffe Partners

Redcliffe Partners is pleased to announce that Yuriy Terentyev, former Chairman of the Anti-Monopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMCU), has joined the firm as a partner. Yuriy brings a wealth of experience to boost the firm’s capabilities in competition, corporate and commercial, government relations and international trade. Prior to being appointed as the AMCU Chairman by the Ukrainian Parliament in 2015, Yuriy was the General Counsel of ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih and held various management positions in the Ukrainian offices of Metro Cash & Carry, Japan Tobacco International and Bristol Myers Squibb. Yuriy’s work highlights include:
  • As the AMCU Chairman, carrying out the relaunch of the AMCU, which helped to increase the external economic impact (as per the OECD methodology) fourfold versus 2015, to USD150 million per annum in 2019 and overseeing the rollout of the state aid control system.
  • As the General Counsel of ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih, renegotiating the privatisation conditions with the State Property Fund of Ukraine, as well as overseeing the successful defence in one of the largest tax litigation cases – valued at USD650 million – and the litigation concerning the invalidation of the collective labour agreement.
  • As the General Counsel of Metro Cash & Carry Ukraine, overseeing the launch of the group’s wholesale and retail business in Ukraine, which achieved over USD1 billion in annual turnover.
Olexiy Soshenko, Managing Partner of Redcliffe Partners, says: “We are thrilled to welcome Yuriy to the firm, and believe his expertise will greatly increase our capabilities. His ability to provide insights from numerous perspectives – whether handling corporate and commercial projects or negotiating with the state authorities – is an invaluable asset when managing the challenges our clients face.” Yuriy adds: “Redcliffe Partners’ team has deserved its reputation at the top of the market, and I am delighted to be joining the firm. I look forward to bringing the experience I have to assist the firm’s clients to continue developing their businesses in Ukraine and the region.” Yuriy Terentyev's joining Redcliffe Partners follows our recent announcement of the addition of Sergiy Ignatovsky as a Litigation and Restructuring Partner.

Redcliffe Partners hires new partner Sergiy Ignatovsky

Redcliffe Partners is pleased to announce our new partner Sergiy Ignatovsky, who joins the firm's leading Litigation and Restructuring practices.Sergiy is one of the top professionals in Ukraine focusing on restructurings, high-profile complex litigation and special situations.

Aspect Energy and SigmaBleyzer sign a Production Sharing Agreement with the State of Ukraine

Redcliffe Partners advised US investors Aspect Energy and SigmaBleyzer (acting jointly through a special-purpose vehicle, Ukrainian Energy, L.L.C.) in connection with the 18-month negotiation and successful signing of a Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) with the State of Ukraine. These are the first US investors to invest via PSA since the exit of Chevron from Ukraine in 2014.

Redcliffe Partners is pleased to announce the promotion to partner of Svitlana Teush, who leads the firm’s Renewable Energy, Real Estate and Construction practices.

“Svitlana has been with us for four years. She, together with her team, has built the renewable energy, construction and real estate practices into one of the strongest in the market”, Managing Partner Olexiy Soshenko said. “She has been actively involved in various business development activities making Redcliffe Partners more visible on the market”. During that period, Redcliffe's team has worked on a number of prominent transactions in the region, including the project financings of a 250 MW Syvash wind power project and construction of a new private grain terminal in Ukraine’s Black Sea commercial port, Yuzhny.

Redcliffe Partners advised SABIC on obtaining merger clearance in Ukraine for the largest ever M&A deal

Redcliffe Partners has advisedSaudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) on obtaining merger clearance fromthe Ukrainian competition authority for the sale of 70% of the shares to SaudiArabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco), for a total purchase price of USD 69.1billion. The seller of the shares was the Public Investment Fund of SaudiArabia (PIF), the sovereign wealth fund of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Redcliffe Partners advised EBRD on an up to USD27 million secured financing to Nibulon

Redcliffe Partners acted as Ukrainian legal adviser to European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in connection with an up to USD27 million short term secured loan to be provided to Nibulon LLC, one of the largest Ukrainian agricultural companies, for financing of the seasonal working capital needs of the Group's trading operations, in particular primary processing, storage and transportation of commodities and their subsequent sale for export.

Redcliffe Partners advised EBRD on providing an up to EUR 25 million term loan to UkSATSE

  Redcliffe Partnersacted as Ukrainian legal to EBRD in connection with an up to EUR 25 millionterm loan to be provided to Ukrainian State Air Traffic Services Enterprisetowards working capital needs.

Redcliffe Partners advised a Dutch financial institution on a secured financing to Nibulon

  Redcliffe Partners acted as Ukrainian legal adviser to a Dutch international financial institution in connection with an up to USD20 million term secured loan to be provided to Nibulon LLC, one of the largest Ukrainian agricultural companies, to finance purchase of grain and other agricultural commodities of the harvest campaigns of 2020 and 2021. Redcliffe Partners' role in the transaction included reviewing and negotiating the finance documents, the preparation and signing of security documents, security perfection, collection of conditions precedent, and issuance of the Ukrainian legal opinion. Our team advising on the transaction consisted of Olexiy Soshenko, managing partner, Evgeniy Vazhynskiy, senior associate, and Eduard Olentsevych, associate. English law advice was provided by Hogan Lovells International LLP, and Swiss law advice was provided by Froriep LLP.

Redcliffe Partners advises YayPay on €17 million acquisition by Quadient

Redcliffe Partners acted as Ukrainian counsel to leading financial technology company YayPay, which specialises in accounts receivable automation solutions, in connection with the acquisition by Quadient, a leading manufacturer of mailing equipment and provider of mailing-related services, for a majority stake in YayPay Inc. Redcliffe Partners also advised on tax-related and competition law matters.

Redcliffe Partners advised Citibank Ukraine in connection with a loan to Myronivsky Hliboproduct

Redcliffe Partners acted as a legal adviser to Citibank Ukraine in connection with a loan of up to USD30 million to Myronivsky Hliboproduct (“MHP”), one of the largest Ukrainian producers and exporters of agricultural products and poultry meat.