Firm Profile > DLF attorneys-at-law > Kiev, Ukraine

DLF attorneys-at-law
IQ Business Centre
13-15 Bolsunovska Street, 8th floor
01014 Kyiv

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

At DLF attorneys-at-law, practice head Dmitriy Sykaluk assists foreign clients doing business in Ukraine. The team has developed a niche in advising foreign SMEs, though it also acts for a growing number of listed corporations and their subsidiaries in Ukraine. Many of its clients are from German-speaking countries, though its recent work includes advice to a US-based chemical manufacturing company.

Practice head(s):

Dmitriy Sykaluk

Key clients

FMC Corporation

Leitz Instrumenty Ukraine (part of Leitz GmbH Group)

Felder Group

Remmers GmbH


GConnect AG

Aluplast GmbH

Giunti Psychometrics


The firm

DLF was founded in 2013 by Igor Dykunskyy, LLM, in recognition of Ukraine’s growing potential at the time when a number of international law firms closed their Ukrainian offices. The firm has built a reputation for providing both national and international businesses operating in Ukraine with the highest quality advice and client-driven legal services.

Realising the potential of Ukraine in terms of business opportunities for foreign companies and understanding what its clients value, DLF is well-positioned to meet the evolving needs of clients and to guide them through a highly complex market. The firm takes the time to listen and provide its clients with a bespoke, tailor-made service.

DLF’s office comprises two partners (Igor Dykunskyy, LLM and Andriy Navrotsky, LLM), and eight associates with a wealth of experience gained in various international firms before joining the firm. All DLF’s team members have considerable expertise in a number of practice areas advising on a broad range of legal matters.

DLF attorneys-at-law is committed to continuous improvement, in order to help the firm’s clients succeed while doing business in Ukraine. Providing practical and effective legal solutions ensures that the firm’s clients benefit from its expert on-the-ground knowledge and market insights.

As the business continues to grow, DLF is expanding its team to meet the demand from an increasing number of clients and to evolve with the changing needs of the marketplace.

With its strong German desk built of four lawyers and headed by Igor Dykunskyy, DLF focuses on consulting companies from German-speaking countries doing business in Ukraine and closely collaborates with the German embassy in Kyiv. DLF is a member of the two largest networks of German-speaking lawyers worldwide, Cross Border Business Lawyers (CBBL) and DIRO, with the firm exclusively representing Ukraine in these legal networks.

Areas of practice

At DLF attorneys-at-law, the focus is on establishing long-term and sustainable relationships with clients. The firm strives to provide tailor-made legal advice by offering practical and effective legal solutions. DLF guarantees its clients all-embracing one-stop advice across various legal issues, including establishing a company, land lease, real estate acquisition, employment-related issues, tax consulting, guiding through construction and production stage and protecting IP rights.

DLF’s legal specialists have a vast experience in advising on various legal matters in the field of M&A, corporate law, labour law, real estate law, contract law, tax law, customs regulations, intellectual property law, renewable energy regulations, protection of foreign investments, litigation, dispute resolution and settlement, antitrust law, competition law, insolvency and company restructuring, and more.

DLF represents businesses in a broad range of industries. In particular, the firm’s strengths lie in IT, engineering, management consulting, agriculture, life sciences and healthcare, renewable energy, foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals and chemicals, as well as home appliances.

One of DLF’s main strengths is its multilingual team of legal experts, having successfully continued their law studies abroad, predominantly in Germany and England.

Understanding the mentality of its foreign clients and the peculiarities of the Ukrainian market, DLF combines its expert on-the-ground knowledge and market insights to deliver the highest quality legal advice.

Department Name Email Telephone
Advertising Igor Dykunskyy
Antitrust and competition Andriy Navrotskiy
Contract Igor Dykunskyy
Contract Andriy Navrotskiy
Corporate and M&A Igor Dykunskyy
Corporate and M&A Andriy Navrotskiy
Insolvency and restructuring Igor Dykunskyy
Insolvency and restructuring Yaroslav Anikeev
Intellectual property Dmitriy Sykaluk
Labour Igor Dykunskyy
Labour Andriy Navrotskiy
Litigation and dispute resolution Andriy Navrotskiy
Litigation and dispute resolution Dmitriy Sykaluk
Privatisation Igor Dykunskyy
Real estate Dmitriy Sykaluk
Renewable energy Igor Dykunskyy
Tax Igor Dykunskyy
Tax Andriy Navrotskiy
Customs regulations Andriy Kit
Number of lawyers : 10
Cross Border Business Lawyers (CBBL)

CLIENT: FMC Corporation, USA
TESTIMONIAL: DLF attorneys-at-law has worked with us since May 2017 on an asset deal in Ukraine and a number of other deal-related issues. Their assistance was highly responsive and thorough. Igor Dykunskyy, Dmitriy Sykaluk and the whole team of DLF have provided us with a very efficient and professional service. We would have no hesitation in approaching them for future legal consultancy.

CLIENT: Doppelmayr Seilbahnen GmbH, Austria
COMPANY/FIRM: Doppelmayr Seilbahnen GmbH
TESTIMONIAL: DLF attorneys-at-law has been representing us in court proceedings in Ukraine for years. Even though the litigations proved to be protracted, the lawyers of DLF have shown great commitment and persistence in delivering the optimal result for us. Their excellent command of the German language is another significant advantage for us.

CLIENT: MAN Energy Solutions SE, Germany
COMPANY/FIRM: MAN Energy Solutions SE
TESTIMONIAL: The law office DLF Attorneys at law provided its services in a very reliable and fast way, even on fields of law not so common. The expertise was concrete and understandable and so very helpful. Fully recommendable.

CLIENT: Amiblu Group, Norway
COMPANY/FIRM: Amiblu Group
TESTIMONIAL: We have been working with DLF for not that long yet. Having had a bad experience with a different Ukrainian lawyer, we are very happy to have found this competent and reliable legal firm. DLF has helped us to protect our trademark rights in Ukraine.

CLIENT: Almi GmbH, Austria
TESTIMONIAL: We are an Austrian-based enterprise with a subsidiary company in Ukraine, among others. We turned to DLF when as an international corporation we faced a number of challenges related to the Ukrainian taxation and corporate law. We received comprehensive information regarding the Ukrainian legislation in a timely manner. Above all, we value DLF’s rapid feedback and their ability to solve our complex issues.

CLIENT: Remmers, Germany
TESTIMONIAL: Over the years we have built a successful and trustful cooperation with DLF attorneys-at-law. DLF attorneys-at-law have been advising us on all the legal matters under the Ukrainian law in a competent and very reliable manner. DLF attorneys-at-law especially stand out due to their efficient and professional working methods. In the future, we will rely on legal consulting by DLF attorneys-at-law as well.

CLIENT: Felder, Austria
TESTIMONIAL: For us as a globally operating enterprise, a professional legal partner is an important factor for successful business. DLF was of great support during the company establishment in all respects, from execution to legal advising.

CLIENT: Leitz Instrumenty, Ukraine
COMPANY/FIRM: Leitz Instrumenty
TESTIMONIAL: The reliable and professional team of DLF attorneys-at-law is headed by Igor Dykunskyy, who has been consulting Leitz Instrumenty Ukraine since the establishment of our office in Ukraine advising on legal structuring of business processes, employment and corporate issues, supply agreements and much more.

CLIENT: Joh. Barth & Sohn GmbH & Co. KG, Germany
COMPANY/FIRM: Joh. Barth & Sohn GmbH & Co. KG
TESTIMONIAL: For years our collaboration with Mr. Igor Dykunskyy runs very smoothly, which can be explained by the fact that our companies share the core values. Just like us, the DLF team is client- and result-oriented, responsive and reliable.

CLIENT: Time & Space Sp. Z o.o., Poland
COMPANY/FIRM: Time & Space Sp. Z o.o.
TESTIMONIAL: We have had to deal with a complex dispute between shareholders. Igor Dykunskyy and his team have provided us with a very efficient and professional help. We would have no hesitation in using them for future legal work.

CLIENT: Raumschmiede, Germany
COMPANY/FIRM: Raumschmiede, Germany
TESTIMONIAL: DLF provided a fast and clear support and with a high expertise while drafting service contracts with our Ukrainian partner company. Their excellent German knowledge was a great advantage for us.

CLIENT: GConnect, Switzerland
TESTIMONIAL: GConnect is a swiss IT company, which provides also additional services in the scientific publishing industry. We bought a couple of years ago an office building in Dnipro (Ukraine), where we got very soon legal problems, which could in worst case result in losing the building. With the high professional law firm DLF attorneys-at-law we got an excellent partner. We searched some time to find such a company, who knows the local law, the circumstances and how to operate in this environment. This alone was already enough reasons to select DLF attorneys-at-law as attorney, but additional the DLF lawyers do not only speak perfect German and English, they also understand the legal systems we have in central Europe. With our experience in Ukraine I can recommend DLF attorneys-at-law without restrictions.

CLIENT: Evolvice Group, Germany
COMPANY/FIRM: Evolvice Group
TESTIMONIAL: The essential reason for us to have chosen DLF is given by the fact, that they do not only speak German, but also understand the ‘German way of thinking and law’. Therefore, the exchange with our German lawyers was a big plus while evaluating complex matters.

CLIENT: Silesia Flavours, Ukraine
COMPANY/FIRM: Silesia Flavours Ukraine
TESTIMONIAL: We have been working with Igor Dykunskyy and his team of qualified lawyers for nearly 10 years. Within this period, they have been providing us with competent consulting on employment issues and representing us in court proceedings in Ukraine. We value DLF team’s flexibility and client-oriented approach