Firm Profile > Marchenko Partners > Kiev, Ukraine

Marchenko Partners

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

Marchenko Partners has 'a team of diligent lawyers meeting the deadlines, knowing the subject, and available at the time you need them'. The firm focuses on complex and high-value transactional work, which includes cross-border and domestic lending, export finance and impact investment. 'They truly punch above their weight', say clients of partner Roman Shulyar and associate Bogdan Burlaka, who are 'very responsive, highly qualified specialists dedicated to their clients'.

Practice head(s):

Roman Shulyar

Other key lawyers:

Bogdan Burlaka


‘A team of diligent lawyers meeting the deadlines, knowing the subject, and available at the time you need them.’

‘We primarily work with partner Roman Shulyar. A strong professional and a reliable person with deep analytical skills. Keeps his promises as to the deliverables as well as to costs. You can rest assured that the work will be done, and the questions that need to be asked are timely and politely asked.’

‘The team has unique approach to its clients, deep knowledge of the cases and can predict how the case goes forward. The team shows its quality and professionalism by giving at least few options for solving this or that case. ’

‘Roman Shulyar and Bogdan Burlaka are very responsive, highly qualified specialists, giving detailed review on the client’s cases with full and clear description of consequences in this or that case. Roman and Bogdan are extremely accurate with each detail of the case and shows very clear understanding of the case from the global side as well. These qualities of the team helps the client fully rely on the team’s advice. The team is very responsive to client’s requests and shows its dedication to the client’s cases.’

‘They truly punch above their weight. They are responsive, technically excellent and client focussed. They have all the strengths of the larger practices, but the smaller team compared to their rivals makes them more agile and personable. They are simply excellent.’

‘Roman Shulyar is, without question, one of Ukraine’s leading banking and finance lawyers. He is calm under pressure, smart, personable and always thinks client. He blends superb technical skills with commercial acumen, and always has his eye on the client’s objectives and concluding the deal in question. I would not hesitate in recommending him and his colleagues.’

‘Roman Shulyar provides legal supervision of our lending program since the program started and he is a responsible professional. Associate Bogdan Burlaka has worked with us since 2017 and he is responsible and flexible.

Key clients

Export-Import Bank of the United States No

Western NIS Enterprise Fund No

Amsterdam Trade Bank N.V. No

East-West United Bank No

Energo Group No


Competition Tier 2

Marchenko Partners handles high-stakes merger control matters across a broad range of industries, including food and beverage, healthcare and logistics. The firm also excels in assisting clients with state aid complaints and private antitrust litigation, including double damages claims. Oleksandr Aleksyeyenko garners praise from clients, with one noting: 'every time you communicate with him, you are charged with positive energy and learn new things'.

Practice head(s):

Oleksandr Aleksyeyenko


‘I really like that the firm is constantly developing new areas and generating new sub-practices in competition law.’

‘I really like Oleksandr Aleksyeyenko because every time you communicate with him, you are charged with positive energy and learn new things in competition law.’

Key clients

Nova Poshta

McDonald’s Ukraine

Carlsberg Ukraine

DP World

Philip Morris Ukraine


B. Braun Medical

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Marchenko Partners is one of the leading firms in Kiev for public international law matters and investor-state disputes; it has a success rate of resolving cases in favour of clients that exceeds 95%. It competes strongly with international law firms to handle international treaty disputes. Oleh Marchenko leads a small dispute resolution group, whose recent work included a $50m investor-state case for Philip Morris International.

Practice head(s):

Oleh Marchenko

Key clients

Philip Morris International Inc. (USA), Philip Morris Global Brands Inc. (USA), Philip Morris Brands Sarl (Switzerland), and Philip Morris Ukraine Private JSC

Lorraine McMahon (France), Franklin McMahon (USA and Canada), Home Group S.A. (Luxembourg), and Morgan Furniture LLC (Ukraine)

LafargeHolcim (Switzerland) and Lafarge Ciment Moldova

U.S. Export-Import Bank


Intellectual property Tier 2

Marchenko Partners has more than a decade of experience advising on trade marks, patents, copyright, regulatory data protection and exclusivity, trade secrets and unfair competition. The client roster includes entities operating in the pharmaceuticals, FMCG, agricultural, retail and financial services sectors. Oleksandr Aleksyeyenko is regarded as one of the market-leading practitioners for both IP and antitrust matters. He recently assisted Next Retail with opposing bad faith registrations of trade marks.

Practice head(s):

Oleksandr Aleksyeyenko

Key clients


NEXT Retail

Carlsberg Ukraine

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Marchenko Partners has successfully developed its corporate and M&A practice since the arrival of 'skilled and diligent' practice head Roman Shulyar from NOBLES in late 2019. The firm has secured key roles in landmark transactions, notably the acquisition by client DP World of a controlling stake in stevedoring operator TIS Container Terminal. The practice 'always manages to deliver results of superb quality within even the tightest deadlines'.

Employment Tier 3

Marchenko Partners has ‘a highly professional approach, focused on the real needs of the client, and is able to work under pressure of time and circumstances'. It mainly focuses on internal employment policies and termination strategies, acting predominantly for employers. It also handles contentious matters on behalf of employees. Practice head Oleksandr Aleksyeyenko recently assisted British Airways with the reduction of staff in its local office.

Practice head(s):

Oleksandr Aleksyeyenko


‘The firm has a highly professional approach, focused on the real needs of the client, and is able to work under pressure of time and circumstances. It is ready to take initiative, give legal advice and take responsibility.’

‘It shows a high level of attention to personal preferences for different clients, and is always attentive to details, no matter how small.’

Key clients

British Airways

Ferring Pharmaceuticals

DP World


Marchenko Partners is an independent law firm based in Ukraine with expertise in the following practices: antitrust and competition, arbitration and ADR, banking and finance, corporate and M&A, employment, intellectual property, litigation, public international law, regulatory and compliance, treaty disputes.

We help multinational and national clients to manage and resolve their vital regulatory and commercial issues and disputes, which often involve high stake public policy issues, within the framework and at the crossing of national and international laws and government relations. Practicing law in a highly challenging business and regulatory environment, we are committed to the rule of law and integrity in all our practices and dealings.

Marchenko Partners and its team members are recognized among leading Ukrainian law firms and experts by various international legal directories, namely Best Lawyers, Chambers Europe, IFLR1000, The Legal 500 EMEA, Who’s Who Legal, World Trademark Review 1000, and others.

Antitrust and competition: Marchenko Partners has a full-service competition practice. The firm is a pioneer of state aid complaints in Ukraine and has unrivalled local state aid expertise. Our team is at the forefront of developments in the Ukrainian competition environment and therefore perfectly positioned to navigate our clients through the legal challenges that appear in this constantly evolving area of the law.

Our antitrust and competition team advises clients on competition compliance, abuse of dominance, cartels, merger clearance, concerted actions, horizontal and vertical agreements, procurement, state aid and unfair competition.

We advise on various aspects of antitrust litigation including double damages claims.

Key clients: B.Braun Medical, Carlsberg, DP World, EDANA, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, McDonald’s, NEXT Retail, Nova Poshta.
Contact: Oleksandr Aleksyeyenko, partner, head of antitrust and competition.
Telephone: +380 (44) 499 07 11

Banking and finance: Marchenko Partners’ banking and finance team advises on secured and unsecured, term and revolving, bilateral and syndicated credit facilities, restructuring of financial indebtedness, issuance of Eurobonds, private placement of securities, initial public offerings (IPO), currency control regulations, and banking and financial services. We support international and domestic businesses in financial, insurance and reinsurance, media and telecommunications, IT, retail and e-commerce, agriculture, mining and metals sectors.
Key clients: American Trade and Finance Company, Amsterdam Trade Bank N.V., East-West United Bank, EnergoGroup, US Ex-Im Bank, and Western NIS Enterprise Fund.
Contact: Roman Shulyar, partner, head of banking and finance.
Telephone: +380 (44) 499 07 11

Dispute resolution: Marchenko Partners helps multinational companies to resolve their vital regulatory and commercial disputes at the crossing of national and international laws and regulations, government relations, and public policy considerations.

In dispute resolution, we are dedicated to the practice of public international law. Specifically, we focus on arbitration and ADR, investor-state disputes and negotiations, WTO and international trade law, commercial, regulatory and tax litigation.

We handle more investor-state disputes against Ukraine than any other national or international law firm. We effectively employ investor-state disputes settlement (ISDS) mechanisms under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties to resolve major regulatory and legal issues, including denial of justice cases, which negatively affect the legitimate interests of multinational companies operating in Ukraine.

We effectively employ ISDS instruments at the early stages of investor-state conflicts to prevent or resolve them amicably. We represent clients, with outstanding success rate, in regulatory, financial and other disputes, which often involve high stake public policy issues, at the crossing of national and international laws and government relations.
Key clients: Gilead Sciences, LafargeHolcim, Franklin and Lorraine McMahons, Home Group SA, Philip Morris International, US Ex-Im Bank.
Contact: Oleh Marchenko, partner, head of dispute resolution.
Telephone: +380 (44) 499 07 11

Employment: Marchenko Partners provides advice on a range of labor-related issues, including terminations, labor contracts, white-collar matters, staff outsourcing, working hours, stock options, trade unions, etc. We have as well extensively dealt with confidentiality, intellectual property protection and non-compete matters for personnel of various seniority.

Our team has thorough experience in labor due to diligence assessment with the corresponding elaboration of the compliance policies best suited for the clients’ business operation models.
Key clients: British Airways, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, McKinsey and Company, Morgan Furniture, SALIC UK, Vilomix Holdings.
Contact: Oleksandr Aleksyeyenko, partner, head of antitrust and competition.
Telephone: +380 (44) 499 07 11

Intellectual property: Marchenko Partners’ lawyers advise on trademarks, copyright, patents, regulatory data protection and exclusivity, trade secrets and unfair competition.

We historically focus much more on IP transactions and contract work as well as IP-related dispute resolution. We are increasingly acting for our clients on IP protection on the internet. Although registration of IP objects is not our main focus, from time to time, we are also engaged in complex registration prosecution and strategy.
Key clients: Carlsberg, EDANA, Ever Neuro Pharma, Games Workshop, Koss, LafargeHolcim, Master & Dynamic, NEXT Retail.
Contact: Oleksandr Aleksyeyenko, partner, head of antitrust and competition.
Telephone: +380 (44) 499 07 11

M&A and corporate: Our M&A and corporate practice concentrates on major sophisticated transactions. We almost do not do day-to-day work. Instead, we are looking for complex and challenging matters, where our expertise and experience would be of the most use for our clients.

We cover all possible aspects of M&A deals including contractual, tax, competition, regulatory, employment, real estate, IP and data protection matters. At the same time, we are convinced that the practice of M&A goes far beyond drafting legal documentation and ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements. Success of any deal hinges on whether the parties reach consensus on all important matters and find win-win solutions to address critical issues and controversies. We help our clients with these things as well because we take it as our goal to successfully close each transaction we are engaged on.

Our experience includes working on sell and buy sides, cross-border and domestic deals, joint venture arrangements and strategic mergers, share and asset deals, distressed M&As and complex corporate restructurings.
Key clients: Ecosoft, EnergoGroup, DP World, LafargeHolcim, Subway.
Contact: Roman Shulyar, partner, head of M&A and corporate.
Telephone: +380 (44) 499 07 11

Regulatory and compliance: Marchenko Partners covers wide range of services concerning regulatory matters and compliance. We assist our clients in understanding and fulfilling regulatory requirements, tracking and reacting to legislative changes, and setting up internal system of policies and procedures as well as product standards aimed to ensure compliance with statutory and corporate stipulations.

Our lawyers possess vast expertise in permits and licenses, product safety and ecological requirements, technical regulations and national standards, and quality specifications and certification. We also advise on anti-bribery rules, conduct limited scope and full-blown compliance audits, give training on all sorts of regulatory and compliance matters, and run mock down raids and compliance spot-checks.
Key clients: B.Braun Medical, DP World, Dragon Capital, EDANA, Energo Group, NBT AS, Nova Poshta.
Contact: Artem Nagdalian, partner, head of regulatory and compliance.
Telephone: +380 (44) 499 07 11

Department Name Email Telephone
Partner, Head of Antitrust & Competition Oleksandr Aleksyeyenko +380444990711
Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution Oleh Marchenko +380444990711
Partner, Head of Banking & Finance Roman Shulyar +380444990711
Partner, Head of Regulatory & Compliance Artem Nagdalian +380444990711
PR & BD Manager Nataliia Chebysheva +380444990711
Photo Name Position Profile
 Oleksandr Aleksyeyenko photo Oleksandr Aleksyeyenko Partner, Head of Antitrust & Competition  
 Oleh Marchenko photo Oleh Marchenko Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution
 Artem Nagdalian  photo Artem Nagdalian Partner, Head of Regulatory & Compliance
 Roman Shulyar  photo Roman Shulyar Partner, Head of Banking and Finance  
American Chamber of Commerce (ACC)

Marchenko Partners is paying attention to corporate social responsibility and diversity issues. We continuously support pro bono projects and assist in developing and supporting socially responsible businesses.

We act as legal counsel to Western NIS Enterprise Fund, a $150 million regional fund, a pioneer in Ukraine and Moldova with more than two decades of successful experience in investing in small- and medium-sized companies. Over the last 3 years, our lawyers not only helped WNISEF to launch the Impact Investing Program, but also advised on each of 21 loans granted within the program to the social enterprises from all over Ukraine.

Also, we support The Ukrainian National Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. This is the world’s largest and most prestigious moot court competition in which more than 600 universities participate world-wide. Marchenko Partners supports Ukrainian law students on their way to excellence for more than 10 years.

Marchenko Partners Advise Carlsberg Ukraine on Competition Compliance Matters

Marchenko Partners conducted competition compliance spot check on request of Carlsberg`s central office. In particular, Marchenko Partners reviewed numerous aspects of Carlsberg Ukraine`s commercial operations and provided detailed recommendations on options available for strengthening of the competition compliance system of Carlsberg Ukraine.

21 social loan was granted by WNISEF with Marchenko Partners’ law support

Marchenko Partners have provided legal support to WNISEF within lending two social loans.