Firm Profile > Hillmont Partners LLC > Kiev, Ukraine

Hillmont Partners LLC
36-D Evhena Konovaltsya Street, 5th floor
Kiev
1133
Ukraine

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Hillmont Partners LLC is relatively new to the market but is increasingly involved in high-value and high-profile cross-border matters. The firm is 'uniquely well-placed to manage complex disputes involving Ukrainian and other Eastern European parties, and has particular expertise in complex bilateral investment treaty arbitration'. Serhii Nyzhnyi and James Hart jointly lead the team, which includes Taras Tertychnyi, senior associate Ivan Kovalenko and counsel Andrii Chornous.

Practice head(s):

Serhii Nyzhnyi; James Hart

Other key lawyers:

Ivan Kovalenko; Andrii Chornous; Sergii Regeliuk; Taras Tertychnyi; Igor Pugaiko; Serhii Kryzhov

Testimonials

‘Hillmont Partners is uniquely well-placed to manage complex disputes involving Ukrainian and other Eastern European parties, and has particular expertise in complex bilateral investment treaty arbitration. The team has an enviable and loyal client following and contacts in various jurisdictions to leverage expertise as and where required, particularly in arbitral proceedings with an international or political flavour.’

‘James Hart is an outstanding operator, with an exceptional intellect and natural sensitivity for navigating complex and evolving client demands. He is a go-to individual whenever a situation needs a careful and experienced hand.’

‘Sergii Regeliuk and Andrii Chornous are both very dependable and hardworking, and key names to watch for the future.’

‘The team is particularly competent and very knowledgeable. Work is performed in various levels from junior lawyers, reviewed by more senior counsels whilst partners are always on hand and actively involved. We recommended clients to Hillmont and they were extremely satisfied with the handling of the lawyers involved. the team is capable of handling any type of transaction. They have the necessary characteristics to find solutions for any problem, no matter how substantial.’

‘James Hart and Taras Tertychnyi are exceptional lawyers and persons, very knowledgeable and ethical, who have significant expertise and can handle and overcome any issue which may arise in the context of any transaction. Both are also very flexible and above all, responsive. With this kind of lawyer each client feels in very safe hands.’

‘This is a team that specialises in dispute resolution with a number of good successes to show for their efforts. I have found their team to excellent, pragmatic and effective.’

‘Taras Tertychnyi provides high-quality advice and pays rigorous attention to detail. He focuses on the issues that truly matter in a transaction and provides pragmatic solutions.’

‘Hillmont’s dispute resolution team is comprised of seasoned individuals experienced both in national and international litigation. The scale and skill set of their practice puts them in top-10 of Ukrainian law firms. Hillmont is one of few Ukrainian law firms that have a representative office in London, which allows for close cooperation and access to the best English lawyers.’

Key clients

Komaksavia Airport Invest Ltd

Glovoapp Ukraine LLC

AlixPartners

Argentem Creek Partners LP

NPC Ukrenergo

Gas of Ukraine

Nuclear Energy Systems Ukraine (NESU)

Zasyadko Coal Mine

Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits SA

Delta Wilmar CIS LLC

Coveris Rigid Polska

Ruteks Keram

Tritel LLC

Zhezheliv Granite Quarry

Energy Tier 2

Hillmont Partners LLC has built up its standalone energy practice with the hire of counsel Tetiana Mylenka, who was formerly head of legal at JSC Main Gas Pipelines of Ukraine. Mylenka leads the practice and works closely with the head of dispute resolution Serhii Nyzhnyi on matters relating to both conventional and renewable energy projects. Clients note that the firm is 'truly unique because it combines international legal expertise with domestic Ukrainian connections and understanding'.

Practice head(s):

Tetiana Mylenka; Serhii Nyzhnyi

Testimonials

‘The team is particularly competent and very knowledgeable. Work is performed in various levels from junior lawyers, reviewed by more senior counsels whilst partners are always hand on and actively involved. The focuses only on business areas and this makes them highly specialised and unique. We recommended clients to Hillmont and they were extremely satisfied with the handling of the lawyers involved. the team is capable of handling any type of transaction. They have the necessary characteristics to find solutions for any problem, no matter how substantial. ’

‘The firm has exceptional lawyers who are very knowledgeable, ethical, have significant expertise and can overcome any issue which may arise in the context of any transaction. They are also very flexible and above all, responsive. It is the kind of lawyers that each client feels in very safe hands.’

‘Hillmont is truly unique because it combines international legal expertise with domestic Ukrainian connections and understanding. They have a focus on international investors to the Ukraine that is unlike any other law firm. They are the go-to law firm for investors looking to invest in Ukraine, especially in the energy sector. ’

‘Tetiana Mylenka is a star. As the head of the energy practice, she brings insider knowledge of Ukrainian energy issues after serving as the head of Ukraine’s largest state-owned gas company. ’

‘We are very happy that our lawyers’ advice is always in line with the energy sector regulations. Their experience of working with energy companies and dealing with legal risk management in the sector has played a great role in our decision-making regarding cooperation.’

‘Serhii Nyzhnyi is a skilful litigator and an effective project manager. He is a bright communicator and well-educated lawyer in dealing with the challenges of the energy businesses in Ukraine.’

Key clients

“Gas of Ukraine” Affiliated Company of the National Joint Stock Company “Naftogas of Ukraine”

“Nuclear Energy Systems Ukraine” Limited Liability Company

NPC Ukrenergo

Zasyadko Coal Mine (Public Joint Stock Company “Shakhta imeni O. F. Zasyadka”)

Main Gas Pipelines of Ukraine (Mahistralni Gazoprovody Ukrainy, JSC)

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

Hillmont Partners LLC assists corporates and investment banks, IFIs, borrowers, project sponsors, developers and investors, foreign and local lenders in domestic and multi-jurisdictional financing. Practice head Taras Tertychnyi is 'very thorough and thoughtful, with a keen eye for detail'. James Hart, who has 'a deep understanding of Ukrainian matters and litigation strategy', also plays a central role in the practice. The firm recently advised an international special situations fund on the acquisition of an $880m NPL portfolio.

Practice head(s):

Taras Tertychnyi

Other key lawyers:

James Hart

Testimonials

‘James Hart and Taras Tertychnyi are exceptional lawyers and persons. very knowledgeable, ethical, who have significant expertise and can handle and overcome any issue which may arise in the context of any transaction. Both are also very flexible and above all, responsive. It is the kind of lawyers that each client feels in very safe hands.’

‘This team is strong on attention to detail and strong on giving real advice. Many lawyers give you risk analysis, but the Hillmont team gives distilled risk analysis which leads to more reliable advice.’

‘Taras Tertychnyi provides high-quality advice and pays rigorous attention to detail. He focuses on the issues that truly matter in a transaction and provides pragmatic solutions.’

‘The well-organised team, is able to combine an international approach with expertise and practical advice on Ukrainian law issues.’

‘ James Hart is definitely a skilled lawyer who have solid legal background. He is competent and prompt. He is focused and flexible to the needs of the client.’

‘James Hart is an outstanding managing partner with a deep understanding of Ukrainian matters and litigation strategy Taras Tertychnyi is a leader of the firm and a superb mentor for more junior members of the team.’

‘Flexible and adaptable in dealing with difficult issues and parties. Good command of English and the fundamentals of English law.’

‘Taras Tertychnyi is very thorough and thoughtful, with a keen eye for detail. He has an ability to be flexible in structuring to satisfy client imperatives.’

Key clients

Trident Acquisitions

Argentem Creek Partners

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Hillmont Partners LLC is increasingly involved in sophisticated and challenging transactions in Ukraine, owing to its expertise in corporate, commercial, finance, private equity and regulatory matters. Oleksandr Ilkov and Taras Tertychnyi lead the practice in which UK-qualified James Hart is a central figure. ‘The team is intellectually very strong, very client-focused and committed, is innovative in its legal structuring and produces high quality outcomes'. The firm assisted Canada's Black Iron Inc. with a major iron ore project in Ukraine.

Practice head(s):

Oleksandr Ilkov; Taras Tertychnyi

Other key lawyers:

James Hart; Alyona Shulima; Tetiana Mylenka

Testimonials

‘The team is intellectually very strong versus its peers, is very client focussed and committed and levels of communication are very high. The team generally is innovative in its legal structuring and produces high-quality outcomes.’

‘Taras Tertychnyi is a fine lawyer; he stays on top of his clients’ needs and communicates strongly. He regularly develops solutions which are both intellectually well thought through but explains them in such a way as to allow debate with a non-legal client.’

‘James Hart provides excellent leadership and a very fine overlay of the commercial aspects to the discussion. His client focussed style is extremely refreshing.’

‘The team is particularly competent and very knowledgeable. Work is performed in various levels from junior lawyers, reviewed by more senior counsels whilst partners are always hand on and actively involved. The focuses only on business areas and this makes them highly specialised and unique. We recommended clients to Hillmont and they were extremely satisfied with the handling of the lawyers involved. the team is capable of handling any type of transaction. They have the necessary characteristics to find solutions for any problem, no matter how substantial.’

‘James Hart and Taras Tertychnyi are exceptional lawyers and persons – very knowledgeable and ethical – who have significant expertise and can handle and overcome any issue which may arise in the context of any transaction. Both are also very flexible and, above all, responsive. They are the kind of lawyers with whom each client feels in very safe hands.’

‘The lawyers are superb at all levels. Their team has a thorough knowledge of legislation and judicial practice.The team provides an excellent level of service at fair and reasonable fees.’

‘They provide depth of knowledge, deep understanding of case law, excellent understanding of clients needs.’

‘James Hart is an excellent client interface and very good at translating the riddles of Ukraine into a format that is accessible to the international observer. Taras Tertchyni is serious and diligent with a good and broad cover of Ukrainian joint venture legislation. Practical and straightforward. Counsel Tetiana Mylenka has good knowledge of the energy sector, and is super motivated and highly responsive. She turns around documents at the speed of sound, if not light.’

Key clients

Black Iron Inc.

Glovoapp Ukraine LLC

Argentem Creek Partners

AlixPartners (USA)

Trident Acquisitions

National Democratic Institute

Bolt

BlaBlaCar

Intellectual property Tier 3

Hillmont Partners LLC garners praise for its 'professionalism, openness and availability'. The firm has a small practice that was launched in 2019, but it is growing at associate level and is attracting a raft of new clients. Led by associate partner Taras Tertychnyi, the practice handles the IP aspects of corporate transactions, as well as providing specialist IP advice to assist clients with developing, exploiting and protecting their IP rights.

Practice head(s):

Taras Tertychnyi

Testimonials

‘They are proactive in their involvement in my IP affairs and very good at developing strategies to secure IP in a very challenging legal environment in Ukraine. The strategies formulated are usually cost effective and efficient.’

‘The firm has great competence and a wide range of legal practice, conducted with professionalism, openness and availability.’

Private client Tier 3

Hillmont Partners LLC's private client practice is branching out from its traditional focus on cross-border family law matters to advise more frequently on the structuring and protection of assets and investments, as well as reputation management. Founding partner James Hart, who leads the practice, provides investment planning advice and litigation support. Dispute resolution counsel Andrii Chornous provides support.

Practice head(s):

James Hart

Other key lawyers:

Andrii Chornous

Testimonials

‘They speak with clients in a way that is understandable for non-lawyers.’

Tax Tier 3

Hillmont Partners LLC's team is 'worth praising for its excellent knowledge of tax regulations and remarkable experience of tax litigation'. It is becoming increasingly prominent in contentious tax matters, as well as tax planning and structuring. Counsel Igor Pugaiko leads the tax practice, in which litigation partner Serhii Nyzhnyi and senior associate Serhii Kryzhov are also heavily involved.

Practice head(s):

Igor Pugaiko

Other key lawyers:

Serhii Nyzhnyi; Serhii Kryzhov; Oleksandr Vorontsov; Liudmyla Boiko

Testimonials

‘Hillmont’s lawyers consistently anticipate our needs as their client and respond in a very timely manner to all our enquiries and requests for specific services.’

‘Serhii Nyzhnyi and Serhii Kryzhov are our relationship lawyers. The breadth of their technical expertise is exceptional, while their client service commitment is simply unmatched. Serhii Kryzhov is well organised, highly driven and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Hillmont is helping us with challenging a complex decision by the state tax authority which affects operations of our business significantly. Their advice is comprehensive and very professional. The proposed legal solutions and tax concepts are well prepared and secured. I would especially praise them for research and argumentation, also for a perfect balance of legal knowledge and practical experience.’

‘Igor Pugaiko is our lead adviser. He is great in know-how, has excellent business sense and is very cooperative. Associate Oleksandr Vorontsov is a persistent trial lawyer with a permanent intention to deliver outstanding results.’

‘The tax team is worth praising for its excellent knowledge of tax regulations and remarkable experience of tax litigation. Despite lockdown and anti-Covid measures in Ukraine and, as a result, the inability to meet personally, we have had efficient communication with lawyers and necessary information updates in a timely and proactive manner. This makes me think Hillmont’s team is really client-focused and result-orientated.’

‘We have a very positive experience of communication and cooperation with Igor Pugaiko and senior associate Liudmyla Boiko. They have a high level of competence, great knowledge of tax laws, and deliver quick responses, and cost-efficient legal advice. They have a responsive approach and achieve positive results for our business.’

Key clients

Glovoapp Ukraine LLC

Zasyadko Coal Mine

Tritel LLC

Ruteks Keram

Interjuice LLC

National Democratic Institute (NDI)

White-collar crime Tier 4

Hillmont Partners LLC invested in its white-collar crime practice with the hire of counsel Oleksii Miagkyi, a former judge in the Leninskiy district court in the Kropyvnytskyi region, to lead the practice. 'I would recommend the firm for its efficiency, pragmatism and kindness', remarks one client. Its broad portfolio of work includes assisting corporate clients with fraud prevention and their response to fraud.

Practice head(s):

Oleksii Miagkyi

Testimonials

‘The firm is efficient and pragmatic.’

‘I would recommend the firm for its efficiency, pragmatism and kindness.’

Key clients

Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits SA

Hillmont Partners was founded by British and Ukrainian partners with a view to providing high quality legal services to investors and businesses operating, or looking to operate in Ukraine. Hillmont ensures its clients are well informed enough of the risks involved in investing in Ukraine and the mitigants and remedies that can ensure their interests are protected. Hillmont prides itself on the diversity of expertise in its team. On the one hand, it draws upon the skills and knowledge of corporate lawyers and litigators that have successfully defended multinational companies from corporate raiding, raised litigation funding and represented clients in the European Court for Human Rights and arbitration institutions both in Ukraine and abroad. On the other hand, it also taps the experience of its in-house investigators that specialize in tracing assets inside and outside Ukraine and that of its investment professionals that have advised on M&A deals worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Hillmont’s areas of practice are: Agribusiness, Banking & Finance /Restructuring (transactions, regulatory), Capital Markets/Debt Restructuring,  Bankruptcy, Corporate and M&A, Criminal Law / White-Collar Crime, Energy & Natural Resources, Intellectual Property, International Arbitration, IT / Telecommunications & Media, Litigation, Real Estate, Construction, Land, Retail, Tax: Consulting and Litigation/ Transfer Pricing, Transport: Aviation, Maritime, Shipping.

Department Name Email Telephone
Dispute Resolution Andrii Nyzhnyi a.nyzhnyi@hillmont.com +380 (44) 277 24 47
International Dispute Resolution, Private Client James Hart hart@hillmont.com +380 (44) 277 24 47
International Dispute Resolution Andrii Chornous chornous@hillmont.com +380 (44) 277 24 47
Administrative and Tax Law Igor Pugaiko pugaiko@hillmont.com +380 (44) 277 24 47
White Collar Crime Oleksii Miagkyi miagkyi@hillmont.com +380 (44) 277 24 47
Dispute Resolution Serhii Kryzhov kryzhov@hillmont.com +380 (44) 277 24 47
Energy Tetiana Mylenka mylenka@hillmont.com +380 (44) 277 24 47
Strategic Communications Oleksandr Ilkov ilkov@hillmont.com +380 (44) 277 24 47
Strategic Communications Alyona Shulima shulima@hillmont.com +380 (44) 277 24 47
Photo Name Position Profile
 Andrii Chornous photo Andrii Chornous Counsel
Mr James Hart photo Mr James Hart Co-Managing Partner
 Oleksandr Ilkov  photo Oleksandr Ilkov Strategic Communications
 Serhii Kryzhov photo Serhii Kryzhov Counsel
 Oleksii Miagkyi photo Oleksii Miagkyi Counsel
 Tetiana Mylenka  photo Tetiana Mylenka Counsel
 Igor Pugaiko  photo Igor Pugaiko Counsel
 Alyona Shulima  photo Alyona Shulima Associate Partner
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