Firm Profile > AGA Partners > Kiev, Ukraine

AGA Partners
Kuznetskyi Business Center
16/64 Fedorova St.
Kiev 03150
Ukraine

Ukraine > International trade Tier 2

AGA Partners, which reformed after merging with Avellum in 2018, acts for some of the largest Ukrainian companies involved in cross-border trade (among them Fatexpro LLC and Agro Metal FZCO). It is particularly strong in the agricultural sector, where it handles international commodities arbitration. Litigation partners Iryna Moroz and Aminat Suleymanova co-head the practice with Ivan Kasynyuk.

Practice head(s):

Iryna Moroz; Aminat Suleymanova; Ivan Kasynyuk

Key clients

GST Central Farming Limited

Grain Service LLC

Fatexpro LLC

King & Spalding LLC

AGS Trading GMBH

Millcorp Geneve SA

Grainprom LLC

Oliyatorg OU

Agrodar LLC

JSC “Novosibirskkhleboprodukt”

ADAMA UKRAINE LLC

Agro Metal FZCO

Alvari Rus LLC

Miloubar Agriculture Cooperative LTD

Agrotrade AG

Zerno-Torg LLC

UkrLandfarming PLC

NCH Capital Inc. (UK)

Syngenta Seeds

Harvest Group S.A.

State Food Grain Corporation of Ukraine, PJSC

ADM Company GmbH

Epicentr K

Posco Daewoo Corporation

COFCO Agri Resourses LLC

Astarta Holding LLC

Myronivsky Hliboproduct (MHP)

Ferrit Ltd

KERNEL

Olam International Limited

Shyntomer Speciality Addictives

Marcopolo Commodities SA

GAFTA Kyiv Office

EFKO Group

Bizon Import

Granum, part of Globex Inernational

Ukrprominvest Agro

Ronly Holdings Ltd (UK)

Smart Trade Overseas SA

APPLECOM OU

Tornton Partners

Fergus Kazakhstan LLP

Iliotropion Trade & Services LTD

Primus LP

Kolo Agrarhandel GmbH

Mimier Trade SA

Kazansky Oil Extraction Plant (Russia)

G.A.Trading LTD

Ligo General Trading FZE

Ambar Export/Bizon Tech

Top Grain LTD

AK Commodities S.A

Ukraine > Private client Tier 2

AGA Partners reformed in 2020, having previously merged with Avellum for a brief period. The firm handles wealth management and family law, as well as complex matters involving inheritance, surrogacy, and reproductive technologies. Iryna Moroz and Aminat Suleymanova, who are highly regarded for multijurisdictional family disputes, are the lead partners. Clients highlight their 'exclusive and deep expertise in international law and truly client-oriented approach'. Senior associate Oleksandr Gubin 'knows perfectly the nuances of the Ukrainian legal system'.

Practice head(s):

Aminat Suleymanova; Iryna Moroz

Other key lawyers:

Oleksandr Gubin

Testimonials

‘AGA Partners leaves a very good impression of its work and attitude to clients. Its work is of a high standard of quality and it has professional skills and experience. They always respond very fast to requests.’

‘I worked with managing partner Aminat Suleymanova, a very professional and dedicated lawyer. She has exclusive and deep expertise in international law and a truly client-oriented approach. It is very easy to find a common language with her and you can trust her advice, as her expertise is beyond any doubt.’

‘Senior associate Oleksandr Gubin is a very reliable and experienced lawyer, who is always ready to help with our issues. I appreciate his knowledge and speed of response.’

‘The firm has an impeccable reputation and provides discreet, swift and efficient service to its clients. It has experience in working with clients in various jurisdictions when two conflicting court decisions are in place, and has extensive knowledge of international law. It also has experience in working with foreign law firms, smoothly and professionally becoming part of the international team. It provides professional and honest feedback to the client, along with an honest evaluation of risks and contingency plans.’

‘Olexandr Gubin is a professional and hardworking lawyer who knows perfectly the nuances of the Ukrainian legal system. Despite the fact that Ukraine is not governed by the precedence law, the reading and application of various law and regulations and international treaties can oftentimes have opposite meaning. It is important to have a team member like Olexandr who can navigate you through this safely and provide adequate advice consistent with the tasks. He is a valuable and assiduous member of the team who works like an engine moving things forward.’

‘The team is exceptional in particular within the realm of international family law. It has broad and specialist knowledge and its international practice is second to none in Ukraine.’

‘Aminat Suleymanova is outstanding – exceptionally bright and great with clients, she ensures that her clients feel really supported and protected. She is also an excellent technical lawyer.’

‘Oleskandr Gubin is an excellent junior – nothing is too much trouble. He is highly motivated and efficient.’

Ukraine > Dispute resolution Tier 3

AGA Partners, which merged with Avellum in 2018, separated from the firm in 2020 (although both firms continue the relationship as an alliance). The firm is acknowledged as 'the best' in international commodities arbitration, and its dispute resolution practice is mainly focused on matters of international trade. Nevertheless, its arbitration group (which is led by Aminat Suleymanova, Iryna Moroz and Ivan Kasynyuk) continues to extend its scope to investment and general commercial matters.

Practice head(s):

Aminat Suleymanova; Iryna Moroz; Ivan Kasynyuk

Testimonials

‘AGA Partners is à law firm of exceptional lawyers that provide legal services of international level.’

‘Iryna Moroz is a high-calibre litigator and arbitration practitioner. Her business awareness and commitment to the client are remarkable.’

Key clients

GST Central Farming Limited

Grain Service LLC

Fatexpro LLC

King & Spalding LLC

AGS Trading GMBH

Millcorp Geneve SA

Grainprom LLC

Oliyatorg OU

Agrodar LLC

JSC “Novosibirskkhleboprodukt”

ADAMA UKRAINE LLC

Agro Metal FZCO

Alvari Rus LLC

Miloubar Agriculture Cooperative LTD

Agrotrade AG

Zerno-Torg LLC

UkrLandfarming PLC

NCH Capital Inc. (UK)

Syngenta Seeds

Harvest Group S.A.

State Food Grain Corporation of Ukraine, PJSC

ADM Company GmbH

Epicentr K

Posco Daewoo Corporation

COFCO Agri Resourses LLC

Astarta Holding LLC

Myronivsky Hliboproduct (MHP)

Ferrit Ltd

KERNEL

Olam International Limited

Shyntomer Speciality Addictives

Marcopolo Commodities SA

GAFTA Kyiv Office

EFKO Group

Bizon Import

Granum, part of Globex Inernational

Ukrprominvest Agro

Ronly Holdings Ltd (UK)

Smart Trade Overseas SA

APPLECOM OU

Tornton Partners

Fergus Kazakhstan LLP

Iliotropion Trade & Services LTD

Primus LP

Kolo Agrarhandel GmbH

Mimier Trade SA

Kazansky Oil Extraction Plant (Russia)

G.A.Trading LTD

Ligo General Trading FZE

Ambar Export/Bizon Tech

Top Grain LTD

AK Commodities S.A

The firm: Since AGA Partners was founded in 2005, it has been conducting major cases for leading companies around the globe from more than 30 jurisdictions. The firm represents interests of states, international businesses and private clients.

AGA Partners’ practice of dispute resolution and international arbitration is recognized by international rating agencies. The list of cases won on behalf of its clients and the high appraisal given by leading international companies confirm the perfect quality of AGA Partner’s services in the field of international trade and agribusiness. Our partners are the first Ukrainian lawyers, invited as speakers for GAFTA training courses.

AGA Partners is also a recognized leader in the family law area and private clients practice. The firm has been highly credited by foreign colleagues for offering solutions in complex multi-jurisdictional issues. Managing partner Aminat Suleymanova is the first Ukrainian lawyer accepted to the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL).  In 2018 the firm’s partner Iryna Moroz has become a Fellow of IAFL as well.

Areas of practice
Arbitration GAFTA, FOSFA,  LMAA:

  • Representation of the client’s interests in the first and appellate instance of GAFTA arbitration. The case concerned the non-delivery of goods due to restrictions on export of agricultural products from Ukraine. The total amount of the claim was US$26.5bn.
  • Representation of the US owned agricultural holding in FOSFA arbitration against Russian importer under the contract amounting to US$45m. The case concerned the Russian import restrictions on the supply of Ukrainian soybeans.
  • Representation of freighter interests in LMAA arbitration in a dispute with one of the largest ship holders in the Black and Caspian seas region concerning the estimation of demurragedispatch.

International trade and agribusiness:

  • Advising State Food and Grain Corporation of Ukraine on the contract of sale of commodities with Chinese state owned company worth US$26.5bn.
  • Representation of one of the largest Black Sea region agriholdings in arbitration and litigation proceedings on the fraud money transferring in international trade of commodities. The case involves jurisdictions of Syria, Poland, England, Germany, Russia.
  • Advising Astarta Holding LLC concerning its trading model and developing a sale contract template governed by English law for the sale of agricultural commodities to be used worldwide.

International investment arbitration:

  • Advising client on the investments protection in Crimea worth US$50m. The relevant investment had been nationalized after the occupation of Crimea by Russian Federation.
  • Involved as a local co-counsel representing Ukraine as the state in the investment arbitration concerning enforcement of the arbitration award against the Russian Federation for the illicit expropriation of the investor’s assets in Crimea

International commercial arbitration:

  • Representation of international company at ICAC at the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the case arising from the contract worth US$80m. The case concerned the Russian import restrictions on the supply of Ukrainian goods.
  • Representation of the client’s interests in ICAC at the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Industry concerning demand for termination of the contract on delivery goods valued at US$7m due to force majeure circumstances.
  • Representation of the client’s interests at ICAC at the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in a dispute concerning delivery of coalmining equipment to one of the Ukrainian mines in the Donetsk region prior to Russian military invasion in Eastern Ukraine.

Sport arbitration:

  • Providing legal advice to Dynamo Kyiv BC concerning the transfer of players.
  • Representation of Iryna Zubko, the coach of the sportsman Danyil Boldyrev, Ukrainian and European champion in men’s speed climbing, in a dispute concerning awarding her the title  “Emeritus coach of Ukraine” she is entitled to.
  • Representation of the client’s interests in a dispute between sport club and public authorities concerning renting of the sport facilities.

Private client:

  • Legal and organizational support of client’s relocation, as well as his family, to the permanent place of residence to France. Acquiring business in France.
  • Assisting private clients in participating in private banking programs of major international banks of Europe and USA.
  • Assisting the client regarding wealth-management and corporate tax structuring of the international shipping business, which includes numerous legal entities registered all over the world.

Family law:

  • Representation of the former wife of a wealthy Ukrainian businessman and politician in a dispute concerning divorce proceedings, division of HNWIs joint common property, both in the UK and Ukraine on a total amount of GB£90m.
  • Representation of US citizen’s interests in a dispute concerning the return of illegally relocated child to the territory of the United States under The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction 1980.
  • Representation of client’s interests in elaborating and signing complex marital agreement involving multiple jurisdictions, and preparing separate agreements safeguarding the property rights of the couple’s children.

Litigation and European Court of Human Rights:

  • Representing clients in the ECHR in Energo-Mig vs Ukraine case that concerned Ukraine’s violation of art. 6, par.1, 13 and art. 1 of Protocol 1 of the European Convention.
  • Representing in the ECHR clients’ (individuals, shareholders of Ukrainian company) interests concerning violations by Ukraine of art. 6 and art. 1 of Protocol 1 of the European Convention.
  • Advising Israeli insurance company on the territory of Ukraine on damages recovery. Successful representation of client’s interests in the commercial court of Kyiv, as well as negotiations with contractors for amicable settlement of the dispute.
Department Name Email Telephone
Arbitration GAFTA, FOSFA, LMAA Ivan Kasynyuk kasynyuk@agalawyers.org
International Trade and agribusiness Iryna Moroz moroz@agalawyers.org
Private client, Family Law Aminat Suleymanova suleymanova@agalawyers.org
International investment arbitration Iryna Moroz moroz@agalawyers.org
International commercial arbitration Ivan Kasynyuk kasynyuk@agalawyers.org
Litigation, European Court of Human Rights Aminat Suleymanova suleymanova@agalawyers.org
Sport Arbitration Ivan Kasynyuk kasynyuk@agalawyers.org
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Oleksandr Gubin photo Mr Oleksandr Gubin Oleksandr Gubin is a Senior Associate at AGA Partners’ family law, private…
Mr Ivan Kasynyuk  photo Mr Ivan Kasynyuk Ivan Kasynyuk is a Partner at AGA Partners. Ivan specializes in consulting…
Mrs Iryna Moroz  photo Mrs Iryna Moroz Iryna Moroz is a Partner at AGA Partners. Iryna’s extensive expertise in…
Mrs Aminat Suleymanova  photo Mrs Aminat Suleymanova Aminat Suleymanova is a Managing partner at AGA Partners. Aminat Suleymanova specializes…
Partners : 3
Associates : 8
Ukrainian
Russian
English
The International Bar Association (IBA)
Ukrainian Bar Association (UBA)
Ukrainian National Bar Association (UNBA)
GAFTA (including the International Contracts Policy Committee (ICPC))
FOSFA

CLIENT: Chief of the oil sales department
COMPANY/FIRM: Producer of chemicals, oils, and oilseeds
TESTIMONIAL: AGA Partners has an image of one of the best law firms in the region that fully corresponds to reality. We were impressed when it became clear that we don’t need to explain to them how and with what we work, they are quite familiar with the specifics of our business and it seems that we have mutual understanding in issues related to trade.


CLIENT: Business Development Manager
COMPANY/FIRM: International merchant and distributor of agricultural products
TESTIMONIAL: We are really happy to work with AGA Partners, as they provide us with constant advice, and they can also arrange some additional services if we need them.


CLIENT: Director
COMPANY/FIRM: Company provides In-transit fumigation (disinfection) services
TESTIMONIAL: AGA Partners possesses a unique combination of professionalism, smart solutions, and luxury service. We follow the policy of selecting the best lawyers to advise us and, in my opinion, AGA Partners is probably the best law firm in the sphere of international trade in the region.


CLIENT: Legal Head
COMPANY/FIRM: Ukrainian agricultural and industrial holding
TESTIMONIAL: AGA Partners service meets the highest international standards and their understanding of business is the best part of it. AGA Partners’ work is a standard of quality, professional skills. and experience.


CLIENT: Trade officer
COMPANY/FIRM: UK company specialized in the trading of by-products, oilseeds, and cereals
TESTIMONIAL: AGA Partners is one of the best law firms we’ve encountered in dispute resolution. We are pleasantly impressed by the level of quality and practical effect of their advice, and, of course, by excellent client service.


CLIENT: Director
COMPANY/FIRM: Russian agroindustrial group of companies
TESTIMONIAL: AGA Partners’ main strength is their deep dive into the client’s business and, subsequently, the ability to provide business oriented and, certainly, professional advice. The best thing in work with them is that we can give them the case and documents, and then they work independently, arrange all processes and additional services needed (expert advice, translation, etc.).


AGA Partners conducts its activity based on the principles of social responsibility and makes a significant contribution to the development of the Ukrainian economy and society as a whole. 

Our company dedicates a significant amount of time to pro bono projects, successfully advising and representing interests of public organizations, socially unprotected people, refuges, and sportsmen in court. Among the biggest ones are: 

  • pro bono social project “Legal Aid to sport in Ukraine”, developing an on-line platform enabling each sportsman to request free legal aid in one click, which AGA Partners jointly with Ukrainian Bar Association initiated. 
  • successful defending the interests and rights of the Ukrainian sportsman Danyil Boldyrev’s coach for awarding her the title she is entitled to; 
  • representing the interests of Ukrainian public organization in a dispute concerning the preservation of an ancient castle which is the historical heritage of Ukraine. 

AGA Partners also offers work placements for students without university degree and helps them start a lawyer career. Moreover, our associates provide help with coaching several Ukrainian universities’ teams in the worldfamous competition on international commercial arbitration – Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration. 

Our Managing Partner Aminat Suleymanova is actively involved in the development of women’s leadership in Ukraine, and currently, we are developing a new program of gender equality in our firm, as well as throughout the legal market of Ukraine. 

Ms. Suleymanova is also a frequent guest on Ukraine’s premier TV stations as an expert in the field of law. Her incisive commentary on different legal issues is similarly sought by well-known Ukrainian newspapers and magazines.