Firm Profile > KM Partners > Kyiv, Ukraine

KM Partners
01033 KYIV

Ukraine > Tax Tier 1

KM Partners has 'a strong team of tax and litigation experts who have excellent knowledge of tax legislation'. Widely acknowledged as a leading firm for tax, customs, transfer pricing and contentious matters, the firm frequently assists multinational companies with complex disputes and tax structuring issues. It is also a key adviser on tax and customs audits, pre-trial challenges of tax assessments, tax due diligence and regulatory compliance. Partners Alexander Minin, Alexander Shemiatkin and Ivan Shynkarenko are all regarded as outstanding practitioners. Senior of counsels Tetiana Suchyk and Anna Kravchuk are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Minin; Alexander Shemiatkin; Ivan Shynkarenko

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‘The strength of KM Partners is its high professionalism in tax disputes and tax consulting. The firm has a strong team of tax and litigation experts who have excellent knowledge of tax legislation.’

‘Alexander Shemiatkin has high level of professionalism, experienced in tax litigation and tax consulting. He knows his job perfectly, showing extensive knowledge in litigations and use extraordinary approaches in solving the most complicated issues. Tetiana Suchyk and Anna Kravchuk make a great tax litigation team.’

‘Our company cooperates with KM Partners on tax issues, including litigation support for disputes and consultations. Especially worth noting is the rational and business-oriented approach when assessing the future of the particular issue.’

‘I receive full support from KM Partners in terms of expats’ taxation. They clarify legal issues, contact international employees directly and explain all details if Ukrainian legislation in clear and professional way.’

Ukraine > Employment Tier 2

KM Partners specialises in tax, legal and consulting services, among which employment matters feature prominently. The firm's work covers every aspect of contentious and non-contentious employment work, spanning contractual matters, collective bargaining agreements, disputes, compliance audits, remuneration and outsourcing arrangements. Alexander Shemiatkin, who leads the practice, has 20 years of specialist experience in labour disputes. Counsel Yaroslava Ivasyuk is also recommended for contentious employment matters.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Shemiatkin

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Ukraine > Real estate and construction Tier 3

KM Partners has a broad practice that handles contentious matters, real estate taxation, land title registrations for construction projects, EPC contracts and construction financing. Practice head Maxim Oleksiyuk has extensive experience in the development of logistics parks, business centres and housing projects, as well as infrastructure projects involving port terminals, railway branches and quarries.

Practice head(s):

Maxim Oleksiyuk

Ukraine > White-collar crime Tier 3

KM Partners is best known for its tax and customs disputes practice, with its work covering a broad range of criminal matters relating to tax evasion, fraud and other economic crimes. Alexander Minin leads the practice, which is well regarded for its pre-trial work, with the majority of matters being successfully concluded before the litigation stage.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Minin

Ukraine > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

KM Partners is best known for advice on tax issues but its commercial, corporate and M&A practice continues to build its presence with advice on due diligence, shareholder agreements, post-merger integration, and the registration and liquidation of corporate entities. Maxim Oleksiyuk is the lead partner and his practice covers M&A, real estate, competition law and natural resources.

Practice head(s):

Maxim Oleksiyuk

Ukraine > Dispute resolution Tier 4

KM Partners' team includes Alexander MininMaxim OleksiyukAlexander Shemiatkin and Ivan Shynkarenko, who are well-known for contentious tax matters. In addition, they are also increasingly involved in disputes related to supply, lease and service relations, as well as real estate and corporate issues.

The firm: KM Partners is a Ukrainian law firm specializing in tax, legal and consulting services since 1999. KM Partners is the legal advisor of choice in the areas of tax, customs, transfer pricing and dispute resolution for many international leading companies and their subsidiaries in Ukraine, mid-sized businesses, as well as Ukrainian companies in various industrial sectors. Real estate, construction, land, M&A, labour and commercial law are strong practice areas of the firm too.

Two legal entities operate under the trademark KM Partners: WTS Consulting, LLC and KM Partners Attorneys at Law. As a member of WTS Global, KM Partners provides comprehensive legal support of complex international projects where legal expertise in foreign legislation is required. The company is known for its complex high-quality approach to the solution of clients’ business issues.

Areas of practice
Taxation: withholding tax; pre-trial challenging of tax assessments, actions/inactions; VAT, excise tax and other indirect taxes; labour remuneration/social security; planning and structuring of business activities; payment for the use of natural resources and other fees; representative offices of foreign companies; corporate profit tax/advance payments; tax due diligence; special tax regimes; structuring the transactions on advertising, marketing services; tax litigations; assistance during tax audits; avoidance of double taxation; individuals/foreigners.

Customs: pre-trial appeal of decisions of customs authorities; consulting regarding customs clearings procedures; defence of interests during the customs clearance procedures; post-audit and assistance during customs audits; structuring of cross-border transactions; customs litigations.

Transfer pricing: consulting support on transfer pricing issues; support of reporting on transfer pricing; developing documentation to justify the price level in controlled transactions; risk-based audit of pricing system; preparing responses to requests of controlling authorities; providing support during audits on transfer pricing issues; appealing on additional tax assessments and sanctions following transfer pricing audits.

Criminal proceedings for white-collar crimes: defence in criminal proceedings for white-collar crimes and tax-related crimes.

Contract and business: tailoring various complex agreements; representing parties in pre-contract negotiations; mediation.

M&A and restructurings: legal and tax DD; preparing shareholders agreements and SPA; corporate and tax structuring; post-merger integration.

Litigation: tax litigation, representing clients in administrative courts; representing parties in commercial and general courts; arbitrations; preparing lawsuits and applications, petitions; support during enforcement of court ruling.

Real estate and construction: legal support during land allocation; obtaining of construction permission documents; preparing construction agreements (FIDIC inclusive); legal audit of title rights.

Agribusiness: legal support of commodity trading; support of distributions of seeds, pesticides and fertilisers; agricultural land issues.

Distribution: tailoring distribution agreements with specific attention to competition aspects of distribution activity.

Competition and antitrust: legal support during obtaining AMCU approval for concentration (merger) and concerted actions.

Intellectual property: IP rights protection; audit of intellectual property objects; license agreements; industrial property; patents; royalties and other payments for rights related to intellectual property; plant species registration; structuring relations related to the use of software as end user; structuring relations related to transfer and licensing intellectual property; trademarks.

Labour law/labour disputes: preparing by-laws of companies, job descriptions; support during obtaining job permits, representing in labour mediation and litigations.

Currency control: structuring cross-border transactions with attention to Ukrainian currency control restrictions; legal support during obtaining national bank permits (individual licence).

Department Name Email Telephone
Taxation, Litigation, White-collar crimes, Agribusiness Alexander Minin +38 044 490 71 97
Litigation, Real estate and construction, M&A and restructurings, Agribusiness, Competition and antitrust, Bankruptcy and liquidation Maxim Oleksiyuk +38 044 490 71 97
Taxation, Litigation, Labour/labour disputes, White-collar crimes, Intellectual property Alexander Shemiatkin +38 044 490 71 97
Customs, Transfer pricing Ivan Shynkarenko +38 044 490 71 97
Taxation, Litigation, White-collar crimes, Intellectual property Olena Bukuyeva +38 044 490 71 97
Taxation, Litigation Inna Taptunova +38 044 490 71 97
Photo Name Position Profile
Mrs Elena Bukuyeva  photo Mrs Elena Bukuyeva Partner, Attorney At Law. Specializes in taxation, customs law, foreign trade, intellectual…
Mr Andrii Denysenko  photo Mr Andrii Denysenko Senior Of Counsel. Andrii Denysenko specializes in tax issues and regulatory disputes…
Mrs Antonina Gorodetska photo Mrs Antonina Gorodetska Senior Of Counsel, Attorney at Law. Specializes in the criminal administrative law…
Mrs Yaroslava Ivasyuk photo Mrs Yaroslava Ivasyuk Senior of Counsel, Attorney at Law. Specializes in corporate law, mergers and…
Mrs Mariia Kozlenko photo Mrs Mariia Kozlenko Senior Of Counsel, Attorney at Law. Maria’s main practice is tax litigation.…
Mrs Anna Kravchuk  photo Mrs Anna Kravchuk Senior Of Counsel, Attorney at Law. Anna Kravchuk specializes in intellectual property…
Mrs Viktoriia Minets photo Mrs Viktoriia Minets Senior Adviser, Attorney at Law. Victoria Minets specializes in real estate and…
Mr Alexander Minin  photo Mr Alexander Minin Senior Partner of the firm, Attorney At Law, heading Tax and Consulting…
Mr Maxim Oleksiyuk  photo Mr Maxim Oleksiyuk Partner, Attorney At Law, heading Legal Department. Specializes in real estate and…
Mrs Tetiana Poberezhska  photo Mrs Tetiana Poberezhska Senior Of Counsel, Attorney at Law. Tetiana Poberezhska specializes in labour and…
Mr Illia Prokopiev  photo Mr Illia Prokopiev Senior Of Counsel, Attorney at Law. Illia specializes in civil law and…
Mr Alexander Shemiatkin  photo Mr Alexander Shemiatkin Partner, Attorney At Law. Specializes in a wide range of tax and…
Mr Alexander Shvorak  photo Mr Alexander Shvorak Senior Of Counsel, Attorney At Law. The main areas of Alexander’s practice…
Mr Ivan Shynkarenko  photo Mr Ivan Shynkarenko Partner, Attorney at Law, PhD. in Economics, heading Customs and Trasfer Pricing…
Mrs Inna Taptunova  photo Mrs Inna Taptunova Partner, Attorney At Law. Specializes in taxation and tax planning matters, disputes…
Number of partners : 6
Number of lawyers : 24
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European Business Association
US-Ukraine Business Council
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Union of Ukrainian Entrepreneurs
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