Firm Profile > KM Partners > Kyiv, Ukraine

KM Partners
01033 KYIV

Tax Tier 1

KM Partners is praised for its 'professionalism, its ability to determine a fair approach to solving a problem and its high level of service'. The three lead partners - Alexander Minin, Alexander Shemiatkin and Ivan Shynkarenko - are all regarded as some of Ukraine's standout tax practitioners. They advise large domestic clients and global businesses on tax, customs, transfer pricing and contentious matters. The firm has been highly active representing multinational companies in complex litigation, international arbitration and tax structuring.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Minin; Alexander Shemiatkin; Ivan Shynkarenko


We see the strengths of KM Partners as being its experience in tax disputes, including administrative and judicial matters; its business reputation in the market; its professionalism; its ability to determine a fair approach to solving a problem; and its high level of service.

We discuss issues openly with partners. We would note an individual approach to the client, flexible thinking and excellent knowledge of the requirements of the law. I would especially like to highlight Alexander Minin. We are also grateful for the cooperation to Ivan Shynkarenko and of counsel Maria Kozlenko.

Employment Tier 2

KM Partners, which is part of WTS Consulting, has 20 years' experience in employment law. Alexander Shemiatkin's practice handles transactional, advisory and contentious matters, including collective bargaining, dispute resolution, dismissals and the employment of foreign workers. It acts for international companies and their subsidiaries in Ukraine, mid-sized businesses and Ukrainian firms.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Shemiatkin

Real estate and construction Tier 3

KM Partners is focused on tax, customs, transfer pricing, dispute resolution and real estate matters. Its real estate and construction practice, which is led by Maxim Oleksiyuk, handles the due diligence of property assets, construction disputes, inspections by supervising authorities, taxation of real estate assets, construction permits and financing work. The firm advises large multi-national clients on property transactions and acts in disputes.

Practice head(s):

Maxim Oleksiyuk

White-collar crime Tier 3

KM Partners specialises in tax, legal and consulting services and handles a significant caseload in the defence of economic crimes. Best known for tax litigation, the practice, which is led by Alexander Minin, handles high-value tax evasion cases, as well as other white-collar criminal offences.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Minin

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

KM Partners is best known for its tax practice but it also advises a diverse client base on domestic and cross-border M&A, investments and corporate structuring. Maxim Oleksiyuk is the sole partner and his practice includes advice on due diligence, shareholders' agreements, corporate and tax structuring, post-merger integration, the registration and liquidation of companies, and licensing matters.

Practice head(s):

Maxim Oleksiyuk

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
Mr Andrii Denysenko  photo Mr Andrii Denysenko
Ms Antonina Gorodetska  photo Ms Antonina Gorodetska
Ms Yaroslava Ivasyuk  photo Ms Yaroslava Ivasyuk
Ms Mariia Kozlenko  photo Ms Mariia Kozlenko
Mrs Anna Kravchuk  photo Mrs Anna Kravchuk
Ms Viktoriia Minets  photo Ms Viktoriia Minets
Mr Alexander Minin  photo Mr Alexander Minin
Mr Alexander Nesterov-Surmenko  photo Mr Alexander Nesterov-Surmenko
Mr Maxim Oleksiyuk  photo Mr Maxim Oleksiyuk
Mr Illia Prokopiev  photo Mr Illia Prokopiev
Mr Alexander Shemiatkin  photo Mr Alexander Shemiatkin
Mr Alexander Shvorak  photo Mr Alexander Shvorak
Mr Ivan Shynkarenko  photo Mr Ivan Shynkarenko
Mrs Inna Taptunova  photo Mrs Inna Taptunova
Number of partners : 6
Number of lawyers : 23
American Chamber of Commerce
European Business Association
US-Ukraine Business Council
WTS Global
Union of Ukrainian Entrepreneurs
German-Ukrainian Chamber of Industry and Commerce