Firm Profile > Baker McKenzie, Kyiv Office > Kiev, Ukraine

Baker McKenzie, Kyiv Office
01601 KYIV

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Baker McKenzie, Kyiv Office's banking and finance group is headed by Serhiy Chorny, who is 'an unbeaten leader in banking', with expertise in debt capital markets, financial restructuring and corporate finance. The firm has 'proven experience and reputation' in finance transactions in sectors such as agriculture and renewable energy. It is also a leading adviser on financial service regulations and reform, payment services regulations and fintech. Counsel Hanna Shtepa is an expert in the effect of the sanctions regime on banking transactions, and senior associate Maksym Hlotov specialises in payments law.

Practice head(s):

Serhiy Chorny

Key clients

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

BNP Paribas S.A.

Deposit Guarantee Fund


Credit Agricole

Bayerische Landesbank






ALAFCO Aviation Lease and Finance Company K.S.C.P.


Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Baker McKenzie, Kyiv Office has 'an excellent international reputation in Ukraine for first-class support in corporate transactions'. Practice head Viacheslav Yakymchuk has extensive expertise in cross-border M&A transactions and in advising private equity investors, while Olha Demianiuk is highly recommended for private M&A and equity capital markets transactions. The firm is a leading player in multi-jurisdictional deals under English law involving large corporates and private equity firms. Its recent work includes redomiciling holding companies with significant Ukrainian assets. Newly promoted counsel Andrii Moskalyk is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Viacheslav Yakymchuk

Key clients




Polenergia International

De Heus Animal Nutrition B.V.



State Property Fund (in consortium with EY)


Competition Tier 1

The team at Baker McKenzie, Kyiv Office is headed by Oksana Simonova, who is a leading adviser on merger control and concerted practices, unfair competition and dominance issues, as well as assisting with antitrust compliance programmes. The practice, which counts Unilever and Sumitomo Corporation among its clients, is able to work alongside the firm's international network of offices to handle merger clearances for global transactions, and has expertise in the pharmaceutical, agribusiness, consumer goods, IT and automotive sectors. Senior associate Olga Mikheieva is recommended.

Practice head(s):

Oksana Simonova


“The Baker team is absolutely dedicated to the project, and it shows personal engagement with a forward-looking vision.”

Key clients


Berlin Chemie

De Heus Animal Nutrition


Metinvest Holding


Monsanto Company

Platinum Equity


Sika AG


Sumitomo Corporation

Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group

Tieto Oyj


Employment Tier 1

Lina Nemchenko, whose practice encompasses real estate and labour law, leads the team at Baker McKenzie, Kyiv Office, which handles employment law audits, trade union negotiations, internal investigations, terminations, disputes and collective agreements. The firm has 'a distinctive client-centric approach, and it is known for its reliability and high level of trust'. Counsel Mariana Marchuk has experience advising on employee compensation, executive transfers, data protection and internal disciplinary matters, and associate Anna Stepanowa is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Lina Nemchenko


‘The firm provides a high level of responsiveness and fast turnaround times.’

‘Mariana Marchuk and Lina Nemchenko dedicate much time and effort on an ongoing basis to raising awareness of possible legal issues and ways of resolving them that are very helpful for HR specialists.’

‘Their professional, comprehensive and thoughtful approach to every case is much sought-after.’

‘The firm has the ability to offer practical solutions efficiently and in a timely manner, which is highly valued by us.’

Key clients


British Embassy

Energy Tier 1

Baker McKenzie, Kyiv Office's energy, oil and gas, mining and infrastructure practice group 'works really well and includes recognised industry experts'. Managing partner Serhiy Piontkovsky leads the group, which handles multi-jurisdictional energy deals involving pipelines, LNG, distribution networks, oil and gas trading, petrochemicals, and the construction of nuclear and renewable energy plants. Ihor Olekhov left for CMS but counsel Yuriy Tsvetkov joined from Cub Energy. Counsel Hanna Shtepa is highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Serhiy Piontkovsky


The team was very responsive and extremely accommodating with the timeframes given.

Counsel Hanna Shtepa has a wealth of knowledge of the industry and is very responsive to our needs. She is always accessible and flexible with our different time zones when needed for conference calls. We felt she had delivered all the necessary material in a timely matter for our company to make the right investment decision quickly and with confidence.’

Hanna Shtepa did an outstanding job and I would recommend her and her team to any of my partners.

Counsel Andrii Moskalyk provides a high level of expertise in corporate law matters.

Key clients

Polenergia International S.à r.l., a subsidiary of Kulczyk Investments SA



State Property Fund (Baker McKenzie acting in consortium with EY)

SE NPC Ukrenergo

Alliance Altyn

ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih

The World Bank

Intellectual property Tier 1

Baker McKenzie, Kyiv Office has a 'proactive and commercially astute team'. The highly regarded Ruslan Drobyazko is head of a practice that counts large global companies such as Nissan, 3M and British American Tobacco among its clients. The firm advises international and local companies on protecting, managing and enforcing their IP rights in Ukraine, the CIS region and globally. Counsel Oleksiy Stolyarenko is recommended for technology-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Ruslan Drobyazko

Key clients




British American Tobacco

International trade Tier 1

Baker McKenzie, Kyiv Office advises its clients on compliance with US, EU, Ukrainian and other government sanctions, trade restrictions and regulations affecting the cross-border movement of goods, technology, services and investments. Counsel Hanna Shtepa leads a practice that has extensive experience in export controls, economic sanctions, embargoes, free trade agreements, and WTO and customs issues. Associate Nadiya Filozop is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Hanna Shtepa


‘The team consists of lawyers who are competent in anti-dumping legislation in Ukraine and related bodies of law, and, at the same time, have a deep understanding of the world economy and international trade area.’

‘The individuals are on a very high professional level. They provide high-quality advice and legal support in full and within specified timeframes. In this context, I can specifically mention Hanna Shtepa and her colleagues Nadiya Filozop and Kateryna Bondarenko.’

Key clients

ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih

EPK Stepnogorsk

B.A.T.- Pryluky Tobacco Private Joint Stock Company

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Baker McKenzie, Kyiv Office has extensive expertise in real estate developments and construction projects, leases and property mortgages, property investment financings, the structuring of cross-border transactions, real estate sales and acquisitions, and land issues. The group acts for developers, investors, financial institutions, contractors and operators on all aspects of real estate developments in Ukraine. Practice co-heads Serhiy Piontkovsky and Lina Nemchenko are singled out as two of the market's leading practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Serhiy Piontkovsky; Lina Nemchenko

Key clients

Amstar Europe


Auchan Ukraine

Billa Ukraine

British Embassy


La Societe des Centres Commerciaux

McDonald’s Ukraine

Metal Yapi Konut Anonim Sirkeri


Pegasus Prior

Unibudinvest Venture Fund

Tax Tier 1

Baker McKenzie, Kyiv Office has ‘a big and strong practice' that provides advice on international tax planning for major corporations. Its work includes tax optimisation for inbound and outbound investments, innovative domestic tax structures, the tax aspects of large M&A deals, as well as pre spin-off and post-acquisition restructuring. The firm has extensive capabilities in transfer pricing matters and tax disputes. Hennadiy Voytsitskyi leads the sizeable group, which also operates a global wealth management practice that advises on tax succession, regulatory issues and compliance for private banks, trustees, wealth management professionals and high-net-worth individuals.

Practice head(s):

Hennadiy Voytsitskyi


The firm has a big and strong practice in tax .

Dispute resolution Tier 2

'The firm stands out for its efficiency, deep expertise and experience, as well as its client-oriented approach', say clients of Baker McKenzie, Kyiv OfficeIhor Siusel leads a sizeable practice that handles disputes both in Ukraine and worldwide, among which are complex and high-profile cross-border matters. Its recent caseload includes the pursuit of unscrupulous debtors on behalf overseas banks, the enforcement of arbitral awards, and investment disputes arising out of the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula by the Russian Federation. Senior associate Kseniia Pogruzhalska is highly recommended for commercial and administrative litigation.

Practice head(s):

Ihor Siusel


The firm stands out for its efficiency, deep expertise and experience, as well as its client-oriented approach.

Partner Ihor Siusel and associate Anna Boyko stand out at a very serious firm with a good reputation, teams of excellent lawyers and a professional way of achieving good results in all type of situations.

Ihor Siusel is an amazingly good lawyer, very proactive with a high level of knowledge, who provides excellent advice. His strength is the ability to apply powerful legal reasoning to commercial situations and help clients to develop  successful strategies.

Key clients

International Financial Corporation (IFC)

Private client Tier 2

Baker McKenzie, Kyiv Office's wealth management practice advises clients on issues related to personal tax residence, the structuring of personal wealth, and managing and transferring wealth in core investment centres and new wealth management jurisdictions around the world. Hennadiy Voytsitskyi's team also handles estates and trusts structuring, business succession, litigation and reporting obligations in high-value, cross-border transactions.

Practice head(s):

Hennadiy Voytsitskyi

White-collar crime Tier 2

Baker McKenzie, Kyiv Office handles criminal proceedings related to white-collar crime disputes both in Ukraine and worldwide. The group led by Ihor Siusel, who has a broad litigation practice, acts for large multi-national corporates in key industries such as pharmaceuticals, banking, automotive and technology, focusing on complex cross-border investigations and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Ihor Siusel

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Mr Serhiy Chorny  photo Mr Serhiy Chorny
Mr Ruslan Drobyazko  photo Mr Ruslan Drobyazko
Ms Mariana Marchuk  photo Ms Mariana Marchuk
Ms Olga Mikheieva  photo Ms Olga Mikheieva
Mr Andrii Moskalyk  photo Mr Andrii Moskalyk
Mrs Lina Nemchenko  photo Mrs Lina Nemchenko
Mr Ihor Olekhov  photo Mr Ihor Olekhov
Ms  Olha Demianiuk  photo Ms Olha Demianiuk Olha Demianiuk is a counsel in Baker McKenzie’s Corporate M&A Practice Group and…
Mr Serhiy Piontkovsky  photo Mr Serhiy Piontkovsky
Ms Hanna Shtepa  photo Ms Hanna Shtepa
Ms Oksana Simonova  photo Ms Oksana Simonova
Mr Ihor Siusel  photo Mr Ihor Siusel
Mr Oleksiy Stolyarenko  photo Mr Oleksiy Stolyarenko
Mr Hennadiy Voytsitskyi  photo Mr Hennadiy Voytsitskyi
Mr Viacheslav Yakymchuk  photo Mr Viacheslav Yakymchuk