Firm Profile > CMS > Kiev, Ukraine

CMS
19B INSTYTUTSKA ST.
01021 KIEV
Ukraine

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

CMS added senior expertise with the hire of Ihor Olekhov from Baker McKenzie, Kyiv Office to lead its banking and finance practice along with the 'professional and proactiveAnna Pogrebna, who has substantial expertise in international financing and debt restructuring projects. Olekhov focuses on finance projects and financial regulation. The team acts for both international and local clients, among which are ING Bank and the EBRD, and handles loans, restructuring, regulatory matters and capital markets transactions in sectors such as agriculture, infrastructure, real estate and energy. Counsel Kateryna Chechulina is recommended for cross-border financing deals.

Practice head(s):

Anna Pogrebna; Ihor Olekhov

Testimonials

Ihor Olekhov has good expertise in the banking industry in Ukraine.

‘We highly value their professional, proactive and fast approach to solving any issue which occurs. It is worth mentioning, that the team always takes into account the experience of previous negotiations – this helps to avoid the unnecessary repetition of discussions.

The team knows the company, which significantly helps the process. The team is always available for discussions over the phone – not a single phone call was left unanswered.

The key partner for me is Anna Pogrebna. She is a good example of the fact that it is all about the people you are working with, not the price. Anna’s professional and proactive approach towards transactions – irrespective of the transaction amount – and the firm’s transparent pricing and individual approach towards each matter helped CMS to win a number of deals with our company.

Key clients

ING Bank N.V.

Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego

EuroCape New Energy Limited

ING Bank N.V.

EBRD

Meyer Bergman

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

CMS has 'strong knowledge of the business sector and the applicable domestic and international regulations that is far beyond that of other law firms'. The firm has English law capability in Kiev and is a key player in complex, cross-border M&A transactions. The practice is led by Johannes Trenkwalder, who advises clients across the entire CEE/SEE region on their inbound and outbound M&A activities; Graham Conlon, who heads the international private equity group; Maria Orlyk, who is acting on a landmark project aimed at establishing a certifiable gas transmission system operator in Ukraine; and Tetyana Dovgan, who was promoted to partner in May 2019.

Practice head(s):

Johannes Trenkwalder; Graham Conlon; Maria Orlyk; Tetyana Dovgan

Testimonials

It shows commitment to the client and great negotiation skills, thoroughness in the assessment of documents and, last but not least, good command of the English language and of international market standards.

Tetyana Dovgan stands out for her commitment, expertise in M&A deals and availability.

Associate Vitalii Mainarovych shows thouroughness and commitment.

Vitaliy Radchenko shows leadership, attention to clients’ needs, commercial awareness, and great knowledge of the business sector and legal trends.

The firm has top-quality lawyers who are very commercial.

We like the personal attention of the highly qualified lawyers and the “hands-on” involvement of managing associates, counsels and partners.

‘It has a great combination of strong expertise in English and Ukrainian corporate law.

Graham Conlon is no doubt a heavyweight in corporate and M&A. With his calmness and strong argumentation, he is particularly good in any kind of negotiation.

Tetyana Dovgan is a guru of Ukrainian M&A. Her vast experience in this area, combined with persistence and diligence, guarantee success for the client.

Key clients

The World Bank

Discovery Life Sciences

Energy Community Secretariat

EBRD, Horizon Capital and Invalda INVL

Main Gas Pipelines of Ukraine

MV Cargo

Mane Group

Scatec Solar

Meyer Bergman

Acciona Energia

Competition Tier 1

CMS' sizeable competition team includes Olga Belyakova, who specialises in advising foreign and local clients in the IT and telecoms sectors, and Maria Orlyk, who has particular expertise in investigations and the competition aspects of international transactions, including high-profile mergers. The team also advises on compliance and unfair competition matters. Orlyk recently advised the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on a three-year project aimed at building the capacity of Ukraine's Antimonopoly Committee.

Practice head(s):

Maria Orlyk; Olexander Martinenko; Olga Belyakova

Key clients

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

MV Cargo

ALPLA-Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co KG

Comcast Corporation

Erste Group: Steiermarkische Bank und Sparkassen AG

Acciona Energia

OTP Bank

Employment Tier 1

The 'competitive' practice at CMS is led by Maria Orlyk, who has extensive experience in handling group dismissals, transfer of employees and negotiations with boards of directors; disputes expert Olexander Martinenko; and Olga Belyakova, who specialises in advising IT sector clients. The team advises on day-to-day employment matters, as well as more complex mass layoffs, outsourcing projects, restructuring, immigration and labour disputes. Senior associate Nataliya Nakonechna is also recommended for her advice on executive-level dismissals and the employment aspects of M&A.

Practice head(s):

Maria Orlyk; Olexander Martinenko; Olga Belyakova

Testimonials

‘All the work was done as agreed, on time and with good quality.’

Key clients

Main Gas Pipelines

Scatec Solar

MANE Group

Acciona Energia

Energy Tier 1

CMS frequently acts for energy traders, oil and gas companies, and oilfield services operators. Practice co-head Vitaliy Radchenko handles transactions in both renewable and conventional energy and is a pioneer in production-sharing agreements; fellow co-head Johannes Trenkwalder advises on renewable energy, energy infrastructure and energy efficiency projects; and Maria Orlyk is currently involved in the unbundling of the Ukrainian Gas Transmission System Operator. Senior associate Volodymyr Kolvakh is also recommended. Ihor Olekhov joined from Baker McKenzie, Kyiv Office.

Practice head(s):

Johannes Trenkwalder; Vitaliy Radchenko

Testimonials

It has a combination of general industry expertise and deep understanding of clients’ needs. The team is always focused on practical solutions.

Vitaliy Radchenko is well known and praised for his personal and unique approach to each client. He has a very proactive position in advising his clients.

Volodymyr Kolvakh is known for providing straight-to-the-point solutions and advice based on his professional expertise.

Key clients

EuroCape New Energy Limited

The World Bank

Scatec Solar ASA

Energy Community Secretariat

EU Delegation to Ukraine

Main Gas Pipelines of Ukraine

Acciona Energia

Real estate and construction Tier 1

CMS has 'strong knowledge of Ukraine's property and construction sector', and fields 'a team of highly qualified and dedicated professionals'. The group handles the real estate elements of large M&A transactions, as well as standalone projects, notably in the retail, manufacturing, energy and leisure sectors. The highly regarded Anna Pogrebna and counsel Natalia Kushniruk are the main practitioners. Their work covers construction, planning, leasing, financing, development, acquisition, sale and investment mandates and contentious issues.

Practice head(s):

Anna Pogrebna; Natalia Kushniruk

Testimonials

We were happy to partner with CMS for its for understanding of all the peculiarities of our status and for its deep expertise in local tax laws. The deep and broad expertise of partners and associates helped run the project quickly and efficiently.’

‘We also highly appreciated the firm’s very transparent and client-oriented approach.

We were very fortunate to work with Anna Pogrebna, who is a very knowledgeable and experienced professional and has proven to be a trustworthy and reliable partner in our project. Anna has the right sense of urgency, is able to very quickly grasp the essence of an issue and suggest optimal ways for resolution.’

‘Anna Pogrebna has a unique skill of being able to explain a very complicated legal matters in very simple terms and clearly outline all possible risks and outcomes of possible decisions. As the client I always felt I had the right level of information presented in the right format to take well-weighted decisions and that my time (and budget) was always of importance to Anna.’

Anna Pogrebna engaged the right subject matter experts for a deeper dive into the issue when needed, e.g. she provided a very profound consultancy on some intellectual property rights matters, but also suggested and with our agreement engaged an expert for additional advice. I wish I had all legal consultancy from other companies provided in the same professional, crisp and at the same time easy-going manner.

Key clients

Euroventures Austria CA Management GmbH (UniCredit Group)

EuroCape New Energy Limited

Meyer Bergman

Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego

Scatec Solar

Acciona Energia

Dispute resolution Tier 2

CMS has 'a "hands-on" and powerful litigation team'. Maria Orlyk, the 'competent and well organised' Olexander Martinenko and Anna Pogrebna, who specialises in tax and banking and finance litigation, lead the practice, which handles domestic and cross-border litigation as well as international arbitration. Areas of expertise include energy disputes, investment and commercial arbitrations, tax disputes, and fraud and FCPA investigations. The firm is also praised for its strength in public international law, including Energy Charter Treaty and bilateral investment treaty cases.

Practice head(s):

Maria Orlyk; Olexander Martinenko; Anna Pogrebna

Testimonials

It was our first experience of legal support in Ukraine on behalf of an international legal firm. We managed to win thanks to the CMS Kiev team despite the difficult political context in relations between Ukraine and Russia.

Both Olexander Martinenko and Oleksandr Frolov from CMS Ukraine perfectly realised the action plan. They were very strict, competent and well organised.

They have a “hands-on” and powerful litigation team that is very cooperative.

Olexander Martinenko did a great job in one of our cases.

Intellectual property Tier 2

CMS frequently handles the IP aspects of domestic and cross-border corporate transactions and it has in-depth experience in many key sectors including IT, life sciences, automotive, manufacturing, financial services and media. The practice led by corporate and litigation partner Maria Orlyk, corporate partner and data protection specialist Olga Belyakova and regulatory partner Olexander Martinenko also handles patent infringement matters and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Maria Orlyk; Olga Belyakova; Olexander Martinenko

Tax Tier 2

CMS can call on the specialist expertise of the firm's large tax practice across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America for cross-border matters. The practice led by Anna Pogrebna, Olexander Martinenko and Igor Olekhov handles tax matters for corporates and individuals, and it has expertise in VAT, international taxation, tax structuring and tax disputes, as well as customs and currency control issues. Clients praise its 'competence, awareness of the subtle issues of jurisprudence, and creative and individual approach to every question'.

Practice head(s):

Anna Pogrebna; Olexander Martinenko; Ihor Olekhov

Testimonials

‘It has an individual approach to the client and deep involvement in the process of decision making.

The firm works according to international quality standards. Its office in Kiev has advised clients in Ukraine since 2006. The legal experts are therefore well acquainted with the particularities of the local market.

The firm shows competence, awareness of the subtle issues of jurisprudence, a creative, individual approach to every question, structured actions, thorough analysis of documents, quick decision making, customer focus, expert knowledge, and comprehensive cross-border services, which are the qualities of a results-oriented team.

Key clients

Acciona Energia

White-collar crime Tier 2

CMS is noted for corporate white-collar criminal law investigations and litigation. Its work covers matters of embezzlement, forgery, bribery, identity theft, fraud and money laundering. Litigation experts Maria OrlykOlexander Martinenko and counsel Olga Shenk, along with banking and finance specialist Anna Pogrebna, act for large international corporates in key sectors such as agriculture, energy, healthcare, technology and automotive.

Practice head(s):

Maria Orlyk; Olexander Martinenko; Anna Pogrebna

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate and M&A Johannes Trenkwalder
Corporate and M&A Maria Orlyk
Banking and finance, restructuring Anna Pogrebna
Antitrust and merger control Maria Orlyk
Tax Anna Pogrebna
Capital markets Anna Pogrebna
Dispute resolution Maria Orlyk
Dispute resolution Oleksandr Protsiuk
IP Maria Orlyk
Employment and pensions Maria Orlyk
Employment and pensions Oleksandra Prysiazhniuk
Real estate and construction Anna Pogrebna
Energy and renewables Maria Orlyk
Energy and renewables Johannes Trenkwalder
Commercial Maria Orlyk
Commercial Anna Pogrebna
Compliance Maria Orlyk
Compliance Anna Pogrebna
Infrastructure Anna Pogrebna
Infrastructure Maria Orlyk
Public procurement Maria Orlyk
Public procurement Anna Pogrebna
Photo Name Position Profile
 Olga Belyakova  photo Olga Belyakova
Mr Olexander Martinenko photo Mr Olexander Martinenko
Ms Maria Orlyk  photo Ms Maria Orlyk
 Oleksandr Protsiuk  photo Oleksandr Protsiuk
 Oleksandra Prysiazhniuk  photo Oleksandra Prysiazhniuk
Number of lawyers : 4,500
at this office : 11
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