Ms Maria Orlyk > CMS > Kiev, Ukraine > Lawyer Profile

01021 KIEV

Work Department

Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Competition law


Local Partner and specialist in Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Competition/Antitrust, Dispute Resolution, Employment, IP


Maria is Partner at CMS in Kyiv, which she joined since its first days in 2006. She has ample experience of advising clients from various industries, including mining, financial services, pharmaceuticals, heavy machinery, energy, automotive, paint and coatings and others. She advises on complex multijurisdictional transactions, projects and disputes. Maria is a member of a number of governmental working groups aimed at improvement of investment climate in Ukraine. Before joining CMS she worked in renowned Ukrainian and international law firms and also interned with a law firm in Washington D.C.




Ukrainian Bar Association

National Securities and Stock Market Commission of Ukraine

Working Groups of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine

International Association of Defence Counsel


Master’s degree in law from Institute of International Relations of Taras Shevchenko National University in Kyiv

LL.M. degree of the Wake Forest University (USA); Master’s degree in translation for English and Ukrainian

Lawyer Rankings

Ukraine > Competition

(Leading individuals)

Maria OrlykCMS

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.

Ukraine > Commercial, corporate and M&A

(Leading individuals)

Maria OrlykCMS

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.

Ukraine > Energy

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.

Ukraine > White-collar crime

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 Orlyk 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. Olexander Martinenko left the firm in 2020.

Ukraine > Intellectual property

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 and corporate partner and data protection specialist Olga Belyakova also handles patent infringement matters and litigation. Olexander Martinenko left the firm in 2020.

Ukraine > Employment

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, 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. Olexander Martinenko left the firm in 2020.

Ukraine > Dispute resolution

CMS has ‘a “hands-on” and powerful litigation team‘. Maria Orlyk 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. Olexander Martinenko left the firm in 2020.