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CMS
19B INSTYTUTSKA ST.
01021 Kyiv
Ukraine

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

At CMS, ‘the firm's strengths are its professionalism, client and goal orientation, swiftness and its search for the best solutions'. The firm is frequently involved in large cross-border financings, which often involve international financial institutions. It recently advised European Investment Bank on a €50m loan to Ukraine’s first vertically integrated innovation park. The firm has many areas of expertise, including infrastructure finance, capital markets and regulatory advice. The joint heads of the practice are Ihor Olekhov and Anna Pogrebna, who are among the market's leading practitioners. Counsel Kateryna Chechulina and associate Khrystyna Korpan are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Ihor Olekhov; Anna Pogrebna

Other key lawyers:

Kateryna Chechulina; Khrystyna Korpan; Iryna Kravchenko

Testimonials

‘They are very good negotiators and problem solvers, very supportive.’

‘Iryna Kravchenko is a very knowledgeable lawyer, a patient person who helps a lot during long negotiations.’

‘The banking, finance and capital markets team of CMS consists of lawyers with great experience. They helped us to organise financing from USA government fund and did it successfully. It was a kind of unique deal and the team provided a really special approach to all documents. Also, I would like to admit that legal advice has been done in a short and understandable way and it was easy to apply them in practice.’

‘I have been working with Khrystyna Korpan. She is a highly-educated lawyer with a straight, practice-oriented approach. Her advice was a great balance between requirements of one side and possibilities of another side. Her attention to the important details is impressive.’

‘The firm’s strengths are its professionalism, client and goal orientation, swiftness,  and its search for the best solutions to propose and implement. The team is very helpful and constructive. Nothing negative and disappointing took place.’

‘Very professional legal advisers ready to find the best solution needed for the client.’

‘We worked with CMS on a pre-export syndicated facility. The structure of the facility is quite complicated and we were pressed by timing. However CMS was able to achieve our timing requirements. We appreciated their efforts and were happy with the results delivered.’

‘Among the strengths, I would highlight the involvement and ability to hear the needs of the client. It is much appreciated when your final goal is heard and understood from the beginning, which is beneficial to both parts – it allows us to concentrate on the main issues and to achieve our goal.’

Key clients

Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego and KUKE S.A.

Raiffeisen Bank International AG

ING and UniCredit

European Investment Bank

KEXIM

ING Bank

Bank of Cyprus

EBRD

The Black Sea Trade & Development Bank

McKinsey & Company Ukraine LLC

Bank Julius Baer & Co Ltd

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

CMS continues to be involved in some of the largest and most complex M&A deals; a recent example involved the firm acting as lead counsel to TIS Group on a landmark joint venture transaction marking DP World’s entry into Ukraine. The firm is 'remarkably strong in M&A and corporate work, showing amazing responsiveness'. Its merger with Danevych.law has boosted its presence in the life sciences sector. Graham Conlon, Johannes Trenkwalder, Tetyana Dovgan and Maria Orlyk are the partners in the 14-lawyer practice. 'Quick-witted, smart and result-oriented' senior associate Vitalii Mainarovych is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Graham Conlon; Johannes Trenkwalder; Tetyana Dovgan; Maria Orlyk

Other key lawyers:

Vitalii Mainarovych

Testimonials

‘I have worked much with the M&A team of CMS Kyiv office. I cannot but say that they are remarkably strong in M&A and corporate work. The key strengths include having in team both English and Ukrainian law qualified lawyers, the most extensive experience in M&A in Ukrainian market, its attention to both legal and commercial issues, and amazing responsiveness and prompt reaction.’

‘I work most with partner Tetyana Dovgan. Tetyana is an excellent lawyer successfully combining profound legal expertise and understanding of the client’s business. Her business acumen impresses. Also, I cannot but mention Tetyana’s exceptional negotiating skills. She always fights her client’s corner and achieves great results. A rising star in Tetyana’s team is senior associate Vitalii Mainarovych. He is quick-witted, smart and result-oriented.’

‘Exceptional service from a timing perspective, excellent lawyers in terms of legal understanding and being commercial.’

‘Tetyana Dovgan is an exceptional corporate lawyer with a very good commercial understanding of issues, not solely on Ukrainian matters. Vitalii Mainarovych is an exceptional corporate lawyer with a firm understanding of common law issues, and who takes a very commercial approach to important matters.’

‘The firm has a strong Ukrainian legal background. Maria Orlyk and her team provided clear, on-time deliverables and was always available to discuss topics. Especially valued was the firm’s great responsiveness and flexibility. The team was effective and straight to the point, not afraid to disagree, solution-focussed, and willing to work out a way towards the common objective.’

Key clients

TIS Group

Gas Transmission System Operator LLC

MV Cargo

PJSC Main Gas Pipelines of Ukraine

Meyer Bergman

MANE Group

Scatec Solar ASA

Acciona Energia

EBRD

Innova Capital

Competition Tier 1

CMS frequently acts for large domestic and multinational companies in high-profile merger control mandates, as was evidenced when it recently advised TIS Group on the competition aspects of a landmark joint venture that marked DP World’s entry into Ukraine. Maria Orlyk and Olga Belyakova are the joint heads of the practice. They are supported by senior associate Nataliya Nakonechna and associate Mykola Heletiy, who specialise in commercial and competition law work. Orlyk recently worked with the EBRD on a four-year project aimed at building capacity in the AMCU. Olexander Martinenko joined Kinstellar in late 2020.

Practice head(s):

Maria Orlyk; Olga Belyakova

Other key lawyers:

Nataliya Nakonechna; Mykola Heletiy

Key clients

TIS Group

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

ALPLA-Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co KG

MV Cargo

Acciona Energia

OTP Bank

Employment Tier 1

CMS' team in Kiev is part of a large CEE employment law network. Its six dedicated employment lawyers handle a broad scope of recruitment and termination matters, reorganisations and redundancies, employee transfers, trade union negotiations and immigration issues, among other areas. The firm primarily acts for international companies with local interests. The practice, which is jointly led by Olga Belyakova and Maria Orlyk, recently advised Spanish renewable energy company Acciona Energia on the restructuring of its senior management structure and outsourcing arrangements. Senior associate Nataliya Nakonechna is also involved in the firm's flagship matters. Olexander Martinenko moved to Kinstellar.

Practice head(s):

Olga Belyakova; Maria Orlyk

Other key lawyers:

Nataliya Nakonechna

Key clients

Scatec Solar

Acciona Energia

Expert Petroleum

Energy Tier 1

The Kiev offices of CMS are home to a 16-lawyer energy and natural resources practice that handles an impressive range of work. It advises on the import, export and trading of gas and electricity, corporate transactions, regulatory matters, project finance, EPC contracts and production-sharing agreements, among other matters. Its work encompasses major projects in both the oil and gas market and the renewable energy sector. Vitaliy Radchenko, Johannes Trenkwalder, Maria Orlyk and Anna Pogrebna are the lead partners. Senior associate Volodymyr Kolvakh is also highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Vitaliy Radchenko; Johannes Trenkwalder; Maria Orlyk; Anna Pogrebna

Other key lawyers:

Volodymyr Kolvakh

Testimonials

‘The team is uniquely knowledgeable in specific areas of the law. Broadly, they are pleasant to deal with and very responsive. ’

‘Vitaliy Radchenko and Volodymyr Kolvakh have been incredibly valuable to our company and our business in Ukraine. They respond very quickly and provide key insight necessary for our successful operations in country.’

‘The firm has a strong Ukrainian legal background. Maria Orlyk and her team provided clear, on-time deliverables and was always available to discuss topics. Especially valued are its great responsiveness and flexibility, its ability to be  effective and straight to the point, and not afraid to disagree. The team is solution-focussed and work out a way towards the common objective.’

Key clients

Expert Petroleum

GTSO

EU Delegation to Ukraine

The World Bank

Scatec Solar ASA

Main Gas Pipelines of Ukraine

Acciona Energia

Energy Community Secretariat

Vermilion

EBRD

Real estate and construction Tier 1

CMS is best known for its property work in the energy sector, in which it handles real estate matters for major project developments. Nevertheless, the firm also handles large transactions in other industries. It recently advised one of the world’s leading sport and clothing companies on the expansion of its operations to Ukraine to produce winter sports products. Natalia Kushniruk and Anna Pogrebna are the lead partners in 'a professional local team, that is very proactive, responsive and collaborative'. Energy partner Vitaliy Radchenko is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Natalia Kushniruk; Anna Pogrebna

Testimonials

‘A professional local team, that is very proactive, responsive and collaborative.’

‘CMS Ukraine’s real estate and construction team has in-depth knowledge of local legislation and international business and is able to provide legal support and also advise from a commercial point of view. ’

‘Vitaliy Radchenko is a professional in this area with a business-minded approach.’

Key clients

Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego and KUKE S.A.

EBRD

Scatec Solar

Acciona Energia

Intellectual property Tier 2

In late 2020, CMS acquired life sciences firm Danevych.law, bringing in Borys Danevych to lead its life sciences practice. His IP experience complements the existing practice, which is jointly led by Maria Orlyk and Olga Belyakova. The firm handles domestic and cross-border transactions involving the registration, transfer and structuring of IP assets, as well as their realisation through commercial agreements and licensing. It also has a highly regarded IP litigation team.

Practice head(s):

Maria Orlyk; Olga Belyakova

Other key lawyers:

Borys Danevych

Testimonials

‘Borys Danevych has a professional approach, is client-oriented, and shows a high level of legal skills and expertise. He is pragmatic and result-oriented. There is good communication with clients, both public and private sector.’

‘Borys Danevych is a good legal professional and manager, a perfect speaker who is able to draft a plan and implement plans, and deliver his position in the best way, always trying to move the life sciences industry forward to development, compliance and patient safety.’

Key clients

Quadient, Inc

Tax Tier 2

CMS is active in both disputes and advisory work, and handles tax issues arising from large M&A deals, as well as assisting with VAT and compliance issues, among other areas. Corporate partner Anna Pogrebna and finance partner Igor Olekhov jointly lead the practice. Senior associate Viktoriia Stavchuk is 'exceptional at laying out the strategy to defend the client's position'.

Practice head(s):

Anna Pogrebna; Ihor Olekhov

Other key lawyers:

Viktoriia Stavchuk; Olga Shenk; Marya Orlyk

Testimonials

‘The team showed itself to be uniquely positioned to pick up the case on short notice prior to the appellate court hearing. I was impressed by how effectively the partner was able to pull together a small number of key resources with the right skill set, and how each of these people gained intricate understanding of the case complexities.’

‘Viktoriia Stavchuk was exceptional at laying out the strategy to defend our position, keeping us abreast of critical developments and providing essential summaries on what to expect.

‘Litigator Olga Shenk was brilliant at presenting our position in court, fighting for us with gusto and determination.’

‘The firm has a personal approach to the client and performs a detailed examination of questions.’

‘Anna Pograbna and Marya Orlyk make a highly professional team.’

Key clients

Acciona Energia

Mane Group

Discovery Life Sciences

Quadient, Inc.

White-collar crime Tier 2

CMS has a three-partner practice that is heavily involved in cases concerning embezzlement, forgery, bribery, identity theft and money laundering. Acting on behalf of large multinational corporations, the firm frequently handles high-stakes matters both in Ukraine and abroad. Practice heads Maria Orlyk and Anna Pogrebna were joined in late 2020 by new life sciences head Borys Danevych and his team, formerly of Danevych.law, who are 'very responsive, knowledgeable and professional' in white-collar crime cases. Olexander Martinenko joined Kinstellar.

Practice head(s):

Olexander Martinenko; Maria Orlyk; Anna Pogrebna

Other key lawyers:

Borys Danevych

Testimonials

‘Very responsive, knowledgeable and professional. Good contacts with local authorities. Good judgment in pursuing matters.’

‘Borys Danevych gives consistently good advice, is attentive and responsive to requests.’

‘A high level of expertise, good communication with clients, good teamwork, a professional approach that is result-oriented and pragmatic.’

‘Perfect understanding of subject matters, industry, regulation and practice, driving innovation in legislation and governance, great communication, participation in industry organisations.’

Key clients

clients from Danevych

Johnson & Johnson Ukraine

Eli Lilly and Company

Janssen Pharmaceutica

AstraZeneca

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Counsel Olga Shenk now leads CMS' dispute resolution practice, following the departure of Olexander Martinenko to Kinstellar. Shenk has extensive experience in complex litigation and arbitration proceedings in Ukraine and abroad, notably in international investment and commercial arbitrations. Maria Orlyk and Anna Pogrebna also play key roles in the practice. The firm provides 'effective and practical solutions to complex and sensitive matters'.

Practice head(s):

Olga Shenk; Maria Orlyk; Anna Pogrebna

Testimonials

‘The team showed itself to be uniquely positioned to pick up the case on short notice prior to the appellate court hearing. I was impressed by how effectively the partner was able to pull together a small number of key resources with the right skill set, and how each of these people gained an intricate understanding of the case complexities.’

‘Olga Shenk was brilliant at presenting our position in court, fighting for us with guts and determination.’

‘In the case CMS worked on for us, the team demonstrated knowledge of sophisticated legal matters in combination with a very pragmatic risk assessment approach, what allowed to secure for us the victory in a very sensitive dispute. ’

‘In a jurisdiction which is not the most “ethical”, CMS Ukraine provides reliable litigation assistance. They will always stay straight and efficiently assist foreign clients while complying with Western standards.’

‘Maria Orlyk is my go-to partner there. I trust her and she provides tremendous assistance in a very difficult legal environment.’

Ranked as a Top 10 Global Law Firm, CMS can work for you in more than 40 countries. 4,800 CMS lawyers offer business-focused advice tailored to your needs, whether in your local market or across multiple jurisdictions.

CMS  in Kyiv can boast more than 40 domestic and internationally qualified lawyers who combine their understanding of the Ukrainian market with the requirements and expectations of global organizations and investors. Our energy, corporate M&A, banking, dispute resolution, competition and property lawyers specialize in key sectors of the Ukrainian economy, including Life Sciences, Energy, Infrastructure, Agribusiness and Technology. With the expertise and experience to deal with transactions and matters of all sizes, CMS handles local, national and multi-jurisdictional projects.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate and M&A, Private Equity Graham Conlon
Corporate and M&A Maria Orlyk
Corporate and M&A Tetyana Dovgan
Banking and finance, Restructuring Ihor Olekhov
Banking and finance, Restructuring Anna Pogrebna
Capital markets Anna Pogrebna
Competition/Antitrust Olga Belyakova
Antitrust and merger control Maria Orlyk
Competition/Antitrust Borys Danevych
Tax Ihor Olekhov
Tax Anna Pogrebna
Dispute resolution Maria Orlyk
Dispute resolution Olga Shenk
Dispute resolution Oleksandr Protsiuk
White-Collar Crime Olga Shenk
White-Collar Crime Borys Danevych
IP Maria Orlyk
IP Olga Belyakova
IP Borys Danevych
Employment and pensions Maria Orlyk
Employment and pensions Olga Belyakova
Employment and pensions Oleksandra Prysiazhniuk
Employment and pensions Nataliya Nakonechna
Real estate and construction Nataliya Kushniruk
Real estate and construction Anna Pogrebna
Energy and renewables Vitaliy Radchenko
Energy and renewables Maria Orlyk
Commercial Maria Orlyk
Commercial Olga Belyakova
Commercial Anna Pogrebna
Compliance Maria Orlyk
Compliance Olga Shenk
Compliance Anna Pogrebna
Infrastructure Anna Pogrebna
Infrastructure Maria Orlyk
Life science and Healthcare Borys Danevych
Telecommunication, Media and Technology Olga Belyakova
Public procurement Maria Orlyk
Public procurement Anna Pogrebna
Photo Name Position Profile
 Olga Belyakova  photo Olga Belyakova Partner in the Commercial practice group at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang…
 Kateryna Chechulina photo Kateryna Chechulina Counsel in the Banking & Finance practice at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro…
 Borys Danevych photo Borys Danevych Partner, Head of Life Sciences & Healthcare practice at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro…
 Natalia Kushniruk photo Natalia Kushniruk Partner, Head of Real Estae and Construction practice
 Ihor Olekhov photo Ihor Olekhov Partner, Head of Banking & Finance Practice at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang…
Ms Maria Orlyk  photo Ms Maria Orlyk Maria Orlyk is a Managing Partner of the office of CMS Reich-Rohrwig…
 Oleksandr Protsiuk  photo Oleksandr Protsiuk Counsel
 Oleksandra Prysiazhniuk  photo Oleksandra Prysiazhniuk Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Employment, Energy and Natural Resources
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