Firm Profile > DLA Piper Ukraine Limited Liability Company > Kyiv, Ukraine

DLA Piper Ukraine Limited Liability Company
77A Velyka Vasylkivska Street
Kyiv 03150
Ukraine

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

DLA Piper Ukraine Limited Liability Company ‘always provides practical advice with deep understanding of the client's business model and a strategy powered by an overall understanding of industry landscape’. The firm acts for both lenders and borrowers on large domestic and cross-border financings, ranging from leveraged and investment-grade loans and trade finance to bond issues and securitisation. Its recent highlights included assisting borrower NEQSOL with a $464m secured syndicated facility to finance the acquisition of Vodafone Ukraine. Oleksandr Kurdydyk leads the finance, projects and restructuring practice. Legal director Dmytro Pshenychniuk is also among the firm's notable practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Oleksandr Kurdydyk

Other key lawyers:

Dmytro Pshenychniuk

Testimonials

‘Always provides practical advice with deep understanding of the client’s business model and a strategy powered by an overall understanding of industry landscape.’

‘Dmytro Pshenychniuk is our key contact and shows great skills engaging with both internal and external stakeholders.’

Key clients

NEQSOL

GIZ (German agency for international development and cooperation supporting the German government)

BMU (Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety of Germany)

EEF (Energy Efficiency Fund of Ukraine)

US International Development Finance Corporation

EBRD

Cyprus Popular Bank

PJSC Citibank

Payoneer

Kyivstar

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

DLA Piper Ukraine Limited Liability Company's Kiev office is consistently involved in some of the largest deals in the market. In one recent example, it advised NEQSOL on the  $734m acquisition of VF Ukraine, one of the largest local mobile network operators, from Russian telecommunications operator MTS Group; practice head Alla Kozachenko was the lead adviser on the deal. Associate Inna Koval and legal director Anastasiya Bolkhovitinova (who specialises in the aerospace and defence sectors) are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Alla Kozachenko

Other key lawyers:

Inna Koval; Anastasiya Bolkhovitinova

Testimonials

‘I have worked with many practices in supporting several cross-functional restructuring projects throughout the EMEA region and used DLA Ukraine to support several legal entity related activities in West Africa. I have found the DLA Ukraine team very patient with my own organisation’s slowness at times, however they do politely encourage individuals to do their part. Their ability to explain the rationale behind approaches recommended has been invaluable and the ability to work with multiple internal and external stakeholders with ease is also impressive. I have not experienced this level of adaptability and competence prior to working with the DLA Ukraine team.’

‘The two main contacts I have had dealings with in this specific project are associate Inna Koval and legal director Anastasiya Bolkhovitinova. Both have been professional in terms of their attendance and active engagement in meetings, checking with the project lead (myself) for my opinion on what the proposed next steps are and quickly responding to any issues as they arose. Overall, I have been impressed with the high level of service provided.’

‘DLA Piper has one of the strongest and dedicated M&A teams that is very fast with a non-standard approach and ready to help at any time.’

‘Alla Kozachenko always suggests the most optimal solutions to achieve the client’s needs. She is quick, proactive, very responsive and highly professional.’

Key clients

NEQSOL

Nadrabudinvest (Monstera Group)

Volvo Cars

Ecolab Inc.

Jabil

Kyivstar

Pfizer

Mondelez

Jacobs Ukraine (JDE)

Competition Tier 1

DLA Piper Ukraine Limited Liability Company has a first-rate reputation in large and complex multijurisdictional competition matters, including high-value merger control, the antitrust aspects of commercial agreements and trade practices, compliance audits, abuses of dominance and state aid cases. Practice head Galyna Zagorodniuk is a long-standing member of the Public Council of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine and is widely regarded as one of the leading practitioners in the market.

Practice head(s):

Galyna Zagorodniuk

Key clients

NEQSOL

AccorHotels

Volvo Cars

Michelin

Jabil

Kyivstar

Pfizer

Mondelez

Jacobs Ukraine (JDE)

Employment Tier 1

DLA Piper Ukraine Limited Liability Company's Kiev-based team advises clients on complex employment law issues arising from global M&A and outsourcing projects, including recruitment, terminations, employee transfers and HR policies. It is also frequently called on to assist with collective bargaining, employee benefits and contentious matters. Practice head Margarita Karpenko focuses on employment and benefits matters. Associate Maksym Tesliar handles labour law and immigration issues.

Practice head(s):

Margarita Karpenko

Other key lawyers:

Maksym Tesliar

Testimonials

‘The Ukraine office of DLA Piper has a highly professional team. Recommendations are always clear and easy to understand.’

Key clients

NEQSOL

LycoRed Ltd.

Adobe

Kyivstar

Dialog Semiconductor

Pfizer

Intellectual property Tier 1

DLA Piper Ukraine Limited Liability Company has ‘a professional and efficient approach, with strong knowledge of the local law and practices’. The firm has a stellar roster of clients, including global social media and e-commerce brands. The team is heavily involved in non-contentious IP work, such as trade mark searches and filings, as well as IP issues arising from large M&A transactions. The firm is also involved in contentious matters including customs enforcement, cease and desist matters and the development of IP protection strategies. Legal director Natalia Kirichenko heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Natalia Kirichenko

Testimonials

‘Very thorough. Understood what we needed and guide us through the process. Extremely professional.’

‘A professional and efficient approach, with strong knowledge of the local law and practices.’

Key clients

NEQSOL Holding (NEQSOL Holding Azerbaijan LLC)

Kyivstar

Perion Network

Real estate and construction Tier 1

DLA Piper Ukraine Limited Liability Company's first-rate reputation for real estate belies the size of its practice, with the firm handling some of the largest transactions in Ukraine. Its recent groundbreaking deals included advising supermarket chain Billa with a major extension to the lease of its flagship site in Kiev. The firm has also been a key player in major new developments in the infrastructure, retail and transport sectors. Natalia Kochergina is among the market's leading practitioners. Clients note that 'working together is always a pleasure'. In addition, the practice garners praise for 'engagement, flexibility and willingness to be open to new challenges'.

Practice head(s):

Natalia Kochergina

Testimonials

‘Experienced team with many years of experience. Working together on different projects is always a pleasure. Recommendations are always based on Ukrainian legislation and practice.’

‘Engagement, flexibility, open for new challenges.’

Key clients

Mariupol Investment Group

Ubisoft

Billa

Cargill

Pfizer

Leroy Merlin

McDonald’s

Perion Network

Tax Tier 1

DLA Piper Ukraine Limited Liability Company's tax practice is 'really practical and clearly knows transfer pricing, as well as the local law'. Practice head Illya Sverdlov 'shows great skills engaging with both internal and external stakeholders'. 'Easily approachable and prompt' senior associate Dmytro Rylovnikov is also recommended. The firm covers a broad scope of work, such as inbound and outbound investments, large-scale M&A, restructurings, transfer pricing analysis and tax controversies. It recently advised VFU Funding PLC on the tax aspects of its $500m issuance of loan participation notes.

Practice head(s):

Illya Sverdlov

Other key lawyers:

Dmytro Rylovnikov

Testimonials

‘DLA Piper is the only team we have used in Ukraine. Unlike many other law firms that advertise their capabilities in tax, DLA Piper really does understand transfer pricing like many Big Four firms do. I believe this is a real strength as it is not very common that law firms (even with tax practices) can actually work with day-to-day transfer pricing matters.’

‘The work DLA Piper performed was really practical and they clearly knew the practical transfer pricing aspects as well as the local law. We were mainly served by Dmytro Rylovnikov who is very easily approachable and prompt in his responses. ’

‘Always provides practical advice with deep understanding of business model and strategy powered with overall understanding of industry landscape.’

‘Illya Sverdlov leads the practice and shows great skills engaging with both internal and external stakeholders.’

Key clients

NEQSOL

U.S. International Development Finance Corporation

EPAM

Atlantic

Pfizer

Mondelez

Jacobs Ukraine (JDE)

White-collar crime Tier 1

DLA Piper Ukraine Limited Liability Company handles complex and high-stakes multijurisdictional compliance matters, investigations and enforcement actions. It is frequently called upon to defend shareholders and boards of directors, as well as individual executives, in white-collar crime investigations and prosecutions involving allegations of fraud, tax evasion, corruption and other financial offences. Practice head Olga Vorozhbyt, senior associate Oleksii Gerasymchuk and associate Artem Krykun-Trush (who is a former senior detective with the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine) make 'a highly professional team that shows courage and consistency'.

Practice head(s):

Olga Vorozhbyt

Other key lawyers:

Artem Krykun-Trush; Oleksii Gerasymchuk

Testimonials

‘The show deep involvement in solving the problem, working out every detail, with a variety of methods, as well as courage and consistency.’

‘It has a highly professional team in Olga Vorozhbyt, Oleksii Gerasymchuk, Artem Krykun-Trush.’

Key clients

Pfizer

Dispute resolution Tier 2

DLA Piper Ukraine Limited Liability Company is known for its expertise in high-value, complex and international cases, with disputes frequently involving parallel litigation and arbitration proceedings. It is well-versed in banking and finance litigation and disputes in key sectors such as construction and aviation. Olga Vorozhbyt leads 'a highly professional team known for flexibility and ease of use'. Senior associate Oleksii Gerasymchuk is another notable individual.

Practice head(s):

Olga Vorozhbyt

Other key lawyers:

Oleksii Gerasymchuk

Testimonials

‘We recommend the firm for the permanent development of professional tips, flexibility and ease of use.’

‘The firm has a highly professional team in Olga Vorozhbyt, Oleksii Gerasymchuk and Artem Krykun-Trush.’

Key clients

PWC UKRAINE

Swissport

VIBER MEDIA S.A.R.L.

PFIZER

UKRATLANTIK

Energy Tier 2

DLA Piper Ukraine Limited Liability Company is known for its proficiency in corporate and finance transactions involving the energy sector, and it is also sought after for advice on regulatory matters. The practice, which is led by Oleksandr Kurdydyk, has been involved in significant renewable energy projects, advising on consortium issues and joint ventures, project finance, contractual matters and renewable energy support schemes. The firm recently assisted government entities with the establishment of an energy efficiency fund. Corporate partner Galyna Zagorodniuk is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Oleksandr Kurdydyk

Other key lawyers:

Galyna Zagorodniuk

Key clients

Nadrabudinvest (Monstera Group)

GIZ

BMU

EEF

U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, DCF

Toshiba

Global Co-Chairs: Roger Meltzer and Andrew Darwin
Co-Chief Executive Officers: Simon Levine and Cameron Jay Rains
Number of partners: 1,500
Number of lawyers: 5,000
Languages: The firm speaks over 60 languages
Offices: Lawyers located in more than 60 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.

Please see https://www.dlapiper.com for further information about the firm.

Photo Name Position Profile
 Oleksii Gerasymchuk photo Oleksii Gerasymchuk
Ms Margarita Karpenko  photo Ms Margarita Karpenko
 Natalia Kirichenko photo Natalia Kirichenko
Ms Natalia Kochergina  photo Ms Natalia Kochergina
Ms Alla Kozachenko  photo Ms Alla Kozachenko
Mr Oleksandr Kurdydyk  photo Mr Oleksandr Kurdydyk
Mrs Olga Vorozhbyt  photo Mrs Olga Vorozhbyt
Ms Galyna Zagorodniuk  photo Ms Galyna Zagorodniuk

At DLA Piper we are firmly committed to diversity and inclusion. For us, diversity isn’t just about visible differences, it’s the unique blend of talents, skills, experiences and perspectives that makes each of us an individual and we know it’s crucial to have a culture and environment where those differences are genuinely valued. As a global business law firm, with a diverse client base, we know that our clients expect our people to represent the communities in which we work and value our ability to advise them on both local and global cultures and markets. We believe that our approach to diversity and inclusion enables us to attract the best talent, build the most effective teams and deliver the highest level of client service.

For more information on our specific D&I initiatives please see www.dlapiper.com