Firm Profile > DLA Piper > Kiev, Ukraine

DLA Piper
03150 KYIV

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Key partner Oleksandr Kurdydyk handles bilateral financing, currency derivatives, project finance and debt restructuring at DLA Piper Ukraine LLC. He assisted the Ministry for Regional Development, Building and Housing, the World Bank, EIB and others with structuring Ukraine's energy efficiency fund.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

DLA Piper Ukraine LLC is 'very efficient and provides a deep assessment of all matters it  handles'. Practice head Alla Kozachenko is 'very proactive and pragmatic' and Galyna Zagorodniuk is 'highly skilled'. Margarita Karpenko, who acted for Skiold Group on its divestment to Solix Group, is also recommended.

Competition Tier 1

Leading light Galyna Zagorodniuk at DLA Piper Ukraine LLC leads a practice that handles high-profile investigations, litigation and advice on complex and high-value cross-border corporate transactions. For Italian chocolate maker Ferrero, she obtained clearance for the $2.8bn acquisition of Nestlé's confectionery business.

Employment Tier 1

DLA Piper Ukraine LLC assists international clients with recruitment, employment terminations, internal policies, employee transfers and localisation projects. Margarita Karpenko, who acted for Pfizer on numerous matters, and corporate partner Galyna Zagorodniuk are the main contacts. Adobe and Inchcape Shipping Services are among the team's clients.

Intellectual property Tier 1

DLA Piper Ukraine LLC has a full-service IP practice that handles patents, trade marks, copyright, trade secrets and designs. Practice head Natalia Pakhomovska and legal director Natalia Kirichenko count Bacardi, Porsche, Nu Mark and Nike among their clients.

Real estate and construction Tier 1

DLA Piper Ukraine LLC's Natalia Kochergina is one of the leading real estate lawyers in Ukraine. For Hutchison Westports, she handled the multimillion-dollar development of container terminal facilities at Chornomorsk Port. Pfizer and McDonald's are also clients.

Dispute resolution Tier 2

DLA Piper Ukraine LLC's dispute resolution practice has progressed rapidly in the two years since it was formed. Practice head Olga Vorozhbyt acted for Boeing in a $500m dispute in California concerning former joint venture partners in Ukraine and Russia. Pfizer and Swissport are also among the firm's clients.

Energy Tier 2

At DLA Piper Ukraine LLC, corporate partners Oleksandr Kurdydyk and Galyna Zagorodniuk are the key contacts. Kurdydyk assisted the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety of Germany with the establishment of an energy efficiency fund.

Tax Tier 2

DLA Piper Ukraine LLC has a strong international tax practice that handles the tax aspects of large M&A transactions, including transfer pricing matters. Illya Sverdlov and senior associate Dmytro Rylovnikov count Epam Systems among their clients.

White-collar crime Tier 2

DLA Piper Ukraine LLC acts for companies, shareholders, boards of directors and individual executives in investigations and prosecutions involving allegations of fraud, tax evasion, corruption and financial offences. Litigation head Olga Vorozhbyt is currently acting for a global professional services company in Ukraine.


The firm

DLA Piper is a global law firm that provides its clients with legal and business solutions locally, regionally and internationally using integrated teams of lawyers with experience that spans a broad range of disciplines. DLA Piper is widely recognised for its pioneering approach and extensive geographic reach, which enables the practice to look after the business issues that matter to its clients – whether they are large or small. Clients of DLA Piper include single-owner startups, local and household name companies, multinationals, financial institutions, FTSE and Fortune 500 enterprises and their subsidiaries, public bodies and governments.

The Kyiv office of DLA Piper is fully integrated with the international legal practice of DLA Piper. More than 4200 lawyers of DLA Piper work in offices throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States, and provide the clients with the full range of legal services. The firm works to serve existing legal needs of our clients wherever they choose to do business. DLA Piper has a well-established multidisciplinary practice in Ukraine since 2005. Being at the Ukrainian market for more than 13 years by now, DLA Piper team understands the Ukrainian business, and knows the local environment in detail. Clients of DLA Piper include single-owner startups, local and household name companies, multinationals, financial institutions, FTSE and Fortune 500 enterprises and their subsidiaries, public bodies and governments. DLA Piper has a dedicated team of professionals covering all legal aspects relevant to doing business in Ukraine in the major sectors including energy, financial services, life sciences, hospitality and leisure, retail, infrastructure, media, mining, oil & gas, IT/technology. Currently in Ukraine the firm is staffed with more than 75 people (including 45 lawyers and 7 partners).

Areas of practice

Antitrust and competition: permits for concentrations; for concerted practices (cartels, horizontal and vertical agreements), leniency program advice; advice on protection from unfair competition, compliance advice and audits (full scope due diligence), obtaining of preliminary conclusions (comfort letters) from the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine; abuse of dominance advice; advice on commercial agreements and trade practices, natural monopolies and public procurement; support during investigations by the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine, as well as competition litigation; advice on regulatory developments in Ukraine and on regulations of specific sectors (financial services, public procurement).

Corporate and M&A: set up and termination of businesses; corporate governance; M&A transactions, including due diligence; corporate restructuring and reorganisation; corporate investigations and compliance and legal support of day-to-day operations.

Finance and projects: M&A and regulatory work in the banking and finance sectors, asset, debt and capital markets transactions, structured finance, project finance, real estate finance, aviation finance (including lease and repossession of aircrafts), debt restructuring projects, insolvency-related matters, infrastructure and PPP projects, oil and gas, mining, conventional and renewable energy.

IP and technology: various IP matters, in particular, registration and protection of IP in Ukraine and overseas, IP portfolio management, IP due diligence, structuring of IP ownership and commercialisation of IP, IP protection strategies, unfair competition issues, parallel import and counterfeits, licensing and assignment agreements. In the technology sector: IT outsourcing, internet, e-commerce, domain names and telecommunications, data protection, software and hardware, technology transfer. In the media and sport sector: publishing, cinematography, advertising and sponsorship, ambush marketing. Commercial: drafts of commercial agreements.

Labour: full legal support of hire and dismissal, including complex sensitive and mass redundancies; preparation of all types of labour-related documents (employment contracts, secondment agreements, personnel policies, collective bargaining agreements, etc); employment due diligence; personal data protection matters; employment-related tax issues; labour disputes; alternative compensation models; employee stock option plans; employment of foreigners and immigration law issues.

Litigation, arbitration and investigations: all types of dispute resolution including cross-border litigation and international arbitration; global investigations including FCPA and UKBA driven; fraud investigations, white-collar crime, contentions and non-contentious compliance, AML and other regulatory checks and investigations.

Real estate and construction: acquisition/sale and lease transactions for immovable property and land; registration of associated rights; establishment of business presence, expansion and structuring of retail business, construction and planning matters, industrial and infrastructure projects, real estate due diligence, structuring of real estate transactions and construction investment projects, real estate contracts (including preliminary and principal sale/purchase and lease contracts, investment agreements and more), mortgage lending and environmental issues.

Tax: corporate tax, VAT and customs, tax driven restructurings at a domestic and international level, as well as M&A transactions from the tax perspective, including tax due diligences, reviews of tax profiles of entities, tax controversy, litigation and transfer pricing.


Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate and M&A Alla Kozachenko +380 44 490 9575
Finance, Projects & Restructuring Oleksandr Kurdydyk +380 44 490 9575
Intellectual Property & Technology Natalia Pakhomovska +380 44 490 9575
Employment and Benefits Margarita Karpenko +380 44 490 9575
Litigation & Regulatory Olga Vorozhbyt +380 44 490 9575
Real Estate and Construction Natalia Kochergina +380 44 490 9575
Antitrust and Competition Galyna Zagorodniuk +380 44 490 9575
Tax Illya Sverdlov +380 44 490 9575
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Margarita Karpenko  photo Ms Margarita Karpenko
Ms Natalia Kochergina  photo Ms Natalia Kochergina
Ms Alla Kozachenko  photo Ms Alla Kozachenko
Mr Oleksandr Kurdydyk  photo Mr Oleksandr Kurdydyk
Ms Natalia Pakhomovska  photo Ms Natalia Pakhomovska
Mr Illya Sverdlov  photo Mr Illya Sverdlov
Mrs Olga Vorozhbyt  photo Mrs Olga Vorozhbyt
Ms Galyna Zagorodniuk  photo Ms Galyna Zagorodniuk
Number of lawyers : 4,000
at this office : 45
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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.

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