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DLA Piper
77A CHERVONOARMIYSKA VUL
03150 KYIV
Ukraine

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

DLA Piper has a strong finance, projects and restructuring practice that is heavily involved in advising both lenders and borrowers on the financing of high-value projects, notably in the energy sector. The majority of the work done by Oleksandr Kurdydyk's team is project finance, though it also has significant expertise in asset finance and leasing, bank lending, trade finance, debt capital markets, restructuring and insolvency, derivatives and securitisation. Among its clients are banks, private equity sponsors,  development finance institutions and corporate borrowers.

Key clients

Hutchison Westports Limited

Black Sea Trade and Development Bank

OPIC

Cyprus Popular Bank

PJSC Citibank

UniCredit Bank

Payoneer

Kyivstar

Pegasus Aviation

China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC)

EBRD

PwC Ukraine

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

DLA Piper has 'an excellent team with very diverse experience and a client-oriented approach'. The team acts for international and Ukrainian clients in complex cross-border M&A transactions. It also handles business establishment, joint ventures, capital markets deals and corporate restructurings, as well as advising on general commercial and corporate governance issues. Newly promoted partner Alla Kozachenko now leads the practice, since Margarita Karpenko founded the firm's new employment and benefits practice. Galyna Zagorodniuk handles M&A and competition matters in key sectors including manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, hospitality and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG).

Testimonials

We appreciate the responsiveness and the direct, efficient and down-to-earth approach of DLA Piper. They also helped us to better understand, from a business perspective, the local legal environment, which is quite specific. They allocate resources in a responsible way, not overspending time when not appropriate.

The firm is easy to deal with and has a quick and professional manner.

Olena Martsynovska is responsive and open-minded and Anastasiya Bolkhovitinova is fast and responsive.

Key clients

Perion Network

Pfizer

Mondelez

Aristocrat Leisure

Jacobs Ukraine (JDE)

Mohawk

Competition Tier 1

DLA Piper focuses on handling merger clearances for major transactions in the Ukrainian market. In addition, the team assists high-profile clients such as Pfizer and Mondelez with compliance, and advises on the competition aspects of joint ventures, shareholders' agreements, commercial agreements and trade practices, and IP issues. Practice head Galyna Zagorodniuk also assists with competition investigations and represents clients before the Antimonopoly Committee in abuse of dominance, cartel and unfair competition cases.

Key clients

Ferrero International S.A.

Pfizer Inc.

Haas Group

Michelin

Comverse, Inc.

Mondelez

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Jacobs Douwe Egberts

Kyivstar

Pharma Start LLC

Employment Tier 1

DLA Piper's employment and benefits practice was formally created in 2019, having previously operated as part of the corporate department. Practice head Margarita Karpenko has expertise in hiring and dismissals, employee stock options and incentive plans, the transfer of employees and employment compliance. Her team, which is described as 'extremely service-oriented and a great local partner', also advises on employment contracts, union negotiations, disputes and immigration. Senior associate Olena Martsynovska is noted for her advice on cross-border matters.

Testimonials

‘The DLA Piper team provided very strong and well-founded legal recommendations within the agreed period of time. These recommendations helped to resolve the issues at hand, which was essential for the continued effective operation of the client.’

‘Olena Martsynovska and Anastasiya Bolkhovitinova were very responsive to calls and meeting requests, and added strong value to the final legal recommendation, which was very highly appreciated by the client.’

‘Margarita Karpenko delivered best-practice expertise to the case.’

‘Olena Martsynovska is outstanding in terms of local employment law knowledge, as well as providing and delivering on the most pragmatic strategy. I would recommend her anytime.’

‘The team of DLA Piper Ukraine is great, very flexible and helpful with our requests. Compared to the majority of my other legal service providers, they are way more willing to go above and beyond with their assistance.’

‘Olena Martynsovska and Halyna Fulei really stand out thanks to their prompt reactions.’

Key clients

Adobe

Inchcape Shipping Services

Skyrizon Ukraine

CEB, Inc

Aristocrat Leisure

Pfizer

Starry

Kyivstar

Perion Network

Intellectual property Tier 1

DLA Piper handles patents, trade marks, advertising and branding issues, copyright, trade secrets and designs. Natalia Pakhomovska's team is heavily involved in non-contentious IP work, including complex filing strategies and audits, and is increasingly active in contentious matters, handling pre-court procedures, IP litigation, negotiations, cease and desist letters, and the development of IP protection strategies. Legal director Natalia Kirichenko is experienced in IP and technology matters.

Real estate and construction Tier 1

DLA Piper is a key name for market-leading cross-border real estate transactions, and assists with the property aspects of large M&A deals. It frequently handles high-value real estate, construction and land matters for international and Ukrainian companies, as well as government institutions including the US Embassy in Kiev. Practice head Natalia Kochergina is highly regarded in the market and handles deals in the retail, infrastructure, sea port, agriculture, and commercial and industrial real estate sectors.

Testimonials

I appreciate that I have a team assigned to my projects that include everyone from partner to associate. For each project and each stage of each project, DLA Piper assigns the work to the appropriate level team member. I receive and pay for partner level service when that is needed and I pay for associate level service when that is all that is needed, and every level in between.

The follow up from individuals on outstanding projects is excellent. In addition, they don’t hesitate to assist with additional services that may be outside the scope of the initial project as needed.  When required, they confirm my preference for assistance with additional services needed beyond project scope and then execute on the in-scope work as well as the out-of-scope work.

Key clients

Hutchison Westports Limited

McDonald’s

Pfizer

Aristocrat Leisure

Statsbygg (Norwegian Directorate of Public Construction and Property)

Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

BB Energy

Cargill

Leroy Merlin Ukraine

Zeppelin Ukraine GmbH

Billa Ukraine

DFDS A/S

Red Hat Limited

AirSlate Inc.

HERE Global

US Embassy

White-collar crime Tier 1

DLA Piper is 'top-notch for its understanding of the law and a breadth and depth of experience'. The firm handles complex, high-stakes multi-jurisdictional compliance and investigation matters for companies and their executives. Olga Vorozhbyt leads the team, which grew with the hire of two specialists - legal director Yuri Rudenko from SDM Partners LLC and associate Artem Krykun-Trush from the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine. Associate Vladyslav Danyleiko is another key name.

Testimonials

Olga Vorozhbyt is outstanding counsel and stands out from her peers for her ability to recognize the salient issues and incorporate them into the best strategy for the situation. Olga is a strategic thinker that does not get lost in details – rather, she is laser-focused on achieving the client’s goals.

The overall impression is highly positive. The team valuable qualities include high professional level of experience and knowledge, proper speed of work, practical approach to consulting and advising, proper level of getting to know the peculiarities of the business and decision makers.

Olga Vorozhbyt is a strong and effective manager and leader of the team. Yaroslav Yarovyi and Vladyslav Danyleiko conducted highly professional interviews and requested required information just right to the point without overloading business with irrelevant questions.

It has a great solid team of excellent specialists.

I am glad to recommend the outstanding white-collar crime practice of DLA Piper Ukraine. I am delighted by our co-operation, and note that the team has handled the case with exceptional care and professionalism, responding in a timely manner to various issues and keeping us up-to-date where needed.

For me as counsel, it was very pleasing to see the team taking care of every aspect of the case, only seeking our input or approval where definitely needed. I would like to also remark their thoroughness of research, creative approaches and attention to detail. I remain extremely satisfied with the quality of services provided.

Throughout our engagement, I have been in close contact with Oleksii Gerasymchuk, who was very reliable and instilled great confidence. He is definitely a lawyer you would like to have on your project. The project was headed by Olga Vorozhbyt, to whom credit must be given for addressing our general concerns, developing an in-depth strategy and being in complete charge of the project.

Olga Vorozhbyt is a very charismatic lawyer in whom you have absolute confidence in terms of representing you before a court or in negotiations.

A very professional and dedicated team. It was a pleasure to work with the team on a difficult and non-standard project.

Quick availability and readiness to help, and the team is very client-oriented with deep insights and professional scrupulousness in its approach to non-standard issues.

The outstanding leader is obviously Olga Vorozhbyt, who was able within several years to build a strong team of 8 individuals reporting to her. Major senior associates that require mentioning are Yaroslav Yarovyi, whose outstanding advice on sanctions and export controls our company included into the Group guidance as advice to follow and Vladyslav Danyleiko, who is known for this thinking outside of the box and respective advice.

The firm is orientated to solve the client’s problems within an acceptable timeframe. The team were all of the same mindset as far as I got to know them.

Key clients

PFIZER

Dispute resolution Tier 2

DLA Piper launched its dispute resolution practice in Kiev in 2016 and is has quickly carved out a prominent position in the market. Practice head Olga Vorozhbyt, who has expertise in domestic and cross-border litigation, arbitration and white-collar crime investigations, has seen the firm's roster of domestic and international clients grow quickly, and it is now increasingly involved in complex and multi-faceted disputes, both in Ukraine and internationally. Often handling parallel cross-border litigation and arbitration proceedings, the firm acts for large companies such as PwC Ukraine, Swissport and Pfizer.

Testimonials

The team has provided us with legal support in several litigation matters over several years. The advice on the next steps to take was always very clearly set out and we were kept informed on the progress of all cases.

Associate Vladyslav Danyleiko is very responsive and has great English skills, which made it easy to understand the progress of the cases and to give instructions on how to proceed.

We used their services for a local dispute and they were able to handle the case with great results, for a competitive price, and without requiring much effort on our side.

Senior associate Oleksii Gerasymchuk was helpful, with good English and he was always available.

Key clients

PWC UKRAINE

VIBER MEDIA S.A.R.L.

SWISSPORT

PFIZER

Energy Tier 2

DLA Piper handles the drafting of concession and licence agreements, as well as gas supply and power purchase agreements and construction contracts. It is also active in project finance and contentious matters in the energy sector. Head of finance Oleksandr Kurdydyk and head of corporate Galyna Zagorodniuk are the key partners in the practice, which counts General Electric and the US International Development Finance Corporation (previously Opic) among its clients.

Key clients

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

U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (previously the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC))

General Electric

Tax Tier 2

DLA Piper advises the tax departments of multinational and Ukrainian companies on complex cross-border matters and their local tax needs in other jurisdictions. The practice led by Illya Sverdlov has strong capabilities in international tax, transfer pricing and tax disputes. On transactional side, it handles both inbound and outbound investments, including large M&A deals and post-merger integrations and restructurings. Its work in contentious matters includes tax audits, administrative appeals and criminal tax matters. Maersk, Toshiba and Pfizer are among its high-profile corporate clients.

Key clients

EPAM Systems

Maersk

Toshiba

Pfizer

Cyprus Popular Bank Public Co. Ltd

Mondelez Ukraine

Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

Carlsberg

Adobe

Jabil Circuit

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 alla.kozachenko@dlapiper.com +380 44 490 9575
Finance, Projects & Restructuring Oleksandr Kurdydyk oleksandr.kurdydyk@dlapiper.com +380 44 490 9575
Intellectual Property & Technology Natalia Pakhomovska natalia.pakhomovska@dlapiper.com +380 44 490 9575
Employment and Benefits Margarita Karpenko margarita.karpenko@dlapiper.com +380 44 490 9575
Litigation & Regulatory Olga Vorozhbyt olga.vorozhbyt@dlapiper.com +380 44 490 9575
Real Estate and Construction Natalia Kochergina natalia.kochergina@dlapiper.com +380 44 490 9575
Antitrust and Competition Galyna Zagorodniuk galyna.zagorodniuk@dlapiper.com +380 44 490 9575
Tax Illya Sverdlov illya.sverdlov@dlapiper.com +380 44 490 9575
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Vladyslav Danyleiko  photo Mr Vladyslav Danyleiko
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
 Olena Martsynovska  photo Olena Martsynovska
Ms Natalia Pakhomovska  photo Ms Natalia Pakhomovska
Mrs Olga Vorozhbyt  photo Mrs Olga Vorozhbyt
Ms Galyna Zagorodniuk  photo Ms Galyna Zagorodniuk
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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.

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