Best practices

  • The European Legal 500 Law Firms in Europe - 2001 Edition 2001

    ... As noted above, the most important measure of the local Ukrainian firms is their ability to service international clients to the standards expected. On this score, Vasil Kisil & Partners is the most frequently recommended local firm.
    The name of the partner Vasil Kisil is particularly respected for his client-handling skills, and the firm as a whole has the strongest name of any Ukrainian firm for service delivery.

  • Chambers Global 2007: Corporate/Commercial 2006

    This is one of Ukraine’s longest established firms, renowned for its provision of “comprehensive support and a balanced service.” The firm is “a formidable force” in litigation matters, with a number of lawyers being respected experts in this area.

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers 2006 2006

    Vasil Kisil & Partners is the best all-around Ukrainian Law firm, with quality lawyers in virtually every area. "Father of the firm" Vasil Kisil is probably the leader on Ukrainian civil law matters. Oleg Makarov consistently impresses peers on the other side and is extremely well regarded for his litigation practice.

  • Chambers Europe 2008: Real Estate 2008

    The Firm: This is a “solid local outfit that provides sound, sensible advice.” Two partners and ten associates advise a client roster including real estate developers and building companies, and they offer legal support throughout the building process.
    The Lawyers: Clients praise up-and-coming partner Oleksandr Khomenko for his “co-operative and constructive approach to getting the deal done.”

  • Chambers Europe 2008: Dispute Resolution 2008

    The Firm: One of the longest-standing firms in Ukraine, this group is complimented for its “exceptionally strong and widely respected” practice. Peers point out that the team is “solid and established in litigation, and is always seen in action in the courts,” while clients report that it “definitely delivers academically well-grounded opinions and good, practical advice.”
    One peer added: “We are always confident when referring our clients to this firm.”
    The Lawyers: “A stellar name with hands-on experience in the courts,” Vadym Belyanevych recently joined the team from Sergiy Koziakov & Partners. Sources say his “active day-to-day involvement, strengthened by his excellent academic credentials” makes him “a super litigator.”
    Another “celebrated name in litigation,” Oleg Makarov is highly acclaimed by observers for his “extensive practice” and his “rational and thoughtful approach to work.” One peer said: “When you stand against him in court, it’s like playing chess - it is always challenging and interesting.”
    Up-and-coming Oleksiy Filatov is credited by clients for his “proactive approach” and for going “deep into the details of cases.”

  • Ukrainian Lawyers 2008. CLIENT CHOICE 2008

    According to the II Annual Research conducted by YUR.GAZETA (Ukrainian legal weekly) "Ukrainian Lawyers 2008. Client Choice" six of Vasil Kisil & Partners' prominent law professionals made the list of Ukraine’s top 50 lawyers.
    The results of the research are comprised on the basis of surveying corporate lawyers of 650 leading Ukrainian companies who answered the following question: "Whom of the lawyers in Ukraine (apart from your employees) would you entrust solving your company’s legal problems?" VKP’s Senior Partner Vasil I. Kisil, Managing Partner Oleg Makarov, Partner and Head of Real Estate Practice Oleksandr Khomenko, Councillor Dr. Vadym Belyanevych, Councillor Dr. Tatyana Slipachuk and Senior Associate Natalia Dotsenko-Belous were named client choice based on their professional skills and personal qualities.
    More over, this year, Oleg Makarov was recognized as Ukraine’s Litigation Practice Leader and Natalia Dotsenko-Belous - as a Real Estate Practice Leader, while VKP’s Senior Associate Andriy Stelmashchuk made the “Top-10 Young & Talented” list, which was put together for the very first time and highlights bright individuals under the age of 35 chosen by the editorial board of the research.

  • Chambers Global 2008: Corporate/Commercial Band 2008

    The Firm: With a client base encompassing both the public and private sectors, this “rock solid” corporate practice provides expertise in numerous areas. These include the formation and restructuring of companies and joint ventures, creating subsidiaries, handling M&A transactions and takeovers, privatisations, franchising and tax advice.
    The firm’s traditional cornerstone of resolving corporate disputes also remains a particular strength. Interviewees see senior partner Vasil Kisil as the firm’s major advantage …the general opinion is that the team is “incredibly responsive, diligent and practical” and the firm continues to command “a notable reputation.”

  • Best Lawyers International 2009 2009

    Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. For a quarter century, it has helped lawyers and clients find legal counsel in unfamiliar jurisdictions or unfamiliar specialties. Best Lawyers compiles lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. For the first time in 2009 this rating encompassed Ukraine and as a result Vasil Kisil & Partners was ranked #1 in the country with 10 attorneys listed as leading practitioners in their field, ranked #1 in Ukraine in Arbitration and Mediation, #1 in Litigation and #1 in Real Estate.
    The Best Lawyers Board of Advisors includes legal luminaries from almost every major world economy as well as general counsel from global companies with business on every continent. Vasil Kisil & Partners’ Managing Partner Oleg Makarov was offered an honorable duty to represent Ukrainian legal community on the Advisory Board along with three more reputable practitioners representing leading national law firms.
    Commenting on his election to serve on Best Lawyers Advisory Board Mr. Makarov, who was rated as leading arbitration, mediation and litigation practitioner by Best Lawyers peer-review, said: “What pleases me the most is the fact that Vasil Kisil & Partners team secured us a #1 position among Ukrainian law firms in the very first edition of this rating covering our region. I am proud to see as many as 10 of my distinguished colleagues listed here, including Dr. Kisil (ranked #1 in Arbitration and Mediation, Investment, Litigation and Corporate), Vadym Belyanevych (#1 in Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation), Oleg Alyoshin (#1 in Litigation and Real Estate), Oleksiy Filatov ((#1 in Litigation), Dr. Tatyana Slipachuk, FCIArb. (#1 in Arbitration and Mediation), Denis Lysenko (#1 in Corporate), Oksana Voynarovska (Labor and Employment), Maria Nizhnik (Antirust) and Natalia Dotsenko-Belous (Real Estate)”.

  • IFLR 1000 (International Financial Law Review) 2009 2009

    IFLR1000 2009 lists Vasil Kisil & Partners as one of Ukraine’s financial and corporate law firms at the top of its profession.
    Compiled by a team of dedicated specialist legal journalists based in New York, London and Hong Kong, the IFLR1000 is the only publication of its kind to focus on the leading law firms for corporate finance worldwide. The guide is now in its 19th edition, and has grown to cover more than 100 jurisdictions.
    This year Vasil Kisil & Partners received notable mention for its banking and finance practice and was recommended in the area of Mergers and Acquisitions for a number of notable transaction, many of which featured partner Denis Lysenko.

  • Chambers Europe 2009: Corporate Real Estate 2009

    This two-partner local team comprises 15 fee earners and is able to handle the gamut of real estate work, including transactional, advisory and construction matters. Its client portfolio consists mainly of international investors and developers, though it also maintains a substantial local clientele. It is widely praised for its experience in construction projects, where it takes on every detail from start to finish. It specialises in residential, commercial and hotel projects, and is also skilled in infrastructure and agricultural matters.
    The team is currently advising Seven Hills on the development and construction aspects of a major residential project in Kyiv. It was also instructed by Globus Asset Management to advise on the Golden Beach development, a hotel and multistorey residential project on the coast near Yalta in the Crimea. Oleksandr Khomenko is one of the team’s leading partners. He has a strong reputation in the market for his skills in a vast array of real estate and construction-related work.

  • Chambers Europe 2009: Corporate/Commercial 2009

    With a “good-sized team, exposure to significant deals and hands-on training,” this local outfit is capable of handling international transactions and provides a Western standard of service, report interviewees. In addition to its skills in corporate and commercial work, the practice stands out in the fields of M&A, real estate and litigation. Senior partner at the firm and a renowned professor of Ukrainian law, Vasil Kisil has excellent contacts at all levels of the market.

  • Chambers Europe 2009: Dispute Resolution 2009

    The dispute resolution practice at this independent firm maintains its place at the top thanks to its fantastic track record in court. It handles arbitration and litigation, internationally and locally, with a particular focus on corporate litigation.
    Led by the head of the litigation practice Oleksiy Filatov, it recently represented Ofer Kerzner in a shareholders’ dispute with real estate company First Ukrainian Development over 15% of the shares in the company. It also acted for Eurosport in several matters involving infringement of trade marks, copyright and neighbouring rights in Ukraine.
    Well-known litigation lawyer Vadym Belyanevych often contributes to the field through his legal publishing.
    Managing partner Oleg Makarov is renowned for his specialisation in domestic and international litigation, recently acting for Biofarma on a dispute against the Ukrainian Ministry of Health.

  • Chambers Europe 2010: Real Estate 2010

    This accomplished team provides an integrated service with its corporate and tax teams. The group's work in agricultural transactions comes strongly recommended, as does its construction advice. It represented the Scorpio Real Estate Group on a USD150 million residential skyscraper venture in Kyiv. Another significant mandate is representing Mott MacDonald on its role in the USD2.4 billion Kyiv outer ring road project. Counsellor Alexander Borodkin is set to make a great impact on the market, say sources. “He is very clever and really knows the specifics of the Ukrainian market,” according to clients.
    http://www.chambersandpartners.com/Europe/Editorial/37369

  • Chambers Europe 2010:Intellectual Property 2010

    This disputes heavyweight "has the resources required for complex IP litigation,” say interviewees. It leads the way in IP litigation, and leaves “no stone unturned” in its advisory work on trade marks and copyrights. Recent mandates include defending Eurosport over anti-piracy matters. Clients unanimously agree that IP partner Oleksiy Filatov is “very sharp in court,” adding: “He has a phenomenal amount of knowledge about the Ukrainian courts and laws.”
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  • Chambers Europe 2010: Employment 2010

    This prominent local firm is praised for its solid experience in employment matters. It has successfully expanded its practice and attracted international mandates, commentators observe. A recent highlight was advising on the restructuring of a big international client. Oleksiy Filatov is the main contact.
    http://www.chambersandpartners.com/Europe/Editorial/37370

  • Chambers Europe 2010: Dispute Resolution 2010

    This 20-lawyer litigation team has earned its market position on the back of its history as one of the longest-serving disputes groups in the market. It is housed within a large, full-service firm and as a consequence handles a wide spectrum of cases. The firm is best known as a leader in the domestic litigation market, although its client roster also includes international corporations such as Vanco Prykerchenska, which it is representing against the Ukrainian Ministry for the Environment. The recession has prompted a number of insolvent companies to seek counsel, and the team also represented the chemicals manufacturer DuPont in disputes against defaulting debtors in Ukraine. Acting for the same company, the firm demonstrated its IP expertise in litigations over patents and unfair competition. Lecturing and publishing widely, Vadym Belyanevych is also a “practical litigator and a real strategist,” say peers. Department head Oleksiy Filatov is building a strong reputation in Ukraine for being “sharp and quick in court.” Managing partner, Oleg Makarov continues to win praise as a determined and decisive litigator.
    http://www.chambersandpartners.com/Europe/Editorial/37367

  • Chambers Global 2010: Corporate / Commercial 2010

    Market sources say this solid local player has both an established reputation and the potential to grow. The team of 15 predominantly advises international strategic investors and a number of European private equity funds. “Its clients include a loyal base of prominent international as well as notable Russian and Ukrainian names," commentators confirm. Its key mandates have included an instruction by Central European Media Enterprises to conduct due diligence on one of the leading Ukrainian broadcasting companies. The team also acted for Energy Standard Fund on a number of acquisitions and an intragroup restructuring. The firm is also often engaged by prominent international and Russian law firms regarding the local aspects of cross-border deals. Founding partner Vasil Kisil is widely respected by market sources as an undisputed figure of authority: "The firm lives by his standards," declared a source. Hands-on Denis Lysenko is appreciated as “a dedicated problem solver."
    http://www.chambersandpartners.com/Global/Editorial/37907

  • Best Lawyers International 2010 2010

    Founded in 1981 and first published in 1983, Best Lawyers is the oldest lawyer-rating publication in the U.S., and the gold standard for accuracy and integrity. Published for more than a quarter of a century, Best Lawyers in America® has been regarded as “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice,” according to The American Lawyer. Since 2009, it has been rating Ukrainian lawyers as well. The inclusion in this publication represents a unique and substantial achievement in 10 practice areas, which seven of Vasil Kisil & Partners legal practitioners obtained for the second time in a row. In 2010 Best Lawyers® recommends Vasil Kisil (Corporate, Investment, Litigation), Oleg Makarov (Arbitration and Mediation, Investment, Litigation, Real Estate, Tax), Oleg Alyoshin (Arbitration and Mediation, Construction, Litigation, Real Estate), Vadym Belyanevych (Arbitration and Mediation, Litigation), Denis Lysenko (Antitrust, Corporate, Investment, Mergers and Acquisitions), Tatyana Slipachuk (Arbitration and Mediation), Natalia Dotsenko-Belous (Real Estate).
    Selection to Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey comprising more than three million confidential evaluations by top attorneys. Because no fee or purchase is required, being listed in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

  • Legal 500 2010: Tax 2010

    Vasil Kisil & Partners has a very good reputation for tax litigation. Denis Lysenko and Oleksiy Filatov are recommended as the main contacts.

  • Legal 500 2010: Banking, Finance and Capital Markets 2010

    At Vasil Kisil & Partners, Denis Lysenko and Yulia Kyrpa are praised for their ‘in-depth local knowledge, combined with clarity of advice and business-oriented approach, and good knowledge of the industry and local business environment’. On the restructuring side, it advised Panorama Group on the restructuring of a $139m loan from EBRD.

  • Legal 500 2010: Corporate and M&A 2010

    Vasil Kisil & Partners’ ‘excellent’ practice benefits from a strong corporate team, which includes Denis Lysenko, who ‘is the bright representative of the young generation of Ukrainian professional lawyers’. Recent highlights for the team include advising Central European Media Enterprises on a potential joint venture.

  • Legal 500 2010: Intellectual Property 2010

    Backed up by a first class litigation team, Vasil Kisil & Partners is also top notch for IP. The firm has been representing a number of major industrial and media clients on related patent and trade mark disputes. Partner Oleksiy Filatov is the main point of contact for IP matters.

  • Legal 500 2010: Real Estate and Construction 2010

    Headed by Oleg Alyoshin, Vasil Kisil & Partners has a superb reputation within the market. Recent highlights include advising Ukrautodor, alongside Mott MacDonald, on developing a $1.4bn road concession project, the first of its kind in Ukraine. Other clients include Mirax, Globus Asset Management and Ukrainian Investment Engineering.

  • Legal 500 2010: Dispute Resolution 2010

    Vasil Kisil & Partners’ name partner Vasil Kisil is considered ‘a legend for litigation’, and the firm as a whole has few rivals. A major recent case was for Central European Media Enterprises in a dispute over the controlling stake in Studio 1+1, one of Ukraine’s largest TV broadcasters. Oleksiy Filatov and Oleg Makarov come highly recommended.

  • Who’s Who Legal CIS 2010 2010

    An independent legal research publication Who’s Who Legal CIS 2010, which in 2010 published its first analytical overview of the CIS legal market, recommends Vasil Kisil & Partners as a leading firm.
    Oleg Alyoshyn and Dr. Tetyana Slipachuk, FCIArb. received high recommendations as arbitration experts. Mr. Oleg Alyoshyn is described as a 'highly skilled' lawyer representing clients in various jurisdictions acting as a Ukrainian law adviser.
    Dr. Tetyana Slipachuk, FCIArb, a Leader of the International Arbitration Practice Group, who repeatedly participated in arbitrations as an arbitrator nominated by a party to the arbitration, as a sole arbitrator, and as a Chairman of the Arbitral Tribunal, and represented the parties as an authorized representative was characterized by the publication an 'extremely good' professional.
    Besides, Mrs. Slipachuk was recognized as an 'excellent' international trade adviser.
    The Litigation Practice Group of the firm was honored by the publication for its two talented professionals. Mr. Oleksiy Filatov, a Leader of the Litigation Practice Group, who is an 'expert in IP litigation' and Mr. Oleg Makarov, a Managing Partner of the firm, and a 'star' with over 20 years of litigation experience.
    Mr. Denis Lysenko who has 'an impressive wealth of experience' in competition law, including the cooperation with the European Commission in the competition and antitrust law matters is a highly recommended professional in this field.
    Besides, Mr. Lysenko received recommendations as an M&A expert for his significant experience of representing international investors in cross-border deals.
    Mrs. Oksana Voynarovska, a Counsellor of Vasil Kisil & Partners, was named a 'tremendous' expert in labor and employment law.

  • IFLR 1000 (International Financial Law Review) 2010 2010

    Mergers & Acquisitions
    Vasil Kisil & Partners is a local firm that is attracting praise from the market. "They are a consistent firm," says one rival, while another comments: "They are an impressive local firm, doing well."
    Compiled by a team of dedicated specialist legal journalists based in New York, London and Hong Kong, the IFLR1000 is the only publication of its kind to focus on the leading law firms for corporate finance worldwide. The guide is now in its 19th edition, and has grown to cover more than 100 jurisdictions.

  • Legal 500 2011: Banking, Finance and Capital Markets 2011

    Vasil Kisil & Partners impresses with some excellent feedback and impressive transactions.
    The ‘highly knowledgeable’ and ‘dynamic’ Denis Lysenko heads the team, which is considered ‘one of the best in Ukraine’. ‘In comparison with other Ukrainian law firms, this firm stands out for its excellent knowledge of Ukrainian law, combined with experience on international deals and an ability to deliver high-quality advice tailored for the matter’.
    Highlights included advising Delta Bank on the acquisition of a $390m loan portfolio and underlying security of Ukrprombank.

  • Legal 500 2011: Corporate/M&A 2011

    Denis Lysenko, who heads Vasil Kisil & Partners increasingly well-regarded corporate practice, enjoys an excellent reputation in the market.
    The firm has been involved in several major transactions and advised Vympel Communications and Alfa Group on the buyout of a 20% minority stake in a major Ukrainian telecoms operator. Other clients include POSCO, Energy Standard Group and Expert Capital.

  • Legal 500 2011: Dispute Resolution 2011

    Few will challenge Vasil Kisil & Partners’ market leading position for dispute resolution.
    The firm meets the ‘highest standards of practice’ and is ‘the best Ukrainian law firm by a distance, and the only one providing a truly global service to global clients’.
    ‘It is made up of extremely well recognised practitioners and academics, and is clearly incredibly well versed in Ukrainian law, as well as international arbitration’. Managing partner Oleg Makarov, the ‘incredibly thoughtful, commanding and impressive’ litigation head Oleksiy Filatov, international arbitration specialist Tatyana Slipachuk and Yaroslav Tekyluk all come highly recommended.
    Highlights included advising Swedbank in several disputes regarding outstanding receivables worth over $100m.
    Досягнення включають представлення інтересів шведської банківської групи «Swedbank» у декількох судових спорах на загальну суму 100 млн. дол. США щодо непогашених дебіторської заборгованості та заставних».

  • Legal 500 2011: Intellectual Property 2011

    Oleksiy Filatov heads a very strong team at Vasil Kisil & Partners, whose clients include Du Pont, which it has represented on several patent disputes, as well as EuroSport, which instructed the team on a trade mark cancellation matter. Yaroslav Teklyuk is also recommended.

  • Legal 500 2011: Real Estate & Construction 2011

    Vasil Kisil & Partners has an excellent reputation for real estate and construction work, both on the non-contentious and contentious side, where it is backed up by one of the country’s top disputes teams.
    Oleg Alyoshin heads the team, which is advising Seven Hills on the Park Avenue project in Kiev, which comprises five multi-storey mixed-use buildings.
    The firm also represented the DIY store operator, Leroy Merlin, on its expansion projects in Ukraine. The firm has also been very active in the agribusiness sector.

  • Legal 500 2011: Tax 2011

    Vasil Kisil & Partners has a far reaching tax practice, with managing partner Oleg Makarov and litigation head Oleksiy Filatov the main contacts on the contentious front, and the ‘very good’ Denis Lysenko on the non-contentious side.

  • Chambers Global 2011: Dispute Resolution 2011

    Head of department Oleksiy Filatov is hailed by sources as "a very talented and pragmatic lawyer." His recent cross-border work includes representing Swedish banking group Swedbank in a USD100 million dispute regarding outstanding receivables and mortgages.
    Interviewees champion partner Oleg Makarov as "a guiding light at the firm."
    Vadym Belyanevych enjoys a well-deserved reputation as an outstanding litigator. His skills were on display representing international pharmaceutical company Astellas Pharma in disputes with Ukraine's Ministry of Health.
    Meanwhile, partner Tatyana Slipachuk is building a strong presence in the market and winning recognition for her litigation skills.

  • Chambers Global 2011: Corporate/Commercial 2011

    This firm has built up a well-deserved reputation in the corporate field for its domestic and cross-border work. Recent highlights include conducting due diligence for Korean company Posco and Russia's VimpelCom and Alfa Group in relation to M&A transactions. Partner Denis Lysenko is head of the corporate department.
    http://www.chambersandpartners.com/Global/Editorial/42289#org_2584

  • WTR 1000 (World Trademark Review) 2011

    One of Ukraine’s most celebrated full-service firms, Vasil Kisil & Partners boasts high-level expertise in all major practice areas, not least intellectual property. It has a well-developed trademark prosecution practice and also undertakes a substantial amount of transactional and contractual trademark work.
    However, the IP group shines particularly brightly for its expert handling of complex civil trademark litigation and its initiatives to protect clients from the scourge of counterfeiting in Ukraine. The firm caters to the needs of both domestic and foreign enterprises, and is hailed in particular for the commerciality of its advice and the efficiency of its approach.
    Oleksiy Filatov is a primary contact for IP matters and also heads the firm’s litigation practice, while Oleksandr Mamunya stands out for his trademark litigation expertise.

  • Who’s Who Legal CIS 2011 2011

    Arbitration
    Nominees from Vasil Kisil & Partners appear twice. Tatyana Slipachuk is chair of the international arbitration group and acts as a party-appointed arbitrator, sole arbitrator and as chair of the arbitral tribunal, as well as counsel, and was recently appointed vice chair of the International Bar Association's arbitration committee for 2011. Oleg Alyoshin is also highly rated and garnered recommendations from across Ukraine.
    Commercial Litigation
    Oleksiy Filatov is the head of the litigation practice group at Vasil Kisil & Partners in Ukraine and peers praised his “impressive” work in competition, IP and administrative disputes. Oleg Makarov is the firm’s managing partner and a “leading authority” in domestic and international litigation, with “an arsenal” of expertise in tax, investments, securities and bankruptcy law.
    Competition
    Vasil Kisil & Partners is a firm to feature twice in this chapter. Dens Lysenko has as “international reputation” as a result of working with the European Commission on Competition matters. Alongside him, Mariya Nizhnik scored very highly and is listed for the first time.
    Construction & Real Estate
    Vasil Kisil & Partners’ real estate group is led by the “eminently qualified” Oleg Alyoshin.
    Management Labour & Employment
    Oksana Voynarovska at Vasil Kisil & Partners is “exceptionally experienced” in labour contracts, collective agreements, dismissal and termination and employment affecting cross-border business, among other areas.
    Mergers & Acquisitions
    At Vasil Kisil & Partners Denis Lysenko specializes in banking, finance, competition and investments, among other areas. He has worked extensively in cross-border transactions for Ukrainian and international companies. He is joined by Oleksiy Filatov who specializes in litigation, competition and IP-related matters. He also features in the commercial litigation chapter.
    Trade & Customs
    Tatyana Slipachuk is “a superb lawyer” consistently recommended to researchers and Nataliya Mykolska is “an active, responsive and talented adviser”.

  • IFLR 1000 (International Financial Law Review) 2011 2011

    Banking & Finance
    Vasil Kisil & Partners remains a strong law firm in Ukraine.
    In the firm's stand-out deal, partner Denis Lysenko advised Swedbank on the restructuring of its non-performing subsidiary in Ukraine and on solvency and liquidity issues.
    One client says: "I found Denis [Lysenko] to be responsive and thorough and his advice generally to be pragmatic rather than recitations of laws and requirements."
    Mergers & Acquisitions
    Vasil Kisil & Partners' stand-out deal from the last 12 months was advising Vympel Communications on the sale of a 20% minority stake in its Ukrainian subsidiary Golden Telecom to a confidential company. The deal, led by partner Denis Lysenko, involved the application of newly established investment rules in the Ukraine.
    http://www.iflr1000.com/JurisdictionFirm/1541/7/Vasil-Kisil--Partners.html#Jurisdiction123

  • Chambers Global 2012: Corporate / Commercial 2012

    Sources highlight corporate practice head Denis Lysenko's professionalism, responsiveness and managerial skills. He is the lead partner on most significant deals handled by the firm, including the Danone-Unimilk joint venture and several banking M&A transactions.
    Today, senior partner Vasil Kisil plays a largely ambassadorial role at the firm, but retains a glowing reputation for the career and firm he has built, and remains a key contact.
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  • Chambers Europe 2012: Competition\Antitrust 2012

    This prestigious local firm offers a strong competition practice which is visible on merger control cases as well as investigations with high potential liabilities. The team also assists with antitrust compliance audits, abuse of dominance proceedings and concerted action investigations. Recent clients of the competition practice include PAI partners, Dell and Philips.
    Sources say: “A growing practice, especially visible on merger control work.” "A strong firm for competition."
    KEY INDIVIDUALS: Practice head Denis Lysenko has formidable experience across the full range of competition law issues. He assisted Hewlett-Packard with the merger clearance issues involved in its USD13.9 billion acquisition of EDS.
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  • Chambers Europe 2012: Tax 2012

    This leading local firm advises on international tax planning and provides tax support for corporate transactions. The firm is well known for its strength in dispute resolution, and the tax team handles a range of contentious cases. It has well-developed knowledge of the financial sector, and regularly advises on complex issues such as the restructuring of loan portfolios and the taxation of high-risk securities. Other notable activity includes creating the legal and tax structures for sizeable corporate acquisitions involving holding companies in multiple jurisdictions.
    Sources say: “The level of competence and expertise is very high; I have rarely seen better.”
    KEY INDIVIDUALS: Denis Lysenko is the contact for the team.
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  • Chambers Europe 2012: Dispute Resolution 2012

    Undoubtedly the strongest name in dispute resolution in Ukraine, Vasil Kisil & Partners continues to set the standard for litigation in the country. The four-partner, 20-lawyer team provides both litigation and international arbitration services.
    A wealth of experience at the highest level and a mastery of legal strategy are what set the firm apart. Recent highlights include representing BNP Paribas and its subsidiary UkrSibbank in a range of disputes with Ukrainian Metallurgical relating to a minority shareholder buyout clause worth USD458 million. Another major case for the team was acting for Vanco Prykerchenska in a dispute with the Ministry of Environmental Protection arising from the government’s unilateral termination of the Hydrocarbons Sharing Agreement, the commercial value of which is put at USD1 billion.
    Sources say: "I think the firm is exceptional. By international standards it is great. It is the leader in the country.” “The firm was very effective: from first contact it understood our problem. In a few days it presented a realistic strategy that it implemented with great success.”
    KEY INDIVIDUALS: International clients in particular recommend Oleksiy Filatov, with one interviewee commenting that “he is exceptional, an absolute must, a first port of call for people from common law jurisdictions." He focuses on international arbitration, corporate and banking disputes, and was the lead partner on the USD458 million BNP Paribas minority shareholder dispute. He also represented Pacific International Sports, a minority shareholder in Dynamo Kyiv, regarding a dispute for the recovery of damages arising out of an abuse of shareholders' rights.
    Sources consider managing partner Oleg Makarov to be “a brilliant litigator and an exceptional individual.” He continues to be one of the outstanding practitioners in the field. Vadym Belyanevych is an experienced litigator in civil, commercial and administrative law, and is also an expert on privatisation issues.
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  • Chambers Europe 2012: Corporate/M&A 2012

    A domestic champion on the litigation front, this firm has been steadily expanding its footprint in M&A and other transactional areas. It fields a ten-person team that focuses on a prominent domestic clientele. Banking and real estate M&A were recent growth areas for the firm, in which it advised Ukrsotsbank, Crédit Agricole and UniCredit amongst others. The firm was also recently involved in one of the largest M&A transactions in the region, where it advised Danone on its USD2.5 billion joint venture with Unimilk CIS.
    Sources say: “This firm is one of the local leaders, with a sound reputation for being a straight shooter. It is a very reputable firm that I would recommend to anyone.”
    KEY INDIVIDUALS: Sources highlight corporate practice head Denis Lysenko's professionalism, responsiveness and managerial skills. He is the lead partner on most significant deals handled by the firm, including the Danone-Unimilk joint venture and several banking M&A transactions. Today, senior partner Vasil Kisil plays a largely ambassadorial role at the firm, but retains a glowing reputation for the career and firm he has built, and remains a key contact.
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  • Chambers Europe 2012: Banking & Finance 2012

    This leading local litigation firm is increasingly visible on finance mandates. The firm is active in regulatory work and local bank mergers. The five-strong team advised Ukrsotsbank on the granting of a UAH150 million loan for an LBO.
    Sources say: "Vasil Kisil & Partners works to international standards of quality." "I think that it is an excellent local firm for finance issues."
    KEY INDIVIDUALS: Practice head Denis Lysenko is best known for the corporate and competition knowledge he brings to finance cases.
    One source said: "He is very professional, responsive and has excellent managerial skills."
    Associate to watch Yulia Kyrpa has impressed both clients and peers with her technical know-how and deep understanding of the finance sector. One client commented: “Our impression is just excellent and we always find her work to be really convincing
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  • Chambers Europe 2012: Real Estate 2012

    This flourishing real estate group has gone from strength to strength in recent years. The practice encompasses a wide range of activities but focuses on real estate work with complex corporate and financial elements. Its clients include domestic and international developers and real estate funds such as Amtel Properties. The team recently advised Pioneer Hi-Bred International on the land acquisition and corporate structuring issues involved in the development of a seed plant, as well as drafting and negotiating the various agreements for the USD10 million project.
    Sources say: “Superb for real estate.” “A very strong practice.”
    KEY INDIVIDUALS: Oleg Alyoshin heads the practice and is regarded as a “key figure in real estate.” His expertise also extends to infrastructure and natural resources projects.
    Counsel Alexander Borodkin wins praise from clients for his “flexible, practical approach and problem-solving attitude.”
    WWW.CHAMBERSANDPARTNERS.COM

  • Chambers Europe 2012: Intellectual Property 2012

    This leading Ukrainian firm is well known for its prestigious disputes practice, and contentious matters are a particular strength of the IP team. Its areas of expertise include patent and unfair competition litigation in the biotech sector, and online trade mark protection.
    Practice head Oleksiy Filatov is one of Ukraine's foremost dispute resolution lawyers and brings his considerable litigation skill to the IP practice.
    The team recently represented DuPont in a series of disputes resulting from the alleged infringement of agrochemical patents. Other recent work includes representing YouTube in litigations related to its Ukrainian domain name and trade marks. The team also counts EuroSport, Google and Volkswagen among its major clients.
    WWW.CHAMBERSANDPARTNERS.COM

  • Chambers Europe 2012: Employment 2012

    This domestic firm is particularly strong in employment-related litigation and disputes, where it is supported by Ukraine's leading dispute resolution practice. However, the firm provides a wider scope of advice, assisting a wide range of domestic and multinational blue-chip clients on terminations and personal data protection issues.
    Clients include United Media Holding and Segodnya Multimedia.
    Sources say: "The team is full of great professionals. It maintains good client relationships and provides you with tailored, business-oriented solutions."
    KEY INDIVIDUALS Oleksiy Filatov is the main contact for this practice area.
    WWW.CHAMBERSANDPARTNERS.COM

  • Chambers Global 2012: Corporate / Commercial 2012

    Sources highlight corporate practice head Denis Lysenko's professionalism, responsiveness and managerial skills. He is the lead partner on most significant deals handled by the firm, including the Danone-Unimilk joint venture and several banking M&A transactions. Today, senior partner Vasil Kisil plays a largely ambassadorial role at the firm, but retains a glowing reputation for the career and firm he has built, and remains a key contact.
    http://www.chambersandpartners.com/Global/Editorial/71771#org_2584

  • IFLR1000 2013: Mergers & Aquisitions 2012

    Head of Vasil Kisil & Partners M&A, Denis Lysenko, has also sustainably developed the firm's transactional M&A practice, according to peers who rate him highly. VKP's strong portfolio of work supports competitors’ observations, placing the firm among the more active ones in Ukraine.
    VKP team took on two notable deals in the media sector last year; in one partner Oleksiy Filatov acted for the Ukrainian Media Holding Group on its acquisition of the KP Media Group. The same partner also acted for the same client on a joint venture between it and TKR Ukraine/SCM Holding in regard to an IT venture.
    Elsewhere Denis Lysenko acted for Danone Group on two transactions including its buy out of minority stakes in Galakton Public and the Kremenchug Milk Plant from Kinto. Mr. Lysenko also advised the group on the proposed acquisition of two other Ukrainian dairy producers.
    In the financial services sector Mr. Lysenko was again involved advising Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken on both the sale of its Ukrainian subsidiary and the acquisition of Accept Bank for $25 million.
    http://www.iflr1000.com/JurisdictionFirm/1541/7/Vasil-Kisil--Partners.html

  • IFLR1000 2013: Banking&Finance 2012

    The Guide mentions the firm, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in 2012, as having a well regarded banking and finance group. Peers respect Denis Lysenko, who made partner in 2006 and now heads both the banking and finance, and M&A practices. "Since Lysenko took over they have been doing well," notes one competitor. "Denis Lysenko is a good lawyer. We've been impressed when we worked with him," notes another. Partner Yulia Kyrpa also elicits praise from rivals who say "she is professional" and "knows the law".
    http://www.iflr1000.com/JurisdictionFirm/1541/7/Vasil-Kisil--Partners.html

  • Chambers Europe 2012: Competition\Antitrust 2012

    This prestigious local firm offers a strong competition practice which is visible on merger control cases as well as investigations with high potential liabilities. The team also assists with antitrust compliance audits, abuse of dominance proceedings and concerted action investigations. Recent clients of the competition practice include PAI partners, Dell and Philips.
    Sources say: “A growing practice, especially visible on merger control work.” "A strong firm for competition."
    KEY INDIVIDUALS: Practice head Denis Lysenko has formidable experience across the full range of competition law issues. He assisted Hewlett-Packard with the merger clearance issues involved in its USD13.9 billion acquisition of EDS.
    http://www.chambersandpartners.com/Europe/Editorial/71707

  • Chambers Europe 2012: Tax 2012

    This leading local firm advises on international tax planning and provides tax support for corporate transactions. The firm is well known for its strength in dispute resolution, and the tax team handles a range of contentious cases. It has well-developed knowledge of the financial sector, and regularly advises on complex issues such as the restructuring of loan portfolios and the taxation of high-risk securities. Other notable activity includes creating the legal and tax structures for sizeable corporate acquisitions involving holding companies in multiple jurisdictions.
    Sources say: “The level of competence and expertise is very high; I have rarely seen better.”
    KEY INDIVIDUALS: Denis Lysenko is the contact for the team.
    http://www.chambersandpartners.com/Europe/Editorial/71603

  • Chambers Europe 2012: Dispute Resolution 2012

    Undoubtedly the strongest name in dispute resolution in Ukraine, Vasil Kisil & Partners continues to set the standard for litigation in the country. The four-partner, 20-lawyer team provides both litigation and international arbitration services. A wealth of experience at the highest level and a mastery of legal strategy are what set the firm apart. Recent highlights include representing BNP Paribas and its subsidiary UkrSibbank in a range of disputes with Ukrainian Metallurgical relating to a minority shareholder buyout clause worth USD458 million. Another major case for the team was acting for Vanco Prykerchenska in a dispute with the Ministry of Environmental Protection arising from the government’s unilateral termination of the Hydrocarbons Sharing Agreement, the commercial value of which is put at USD1 billion.
    Sources say: "I think the firm is exceptional. By international standards it is great. It is the leader in the country.” “The firm was very effective: from first contact it understood our problem. In a few days it presented a realistic strategy that it implemented with great success.”
    KEY INDIVIDUALS: International clients in particular recommend Oleksiy Filatov, with one interviewee commenting that “he is exceptional, an absolute must, a first port of call for people from common law jurisdictions." He focuses on international arbitration, corporate and banking disputes, and was the lead partner on the USD458 million BNP Paribas minority shareholder dispute. He also represented Pacific International Sports, a minority shareholder in Dynamo Kyiv, regarding a dispute for the recovery of damages arising out of an abuse of shareholders' rights. Sources consider managing partner Oleg Makarov to be “a brilliant litigator and an exceptional individual.” He continues to be one of the outstanding practitioners in the field. Vadym Belyanevych is an experienced litigator in civil, commercial and administrative law, and is also an expert on privatisation issues.
    http://www.chambersandpartners.com/Europe/Editorial/70356

  • Chambers Europe 2012: Corporate / M&A 2012

    A domestic champion on the litigation front, this firm has been steadily expanding its footprint in M&A and other transactional areas. It fields a ten-person team that focuses on a prominent domestic clientele. Banking and real estate M&A were recent growth areas for the firm, in which it advised Ukrsotsbank, Crédit Agricole and UniCredit amongst others. The firm was also recently involved in one of the largest M&A transactions in the region, where it advised Danone on its USD2.5 billion joint venture with Unimilk CIS.
    Sources say: “This firm is one of the local leaders, with a sound reputation for being a straight shooter. It is a very reputable firm that I would recommend to anyone.”
    KEY INDIVIDUALS: Sources highlight corporate practice head Denis Lysenko's professionalism, responsiveness and managerial skills. He is the lead partner on most significant deals handled by the firm, including the Danone-Unimilk joint venture and several banking M&A transactions. Today, senior partner Vasil Kisil plays a largely ambassadorial role at the firm, but retains a glowing reputation for the career and firm he has built, and remains a key contact.
    http://www.chambersandpartners.com/Europe/Editorial/70355

  • Chambers Europe 2012: Banking & Finance 2012

    This leading local litigation firm is increasingly visible on finance mandates. The firm is active in regulatory work and local bank mergers. The five-strong team advised Ukrsotsbank on the granting of a UAH150 million loan for an LBO.
    Sources say: "Vasil Kisil & Partners works to international standards of quality." "I think that it is an excellent local firm for finance issues."
    KEY INDIVIDUALS: Practice head Denis Lysenko is best known for the corporate and competition knowledge he brings to finance cases. One source said: "He is very professional, responsive and has excellent managerial skills." Associate to watch Yulia Kyrpa has impressed both clients and peers with her technical know-how and deep understanding of the finance sector. One client commented: “Our impression is just excellent and we always find her work to be really convincing."
    http://www.chambersandpartners.com/Europe/Editorial/70354

  • Chambers Europe 2012: Real Estate 2012

    This flourishing real estate group has gone from strength to strength in recent years. The practice encompasses a wide range of activities but focuses on real estate work with complex corporate and financial elements. Its clients include domestic and international developers and real estate funds such as Amtel Properties. The team recently advised Pioneer Hi-Bred International on the land acquisition and corporate structuring issues involved in the development of a seed plant, as well as drafting and negotiating the various agreements for the USD10 million project.
    Sources say: “Superb for real estate.” “A very strong practice.”
    KEY INDIVIDUALS: Oleg Alyoshin heads the practice and is regarded as a “key figure in real estate.” His expertise also extends to infrastructure and natural resources projects.
    Counsel Alexander Borodkin wins praise from clients for his “flexible, practical approach and problem-solving attitude.”
    http://www.chambersandpartners.com/Europe/Editorial/70359

  • Chambers Europe 2012: Intellectual Property 2012

    This leading Ukrainian firm is well known for its prestigious disputes practice, and contentious matters are a particular strength of the IP team. Its areas of expertise include patent and unfair competition litigation in the biotech sector, and online trade mark protection. Practice head Oleksiy Filatov is one of Ukraine's foremost dispute resolution lawyers and brings his considerable litigation skill to the IP practice. The team recently represented DuPont in a series of disputes resulting from the alleged infringement of agrochemical patents. Other recent work includes representing YouTube in litigations related to its Ukrainian domain name and trade marks. The team also counts EuroSport, Google and Volkswagen among its major clients.
    http://www.chambersandpartners.com/Europe/Editorial/70358

  • Chambers Europe 2012: Employment 2012

    This domestic firm is particularly strong in employment-related litigation and disputes, where it is supported by Ukraine's leading dispute resolution practice. However, the firm provides a wider scope of advice, assisting a wide range of domestic and multinational blue-chip clients on terminations and personal data protection issues. Clients include United Media Holding and Segodnya Multimedia.
    Sources say: "The team is full of great professionals. It maintains good client relationships and provides you with tailored, business-oriented solutions."
    KEY INDIVIDUALS Oleksiy Filatov is the main contact for this practice area.
    http://www.chambersandpartners.com/Europe/Editorial/70357

  • World Tax 2012 2012

    Vasil Kisil & Partners has a tax team jointly led by Denis Lysenko and Oleksiy Filatov. The firm has been particularly active in tax controversy recently and Andrey Stelmashchuk is identified for his strength as a tax litigator by competitors. The firm this year represented a multinational steel and commodities trader in several disputes with the Ukrainian tax authorities. The VAT and corporate tax charges on the group's operations in Ukraine and the application of the non-discrimination provisions in the double taxation avoidance treaty with the US were the key issues in the dispute. The firm also successfully represented a Ukrainian pharmaceutical company disputing import and customs charges levied by the customs authorities. The customs authorities appealed the decision, but the appeal court ruled in favour of the tax payer.

  • Chambers Europe 2013: Tax 2013

    This strong local firm offers tax support to its clients in transactions as well as day-to-day corporate matters. Thanks to its outstanding reputation in dispute resolution, it receives many contentious tax instructions. The team was also involved in a number of multi-jurisdictional transfer pricing cases, and advised Thomson Reuters on transfer pricing agreements regarding its Ukrainian entities. BNP Paribas, Danone and Ericsson are amongst the firm's other tax clients.
    Sources say: "Its tax dispute practice is very strong." "It definitely added value."
    New to the rankings, Ivan Yurchenko focuses on transactional and regulatory tax issues. "He is visible, sharp and knowledgeable," confirmed an interviewee.

  • Chambers Europe 2013: Competition\Antitrust 2013

    This domestic powerhouse is a notable player in the field of competition and antitrust, and handles a broad range of matters, including merger clearance and investigations by the competition authorities. The team benefits from the outstanding dispute resolution capabilities of the firm, and is regularly instructed on contentious competition issues. Recent mandates include advising Apollo on merger clearance with regards to its EUR1.2 billion acquisition of Taminco. Other noteworthy clients are Dell, Sony and Ferrero.
    Sources say: "An active and visible practice."
    Dividing his time between corporate, finance and competition advice, Denis Lysenko remains a highly involved practice head.
    Recently made partner Mariya Nizhnik joins the rankings for the first time this year following extensive praise from interviewees. She is described as "hands-on in both client work and development of the practice."

  • Chambers Europe 2013: Dispute Resolution 2013

    This solid local firm is an undisputed leader in both international arbitration and local contentious matters. Despite recent departures, it remains a strong player in the market, and is singled out for its well-staffed disputes team and practical lawyers. The group acted as a Ukrainian law expert for Ferrexpo on a USD700 million dispute before the High Court of Justice in London. It also represented Vanco Prykerchenska in proceedings against the Ministry of Environmental Protection of Ukraine in local courts, and as co-counsel in parallel international arbitration proceedings. The team counts Shell, Swedbank and Sberbank of Russia among its other clients.
    Sources say: "It's my favourite choice for large and complex cases: it has the experience and resources." "The team knows what international clients need."
    Oleg Makarov is one of the most famous and experienced litigators in Ukraine. An impressed interviewee said: "He is an excellent litigator. He is highly involved and hands-on." His broad practice covers general domestic litigation, as well as tax disputes and private client cases.
    Oleksiy Filatov is equally renowned for his expertise in litigation and international arbitration, and is lauded as one of the best lawyers in the market. "Everything he predicted was proved right. I have great trust in him," said one client. Filatov is well known for his specialisation in corporate, commercial, and IP disputes.
    Vadym Belyanevych is an experienced lawyer who is recommended for his in-depth knowledge. He regularly advises clients on contentious privatisation issues.
    New to the rankings, Oleg Alyoshin is singled out as a skilful litigator and arbitrator. He "provides high-quality advice, and is insightful and smart," confirmed one market observer.

  • Chambers Europe 2013: Corporate / M&A 2013

    This sizeable local firm houses a strong corporate team that advises major Ukrainian and international corporate clients. It has recently received a number of banking M&A instructions. Highlights include assisting SEB with the USD237 million sale of its Ukrainian subsidiary, and with the USD25 million acquisition of Accept Bank. The practice also has in-depth knowledge of the TMT sector, and was recently instructed by Ukrainian Media Holding Group on its acquisitions in the media and IT sectors.
    Sources say: "Quick advice and consistent high quality." "It immediately gets to the root of the problem."
    Name partner Vasil Kisil advises clients on complicated strategic issues. "Everybody knows him and respects him," confirm sources.
    Denis Lysenko is well versed in a wide range of corporate matters, as well as banking and finance and competition instructions. He is described as an "approachable and effective lawyer."
    New to the rankings, Anna Babych was recently made partner, and is valued by clients for her commercial approach and clear advice.

  • Chambers Europe 2013: Banking&Finance 2013

    This team climbs the rankings this year following substantial praise from clients and peers alike. M&A in the banking sector and regulatory advice are singled out as key strengths of the practice. It also benefits from the firm's high-profile dispute resolution department. Recent mandates include acting for SEB on its USD237 million sale of a Ukrainian subsidiary.
    Sources say: "Very dynamic and developing practice." "A strong player." " The firm always delivers high quality."
    Denis Lysenko is commended for his banking and finance and M&A prowess. Clients say he is an "effective lawyer who is pleasant to work with."
    Yulia Kyrpa was recently made partner, and is singled out for her banking and finance and debt capital markets expertise.

  • Chambers Europe 2013: Real Estate 2013

    This notable local firm is a strong name in real estate matters. Although known for its largely transactional practice, it has recently shifted more towards advising on the management of real estate assets as well as assisting with the construction aspects of energy and infrastructure projects. Investment into agricultural land is another active area for the firm. For example, it advised Alpcot Agro on its USD20 million acquisition of Landkom Group. It also assisted Amtel Properties with the acquisition of a plot of land for the development of a large shopping centre. Its clients are predominantly international but it also advises a number of sizeable local corporate names. Other client names include X5 Retail Group, Scorpio Real Estate Group and Pioneer Hi-Bred International.
    Sources say: "It houses a solid real estate team." "I like its in-depth knowledge and thorough attention to any issue."
    Also a well-regarded name in dispute resolution, Oleg Alyoshin spends a considerable amount of his time advising on real estate aspects of energy and infrastructure projects.
    Recently made partner Alexander Borodkin focuses on transactional real estate issues. "I am so comfortable with him that I trust him with our negotiations," a client says.
    New to the rankings, counsel Natalia Dotsenko-Belous concentrates on construction-related advice.

  • Chambers Europe 2013: Intellectual Property 2013

    This prominent local firm is a respected adviser on IP issues. The team benefits from the firm's strong reputation in dispute resolution and corporate law, so it comes as no surprise that contentious cases dominate the practice. For example, it represented Google in a trade mark infringement and cancellation case related to the dispute regarding the domain name google.ua. It also acted for DuPont on a number of patent disputes. Other clients include Danisco, Zara and Eurosport.
    Sources say: "It has a strong IP litigation practice." "Senior people are involved only when necessary." "It does not rush to take matters to court right away."
    Oleksandr Mamunya was recently promoted to partnership, and joins the rankings for the first time this year on the back of glowing market feedback. "He always provides us with a concise summary of options," said one client.
    Dispute resolution partner Oleksiy Filatov remains involved in IP matters on a strategic level and leads on high-profile IP disputes. He also handles international arbitration cases, and supervises the firm's tax and employment practices.

  • Chambers Europe 2013: Employment 2013

    This sizeable local firm is one of the first ports of call for employment advice. Its employment team benefits from the firm's outstanding reputation in dispute resolution, and contentious advice accounts for half of the employment instructions. The team's clients are predominantly international organisations, such as BAT, Swedbank and Logitech, who look to the firm for assistance with large-scale projects.
    Sources say: "The practice is broad and well established." "The employment disputes practice is very strong."
    Oksana Voynarovska was recently made partner, and is one of the prominent employment names in the market. She is praised as a knowledgeable and technically strong adviser.

  • Best Lawyers 2013 2013

    14 Vasil Kisil & Partners’ experts in 14 practices have been named to the recently published 2013 Edition of Best Lawyers® International, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.
    Five years in a row Best Lawyers recommends VKP's practitioners for their individual achievements. In 2013, once again Best Lawyers included:
    Senior Partner of the firm Vasil Kisil (Corporate, Investments, Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions),
    Managing Partner Oleg Makarov (Arbitration and Mediation, Investments, Litigation, Real Estate, Tax),
    Partner Oleg Alyoshin (Arbitration and Mediation, Construction, Energy & Natural Resources Law, Litigation, Real Estate, Trade),
    Partner Oleksiy Filatov (Arbitration and Mediation, Intellectual Property, Corporate, Litigation),
    Partner Denis Lysenko (Antitrust, Banking & Finance, Corporate, Investments, Mergers & Acquisitions),
    Senior Counsellor Vadym Belyanevych (Arbitration and Mediation, Litigation),
    Partner Mariya Nizhnik (Antitrust law),
    Partner Alexander Borodkin (Real Estate, Construction),
    Partner Oksana Voynarovska (Labour & Employment) and
    Counsellor Natalia Dotsenko-Belous (Real Estate) in its recommended practitioners list.
    In 2013 the following VKP experts entered this prestigious international publication for the first time:
    Partner Andriy Stelmashchuk (Litigation, Tax),
    Partner Yaroslav Teklyuk (Intellectual Property),
    Partner Anna Babych (Corporate) and
    Senior Associate Viacheslav Pieskov (Litigation)
    Best Lawyers 2013 also named firm's Senior Partner Vasil Kisil "Lawyer of the Year in Ukraine" in Investments. This recognition is awarded to Mr Kisil on the basis of high ratings he received in the survey completed by fellow lawyers. The title "Lawyer of the Year" is awarded to the most sought-after specialist in major jurisdictions, including Ukraine. This recognition stands so high also due to the fact that only one lawyer can be awarded "Lawyer of the Year" in each jurisdiction.

  • Legal 500 2013: Tax 2013

    Vasil Kisil & Partners’ Denis Lysenko advised Thomson Reuters on tax risk management and a leading Ukrainian retail group on VAT issues.

  • Legal 500 2013: Banking, finance and capital markets 2013

    Clients ‘rate very highly the level of service, technical knowledge and willingness’ of Vasil Kisil & Partners. Denis Lysenko is ‘co-operative, diligent and responsive’, and Yulia Kyrpa shows ‘strong technical knowledge and diligence’. The firm advised IKB Deutsche Industriebank and Bank Forum as creditors on respective restructuring of borrowers’ debts.

  • Legal 500 2013: Corporate and M&A 2013

    Vasil Kisil & Partners is ‘one of the companies of first choice’ for clients due to its extensive experience. The firm recently advised Energy Standard Group on a $22m acquisition. Denis Lysenko and Anna Babych also count as clients Ukrainian Media Holding and Danone.

  • Legal 500 2013: Dispute Resolution 2013

    Vasil Kisil & Partners ‘remains top choice for contentious work in Ukraine’. Oleg Makarov and Oleksiy Filatov are both recommended. The firm is ‘a delight to work with on complex international matters’, and has been representing Swedbank in a £150m series of disputes with borrowers.

  • Legal 500 2013: Intellectual Property 2013

    Vasil Kisil & Partners’ Oleksiy Filatov advises Google on trade mark infringement matters, and also advised a famous internet video search provider on rights management and enforcement.

  • Legal 500 2013: Real Estate & Construction 2013

    Vasil Kisil & Partners is ‘a top firm’ for real estate and construction. Oleg Alyoshin is advising Seven Hills on its $140m Park Avenue office, parking, retail and residential development. Aleksandr Borodkin is also recommended.

  • Chambers Global 2013: Banking & Finance 2013

    Denis Lysenko is commended for both his banking and finance and M&A prowess. Clients say he is an "effective lawyer who is pleasant to work with."

  • Chambers Global 2013: Dispute Resolution 2013

    Oleksiy Filatov is equally renowned for his expertise in litigation and international arbitration, and is lauded as one of the best lawyers in the market. "Everything he predicted was proved right. I have great trust in him," said one client. Filatov is well known for his specialisation in corporate, commercial, and IP disputes.
    Oleg Makarov is one of the most famous and experienced litigators in Ukraine. An impressed interviewee said: "He is an excellent litigator. He is highly involved and hands-on." His broad practice covers general domestic litigation, as well as tax disputes and private client cases.
    Vadym Belyanevych is an experienced lawyer who is recommended for his in-depth knowledge. He regularly advises clients on contentious privatisation issues.
    New to the rankings, Oleg Alyoshin is singled out as a skilful litigator and arbitrator. He "provides high-quality advice, and is insightful and smart," confirmed one market observer.

  • Chambers Global 2013: Corporate / M&A 2013

    Name partner Vasil Kisil advises clients on complicated strategic issues. "Everybody knows him and respects him," confirm sources.
    Denis Lysenko is well versed in a wide range of corporate matters, as well as banking and finance and competition instructions. He is described as an "approachable and effective lawyer."
    New to the rankings, Anna Babych was recently made partner, and is valued by clients for her commercial approach and clear advice.

  • World Tax 2013 2013

    Vasil Kisil & Partners is a notable local law firm with a good-sized tax team of four partners and seven associates. Denis Lysenko and Oleg Makarov are recommended names and have been very active on the firm's work over the last 12 months.
    The practice is full-service and has been busy in all areas, including in court. One big case is Makarov leading the team in representing the Ukrainian subsidiary of a global IT company in a dispute over the VAT treatment of consulting services provided to non-residents. Worth $20 million, this case is awaiting final judgment.
    In advisory work, Lysenko has been advising Inditex and Otto Group on VAT and customs issues, while also carrying out the tax aspects of the corporate restructuring of a leading Ukrainian retail group, which is expected to complete during 2012.
    Members of the firm also hold positions in important advisory and professional bodies, such as Ivan Yurchenko, who serves as the chairman of the Ukrainian Bar Association tax committee.

  • IFLR1000 2013: Mergers & Aquisitions 2013

    Head of Vasil Kisil & Partners M&A, Denis Lysenko, has also sustainably developed the firm's transactional M&A practice, according to peers who rate him highly. VKP's strong portfolio of work supports competitors’ observations, placing the firm among the more active ones in Ukraine.
    VKP team took on two notable deals in the media sector last year; in one partner Oleksiy Filatov acted for the Ukrainian Media Holding Group on its acquisition of the KP Media Group. The same partner also acted for the same client on a joint venture between it and TKR Ukraine/SCM Holding in regard to an IT venture.
    Elsewhere Denis Lysenko acted for Danone Group on two transactions including its buy out of minority stakes in Galakton Public and the Kremenchug Milk Plant from Kinto.
    Mr. Lysenko also advised the group on the proposed acquisition of two other Ukrainian dairy producers.
    In the financial services sector Mr. Lysenko was again involved advising Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken on both the sale of its Ukrainian subsidiary and the acquisition of Accept Bank for $25 million.

  • IFLR1000 2013: Banking&Finance 2013

    The Guide mentions the firm, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in 2012, as having a well regarded banking and finance group. Peers respect Denis Lysenko, who made partner in 2006 and now heads both the banking and finance, and M&A practices. "Since Lysenko took over they have been doing well," notes one competitor.
    "Denis Lysenko is a good lawyer. We've been impressed when we worked with him," notes another. Partner Yulia Kyrpa also elicits praise from rivals who say "she is professional" and "knows the law".
    WWW.IFLR1000.COM

  • Best Lawyers 2014 2014

    Vasil Kisil & Partners Law Firms reaffirmed its leader status in Ukraine with 17 lawyers and 16 practice groups receiving top marks and improving its ratings according to Best Lawyers International 2014.
    For more than 5 years in a row the well-respected publication Best Lawyers International has been conducting research of Ukrainian law firms based solely on peer review of fellow lawyers.
    In 2014 Best Lawyers International’s list of recommended lawyers featured the following representatives of Vasil Kisil & Partners Law Firm:
    Senior Partner Vasil Kisil for practicing in: Corporate Law, Investment - Foreign, Litigation - Commercial, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Trade Law
    Managing Partner Oleg Makarov for his achievements in Arbitration and Mediation, Investment, Litigation - Domestic, International, Real Estate Law, Tax Law
    Partner Oleg Alyoshin for his expertise in Arbitration and Mediation, Construction Law - Infrastructure, Energy and Natural Resources Law, Litigation, Real Estate Law, Trade Law
    Partner Oleksiy Filatov for being highly regarded by peers in Arbitration and Mediation, Corporate Law, Intellectual Property Law, Litigation
    Partner Denis Lysenko for his track record in Banking and Finance Law, Competition/Antitrust Law, Corporate Law, Investment, Mergers and Acquisitions Law
    Partner Andriy Stelmashchuk for his practice in: Litigation, Tax Law - Litigation
    Partner Oksana Voynarovska for her expertise in Family Law, Labour and Employment Law
    Partner Mariya Nizhnik for praise given for her practice in: Competition/Antitrust Law
    Partner Anna Babych for her achievements in Corporate Law
    Partner Alexander Borodkin for his proven record in: Construction Law, Real Estate Law
    Partner Yaroslav Teklyuk for his practice in: Intellectual Property Law
    Senior Counsellor Vadym Belyanevych for his significant experience in Administrative Law, Arbitration and Mediation, Litigation - Commercial Disputes
    Counsellor Natalia Dotsenko-Belous for her practice in: Real Estate Law
    Associate Viacheslav Pieskov for his accomplishments in: Litigation
    For the first time the publication rated:
    Partner Yulia Kyrpa for her considerable experience in Banking and Finance Law;
    Partner Oleksandr Mamunya for his achievements in the field of Competition Law;
    Counsellor Ivan Yurchenko praised for work in the field of Tax Law.
    Also for first time ever the international rating Best Lawyers International 2014 recognized VKP’s Administrative and Family Law practice groups.
    http://www.bestlawyers.com/lawyers/vasil-i-kisil/77312/
    http://www.bestlawyers.com/lawyers/oleg-y-alyoshin/104305/

  • European Tax Awards 2014 2014

    Vasil Kisil & Partners was named Ukrainian Tax Law Firm of the Year and awarded the European Tax Awards 2014 at the ceremony held at the Dorchester Hotel in London on 21 May 2014. These annual awards, which bring together hundreds of leading tax advisors and clients from Europe to celebrate the achievements in the field of tax law, are presented by the authoritative international informational and analytical publication International Tax Review.
    Recognized for its top-notch expertise, the quality of services provided and years of experience of its tax team Vasil Kisil & Partners law firm has been repeatedly acknowledged by experts, market leaders and professional publications as one of the best in the country.
    Andriy Stelmashchuk, Partner with VKP's tax and dispute resolution practice group, who attended the ceremony and received the award, said: “European Tax Awards 2014 came as a recognition of the fruitful work of our tax team in the difficult time for Ukraine. I am convinced it will inspire us to continuously raise the bar”.
    Denis Lysenko, Partner and Head of VKP’s Tax Practice, said: "We express our sincere gratitude to our clients who value our work, give us their trust and continue to collaborate closely with our team. Meeting our clients’ high expectations and finding effective and innovative solutions for structuring and optimizing the tax burden, as well as providing reliable support in resolving disputes with regulatory authorities will always be our top priority."
    European Tax Awards is the result of the study, which is conducted annually by the International Tax Review publication using the following selection criteria: innovation in solving complex tax problems; complex and non-standard approach to achieving client goals; the number of experts who can work on engagements.
    International Tax Review is an international information and analytical publication in the field of taxation that provides the latest news and analysis of tax legislation in the countries around the world, surveys on transfer pricing, indirect taxation, disputes in the field of tax law, working with leading international organizations such as the UN, OSCE, EU, etc.

  • Chambers Europe 2014: Employment 2014

    Brilliant labour group widely acknowledged as market leaders. Handles typical employment matters as well as outsourcing, engagement with trade unions and employee transfers. Well known for representing employers in disputes, mostly centred around terminations.
    Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): "The firm's approach is efficient and creative." "A definite leader on the labour market."
    Nokia and Hoffmann-La Roche are amongst the firm's latest client wins.
    Work highlights Advised Air Liquide on issues related to salary and shift working.
    Represented Dentsply International in a series of matters related to the appointment of the company's CEO.
    Notable practitioners
    Oksana Voynarovska is renowned for her extensive experience and knowledge of employment law. She recently supported Maquet in matters concerning employee termination.
    Significant clients: Avito Ukraine, Black & Veatch Special Projects, Danone, DuPont, Ferrero Ukraine.
    http://www.chambersandpartners.com/

  • Chambers Europe 2014: Competition / Antitrust 2014

    What the team is known for Eminent antitrust practice encompassing a range of industries such as IT, agriculture, real estate and transportation. Recommended for excellent negotiation capabilities. Primary areas of advice include investigations and merger filings for acquisitions and other commercial agreements.
    Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): "The quality of the advice and legal counsel I receive is outstanding." "Our requirements and expectations are extremely high and the team accommodates them all."
    Work highlights Advised Statoil on the Ukrainian competition aspects related to its joint venture with Rosneft, which included securing merger clearance.
    Assisted Syniverse with its EUR550 million acquisition of MACH, involving merger control issues.
    Notable practitioners:
    Sources value Mariya Nizhnik for her commerciality, proactive approach and ability to provide alternative solutions. She recently advised Syniverse on the merger control requirements for its acquisition of MACH.
    Denis Lysenko has a varied practice and wins praise for being "very commercially aware" and for the "clarity" of his advice.
    Associate to watch Pavlo Loginov enters the rankings having impressed clients with his "constructive advice" and responsiveness.
    Significant clients: Apollo, Danone, Energy Standard Group, Interros, UniCredit.
    http://www.chambersandpartners.com/

  • Chambers Europe 2014: Banking & Finance 2014

    What the Banking & Finance team is known for concentrates on advising international banks, and offers added value through its market-leading disputes practice.
    Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients):
    "When you ask questions, they provide quick responses; when you leave a message, they always get back to you quickly; when you discuss provisions in the agreement, they are co-operative and offer compromises."
    What's new?
    New clients include OTP Leasing, ING, FIDOBANK.
    Work highlights acting for Ukrsotsbank on a loan facility for Ukragroprom.
    Notable practitioners:
    Yulia Kyrpa is the most visible banking and finance practitioner at the firm, and is singled out for her exceptional technical knowledge. According to sources, she is "at the forefront of what is happening in the industry," and she offers tremendous "force of will and energy."
    Denis Lysenko is a "well-organised, diligent and friendly" lawyer, say sources. He has recently handled numerous M&A transactions in the banking sector, and also advises on competition and tax matters.
    Significant clients: BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole, Hyposwiss Privatbank, IKB Deutsche Industriebank.
    http://www.chambersandpartners.com/

  • Chambers Europe 2014: Tax 2014

    What the team is known for Thanks to its market-leading position in dispute resolution, this team is well known for its strength in tax litigation.
    Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): "A solid understanding of business and the needs of its clients, as well as a strong will to collaborate closely on their toughest problems."
    Work highlights Acted for Thomson Reuters on transfer pricing agreements affecting the group's Ukrainian entities.
    BNP Paribas Group instructed the team on a loan portfolio assignment, involving tax and legal advice.
    Significant clients: Danone, Ericsson, Sberbank.
    http://www.chambersandpartners.com/guide/europe/7

  • Chambers Europe 2014: Real Estate 2014

    What the team is known for strong team with broad real estate expertise. Highly reputed for transactional work, leasing and property development. Active in the agricultural sector and offers additional experience in construction and zoning matters.
    Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): "The team's strengths are its solid real estate expertise, understanding of the client's goals and timely execution of work." "I have complete confidence in the team and the lawyers understand the needs of my business."
    Work highlights:
    Advised Pioneer Hi-Bred International and DuPont on the construction of a seed production facility, including the acquisition of land and rezoning issues.
    Assisted Hubei Changyang Hongxin Industrial Group with the acquisition and exploitation of a manganese deposit in Ukraine.
    Notable practitioners:
    Practice leader Oleg Alyoshin is advises on transactional real estate mandates. He recently advised Seven Hills on a residential development project.
    Alexander Borodkin is praised by clients for his "expertise and his friendly and hard-working approach." Others add: "I like working with him because he gives concise yet accurate answers."
    Natalia Dotsenko-Belous is recommended for her construction know-how and frequently advises on residential projects.
    Significant clients: Arricano Real Estate, Desnagrain, Intermoda Trade, Hubei Changyang Hongxin Industrial Group, Seven Hills.
    http://www.chambersandpartners.com/guide/europe/7

  • Chambers Europe 2014: Intellectual Property 2014

    What the team is known for Best known for IP litigation, where it handles patent, trade mark and copyright disputes. Additional expertise in life sciences litigation and prosecution, as well as domain name disputes.
    Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): "Incredibly experienced IP litigators." "The team is very active and focused - it does a great job for clients."
    Work highlights Defending Mobile TeleSystems in high-profile trade mark cancellation litigation.
    Representing Pioneer Hi-Bred International in a trade mark infringement case and in patent prosecution.
    Notable practitioners
    Oleksandr Mamunya moves up the rankings in recognition of excellent client feedback. As one source reports: "He is persuasive, persistent and speaks strong English." Recent highlights include representing Pioneer Hi-Bred International in a trade mark infringement case and in patent prosecution.
    Oleksiy Filatov heads the IP and dispute resolution departments, and is particularly skilled in IP litigation. He notably represented DuPont in a number of patent disputes including patent cancellation and patent infringement cases.
    Significant clients: Mobile TeleSystems, Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Guala Closures, DuPont, Google.
    http://www.chambersandpartners.com/guide/europe/7

  • Chambers Europe 2014: Corporate / M&A 2014

    What the team is known for: One of the most experienced firms in the market, supported by a leading litigation practice.
    Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
    "Ukrainian regulations are very tricky and it is easy to miss something, but it knows what is important and what needs to be done when and how."
    New clients: Eurobank Group, Group Summa, NR Growth Private Equity.
    Work highlights: Represented Ukrainian Media Holding Group in its joint venture with TRK Ukraine.
    Acted for Energy Standard Group in connection with its acquisition of a majority stake in Vinnitsaoblenergo.
    Notable practitioners:
    Denis Lysenko is a highly respected figure in the Ukrainian market, and is behind the firm's growing reputation for transactional work.
    Though no longer practising as actively as he once was, Vasil Kisil remains a key individual for both the firm and the wider legal community.
    Anna Babych "comes across as a very smart and tough lawyer," say market sources. As well as her strong showing in corporate work, she has developed significant expertise in competition filings.
    Significant clients: Alpcot Agro, Crédit Agricole, Hongyang Metal Industry, Ucrafarma.
    http://www.chambersandpartners.com/

  • Chambers Europe 2014: Dispute Resolution 2014

    The publication ranks VKP as a leading Ukrainian law firm in Dispute Resolution (Band 1). Sources say: “Highly experienced and they understand procedural matters extremely well.” “One of the most experienced litigation teams in the market. Recently focused on banking and tax disputes.” Researchers once again celebrate the achievements of Oleg Makarov stating that “he has a fantastic reputation for his management skills, and, though perhaps not practising as actively as he once was, is still a formidable litigator.” Oleksiy Filatov is described as an “intelligent, articulate and responsive” lawyer. He is noted for “his strength in civil court disputes”. The rating also names Vadym Belyanevych who has more than 20 years’ experience and is noted for his strength in commercial litigation. Oleg Alyoshin, who covers both transactional and contentious matters, is particularly identified for his expertise in the real estate sector.
    http://www.chambersandpartners.com/guide/europe/7

  • Chambers Europe Awards 2014 2014

    On April 24, 2014, at the ceremony which took place at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel (UK) a globally acclaimed international directory Chambers Europe announced winners of the Chambers Europe Awards for Excellence 2014 and named Vasil Kisil & Partners Law Firm of the Year in Ukraine.
    The country award recognises VKP’s pre-eminence in key practice areas in its jurisdiction. It takes into account strategic growth, market feedback and involvement in market-leading deals. The nominees were drawn together by the Chambers Europe team, based on research carried out for the Chambers Europe 2014 guide.
    According to the recently published legal benchmark publications Chambers Europe 2014, 8 key practices of Vasil Kisil & Partners scored top honours placing high in this prestigious international ranking. The research states: “This firm is rapidly growing in prominence in the Ukraine market.” In 2014 VKP remains a long-standing frontrunner in litigation, employment and real estate. Its banking and finance team has risen to prominence as a result of advising on market-leading deals for big clients such as Credit Agricole, BNP Paribas and UniCredit. It also bolstered its position in intellectual property, while the firm continues to hold its leading position in the fields of competition/antitrust, corporate/M&A, and tax.
    The publication ranks VKP as a leading Ukrainian law firm in Dispute Resolution (Band 1). Sources say: “Highly experienced and they understand procedural matters extremely well.” “One of the most experienced litigation teams in the market. Recently focused on banking and tax disputes.” Researchers once again celebrate the achievements of Oleg Makarov stating that “he has a fantastic reputation for his management skills, and, though perhaps not practising as actively as he once was, is still a formidable litigator.” Oleksiy Filatov is described as an “intelligent, articulate and responsive” lawyer. He is noted for “his strength in civil court disputes”. The rating also names Vadym Belyanevych who has more than 20 years’ experience and is noted for his strength in commercial litigation. Oleg Alyoshin, who covers both transactional and contentious matters, is particularly identified for his expertise in the real estate sector.
    Interviewees traditionally praise VKP’s solid Real Estate team for its “strong team with broad real estate expertise, highly reputed for transactional work, leasing and property development, active in the agricultural sector and offers additional experience in construction and zoning matters”. Sources say: “The team’s strengths are its solid real estate expertise, understanding of the client’s goals and timely execution of work.” “I have complete confidence in the team and the lawyers understand the needs of my business.” The researchers mention Oleg Alyoshin, who advises on transactional real estate mandates. Alexander Borodkin is praised by clients for his “expertise and his friendly and hard-working approach.” Others add: “I like working with him because he gives concise yet accurate answers.” Natalia Dotsenko-Belous is recommended for her construction know-how and frequently advises on residential projects.
    For the third year in a row researchers acknowledge VKP’s brilliant Labour group as market leaders, “well known for representing employers in disputes, mostly centred around terminations”. Sources say: “The firm’s approach is efficient and creative.” “A definite leader on the labour market.” Head of Labour & Employment Oksana Voynarovska is praised for her extensive experience and knowledge of employment law.
    Intellectual Property practice of Vasil Kisil & Partners is also highly praised by the directory as “best known for IP litigation, where it handles patent, trade mark and copyright disputes, additional expertise in life sciences litigation and prosecution, as well as domain name disputes”. Sources say: “Incredibly experienced IP litigators.” “The team is very active and focused - it does a great job for clients.” Oleksandr Mamunya moves up the rankings in recognition of excellent client feedback. As one source reports: “He is persuasive, persistent and speaks strong English.” Recent highlights include representing Pioneer Hi-Bred International in a trade mark infringement case and in patent prosecution. Oleksiy Filatov heads the IP and dispute resolution departments, and is particularly skilled in IP litigation. He notably represented DuPont in a number of patent disputes including patent cancellation and patent infringement cases.
    According to the directory, Banking & Finance practice group concentrates on advising international banks, and offers added value through its market-leading disputes practice. Sources say: “When you ask questions, they provide quick responses; when you leave a message, they always get back to you quickly; when you discuss provisions in the agreement, they are co-operative and offer compromises.” Yulia Kyrpa is the most visible banking and finance practitioner at the firm, and is singled out for her exceptional technical knowledge. According to sources, she is “at the forefront of what is happening in the industry,” and she offers tremendous “force of will and energy.” Denis Lysenko is a“well-organised, diligent and friendly” lawyer, say sources. He has recently handled numerous M&A transactions in the banking sector, and also advises on competition and tax matters.
    Eminent Competition/Antitrust practice encompassing a range of industries such as IT, agriculture, real estate and transportation is highly “recommended for excellent negotiation capabilities”. Primary areas of advice include investigations and merger filings for acquisitions and other commercial agreements. Sources say: “The quality of the advice and legal counsel I receive is outstanding.” “Our requirements and expectations are extremely high and the team accommodates them all.” Sources value Mariya Nizhnik for her commerciality, proactive approach and ability to provide alternative solutions. She recently advised Syniverse on the merger control requirements for its acquisition of MACH.Denis Lysenko has a varied practice and wins praise for being “very commercially aware” and for the “clarity” of his advice. Associate to watch Pavlo Loginov enters the rankings having impressed clients with his “constructive advice”and responsiveness.
    VKP’s Corporate/M&A practice group is “one of the most experiences in the market, supported by a leading litigation practice.” Sources say: “Ukrainian regulations are very tricky and it is easy to miss something, but it knows what is important and what needs to be done when and how.” Denis Lysenko is “a highly respected figure in the Ukrainian market, and is behind the firm’s growing reputation for transactional work”. Though no longer practising as actively as he once was, Vasil Kisil “remains a key individual for both the firm and the wider legal community”. Anna Babych“comes across as a very smart and tough lawyer,” say market sources. “As well as her strong showing in corporate work, she has developed significant expertise in competition filings.”
    Thanks to its market-leading position in dispute resolution, VKP is “well known for its strength in tax litigation”. Sources say: “A solid understanding of business and the needs of its clients, as well as a strong will to collaborate closely on their toughest problems.”
    Chambers Europe is a world’s leading guide to the legal profession which has built a reputation for its objective research. The authors have been researching the legal profession in Europe, identifying the leading lawyers and law firms through interviews with thousands of lawyers and their clients and providing in-depth analysis of the legal markets in 52 jurisdictions.

  • Legal 500 2014: Tax 2014

    Vasil Kisil & Partners ’s ‘brilliant tax litigation lawyers’ include Andriy Stelmashchuk, who represented Imperial Tobacco Ukraine in a $137m dispute. Denis Lysenko is ‘knowledgeable and amicable’.
    http://www.legal500.com/c/ukraine/tax

  • Legal 500 2014: Real Estate & Construction 2014

    Vasil Kisil & Partners’ ‘knowledgeable, professional’ team advised Pioneer Hi-Bred on a $40m re-zoning and construction project. Oleg Alyoshin is ‘vastly experienced and effective’, and Alexander Borodkin is ‘not afraid of difficult discussions’.
    http://www.legal500.com/c/ukraine/real-estate-and-construction

  • Legal 500 2014: Intellectual Property 2014

    Vasil Kisil & Partners is outstanding for IP disputes and strengthened its non-contentious capability with the hire of two patent attorneys. Oleksandr Mamunya, who one client describes as ‘the most skilled IP lawyer in Ukraine’, and Oleksiy Filatov have ‘a strong work ethic and give clear advice’.
    http://www.legal500.com/c/ukraine/intellectual-property

  • Legal 500 2014: Dispute resolution 2014

    Managing partner Oleg Makarov leads Vasil Kisil & Partners’ ‘highly professional and responsive’ team, which includes Yaroslav Tekyluk and ‘very strong and talented lawyer’ Oleksiy Filatov.
    http://www.legal500.com/c/ukraine/dispute-resolution

  • Legal 500 2014: Corporate and M&A 2014

    Vasil Kisil & Partners’ team is ‘practical and timely’, and ‘has excellent legal expertise’. Denis Lysenko and the ‘exceptional’ Anna Babych have ‘outstanding experience in cross-border M&A’, and clients praise Oleksiy Filatov’s ‘business-oriented advice and strategic thinking’.
    http://www.legal500.com/c/ukraine/corporate-and-manda

  • Legal 500 2014: Banking, finance and capital markets 2014

    'The best Ukrainian firm’ Vasil Kisil & Partners ‘demonstrates perfect understanding of the business environment’. Equity capital markets expert Denis Lysenko is ‘an excellent lawyer’. Debt specialist Yulia Kyrpa ‘is the “go-to” lawyer in the banking sector’.
    http://www.legal500.com/c/ukraine/banking-finance-and-capital-markets

  • Chambers Global 2014: Dispute Resolution 2014

    Oleksiy Filatov is described as an "intelligent, articulate and responsive" lawyer. He is noted for his strength in civil court disputes.
    Oleg Makarov has a fantastic reputation for his management skills, and, though perhaps not practising as actively as he once was, is still a formidable litigator.
    Vadym Belyanevych has more than 20 years of experience and is noted for his strength in commercial litigation.
    Oleg Alyoshin covers both transactional and contentious matters and is particularly identified for his expertise in the real estate sector.
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  • Chambers Global 2014: Banking & Finance 2014

    Denis Lysenko is a "well-organised, diligent and friendly" lawyer, say sources. He has recently handled numerous M&A transactions in the banking sector, and also advises on competition and tax matters.
    Yulia Kyrpa is the most visible banking and finance practitioner at the firm, and is singled out for her exceptional technical knowledge. According to sources, she is "at the forefront of what is happening in the industry," and she offers tremendous "force of will and energy."
    http://www.kisilandpartners.com/content/images/chambers_global__vkp_2014_web.jpg

  • Chambers Global 2014: Corporate/M&A 2014

    Denis Lysenko is noted for his involvement in oil and gas mandates, and is also rated highly for his finance practice.
    Though no longer practising as actively as he once was, Vasil Kisil remains a key individual for both the firm and the wider legal community.
    Anna Babych "comes across as a very smart and tough lawyer," say market sources. As well as her strong showing in corporate work, she has developed significant expertise in competition filings.
    http://www.chambersandpartners.com/firm/2584/2

  • WTR1000 2014: Trademark 2014

    Newcomers to the Ukrainian market find it tough to challenge the hegemony of stellar IP shops such as Vasil Kisil & Partners.
    By insisting on international standards of service, it has become a prime address for world-renowned brands such as Google, which it represents in connection with trademark and domain name disputes. Contentious work is a mainstay, though the team also dispatches an increasing volume of prosecution mandates with aplomb.
    The seasoned Oleksiy Filatov helms the IP and dispute resolution departments. Bringing prosecution, litigation and anti-counterfeiting expertise to the table, Oleksandr Mamunya also draws praise: “He made his name on his own and has developed into a top partner at Vasil Kisil. His prosecution know-how is first rate.''
    See also: http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/
    Див. також: http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/

  • Tax Directors Handbook 2014 2014

    Vasil Kisil & Partners is listed among the leading tax law firms.

  • IFLR1000 2014: Banking & Finance 2014

    The banking and finance team is active in capital markets work and general lending, but a good amount of its time was occupied by banking M&A recently. Yulia Kypra, who heads the practice and led on most of the deals, has a good name among peers and clients. Speaking of her and her associate, Kseniya Ostrovskaya, one client says: "Yulia and Ksenia formed an excellent team: responsive, a pleasure to deal with, flexible and finding client oriented solutions." One of Kypra's high profile mandates in 2013 saw her advising a local entity on the acquisition of Erste Bank from the Austrian bank's wider group.
    Yulia Kyrpa has been included to the list of leading lawyers in Banking & Finance in Ukraine.

  • IFLR1000 2014: Mergers & Acquisitions 2014

    After a series of recommendations and an active year the firm moves up to tier 2 in M&A. "They provide the best in practice legal services, describing the legal issues and background and giving options to resolve the issue with quantifications of legal risks and then proposing what they think is the best option," says one client. Practice head Denis Lysenko is given a good deal of credit for the firm's rise to prominence.
    One of the firm and Lysenko's biggest deals was the Summa Group's acquisition of a controlling interest in Far-Eastern Shipping Company for $1.4 billion where he and his team represented the buyer.
    Denis Lysenko and Anna Babych are also listed among leading individuals in M&A in Ukraine.

  • Chambers Europe 2015: Real Estate & Construction 2015

    The Real Estate team has also been consistently top ranked for the outstanding expertise in property development and the active involvement in the matters of construction and agriculture.
    The team is led by Oleg Alyoshin, a highly-regarded practitioner advising on cross-border real estate transactions. The directory also acknowledged partner Alexander Borodkin and counsellor Natalia Dotsenko-Belous.

  • Chambers Europe 2015: Dispute Resolution 2015

    The directory placed the firm in the top tier for its Dispute Resolution work. The law firm has been particularly commended for its expertise in cross-border litigation, complex corporate and shareholder disputes, and for its renowned strength in the banking sector.
    The clients acknowledge Vasil Kisil & Partners as 'an extremely strong team – a balance of experienced lawyers and younger, talented lawyers', and 'one of the leading litigation practices in Ukraine'.
    Managing partner Oleg Makarov is praised by the directory for his strategic approach to dispute resolution. Senior counsel Vadym Belyanevych is recognised as a top litigator who covers a range of disputes and is also well known for his academic profile.

  • Chambers Europe 2015: Banking & Finance 2015

    The Banking team has strong expertise in M&A in the banking sector, project finance, and regulatory matters.
    'The team is proactive: problem solvers rather than problem finders. I am always grateful that the lawyers anticipated issues and acted on our behalf ahead of the issues arising', 'The team differentiates itself with its superior client service', - clients say.

  • Chambers Europe 2015: Antitrust & Competition 2015

    High recommendations have been awarded to the Corporate, Antitrust & Competition team: 'The lawyers had great synergy with our in-house team. They showed profound understanding of our business and their advice was very practical and timely'.
    The team is experienced in handling high-profile international projects in a diverse range of industries, including the TMT, retail, real estate and financial services sectors.

  • Chambers Europe 2015: Corporate / M&A 2015

    High recommendations have been awarded to the Corporate team: 'The lawyers had great synergy with our in-house team. They showed profound understanding of our business and their advice was very practical and timely'.
    The team is experienced in handling high-profile international projects in a diverse range of industries, including the TMT, retail, real estate and financial services sectors.
    Senior partner Vasil Kisil is 'a key member of the team' who advises clients on M&A and business restructuring.

  • Chambers Europe 2015: Taxation 2015

    The directory has praised the firm’s strong Tax team, particularly in the context of representation of clients in disputes with tax authorities, transfer pricing, and tax structuring.
    Clients say: 'The lawyers have the right ideas and give you really strong options. They do a great job of analysing the law and applying it'.
    The team is headed by partner Andriy Stelmashchuk, who is highly recommended as a leading lawyer in the field of tax dispute resolution.

  • Chambers Europe 2015: Labour & Employment 2015

    The Labour & Employment team led by partner Oksana Voynarovska has been ranked among the market leaders for four consecutive years.
    The team advises well-known international corporations such as Bayer, Peugeot Citroën, Procter & Gamble, and Nokia Siemens.

  • Legal 500 2015: Corporate / M&A 2015

    The Legal 500 directory has recommended VKP’s Corporate / M&A practice.

  • Legal 500 2015: Intellectual Property 2015

    Activeness in IP disputes by VKP’s managing partner Oleg Makarov has been mentioned by the edition within Intellectual Property practice.

  • The Legal 500 2015: Taxation 2015

    The firm has been ranked in the Tax acknowledging Andriy Stelmashchuk who leads Vasil Kisil & Partners’ Tax practice group and acted for Automotive Europe and ATB-Invest in tax disputes.

  • Legal 500 2015: Dispute Resolution 2015

    The Legal 500 has highly recommended the Dispute Resolution practice group, recognizing partner Oleg Alyoshin as a leading practitioner in international arbitration and partner Andriy Stelmashchuk for his significant litigation experience.

  • Legal 500 2015: Real Estate & Construction 2015

    Vasil Kisil & Partners has been named as a first tier law firm for its Real Estate and Construction practice group run by partners Oleg Alyoshin and Alexander Borodkin.

  • Best Lawyers 2016 2015

    Vasil Kisil & Partners’ 6 partners, 2 counsels and 12 practice groups have been highly recommended by the international directory Best Lawyers 2016. For the sixth consecutive year Vasil Kisil & Partners has topped the rankings by number of lawyers and practice groups that received top recognition from this well-respected international edition based on the results of the peer review survey in Ukraine.
    The list of recommended lawyers included the following representatives of Vasil Kisil & Partners Law Firm:
    - Senior Partner Vasil Kisil – for his expertise in Corporate Law, Investment, Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Trade Law;
    - Managing Partner Oleg Makarov – for his achievements in Arbitration and Mediation, Investment, Litigation, Real Estate, Taxation, Bankruptcy and Restructuring;
    - Partner Oleg Alyoshin – for his high peer review rating in the field of Arbitration and Mediation, Construction, Infrastructure, Energy and Natural Resources, Litigation, Real Estate, and Trade;
    - Partner Oksana Voynarovska – for her expertise in Labor and Employment Law and Litigation;
    - Partner Andriy Stelmashchuk – for his achievements in Litigation and Tax Law;
    - Partner Alexander Borodkin – for his experience in the field of Construction and Real Estate;
    - Senior counsellor Vadym Belyanevych – for his extensive experience in Administrative Law, Arbitration and Mediation, and Litigation;
    - Counsellor Natalia Dotsenko-Belous – for her expertise in Real Estate.
    Partner Oleg Alyoshin and senior counsellor Vadym Belyanevych have been awarded the honorable title of “The Lawyer of the Year”. The title of “The Lawyer of the Year” is awarded in the context of the most popular specializations in major jurisdictions, including Ukraine. This acknowledgement is particularly significant. Only one professional may be awarded “The Lawyer of the Year” in each practice area.
    The reputable international directory Best Lawyers has been conducting its surveys in 65 countries worldwide, including Ukraine. Its annual rating is based solely on evaluations of peers.

  • Chambers Global 2015: Banking and Finance 2015

    Vasil Kisil & Partners has been listed among recommended firms for banking law.
    A particular mention has been made of its extensive experience in providing legal support for M&A deals in the banking sector.

  • Chambers Global 2015: Corporate / M&A 2015

    The directory has highly praised the firm’s practice in corporate and M&A.
    VKP's senior partner Vasil Kisil has been recognized as the senior statesman for indisputable standing in the entire legal community of Ukraine.

  • Chambers Global 2015: Dispute Resolution 2015

    VKP's dispute resolution practice has been ranked at the highest level (Band 1).
    Oleg Makarov, Vasil Kisil & Partners’ managing partner, is, according to sources, in demand for his assistance on the 'strategic side and the bigger issues' in dispute resolution cases.
    Senior counselor Vadym Belyanevych has also been recognized for his achievements as one of the most prominent and experienced attorneys in the country.

  • Who’s Who Legal 2016: Labour & Employment 2016

    International legal directory Who’s Who Legal 2016 recommends partner Oksana Voynarovska in labour & employment.
    Oksana Voynarovska has received, for the 7th year in a row, the highest praise from Who’s Who Legal as a top Labor & Employment law expert.
    Who’s Who Legal is a reputable international legal directory that has, since 1996, been conducting an annual research of lawyers’ professional activities, featuring over 17,000 of the world’s leading private practice lawyers from over 100 jurisdictions and recommending the most successful and influential professionals across 37 practice areas.

  • Who’s Who Legal 2016: Construction 2016

    International legal directory Who’s Who Legal 2016 recommends partners Oleg Alyoshin and Alexander Borodkin in construction practice area.
    Oleg Alyoshin, partner of Vasil Kisil & Partners, has been highly recommended in Real Estate for his vast experience and expertise in handling large-scale projects.
    Alexander Borodkin, head of Real Estate & Construction Practice Group, has been noted by the directory as one of the leading construction practitioners in Ukraine.
    Who’s Who Legal is a reputable international legal directory that has, since 1996, been conducting an annual research of lawyers’ professional activities, featuring over 17,000 of the world’s leading private practice lawyers from over 100 jurisdictions and recommending the most successful and influential professionals across 37 practice areas.

  • Who’s Who Legal 2016: Energy 2016

    International legal directory Who’s Who Legal 2016 recommends Oleg Alyoshin, partner of Vasil Kisil & Partners, in Energy practice group for his vast experience and expertise in handling large-scale projects.
    Who’s Who Legal is a reputable international legal directory that has, since 1996, been conducting an annual research of lawyers’ professional activities, featuring over 17,000 of the world’s leading private practice lawyers from over 100 jurisdictions and recommending the most successful and influential professionals across 37 practice areas.

  • IFLR1000 2017: Corporate and M&A 2016

    IFLR1000 recommends Vasil Kisil & Partners as one of the best Ukrainian law firms in Banking and Finance for the ninth year in a row.
    According to the research, "In 2016 the firm’s corporate team advised AWAS on changing legal ownership of an aircraft for refinancing reasons and acted as legal counsel for Nicmas in the matter of restructuring of its group which includes more than 30 companies. The team represented a Ukrainian pharmaceutical company in an acquisition of a production facility in Lithuania".

  • IFLR1000 2017: Banking and Finance 2016

    Reputable international ranking IFLR1000 2017, the guide to the world’s leading financial law firms, recommends Vasil Kisil & Partners as one of the best Ukrainian law firms in the Banking and Finance practice area for the ninth year in a row.
    According to the research, “Vasil Kisil & Partners provides services to clients in local and international capital markets. In March 2015 the firm became a member of a working group on reforming the corporate governance in enterprises owned by state”.
    The directory also mentions that "the banking and finance team advised a Ukrainian hotel operator with regard to restructuring of a $20 million loan and provided legal counsel to an international financing operator of micro-lending platforms on structuring a new service and loan refinancing".

  • HR brand # 1 2016

    According to the survey “HR brand of a law firm" conducted by "The Legal Newspaper" Vasil Kisil and Partners has been recognized as HR-brand №1 on the Ukrainian legal market.

  • Chambers Europe 2016: Labour & Employment 2016

    The labour & employment practice group led by partner Oksana Voynarovska has been top ranked (Band 1) among the market leaders.
    “An excellent employment practice”, “Vasil Kisil & Partners has a very good, reliable reputation. It works to high standards”, say clients.
    Oksana Voynarovska is “very professional and at the same time very friendly and client-oriented”.

  • Chambers Europe 2016: Real Estate & Construction 2016

    The real estate team has been consistently top ranked for the outstanding expertise in property development and representing numerous high-profile international clients. Partners Oleg Alyoshin and Alexander Borodkin, the head of real estate practice, are highly recommended by Chambers Europe 2016.

  • Chambers Europe 2016: Dispute Resolution 2016

    VKP’s dispute resolution practice has been top ranked (Band 1) for many years in a row.
    “Nobody is comparable to the team in terms of the strength of the brand,” say clients. Partner Oleg Makarov has been highly praised by the directory: “There are very few rivals to him in terms of experience", a source says. Andriy Stelmashchuk, managing partner at Vasil Kisil & Partners is recommended for the legal support in tax disputes and white-collar crime cases: “He has a high level of knowledge of law and the court process”.

  • Chambers Europe 2016: Energy & Natural Resources 2016

    The energy & natural resources practice group has been highly recommended by Chambers Europe 2016.
    The team is led by Oleg Alyoshin and Alexander Borodkin and is experienced in complicated energy & natural resources projects.

  • Chambers Europe 2016: Corporate / M&A 2016

    VKP’s corporate/M&A team is traditionally recognized as very strong.
    Vasil Kisil, senior partner of the firm, who is extremely experienced, is a key person in corporate practice (Band S) in Ukraine.

  • Chambers Europe 2016: Tax 2016

    The directory has praised the firm’s strong tax team, headed by partner Andriy Stelmashchuk, who is a leading lawyer in tax disputes.
    Chambers Europe describes Andriy as “technically strong” professional.

  • Legal 500 2016: Banking and Finance 2016

    The Legal 500 2016 highly recommend VKP’s banking and finance practice.

  • Legal 500 2016: Corporate and M&A practice 2016

    VKP’s corporate and M&A practice is highly recommended by the Legal 500 2016.

  • Legal 500 2016: Energy and Natural Resouces 2016

    Partner Oleg Alyoshin and the firm’s energy practice are highly recommended by the Legal 500 2016 for active support of projects in this industry.

  • Legal 500 2016: Taxation 2016

    The firm’s tax practice and its head managing partner Andriy Stelmashchuk are highly recommended by the Legal 500 2016 for the legal support in tax disputes.

  • Legal 500 2016: Real Estate and Construction 2016

    Real estate and construction practice of VKP named Tier 1 according to the Legal 500 2016. Vasil Kisil and Partners delivers ‘perfect service’ – noted the edition.
    Partners Oleg Alyoshin and Alexander Borodkin are named as leading individuals within this practice.The edition especially noted Alexander Borodkin who ‘understands the specifics of business in Ukraine’.

  • Legal 500 2016: Dispute Resolution 2016

    The Legal 500 names Oleg Makarov as a leading individual in dispute resolution in Ukraine and highly recommends this practice of VKP.
    Managing Partner Andriy Stelmashchuk and Oleg Alyoshin lead on litigation and international arbitration respectively.
    The firm’s tax practice and its head managing partner Andriy Stelmashchuk are highly recommended by the edition for the legal support in tax disputes.

  • Chambers Global 2016: Corporate / M&A 2016

    The international legal directory Chambers Global 2016 highly recommends Vasil Kisil & Partners' Corporate / M&A Practice Group.
    Vasil Kisil, the firm’s senior partner, is recognized as a top-notch expert and an incontestable authority for the entire Ukrainian legal community.

  • Chambers Global 2016: Dispute Resolution 2016

    The international legal directory Chambers Global 2016 recognizes Vasil Kisil & Partners as a leading litigation practice in Ukraine.
    VKP’s Dispute Resolution Practice Group has been top ranked in Band 1. Oleg Makarov, Partner, is a very established name on the market. 'There are very few rivals to him in terms of experience,' a source says.
    Managing partner Andriy Stelmashchuk has received high praise from the legal directory. Chambers Global has noted the experience of Mr Stelmashchuk as a tax litigator who also assists clients with criminal investigations (white-collar crime): 'he has a high level of knowledge of law and the court process'.

  • World Trademark Review 1000: Intellectual Property 2016

    The global directory World Trademark Review 1000 (WTR 1000) has ranked Vasil Kisil & Partners among the leading Ukrainian law firms practicing in the field of trademarks in 2016.
    The results of the research conducted by this reputable directory have highlighted the exceptional litigation expertise of the firm’s lawyers: 'The local courts are the playground of this hard-hitting native enforcement collective. Its battle-ready attorneys are unflinching in their defence of clients’ marks, producing realistic risk assessments and tactics aimed squarely at the best commercial outcome.'
    'Nothing is off limits in its soup-to-nuts service – potential obstacles are identified and circumvented before they can become problems', WTR 1000 researchers say.

  • IFLR1000 2016: Banking and Finance 2016

    Vasil Kisil & Partners among the leading law firms providing advice on banking and finance issues in Ukraine according to the global ranking of the reputable legal guide IFLR1000.
    'Practical and specific advice on rather sophisticated matters, helpful and always on time,' quotes IFLR1000 one banking client’s feedback on the firm.

  • IFLR1000 2016: Corporate and M&A 2016

    Vasil Kisil & Partners among leading law firms providing advice on corporate and M&A issues in Ukraine according to the reputable legal guide IFLR1000 2016.
    'Practical and specific advice on rather sophisticated matters, helpful and always on time,' quotes IFLR1000 one banking client’s feedback on the firm.

  • Legal 500 2017: Tax 2017

    Tax practice group is recognized as Tier 1. Andriy Stelmashchuk who leads the tax practice “looks at all the angles and makes well-balanced decisions”, a client says.

  • Legal 500 2017: Intellectual Property 2017

    Intellectual property practice group and its key name Vladyslav Podolyak are highly recommended for advising an IT development company on securing rights for its software.

  • Legal 500 2017: Energy & Natural Resources 2017

    Vasil Kisil & Partners’ Alexander Borodkin and Oleg Alyoshin are recommended for renewables and oil and gas matters, respectively.

  • Legal 500 2017: Banking, finance and capital markets 2017

    Banking, finance and capital markets practice group is recognized as well as Anna Sisetska and Alexander Borodkin who head the practice at Vasil Kisil & Partners.

  • Legal 500 2017: Corporate / M&A 2017

    VKP’s corporate and M&A practice and its leaders Volodymyr Igonin, Alexander Borodkin and Anna Sisetska are highly recommended.

  • Legal 500 2017: Real Estate 2017

    Vasil Kisil & Partners is a top-tier law firm in Real Estate & Construction. Alexander Borodkin, the head of real estate practice “finds the best solution” – noted edition.

  • Legal 500 2017: Dispute Resolution 2017

    The dispute resolution practice group is recognized as Tier 1. Andriy Stelmashchuk who leads the tax practice “looks at all the angles and makes well-balanced decisions”, a client says. Oleg Alyoshin, the head of international arbitration practice group, was highly recommended for representing two Ukrainian businessmen in a $2bn dispute in London’s High Court.

  • Chambers Europe 2017: Litigation 2017

    VKP’s litigation practice has been top-ranked (Band 1) for many years in a row. Partner Oleg Makarov has been highly recommended by the directory: "He can analyze and create something new, an efficient solution, because of his experience", a source says. Andriy Stelmashchuk, managing partner at Vasil Kisil & Partners is praised for his tax disputes practice and representing clients in real estate and commercial disputes, acting for domestic and international clients.

  • Chambers Europe 2017: Corporate / M&A 2017

    VKP’s corporate/M&A team is traditionally recognized as very experienced in a range of corporate and commercial issues. Clients highlight the team's "responsibility, reliability and high efficiency." Vasil Kisil, a senior partner of the firm, who is extremely experienced, is a key person in corporate practice (Band S) in Ukraine.

  • Chamber Europe 2017: Tax 2017

    The directory has praised the firm’s strong tax litigation team, with a track record in defending clients in criminal proceedings. The practice group is headed by partner Andriy Stelmashchuk, who “always looks at the issue from different angles, allowing clients to make well-balanced decisions”. Tetyana Berezhna, the senior associate is recognized as “a very attentive to detail and committed to deadlines,” a source says.

  • Chamber Europe 2017: White-collar crime 2017

    White-collar crime practice group of the firm has entered the ranking due to its rapidly growing presence in the market.

  • Chamber Europe 2017: International Arbitration 2017

    International arbitration practice group headed by Oleg Alyoshin has been highly recommended.

  • Chambers Europe 2017: Real Estate & Construction 2017

    The real estate team has also been top ranked for the significant experience of project development, construction, and acquisition, as well as for real estate litigation. Partners Oleg Alyoshin and Alexander Borodkin, the head of real estate practice, are highly recommended by Chambers Europe 2017.

  • Chambers Europe 2017: Labour & Employment 2017

    The labour & employment practice group led by partner Oksana Voynarovska has been top-ranked (Band 1) among the market leaders. "They are hard-working professionals who try their best to provide clients with necessary support.”, sources note. Oksana Voynarovska “is a very experienced professional”, a client says. Valeriya Savchuk, senior associate, entering the ranking this year is described as a “reliable lawyer”.

  • Chambers Global 2017: Corporate / M&A 2017

    Excellent recommendations have been awarded to the Corporate and M&A Practice Group.
    Vasil Kisil, the firm’s senior partner, is recognized as a Senior Statesman in Ukraine for 5th consecutive year in a row. “A well-established practitioner with vast experience of advising on some of the firm's biggest mandates, including M&A deals”, says the directory.

  • Chambers Global 2017: Dispute Resolution 2017

    Dispute Resolution practice group has been top ranked in Band 1.
    Oleg Makarov is a top-tier litigator: "He can analyze a situation and create something new, an efficient solution, because of his experience." He lends his considerable expertise to complex, high-value conflicts”, clients say.
    Managing partner Andriy Stelmashchuk is highly recommended for his tax disputes practice and for representing clients in real estate and commercial disputes, acting for domestic and international clients.

  • WTR 1000 2017: Intellectual Property 2017

    The World Trademark Review 1000, one of the leading international IP rankings in the world has recommended Vasil Kisil & Partners in its recent edition.
    “Vasil Kisil & Partners has a bench of top-qualified lawyers who can handle both local and global mandates with utmost dexterity. Intellectual property has been a significant focus since the firm’s foundation in 1992, with clients receiving bespoke cradle-to-grave support for their prized brands” – researchers say.
    Vladyslav Podolyak, head of intellectual property practice group of Vasil Kisil & Partners has been named among the leading IP professionals: “Fronting the IP group is data protection doyen Vladyslav Podolyak, a go-to for enterprises seeking to develop vigorous defensive strategies for crown-jewel assets”.
    The World Trademark Review 1000 is dedicated to identifying the world’s leading trademark legal service professionals through extensive qualitative research in more than 70 jurisdictions worldwide.

  • Chambers Europe 2018: International Arbitration 2018

    An international arbitration practice group of the firm has been highly recommended by the ranking due to the rapidly growing presence in the market.

  • Chambers Europe 2018: White-collar crime 2018

    The white-collar crime practice group has been highly recommended by the ranking due to the rapidly growing presence in the market.

  • Chambers Europe 2018: Corporate / M&A 2018

    VKP’s corporate/M&A team is recognized as very experienced in a range of corporate and commercial issues. Clients state: "They were proactive and managed local aspects of the transaction with their counterparts effectively. They showed a commercial approach in resolving issues." Vasil Kisil, senior partner of the firm, who is extremely experienced, is a key person in corporate practice (Band S) in Ukraine.

  • Chambers Europe 2018: Tax 2018

    Chambers Europe 2018 has highlighted the firm’s strong tax litigation team, with a track record in defending clients in criminal proceedings, in disputes concerning VAT and on conflicts concerning CPT. The practice group is headed by partner Andriy Stelmashchuk, who praised for his “business-oriented” approach. Tetyana Berezhna, senior associate is recognised by Chambers Europe as an up-and-coming lawyer. Sources endorse her ability "to offer good solutions within reasonable deadlines and excellent quality."

  • Chambers Europe 2018: Real Estate 2018

    The Legal 500 names Vasil Kisil & Partners as a top firm in Real estate and construction. Alexander Borodkin, partner, the head of the practice area is recognized as “a leading lawyer”.

  • Chambers Europe 2018: Labour & Employment 2018

    The labour & employment practice group led by partner Oksana Voynarovska has been top ranked (Band 1) among the market leaders. A source highlights the team as "one of the best employment practices, with a strong team that focuses on litigation." Practice head Oksana Voynarovska is highly regarded and noted to be "one of the leading practitioners in this area." Valeriya Savchuk, counsel, is "very knowledgeable, insightful and generates creative ideas," the client notes.

  • Chambers Europe 2018: Dispute Resolution 2018

    VKP’s litigation practice has been top ranked for many years in a row. Clients appreciate that the team "effectively combines strong analytical skills with extensive litigation expertise, so that their advice is very practical and well balanced." Partner Oleg Makarov has been recognized as the eminent practitioner in the litigation arena. He is a respected lawyer with significant experience,” a source says. Andriy Stelmashchuk, managing partner at Vasil Kisil & Partners is distinguished for his significant track record in tax disputes and representing clients in real estate and commercial disputes.

  • Chambers Global 2018: Corporate / M&A 2018

    Corporate / M&A practice of Vasil Kisil & Partners is highly praised by the directory.
    Vasil Kisil, the firm’s senior partner, is recognized as a Senior Statesman in Ukraine. The researchers say: “Name partner Vasil Kisil is a towering figure in the domestic market. Echoing the sentiments of many, one source describes him as "one of the most respected lawyers in the market.”

  • Chambers Global 2018: Dispute Resolution 2018

    Chambers Global ranks Vasil Kisil & Partners as a leading Ukrainian law firm in Dispute Resolution.
    The directory recommends managing partner Andriy Stelmashchuk, as a distinguished lawyer for his significant track record in tax disputes. He also has experience of real estate and general commercial litigation, with one client describing him as "business-oriented."
    According to the researchers, Oleg Makarov has an extensive track record in a range of national and international disputes and is a "respected lawyer with significant experience" in the litigation arena.

  • Legal 500 2018: Competition 2018

    The directory recognizes the “undoubtedly outstanding” Competition team headed by partner Anna Sisetska.

  • Legal 500 2018: Private Clients 2018

    Family law, tax and wealth management are key practices at Private client practice area at Vasil Kisil & Partners, which fields “a highly professional team”. Practice head Oksana Voynarovska is highly recommended.

  • Legal 500 2018: Labour & Employment 2018

    Employment practice group is highly acknowledged by the clients who name it “one of the best in the Ukraine”. The “smart, professional” Oksana Voynarovska, partner and “next generation lawyer” Valeriya Savchuk are strongly recommended.

  • Legal 500 2018: Real Estate & Construction 2018

    The Legal 500 names Vasil Kisil & Partners as a top firm in Real estate and construction. Alexander Borodkin, partner, the head of the practice area is recognized as “a leading lawyer”.

  • Legal 500 2018: Dispute Resolution 2018

    Dispute resolution practice of Vasil Kisil & Partners has been highly recommended by The Legal 500. Clients of the firm are “impressed with the thoroughness of its work”. Oleg Alyoshin, partner, and Andriy Stelmashchuk, managing partner are highly regarded.

  • Legal 500 2018: Corporate / M&A 2018

    Corporate and M&A practice of the firm is “highly professional with strong business acumen and industry knowledge”. The publication marked professional achievements of partners Volodymyr Igonin, Anna Sisetska and Alexander Borodkin.

  • Legal 500 2018: Banking, finance and capital markets 2018

    The interviewed clients praise “perfect service in complex legal matters with comprehensive and timely advice” of the Banking, finance and capital market practice. Partners Alexander Borodkin and Anna Sisetska are recommended.

  • Legal 500 2018: Energy & Natural Resources 2018

    Alexander Borodkin and Oleg Alyoshin are highly recommended by The Legal 500.

  • Legal 500 2018: Intellectual Property 2018

    The directory recognizes sound IP expertise at Vasil Kisil & Partners.

  • Legal 500 2018: Tax 2018

    Tax practice lead by Andriy Stelmashchuk received high praises from the researchers (Tier 1). Senior associate Tetyana Berezhna is named a “next generation lawyer”.

  • Legal 500 2019: Intellectual Property 2019

    The directory recommends Intellectual property practice group headed by counsel Ilarion Tomarov, who is recognized as a “next generation lawyer”.

  • Legal 500 2019: Energy & Natural Resources 2019

    The Legal 500 praises Energy expertise: “Vasil Kisil & Partners has experienced partners in Oleg Alyoshin, who leads the oil and gas practice, and head of alternative energy Alexander Borodkin.”

  • Legal 500 2019: Competition 2019

    The directory recognizes Competition practice area: “Recently promoted partner Anna Sisetska leads the practice at Vasil Kisil & Partners, which focuses on investigations of dominance abuse and cartels, as well as merger control.”

  • Legal 500 2019: Corporate / M&A 2019

    Corporate and M&A team “is regarded as a strong player in the M&A market and provides corporate advice to a large roster of domestic and international clients.”

  • Legal 500 2019: Banking & Finance 2019

    Banking & finance practice group “which last year launched a new aviation finance service, is respected for its work in debt restructuring and non-performing loan transactions.”

  • Legal 500 2019: White-collar Crime 2019

    “Under Andriy Stelmashchuk and Vitaliy Kasko, Vasil Kisil & Partners has an active White-collar crime practice that acts for large multinational clients and domestic corporations,” says the Legal 500. Partner Vitaliy Kasko is highly recommended by the ranking.

  • Legal 500 2019: Private Clients 2019

    The directory recognizes Private client practice group as a top-tier: “Vasil Kisil & Partners has a prominent family partner in Oksana Voynarovska, who also handles complex tax planning matters. Litigator Oleg Makarov and tax and corporate partner Alexander Borodkin are also recommended.”

  • Legal 500 2019: Labour & Employment 2019

    Employment team has “profound knowledge and extensive experience, and approach every task with dedication and great skill.” Partner Oksana Voynarovska is highly recommended and counsel Valeriya Savchuk is recognized as “a next generation lawyer”.

  • Legal 500 2019: Tax 2019

    Tax practice group received high praises from the researchers: “At Vasil Kisil & Partners, managing partner Andriy Stelmashchuk focuses strongly on tax litigation.” Tetyana Berezhna, counsel is named a “next generation lawyer”.

  • Legal 500 2019: Real Estate & Construction 2019

    Real estate & construction practice of Vasil Kisil & Partners has been highly recommended by the directory. Alexander Borodkin, partner, the head of the practice area is recognized as “a leading lawyer”.

  • Legal 500 2019: Dispute Resolution 2019

    Due to the Legal 500, Dispute resolution practice “impresses with its thoroughness and its ability to seamlessly navigate between complex areas of law.” Partner Oleg Alyoshin and managing partner Andriy Stelmashchuk are highly recommended.

  • The Legal 500 2020: White-Collar Crime 2020

    The firm has significant experience in representing top foreign and national companies and CEOs before law enforcement agencies and in courts, and is known for its high ethical standards and its expertise in niche area including human rights litigation.

  • The Legal 500 2020: Tax 2020

    Vasil Kisil & Partners has 'the resources, experience and depth of knowledge to offer a high-level service in tax matters'. Managing partner Andriy Stelmashchuk and newly promoted counsel Tetyana Berezhna are the main practitioners in the practice, which has extensive experience in supporting complex domestic and cross-border M&A transactions and corporate restructurings with tax advice and risk management services. Stelmashchuk's prime focus is litigation, with tax a key element in his broader practice, and he has specialist expertise in the banking and finance, agriculture and IT sectors.

  • The Legal 500 2020: Intellectual Property 2020

    Vasil Kisil & Partners has recently expanded its client base of large global brands. Clients remark that it is 'a great law firm', and praise practice head Ilarion Tomarov as 'an experienced lawyer who is always ready to help'. The firm advises international and large domestic clients on the entire IP life cycle from audits to filing to the structuring of cross-border transactions and dispute resolution.

  • The Legal 500 2020: Energy and Natural Resources 2020

    At Vasil Kisil & Partners, construction and real estate specialist Alexander Borodkin leads the renewables practice and litigator Oleg Alyoshin is head of oil and gas. The firm handles complex energy assets transactions, including matters related to the surveying, exploration and industrial development of mineral deposits, the use of natural resources, and project implementation under the framework of the Kyoto Protocol.

  • The Legal 500 2020: Competition 2020

    Vasil Kisil & Partners focuses predominantly on investigations of market dominance abuse and cartels, as well as merger control filings. Practice head Anna Sisetska also provides regulatory advice to a diverse client base that includes Mondelez Ukraine, Spectr-Agro and the European Business Association. The firm has extensive experience in the retail sector and handles unfair competition issues in the fast-moving consumer goods, gas, pharmaceuticals and DIY industries.

  • Legal 500 2020: Corporate / M&A 2020

    Vasil Kisil & Partners 'is very responsive and knowledgeable, and its advice is very business-friendly'. The firm handles large domestic and cross-border M&A and restructuring matters in key sectors such as agriculture, real estate, TMT, banking and finance, retail, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, transport and infrastructure. Volodymyr Igonin leads the practice, in which corporate and finance specialist Alexander Borodkin and competition law and M&A partner Anna Sisetska are recommended. Mondelez, Mitsubishi Corporation and Metinvest are among the team's high-profile clients.

  • The Legal 500 2020: Banking & Finance 2020

    Vasil Kisil & Partners is best known for M&A transactions in the banking and financial services sector, banking litigation, debt restructuring, the sale and purchase of non-performing loans (NPL), and debt finance. Alexander Borodkin, who 'immediately understands what clients need and delivers it', leads the practice with Anna Sisetska. They act for Ukrainian and international companies, as well as advising private investors on cross-border transactions and anti-money laundering regulations. The team also has niche expertise in emerging areas such as cryptocurrencies.

  • The Legal 500 2020: Real Estate and Construction 2020

    Vasil Kisil & Partners has 'deep expertise in both real estate and agriculture issues' and clients praise its 'experience and willingness to listen to clients needs before proposing the right solution'. Practice head Alexander Borodkin has 'strong negotiations skills, a pragmatic approach and is capable of out-of-the-box thinking - he is always looking for alternative solutions'. The group handles the full range of work from due diligence and acquisitions through to public procurement matters and leasings for large domestic and international businesses.

  • The Legal 500 2020: Private Client 2020

    Vasil Kisil & Partners excels in contentious family matters and inheritance disputes, as well as handling domestic and international tax planning. Family, inheritance law and wealth management specialist Oksana Voynarovska 'has a real international reach and understands complex issues related to family law matters'. Fellow practice heads Alexander Borodkin is also recommended.
    ‘It is very important for family offices to co-operate with dedicated law firms such as Vasil Kisil and Partners. This firm has the best practice in private law in Ukraine. We trust them.‘
    ‘Vasil Kisil and Partners is our key partner law firm in Ukraine. It is full-service and very reliable. The lawyers are known for their creative, business-savvy counselling skills.’
    ‘The team provides an excellent level of service at fair and reasonable fees. While being engaged in multi-jurisdictional projects, they are very flexible and always respect deadlines.‘

  • The Legal 500 2020: Labour and Employment 2020

    Vasil Kisil & Partners' sizeable team handles the full range of complex labour law matters, including employment contracts, the dismissal of employees, collective bargaining agreements, company restructurings and litigation. Practice head Oksana Voynarovska, who 'has exceptional expertise', and Valeriya Savchuk, who is 'an enthusiastic professional', are members of the working group finalising Ukraine's draft Labour Code. Associate Oleksandr Melnyk has expertise in labour disputes. Clients include household names from the pharmaceutical, energy, retail and technology sectors.
    ‘Vasil Kisil & Partners is unique for several reasons. It has a dedicated unit that only deals with labour law issues, so its legal advisers have a rich portfolio of labour law issues. Its lawyers are members of government working groups on drafting the new labour code of Ukraine and, as such, they are advising the government of Ukraine in really politically and strategically important matters.’
    ‘Their team has a good understanding of both the Ukrainian IT industry overall and the business of our company in particular. Their legal advice is very practical and effectively tailored to our business needs.’

  • The Legal 500 2020: Dispute Resolution 2020

    'The team is quite obviously and rightly regarded as top tier in Kiev', says a client of Vasil Kisil & Partners, where 'the lawyers are superb at all levels'. The firm's track record includes precedent-setting cases in the Supreme Court, as well as a diverse mix of land disputes, construction cases, post-M&A disputes and bankruptcy litigation. Managing partner Andriy Stelmashchuk leads the litigation practice, with a focus on tax litigation and white-collar crime, and is 'sharper than a surgeon's scalpel'. Oleg Kachmar leads on domestic disputes, particularly in relation to the real estate, banking and insurance, and Oleg Alyoshin is head of international arbitration.
    ‘The team at VKP is quite obviously and rightly regarded as top tier in Kiev. The lawyers are superb at all levels. The team is client friendly, has a Western outlook and attitude, and combines strength and depth in all things cross-border. It has an ability to handle complex disputes in Ukraine but with a foreign law element (or foreign disputes with a Ukrainian element) with consummate ease. It is easily my “go-to” firm in Kiev for anything contentious.’

  • WTR 1000 2020: Intellectual Property 2020

    The global directory World Trademark Review 1000 (WTR 1000) has ranked Vasil Kisil & Partners among the leading Ukrainian law firms practicing in the field of trademarks in 2020. Ilarion Tomarov, the IP practice head has attracted positive feedback.