On October 31, 2016, CEELM reported that the Ukranian start-up eTachki had obtained USD 1 million investment from local capital fund TA Ventures. We asked the Head of Legal at eTachki, Marina Makarova, to tell us more about the deal and the structure of her in-house legal team.
On March 8, 2016, CEE Legal Matters reported that Sayenko & Kharenko had advised Sberbank on the restructuring of a sovereign-guaranteed loan to Yuzhnoya’s State Design Office and the Road Agency of Ukraine (Ukravtodor) with an outstanding principal balance of approximately USD 367 million and had advised Sberbank and Citibank on the restructuring of another loan to Ukravtodor with an outstanding principal balance of EUR 37.3 million. Linklaters advised the banks on matters of English law, and Avellum acted as Ukrainian counsel to the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine on both matters.
Graham Conlon is a Partner and English-qualified solicitor at CMS, where he is the Co-Head of International Private Equity and the Head of Corporate and M&A in Kyiv. He divides his time between Warsaw and Kyiv and has a regional role and advises on private equity and M&A transactions throughout Europe and beyond.
Sayenko Kharenko's antitrust team has provided legal assistance in obtaining merger clearance from the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine for the GBP 79 billion merger of Anheuser-Busch InBev S.A./N.V. with SABMiller plc. The combined group will retain the name Anheuser-Busch InBev S.A./N.V. when the merger is complete.
In 2015-2016 almost all energy related trends are driven by the Ukrainian government’s efforts to bring its legislation into compliance with the Third Energy Package, which the country is required to do as a member of the European Energy Community. Indeed, Ukraine is in the process of a large-scale reform of its energy sector.
Avellum has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to AGCO in connection with its successful application for merger control clearance from the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine for its EUR 310 million acquisition of Cimbria. Herbert Smith Freehills acted as global legal advisor to AGCO.
Sayenko Kharenko, working with global advisors Fenwick & West (leading transaction counsel) and Allen & Overy (coordinating counsel), has advised Shanghai Giant Network Technology Co. on Ukrainian aspects of the USD 4.4 billion all-cash acquisition made by a consortium of Chinese private equity firms of Playtika Ltd (Playtika), one of the world’s largest social casino gaming companies, from Caesars Interactive Entertainment (CIE). Sorainen advised on Belarusian matters.
Integrites is reporting that on November 14, 2016, the General Meeting of Members of the Ukrainian Arbitration Association elected Integrites Partner Olena Perepelynska, the Head of the firm's CIS Arbitration Practice) as its new President, succeeding outgoing UAA President Tatyana Slipachuk, Partner and Head of International Dispute Resolution at Sayenko Kharenko.