Vasil Kisil & Partners has successfully represented the MIIT telecommunication operator in a dispute related to the payment for telecommunication services (IP telephony).
KPD Consulting Law Firm has supported Euroventures-Austria-CA-Management Gesellschaft m.b.H. -- the real estate subsidiary of Bank Austria Group -- in the execution of the Heritage Protection Agreement with respect to a historical office building from the early 20th century located in the heart of Kyiv.
Avellum, working alongside lead legal counsel to Latham & Watkins, has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to Onex Corporation and Baring Private Equity Asia (“Baring Asia”) in connection with their USD 3.55 billion acquisition of Thomson Reuters’ Intellectual Property & Science Business. Allen & Overy reportedly advised Thomson Reuters on the deal.
On October 27, 2016, Markian Malskyy, Partner and Head of the West Ukrainian Branch at Arzinger Law Office, was appointed as Honorary Consul for the Republic of Austria in Lviv and six surrounding regions of Ukraine: Lvivska, Volynska, Zakarpatska, Ivano-Frankivska, Ternopilska, and Rivnenska oblasts.
Avellum has acted as Ukrainian law counsel to the EBRD in connection with the renewal of a USD 40 million secured syndicated pre-export loan facility to the Industrial Group ViOil.
Integrites has advised Dragon Capital Investments Limited, a member of the Dragon Capital group of companies, on acquisition of stakes in two large logistics centers near Kyiv — a full acquisition of one in Borispol from Akron Investment Central Eastern Europe II BV, and a 60% stake in another, in Stoyanka, from GLD Holding GmbH. Greenberg Traurig and Vasil Kisil & Partners advised Akron Investment on the first deal, with the Antika Law Firm advising Heitman, the property manger. Schoenherr advised GLD Holding on the Borispol deal.
Sayenko Kharenko has provided Ukrainian legal advice to lead managers Citigroup, J.P. Morgan, and Morgan Stanley and Avellum has acted as Ukrainian counsel to the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine on the third USD 1 billion Eurobond issuance by Ukraine, fully guaranteed by the United States of America, acting through the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The bonds were placed at 1.471% per annum — the lowest interest rate in Ukraine's history — and are due 2021.
Background to Suggested Reform
By ratifying the Association Agreement, Ukraine committed to implementing the provisions of EU law that govern intellectual property. However, this is not the only factor pushing Ukraine to reform its IP legislation. Major market players from the IT, pharmaceutical, and media industries are dissatisfied with the outdated Ukrainian IP legislation, which they believe impedes the development of their business.
On August 25th, 2016, CEELM reported that Shell Exploration & Production Ukraine Investments (IV) B.V. was represented by Vasil Kisil & Partners in a dispute over the Ukrainian tax authorities' refusal to grant over UAH 5 million as an automatic VAT refund. We reached out to Viktor Kachurenko, Legal Counsel at Shell Ukraine Exploration and Production I, LLC, for more information.
DLA Piper has announced the appointment of former CMS dispute resolution Partner Olga Vorozhbyt as Partner and Head of the firm's Ukraine Litigation & Regulatory practice.