Sayenko Kharenko has announced that it is advising Auchan, one of the world's largest food retailers, on various Ukrainian law issues, including real estate investment issues, regulatory, land, criminal, and criminal-procedural matters. The firm also reports that it is representing Auchan "before state and local authorities, law enforcement authorities, public councils, working groups, and commissions."
EPAP Ukraine has acted as legal counsel to the Ukrainian Association of Ferroalloy Producers and Other Electrical Metallurgy Products Manufacturers (UkrFa) and the Nikopol, Zaporozhye, and Stakhanov Ferroalloy Plants in a countervailing investigation initiated in 2014 by the Eurasian Economic Commission against imports of Ukrainian ferrosilicomanganese to the Eurasian Economic Union territory.
By the Law of Ukraine as of April 7, 2015 No 289-VIII “On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine on the protection of investors", the institute of "derivative suit" was introduced into Ukrainian corporate law. Derivative suit was provided as an additional protection of companies’ interests from fraud actions of officials.
“The guys in the Central European group were a really collegial group and we really enjoyed what we did and truly felt we were making a difference, and we had good clients, and the results were really gratifying. So it was a very good, unique core group of people who were fully committed to Central and Eastern Europe at a historic time.” – Obie Moore
Avellum has acted as Ukrainian counsel to the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine on the restructuring of a sovereign-guaranteed loan provided by JSC Sberbank of Russia to the Yuzhnoye State Design Office and the Road Agency of Ukraine (with an outstanding principal balance of approximately USD 367 million), and another loan by Citibank and Sberbank to the Road Agency of Ukraine (with an outstanding principal balance of EUR 37.3 million). Sberbank and Citibank were advised by Sayenko Kharenko, with Linklaters advising on matters of English law.
Women’s Day is behind us, but the subjects of gender equality and equal opportunity are of year-round concern. This, the first part of a special two-part CEE Legal Matters article on women in private practice in CEE, provides the numbers and percentages from leading law firms across CEE, as well as a more thorough snapshot of one representative market. Part II of the report, in the June issue, will pull back the curtain even more, providing feedback and perspectives from lawyers across the region.
In May, 2015, Vasil Kisil & Partners announced that disputes specialist Andriy Stelmashchuk had been elected the firm’s new Managing Partner – becoming the first Managing Partner who was not among the venerable firm’s founders. The change coincided with the introduction of what the firm described as “a new corporate identity,” which the firm claimed reflects “the firm’s development strategy and key values of the brand: a national law firm operating to Western standards and leading the changes and innovative solutions.”
As it announced it would last summer (reported by CEE Legal Matters on July 8, 2015), Clifford Chance’s Kyiv office has now formally been re-established as an independent law firm and begun operating as Redcliffe Partners.