The PSA law, despite its comparatively rare usage, complies with the best industry practices and provides the parties with enough instruments to ensure, that the signed PSA will suit their needs. At the same time, the PSA industry receives less attention from the State and, therefore, is less successful in Ukraine, especially comparing to the recent concession reform, which drew an unprecedented amount of foreign investments into Ukrainian seaport infrastructure.
Sayenko Kharenko and Latham & Watkins have advised joint lead managers Credit Agricole, J.P. Morgan, and Natixis on the USD 300 million 7-year 6.75 percent Eurobond issue by Kernel. The issuance was coupled with a tender offer to the holders of Kernel’s existing USD 500 million 5-year 8.75 percent Eurobond due in 2022. Avellum advised Kernel on Ukrainian aspects of the issuance, with Linklaters reportedly advising on matters of English and US law, Arendt & Medernach on Luxembourg law, and Borel & Barbey on Swiss law.
On 19 June 2020, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted Law of Ukraine No. 738-IX “On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine Regarding Liberalisation of Attracting of Investments and Introduction of New Financial Instruments” (“Law”). The Law implements the provisions of key European Union capital markets acts, including MiFID II, MiFIR, and CRD IV. The Law was officially promulgated on 15 August 2020 while the majority of its provisions will enter into force on 1 July 2021.
Latham & Watkins and Sayenko Kharenko have advised JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs as the joint lead managers and joint dealer-managers on Ukraine’s successful completion of the settlement of its new USD 2 billion 7.253% Eurobond due 2033, as well as on its first-ever intra-day switch tender offer in relation to its outstanding USD-denominated 7.75% senior notes due 2021 and USS-denominated 7.75% senior notes due 2022. Avellum and White & Case advised the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine.
In 2009, deep in the throes of the global financial crisis, Mykola Stetsenko, a partner at Baker & McKenzie in Kyiv, stepped away from that secure position to start his own law firm. His ambitious move paid off, and now, eleven years later, the firm he launched – Avellum – is among the most successful and highly regarded in Ukraine.
Under the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement of June 27, 2014, Ukraine undertook to harmonize its legislation with EU law by 2023, including the regulatory framework for IP. Subsequently, in February 2020, the Parliament of Ukraine adopted a long-awaited set of draft IP protection laws (the “Draft Laws”), which are likely to have a significant impact on companies doing business in Ukraine, as well as on the measures which may be taken by businesses in connection with IP commercialization.