Seven Kinstellar lawyers have been promoted to Partner: Bratislava-based Tomas Melisek, Budapest-based Levente Hegedus, Istanbul-based Bulut Girgin, and Kyiv-based Anastasiya Bolkhovitinova, Natalia Kirichenko, Oleg Matiusha, and Illya Muchnyk.
Melisek is the Bratislava office's Head of the Banking, Finance & Capital Markets practice. He has been with the firm since 2011. Earlier, he also spent a year and a half with Clifford Chance.
Hegedus is the Head of the Budapest-based Banking, Finance & Capital Markets practice and the Co-Head of the firm-wide Restructuring & Insolvency practice. He joined Kinstelalr in 2009 as a Junior Associate, became an Associate in 2013, a Senior Associate in 2017, a Managing Associate in 2018, and a Counsel in 2020.
Girgin is the Head of the Istanbul Competition and Compliance practice and Co-Head of the firm-wide Competition & State Aid practice. Before joining the firm in 2019, he spent over three years with ELIG Gurkaynak. Earlier, he was a Compliance Manager with the Fox Networks Group for a year and, before that, a Senior Regulatory Legal Counsel at Turkcell, between 2012 and 2014. He began his career as a Legal Consultant at Actecon.
Bolkhovitinova is the Head of Kyiv's TMT practice and a Co-Head of the firm-wide Telecommunications practice. She has been with the firm since 2021, having joined after spending 16 years with DLA Piper. She began her career as an Associate with EY Law, where she spent a year.
Kirichenko, Head of the Kyiv IP&T and Data & Cybersecurity practices and a Co-Head of the firm-wide IP&T practice, joined Kinstellar in 2021. Before, she spent 11 years with DLA Piper and, earlier, two years as Head of Legal with All Motion. Earlier still, she spent a year and a half as a Legal Counsel with Progression LLC and over a year as a Legal Counsel with ADV.
Matiusha is the Kyiv Head of the Infrastructure & Transportation and Real Estate & Construction practices. He has been with the firm since 2018, having joined after spending six years with DLA Piper. Earlier, Matiusha spent six years with Baker McKenzie and, before that, a year in-house with Consortium Ukrindustry. He started his career as the Deputy Head of the legal department at Sofia Kyiv in 2004, where he spent over a year.
Muchnyk is the Head of the firm-wide Fintech practice. He has been with Kinstellar since 2021, having joined after spending 16 years with DLA Piper. Earlier, he spent a year as an Associate with EY Law and, earlier still, over two years as an Associate with Trust. He began his career in-house with Credit Union in 2000, where he spent one year.