Grata International has announced the creation of "a fully integrated office" in Ukraine, led by former Anstrum Law firm Partners Valeriy Savva and Mykola Aleksiuk.
According to Grata International, Savva and Aleksiuk "have personally carried out over 350 projects in various areas, including such projects as: assisting in several restructurings of Alpha Group (Borjomi, Alpha Insurance, LetterOne, A1), including acquisition of Bank of Cyprus by Alpha Bank, advising and providing full assistance to EBRD in its financing transactions with Ukrainian businesses and foreign capital banks, providing transactional support to PZU international insurance company in its acquisition of insurance companies across Eastern Europe, representing AB Achema in special investigation of nitrogen fertilizers imports into Ukraine, and others."
"In many lawyers’ careers there are moments when they try to find, adjust, or even change their long-term professional development path," commented Grata International Global Board Member Akhmetzhan Abdullayev. "Having acquired vast amounts of experience and expertise, many lawyers wish to open their own shop, start their own firm. In moments like this, it is very important to not let the arising difficulties discourage them from their desire. We are extremely glad that we met our team in Kyiv in exactly such a special moment for them."
"The uniqueness of our offering is based on the opportunity for ambitious teams of international lawyers to start their own practice under the Grata International brand," Abdullayev continued. "This lets them benefit from the advantages of a larger organization, while maintaining their flexibility in managing their office and forgoing the painful growth experience. Right from the start, we provide our clients with a proper level of quality of Grata International’s services and we believe in the great success of our office in Ukraine."
Mikola Aleksiuk expressed his enthusiasm at the change. "We are profoundly glad to join Grata International’s team. We are impressed by systematic approach, innovativeness and desire of our colleagues to develop new markets in such difficult times. We have set a high bar for our services and hope that the advantages of a well-structured company will only improve the service quality for our clients. We are confident that constant growth, teamwork and the ability to solve complex problems of our clients will drive the rapid development of Grata International’s office in Ukraine."
The news of Grata International's expansion to Ukraine follows several months after then firm's expansion to Moldova via a tie-up with that country's Popa & Associates (as reported by CEE Legal Matters on May 29, 2020).