Ukraine continues to bring its legislation in line with EU legislation, fulfilling its obligations under the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine. One of the ways to improve the laws of Ukraine is to establish a relationship between the consumers, producers, and sellers of goods – especially of non-industrial use goods.
Halfway through 2019 Ukraine has already seen major changes in its energy sector’s legal framework, including the effect of the recent decision of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine involving the legal status and decision-making authority of the Ukrainian energy market regulator (the “Regulator”). The shockwaves are likely to go far beyond 2019.
Cross-border commercial disputes often raise a number of issues concerning the treatment of foreign litigants in domestic proceedings. A complete overhaul of Ukraine’s procedural rules back in 2017 included a number of specific rules for foreign litigants that they must consider, especially when they have no local presence or assets in Ukraine.
In February 2019 CEE Legal Matters reported that Integrites and K&L Gates had advised Norwegian utility-scale wind power developer NBT and Paris-based renewable energy independent power producer Total Eren on their entrance into a framework agreement with a syndicate of foreign lenders, including the EBRD and the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation, for the construction of the Syvash wind farm – one of the largest in Europe. Redcliffe Partners and Clifford Chance advised the lenders and J.P. Morgan Securities Plc as debt coordinator.
CMS has advised EBRD on its issue of a USD 35 million loan to the Louis Dreyfus Company, a global agricultural trader, to help it establish its own railcar logistics business in Ukraine. Everlegal provided Ukrainian law assistance to lead legal counsel Orrick in advising the Louis Dreyfus Company on the deal.
Simmons & Simmons and Integrites have advised NBT, a Norwegian wind power developer and the largest foreign investor in Ukraine, on its successful negotiations for Engineering, Procurement and Construction contracts with China Electric Power Equipment and Technology Co, Ltd. for the 300 MW second stage and 450 MW third stage of the Zophia Wind Park in Ukraine (“Zophia II” and “Zophia III” respectively).