Agriculture

We have been at the cutting edge of dynamic industry developments while working with the largest agricultural companies on the most challenging and demanding projects on a day-to-day basis. We have handled the largest capital markets and finance transactions in the agricultural sector of Ukraine, as well as advised foreign investors on starting agricultural business and acquisition of land in Ukraine.

Our lawyers have extensive experience in representing the largest agricultural companies in international arbitration under a variety of international arbitration rules, including the rules of GAFTA, FOSFA, the International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, the International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and others.

We provide legal advice on the following aspects  of agricultural business:

  • Antimonopoly/Competition (we represent clients in the course of investigations by the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine regarding abuse of dominant position and unfair competition, and regularly assist with obtaining clearances for mergers and acquisitions in this area).
  • Corporate matters (we advise foreign and local investors on starting up new agricultural businesses, as well as acquisition and restructuring of the existing ones; in light of the complex corporate structure of Ukrainian agro-businesses we often advise our clients in this area on various corporate governance issues, draft shareholder agreements and revise corporate documents throughout all subsidiaries of the group in line with the requirements of foreign stock exchanges and Ukrainian legislation).
  • Debt and equity financing (we advised on financings, IPOs and private placements of the major companies in the sector, including Creativ Group, Kernel, MRIYA Agro Holding, Myronivsky Hliboproduct, Rise, UkrRos).
  • Regulatory & Compliance (our experience here includes advice on limitations with regard to ownership of land in Ukraine and taking security over it, zoning of land, limitations on export and import of agricultural produce, taxation of agro-businesses, as well as compliance with other multiple regulations applicable to agricultural activities in Ukraine).

We have attorneys specializing in agriculture within each practice group, which allows us creating a team for each project with profound expertise in the sector-specific issues.