years of experience

Alexey Starodubov is a business partner at Sayenko Kharenko and UA Direct founder. He has over 15 years of professional experience and specializes in representing foreign investors in Ukraine. Key focuses include cooperating with international financial institutions on Ukrainian projects, public procurement, privatization, representing foreign private equity funds in Ukraine, and public-private partnerships. Mr Starodubov’s experience encompasses handling investment projects with a total budget of over USD 3 billion. This includes the first Ukrainian public-private partnership projects at Yalta Sea Port and Simferopol International Airport, as well as construction of Donuzlav Trade Port in cooperation with CNTIC/CCCC (PRC) and the Government of Ukraine.

For several years, Alexey headed the Agency for Regional Development of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (a joint EU-Council and Ministers of Autonomous Republic of Crimea project) and supervised investment activities in Crimea. In this role, he oversaw dozens of investment projects. These included the modernization of Yalta Vodokanal in cooperation with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Crimean west coast development plan in cooperation with McKinsey & Company, reorganization of Crimean water supply enterprises, and the “Crimean Water” joint venture foundation to secure funding approval from the European Investment Bank (EIB).

Prior to his investment and business consulting career, Alexey practiced law with major international law firms and Big Four accounting firms in Ukraine. Throughout his legal career, Alexey advised foreign investors on investments in Ukraine.


  • eMPA, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
  • LL.M. in International Tax Law from King’s College London, University of London
  • Degree in Law, summa cum laude, from Vasyl Stus Donetsk National University
  • Postgraduate education, Vasyl Stus Donetsk National University

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