Michael Kharenko is one of the most successful dealmakers in the region. For over two decades, he has been structuring major international investments and attracting capital to Ukraine. This has included some of the most innovative and complex deals in Ukraine’s history worth a total amount of over USD 40 billion.

Much of his work has an international element to it, and he often works closely with key players in capital markets, multinational financial institutions and top law firms around the world. Michael has worked on a wide range of major private and public securities offerings, syndications and secured finance transactions in Ukraine, representing leading investment banks, multinational financial institutions, and corporates. Among his clients are Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, BNP Paribas, Citigroup, Commerzbank, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, EBRD, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, ING Bank, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Oschadbank, UBS, Ukreximbank, and the World Bank.

Michael has a very strong IT and disruptive technologies practice, acting for a variety of investors, global IT-companies and IT-start-ups on various sector-specific regulatory, commercial and legal issues.


  • Named "Lawyer of the Year" in Project Finance and Development Practice by Best Lawyers International 2019 and "Lawyer of the Year" in Structured Finance by Best Lawyers International 2020
  • Recognized among leading lawyers in Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Corporate, Litigation, Project Finance and Development Practice, and Structured Finance in Ukraine by Best Lawyers International 2020
  • Named among the leading Banking lawyers for Ukraine by Who's Who Legal Banking: Finance 2019
  • Internationally recognized as one of Ukraine’s leading authorities on Capital Markets, Banking & Finance by The Legal 500 2019, Chambers Global 2019, Chambers Europe 2019, IFLR1000, 2019, Expert Guides, Ukrainian Law Firms 2019
  • Named among Top 100 best lawyers of Ukraine and recognized among notable practitioners for Compliance/GR and Banking & Finance by Client's choice. Top 100 Best Lawyers of Ukraine – 2019, Yuridicheskaya Gazeta
  • Ranked among Ukraine’s leading senior managers by "TOP-100. Rating of the best top managers of Ukraine 2018", Ekonomika Communication Hub


  • New York, admitted to the New York State Bar (NYSB) since 2003
  • Ukraine, attorney-at-law, admitted to the Kyiv City Bar since 1995


  • LL.D. in public finance law
  • LL.M. with honors from Columbia University School of Law (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar)
  • Interned with the Honorable Bohdan A. Futey at the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C.
  • LL.B., summa cum laude, from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv Law School

Professional membership and involvement

  • Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association, Supervisory Board Member
  • American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine
  • European Business Association
  • Ukrainian Bar Association
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