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20+
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Vladimir Sayenko is a partner practicing law since 1994, admitted in Ukraine and in the State of New York (USA). Vladimir specializes in competition, M&A, corporate and securities law. He has extensive experience in supporting clients through the entire lifecycle of their business, from formation and day-to-day operational issues to major transactions and exit. Throughout his career Vladimir has worked with clients across all major industry sectors but his principal focus is in the financial services, energy, oil & gas, real estate and media sectors.

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Advising on Ukrainian law aspects of benchmark cross-border M&A transactions, such as the acquisition of Samsung printer business by HP, acquisition of vaccines business of Novartis by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) with further establishment of a joint venture between GSK and Novartis, acquisition of Unimilk CIS operations by Danone, acquisition of Cadbury by Kraft Foods, as well as numerous Ukrainian M&A deals, including the acquisition Karavan Hypermarket chain by Auchan Group, sale of minority stake in Ukrainian subsidiaries of Allianz SE
  • Handling M&A transactions involving over a dozen Ukrainian banks, including the acquisition of a controlling shareholding of PJSC “Region-Bank” by a foreign investor, acquisition of Platinum Bank (Ukraine) by a group of Ukrainian and foreign investors, acquisition by First Ukrainian International Bank of Renaissance Credit Bank, acquisition by Platinum Bank of Home Credit Bank, sale by Platinum Bank of Vostok Bank, acquisition by Alpha Bank of Astra Bank, acquisition by Societe Generale of Ikar Bank, and acquisition by Piraeus Bank of International Commerce Bank
  • Advising bidders in the privatizations of Kryvorizhstal, KGOKOR, Odessa Port Plant and regional electricity distribution companies

Antitrust/Competition

  • Advising major corporations, such as Apple, Beam, BEKO, Coca-Cola, Dyckerhoff, Henkel, and Philip Morris, on Ukrainian competition law issues, including development trainings and compliance programs, conducting mock down raids, etc.
  • Representing multinationals in various investigations and proceedings before the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine, including Amadeus, Coca-Cola, Dyckerhoff, Sanofi, Visa and Western Union
  • Merger clearance for numerous mergers and acquisitions, including for AB InBev, BASF, Boehringer Ingelheim, Citibank, Comcast, Dell, DowDuPont, Geely, Glencore, Goldman Sachs, Hamburg Süd, Hitachi, HP, Honda Motor, Imerys, Japan Tobacco, Komatsu, Maersk Line, Monsanto, Outokumpu Oyj, Porsche, Samsung Electronics, Sandvik, Société Générale, Syngenta, and Thyssenkrupp

Recognitions

200+
M&A deals
  • Named Competition/Antitrust "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers International 2018 and Legal Awards 2016 (Yuridicheskaya Practika)
  • Named among the leading antitrust lawyers for Ukraine by Chambers Europe 2018, Expert Guides 2017 and Who's Who of Competition Lawyers 2017
  • Named among the leading corporate and M&A lawyers for Ukraine by Chambers Global 2018, Chambers Europe 2018, The Legal 500, 2018
  • Named among market leaders in competition, M&A, energy and infrastructure, project development, oil and gas, mining by IFLR1000, 2018
  • Recognized among leading lawyers in corporate and M&A, competition/antitrust, corporate governance and compliance by Best Lawyers International 2018
  • Recognized among Top 3 in antitrust, corporate and M&A, and listed among notable practitioners in energy and natural resources according to Ukrainian Law Firms 2017, Yuridicheskaya Practika
  • Recommended for energy, real estate and construction in Ukraine by The Legal 500, 2018
  • Recognized for competition/antitrust by The Legal 500, 2018

Admissions

  • New York, admitted to the New York State Bar (NYSB) since 1998
  • Ukraine, attorney-at-law, admitted to the Kyiv City Bar since 1998

Education

  • LL.D. in Securities Law from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Law Department
  • LL.M. in Transnational Business Practice from McGeorge School of Law (Muskie Fellow)
  • LL.B., summa cum laude, from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Law Department (joint degree with Diploma in English translation from the Department of Foreign Languages)
  • Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg
  • University of Michigan

Professional membership and involvement

  • Ukrainian Bar Association, Vice-President, Board Member of the Committee on Competiton Law
  • British-Ukrainian Law Association, Member of the Executive Committee
  • International Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Public Council with the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine
  • European Business Association
  • American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine

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