Leonid Antonenko appointed Head of the Registration and Licensing Department of the NBU

Leonid Antonenko, who has been counsel with Sayenko Kharenko since 2011, is appointed Head of the Registration and Licensing Department of the National Bank of Ukraine.

The appointment of Mr. Antonenko evidences the commitment and willingness of Ukraine’s legal community to contribute to structural and efficient reforms in all spheres of public management. In 2014, a number of internationally educated top-notch practicing lawyers make a commitment to invest their time and expertise into public service.

For example, top lawyers including Ihor Shevchenko, Oleksiy Filatov, Sergii Koziakov, Vatalii Kasko were appointed to high positions with the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, the Presidential Administration, the General Prosecutor's Office, and the judicial system. Andrii Zhurzhii (Fozzy Group), Viktoria Ptashnyk (DROIT LAW FIRM), Olena Sotnik (Solodko and Partners) were elected parliamentarians.

While practicing law as counsel with Sayenko Kharenko, and earlier with international law firms Linklaters (London), Jackson Walker (Dallas, USA), Leonid Antonenko advised on major projects in the banking sector, specifically in the sphere of corporate law and M&A, banking regulation, securities. The expertise of Mr. Antonenko includes advising on major public transactions in the banking sector for transnational banking groups present in Ukraine, including Commerzbank (Germany), Alpha Bank (Greece), BNP Paribas (France). Also, Leonid is a member of the Working Group of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine on anti-corruption legislation; a member of the Committee on Corporate Governance, Equity Securities Issue and Turnover and Advisory Board of the Commission on Corporate Governance of the National Securities and Stock Market Commission (NSSMC);a member of the Council of the Corporate Law and Stock Market Committee of the Ukrainian Bar Association (UBA).

For many years in a row, Leonid has been ranked as one of the leading capital markets and corporate lawyers in Ukraine by Best Lawyers International, and the Ukrainian Law Firms research.

"We support the decision of Leonid Antonenko to contribute his time and expertise into reformation and improvement of the banking sector in Ukraine as the head of one of the key departments of the National Bank. I believe the regulator stands a lot better chances of addressing the country’s economic challenges if engaging top private sector professionals like Leonid", comments Vladimir Sayenko, Partner.

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