White Collar Criminal Defence

Fortune 500 companies, national industry heavyweights and corporate executives turn to our white collar criminal defence practice to guide them through all kinds of investigations, enforcement actions, and compliance issues. Our team, with its valuable insights, offers clients 24/7 business protection and tailored compliance policies.


total case value in 2019


criminal proceedings in 2019


General info

Why Sayenko Kharenko

  • Adopted internal anti-corruption compliance policies consistent with the FCPA, UK Bribery Act, and OFAC standards, including standard anti-corruption clauses of employment agreements and contracts with the firm’s vendors
  • Technical support expertise in implementing the new Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine and monitoring its implementation
  • Membership of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • In-depth experience representing clients at every stage of criminal proceedings (criminal risk prevention, pre-trial investigation and trial stage). Excellent track record in representing multinational corporations and top executives in connection with state prosecutions and criminal enforcement matters
  • Focused experience providing multinational corporations, boards of directors and corporate executives with tailored advice on high profile and complex white collar criminal defence matters (fraud, tax evasion, money laundering, corruption, malfeasance, embezzlement, etc.)
  • Adept at handling complex parallel proceedings involving simultaneous civil and criminal actions
  • USD 745+ million of demands in criminal proceedings supported by our team in 2017
  • 94% of criminal proceedings have been successfully completed at the pre-trial stage in 2017
  • 30+ complex high-stake criminal cases in 2017
  • Representative clients include Archer Daniels Midland, Auchan, Azovmash Group, Coca-Cola, Kyivstar, Oschadbank, Reckitt Benckiser, Royal Dutch Shell

A special focus on forensic issues

We assist our clients in preventing, detecting, responding to and managing a wide range of business threats, risks and complex issues. To provide our clients with best quality services we partner, if necessary, with the world’s leading forensic experts.

Our services:

  • Providing business intelligence services
  • Conducting comprehensive risk assessment
  • Preventing and detecting fraud, corruption and business crimes
  • Conducting sensitive internal investigations using leading data analytic techniques (including interviews, evidence collection, evidence analysis) on allegations of fraud and corruption, procurement fraud, money laundering, tax evasion, healthcare fraud, whistleblower complaints and allegations.

Related professionals

Vitaliy Odzhykovskyy


Sergey Pogrebnoy


Sergiy Smirnov


Zlata Simonenko


Yevhen Myroshnykov

Senior Associate

Oleksandr Matvienko



Top-ranked in White-Collar Crime
The Legal 500, 2023

Leader in White Collar Criminal Defence
Ukrainian Law Firms 2021

Top-ranked for Dispute Resolution: White-Collar Crime
Chambers Europe 2022

“Law Firm of the Year”
Best Lawyers in Ukraine 2022

Shortlisted in the “Digital Legal Services” (OBLAVAbot)
FT Innovative Lawyers Europe 2022

Among leading law firms in Criminal Law
Top 50 Law Firms 2021, Yuridicheskaya Practika

Media & Insight White Collar Criminal Defence

14 April 2023


Sayenko Kharenko has been recommended as a top-tier firm in almost all practice areas researched for Ukraine in The Legal 500 EMEA 2023 edition
07 September 2022


Sayenko Kharenko has been shortlisted for the FT Innovative Lawyers Europe 2022 awards with its innovative service OBLAVAbot
10 December 2021


Sayenko Kharenko is Ukraine’s No. 1 according to the “50 leading law firms of Ukraine 2021”
22 October 2021


Sayenko Kharenko has defended Auchan in the Supreme Court case against the Asset Recovery and Management Agency
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