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28 April 2020

The Legal 500 EMEA 2020 recommended Sayenko Kharenko as a top-tier firm in 11 out of 12 practice areas

According to the Legal 500 EMEA 2020, Sayenko Kharenko reaffirmed its reputation as one of the leading law firms in Ukraine. In particular, 11 out of 12 Sayenko Kharenko practice areas were recommended by the rating: banking, finance and capital markets; commercial, corporate and M&A; competition; dispute resolution; employment; energy; international trade; intellectual property; private client; real estate and construction and white-collar crime.

This year, 22 Sayenko Kharenko lawyers achieved 25 individual recognitions (namely “Leading lawyers”, “Next generation lawyers” and “Rising stars” recognitions) and five lawyers are recommended in The Legal 500 EMEA 2020 editorial.

Congratulations to partners Nazar Chernyavsky, Olexander Droug, Valentyna Hvozd, Michael Kharenko, Anton Korobeynikov, Igor Lozenko, Anzhela Makhinova, Svitlana Musienko, Maksym Nazarenko, Oleksandr Nikolaichyk, Yaroslav Ognevyuk, Alina Plyushch, Sergey Pogrebnoy, Vladimir Sayenko, and Sergiy Smirnov; to counsels Sergiy Kazmirchuk, Svitlana Kheda, Oleg Klymchuk, Dmytro Korbut, and Vitalii Odzhykovskyi; and to senior associates Olga Kyriusha, Victoria Mykuliak, Kuzma Pozychaniuk, and Dmitriy Riabikin; and associate Ivan Baranenko on their recognitions in the Legal 500 EMEA 2020 guide.

The 2020 guide edition highlights some of Sayenko Kharenko testimonials as follows:

Banking, finance and capital markets (Tier 1): “The team reacts so quickly and provides absolutely fantastic advice. It is a real pleasure to work with them. I wouldn’t go to anyone else.” “Sayenko Kharenko is well known as Ukraine’s local transactional heavyweight. It acts for lenders, borrowers, underwriters and local issuers on the full range of banking and finance matters. The team works across a range of sectors.” “Nazar Chernyavsky, Michael Kharenko, Anton Korobeynikov and Igor Lozenko see more transactions in the market than anyone else, so they are really great deal-doers.”

Commercial, corporate and M&A (Tier 1): “They are very commercially minded and always aim at making deals happen. During transactions it seems that there is no issue which they cannot resolve. They are excellent at negotiating transaction documents and highly client-oriented.” “Oleksandr Nikolaichyk has some of the strongest expertise on the market in relation to corporate governance in state-owned banks.” “Dmytro Korbut delivers the highest quality legal advice and services. He has an outstanding ability to produce excellent results in extremely short timelines. The business effectiveness of his advice could not be overestimated.”

Competition (Tier 1): “The Sayenko Kharenko competition team is competent and responsive, and has first-hand insight into the latest developments of merger control rules in Ukraine.” “The team is particularly good in investigations, delivering high-quality and timely advice adjusted to the local environment and culture.” “They have been very good at providing practical advice, balancing the need for expediency with the potential legal risks that can arise in Ukraine.”

Dispute resolution (Tier 1): “Sayenko Kharenko demonstrates a capacity to manage complex actions involving multiple parties and jurisdictions, as well as to act across a diverse array of sectors. They are very good tactically and always take the time to understand the client’s business and potential risks.” “I have cooperated with the dispute resolution practice of Sayenko Kharenko for more than three years. They are reliable and professional counsel who you can trust with your most sensitive matters. The team is huge and might be described as one of the biggest on the market. They have separate partners and practices responsible for arbitration and cross-border disputes, domestic litigation, and white-collar criminal defense, as well as tax and IP matters.”

Employment (Tier 1): “The team is very responsive and understands better than other firms how to translate difficult Ukrainian legal concepts into a clear language that non-Ukrainian people easily understand.” “The team is able to understand business-driven targets and problems for which they develop tailor-made and perfect legal solutions. In particular, the team shows a strong capability to develop legal solutions taking into consideration the peculiarities of market practice and typical behavior of local authorities.” “I highly appreciate Svitlana Kheda’s outstanding qualifications as a lawyer. She has not only a brilliant and broad legal knowledge of Ukrainian employment law and related topics, but also an in-depth understanding of the business-related issues of her customers.”

Energy (Tier 1): “They have good experience in the renewable market and support you independently.” “They are very ethical and keep your matters confidential.” “Maryna Hritsyshyna is able to act as a part of your team to explain all the detail patiently and in good time.”

Intellectual property (Tier 1): “Sayenko Kharenko is a unique phenomenon in the legal sphere in Ukraine and abroad – it has strong expertise, and is innovative, creative and able to attract the best legal brains to its team.”

International trade (Tier 1): “Sayenko Kharenko has a very well-established practice and there is no doubt that it is a leader in this field.” “Sayenko Kharenko’s team is well versed in the full spectrum of international trade law. The team convinces with its high level of expertise, efficient working methods, reliability and rapid implementation of decisions. The firm provides consistently excellent-quality work and high-level strategic thought. The team is very business-oriented.” “Anzhela Makhinova has deep experience, a very good feel for the industry and extraordinary ingenuity in coming up with solutions. She has demonstrated very deep knowledge in both the legal and procedural aspects of investigations as well as WTO issues. In addition, I would like to highlight associates Ivan Baranenko and Victoria Mykuliak for their dedication to the case and high-quality legal analysis on difficult issues in very short timeframes.”

Private client (Tier 1): “I have been working with the private client practice of Sayenko Kharenko for many years. They always understand what the client needs and how to deliver the best results. They know the international rules and requirements and local specifics. I will refer clients for private client matters only to Sayenko Kharenko.” “We have worked with Alina Plyushch and senior associate Dmitriy Riabikin for several years and they demonstrate a high level of service and always know what the client needs.” “This practice has a unique perspective. They helped me find fast and effective solutions for every legal issue my business encountered, and their advice has always been solid and timely. I can trust them with the most complicated and delicate matters.”

Real estate and construction (Tier 1): “If we are talking about strategic support, I would point out Sergey Pogrebnoy, he is very much involved and available on request.” “I always recommend them to others for Ukrainian matters. Their advice is always client-oriented and based on a profound knowledge of the best legal and business practices in Ukraine.” “Sayenko Kharenko is well versed in the full spectrum of real estate work, including acquisitions, disposals, leasings, financings as well as development-related matters. Although it has many strengths, I would like to highlight its multi-functionality and its flexible approach in handling our requests. The team is very commercial and thoughtful.” “Vladimir Sayenko and Oleksandr Nikolaichyk are excellent, know their stuff, have a great business sense and are extremely responsive. Notwithstanding the firm’s size, you feel they know their clients intimately and work throughout different departments seamlessly to maintain this.”

White-collar crime (Tier 1): “Sayenko Kharenko provides comprehensive advice on a range of matters including white-collar criminal defence and litigation. Although it has many strengths, I would like to highlight its multi-functionality and flexible approach in handling our requests.” “We have been working with Sayenko Kharenko since 2016. The lawyers are very collaborative, dedicated, responsive, and driven to get the best results. Our key contacts at Sayenko Kharenko are partners Sergey Pogrebnoy and Sergiy Smirnov, who provide the highest level of expertise, efficient working methods, reliability and rapid implementation of decisions.”

Tax (Tier 2): “The team is very dedicated and highly concentrated on clients’ interests and provides a comprehensive understanding of the legal strategy. Also, the great strength of Sayenko Kharenko is its positive approach and key capability to explain difficult conditions and clauses in simple words. This is the main difference compared to other firms.” “Sayenko Kharenko is able to provide complex legal assistance in tax controversy resolution with professionalism, courage and intelligence, supporting all unexpected client situations.”

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