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19 February 2020

The Sayenko Kharenko team has successfully defended the interests and business reputation of one of Ukraine’s largest taxpayers

Criminal proceedings for tax evasion totaling 2.4 billion hryvnia have been closed due to lack of corpus delicti.

The coordinated work of Sayenko Kharenko’s attorneys-at-law team together with the client’s law and financial departments resulted in success. The scope of work included collection and submission of additional evidence proving the groundlessness of the charges; monitoring and support of criminal proceedings related to the project; and initiation of examinations proving the absence of tax evasion as claimed by the tax service.

Within the framework of official communication with the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine, convincing evidence was given that there was no corpus delicti in this case. As a result, criminal proceedings were closed.

Sayenko Kharenko partner Sergiy Smirnov comments: “This was a large-scale project in terms of its duration and scope of work. We managed to defend the client’s business reputation and obtain the decision of closing the criminal proceedings.”

The Sayenko Kharenko white collar criminal defence team working on the project consisted of counsel Zlata Simonenko, associates Igor Voronov, Volodymyr Adonin, and Yevhen Myroshnykov. The team was was led by partners Sergey Pogrebnoy and Sergiy Smirnov. Partner Svitlana Musienko headed the Sayenko Kharenko tax team which included counsel Vitaliy Odzhykovskyy, senior associate Kateryna Kolos and associate Mykhailo Grynkevych.

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