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16 July 2019

Ukraine must cultivate culture of compliance

Source: Business Ukraine

Ario Dehghani says Ukrainian companies need to take compliance seriously now or risk losing out later

The past five years have witnessed a dramatic broadening of Ukraine’s global business horizons as Ukrainian companies have branched out beyond the traditional comfort zone of the former USSR to increase their presence in EU markets and beyond. This expansion is increasingly exposing Ukrainian companies to the scrutiny of international regulatory frameworks and serving to make compliance one of the hottest buzzwords within the country’s business community. Many Ukrainian business owners still have only a superficial understanding of exactly what this term entails, according to international compliance expert Ario Dehghani, who warns that the clock is already ticking for those yet to grasp its importance.

Dehghani believes Ukrainian companies need to start taking compliance seriously now if they wish to be internationally competitive in the future, and warns that those failing to address compliance issues today risk finding themselves left behind within the next few years. German national Dehghani recently joined Ukrainian law firm Sayenko Kharenko as a counsel, where he will specialize in providing a range of compliance and white collar criminal defence services. He brings with him a wealth of experience in the international compliance sphere, having spent eight years prior to his 2016 arrival in Kyiv as part of the international compliance team at Hogan Lovells in Munich.

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