Michael Kharenko is one of the most successful dealmakers in the region. For over two decades, he has been structuring major international investments and attracting capital to Ukraine. This has included some of the most innovative and complex deals in Ukraine’s history worth a total amount of over USD 50 billion.

Much of his work has an international element to it, and he often works closely with key players in capital markets, multinational financial institutions and top law firms around the world. Michael has worked on a wide range of major private and public securities offerings, syndications and secured finance transactions in Ukraine, representing leading investment banks, multinational financial institutions, and corporates. Among his clients are Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, BNP Paribas, Citigroup, Commerzbank, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, EBRD, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, ING Bank, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Oschadbank, UBS, Ukreximbank, and the World Bank.

Michael has a very strong IT and disruptive technologies practice, acting for a variety of investors, global IT-companies and IT-start-ups on various sector-specific regulatory, commercial and legal issues.


  • Named "Lawyer of the Year" in Project Finance and Development Practice by Best Lawyers in Ukraine 2022 and "Lawyer of the Year" in Structured Finance by Best Lawyers in Ukraine 2022
  • Recognized among leading lawyers in Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Corporate, Litigation, Project Finance and Development Practice, and Structured Finance by Best Lawyers in Ukraine 2022
  • Named among the leading Banking lawyers for Ukraine by Who's Who Legal Banking: Finance 2019
  • Internationally recognized as one of Ukraine’s leading authorities on Capital Markets, Banking & Finance by The Legal 500 2021, Chambers Global 2020, Chambers Europe 2020, IFLR1000, 2021, Expert Guides, Ukrainian Law Firms 2020
  • Named among Top 100 best lawyers of Ukraine and recognized among notable practitioners for Compliance/GR and Banking & Finance by Client's choice. Top 100 Best Lawyers of Ukraine – 2019, Yuridicheskaya Gazeta
  • Ranked among Ukraine’s leading senior managers by "TOP-100. Rating of the best top managers of Ukraine 2018", Ekonomika Communication Hub
  • Named among the world’s leading project finance experts by Who's Who Legal: Project Finance 2021


  • New York, admitted to the New York State Bar (NYSB)
  • Ukraine, attorney-at-law, admitted to the Kyiv City Bar


  • LL.D. in public finance law
  • LL.M. with honors from Columbia University School of Law (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar)
  • Interned with the Honorable Bohdan A. Futey at the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C.
  • LL.B., summa cum laude, from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv Law School

Professional membership and involvement

  • American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine
  • European Business Association
  • Ukrainian Bar Association
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