General info

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 2019 and "Lawyer of the Year" in Structured Finance by Best Lawyers in Ukraine 2020

Recognised among the 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 recognised as one of the 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 2021

Named among the Top 100 best lawyers of Ukraine and recognised among the notable practitioners for Compliance/GR and Banking & Finance by Client's choice. Top 100 Best Lawyers of Ukraine – 2019, Yuridicheskaya Gazeta

Ranked among the 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

Among the world’s top experts in the fields of banking and financial law, capital markets according to Expert Guide 2021

Among the best lawyers in Ukraine according to the the newly published “Client’s Choice. TOP 100 Best Lawyers of Ukraine 2021” ranking by Yuridicheskaya Gazeta


Professional membership and involvement

American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine

European Business Association

Ukrainian Bar Association



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

Media & Insight Michael Kharenko

02 December 2022


Michael Kharenko elected to the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce for 2023
01 December 2022


Sayenko Kharenko becomes the European litigation team of the year by The Lawyer European Awards 2022
13 September 2022


Sayenko Kharenko remains the leader in Ukraine by the number of lawyers recognised by IFLR1000
24 January 2022


Sayenko Kharenko raises and donates to charity more than 530,000 UAH
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