General info

Nazar Chernyavsky has been with Sayenko Kharenko for over 15 years and currently acts as the firm’s CEO. He combines his unique experience in finance and capital markets with a deep understanding of the technology sector, telecom and cybersecurity.Mr Chernyavsky has extensive experience in handling the most complex financing projects in the Ukrainian market, including the first securitizations in Ukraine, Rule 144A share offerings, Tier II Eurobond offerings, UAH linked LPN issues, etc. In addition, he has the reputation of one of the top IT lawyers in Ukraine, advising investors and start-ups on various aspects of their operations – setting up development offices in Ukraine and introducing employee share plans, acquiring IT businesses and IP assets, raising money through debt or equity, structuring cross-border payments and taxes, etc.

Another important aspect of Nazar’s expertise is development projects, where he leads the work of Sayenko Kharenko’s team under the mandate of international donors in Ukraine, including EBRD, European Commission, UNDP, USAID, World Bank, aimed at improving Ukrainian legislation in critical areas, such as banking and finance, energy, public procurement, securities, etc.

As part of his social responsibility, Mr Chernyavsky has been a member of the International Bar Association Task Force, which developed the Cybersecurity Guidelines for the legal industry globally, and keeps working on the international legal standards for cybersecurity applicable to all businesses.


Named Capital Markets Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in Ukraine 2021

Named the leading Capital Markets, Banking and Finance, Debt Restructuring lawyer for Ukraine by Best Lawyers in Ukraine 2022, Chambers Global 2022, Chambers Europe 2022, Expert Guides 2017, IFLR1000, 2022, The Legal 500, 2023, Ukrainian Law Firms 2021 and Who’s Who Legal: Banking 2023

Recommended among the leading practitioners in Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure according to IFLR1000, 2021, The Legal 500, 2021 and Ukrainian Law Firms 2020

Named among the notable practitioners in IT and Telecommunications & Media by Ukrainian Law Firms 2021

Recognised among the world’s leading TMT experts by Who’s Who Legal: Telecommunications Media & Technology 2017

Recognised among the world’s leading experts by Who’s Who Legal: Data - Information Technology 2023

Recognised among the IP lawyers by The Legal 500, 2018

Recommended in "Private client" by The Legal 500, 2020

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


Professional membership and involvement

International Bar Association, Vice Chair of the Technology Law Committee

American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine

European Business Association

International Trademark Association






LL. M., summa cum laude, from Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University School of International Law

Intercollegiate LL. M. program at Queen Mary College of the University of London

Media & Insight Nazar Chernyavsky

05 May 2023


Sayenko Kharenko takes home prestigious awards for Debt and Equity-Linked Deal at IFLR Europe Awards 2023
27 April 2023


Sayenko Kharenko’s legal expertise recognised with double win at CEE Legal Matters 2023 Deal of the Year Awards
22 March 2023


Building resilience: Ukrainian law firms one year into the war
17 March 2023


Sayenko Kharenko shortlisted for two Categories in IFLR Europe Awards 2023
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