Olena Sukmanova heads Sayenko Kharenko’s litigation practice. Boasting over 20 years of professional experience, she specializes in the comprehensive resolution of complex disputes and conflicts. Olena gained valuable practical experience in debt collection, land dispute resolution and anti-raiding, business and foreign investment protection.

Experience in both business and public sectors allows Olena to deeply understand the needs of each client and accompany the most complex projects, providing clients with practical solutions and high-quality integrated services.

Prior to joining Sayenko Kharenko, Olena held senior positions in the legal departments of major banks and industrial holdings, where she gained unique experience in implementing projects in the banking, real estate and investments sectors, and worked for two years in public service as Deputy and First Deputy Minister of Justice of Ukraine.


  • Named among notable practitioners in Litigation by Ukrainian Law Firms 2020
  • Recommended among leading lawyers in Litigation by Best Lawyers in Ukraine 2022


  • Ukraine, attorney-at-law, admitted to the Kyiv Regional Bar Association since 2006


  • LL.D. (Ph.D.) from Institute of Economic and Legal Studies of the NAS of Ukraine
  • MBA from International Academy of Personnel Management
  • LL. M. from Donetsk National University

Professional membership and involvement

  • American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine
  • European Business Association
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