General info

Vladimir Sayenko is a partner practicing law since 1994, admitted in Ukraine and in the State of New York (USA).
Vladimir specializes in competition, M&A, corporate and securities law. He has extensive experience in supporting clients through the entire lifecycle of their business, from formation and day-to-day operational issues to major transactions and exit. Throughout his career Vladimir has worked with clients across all major industry sectors but his principal focus is in the financial services, energy, oil & gas, real estate and media sectors.

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Advising on Ukrainian law aspects of benchmark cross-border M&A transactions, such as the acquisition of Samsung printer business by HP, acquisition of vaccines business of Novartis by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) with further establishment of a joint venture between GSK and Novartis, acquisition of Unimilk CIS operations by Danone, acquisition of Cadbury by Kraft Foods, as well as numerous Ukrainian M&A deals, including the acquisition Karavan Hypermarket chain by Auchan Group, sale of minority stake in Ukrainian subsidiaries of Allianz SE
  • Handling M&A transactions involving over a dozen Ukrainian banks, including the acquisition of a controlling shareholding of PJSC “Region-Bank” by a foreign investor, acquisition of Platinum Bank (Ukraine) by a group of Ukrainian and foreign investors, acquisition by First Ukrainian International Bank of Renaissance Credit Bank, acquisition by Platinum Bank of Home Credit Bank, sale by Platinum Bank of Vostok Bank, acquisition by Alpha Bank of Astra Bank, acquisition by Societe Generale of Ikar Bank, and acquisition by Piraeus Bank of International Commerce Bank
  • Advising bidders in the privatizations of Kryvorizhstal, KGOKOR, Odessa Port Plant and regional electricity distribution companies


  • Advising major corporations, such as Apple, Beam, BEKO, Coca-Cola, Dyckerhoff, Henkel, and Philip Morris, on Ukrainian competition law issues, including development trainings and compliance programs, conducting mock down raids, etc.
  • Representing multinationals in various investigations and proceedings before the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine, including Amadeus, Coca-Cola, Dyckerhoff, Sanofi, Visa and Western Union
  • Merger clearance for numerous mergers and acquisitions, including for AB InBev, BASF, Boehringer Ingelheim, Citibank, Comcast, Dell, DowDuPont, Geely, Glencore, Goldman Sachs, Hamburg Süd, Hitachi, HP, Honda Motor, Imerys, Japan Tobacco, Komatsu, Maersk Line, Monsanto, Outokumpu Oyj, Porsche, Samsung Electronics, Sandvik, Société Générale, Syngenta, and Thyssenkrupp


Named Competition/Antitrust "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers in Ukraine 2018, "Lawyer of the Year" in Corporate Governance & Compliance Practice by Best Lawyers in Ukraine 2022 and "Lawyer of the Year" in M&A by Best Lawyers in Ukraine 2022

Named among the leading Antitrust lawyers for Ukraine by Who's Who Legal Competition: Lawyers 2022 and Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders - Competition 2023

Named among the leading Competition/Antitrust, Corporate and M&A lawyers for Ukraine by Chambers Global 2023, Chambers Europe 2023, The Legal 500, 2022

Named among market leaders in Competition, M&A, Energy and Infrastructure, Project Development, Oil and Gas, Mining by IFLR1000, 2022

Recognised among leading lawyers in Corporate and M&A, Competition/Antitrust, Litigation, Capital Markets, Corporate Governance & Compliance, Energy and Natural Resources by Best Lawyers in Ukraine 2022

Named among the Celebrated practitioners in Antitrust/Competition and Corporate and M&A according to Ukrainian Law Firms 2021

Recommended for Energy, Real Estate and Construction in Ukraine by The Legal 500, 2021

Shortlisted for the “Best Law Firm Partner of the Year” according to Legal Awards 2021, Yuridicheskaya Practika

Named among Top 100 best lawyers of Ukraine and recognized among notable practitioners for Competition/Antitrust and Compliance/GR by Client's choice. Top 100 Best Lawyers of Ukraine – 2019, Yuridicheskaya Gazeta

Special Award for Outstanding Achievement by Yuridicheskaya Practika 2021

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


Professional membership and involvement

Ukrainian Bar Association, Vice-President (2017-2019), Board Member of the Committee on Competiton Law

British-Ukrainian Law Association

International Bar Association

American Bar Association

Public Council with the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (2013-2019)



New York, admitted to the New York State Bar (NYSB) since 1998

Ukraine, attorney-at-law, admitted to the Kyiv City Bar since 1998



LL.D. in Securities Law from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Law Department

LL.M. in Transnational Business Practice from McGeorge School of Law (Muskie Fellow)

LL.B., summa cum laude, from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Law Department (joint degree with Diploma in English translation from the Department of Foreign Languages)

Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg

University of Michigan

Media & Insight Vladimir Sayenko

16 March 2023


Sayenko Kharenko is among the top two law firms in Ukraine according to the Chambers Europe 2023 
10 March 2023


Ukraine overview
28 February 2023


Vladimir Sayenko and Maksym Nazarenko recognised as Thought Leaders in Competition by Who’s Who Legal 2023
27 February 2023


Sayenko Kharenko has been recognised as one of the leading Ukrainian law firms by Chambers Global 2023
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