Zlata Simonenko


Zlata Symonenko specialises in the areas of criminal investigations and litigation. She is experienced in handling financial and corruption crime cases. Zlata represents clients through all aspects of criminal litigation and regulatory enforcement actions, from the initiation of a criminal case to court hearings, including investigative actions. She also has considerable experience of appeals to the European Court of Human Rights.

In addition to her legal practice, Zlata is actively involved in legislation drafting. In particular, she took part in drafting the laws on National Police, National Anticorruption Bureau, Financing of political parties and fighting against political corruption.

Prior to joining Sayenko Kharenko, Zlata worked for Solodko & Partners, one of the leading WCC boutique law firms in Ukraine.


  • Named among notable practitioners in Criminal Law/WCC by Ukrainian Law Firms 2021
  • Among the best young lawyers in the “Top 30 Under 30 Lawyers” nomination of the “Client’s Choice. TOP 100 Best lawyers of Ukraine 2021” ranking by Yuridicheskaya Gazeta
  • Recommended among leading lawyers in Criminal Defense by Best Lawyers in Ukraine 2022
  • Recommended in Dispute Resolution: White-Collar Crime by Chambers Europe 2022


  • Ukraine, attorney-at-law, admitted to the Kyiv City Bar since 2017


  • LL.M., summa cum laude, from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
  • The Leadership Academy for Development (LAD), a leadership program of Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL)
  • Internship with the Federal Foreign Office of Germany

Professional membership and involvement

  • Alumni Association of the Internship Programme in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and central bodies of executive power – NGO “Interns’ League”
  • Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum
  • Ukrainian Bar Association
  • American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine
  • European Business Association
  • NGO “Business Angels”, project manager
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