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On January 25, 2015, a law creating a new anti-corruption bureau entered into force. The Bureau will be empowered to investigate misconduct by high-level public officials. While Ukraine has seen its share of ineffective anti-corruption agencies, this one may be different, for three reasons:

  1. The law contains several provisions designed to ensure independence and transparency.
  2. The Bureau will have broad powers and resources, similar to those of a law enforcement agency. 
  3. The government is clearly committed.

Read the full article by Thomas Firestone and Yuliya Kuchma (Baker & McKenzie Washington, D.C.) here.


Tom Firestone is Co-chair of the firm's North American Government Enforcement practice and is a member of the Firm's Global Compliance & Investigations Steering Committee. He represents clients in matters involving anti-corruption and the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), internal investigations and transactional due diligence. Prior to joining the Firm, he spent 14 years at the US Department of Justice. He worked as an Assistant US Attorney in the Eastern District of New York where he prosecuted transnational organized crime cases. He also worked as Resident Legal Adviser and Acting Chief of the Law Enforcement Section at the US Embassy in Moscow. In the latter capacity, he facilitated US-Russian law enforcement cooperation, assisted the Russian government in drafting new criminal legislation, advised the US government on policy issues related to criminal justice in Russia and twice won the US State Department Superior Honor Award.


Yuliya Kuchma is an associate in Baker McKenzie's Compliance and Investigations Practice Group in Washington, DC, focusing on business crimes and investigations. Ms. Kuchma assists domestic and international clients in a broad range of compliance and dispute resolution matters, including internal investigations, white collar criminal defense, and related civil litigation. She also represents companies before the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with possible enforcement actions.