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This handbook Conducting Business in Ukraine 2021 has been prepared by the attorneys of Baker McKenzie’s Kyiv office as a general guide for companies operating or considering investing in Ukraine. It is intended to present an overview of the key aspects of the Ukrainian legal system and the regulation of business activities in the country.

We would be happy to provide you with further information regarding a specific industry or area of Ukrainian law in which you may have a particular interest.

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Serhiy Chorny is a co-managing partner and head of the Banking & Finance Group in Baker McKenzie's Kyiv office. Since 2005, he has been highly ranked by leading international and Ukrainian legal directories such as Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, Legal 500 EMEA, and IFLR1000 in various practice areas, including banking and finance, restructuring and insolvency, capital markets, structured finance and securitization, project finance and financial services.

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Olha Demianiuk is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Corporate M&A Practice Group and the head of the Firm's Healthcare Industry Group in Kyiv. She has more than 11 years of experience advising local and international clients on M&A, private equity, equity capital market deals and corporate matters. Most recently Olha has been focusing on the healthcare sector advising clients on transactional, regulatory, commercial and other matters.

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Ruslan Drobyazko heads the Firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group in Kyiv. He is continuously ranked in top bands in the area of intellectual property by key international and Ukrainian legal directories: Chambers Europe, Legal 500 EMEA, WTR 1000, Ukrainian Law Firms: A Handbook for Foreign Clients. Mr. Drobyazko was a co-chairman of the Intellectual Property Rights Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine from 2006 to 2014, and has served as secretary of the Intellectual Property Rights Committee for several years. He is also a member of the International Trademark Association. Throughout his career, Mr. Drobyazko participated in many international and national conferences and seminars regarding intellectual property and commercial law issues.

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Mariana Marchuk is a counsel in Baker McKenzie's Kyiv office. She has over 17 years of practical experience in the areas of corporate law, M&A, reorganizations, labor and employment, as well as compliance and anti-corruption. Prior to joining the Kyiv office of Baker McKenzie in 1997 as an associate, Ms. Marchuk worked as a legal adviser for one of the Big Six consulting firms. From 1999 up to 2004, she worked in Moscow as an associate for a major Wall Street law firm and subsequently for Baker McKenzie. In 2004, she returned to the Kyiv office of the Firm and in 2010 she was made a counsel.

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Lina Nemchenko is partner in Baker McKenzie's Real Estate Practice Group in Kyiv. She also advises clients on natural resources and M&A law. Ms. Nemchenko has been recommended by PLC Which Lawyer? 2009 for her prominent advises in the field of real estate and construction, and has been acknowledged as one of the top advisers for land law by Ukrainian Law Firms: A Handbook for Foreign Clients. She has likewise been cited by Chambers Europe in its 2008-2009 editions for her “deep experience in handling the peculiarities of Ukranian law.” Chambers Global has also ranked Ms. Nemchenko as a leading individual in the her area of practice for three consecutive years.

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Serhiy Piontkovsky heads the Firm’s Energy, Chemicals, Mining and Infrastructure and Real Estate practice groups. Mr. Piontkovsky is highly recommended by Chambers Europe, IFLR, Legal 500, and is listed among the top five practitioners for land-related law by Ukrainian Law Firms: A Handbook for Foreign Clients. Mr. Piontkovsky is highly recommended by PLC Which lawyer? for matters related to corporate real estate.

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Hanna Shtepa is a counsel in Baker McKenzie's Kyiv office.

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Oksana Simonova is a partner in the Kyiv office of Baker McKenzie with over 12 years of experience in advising clients on a wide range of sophisticated cross-border transactions. In 2012, she was appointed to lead the Kyiv office’s Competition and Pharmaceuticals practice groups.

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Ihor Siusel is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Kyiv office. He has more than 15 years of practical experience, having spent 12 years as a legal advisor in major local and international law firms where he continuously practiced in dispute resolution, namely international and domestic arbitration, litigation, enforcement of court judgments and arbitral awards, and bankruptcy law.

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Oleksiy Stolyarenko is the Head of the IT/TMT industry group in the Kyiv office. A counsel focusing on complex IP/IT, copyright, trademarks, patents, domain names, internet & technology matters (including protection of privacy & information), Oleksiy is well versed in issues related to technology transactions, start-ups, innovative services and products. He represents clients before the courts of Ukraine in trademark and patent litigation matters and carries out anti-piracy/anti-counterfeiting campaigns. Oleksiy joined Kyiv office of Baker McKenzie in 2008 from the State Department of Intellectual Property of Ukraine, where he worked in the copyright division. He frequently participates in the Firm`s Pro Bono projects and was awarded with the Firm`s RED award in 2015.

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Viacheslav Yakymchuk heads the Firm’s Corporate/M&A and Private Equity Practice Groups in the Kyiv office. Viacheslav is ranked as a top-tier practitioner in the areas of corporate law, M&A, and capital markets by Chambers, IFLR1000, and Legal500. He also served as assistant corporate counsel in Europe for Archer Daniels Midland from 2005 to 2008. He frequently speaks on the diverse aspects of M&A and private equity transactions in Ukraine. Viacheslav is admitted to practice in Ukraine and in New York, USA.

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Maksym Hlotov is an associate in Baker McKenzie's Kyiv office.

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Andrii Moskalyk is a Counsel at the Kyiv office of Baker McKenzie with the M&A and corporate practice group, primarily focusing on oil & gas, energy, mining and infrastructure projects (EMI), including public-private partnerships (PPPs) and other cooperation agreements between investors and the government, complex M&A and carve-out transactions in the EMI area. Andrii has more than 10 years of experience advising foreign and domestic clients on structuring, negotiating and implementing complex EMI deals in both Ukraine and abroad. Andrii joined Baker McKenzie in 2016 from Clifford Chance, where he had worked in the corporate department since 2009, both in the Kyiv and London offices.

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