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Oksana Simonova

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.

On 12 September 2023, the President of Ukraine signed Law No. 5431 “On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine to Improve the Activities of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine” (“Law”), which launched a reform of Ukrainian competition law. The Law will enter into force on 1 January 2024.
The Law was developed together with competition law experts from the EU in line with the European Union-Ukraine Association Agreement. Adopting and implementing the Law is the first stage of the competition law reform, aimed at strengthening the powers of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMC) and bringing Ukrainian competition law and the AMC’s activities closer to the legal system of the European Union.

At the end of March, the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine published its Annual Report for 2022.The AMC focused on markets that are strategically important for the country, including the markets for: (i) electricity, (ii) natural gas, (iii) light oil products, (iv) housing and communal services, (v) construction materials (i.e., cement), (vi) medicines, (vii) real estate, (viii) information technologies, (ix) retail, and (x) other industry sectors.

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