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B.C. Toms & Co is a multinational law firm of Ukrainian and Western lawyers specializing in Ukrainian law. It was the first Western law firm to open a Kiev office, having focused its practice on Ukraine at its independence in 1991. It is currently among the largest law firms in Ukraine. The firm has recruited and trained its Ukrainian lawyers from among the highest-ranked students at Ukraine’s leading law schools, most of whom have also studied at UK and US law schools as Chevening, Pinchuk, Fulbright and Muskie fellowships. Based on the firm’s practical experience, it has written numerous articles on Ukrainian law, including the legal section of the American Chamber of Commerce sponsored book Doing Business in Ukraine.
The principal practice areas of B. C. Toms & Co include oil and gas and natural resources, agriculture, banking and finance, M&A, Kyoto Protocol and environment, labor, real estate, bankruptcy and administrative law. In addition, the firm has a successful litigation and arbitration practice. The firm also regularly advises on Ukrainian tax law, including from a multinational tax planning perspective. B. C. Toms & Co has prepared a wide variety of documentation for clients, including Ukrainian law share purchase agreements, asset purchase agreements, joint venture agreements, construction contracts, project financing documentation, production sharing and oil and gas sales agreements, airport investment and management agreements, hotel management agreements, private placement agreements, real estate acquisition agreements, loan agreements, leases and corporate acquisition, agency, distribution, franchise and licensing contracts.
The firm has handled, for example, the first as well as most IPOs in the energy sector and the most recent IPO in the agricultural sector. Based on its 21 years of experience in Ukraine, the firm can provide practical commercial advice on how to establish and develop a business in Ukraine.