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PRESENTATION ULF 2015

Who Is Who

Tax: Consulting

Leading FIRMS

  1. KM Partners
  2. EY Ukraine
  3. DLA Piper Ukraine
  4. KPMG Ukraine
  5. Marchenko Danevych

Tax: Litigation

Leading FIRMS

  1. KM Partners
  2. International Legal Center EUCON
  3. Lavrynovych & Partners
  4. Vasil Kisil & Partners
  5. Moris Group

Leading INDIVIDUALS

  1. Alexander MININ Alexander MININ (KM Partners)
  2. Vladimir KOTENKO Vladimir KOTENKO (EY Ukraine)
  3. Yaroslav ROMANCHUK Yaroslav ROMANCHUK (International Legal Center EUCON)
  4. Svitlana MUSIENKO Svitlana MUSIENKO (DLA Piper Ukraine)
  5. Hennadiy VOYTSITSKYI (Baker & McKenzie)

OTHER NOTABLE PRACTITIONERS

Listed in alphabetical order

  • Igor CHUFAROV (EY Ukraine)
  • Danylo GETMANTSEV (Jurimex Law Firm)
  • Valentyn GVOZDIY Valentyn GVOZDIY (Gvozdiy & Oberkovych)
  • Andriy HRYNCHUK Andriy HRYNCHUK (Hrynchuk, Mazur & Partners)
  • Dmytro KORBUT Dmytro KORBUT (Sayenko Kharenko)
  • Oleh MARCHENKO Oleh MARCHENKO (Marchenko Danevych)
  • Iryna MARUSHKO Iryna MARUSHKO (Lavrynovych & Partners)
  • Dmitriy MIKHAILENKO (Law Offices of OMP)
  • Volodymyr MISECHKO Volodymyr MISECHKO (Misechko & Partners)
  • Sergey POPOV Sergey POPOV (KPMG Ukraine)
  • Alexander SHEMIATKIN Alexander SHEMIATKIN (KM Partners)
  • Vladyslav SOKOLOVSKYI Vladyslav SOKOLOVSKYI (Sokolovskyi & Partners)
  • Andriy STELMASHCHUK Andriy STELMASHCHUK (Vasil Kisil & Partners)
  • Ivan YURCHENKO Ivan YURCHENKO (Vasil Kisil & Partners)

Tax

KM Partners consistently stands at the forefront of Ukrainian tax legal counsels. With primary tax dedication, the team gained a remarkable reputation and is enlisted by sound international and domestic clients. In 2013 the extensive tax consulting workload has been centered to tax planning and structuring, minimizing on tax risks during reorganization of companies and r.p.o. establishing, tax compliance, transfer pricing issues, administrative appeals on cancellation of additional tax liabilities, support during tax audits and many others. The team is among leading tax litigation forces on the market. Throughout 2013 it handled disputes with the tax authorities on VAT and CPT refunds, legality/illegality of VAT and CPT credit formation, cancellation of additional tax liabilities and tax notification-decisions, cases on allegedly void agreements, cancellation of additional tax liabilities on using trademarks and royalties paying, issues of application of arm’s-length prices and transfer pricing and many others. Moreover, the team has developed its practice of representations in criminal investigations against clients’ officials on tax evasion, criminal forgery, criminal negligence, etc.Senior partner Alexander Minin enjoys ground breaking market recognition and is among the key figures on the market. Alexander Shemiatkin, partner, is highly regarded for his deep expertise.

 

EY Ukraine stands out for its active work on developing and amending Ukrainian tax legislation. The team conducted tax advisory projects for clients from different industries aimed at assessing the impact of the Tax Code of Ukraine on their tax position and performance. Being often enlisted by energy clients, the Kiev team handled extensive tax advice for a number of leading multinational oil and gas companies, on both upstream and downstream matters, with respect to business restructuring and joint activity. The share of the workload was dedicated to personal tax advisory and compliance of the individuals (both Ukrainian citizens and foreigners). The office develops its offering on transfer pricing. The team recently handled a comprehensive transfer pricing review of the supply chain of the vertically integrated mining and energy group, and advice on restructuring the operational model to comply with the transfer pricing rules and principles. Vladimir Kotenko, partner, head of tax and law practice, enjoys remarkable reputation among the strongest tax professionals in the county. The team includes partners Igor Chufarov and Olga Gorbanovskaya, head of human capital. In July 2013 Albert Sych has been admitted to the partnership in the tax and law practice at EY Ukraine.

 

DLA Piper has a fully-fledged tax practice in Kiev, advising clients on corporate tax, VAT and customs issues, tax-driven restructurings, M&A, tax controversy inclusive of tax litigation, and transfer pricing. Following a sectoral approach, the tax team is vividly expanding industry-specific tax solutions for banking and financial services, real estate and hospitality, FMCG and retail, IT and telecommunications, pharmaceutical, oil and gas, industrial products sectors. Among the clients of the team are Slavutich Carlsberg Group, Damco, EPAM, Wrigley, Maersk, Sanofi, Jabil Circuit, MIH Group, Nike, Fairmont Raffles, Reckitt Benckiser, GlaxoSmithKline, etc. Svitlana Musienko, partner, is the major tax practitioner.

 

Big Four member KPMG Ukraine customarily has a strong tax and legal department that benefits from a strong accountancy background support. KPMG is often chosen to service international investors on their establishing operations in Ukraine, running activities, as well as supporting restructurings. The team handles comprehensive tax advisory support of activities of Martifer, an international PV plant constructor and operator. Notably, the tax team also represents the Ukrainian subsidiaries of international companies and representative offices of  foreign companies in Ukraine in tax litigation and administrative disputes assistance related to revocation of tax notice-decisions. The key team members are Sergey Popov, partner, Oleg Chayka, director, and Oksana Olekhova, senior manager.

 

The new brand name of Marchenko Danevych emerged as a result of merger oftwo domestic players Danevych Law Firm and Ulysses in December 2013. Among the recent expertise of the new team are advising on tax risks, business operations and M&A tax structuring, cross-border tax aspects, transfer pricing regulation, tax disputes. The tax practitioners rendered legal advice to Vireo Energy ABon tax structuring for acquisition of shares in companies and assets in Ukraine. The tax team of the new firm is led by Oleh Marchenko, who possesses an outstanding reputation in the tax field.

Although International Legal Center EUCON continued to flourishwith its proficient tax litigation track, the center covers an extensive range of tax matters deepening selected offering. Its recent caseload has been focused on recognition as invalid and cancelation of tax notification-decisions representing clients like ТNK-BP Commerce LLC (today known as Rosneft), Vostok LLC, Agrofirma Rubansky, Aviation Petrol Filling Station LLC, Mikogen Ukraine LLC, Einhell Ukraine LLC and others. Throughout 2013 the center has been proactive in developing its transfer pricing practice. It established a transfer pricing group consisting of attorneys, auditors and professional appraisers, and joined TPA Global, the network of independent specialist providers of expert transfer pricing, tax valuation and customs services, in order to reinforce the group with cross-border capabilities. Yevgen Petrenko heads the litigation practice and acts as the main tax litigator force. Larysa Vrublevska, partner, focuses on transfer pricing issues. Yaroslav Romanchuk, managing partner, enjoys a growing market reputation due bolstering practice and active public activity as Chairman of the Public Council under the Ministry of Revenue and Duties of Ukraine.

 

Lavrynovych & Partners is renowned for itssubstantial tax litigation practice. In 2013 the tax disputes caseload impressed in terms of representations scope and value. On the advisory front, the team expanded offering and industry coverage. In particular, the firm advised VS Energy International on taxation in the energy sector, and one of the leaders of the Ukrainian seed market on taxation of operations, restructuring and contractual relations. Tax work is headed by partner Iryna Marushko,with key input from Roman Blazhkoand Dmytro Savchuck.

 

Vasil Kisil & Partners is a legal hub for a remarkable array of international players seeking tax support in contentious, non-contentious and transactional matters. The tax team advised Danoneregarding corporate restructuring of the group’s assets in Ukraine, including tax aspects, and provided advice to Thomson Reuterson tax risks arising from key contracts of the group’s branch operations in Ukraine, including transfer pricing considerations, contract structuring for tax mitigation and favorable tax treatment purposes. Among the clients of the firm are Air Liquide Engineering and Services Ukraine, AWAS Group, Investment fund Respublika(Global Space Management), Melon Fashion Ukraine, Sberbank of Russia, Moscow Exchange MICEX-RTS. Denis Lysenko*, partner, head of taxation, split his time for being also a head of corporate and M&A.

* In August 2014 he left Vasil Kisil & Partners with four other partners and established Aequo law firm.

Counselor Ivan Yurchenko is an active practitioner on the advisory front. The litigation team represented Imperial Tobacco Ukraine in a dispute with tax authorities regarding alleged violation of Ukrainian laws on licensing of wholesale trade of tobacco products and representing Cargill in a dispute with the tax authorities regarding an alleged increase in a tax credit. Andriy Stelmashchuk, partner, confirms his reputation of tax litigator. The litigation team benefits from the experience of top respected litigator Vadym Belyanevych, senior counselor.

 

Complex disputes with tax authorities are the core focus of Moris Group. Huge experience was gained in 2013 while handling court proceedings of corporate clients against state tax authorities on recognition of activity of tax offices as illegal, disaffirmation of decisions on penalties and on rejection of budgetary indemnification of VAT, etc. It is noteworthy that the reported total value of the team’s support in tax disputes throughout 2013 exceeded USD 190 million. The highlights worth mentioning are representations of LUKOIL, Odessa Oil Refinery PJSC, in a USD 176.6 million dispute with regional tax authorities regarding annulment of tax notification on accruing profits tax liabilities and defending interests of Karpatnaftokhim LLC in several administrative disputes on illegitimacy of VAT recovery to the state budget, challenging tax decisions on accruing tax liabilities and improper calculation of VAT and related penalties to the total amount ofUSD 13.7 million. The main figures in the team are Volodymyr Rak and Mykola Chekha, who are guided by partner Volodymyr Kostyuk.

 

Law Offices of OMP has a 15-lawyer strong tax team that captured impressive client list, involving both local and multinational players. The sizeable team has a busy and broad workload covering extensive scope of tax work. For example, the firm handled restructuring of Ukrainian business operations model in connection with the indirect acquisition of Gerot by Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. The offices became a point of choice for structuring  Ukrainian business operations for Man Diesel and Turbo Rus, Hansgrohe, Gras Savoye, Actavis, Adamed, Arcadium, Det Norske Veritas, Eltel Networks, Space IT, VIP Holiday Club, Lego, Roche, etc. From the dispute highlight of the team is a recent representation of Renault in the court dispute with Ukrainian tax authorities regarding deductibility of agency fees and forex differences for corporate profit tax purposes. Other notable clients of the firm include Interpipe Group, Ferrexpo Group, Concorde Capital, Dragon Capital, Novus Ukraine, Yandex, Moet Hennessey, Efes Ukraine, Halliburton, Cargill, Glencore, Gorenje, MSD Group, SIV Grupe, Topex, AstraZeneca, Biocon, Kredobank, Lego, Man Diesel & Turbo Rus, Metro Cash & Carry, Avon Cosmetics and others. Dmitriy Mikhailenko is the head of this sizeable team. Olena Voznyuk, who joined the tax practice as a partner from Ulysses, is another important figure.

 

Arzinger is engaged incontractual and business models tax structuring, structuring commercial operations, planning, transfer pricing. The firm attracts many international businesses and stands out for its industrial practice groups ensuring industry specific approach. For example, practitioners from the tax practice and life sciences & healthcare advised MSD Ukraine on optimization of the contractual and tax structuring. The firm has been involved in a project to establish an IT-lab in Ukraine. Followed by clients’ assignments, in 2013 Arzinger developed its transfer pricing practice. In a recent highlight, the tax team rendered advice to Euralis Semences on compliance with the transfer pricing legislation, which came into force in Ukraine in 2013, and VAT rules. Some other clients include ND Logistics Ukraine TOV, Softline International, Singenta LLC, Isida-IVF LLC, MTS Ukraine, Nufarm Ukraine LLC, BASF and others. The tax practice of the firm is managed by three partners — Pavlo Khodakovsky, Wolfram Rehbock, Markian Malskyy.

 

Sayenko Kharenko’s tax practice is well vested for providing transactional tax advice, performing tax audits and representing clients in complex tax litigations. In particular, in 2013 the firm advised one of the world’s leading manufacturers of family and personal care products on tax issues under Ukrainian law related to establishment of a permanent establishment in a foreign jurisdiction; a leading transnational steel company in Central and Eastern Europe in connection with tax due diligences of several major Ukrainian mines; advised a leading Ukrainian agro-industrial company on taxation issues connected with the restructuring of its ownership. The firm’s litigation team, guided by partner Sergey Pogrebnoy, acted for ITC, a member of Cantik Enterprises Limited, in a tax dispute; and represented Wendeln Ukraine in a tax dispute related to a VAT refund. The core tax team includes partners Michael Kharenko, Vladimir Sayenko, and counsel Dmytro Korbut.

 

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners (EPA&P) represents a mix of international and national businesses, handling tax consulting and structuring work, including cross border aspects, tax audit support and representation in disputes. EPA&P Ukraine successfully represented Johnson Controls Ukraine in a tax dispute where tax assessment and relevant penalties were cancelled. The office stands out for expertise in customs matters. Oleksii Reznikov, partner, is the major figure in tax disputes. Senior associates Olexander Maydanyk (tax advisory) and Arsen Miliutin (tax litigation) are the key tax practitioners. Ilona Zekely, partner, an Austrian lawyer, is entrusted with leading multidisciplinary projects and has an expertise in complex tax structuring of commercial operations.

 

Baker & McKenzie attracts international business and top domestic names seeking advice in Ukraine and other jurisdictions. The Kiev office is involved in transactional advice, non-contentious and contentious matters. The head of tax practice group in Kiev is Hennadiy Voytsitskyi, who is endorsed by peers.

 

Konnov & Sozanovsky has established the reputation of a substantial tax practice. The team benefits with the offices network, including Moscow and Nicosia, as well as its cross-border capabilities being an exclusive member of First Law International (FLI) international legal network. The firm expertise covers corporate and individual tax, as well as dispute representation. Alexey Ivanov, managing partner, is the main point of contact.

 

The Kiev office of Dentons (former Salans) is involved in advising sound international names on their operations in Ukraine as well as on cross-border taxation issues. Notably, the Kiev team acts on a dispute front successfully representing of a large international company in the tax dispute regarding UAH 60 million VAT refund. Igor Davidenko heads Dentons tax practice group in Ukraine.

 

With a busy corporate and M&A practice Chadbourne & Parke demonstrates recent transaction tax assignments. The office advised the AES Corporation on tax aspects of deal structuring in the course of the AES Corporation’s sale of strategic power distribution companies in Ukraine, AES Kyivoblenergo and AES Rivneoblenergo, to VS Energy International. The Kiev office maintains a strong following among Ukrainian subsidiaries of international companies for handling tax disputes representations challenging the rulings of tax authorities. Anna Iakubenko, senior associate, is the primary tax practitioner.

 

Being one of the strongest corporatefinance firms, Avellum Partners demonstrated rapid development of its tax practice with a strong transactional flavor. Having advised DTEK on its USD 750 million Eurobond issue the tax practitioner prepared tax disclosures in the prospectus. The firm’s corporate restructuring and M&A mandates are accompanied by related tax advice. The team advised Premium Spirits Brands on full-scope business restructuring and Lafarge group on various tax issues related to the sale of Mykolaivcement to CRH. All three partners of the firm, namely Mykola Stetsenko, Kostiantyn Likarchuk and Glib Bondar, supervise the practice.

 

Asters law firmreconfirmed a wide array of its tax offering including tax advisory, structuring, disputes. Tax practice benefits from strong transactional focus and litigation capacity, including defense in criminal proceedings. The tax team advised the Ukrainian subsidiary of ED & F Man Holdings in connection with multiple disputes with the tax authorities over value added tax and corporate profit tax. Asters is known for its impressive client roster, that includes, Molson Coors, Visa, Swedbank Ukraine, EBRD, Valrom, Warsaw Stock Exchange, Ukrainian Representative office, Ukrainian National Lottery, Wizz Air Ukraine Airlines. Alexey Khomyakov and Constantin Solyar are supervised by managing partner Oleksiy Didkovskiy.

 

The solid domestic player Jurimex Law Firm, as led by reputable Danylo Getmantsev, is focused on contentious tax matters. Recent representations included acting for Automagistral-Yug, LLC and Engineer Service LLC on appeal of tax notice decisions on additional charging of tax liabilities on VAT and profit tax. Vita Forsiuk, tax practice head, is the main tax force.

 

Integrites provides comprehensive tax offerings that benefit from the firm’s involvement in numerous corporate mandates and commercial operations support. The range of clients encompasses FMCG and retail, agriculture, industrial machinery, cosmetics, food industries. In a recent highlight the team acted as a transaction counsel in the process of restructuring a large agricultural group of companies Rona and advising the Ukrainian business of a large international producer of food and industrial plastic, Logoplaste, on matters of Ukrainian tax implications of structuring an international loan. Some other clients of the firm are ATB-market, Biokon, Diavest+, Velyka Kyshenia, Alaska Group, Delfa SIA Markil. On the dispute front, the team represented A1 in its dispute with tax authorities regarding tax penalties accrued by results of the tax inspection. Yaroslav Abramov, counsel, is the main practitioner.

 

CMS Cameron McKenna preserved a solid tax offering to clients across the energy, technology, cosmetics industries. The office rendered tax advice to Ekotechnik on charity operations in Ukraine; ENI on personnel outsourcing matters in Ukraine; Vestas on a number of tax matters related to subcontracting of service providers in Ukraine for wind turbine installation project. The firm is often chosen for day-to-day tax advisory, restructuring, tax aspects of business operations. Olexander Martinenko, Graham Conlon, Andriy Buzhor were the core practitioners.

 

Beiten Burkardt enjoyed a strong following from Austrian and German clients. In a recent highlight the team represented Ukrainian subsidiaries of one of the biggest Austrian grain trading companies, VA Intertrading,in tax disputes regarding VAT credit and VAT refund. The key partners involved were Julian Ries (tax structuring) and Oleksiy Feliv (tax litigation). The Kiev office was closed in December 2013.

 

Despite the recent departure of Taras Koval from Gide Loyrette Nouel to the Vasko Nazarchuk law firm, the Kiev office of Gide maintains tax support to its clients. The tax advice accompanies corporate and M&A projects. The practice was reinforced with the arrival of a group of lawyers from Beiten Burkhardt.

 

Misechko & Partners regularly represents both domestic and international clients in tax disputes with Ukrainian tax authorities on challenging notification-decisions. In 2013 the team proficiently acted for clients in canceling UAH 13.4 million worth of charged tax liabilities. Among the notable highlights are representation of Bilyaus Agro LLC to cancel a decision to the value of UAH 2.5 million and Elevator Octobrskoe to one of UAH 3.2 million. Some client names include Tarkhankut Agro, Panalpina World Transport Ltd, Alkord, Ukrainian Kvass. Volodymyr Misechko, the firm’s managing partner, is the main practitioner.

 

LCF Law Group, a Ukrainian firm known especially for its proficient litigation experience, demonstrated diversification in its tax practice. Thus, the group deepened tax advisory in the banking sector, supporting the team’s clients like Alfa-Bank and Bank of Cyprus.The team completed efficient tax planning for Lira-Soft LLC and acted for Kazaki LLC on appealing tax notification-decisions. Anna Ogrenchuk, managing partner, has grown her market reputation over the last couple of years and received peers endorsement for litigation expertise.

 

Established in October 2012 AVER LEX attorneys at law possess tax practice among its core specializations. Throughout the outgoing year the tax team gained experience of successful representation of clients in administrative disputes with tax authorities. The clients come from a variety of sectors: construction, IT, alcohol production, food industry, transport and industrial manufacturing and others. The tax practice of the firm is headed by Natalia Dubyna. Given the vivid focus of the firm on criminal law, the team guided by Igor Fedorenko is often enlisted in representing clients in criminal cases related to taxation.

 

AstapovLawyers international law groupbenefits from its CIS network and is often enlisted as a legal counsel for international tax planning instructions. The group also advises clients on a regular basis, and covers the tax aspects of their commercial transactions and disputes with tax the authorities. In a recent litigation highlight the team handled representation of Sony Ukraine LLC on appealing of tax notice decisions and acted for Turkish company DOGUS in a tax dispute in Kazakhstan. Oksana Kneychuk, partner, heads the group’s tax practice. Oleh Malskyy, partner, who is renowned for his rainmaking activities and corporate and M&A dedication, oversees tax practice team. Tax disputes of the group are led by Oleg Gromovoi.

 

VB PARTNERS has been seen expanding its tax disputes profile. In particular, the firm represented LUK-Avia Oil in a tax dispute on cancellation of tax notification-decisions; acted for Homer Software House on appeal of tax notice decisions on VAT. Among the recent clientele of the firm were Indesit Ukraine, Ukraine Estate Management. Volodymyr Vashchenko is practice head.

 

Wolf Theiss provides offering oftax support to clients’ activity in Ukraine. In particular, the tax team represented the Ukrainian subsidiary of Geveko Industri Holding A.B. before tax authorities in a dispute with respect to the alleged understatement of value added tax and various tax investigations. MND Drilling & Services, TDE Group are among the clients. Anna Kvederis is a taxpractice head of the office.

 

Pragnum is a Ukrainian legal counsel focused on tax litigation work. The firm became a representative of many domestic businesses as Prioritet-service, R-BTL, First Dneprovsk Investment Company, Tranzit-Yug, Tsentr-Distribution, UCL-Consulting in their disputes with tax authorities on recognition as unlawful and cancelation of tax notification-decisions. The firm’s managing partner, Vitaliy Bobrynev, is the primary contact.

 

Founded in March 2013 the Kiev-based Vox Legum law firm possesses taxation as one of its core specialization. Oksana Govorun, partner, provided legal support to Pyryatynskyy Delikates, LLC (TM “Smacom”) in connection with recognizing decisions of the State Tax Inspection as void.

 

Lexwell & Partners is seen in tax litigation. In the past year the firm completed successful advocacy of Summit Motors Ukraine in litigation with the tax authorities regarding the appeal against the decision to decrease the negative value of the tax base of profits tax on USD 1.3 million. Igor Nagai and Tatyana Kolga are overseen by Andriy Kolupaev.

 

FCLEX, a Ukrainian law company, reports on 34 litigations with tax authorities of a total amount of USD 150 million in 2013. The firm also advises clients (AvtoKraz, Finance and Credit Bank, Ocean Shipyard, Bilotserkivska CHP plant) in criminal proceedings on alleged tax evasion and sham business, including criminal and tax law advice, legal support of the company’s management in the course of investigative activities. The team, as headed by Victor Barsuk, Sergey Chuev and Taras Poshyvanuyk, also provided tax law advice as a part of corporate and commercial/trade law practice. The recent tax work covered an export contract on supply of railway cars to Russia (Stakhanivskyi vagonostroiltelnyi zavod), contract on supply of Rosava tyres, intra-group sale-purchase contracts (Arterium Corporation), investment (joint) operations (Mukachevsky Zavod Tochpribor).

 

Alekseev, Boyarchukov & Partners represents clients on appealing tax notification-decisions. In recent times the firm handled representations for such clients as Platinum Bank, Ukrproduct Group, Construction Company Miskzhytlobud. Ludmyla Dzhurylyuk has been involved in the tax practice.

 

Juscutum Attorneys Association represented a number of clients in the course of tax disputes on cancellation of tax notice-decisions. Since the appropriate legislation on transfer pricing has been adopted, the firm has conducted a subsequent tax audit. Andriy Fomichov is the main contact.

 

The tax offering of Gramatskiy & Partners encompasses support in the course of tax audit, tax disputes, traditional for the firm tax planning and tax driven optimization, tax due diligence in terms of comprehensive projects under firm’s remit. City Capital Group, Alfa Group, Ulma Opalubka Ukraine, Media Trade Ukraine are in the firm’s client list. Oleksandr Koval and Mykola Voitovich are the core tax practitioners overseen by the firm’s founder, Ernest Gra- matskiy.

 

ENGARDE represented clients before tax inspections in disputes and ensured tax support for the benefit of clients seeking advice from M&A and handled general tax advisory. Ukrgazvydobuvannya, Prom-energo Product, Vin-Peleta were rendered support on tax matters. Andriy Vyshnevsky and Segiy Danilenko are the primary contacts.

 

Legal Alliance Company, renowned for operating in pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors, is regarded for its niche expertise. The company acted for offices of international pharmaceutical companies in Ukraine in the course of conducting tax audits, revealing tax risks. Another highlight was representing a major financial company in a case on imposition of tax liability and penalties with corporate income tax and value added tax. The main practitioners of the firm are partners Oleksii Bezhevets, Dmytro Aleshko, and Evgeniy Scheglov, senior associate.

 

Grischenko & Partners, renders legal support to clients within tax audits, and follows with administrative cases against tax authorities. Representations of Kalpataru (India) and Nokia Siemens in Ukraineare among clients. The firm’s founding partner, Dmitri Grischenko, is the main contact.

 

Peterka & Partners provides tax advisory to clients, predominantly international ones on their business activity in Ukraine. For instance, the office handles ongoing comprehensive legal assistance to PSA Peugeot Citroёn S.A. and its Ukrainian subsidiary in connection with tax issues, regarding the import, distribution, sale and lease of cars, taxation of foreign employees; Oney on taxation and the VAT treatment of intra-group payments. Nina Sydorenko is the main contact.

 

Given its sharp litigation specialization, Pavlenko & Poberezhnyuk Law Group is mainly focused ontax disputes, representing clients on recognition as invalid and cancelation of tax notification-decisions. Valeriya Tarasenko, counsel, is the primary tax practitioner of the group.

 

Gryphon Investment Consulting Group is known for its financial and banking sector expertise, followed by subsequent tax offering. Recently the team led by group’s managing partner Helen Lynnyk has been enlisted as a legal counsel by a financial company, advising on tax optimization and corporate restructuring, tax planning and asset structuring. The team handled a number of tax disputes for high profile clients. Vasyl Marchenkoand Anna Chepur are core practitioners of the group.

 

Sokolovskyi & Partners have a tax practice as its core competence. The nine-lawyer strong team is engaged in a full scope of clients’ representation in tax litigations, including criminal proceedings related to avoiding taxation. The firm has a sharp focus on domestic middle-sized business. The practice is headed by Natalia Kurilenko under general guidance from Vladyslav Sokolovskyi, managing partner.

 

Valentyn Gvozdiy, the managing partner at Gvozdiy & Oberkovych, enjoys consistent endorsement from peers. For many years he has splits managerial work with heading the tax practice of the firm. The team is known for its dramatic focus on tax disputes, acting for major domestic names and international clients that have a presence in the country.

 

Other two Big Four members, Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers,benefit from a strong accountancy background and worldwide reputation. Their tax and legal offerings hold a great share of the Ukrainian legal market.

 

Market insiders give notice to domestic firm Pravochyn attorneys at law. Andriy Kravets & Partners advises clients on taxation aspects of transactions in which the firm acts as a legal counsel. Volkov & Partners has been involved in a number of projectsregarding issues of accrual and payment of different types of taxes and other binding payments.

Regional Legal Counsels
(Listed in Alphabetical Order)

The Law Firm Dynasty, based in Dnepropetrovsk, is developing its capacities across the whole region. Recent work highlights are based on challenging the decisions of tax authorities. In particular, the firm represented Smart Solutions Outsourcing LLC and Megafarb LLC on appealing against tax decisions on additional VAT tax payments and fines. Snejana Karagodina, Anna Poddubnaya, Natali Kozakova are the primary practitioners.

 

Tax litigation is one of the leading practices of Lviv-based Hrynchuk Mazur & Partners law firm. Among major tax cases tried by the firm’s team of trial lawyers in 2013 were a series of tax disputes of DS Apteka, a leading network of pharma stores in Western Ukraine. Taxation of banking and financial operations was a subject matter of the large scaled tax dispute between tax office and KredoBank which was heard by Lviv Appeal Administrative court in 2013 where the taxpayer was represented by Andriy Hrynchuk, managing partner.

 

The Law Firm Jurline based in Odessa, is one of the most vivid regional legal counsels. The firm is engaged in tax-driven restructurings and representation in tax disputes. In the outgoing year  Jurline’s tax team represented the Illichevsk Container Company in tax litigation on cancelation of additional charging profit tax in the amount of USD 3.52 million. On the tax consulting front, the team advised the Eskaro group of companies and Illichivsk Grain Terminal on corporate restructuring in Ukraine and possible tax implications.

 

Kibenko, Onika & Partners, Kharkov-based law firm, regularly acts on tax disputes. The tax teamrepresented the interests of KRONVERK CINEMA UKRAINE LLC in the Supreme Administrative Court of Ukraine in a tax dispute concerning complaint on tax notice-decision of tax authorities; and Mineralnye Udobreniya LLC in a dispute concerning a claim on assessment of corporate income tax and VAT. Olena Kibenko and Olena Gura are the primary contacts.

 

The Donetsk-based law firm Pravozahyst Ukraine is a dispute centred practice. The firm’s clients include Lemtrans Ltd, Popasnyanskyj Car Repair Plant, Metinvest Holding, Zschimmer & Schwarz Russia Ltd, Azovinvest. German Taslitskiy is the primary contact.

Dmitrij PICHUGIN Dmitrij PICHUGIN, Managing Partner at Goldblum and Partners

Professional experience:

Dmitrij Pichugin often represents foreign and Ukrainian vendors and customers in mergers and acquisitions, including clients from Germany, Austria, Switzerland. Due to the innate ability to solve complicated tasks Dmitrij participates in clients’ complex projects, multistage operations and management of business processes. Dmitrij has a wealth of experience to deal with commercially successful businesses and consults clients on national differences of management both in Europe and Ukraine.

“Our law firm, Goldblum and Partners, has been practicing since 2007. Following collaboration with our colleagues in different jurisdictions, we have realised that our clients from Switzerland, who have business interests in Germany and other countries, could potentially waste time looking for a local law firm to meet their requirements. Our response to this was to open Goldblum and Partners offices in Germany, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands and Russia. Since the end of 2012 our representative office has been working in Kiev, primarily to research different issues that our clients had encountered, and since the beginning of 2014 we have launched a full-fledged office in Ukraine. In Kiev we specialise in corporate law, transaction support, M&A and disputes between legal entities and with state bodies. Administrative litigation against the Ministry of Revenues and Duties (Ukraine’s Finanzamt) and the State Customs Service of Ukraine provides particular experience. We also provide support for company launch and their activities in Ukraine, advise on corporate structuring, bookkeeping and auditing services. If you are considering the opportunity of joining a new significant market, and if you understand that cooperation during the initial stages of development will bring you incomparably higher profits, just call us today to see what we can do for your business,” — says Dmitrij.

Practice Areas:

Competition Law, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, Real Estate, Capital Markets, Private Equity Funds, Restructuring, Taxation, Property Issues, Capital Protection

 

Languages:

German, English, Russian, Ukrainian

Nataliya ULYANOVA Nataliya ULYANOVA, Director of International Tax Planning Department at ICF

Education:

Institute of International Relations, Taras Shevchenko National University.

Specialization — International Law.

 

Professional experience:

Ms. Ulyanova has 15 years of professional experience. She is particularly active in international tax planning; complex corporate and tax structuring schemes; tax risk evaluation and elaboration of proposals of risks minimization; consulting on structuring assets protection, including trusts and funds; consulting on international tax planning and various issues of corporate and tax legislation in Ukraine; structuring of M&A deals; drafting and analysis of various documentation in accordance with English law, including shareholders agreements, options, etc.; establishment and administration of foreign legal entities; selection of foreign bank to realize projects of varying complexity, getting a residence permit and second citizenship abroad.

Ms. Ulyanova provides consultations and legal opinions on various issues. She has 10 years of experience in organizing and speaking at conferences and seminars on the latest achievements of international tax planning and its main characteristics.

Ms. Ulyanova is the author of numerous publications of tax and corporate law in the main business publications in Ukraine.

Practice Areas:

International Taxation, Tax Planning, Tax Disputes, Tax Consulting, Corporate Law

 

Languages:

Ukrainian, Russian, English