Who Is Who

Restructuring

Leading FIRMS

  1. Baker & McKenzie
  2. SAYENKO KHARENKO
  3. Avellum
  4. Clifford Chance
  5. Dentons

Leading INDIVIDUALS

  1. Michael KHARENKO (SAYENKO KHARENKO)
  2. Glib BONDAR Glib BONDAR (Avellum)
  3. Serhiy CHORNY Serhiy CHORNY (Baker & McKenzie)
  4. Olexiy SOSHENKO (Clifford Chance)
  5. Natalia SELYAKOVA Natalia SELYAKOVA (Dentons)

OTHER NOTABLE PRACTITIONERS

Listed in alphabetical order

  • Nazar CHERNYAVSKY Nazar CHERNYAVSKY (SAYENKO KHARENKO)
  • Jared GRUBB Jared GRUBB (Clifford Chance)
  • Armen KHACHATURYAN Armen KHACHATURYAN (ASTERS)
  • Igor KRASOVSKIY Igor KRASOVSKIY (Gide Loyrette Nouel)
  • Oleksandr KURDYDYK Oleksandr KURDYDYK (DLA Piper Ukraine LLC)
  • Yulia KYRPA Yulia KYRPA (AEQUO )
  • Helen LYNNYK Helen LYNNYK (Gryphon Investment Consulting Group)
  • Ihor OLEKHOV (Baker & McKenzie)
  • Mykola ORLOV Mykola ORLOV (Law Offices of OMP)
  • Oleksandr PLOTNIKOV (Arzinger)
  • Roman STEPANENKO Roman STEPANENKO (Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners Ukraine)
  • Artem STOIANOV Artem STOIANOV (LCF Law Group )

Bankruptcy

Leading FIRMS

  1. Ilyashev & Partners
  2. Khomenko, Pita & Partners
  3. Ario Capital Group
  4. Alekseev, Boyarchukov and Partners
  5. LCF Law Group

Leading INDIVIDUALS

  1. Roman MARCHENKO Roman MARCHENKO (Ilyashev & Partners )
  2. Oleksandr KHOMENKO (Khomenko, Pita & Partners )
  3. Julian KHORUNZHYI Julian KHORUNZHYI (Ario Capital Group)
  4. Sergey BOYARCHUKOV Sergey BOYARCHUKOV (Alekseev, Boyarchukov and Partners)
  5. Stanislav SKRYPNYCK Stanislav SKRYPNYCK (Lavrynovych & Partners)

OTHER NOTABLE PRACTITIONERS

Listed in alphabetical order

  • Vladyslav FILATOV (Sokolovskyi and Partners )
  • Olexiy KHARYTONOV Olexiy KHARYTONOV (ILF)
  • Mykola KOVALCHUK (L.I. Group)
  • Ihor SIUSEL (Baker & McKenzie)
  • Andriy TREMBICH (Gramatskiy & Partners )
  • Vitaliy TYTYCH (Tytych & Partners)

Restructuring/Bankruptcy

Baker & McKenzie has amultidisciplinary team that acts as a legal counsel on long lasting significant restructuring projects across strategically important economic industries. The office acts for banks and other financial institutions, corporate debtors on all aspects of financial restructuring and insolvency. The firm’s clients, among others, include the EBRD, IFC, International Lease Finance Corporation, East Coal. In the past year Serhiy Chorny, managing partner and renowned practitioner, was highly active in debt restructuring work. Partner Ihor Olekhov was involved in several restructuring processes involving public and private debt for Ukrainian banking and financial institutions and for several significant corporate borrowers. Partner Ihor Siusel is engaged inbankruptcy disputes, including complex cross-border disputes.

 

Sayenko Kharenko’s team has been involved in nearly all of the largest debt restructurings to have taken place since the 2009 financial crisis. The firm built strong capacities in the restructuring of all kinds of financial instruments: cross-border financings, international and local capital markets instruments. Last year the firm advised on debt restructuring projects for a total amount of over USD 1 billion. The key highlights include advice on the liability management processes relating to the USD 252.5 million LPNs of the First Ukrainian International bank and USD 88.3 million Eurobond of VAB Bank. The firm also represented ING, Bank PolskaKasaOpieki, JP Morgan on various debt-restructurings involving corporate borrowers from Ukraine’s telecommunications, retail, real estate and other sectors. Partners Nazar Chernyavsky and Michael Kharenko, as well as counsel Anton Korobeynikov, are the key practitioners for debt restructuring projects.

 

Given extensive banking and finance, capital markets practices, Avellum Partners formed a solid portfolio of large-scale debt restructuring mandates. The team currently represents large Ukrainian corporate borrowers as well as international banks and bond holders. Two partners, namely Glib Bondar and Kostiantyn Likarchuk, are in charge of these projects.

 

Clifford Chance is focused on representing international lenders in cross-border large scale mandates. The impressive clientele of the magic circle firm includes BNP Paribas, Citibank, Crédit Agricole CIB, EBRD, Gazprombank, IFC, ING Bank, Raiffeisen Bank International, RCB Bank Ltd, UniCredit Bank. English-qualified managing partner Jared Grubb and Olexiy Soshenko, counsel, are strongly active in the restructuring arena.

 

The global presence of Dentons made it a preferred counsel for restructuring work in Ukraine for major local and international financial institutions, including major international banks. The diversified practice comprises cross-border bad debts trade, refinancing and complex restructuring of financial and commercial debt. It is noteworthy that the team stands out for advising on the sale of assets and restructuring of debts in Crimea. In a recent highlight, Dentons advised Bank Polska Kasa Opieki, Bank Handlowy w Warszawie, mBank and ING Bank Śląski on the restructuring and increase of the sum of approx. USD 147 million multipurpose financing to Inter Cars S.A. Experienced partner Natalia Selyakova heads the banking and finance group of the Kiev office.

 

Gide Loyrette Nouel has managed to develop its restructuring practice rapidly due to the current economic situation in Ukraine. The office in Kiev acts for banks and financial institutions, borrowers and lenders. The team advised Air Liquide in connection with restructuring of EUR 85 million secured financing of EBRD; and International Finance Corporation on restructuring a USD 30 million secured loan to PJSC Concern Hlibprom. The firm also assists in insolvency and liquidation proceedings. Senior associates Igor Krasovskiy and Oleh Zahnitko, are led by partner Bertrand Barrier.

 

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners Ukraine represents international and domestic corporate clients, and banks on debt restructuring mandates. The Kiev team acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to the Monier Group in connection with comprehensive debt restructuring, restatement and amendment of transaction documentation relating to the group’s global debt amounting to over USD 1.7 billion Eurobonds; and advised Irish Bank Resolution Corporation Limited in the course of restructuring of security obligations owed by a Ukrainian borrower to the Irish lender. Partner Roman Stepanenko runs restructuring projects.

 

Asters enjoys a strong reputation for restructuring and insolvency matters. The firmrepresented Ektornet AB in negotiations on restructuring of debts owed to the client by several groups of Ukrainian debtors; and acted for Crédit Agricole in connection with the restructuring of secured and unsecured corporate debt by a Ukrainian company. The experienced team has been regularly involved in bankruptcy proceedings and corporate recovery. Ukrdebt is another significant client. The practice is led by Oleksiy Didkovskiy and Armen Khachaturyan.

 

In 2014 Arzinger brought a wealth of restructuring mandates and bankruptcy cases. Among the firm’s recent highlights are representation of Volksbank in the course of USD 6.5 million loan restructuring by a Ukrainian real estate developer; and acting for Big Dutchman AG in the EUR 4 million loan restructuring by a Ukrainian agricultural holding. At present the team is involved in a high-profile restructuring project where it acts as a Ukrainian law counsel to the committee of banks in USD 1.3 billion restructuring by the Mriya group of companies. Given the firm’s strong presence in the pharmaceutical sector, its team actively works for creditors in bankruptcy proceedings. Oleksandr Plotnikov, counsel, heads the team.

 

In recent years DLA Piper Ukraine supported a raft of restructuring projects. The team currently supports a major international aircraft manufacturer as to repossession of aircrafts leased to one  Ukrainian airline, which is now insolvent, as well as collection of outstanding debts. In particular, the team acts on collection of outstanding debts of the client, and has been representing the interests of the client in Ukrainian courts of various levels. Partner Oleksandr Kurdydyk and senior associate Mykhailo Byelostotskiy are core practitioners.

 

Gvozdiy & Oberkovych was entrusted with handling several restructuring cases, acting on the lenders side as well as counseling corporate debtors, Thus, the firm’s senior lawyers, Natalia Mysnyk and Iryna Kalnytska, led by name partners Valentyn Gvozdiy and Sergiy Oberkovych, performed well for Raiffeisen Bank Aval and Diamantbank in multimillion debt negotiations followed by restructurings and relevant court disputes. The client portfolio of debtors was represented by a Czech agribusiness, Bauer Technics, restructuring its USD 120 million export financing from a major European investment bank; Irish agricultural company Donegal FRS in a USD 12 million debt to a parent company; Mirra Pharmacy in a USD 13 million debt; Avtoalliance Invest in a USD 7 million debt.

 

Vasil Kisil & Partners traditionallyacts in the restructuring sphere and bankruptcy procedures. The firm advised EBRD on a USD 36 million loan restructuring extended toInterdon LLC, a Ukrainian subsidiary of a listed company, Sadovaya Limited (Cyprus). Current cases include representing LESSIRON COMMERCIAL LTD(Cyprus)in an insolvency case regarding a real estate developer. The banking and finance practice is led by partner Alexander Borodkin. Oleg Kachmar, counselor, is in charge of bankruptcy projects.

 

The team of AEQUO enjoys a legacy ofrestructuring projects from Vasil Kisil & Partners. At the present time the firm advises Ramburs, one of the leading agriculture traders in Ukraine, on the restructuring of its indebtedness under four loan facilities granted by Sberbank of Russia. Yulia Kyrpa, partner, is experienced in handling transactions with distressed debts and debt restructuring procedures. Pavlo Byelousov, counsel, is active in litigation procedures.

 

Law Offices of OMP is a vivid legal counsel in agrarian and pharmaceutical sectors. In the past year the firm was enlisted to give advice on significant restructuring mandates in the agrarian sector. Among the recent highlights is complex support in the bankruptcy of Alba Ukraine. Known for his expertise in agriculture and real estate, Mykola Orlov supervises banking, finance and restructuring projects. Yaroslav Sverdlichenko leads bankruptcy cases.

 

Gryphon Investment Consulting Group is focused primarily on rendering advice to banks and financial institutions. In 2014 the team was especially vivid in acting predominantly for banks and handling the restructuring of bad debts and sale of problem loan portfolios. Igor Lynnyk and Helen Lynnyk are the main contacts.

 

Ilyashev & Partners retains top positions in the insolvency market, rendering support in bankruptcy proceedings and restructuring matters. The team accomplished representation of Nadra Bank in several debts restructuring projects, insolvency procedures and enforcement of collaterals to a total exceeding USD 400 million; represented Mega Safe LLC during insolvency procedures; supported insolvency procedure of DonbasAero. Another notable case is acting as a legal counsel during insolvency procedure of Sumykhimprom for over USD 165 million. Roman Marchenko, senior partner, who is a very experienced litigator, heads the team. He rendered advice in the largest bankruptcy cases. Renowned Mikhail Ilyashev, managing partner, brings a wealth of litigation expertise.

 

The bankruptcy boutique Khomenko, Pita & Partners advises across a broad range of insolvency matters. In 2014 the firm acted for a bank in the course of bankruptcy proceeding of Antey, a furniture producer; and acted for insurers in the case of bankruptcy of an insurance company. The firm also supports out of court sanation and liquidation procedures. It is presently involved in bankruptcy cases of several state enterprises. Oleksandr Khomenko is widely regarded as one of the leading insolvency experts on the market.

 

Ario Capital Group, a Ukrainian boutique focused on insolvency issues, is rapidly active in bankruptcy-related work. The group demonstrates its portfolio of banking clients, in particular with such sound names as Sberbank of Russia, First Ukrainian International Bank, Bank Forum, Fidocombank, Finance and Credit Bank, Bank of Cyprus, Nadra Bank. The group represented LLC Ukrainian Exchange Group and LLC Ario Business Recourse in assets purchase/sale procedure of State Enterprise Lysychanska TEC within bankruptcy proceeding. The group’s partner, Julian Khorunzhii, is extremely active in various professional initiatives and was endorsed for practical experience in the bankruptcy field. Other partners Oleksii Voronko, Serhii Kyryshenko and Iryna Serbin are fully engaged in the core practice.

Alekseev, Boyarchukov & Partners is known for its long-lasting presence in restructuring and insolvency work on the Ukrainian market. The team stands out for premier servicing of banks, while the past year was notable for resonant bankruptcy cases. The firm represented Ukrsotsbank (Unicredit Group) in cancelling the decision of the Supreme Commercial Court of Ukraine by which the bank was deprived of mortgage property by refusal of the external administrator to fulfill the existing agreements of debtor Sumykhimprom. In another case, the firm acted for the Bank of Austria and Ukrsotsbank in the foreclosure procedure for the mortgage property of FIM Group. Since the firm’s partner Sergey Alekseev became a member of parliament, Sergey Boyarchukov has been the key figure.

 

LCF Law Group, one of thestrongest litigation teams on the Ukrainian market, acts mostly for banks. The group advised The Bank of Cyprus on the USD 63.5 million loan restructuring of PrJSC Renaissance; and represented the banks interests in the bankruptcy proceedings ofОvertime LLC. Firm’s partners Artem Stoianov and Anna Ogrenchuk are the main practitioners.

 

Sokolovskyi & Partners is centered on rendering legal services on crisis management, restructuring and bankruptcy. The firm benefits from criminal law expertise and conducts liability management instructions, mitigating insolvency risks for its clients. At the same time, the team supported dozens of bankruptcy and liquidation procedures. The practice is led by Vladyslav Filatov, reputed insolvency practitioner. His team includes Ivan Balytskyi, Tetiana Filatova, Dmytro Guida, Tetiana Mykulskа, and Dmytro Sokolyk.

 

With a long-standing national reputation in insolvency and bankruptcy, Lavrynovych & Partners is also involved in restructuring work. The firm acted for both lenders and borrowers in a range of industries, i.e. investment and real estate, energy saving, food and beverages, pharmaceuticals. The team advised Rosprominvest on bankruptcy issues and Nova HealthCare in course of the bankruptcy procedure of its debtor. Partner Stanislav Skrypnyck received strong market feedback for his legal performance. Associate partner Andriy Moroz is another important figure at the practice.

 

The Ukrainian law firm FCLEX was very active in large scale restructuring work. In 2014 the firm advised on amendments to loan agreements to local ore mining facilities for a total amount of USD 600 million. In a recent highlight, FCLEX worked through a number of complex cases, including representation of Finance and Credit Bank in a series of disputes over recovery of USD 48 million debt from the Club Syra group of companies. The team, as headed by senior partner Viktor Barsuk and partner Oleg Malinevskiy, acted on the ambitious bankruptcy project of the Mykolayiv-based shipyard Okean, protecting the interests of Dutch investor Okean B.V., whose creditor claims come to USD 133 million.

 

By broadening its banking clientele, Integrites is enlisted by major banks for representation in bankruptcy proceedings, debt recovery andrestructuring procedures. The firm advised Rabobank International in the restructuring of a USD 30 million secured loan facility to the Swiss subsidiary of a leading Ukrainian grain trader. Vyacheslav Korchev, senior partner, heads the dispute resolution practice at CIS. Vsevolod Volkov, partner, is in charge of the banking and finance practice.

 

Gramatskiy & Partners is extensively engaged in bankruptcy and insolvency matters, which are among the dominant practices at this firm. Its experience covers judicial proceedings and representation of all parties. That is, creditors, borrowers, shareholders and participants, insolvency officials. Throughout 2014 the team supported 25 bankruptcy proceedings of different enterprises. Among the biggest are the cases of OJSC Plant Quant, LLC T&E, CJSK Piastrella-K, LLC Ukrtechnocom, PE Stroyexim, Hermes Trading. The team is led by Andriy Trembich with significant input from Bogdan Chaban.

 

AstapovLawyers is focused on recovering debts for financial institutions and handles projects around assets in Crimea. Due to its CIS presence, the team is often enlisted by clients from Russia. For example, Russian banks like National Bank Trust and Otkritie FC Bank. Aleksey Kovryzhenko (previously headed distressed assets department at state-owned Oschadbank) has joined the group as a counsel and head of distressed assets practice in the CIS region. Partners Andrey Astapov and Oleh Malskyy oversee the practice.

 

ILF (Inyurpolis Law Firm) has been consistently busy withlitigation, bankruptcy and bad debt management. The firm continued to advise Ukrgasbank on issues of unfair bankruptcy and blockage of pledged assets. The bad debt work carried out at the stage of enforcement was another important section of work guided by senior associate Eugene Starikov. Partner Olexiy Kharytonov is the main contact.

 

The compact team of Andriy Kravets & Partners is known for its established presence in cross-border restructuring mandates. The firm advised Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AGin the transaction related to restructuring existing USD 36 million secured financing provided to a Ukrainian company operating theAladdin Shopping Centre in Kiev. Julia Samoylova is the primary contact.

 

In 2014 Dynasty Law Firm, based in Dnepropetrovsk, was predominantly active representing borrowers. The firm handled restructuring matters, support in bankruptcy procedures and liquidations. Snejana Karagodina, Viacheslav Kohlyakov and Anna Poddubnaya are the main contacts.

 

Given its extensive dedication to representing banks in debt recover matters, the domestic firm L.I. Group is rather busy in representing its clients throughout the liquidation procedure of debtors. The firm represents a number of sound names like VTB Bank and OTP Bank in subsequent proceedings in favor of clients. Mykola Kovalchuk is the primary contact.

 

TCM Group Ukraine, a member of the global debt recovery group, is fully focused on indebtedness restructuring, bankruptcy and debt recovery services. The Ukrainian teamrepresented Hungarian Pharmaceutical Plant Egis in connection with bankruptcy proceedings against Ukrainian company Alba Ukraine; acted on bankruptcy proceedings against Ukrainian bank PJSC UFW on behalf of a group of Chinese banks. Debt restructuring before investors formed a significant share of projects undertaken by the team. For example, it advised a group of Chinese creditors in the course of restructuring of debt owed by Ukrainian company Vassma LLC. Partners Denys Kopii and Dmytro Golopapa are the main contacts.

 

Active in debt recovery cases Moris Group regularly represents clients in bankruptcy proceedings. Notably, the firm represented VAB Bank in a number of disputes with various Ukrainian companies regarding bankruptcy procedures on application of a debtor to the total amount of USD 72.8 million. Maryan Martynyuk, partner, is a key contact.

 

Jurimex Law Firm is known for advising domestic clients in bankruptcy proceedings acting predominantly on the debtor side. Hence, the team, as led by partner Bohdan Shapoval, handled supportof Magestic LLC(real estate and securities operations), Electrotech LLC (real estate), Olvita LLC (agricultural production processing) throughout bankruptcy proceedings.

Law Agency Absolute, based in Dnepropetrovsk, is growing its capacities in the region, according to market feedback. The agency supported the bankruptcy procedure of HEKRO PET Ltd, PJSC Lugansk Tube Plant, and acted for VTB Bank in the course of bankruptcy of SK INTERTEHEKSPO. Liudmila Liflyanchik and Aleksei Sokol are the main practitioners.

 

Restructuring of real estate finance featured the workload of CMS Cameron McKenna. Shkrebets & Partners,based in Kharkov,supports liquidation proceedings of a number of business entities in the region. According to strong market feedback Vitaliy Tytych, the eponymous partner of Tytych & Partners, commands extensive juridical practice concerning restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy. The team of Engarde as led by Andriy Vyshnevsky, senior partner, advised Bank Forum on numerous issues of debt recovery, debt restructuring and rescuing distressed assets. Alexandrov & Partners provided advice to a major Kiev developer on restructuring loan debt and support for completion of a construction project. Pragnum advises both banks and borrowers in debt restructuring. S.T. Partners support bankruptcy cases.

 

Dmytro GOLOPAPA Dmytro GOLOPAPA, Partner at TCM Group Ukraine

Education:

Master of Law, International and Commercial Law, Kyiv National Economics University (2008).

Professional experience:

Dmytro Golopapa is a highly skilled transnational lawyer in area of financial dispute resolution. He currently holds the position of partner at the Ukrainian office of TCM Group International Ltd., which is a unique alliance of 35 law offices and 110 agencies practising international commercial dispute resolution in 145 countries. He has significant experience of complex legal support for foreign economic and trade activities of various international corporations. Mr Golopapa has represented such big clients as BANK OF CYPRUS, ERSTE, ZEPPELIN, ING GROUP and a number of other non-disclosed international holdings and companies. During the early years of his career he worked as head of projects in an international law firm, that has been recognized as a leader in trade finance, corporate and financial dispute resolution practices by various influential directories such as Chambers Global, Chambers Europe, Martindale Hubbell, IFLR 1000, HG.org, and Legal 500.

 

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Practice Areas:

International Commercial Arbitration; Local Litigation and Enforcement of International Court Awards; International Commercial Debt Collection and Restructuring, Portfolio Management; International Mediation; Investigation of International Fraud Transactions.

 

Languages:

Ukrainian, Russian, English