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Criminal Law and White Collar Defence

Services

Defense of client’s interests in matters of international cooperation

Pre-trial and court defense

Overview

For those accused of a crime, there can be no more important decision than the selection of a defense attorney. In order to avoid financially crippling penalties or even serving time in prison, anyone accused of a crime must secure for themselves the best possible legal defense team.

That is why, of all the types of legal assistance, support of criminal cases occupies a special place. Facing criminal accusations can also destroy not only the professional reputation of a person, but also negatively affect their emotional state and social status.

At GOLAW, our criminal attorneys have been successfully defending clients’ interests in criminal proceedings for over a decade. We are well aware that sometimes such cases are initiated without objective grounds in Ukraine and we are ready to assert your rights.

“Criminal Law in Ukraine” is the first and only information hub in Ukraine in the field of criminal law, powered by GOLAW leading attorneys.

Igor Glushko

Igor Glushko

Partner, Head of Criminal Law and White Collar Defence practice, Attorney at law

  • Recognitions
  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2021
  • Best Lawyers in Ukraine 2022
  • Ukrainian Law firms. A Handbook for Foreign Clients 2021
  • 50 leading law firms of Ukraine 2020

Experience

  • Closure of criminal proceedings in the preparatory court session

    GOLAW attorneys have managed to close the criminal proceedings on accusal of an official of a large pharmaceutical company in the acquisition for sale and sale of an obviously falsified drug in a preparatory hearing. The court of first instance closed the criminal proceedings on the basis of a substantiated request of attorneys. The courts of appeal and cassation upheld the position of GOLAW attorneys and the decision of the court of first instance. All attempts by the prosecution to prove the absence of violations of the law on the timing of the pre-trial investigation were in vain and were refuted by attorneys in court.

  • Closure of the case at the stage of pre-trial investigation due to lack of corpus delicti

    Due to the comprehensive work of GOLAW lawyers, criminal proceedings against officials of the company with foreign investment in the field of alternative energy have been closed. The reason was the establishment of the absence of a criminal offense in their actions.

    During searches, interrogations and arrests, law enforcement agencies effectively blocked the construction of the client’s solar power plant in Ukraine. The lawyers canceled the seizures of funds in the accounts and returned the property confiscated from the company. Moreover, a number of proofs were collected and submitted to law enforcement agencies that refuted the prosecution’s version.

  • Cancelation of suspicion at the stage of pre-trial investigation with further closure of the case

    Upon the GOLAW attorneys’ complaint, the notification on suspicion of committing a criminal offense was canceled by the investigating judge due to its unfoundedness and illegality that is procedural violations committed by law enforcement officers. Subsequently criminal proceedings against the client were closed.

  • Cancelation of suspicion in the Supreme Anti-Corruption Court

    At the pre-trial stage, GOLAW attorneys managed to cancel the client’s notification of suspicion in committing crimes, in particular involvement in a criminal organization aimed at seizing power by establishing control over the High Qualification Commission of Judges of Ukraine (HQCJU), the High Council of Justice (HCJ) and establishing artificial obstacles to the work of the HQCJU and its members.

  • Closure of criminal proceedings at the stage of pre-trial investigation

    Searches were conducted in the Ukrainian offices of the GOLAW client, which is one of the largest clothing retailers in the world. Documents and computer equipment were seized. Employees were summoned for questioning. Some of the property were arrested.

    According to the investigation, the retailer’s officials, in collusion with the general contractor, who was building and repairing the customer’s stores, and a number of fictitious companies, carried out non-commodity transactions.

    After the attorneys implemented a number of measures to challenge the actions and inaction of law enforcement agencies, the case, which was investigated for tax evasion, was closed at the stage of pre-trial investigation.

Key lawyers

Igor Glushko
  • Partner, Head of Criminal Law and White Collar Defence practice, Attorney at law
Valentyn Gvozdiy
  • Managing Partner, Attorney at law, PhD
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Testimonials

Galina Kočendova

Deputy Director at Claims Settlement and Debt Recovery Department
Export Guarantee and Insurance Corporation (EGAP)

EGAP as a credit insurance corporation insuring credits connected with exports of goods and services from the Czech Republic against political and commercial risks has been co-operating with GOLAW for many years. Starting from the year of 2015 we have been co-operating very intensely. We really appreciate their progressive approach to solving complex legal issues of claims recovery in Ukraine. We have profited from GOLAW’s attorneys ability to select and follow a winning strategy and from their business oriented approach. As a result of this approach our insured bank foreclosed upon an asset that has been nearly lost due to unlawful action of the debtor and is close to substantial recovery.

Bulent Temel

Country General Director
Fiba Retail Ukraine

We have been using services of GOLAW for our various legal needs already for more than 8 years. GOLAW has a highly prepared team of tax practitioners with strength in international taxation and in accounting and reporting matters, which ensures a very strong position before the tax authorities. The team demonstrates years of experience and delivers high-quality services. We as Fiba Retail, with the two worldwide brands that we are representing in Ukraine (Marks & Spencer and GAP), have enough evidence to say that working with GOLAW has been working out for us in all legal components of support we have received, and I can comfortably say that we are a satisfied customer.

Andrii Konko

CFO
Oriflame Ukraine

Oriflame always adheres to the high standards of work and customer service. We do understand how important quality is, so we chose GOLAW lawyers who are sharing the same values with us. The GOLAW tax practice always professionally approaches our projects in Ukraine. The lawyers provide us with a high quality tax advisory support and accompany our tax audits. GOLAW team helped us in appealing tax notice-decisions, and thanks to the work of attorneys, all penalties were successfully cancelled. We can recommend GOLAW as we are confident in the quality, timeliness and professionalism of their work, which has been repeatedly proved by our own experience.

Aleksey Vilkhovoy

CEO
Georgian International Energy Corporation

The GOLAW Energy Team has extensive experience in implementation of solar projects in Ukraine. They have deep understanding of international legal framework as well as particularities of Ukrainian legislation, which is especially important for the foreign companies entering the Ukrainian market. The firm’s lawyers assisted us in  developing a winning strategy that helped us to save time and to launch our project timely and in accordance with  planned budget.

Serhii Drobyshev

Director General
Inditex Ukraine Group of Companies

By appealing to GOLAW experts we are always sure in their competence and the quality of the legal support.

Anna Chychyl

Director
GAP Ukraine

GOLAW is a legal consultant, the coordinated team work of which allows us to feel that our business is protected and that it works for the positive perspective.

Vladyslav Burda

Company President
RedHead Family Corporation

They are very competent legal experts, outstanding professionals in corporate and criminal law. I really recommend these guys, this company. They are active, creative, and full of success-oriented ideas. This is an absolutely new generation of legal experts.

Artem Zubok

Finance Director
Red Bull Ukraine

We have been working with GOLAW for a long time and can certainly affirm its reputation of reliable and responsible partner in any legal and tax issues. The firm’s personnel is highly professional and client-oriented. All the requests are addressed in a smart and professional way with quick and to-the-point feedbacks. The in-depth knowledge and vast experience of GOLAW professionals meets the highest level of expectation of our company. The firm is also flexible in fees and tariffs.

Bulent Temel

Country General Director
Fiba Retail Ukraine

We have been using services of GOLAW for our various legal needs already for more than 7 years. With the leadership of Valentin Gvozdiy and Sergiy Oberkovych, GOLAW houses a very powerful and proficient lawyer team working in various fields, who are ready to grasp your needs and provide solutions. We as Fiba Retail, with the two worldwide brands that we are representing in Ukraine (Marks & Spencer and GAP), have enough evidence to say that working with GOLAW has been working out for us in all legal components of support we have received, and I can comfortably say that we are a satisfied customer.

Lesya Kurylko

Finance Director Ukraine
Oriflame Ukraine

In Oriflame we strongly believe that people who work together with us and share the same proactive approach achieve greater results. GOLAW attorneys have taken time to understand our business and Oriflame culture so they can help us efficiently and effectively achieve our goals.What we appreciate is that they possess a can-do spirit, a winning attitude and never give up. The attorneys of this full-service law firm are outstanding professionals and because of their vast experience, they arrive at solutions quickly and save us money. We have great confidence in GOLAW and highly value our partnership.

Neil Rutherford

Project Development Director
Khmelnytsky Bio Power Plant (KBPP)

Since engaging GOLAW as our legal advisors, we have received an exceptionally high level and quality of legal services relating to the full range of issues associated with the development of a large biomass power plant. These services initially comprised full analysis and advice on all aspects of the business and legal issues regarding the establishment of the project. Then during the subsequent development of the project, GOLAW’s continuing advice and support was critical to its success. The services provided were of the very highest quality and always delivered quickly and efficiently. GOLAW always provided positive solutions to potential problems.

Ruben Oganyan

Head of Сredit risk department
ProCredit Bank

We highly appreciate professional legal assistance from GOLAW on supporting our bank as a lender in Ukraine. The firm is an ideal option for clients seeking advice on complex multi-jurisdictional transactions including syndicated lending and project finance transactions. They are extremely business-focused and solution-driven. It’s easy to work with the team as they listen to clients’ needs. The personal touch they have is beyond other firms.

Vitaliy Vergeles

CEO
Himagro Ukraine

Our company is moving forward and takes leading positions for quite a long time thanks to the professional support from GOLAW. We can definitely say that our business is well protected and ready for any challenge.In particular, we are working with the GOLAW tax practice when it comes to appealing the tax audits results. Due to the truly professional work of the practice, all penalties charged upon the results of inspections are cancelled. Moreover, the lawyers always get the reimbursement of legal assistance costs to our company. We believe that to prevent any risk you need to act properly, thus we have certainly made the right choice of a legal adviser.

Vitaliy Vantsa

CEO
MERCATOR MEDICAL LLC

Mercator Medical LLC has been cooperating with GOLAW Law Firm for more than 10 years. The company’s team professionally resolves the entire list of tasks and challenges facing our business. The lawyers of the firm are proactive in adopting the best possible strategy and its successful implementation in every single project. The company provides high-quality legal advice to Mercator Medical on a wide range of regulatory issues, including: certification of our products, compliance assessment support of medical and protective products with the requirements of technical regulations and general issues of circulation of medical products in Ukraine.

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