Financial institutions


Interaction with financial market regulators

Termination of financial institutions. Support during bankruptcy procedures

Representation of interests of financial institutions in courts

Analysis and development of business financing mechanisms with the use of financial instruments

Establishment and organization of activities of financial institutions


The financial sector is one of the key practice areas for GOLAW. GOLAW attorneys work with major Ukrainian and international banks, insurance companies, investment and credit agencies. Our clients include such well-known financial institutions as ProCredit Bank, Česká Exportní Banka, Export Guarantee and Insurance Corporation, Expobank, and Ukrsotsbank, among others. The attorneys of the firm advise on the establishment of financial institutions, development of business financing mechanisms, utilizing venture capital funds, represent clients’ interests in proceedings before the courts of the first, appellate and cassation instances. GOLAW banking and finance attorneys have repeatedly represented the largest Ukrainian and foreign banks on debt recovery in court proceedings as well as in and out of court settlements. The distinctive strategy of the firm in such matters is to provide comprehensive advice on any case, starting with enforcement of a levy on a debtor’s assets and sale of such assets (real estate, shares, movable property etc.) up to recovery of the client’s funds.

Our team of attorneys practicing in the filed of banking and finance law are experts at understanding and using not only the legislative framework but also understanding how the business works from the inside, being attentive to every detail. GOLAW’s team of attorneys is proud to advise the largest Ukrainian and European financial institutions. 

Sergiy Oberkovych

Sergiy Oberkovych

Senior Partner, Attorney at law

  • Recognitions
  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2022
  • Who’s Who Legal 2022


  • Restoration of creditor’s rights over the pledged assets

    Full legal support of the creditor in a dispute with Ukrainian borrower on invalidation of the borrower’s actions with the pledged property and restoration of creditor’s rights over such property. As a result of court trials all borrower actions with pledged assets were declared unlawful and the right of the creditor as a pledgee were restored.

  • Consulting on debt restructuring

    GOLAW provided legal advice to Procredit Bank on debt restructuring under a loan agreement: estimation of risks related to refinancing or postponement of the due date of repayment, elaboration of the action plan of protection of Procredit Bank’s interests in case of future default, drafting legal documents on refinancing of the loan.

  • Legal due Diligence of the Borrowers

    GOLAW conducted full legal due diligence of the borrowers of the Procredit Bank, as well as their assets in Ukraine and abroad for the compliance of their activity with the current legislation of Ukraine for granting of the loan facility.

  • Creditor’s protection from lawful actions of the borrower

    Full legal support of UniCredit Bank Czech Republic and Slovakia, a.s.м and Export Guarantee and Insurance Corporation of the Czech Republic (EGAP) in a dispute with a major Ukrainian agro holding “Creative group” PJSC regarding the debt recovery under the loan agreement. GOLAW prevented the fraudulent actions of the borrower, elaborated the successful foreclosure strategy on the collateral with further sale of the foreclosed assets at public auction.

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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

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

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

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

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


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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