GOLAW is pleased to announce that our firm has been highly recognised in nine practice areas by the prestigious ranking The Legal 500 EMEA 2021. Eight of our lawyers are recommended as market leaders in several legal practices, while three have received individual recognitions as “Leading individuals” and “Next generation partners”.
Recognised practice areas:
- White-Collar Crime
- Banking, Finance and Capital Markets
- Commercial, Corporate and M&A
- Dispute resolution
- Private Clients
- Real estate and construction
- Kateryna Manoylenko, GOLAW Partner – ‘Leading individual’
- Anzhelika Moiseeva, GOLAW Partner – ‘Leading individual’
- Kateryna Tsvetkova, GOLAW Counsel – ‘Next Generation Partners’
- Valentyn Gvozdiy, Managing Partner,
- Sergiy Oberkovych, Senior Partner
- Max Lebedev, Partner
- Igor Glushko, Partner
- Iryna Kalnytska, Partner
Testimonials provided by our clients to The Legal 500 research team:
GOLAW focuses predominantly on disputes related to the dismissal or transfer of employees, as well as cases concerning reinstatement, the payment of salaries and compensation, and matters involving the material responsibility of employees. Dispute resolution head Kateryna Manoylenko and counsel Kateryna Tsvetkova jointly lead the employment practice and they are noted for their representation of high-profile individuals, large foreign and Ukrainian banks, and global brands in the pharmaceuticals and apparel sectors.
Leading individuals: Kateryna Manoylenko – GOLAW Partner
Next Generation Partners: Kateryna Tsvetkova – GOLAW Counsel
GOLAW has a prominent role in renewable energy projects in Ukraine, providing comprehensive legal support for project development and corporate transactions in the solar and wind energy sectors. Finance partner Sergiy Oberkovych and corporate partner Max Lebedev, who is now vice chairman of the European-Ukrainian Energy Agency, are the key practitioners. They recently assisted joint Spanish-Turkish company Beycelik-Elawan with long-term lease agreements for private land for the development of a 50MW wind farm.
GOLAW has more than 15 years of experience in white-collar criminal defence work, where it handles all stages of criminal proceedings. Its work includes legal support in negotiations for the return of illegally retained assets and documentation, as well as representing clients’ interests in investigations and prosecutions by law enforcement agencies. Igor Glushko and Angelika Moiseeva jointly lead the nine-lawyer practice, which also handles the determination of the amount of material damages caused by criminally punishable actions.
Leading individuals: Angelika Moisieieva – GOLAW
BANKING, FINANCE AND CAPITAL MARKETS
GOLAW undertakes bankruptcy matters and debt restructurings, and it also advises foreign banks on mortgage matters. Key figures in the team include Valentyn Gvozdiy and Sergiy Oberkovych, who are ‘great legal analysts and communicators’. Also recommended is Iryna Kalnytska, who is ‘known for her profound knowledge and experience’, and is noted for her work in export finance transactions.
Commercial law is rarely about legal aspects only. It often includes negotiations, marketing, tax issues and many other aspects that GOLAW lawyers understand and coordinate seamlessly. GOLAW are able to deliver not just a legal memorandum, but also a solution. In a nicely wrapped package
I have had the pleasure of working with Valentyn Gvozdiy and Sergiy Oberkovych for many years, and they are both great legal analysts and communicators. Iryna Kalnytska has joined the company later, but rapidly gained the experience and ability to handle even the very complex cases
Very good communication skills, timely and efficient
Iryna Kalnytska was my key contact regarding a complex restructuring, ie enforcement proceedings in Ukraine. She is known for her profound knowledge and experience, especially with regards to assisting insurers and banks regarding various aspects of export finance transactions. Throughout the transaction, Iryna was at all times very helpful and supportive and her tight communication with all of the involved parties was highly appreciated
COMMERCIAL, CORPORATE AND M&A
GOLAW frequently handles company formations, investment structuring and the drafting of corporate documents and shareholders agreements, as well as supporting clients in M&A transactions. Sergiy Oberkovych and Max Lebedev advised Indian Solar on sale of a portfolio of solar power projects with capacity of 140MW. The firm has a diverse client base in sectors such as IT, telecoms and energy.
GOLAW has a multifaceted litigation practice that is known for tax and bankruptcy disputes, contentious contractual matters and debt collection. Valentyn Gvozdiy, who is vice president of the Ukrainian National Bar Association, is recognised for his complex commercial litigation and white-collar crime cases. He co-heads the practice with Kateryna Manoylenko, who specialises in civil, commercial and administrative disputes. They recently represented Export Guarantee and Insurance Corporation in an €18m bankruptcy case.
GOLAW handles the structuring of family businesses and related tax matters, as well as audits, risk analysis and the transfer of assets. It is also recommended for the establishment of trusts and funds, as well as advising on the residence status of foreigners and citizens of Ukraine. Corporate partner Max Lebedev and Sergiy Oberkovych jointly lead the practice. They are supported by respected white-collar crime expert Valentyn Gvozdiy.
REAL ESTATE AND CONSTRUCTION
GOLAW acts for investors on cross-border real estate transactions, property management matters and leases. In addition, it assists developers with contractual matters arising from the construction of industrial projects, including the drafting of cross-border EPC contracts. The firm’s recent work has included many high-value leasing matters. It advised Ubisoft Ukraine on the $20m long-term lease of a business centre for ten years. Sergiy Oberkovych and Max Lebedev are the lead partners.
GOLAW has a six-lawyer tax practice that excels in corporate tax advice and regulatory compliance with the changing tax laws in Ukraine. Iryna Kalnytska leads the tax, restructuring, claims and recoveries group. She frequently advises both domestic and international companies on risk mitigation and tax structuring. Recent work included representing Evyap Trading Ukraine, in a UAH 65m tax dispute. Managing partner Valentyn Gvozdiy also plays a central role in the practice.
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Partner, Head of Tax practice, Restructuring, Claims and Recoveries practice, Attorney at law
- The Legal 500 EMEA 2021
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- Who’s Who Legal 2021
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