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Aequo

Aequo provides one-stop-shop tax services for compliance and contentious matters. Services include cross-jurisdictional tax planning and optimisation tools, group restructuring and more. The firm specialises in domestic and customs matters to complex cross-border assignments. Some of the sectors the team is experienced in include banking and finance, agriculture, TMT, energy and natural resources, and more. Denis Lysenko is the managing partner leading the practice.

allTax

The dedicated tax law firm allTax is recommended for its services. It assists clients in all tax matters and provides dispute resolution services for both pre-trial and litigation. The team has a breadth of experience assisting clients in all industries such as aviation, IT, media, mining, pharmaceutics and more. Victor Sereda is the managing partner and Artem Sereda is a partner.

Asters

The dedicated tax law firm allTax is recommended for its services. It assists clients in all tax matters and provides dispute resolution services for both pre-trial and litigation. The team has a breadth of experience assisting clients in all industries such as aviation, IT, media, mining, pharmaceutics and more. Victor Sereda is the managing partner and Artem Sereda is a partner.

Avellum Partners

Avellum Partners assists its clients, from domestic companies to MNEs and HNWIs, in all tax aspects and represents its clients in court. The team focuses on sophisticated and complex tax issues such as tax structures for MNEs, loans, investment vehicles. Vadim Medvedev is the partner leading the practice.

The firm recently advised the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine on the private placement of $270 million zero-coupon notes maturing in 2019, followed by a $2 billion sovereign Eurobond issue.

Baker McKenzie

Avellum Partners assists its clients, from domestic companies to MNEs and HNWIs, in all tax aspects and represents its clients in court. The team focuses on sophisticated and complex tax issues such as tax structures for MNEs, loans, investment vehicles. Vadim Medvedev is the partner leading the practice.

The firm recently advised the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine on the private placement of $270 million zero-coupon notes maturing in 2019, followed by a $2 billion sovereign Eurobond issue.

Dentons

The international law firm Dentons is highly recommended for its tax legal services by a team of dedicated tax lawyers. The practice advises on all tax compliance aspects and is skilled in tax dispute resolution work. Some of the services offered include IP taxation, individual clients, finance tax, real-estate tax, VAT and more. Igor Davydenko is the partner leading the tax practice.

The team advises ACCIONA Energia Global in a €54.7 million investment in development of a solar power plant in Dymerka regarding general tax matters. Tasks included advising on tax legislation, preparing the transaction documents, gaining merger clearance and more.

DLA Piper

International law firm DLA Piper has a well-established tax practice in Ukraine. The tax team has experience advising MNEs and large domestic companies on cross-border and local tax matters, including dispute resolution. The team has experience assisting clients on outbound and inbound transactional tax work. Tax advice includes post-merger, tax due diligence, restructuring and more. Some of its clients include Avon, Citibank, McDonald’s, Toshiba and Nike to name a few. Illya Sverdlov is the partner heading the practice.

The team assisted Citibank NA and Citibank JSC regarding their US dollar-denominated global depositary notes programme, and the listing of these notes on the Euronext Dublin.

EUCON Legal Group

EUCON Legal Group has been active in the tax legal market for more than 10 years, and is highly recommended for it. The firm offers tax compliance advice and dispute resolution to a variety of clients such as large domestic groups, MNEs and private clients. The team includes lawyers, auditors and tax advisers. It has an office in Poland supporting cross-border tax matters and is a member of international tax network TPA Global. Yaroslav Romanchuk is the managing partner heading the tax practice.

The team represented Savik Shuster Studio TV against the Fiscal Service of Ukraine regarding the cancellation of tax notices/decisions. The team prepared the argument and appealed the unlawful tax audit and the penalty of $480,000.

Evris

Kyiv based, full service law firm Evris offers full tax compliance advice and representation before the courts in tax dispute matters. The team assists clients with efficient business restructuring, overpaid taxes, communication with tax authorities, and more. It advises a breadth of clients ranging across many industries. Andriy Reun is the partner leading the tax practice.

EY

Big Four firm EY is highly recommended for general corporate tax work. The firm has one of the largest tax, customs and people advisory practices in the market with more than 100 professionals. It advises all types of clients, from large foreign/domestic clients to private small companies. Its experience ranges across a variety of industries such as IP/IT, oil and gas, maritime services, financial services and more. There are five partners advising on tax work.

Ilyashev & Partners

Ilyashev & Partners is recommended for its tax practice advising a mixture of clients that are domestic companies, international corporations and individuals. The law firm has an office in Tallinn, Estonia. Services include assisting with tax planning, tax audit, due diligence, tax structuring, tax appeals and more. The stand-alone practice has a strong corporate support tax practice, and a litigation practice. Some of the recently acquired clients are The Kraft Heinz Company, JKX Oil & Gas, The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and more. Roman Marchenko is the partner heading the team.

The firm is representing SE Antonov, a domestic commercial aircraft manufacturing and services company, in court regarding the overpayment of income tax, including illegal penalties for $39 million.

Integrites

The international law firm Integrites – with offices in Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Russia and representatives in the UK, Netherlands and Germany – assists clients on tax compliance and tax litigation. The team has comprehensive experience advising on domestic and cross-jurisdiction transactions. Viktoriya Fomenko is the partner leading the tax practice.

The team assisted NBT with the implementing the investment project regarding the construction of wind energy parks in Ukraine. The task involved analysis of all tax matters related to loans, due diligence, customs and more. The value of the transaction is estimated at €372 million.

KPMG

Big Four firm KPMG is highly recommended in the tax legal market. The team works closely with the audit, legal, deal advisory and management consulting departments. It offers comprehensive tax services and specialises in energy, agribusiness, automotive, financial services, pharmaceuticals and more. The practice has three tax partners and three tax directors.

The team assisted Primorska Wind Electric Plant-2 on its debt raising process of €90 million. The team analysed and commented on the general tax and regulatory framework of renewable energy companies, tax due diligence and more.

Moris Group

The tax practice at Moris Group has experience assisting various companies, whether local or international, on tax matters such as tax planning, dispute resolution, counselling and more. Some of the new clients include Bombardier Transportation, IMEXBANK, Black Iron and more. The team of three lawyers is led by counsellor Vasyl Andrusyak. Previous head of tax Volodymyr Rak left the firm in May 2018.

The team represented Persha Privatna Brovarnia, a trading and production company, appealing against the calculated income tax and VAT due. The team prepared the argument and documents to present the Lviv Administrative District Court to The Supreme Court.

Redcliffe Partners

The full-service law firm Redcliffe Partners assists Ukrainian and international clients on domestic and international tax matters. It advises and represents clients on contentious and compliance tax cases. The practice has experience assisting on the effective tax structuring of businesses, contractual obligations, transactional tax and more. Some of the clients include JP Morgan, BB Energy and more. Oleksandr Markov is the counsel leading the tax practice. 

Markov represented Ukrnafta on tax corporate restructuring. The case involved commenting on complex regulations in the energy industry regarding the restructuring strategy. The value of the restructuring was valued at UAH20 billion.

Sayenko Kharenko

The highly recommended tax practice at Sayenko Kharenko provides comprehensive tax services and has extensive experience representing clients in litigation and tax disputes. Clients include MNEs, local firms, private clients, non-profit organisations and more. Tax partner Svitlana Musienko joined the practice in November 2018 following the departure of Serhiy Verlanov in July 2018. Some of its sector strengths include agriculture, banking, chemicals, FMCG, IT, mining and metals, oil and gas and retail.

The team represented Philip Morris in tax (UAH8 million) and customs (estimated at UAH1 billion) disputes regarding cancellation.

SDM Partners

Full-service law firm SDM Partners provides tax legal services. It has a focus on tax with managing partner Dmytro Syrota and Mykola Melnyk leading the practice. It advises on all tax areas as well as representing clients in tax dispute resolution. The team has experience in advising multinational enterprises in many sectors such as FMCG, banking, medicine, project finance, investment, agriculture, insurance, real estate and more.

Vasil Kisil & Partners

Vasil Kisil & Partners’ tax practice has experience advising on transactional tax, particularly in M&A and tax risk management, corporate restructuring and international tax matters. Andriy Stelmashchuk is the managing partner leading the practice.

During the research period the team represented Vitaland regarding a VAT return estimated at $75,000.

WTS Tax Legal Consulting / KM Partners

Ukrainian law firm WTS Tax Legal Consulting / KM Partners specialises in tax and has extensive experience in tax dispute resolution. Some of the key tax areas the team specialises in are post-audit, tax due diligence, customs, VAT and more. There are five partners dedicated to tax, and Alexander Minin is the senior partner leading the team. 

The team represented a Ukrainian subsidiary firm filing for an illegal tax audit scheduled by the tax authority. The Supreme Court rejected the tax authority’s cassation proceedings against the client.