INTEGRITES is honoured to announce that International guide Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2019 acknowledges outstanding expertise of Olena Perepelynska, partner and Head of CIS Arbitration practice and Serhii Uvarov, Counsel, International arbitration and Cross-border litigation.

Olena Perepelynska is one of the leading figures in the CIS arbitration community. She focuses on international arbitration and cross-border dispute resolution, with particular expertise in agribusiness, retail, and natural resources. Since 2003, she has participated as counsel and arbitrator in over 110 arbitral proceedings in more than 10 jurisdictions under various arbitration rules.

WWL says: Olena Perepelynska is highly commended for her exceptional work as an arbitrator. She is praised for her “sharp-minded, strategic and creative” approach.

Serhii Uvarov has strong expertise in arbitral proceedings under ICC, LCIA, SCC, JAMS, LMAA, ICAC at CCI оf the Russian Federation and ICAC at UCCI Arbitration Rules. His experience includes representation of the Ukrainian official authorities and state companies before foreign courts and international tribunals, as well as investors in their disputes with sovereigns. He also advised clients on transnational insolvency and receivership, fraud investigation, including anti-bribery probes, as well as recognition and enforcement of foreign judicial and arbitral awards in Ukraine. Since September 2017, Serhii acts as a Secretary General of the Ukrainian Arbitration Association.

 

Who’s Who Legal – International legal guide, which has acknowledged the best of the best in 38 areas of law since 1996. The publication provides independent information on the leading specialists in their practices in more than 100 countries worldwide.

Olena Perepelynska, Partner and Head of CIS Arbitration practice at INTEGRITES, has been included into the roster of arbitrators of Arbitration Center of the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of the Republic of Kazakhstan “Atameken” by the decision of managing board of the Center.

Olena is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and included into the lists of arbitrators  of such arbitration centers as Arbitration Court of the Economic and Agrarian Chambers of the Czech Republic, Asian International Arbitration Center, Court of Arbitration at the Polish Confederation of Private Employers Lewiatan, The Court of International Commercial Arbitration attached to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania, Georgian International Arbitration Centre (GIAC), Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), International Arbitral Centre of the Federal Economic Chamber of Austria (VIAC), International Arbitration Court at the Belorussian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, International Arbitration Court at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstani International Arbitrage, Pacific International Arbitration Centre (PIAC) and Vilnius Court of Commercial Arbitration (VCCA).

Arbitration Center “Atameken” is a successor of  the International Arbitration Court at The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Kazakhstan, founded in 1995. Currently, roaster of arbitrators of this Center includes 126 arbitrators from different jurisdictions as well as one arbitrator from Ukraine.

INTEGRITES has considerable experience in the resolution of multi-jurisdiction disputes involving the CIS parties. We offer complex services and solutions in dispute resolution, including asset tracing and representation in arbitration and related litigation at all stages prior to the rendering of a final award and its further enforcement.

INTEGRITES was recommended by international guide IFLR 1000 2019 in all jurisdictions of its presence in CIS. In particular, INTEGRITES Ukraine was ranked in Banking and Finance and M&A practices. INTEGRITES Russia  – in M&A. And INTEGRITES Kazakhstan – in Financial and Corporate and in Project development.

The IFLR1000 is the guide to the world’s leading financial and corporate law firms and lawyers. The first rankings were published in 1990 and currently the research covers over 120 jurisdictions worldwide.

INTEGRITES is pleased to announce that legal professional edition “Yurydychna Gazeta” has named Vyacheslav Korchev, Senior partner at INTEGRITES, and Oleksiy Feliv, Managing partner at INTEGRITES, among TOP 100 best lawyers in Ukraine in its most recent Client choice 2018 research.

In addition, the following INTEGRITES experts are mentioned among Practice Leaders:

Oleksiy Feliv in Real Estate & Construction and Energy & Natural Resources.

Vyacheslav Korchev in Antitrust and TMT.

Ruslan Bernatskyi in Public-Private Partnership.

Olena Perepelynska in International Arbitration.

Dmytro Marchukov in Litigation.

Victoria Melnychenko in Corporate Governance and Compliance.

Client’s choice 2018 is a Ukrainian research of the legal services quality, which aims to assist corporate lawyers and business with the choice of legal counsel in the relevant industries and practice areas. The rating methodology is based on marketing research and performed in two steps. The first step includes a survey by corporate lawyers, whereby the second step comprises a survey by law firms. Finally, based on the results, a list of TOP 100 best lawyers in Ukraine and a list of Practice Leaders are compiled.

INTEGRITES is a full-service CIS law firm with offices in Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan, as well as representative offices in Germany, the UK and the Netherlands. There are 16 partners and 8 counsels in the international team of INTEGRITES.

 

 

INTEGRITES team conducted comprehensive legal due diligence for the client «Business Retail Group» of the key areas such as corporate management compliance, compliance with antitrust legislation, compliance with the legislation at financial services market, licensing issues, participation in payment systems, personal data protection, anti-corruption compliance, compliance with the requirements of financial monitoring etc.

The results of the legal due diligence confirmed that «Business Retail  Group» complies with the requirements of Ukrainian legislation to financial companies, payment institutions, as well as companies who obtained licenses to transfer national funds without opening accounts.

 

«Business Retail Group» is a financial company with the headquarters in Kyiv.

INTEGRITES is a law firm with offices in Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan and representative offices in the UK, the Netherlands and Germany.

INTEGRITES is pleased to announce a merger with Pravochyn Attorneys at Law Company starting from September 20, 2018.

The merger is a logical continuation of INTEGRITES strategy towards strengthening and expanding its practices, specifically one of its key areas – dispute resolution. Pravochyn’s experience in litigation will, no doubt, become a great asset, complementing the INTEGRITES practices of cross-border litigation, international arbitration, white-collar crime, commercial mediation and tax litigation and affirming the firm’s leadership position.

Furthermore, Pravochyn joining INTEGRITES will strengthen the company’s industrial expertise, in particular in aviation and heavy industry helping us provide the clients with better quality services.

Pravochyn founder Oleksandr Onishchenko will join INTEGRITES together with his team and will develop the domestic litigation practice as a partner.

Oleksiy Feliv, Managing Partner, INTEGRITES: “Our mission and key priority is to continuously improve the quality of satisfying our customers’ needs. That is why merging with Pravochyn is a part of consistent implementation of the firm’s strategy towards deeper specialization of practices. I am confident that extensive experience of the new team will provide an edge for our dispute resolution practice and help achieve our goal.”

Oleksandr Onishchenko: “Globalization trend in the legal market of Ukraine is not accidental, as the clients are becoming more demanding, willing to receive quality services from the best ones. I am convinced that the market is going through a period of active transformation to meet the new needs of the clients, which in conditions of stiff competition require particular attention and monitoring. I believe that we, at INTEGRITES, will be able to implement much more complex and comprehensive projects that correspond to the professional qualities and expertise depth of the lawyers of JSC Pravochyn.

Both firms will be operating under INTEGRITES brand, which currently has 17 partners and 8 counsels.

 

INTEGRITES is a CIS law firm with offices in Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan and representative offices in the UK, the Netherlands and Germany.

Pravochyn Attorneys at Law Company is a legal firm founded in 2004, providing high-quality legal expertise and effective representation in courts across Ukraine.

INTEGRITES acted as a local legal counsel to NBT AS, a Norwegian wind farm developer, on a high-scale and multi-faceted project that included acquisition of a Ukrainian wind farm developer and construction of a 250 MW wind farm worth EUR 372 million in Kherson Oblast, southern Ukraine. The project will produce approximately 900,000 KWh of electricity per year that will be enough to supply 250,000 people with electricity.

INTEGRITES team provided legal support to the client at each stage of acquisition procedure, in particular conducting legal due diligence of the project, participating in multilateral negotiations involving three sellers and five competing buyers and performing transaction structuring.

INTEGRITES has also provided advice to the client on construction requirements and support in relation to the successful obtaining of a construction permit as well as in the negotiations over the EPC contract based on an amended FIDIC form. The implementation of the development of the project also required comprehensive legal advice on energy regulatory matters, including support on obtaining a permanent electricity generation licence, taking part in negotiations with the offtaker on the power purchase agreement and with the grid operator on the grid connection agreement.

The team also works on the financing of the project, taking part in negotiations with the leading international financial institutions (including the EBRD), commercial lenders (including JP Morgan, a leading American investment bank) and equity partners as well as ensured continuous consultations related to the local financial market requirements and regulations of the National Bank of Ukraine.

Oleksiy Feliv, Managing Partner of the firm, leads the project team, represented by Dmytro Kiselyov, Senior Associate, and Gennadii Roschepii, Senior Associate (both Real Estate and Construction, Energy and Natural Recourses), Anton Babak, Senior Associate, (Corporate and M&A), Viktoriya Fomenko, Counsel (Tax and Customs Law), Pavlo Loginov, Counsel, (Antitrust and Competition), Dmytro Marchukov, Partner, and Serhii Uvarov, Counsel (both Cross-border litigation and international arbitration), Olena Savchuk, Associate, (Banking and Finance) and Kateryna Korneliuk, Junior Associate (Real Estate and Construction, Energy and Natural Resources).

“We are proud to be a part of such an important project implemented in Ukraine. Its significance lies in the fact that it is the first project financing in Ukraine, that opens the door to other similar projects and new investments,” said Oleksiy Feliv.

Currently, INTEGRITES continues to support NBT AS in its wind farm project pipeline of six wind farms in the south of Ukraine with a total installed capacity of 750 MW.

During the project, INTEGRITES worked closely with K&L Gates LLP who is NBT’s adviser on all the issues relating to English law.

 

NBT AS is a Norwegian wind power developer with operating wind farms in China and offices in Oslo, Limasol, Beijing, Karatchi and Kyiv.

INTEGRITES is a CIS law firm with offices in Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan and representative offices in the UK, the Netherlands and Germany.

INTEGRITES has successfully defended the interests of Farmak Public Joint Stock Company (PJSC Farmak), a leading pharmaceutical firm in Ukraine, in the exclusive and complex case regarding the abuse of dominant position on the national market of medical substances used for the production of completed pharmaceutical products.

This project is absolutely unique because the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (Ukrainian competition authority) for the first time has conducted such an investigation of the abusive actions committed by the monopolist, specifically in respect to the medical substance Mebhydrolin that is used by many members of the pharmaceutical market, including PJSC Farmak.

In the course of this case, Antitrust & Competition practice of INTEGRITES, consisting of Vyacheslav Korchev (Senior Partner), Serhiy Shershun (Counsel) and Bohdan Ilchenko (Associate) implemented a comprehensive legal strategy intended to protect PJSC Farmak’s interests based on the fact that Pharmhim Limited Liability Company (LLC Pharmhim) partly refused to supply Mebhydrolin, medical substance that was actively used by PJSC Farmak in order to produce its well-known pharmaceutical product – Diazolin®.

Antitrust & Competition practice of INTEGRITES faced with a number of complicated issues during the investigation. Nevertheless, we have managed to provide the legal support to PJSC Farmak to prove the AMCU that the medical substance Mebhydrolin could not be replaced with any other medical substance for the production of Diazolin®. In fact, there was no alternative supplier on the pharmaceutical market at that time and therefore, LLC Pharmhim abused its monopoly position towards PJSC Farmak. In addition, we calculated the amount of losses caused by the anticompetitive actions of LLC Pharmhim.

As a result of the professional legal assistance provided by INTEGRITES, the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine on August 16, 2018 defended the interests of PJSC Farmak by imposing a fine on LLC Pharmhim for the competition violation.

INTEGRITES acted as a lead legal counsel to one of the sellers of Kyiv-Atlantic Ukraine, a big agricultural group in Ukraine.

The transaction was complex, as the sale of the group of companies was subject to restructuring of a loan with one of the biggest Ukrainian banks. INTEGRITES advice involved (i) transaction structuring and negotiations on the English law SPA, which included two buyers, two sellers and three underlying companies, including a JSC; (ii) structuring the payment of the purchase price via escrow account at Ukrainian banks, the legal framework for which has just recently been established; (iii) sale distribution process agreement between the shareholders and third party creditors; and (iv) restructuring of the loan and its consequent sale to the purchaser.

The transaction was supervised by Dr. Oleksiy Feliv, Managing Partner at INTEGRITES. Taking into account that the transaction required advice of different practice groups, INTEGRITES transaction team included Anton Babak, Senior Associate (Corporate and M&A), Viktoriya Fomenko, Counsel and Konstantin Kharchenko, Associate (both Tax and Customs), Olena Savchuk, Associate (Banking and Finance); Pavlo Loginov, Counsel and Andrii Lasikov, Associate (both Antitrust and Competition); Volodymyr Pavlenko, Partner and Anastasiia Nesterenko, Associate (both Litigation).

“I would like to express my gratitude to the whole INTEGRITES team that worked on the project, ensuring comprehensive and timely legal advice at every step of the transaction. We faced many challenges and I was proud to see the team finding proper solutions. The professional approach and team work inevitably lead to a successful completion of the complex transaction,” said Mr. David D. Sweere, the founder of Kyiv-Atlantic Ukraine.

“Indeed, it was a very complex transaction involving different aspects and legal practices. We are happy to see the transaction successfully completed and the client satisfied with the results,” highlighted Dr. Oleksiy Feliv, Managing Partner at INTEGRITES.

On the investment side, INTEGRITES was professionally supported by VI2Partners who negotiated with the bank restructuring of the loan and its assignment to the purchaser on behalf of the Client.

Kyiv-Atlantic Ukraine is a group of companies located in the Kyiv and Cherkasy regions that specializes in agricultural production and feed business as well as protein vitamin and mineral supplements for all species of animals, birds and fish. The companies also offer grain elevator with high capacity and have more than 60 authorized feeds distributors.

INTEGRITES is a CIS law firm with offices in Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan and representative offices in the UK, the Netherlands and Germany.

INTEGRITES team conducted comprehensive legal due diligence of the key areas such as corporate management compliance, compliance with antitrust legislation, compliance with the legislation at financial services market, licensing issues, participation in payment systems, personal data protection, anti-corruption compliance, compliance with the requirements of financial monitoring etc.

The results of the legal due diligence confirmed that FC Leogaming Pay, LLC complies with the requirements of Ukrainian legislation to financial companies, payment institutions, as well as companies who obtained licenses to transfer national funds without opening accounts.

As Alyona Shevtsova, Director of FC Leogaming Pay, LLC mentioned “Conducted legal due diligence confirms the high standards of economic activity of the company and professional approach of the team that are employed daily in our work”.

FC Leogaming Pay, LLC is an international payment processor provider with headquarters in Kyiv, and a payment company of the payment system LEO.

INTEGRITES is a CIS law firm with offices in Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan and representative offices in the UK, the Netherlands and Germany.