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Aequo

Aequo’s tax practice is recognised in the tax market for its work in sophisticated domestic and international tax matters. It has been offering tax advice for three years. The firm specialises in general tax including cross-border tax matters, customs, tax planning and optimisation tools, transfer pricing compliance and group restructuring. The advisers are also experienced in representing clients in litigation cases concerning complex transactions, cross-border transactions in particular. 

The firm recently advised a Dutch parent company of a Ukrainian woodworking enterprise on restructuring its financing concerning tax implications and complying with the regulations.

Alekseev Boyarchukov and Partners

Alekseev Boyarchukov and Partners tax advisory began with advising on tax litigation cases. The merger between Alekseev Boyarchukov and Partners and Trusted Advisors strengthened the tax advisory team. Including the arrival of new advisers from Trusted Advisors, there are now three tax experts, and Sergiy Protasov leads the practice. 

Alekseev Boyarchukov and Partners are representing the State Food and Grain Corporation of Ukraine in an $8 million litigation case. The authority ruled a penalty for the client for allegedly violating the currency control rules. The firm’s role is to prepare its defence argument with the relevant documentation for support to convince the court of appeal no violation was committed.

allTax

allTax law firm is located in the Kiev and has a team of 12 practitioners. It has two partners with more than 25 years’ experience in legal practice. The team specialises in litigation, real estate, dispute resolution and corporate law. Most of the clients advised are in sectors such as agribusiness, IT, energy, oil and gas, real estate, construction and more. Victor Serda is the managing partner.

The firm assisted and represented a client in the oil business in a dispute with the tax authority. The authority blocked the client trying to register VAT for the sale of oil. The firm prepared a lawsuit and represented the client in court. Its lawyers prepared the relevant documents including a positive history of transactions in the last nine month, in addition to 30 tax vouchers, to prove to the court of the legitimacy of the transaction.

Arzinger

Azringer provides full tax legal advice in domestic matters and international and cross-border transactional matters. The team also gives advice in tax controversy cases. Its key tax work involves providing legal support during audit and post audit, litigation development, international structuring of clients’ businesses, developing new business models, advising in active domestic tax laws and more. The key sector strengtha are agriculture, IT, life science, healthcare and FMCG.

The team provided assistance to Centrical, owner of Direct Energy (a large North American energy provider), on the tax due diligence of its acquisition of the Ukrainian firm Rokitt. Arzinger was then able to give an informed suggestion on the terms of the transaction concerning the subject firms’ tax matter.

Client feedback

“Arzinger law firm has really strong expertise in tax dispute resolutions. The team we worked with consisted of highly qualified lawyers. Arzinger’s tax team is client-oriented and always provides effective solutions in tight terms. We have very good outcomes in cases supported by Arzinger.”

Avellum Partners

Avellum Partners' tax practice focuses on tax planning and transactional tax. It has recently diversified its focus to peculiar tax disputes, including international and transfer pricing disputes. The practice has also developed expertise in VAT and other indirect taxes. It has experience in tax advisory projects in jurisdictions such as the Netherlands, Luxembourg, UK, the Channel Islands, Cyprus, USA and many others. Mykola Stetsenko is the partner leading the tax practice.

The firm recently advised the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine on its 15-year Eurobond issue. Vadim Medvedev led this case, wherein the team reviewed and identified tax risk factors on behalf of the issuer and the investors, and developed solutions avoiding negative tax implications.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie’s Ukranian tax practice has eight practitioners and one partner. Hennadiy Voytsitskyi is the partner leading the tax practice, and has more than 20 years of experience in the market. The team provides comprehensive tax legal advice, for example, international tax planning, transactional tax, and tax optimisation for outbound and inbound investment. It also advises on transfer pricing matters, such as compliance, preparation and filing of transfer pricing documentation, assistance during audits and helping clients to determine the suitable transfer-pricing model for their business needs.

The firm is assisting Amstar in a criminal tax investigation relating to numerous questions concerning VAT records at different stages of the client’s business. The advisers represented the client in various tax litigations cases related to VAT in the construction of property.

Dentons

Dentons in Ukraine has four partners and two associates providing tax advice. Igor Davydneko is the head of Kiev tax practice. It has been active in the country for more than 25 years. The advisers are experienced in cross-border matters and transfer pricing issues. The practice offers tax legal services such as structured finance taxation, IP taxation, taxation of non-profit organisations, general tax planning, VAT, securities taxation and more.

The firm recently advised the Ingenco Group SA in its takeover of a Ukranian company regarding transactional tax issues. Its role was preparing in-depth documentation relevant to the acquisition.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper’s tax practice in Ukraine has six experienced lawyers with accounting and economics backgrounds. Illya Sverdlov, newly appointed equity partner, is the head of tax the practice. It is active in tax areas such as domestic and international tax structuring and restructuring, M&A, transactional tax, due diligence and more. The dedicated transfer pricing team has advised large clients such as Alcatel Lucent, Maersk, and more.

The firm recently advised McDonald’s on the exchange of existing restaurants. The firm’s role was to advise on the tax structuring of the transaction, preparing the relevant transactional documentations and negotiating the terms.

EUCON Legal Group

International Legal Center EUCON’s tax practice offers full tax legal services. The tax department includes tax advisers, auditors, attorneys and appraisers. Yaroslav Romanchuk is the managing partner. The firm has experience in sectors such as oil and gas, agriculture, telecommunications, trade, construction, logistics, metallurgy and more. It is part of TPA Global, a network of independent expertise providing tax legal advice. It has added new services for its transfer pricing services such as the development and adaptation of internal regulations in order to align with the transfer pricing regulations, benchmark study and auditing business transactions potentially recognised a controlled. 

The firm recently advised the Derek Group on an M&A project, on which it assisted with international tax planning and strategies. The tax team advised on ways of structuring the capital and business structure.

EY

The EMEIA Tax Center at EY is organised as a supranational entity covering the entire Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) region, with its Intercompany Effectiveness and operational transfer pricing practice serving clients’ needs across all jurisdictions.

Led by Oslo-based partner Sveinung Baumann-Larsen, it brings together multi-disciplinary experience and resources focused on IT, accounting, and tax from the entire region in its work. This work covers some of the leading global companies in their respective fields and includes those involved in retail and consumer products, energy and pharmaceuticals, to name but a few.

GOLAW

GOLAW provides domestic and international clients full tax legal advice including tax litigation. Some of its strengths are supporting clients during tax auditing and post audit challenges. In addition, it has experience advising in the following areas for tax: transfer pricing advisory and compliance, international business structuring, permanent establishment, and more. Valentyn Gvozdiy is the managing partner, and counsel Iryna Kalnytska heads the tax department.

The firm is advising the Export Guarantee and Insurance Corporation on transactional tax matters concerning the acquisition of property rights of an immovable property in Ukraine. The transaction is valued at $15 million. The firm’s role includes advising on the implications regarding tax, permanent establishment, registering for VAT and more.

Ilyashev & Partners

Ilyashev & Partners focuses on advising clients on specific tax issues, including representing clients in tax litigations. Other services available for clients include customs and duty tax, VAT, local taxes and budget-related legislation. Galyna Melnyk is the newly appointed head of tax. She has more than 11 years’ experience in tax legal.

The firm is assisting BTA Bank, a Kazakh bank, in legal support for the criminal investigation of the client’s senior managers alleged tax fraud and tax law violation. The cases is valued at $400 million.

KPMG

KPMG is a key office in the KPMG international network of more than 155 offices worldwide. The big four firm is one of the largest tax advisors in the Russia, providing key tax advice in areas such as transactional tax, auditing, corporate tax, compliance, transfer pricing and tax planning. It established its legal arm KPMG Law Ukraine in 2018. From 2017, It expanded its tax legal services team with the addition of experts in litigation banking and finance, corporate tax and labour law. Partner Sergey Popov heads the tax and legal department.

The firm assisted a large domestic sunflower oil producer in selling its shares. It was chosen to act as the M&A adviser and carry out the following tasks: vendor tax due diligence, analysis of financial statements and tax returns, tax modelling, tax structuring of the proposed sale of shares, and more.

PwC

PwC has been providing comprehensive tax advice for 25 years in Ukraine. With its headquarters in Kiev, it also has offices in L’viv and Dnipro. The team has a wealth of experience advising local and international firms such as AMCOR, the EIB, Robert Bosch and more. Its core services include general tax (corporate tax, tax planning, compliance, etc.), indirect tax (VAT, customs duty and more), tax strategies and reporting, tax dispute resolution, international mobility services and transfer pricing. Camiel Van Der Meij is the head of tax and legal services. Partner Slava Vlasov leads the corporate tax, transfer pricing, tax reporting and strategy services.

PwC advised Development and Construction Holding on tax due diligence and additional support for the acquisition of a large, domestic metal ore extraction company. The transactional was valued at $110 million.

The team has added Dmytro Donets as director and head of dispute resolution practice from DLA Piper.

Sayenko Kharenko

Sayenko Kharenko’s tax team of ten practitioners provide ‘one-stop shop’ advice for domestic and international clients. Partner Serhiy Verlanov is the head of the tax team. It has advised clients from sectors such as agriculture, banking, chemicals, FMCG, IT, mining, oil and gas and retail industries. Some of their large clients are Philip Morris Ukraine, Kyivstar and Engelhart Commodities Trading Partners Ukraine.

The firm is defending Philip Morris Ukraine on tax and customs disputes with the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine valued at ₴1 billion. The State Fiscal Service of Ukraine challenges the application of tax and customs exemptions under customs regulations of toll manufacturing.

Client feedback

“Strong knowledge and a practically oriented approach.”

Serhiy Verlanov, Vitaliy Odzhykovskyi

 

“We are overall satisfied with their services.”

Vasil Kisil & Partners

Vasil Kisil & Partners are experienced tax advisers in areas such as complex transactional tax, risk management and corporate restructuring. Andriy Stelmashchuk is the head of tax. Its advisers continue to engage and develop services for the negotiation of advanced tax rulings with the local tax authority to mitigate tax risks.

Vasil Kisil & Partners advised Amtel Properties (Singapore) regarding the tax issues involved in evaluating options to develop a residential construction site. The focus was advising on the implications of using a building cooperative venture fund and selling its bill receivables for the above purposes.

WTS Tax Legal Consulting / KM Partners

WTS Tax Legal Consulting is a consulting firm focusing on tax and legal services. It has been assisting clients in Ukraine since 1999. The team offers advice in customs duty, transfer pricing, tax controversy, general tax advice and more. The key tax practices include tax audits, pre-trial and representing clients against the authority, tax due diligence, advising on a double tax treaty, assisting in tax planning and indirect tax matters. Alexander Shemiatkin is the senior partner for the tax team.

The tax team represented BUNGE Ukraine on its VAT assessment by the tax authority and won a tax rebate valued at $14.3 million. This involved a thorough analysis of the relevant tax code Art 199 related to the client’s transactions.

Client feedback

“Responsible and versatile approach. Proposal of alternative options, quick response.”