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Avellum has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to longstanding client Kernel Holding S.A. in connection with an offering of its USD 500 million 8.75% guaranteed notes due 2022. The notes are expected to be rated B+ by Fitch and B by S&P, two notches and one notch above the Ukrainian sovereign respectively.

Avellum has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) in connection with its acquisition of an approximately 48% stake in GlobalLogic Inc. from Apax Funds. Latham & Watkins acted as the global legal advisor to CPPIB, while Avellum's advice covered matters of Ukrainian corporate law, including the structuring of employment relations with private entrepreneurs, enforceability of non-disclosure clauses in employment contracts, and intellectual property matters, in particular transfer of proprietary rights to intellectual property created by employees of GlobalLogic Ukraine LLC.

In “The Buzz” we interview experts on the legal industry living and working in Central and Eastern Europe to find out what’s happening in the region and what legislative/professional/cultural trends and developments they’re following closely. Because the interviews are carried out and published on the CEE Legal Matters website on a rolling basis, we’ve marked the dates on which the interviews were originally published.

Over the years Ukraine has been known as a country with restrictive currency control regulations. Historically, these have been aimed at limiting the flight of capital out of the country and maintaining the stability of Ukraine’s local currency, the hryvnia (UAH).

On July 26, 2016, a cross-section of eminent lawyers from leading law firms in Ukraine gathered at DLA Piper’s Kyiv office for a wide ranging Round Table conversation about the state of the Ukrainian economy and legal market and their expectations for both going forward.  

Avellum, working alongside lead legal counsel to Latham & Watkins, has acted as Ukrainian legal counsel to Onex Corporation and Baring Private Equity Asia (“Baring Asia”) in connection with their USD 3.55 billion acquisition of Thomson Reuters’ Intellectual Property & Science Business. Allen & Overy reportedly advised Thomson Reuters on the deal.

In The Corner Office, we invite Managing Partners at law firms from across the region to share information about the strategies they employ to keep their teams motivated, effective, and focused. For this issue, we asked them to reveal what sorts of firm retreats and activities they host and/or organize for their lawyers.

Sayenko Kharenko has provided Ukrainian legal advice to lead managers Citigroup, J.P. Morgan, and Morgan Stanley and Avellum has acted as Ukrainian counsel to the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine on the third USD 1 billion Eurobond issuance by Ukraine, fully guaranteed by the United States of America, acting through the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The bonds were placed at 1.471% per annum — the lowest interest rate in Ukraine's history — and are due 2021.

Avellum at a Glance

AVELLUM is a leading Ukrainian full service law firm with a key focus on Finance, Corporate, Dispute Resolution, Tax, and Antitrust.

Our aim is to be the firm of choice for large businesses and financial institutions in respect of their most important and challenging transactions.

We build lasting relationships with our clients and make them feel secure in new uncertain economic and legal realities.

We incorporate the most advanced Western legal techniques and practices into our work. By adding our first-hand knowledge, broad industry experience, and unparalleled level of service we deliver the best results to our clients in their business endeavours. Our partners are taking an active role in every transaction and ensure smooth teamwork.

AVELLUM is recognised as one of the leading law firms in Ukraine by various international and Ukrainian legal editions (Chambers, The Legal500, IFLR1000, The Ukrainian Law Firms, and others).

Firm's website: www.avellum.com