• Alexander BORODKIN | Vasil Kisil & Partners

    The outgoing year and the start of 2018 display an element of promise for the real estate sector in Ukraine. The number of transactions grows continually, especially when compared to 2016. The nature of transactions changes from internal restructuring and distressed assets deals to investment ones. And this all is not about residential property, but commercial and industrial too.

    Of course, residential property is still seemingly overwhelming, especially in Kyiv and other big cities. However, the market is largely uncertain. Prices are neither falling nor rising noticeably, and there is no affordable financing. To oil the fire, the mass media continue predicting another market collapse, which, however, has not occurred so far. On the other hand, it is hardly possible to find any free land plot for residential development in Kyiv. Commencing a new project would rather involve reconstruction or demolition of existing worn-out structures or rezoning and often replanting of territory. Other options involve arrangements with military departments, the Academy of Sciences or other multi-functional state-owned entities which still possess commercially attractive sites.

    Commercial areas continue to grow, usually because of commissioning of properties, whose construction started several years ago when market outlooks were a bit different. Its occupation, however, depends on overall economic advancement: new companies entering the market, market players extending their operations, the population increasing their purchasing power, etc. These trends are still rather weak. Small businesses, IT industry and startups, so much spoken about now, display a driving force that could give some impulse to the development of the commercial property market, primarily offices. Internet-towns and IT-clusters, so well-known abroad, are not yet coming about in Ukraine.

    We have even seen some minor developments on the industrial property market. For the past couple of years the key projects in the industry were aimed at finishing earlier started construction or expanding existing facilities, than investing in new ones. Chinese interest in Ukrainian enterprises, after breaking their ties with Russian industry, is limited to acquisition of technologies and moving them to China. And yet we are seeing Ukrainian and close European businesses starting to look at expansion opportunities in Ukraine. Industrial sites are comparatively cheap, even close to the capital and in other good locations.

    Unlike other industrial projects, the alternative energy sector is certainly on the up. At the moment this is primarily about land and the construction of new power plants.

    Last, but not least, infrastructure construction could often be seen here and there. It should, however, be distinguished from general trends since the Government acts as the only key customer in such projects, and external public borrowing is the major source of financing.

    The key point is that lawyers have plenty of work in the real estate sector.

Baker McKenzie is the market leading team demonstrating a wide scope and breadth of its real estate practice. Over a long period of work on the Ukrainian market, the team has developed an extensive offering which, among others, covering real estate transactions, sales and acquisitions, financing, real estate development and construction projects, leasing matters. The firm is enlisted for large-scale industrial, commercial real estate construction projects, structuring of joint investment activities relating to greenfield development and involving foreign legislation. The Kyiv office conducted contract and real estate legal due diligence of a Ukrainian subsidiary in the course of sale by One Equity Partners of East Balt Bakeries, which supplies buns and artisan rolls to restaurant chains, to Grupo Bimbo for USD 650 million. The office has a remarkable client following of embassies, international institutions and organizations, for negotiating and structuring the purchase and/or leasing of their office and residential premises in Kyiv. Areas of expertise take in agriculture, energy, infrastructure, retail, restaurant, hospitality, investment industries. This past year the office became even more vividly involved in projects in Ukrainian regions. Public clients include such sound names as Amstar Europe, ArcelorMittal, Auchan Ukraine, Billa, McDonald’s Ukraine, KFC/GRG. Both partners of the practice group, Serhiy Piontkovsky and Lina Nemchenko, possess substantial expertise, reputation and market recognition.

DLA Piper is among the strongest practice teams to offer full legal support in real estate and land transactions, lease, real estate and pre-investment due diligence, construction and engineering, real estate finance. The practice group is notably strong in the retail sector and known for supporting wide-known names. The team performed due diligence of land plots in Kyiv contemplated by Leroy Merlin Ukraine for the construction of a new DIY hypermarket, and advised its long-standing client on the possibility and procedure of lease and reconstruction of state-owned property in Kyiv. Another project is advising McDonald’s on opening a new restaurant by way of acquisition of a new building and underlying plot in exchange for an old building and underlying plot in Kyiv. The firm enhanced its presence in industrial and infrastructure real estate via its involvement in significant projects. The team advises major infrastructure investors on their expansion in the ports of Ukraine. For example, the firm advised Dredging International on its first UAH 1.7 billion port project in Ukraine. Practice clients include Hutchison Westports Limited, Pfizer Inc., Syngenta, Jabil Circuit, Crown Agents, Bomond Group, Wix. Dedicated partner Natalia Kochergina is a highly distinguished real estate practitioner in Ukraine.

The reputable Ukrainian law firm Vasil Kisil & Partners is known for its involvement inabroad range of real estate matters — residential, commercial, industrial property. The team is especially active inresidential property and industrial construction, as well as scaled development projects and lease matters. The firm is a legal counsel to Hagag Group (Israel) on acquisition and development of major residential property in Kyiv; advised Camozzi LLC on purchasing an industrial site in Kalynivka near Kyiv from Solum LLC. The firm has a remarkable following of clients from agribusiness, energy and the retail sector. Recent highlights include representing Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. and Du Pont Corp. in all matters of construction of a seed plant in Ukraine; acting for Auchan, Groupe Adeo, as for premises due diligence and drafting a comprehensive lease agreement for opening a new store in the city of Dnipro. Alexander Borodkin, partner, is practice head, recognized by the market as a sound real estate practitioner.

Dentons is a port of choice for many multinational corporations on real estate law matters in connection with their investments and operations in Ukraine, ensuring cross-border support with its international network. The firm has established clientele among international banks and acts on real estate financing and respective restructuring to Ukrainian developers. The Kyiv office acts as a counsel on large-scale construction mandates, including production infrastructure objects and production facilities, lease matters, agriculture and land law, greenfield site development. The firm acts as transaction counsel to the COFCO Agri Ukraine on the construction of a transshipment complex for grains and oilseeds and their products in Mykolayiv seaport. The firm stands out for its well-established position in the energy sector, and provided complex real estate advice and real estate due diligence to GESS Consulting in connection with a number of acquisitions in the alternative energy sector in Ukraine. Another ongoing highlight is advising the Salvation Army on the transfer of immovable property in Crimea from its Ukrainian entities to its Russian entity under Ukrainian law. The sizeable practice team is led by Myron Rabij, a Kyiv-based US-qualified partner.

The real estate and construction practice of Gramatskiy & Partners is one of the firm’s core strength. Year on year the firm shows sustainable development facilitating its full-service offering, including commercial real estate and residential construction, lease and sale. Among ongoing highlights is advising GRAAL LLCon reconstruction of European Square in downtown Kyiv, and construction of the Stolychnyi multi-storey office and hotel complex. One of the firm’s key clients, City Capital Group, enlisted it to support its multimillion projects, like construction of a cottage community, a shopping centre and business park on the left bank in Kyiv. Another notable client is Seven Hills, part of the Scorpio Real Estate Group, uses the firm as its permanent counsel for supporting construction of the Aeroport City business park located next to Boryspil Airport; legal advice and support of construction of a residential complex with built-in premises of public significance, and its Park Avenue project. Ernest Gramatskiy, the firm’s founder, is a highly-reputed figure on the market, who established a sizeable team and strong client following.

Arzinger has a sizeable national team, advising on a wide range of transactions, including complicated cross-border matters, operations with land, construction projects, complex real estate lease transaction and lease relations restructuring. International and domestic investors, retailers, agrarian players, financial institutions, are among its clients. The firm has long-standing expertise in the area of commercial property, representing Leroy Merlin within long-term lease execution of a shopping mall. Its presence in Lviv and Odessa ensures involvement in significant regional projects. This past year the firm increased its presence in the area of port infrastructure, advising on investments and construction of industrial facilities. Timur Bondaryev, charismaticmanaging partner, is the eminent head of practice. Andriy Selyutin, partner, head of the South Ukrainian branch, is at the helm in port infrastructure assignments. Lviv-based partner Markian Malskyy supervises the firm’s projects in Western Ukraine.

The Kyiv office of CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang has renowned expertise in project financing, real estate asset transactions, lease and corporate and M&A work. The team finds itself at the top of the market for energy and infrastructure practices, providing coverage of construction issues within renewable workflow and financing matters in strategic infrastructure mandates. The firm has established relations with banks and credit institutions, international developers and public authorities. This past year the team advised the EBRD on a USD 60 million loan to Brooklyn-Kyiv LLC for the purposes of constructing a grain transshipment complex in Odessa Port. The team is known for advising MV Cargo on a joint venture with Cargill for the construction of a new grain terminal in the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Yuzhniy, as well as in respect of two parallel loans extended by the EBRD and IFC. Vitaliy Radchenko is a lead partner.Other key team members are Natalia Kushniruk, Kateryna Chechulina and Ihor Pavliukov.

The full-service team of Sayenko Kharenko supports the biggest real estate M&A, joint ventures, real estate finance and construction matters. The firm is extending its real estate disputes portfolio. The major highlights this past year include representing Auchan in the acquisition of the Karavan Hypermarket chain; acting as legal counsel to BTA Bank (Ukraine) on the sale of two commercial properties located in downtown Kyiv to Dragon Capital. The firm advises Auchan on real estate investment issues, regulatory and land matters. The strong finance team advised Bank of America Merrill Lynch and OPIC, the lead arranger, on sovereign guaranteed financing to State Enterprise National Nuclear Energy Generating Company Energoatom to construct the centralized spent nuclear fuel storage via the issue of securities on the U.S. stock market and insured by OPIC. The team is also noted for its presence in high-profile infrastructure projects. The core team includes partners Oleksandr Nikolaichyk and Vladimir Sayenko (acquisition, construction and lease), Sergey Pogrebnoy (disputes and conflicts), of counsel Konstantin Gribov and senior associate Volodymyr Yaremko (projects under FIDIC and other globally recognized forms of contracts).

INTEGRITES has a strong presence in construction, permits and object commissioning, project financing, real estate transactions, acquisition of land banks, and lease. The firm is regularly instructed by banks on foreclosure of real estate collaterals and legal clearance of enforced collaterals for further sale. INTEGRITES demonstrates rapid adherence to the development of industrial and infrastructure projects in energy, natural resources and infrastructure. One notable ongoing project is advising Su-Yapi Engineering and Consulting Inc., a leading Turkish construction and engineering company, on an investment project related to rebuilding the Urengoy-Pomory-Uzhgorod gas pipeline. The firm advised a member of the Quarzwerke Group, an international minerals explorer, on real estate issues associated with construction of a 17 km access road between a kaolin mine and kaolin processing plant. The team’s high scale project is advising the EBRD, acting as original lender, on matters related to the change of control over Terminal Brovary, class A warehouse, between Secure Property Development and Investment to Temania, the owner of Rozetka. The firm notably represented Allseeds in a mediation procedure in a dispute between Allseeds Black Sea and Odessa Regional State Administration regarding allocation of land for construction of a harbor and access route to an oil seed factory. The firm advised METRO on different matters of doing business in the zone of the Anti-Terrorist Operation in Donbas, including management of land lease payments and land tax. Dr. Oleksiy Feliv, managing partner, leads the practice.

KPD Consulting is a Ukrainian law firm with a well-established real estate practice. It has a widely regarded market presence, advising developers and real estate companies, large corporate clients, banks and financial groups. The firm advised UDP, a leading national residential real estate developer, regarding urban infrastructure development issues to do with a residential complex and negotiations with Kyiv City Council regarding the financing of the city’s infrastructure. The team is constantly mandated to handle significant commercial real estate transactions. For example, DCH was represented with respect to acquisition of eight commercial assets located all over Ukraine. Another highlight is acting for Royal Dutch Shell in petrol station disposal. The team demonstrates strong capability for representing banks. In particular, the firm renders legal support to ING Bank Ukraine for execution of mortgage agreements with the bank’s large corporate clients, most recently supported the mortgage of a large telecom operator assets and the assets of the largest national brewery. Vladyslav Kysil, lead partner, has growing market recognition.

ADER HABER law firm (it was previously part of Spenser & Kaufmann) advises on a wide range of real estate and land matters, including the dispute side. In 2017 the well-known practice team demonstrated rising transaction activity, including significant asset and share deals, real estate rent and comprehensive lease matters. The team arranges legal support to MERX (PJSC Zhytomyr Furniture-Industrial complex) for the acquisition of a real estate asset — SKY-PARK; acquisition of a business center as well as on construction and subsequent lease of business centers. The practice team is increasingly active in the agrarian sector with queries on business expansion and expanding of land banks, regulatory work and land disputes. Other representative clients encompass Dragon Capital, UDP, Agrospets-servis LLC, Inditex Group, Ukrresursholding. Aleksandra Fedotova, partner, has a professional focus on construction and real estate, land and agricultural law.

The multidisciplinary team of AEQUO utilizes expertise across real estate and construction, corporate/M&A, banking and finance, tax and dispute resolution. In 2017 the real estate practice boosted benchmark M&A, supporting investment of private equity funds into real estate. The firm supports expansion of the investments of Dragon Capital Group into commercial real estate. Amongst notable deals involving the team were advising Dragon Capital Investments on acquisition of A-class business centres Eurasia and Prime in Kyiv, and acquisition of a logistics centre in Hostomel (Kyiv Region). The firm also advises on property disputes, renewable plants construction, infrastructure projects, and solid track record of leasing matters. AEQUO enhanced its well-established positions in various parts of the retail sector, advising ATB Group, a major food retailer, and Epicentr K, a major Ukrainian DIY retail network. The practice is co-headed by two partners: Denis Lysenko, universal practitioner with a wealth of experience in corporate and tax; and Yulia Kyrpa, splitting her time between core banking and finance practice, and recent active involvement in real estate M&A.

Odessa-based ANK Law Office has notable dedication to port infrastructure development, and often acts on project finance and construction mandates. The team rendered legal support of subsidiary company Container Terminal Odessa, a member of HHLA Group, within the next stage of the investment project for development of the container terminal at Quarantine Mole of Odessa Sea Port including construction of protective breakwater, performance of dredging works. Another highlight is legal support for the procedure of receiving consent of the lessor for conducting permanent improvements under the lease agreement over immovable property (port infrastructure objects) between LLC Transgrainterminal and Regional Department of the State Property Fund of Ukraine for Odessa Region. During 2017 the team assisted clients in signing the lease agreement over land plots and immovable property of commercial use, as well as with extension of earlier signed lease agreements. Artyom Volkov and Dmytro Kolodiazhny handle projects at the firm.

The well-regarded team of ANTIKA Law Firm acts on a variety of construction and development matters, transactions and related tax matters. The firm’s long-lasting client, AWT Bavaria Ukraine, enlists it for advice on city construction legislation, construction and commissioning of the first start-up complex of an import center with technical maintenance services. A notable transaction highlights include support to LLC Success Invest on the sale of a logistic center with a land plot to ATB Gorstroy Group. The firm provided legal support to the Ibis Group of Companies in a transaction on the acquisition and the sale of a real estate unit. The practice is led by Alexander Burtovoy, partner. Other partners Sergii Korniienko and Maxim Korchagin lead the projects in this area.

Asters has experience of advising on real estate transactions regarding all types of property: commercial and residential, land, industrial and infrastructure objects. The team is frequently enlisted for lease matters and support on real estate day-to-day issues. For example, it advised Crossfit Ukraine regarding the renting of various real estate objects in Kyiv for sport and recreational purposes; acting for Sprint-42, LLC and conducting an audit of real estate, drafting and structuring of office premise leases in the city. PRADA Group is a standing client for operational issues and its first mono-brand boutique in Ukraine. The firm has an established following of agrarian and energy clients, and is regularly enlisted to support construction in the area of renewables and required law advice. Roman Kostenko, partner, leads the practice.

AVELLUM is known for its impressive M&A profile, and is one of the most vivid Ukrainian counsels of share deals in the real estate sector. The firm traditionally handles benchmark transactions in the agrarian and retail sectors. In 2017 the firm advised Kernel Holding S.A. on the acquisition of a 100% shareholding in large-scale farming businesses; advised shareholders of Karavan on the sale of the Karavan Hypermarket chain to Auchan Group. Being a counsel of major agriholdings in their Eurobond issues, the firm covered complex due diligence of all real estate objects, including all land plots and premises. Another public highlight is giving advice to Open Society Institute Management Services Limited regarding the donation of real estate and movable property in Kyiv to the International Renaissance Foundation. The team is noted for expertise related to the restructuring of real estate assets in Crimea upon its annexation by the Russian Federation, and is also rapidly growing its presence in infrastructural projects. Mykola Stetsenko and Yuriy Nechayev, leads the firm’s projects. The team has been strengthened with the admission of counsel Maksym Maksymenko.

Headquartered in Dnipro and with an office in Kyiv, Dynasty Law Firm is traditionally among vivid regional counsels supporting significant construction and reconstruction mandates, and is even more active in disputes. The firm often advises local developers, industrial clients and investors. The firm recently rendered support for investments in industrial real estate, and represented a local developer on reconstruction of the front of the Most City Center trade and entertainment center (Dnipro), and handled administrative disputes. The main figures in this practice are Yevheniy Smiyuha, Vyacheslav Kokhlyakov and Tamila Petrenko.

Ilyashev & Partners has a vast portfolio of projects in the real estate sector, andgrowing footprint in Russia. The firm is traditionally well-versed in specific litigation matters, and is rapidly extending its advisory profile, including financing construction, property acquisitions and share deals, cross-border structuring, regulatory work, lease and sublease. This past year the firm represented BTA Bank, Ukraine on the sale of two business centers in Kyiv city center, Prime and Eurasia, to Dragon Capital Group. Other assignments involved advising Clearing House Bank on a financing construction agreement with Intergal-Bud Company and KAN to construct residential premises complexes in Kyiv. Chosen often to work in large disputes, the firm represents one of the investors in the RESPUBLIKA trade and entertainment center in a loan recovery dispute. Given its office in Moscow, of late the firm is also active in property rights litigation there. Mikhail Ilyashev is a lead partner.

Jurline is an experienced regional counsel supporting construction companies in Odessa Region on implementation of major projects in the field of commercial, industrial and residential real estate. Among ongoing significant projects is full legal support of construction of a new elite housing complex on Frantsuzky Boulevard by prominent construction company Zars. The team is often enlisted for property acquisitions. It recently acted on the sale of an elite cottage as well as the sale of apartments and non-residential premises in an apartment complex. Selected clients include LLC Zars, Kadorr Group, LLC TIS, TIS-Grain Ltd. Oleksiy Ryazanov leads the real estate practice.

SDM Partners is a local team that boosts its real estate practice with instructions from a range of international and domestic investors, financial institutions. The firm regularly advises on real estate and land transactions, leasing matters, construction and regulatory. The team is the preferred legal counsel to healthcare market operators. For instance, the firm advised one of the largest European chains of medical laboratories in Ukraine, on its long-term agreements for lease of various immovable property for provision medical services; rendered comprehensive legal support to Intersono on the purchase of the land and further construction of a medical center in Lviv. TAS Group instructs the firm for various real estate and construction projects. Other important names in the firm’s portfolio are Grawe, Echo Investment S.A. The practice is led by two partners, Dmytro Syrota and Serhiy Dzis.

Kinstellar benefits from the experience of its real estate practices in Emerging Europe and Central Asia. The Kyiv office has rapidly expanded its client portfolio with a number of sound names like ADM International, Andreas Stihl, BTA Bank, Colliers International, Dafi Group, Marriott International, Stockman Interhold S.A., Syngenta, TBEA. The firm acts in investment projects, real estate and land transactions, lease of state property and concessions, regulatory and lease matters. Kostiantyn Likarchuk, managing partner, is known for involvement in cross-border disputes. The most known representation is acting for Stockman Interhold S.A., a former investor of the second largest shopping mall in Kyiv — Sky Mall — on a major shareholder multi-jurisdictional dispute that involves around 30 sets of litigation. The Kyiv team demonstrates activity in hospitality, energy, agriculture, real estate/construction, IT sectors. The team’s key members are partner Olena Kuchynska and counsels Andriy Nikiforov, Iryna Nikolayevska, Mykyta Nota.

Wolf Theiss advises on transactions with real estate, and is a popular choice for both foreign and local investors,industrial companies, constructing and commissioning their properties at their own cost. The Kyiv branch is mostly vivid in transactional work, and recently advised Lukoil on the sale of part of a factory by its Ukrainian subsidiary located in the town of Kalush, Western Ukraine, including advising on the structure of the sale and various options available for the transfer of real estate properties and production equipment, land use rights. The office maintains active ligation practice, representing SHID XXI in a lawsuit filed by the State Enterprise Horse Farming of Ukraine with respect to a land plot. The Kyiv office’s managing partner, Taras Dumych, is acclaimed by market players for his expertise.

Eterna Law regularly represents developers, business groups, energy market players, banks and private investors in structuring and financing of construction, real estate matters within M&A, land plot acquisitions, property rights registration, and sophisticated disputes. The industry breakdown of recent activity includes energy, infrastructure, hotel industry. The firm’s long-lasting project is supporting Multi Veste, a company originating from Turkey, during the process of participation in a tender in Lviv. In 2017 the real estate practice was strengthened by the arrival of Stanislav Gerasymenko, of counsel to head the practice. Oleh Malskyy, corporate and M&A partner, supervises the practice.

The dedicated team of lawyers at EY Ukraine is focused onnarrow issues, like advice on problematic real estate and land law matters, legal due diligence of a construction project, and support of real estate-related issues within M&A transactions. EY advised Rozetka in connection with the acquisition of the Logistic Park warehouse complex in Kyiv Region from Secure Property Development & Investment Plc. EY is active across transactions in the agrarian market. Among the highlights is advising MK Group on the sale of Agro Invest Ukraine, a company holding a significant land bank and grain storage facilities, to Kernel. The main practitioners are partner Albert Sych, and Bogdan Malnev, senior associate.

GOLAW advises on reconstruction, property acquisitions, structuring sector investments and commercial real estate transactions. This past year the firm advised Enkom a.s., a large engineering company in Czech Republic, EPC contract holder, in the tender for comprehensive reconstruction of communal and public real estate objects financed by international financial institutions. Sergiy Oberkovych, senior partner, is the head of practice.

The real estate practice of ILF Law Firm, a domestic law firm with offices in Kyiv and Kharkiv, is a combination of investment advisory practice group and specific dispute resolution. The firm is known for proficient litigation capabilities, and most recently acted on the resolution of disputes around agrarian assets. The litigation caseload features with protection of investors’ property rights in litigations of the prosecution service against residential complexes, and protection of assets because of nationalization in Russia-occupied Crimea. The transaction-focused team accomplished a number of asset and share deals in agrarian, healthcare and retail sectors. The practice is led by two partners, Olexiy Kharytonov (dispute) and Anton Zinchuk (deals).

Shkrebets & Partners, a domestic law firm based in Kharkiv, has a notable presence in the municipal infrastructure area of the region. The team led by Alexey Meniv advisedtheDepartment of Communal Services under Kharkiv City Council on the transfer of municipal enterprises in heat energy, power engineering, water supply and water disposal spheres in concession.

Lviv-based domestic Advice Group is one of the most active regional counsels in day-to-day real estate matters. The firm is popular among foreign clients with active operational activities in Western Ukraine. The client list contains the names of Hima NV, Danosha, Austrian Airlines, Rolada, NG Metal, Intramotion. Anton Podilchak, managing partner, is the central contact.

Lexwell & Partners advises on land plot acquisitions, lease, construction, and expands to the dispute front. The firm has notable expertise in industrial property matters, and advised on enlargement of ArcelorMittal steel works, including land plots lease, and enlargement of ArcelorMittal Berislav mining. The firm advises on Ukrainian law on recovery of land plots as collateral interests of BTA Bank in an English court. Andrey Kolupaev and Igor Nagai are the core practitioners.

Ante Law Firm is mostly known for advisingaviation industry clients regarding their real estate issues in Ukraine (offices, airports, stations). For example, the firm supported big Turkish construction company Dogusan with subsidiary establishment and public procurement procedures; Georgian building company and developer Orbi Group on ICAO standards and recommended practices applicability as to construction of an apartment block near an airport. Another highlight is successful representation of Zdravo in a conflict with a former landlord. Andriy Guck, partner, is the central figure.

Lavrynovych & Partners keeps a focus on supporting real estate acquisitions, structuring investments, land plot use and regulatory matters. The practice team acts on residential and commercial real estate sectors, and extended its expertise to FIDIC standards. The firm’s main feature is support of outbound investments to Austria, where the firm has a representative office in Vienna based on the BPPA law firm. Dmytro Savchuk is a lead partner for real estate matters. Maksym Lavrynovych is known for activities in bilateral investments between Ukraine and Austria.

KM Partners acts on a broad range of transactions, regulatory assignments and related disputes, with emphasis on ownership and use of land plots, industrial infrastructure. The firm has a stellar tax expertise which is an essential contribution to projects within the sphere of real estate and construction. Maxim Oleksiyuk is the main contact.

The Kyiv office of Czech law firm Peterka & Partners advises on lease and sale purchase of real estate. The firm consistently supports Regus Podil LLC,a Luxembourg multinational corporation that provides a global workplace (offices) with respect to real estate leases. Partner Tatiana Timchenko is the director for Ukraine.

Attorneys’ Association Gestors had primary focus on property lease and land law. Past year the practice team of Andriy Tsvyetkov was instructed byMcDonald’s Ukraine Ltd on a servitude agreement, lease of non-residential premises with one of the main trade and entertainment centers in Kyiv.

Oleg Boichuk, partner, head of real estate practice in the Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners Ukraine, is noted during the poll for expertise across land, real estate, tax issues.