Managing Partner: Olga Prosyanyuk
Number of partners: 5
Number of lawyers: 30
Languages: English, Russian, Ukrainian
AVER LEX is the leading WCC boutique law firm in Ukraine, focused on high-profile economic crimes and politically motivated prosecutions. The firm commands unrivalled capacities for being a preferred criminal defense team in particular compound and complex WCC litigations with numerous parties, parallel investigations and simultaneous hearings, sometimes in different regions of Ukraine.
AVER LEX defends in the most serious cases such as those involving leading politicians, state officials and business people from government prosecution; represents big corporate clients from a range of economic sectors; acts as a counsel to the prominent local law firms and offices of international law firms in Ukraine. Given the growth of clients’ requests for representation in courts and high level performance of the team, AVER LEX has strengthened its litigation practice. For the consistent expansion of the litigation profile, a new partner and counsel were promoted simultaneously.
The firm advises on all aspects of criminal law and dispute resolution, providing both the traditional services of legal prosecution and defence, and the new requirements of preventive criminal law and corporate compliance. AVER LEX renders the most convenient legal strategies for the defence or solution of legal problems to institutions, individuals and corporations. The firm’s expertise encompasses white-collar crime, business crime, corporate criminal law, corruption and bribery, international criminal law, risk assessment, protection against asset-grabbing, resolution of legal disputes, tax fraud and evasion, etc.
One of the strengths of the firm’s defence is the successful combination of criminal-law and judicial mechanisms. This is necessary when participating in cases related to the protection of business, corporate conflicts, violation of property rights, removal or dismissal from office, protection of honour, dignity and business reputation.
AVER LEX provides for complex legal decisions in corporate security aimed at identifying and minimising criminal risks in business; defence of legal rights of detained and convicted persons during a provisional arrest; measures to release from custody; comprehensive legal defence during operational search activities and pre-trial investigations by the law-enforcement bodies; successful advocating in court hearings within a criminal proceeding; legal aid to complainants; recovery of damages judgments.
The firm has developed a strong best friends network that now includes leading independent law firms internationally. Moreover AVER LEX consistently cooperates with leading global and local human rights organisations on various ongoing matters.
The firm is involved in legislative drafting activity in such areas as criminal procedural legislation, judicial and advocacy reforms in the working groups with the advisory body under the President of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Bar Association (UBA), within the EU project ‘Support to Justice Sector Reforms in Ukraine’, and the Initiative Group on Protection of the Lawyer’s Rights.
The firm’s advocates lead the Working group on protection of professional advocates’ rights and actively provide urgent legal aid in case of breach of professional rights by state authorities and third parties.
Main Areas of Practice:
3 partners, 20 fee earners
■ Representation of clients in politically motivated prosecutions (Viktor Yanukovych, 4th President of Ukraine; Andriy Klyuyev, the Head of President’s Administration in 2014; Serhii Bochkovsky, Head of the State of Emergency in Ukraine; Oleksandr Onishchenko, the MPs of Ukraine; Myroslav Prodan, the Acting Chairman of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine, Yaroslav Dubnevych, the Ex-Deputy of Parliament of Ukraine; Igor Pogribnichenko, the Judge of the Circuit Administrative Court of Kyiv City, judges of the highest court instances)
■ Representation of high profile corporate clients (Odessa Portside Plant, Diamant Bank, Alfa-Bank Ukraine, ZTE Corporation, Magnezit Group, Bunge Ukraine, BRSM-Nafta, Total Ukraine, etc)
■ The firm acted as the exclusive counsel of the Ukrainian arms of the ‘Big 4’ accountants on a wide range of WCC issues
The scope of expertise includes financial fraud, tax evasion, corruption, money laundering, embezzlement, crime of officials and other cases.
Contact: Vitaliy Serdyuk, Senior Partner
Email: [email protected]
2 partners, 1 counsel, 10 fee earners
■ Representation of significant local and international industrial leaders (Ukrainian Interbank Currency Exchange, Bunge Ukraine, Fibratex, etc.)
■ Representation of corporations, financial institutions and businessmen in disputes with corporate partners and state authorities, as well as acting for private clients on protection of their business reputation and in defamation cases
■ Protection from illegal prosecution of business by the representatives of law enforcement authorities
■ Representation of public and private persons in cases protecting honour, dignity and business reputation
■ Legal consulting and representation of interests of non-governmental organisations, including those with foreign shareholders, on contractual and investment issues
The scope of expertise includes property rights protection, corporate control recovery, corporate security, tax litigation.
Contact: Olga Prosyanyuk, Managing Partner
Email: [email protected]