Managing Partners: Vladimir Vashchenko
Number of partners: 3 Number of lawyers: 17
Languages: English, German, Ukrainian, Russian
VB PARTNERS is one of the market’s very few boutique law firms, which is specifically targeted at dealing with white-collar crime and large-scale disputes. Unique experience in these areas allows the firm to provide effective tools to settle conflicts with the state or an unfair counterparty.
The team is also recognised for its strong expertise in corporate, multinational and criminal investigations. It has extensive experience in protection of business from the pressure of law enforcement agencies, conducting investigations and assets tracing, supporting criminal proceedings and complex disputes in the courts of all instances. The firm supports cases both in Ukraine and in foreign jurisdictions.
VB PARTNERS has obtained expertise in settling investors’ disputes against States at the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). The firm has positive experience in lifting sanctions imposed on foreign companies.
VB PARTNERS’ attorneys are recognised as national experts on extradition and Interpol. Thanks to years of successful practice, as well as unique and unprecedented cases, the firm and its attorneys have received recognition from all professional international and national ratings (Chambers Europe, Best Lawyers, The Legal 500 EMEA, Who is Who Legal, Ukrainian Legal Awards and others).
VB PARTNERS’ clients include leading national businesses, large multinational companies and high net worth individuals. Client base also comprises former public officials and senior top managers of banks and corporates.
Main Areas of Practice:
White-Collar Crime/Criminal Law:
■ Support of extradition procedures in different jurisdictions, representation of clients in the bodies of Interpol
■ Representation of interests of top managers and the shareholder of one of the largest private banks of Ukraine, Delta Bank in criminal cases, which are being investigated by the anti-corruption authorities of Ukraine in respect of the misappropriation of funds in collusion with officials of the National Bank of Ukraine ■ Protection of top managers and the shareholder of the largest bank in the Republic of Belarus with Ukrainian capital, Delta Bank Belarus in criminal proceedings on suspicion of embezzling funds in operations with correspondent accounts
■ Protection of interests of Khreschatyk Bank’s shareholder and top management in criminal cases on the facts of alleged misappropriation of assets, abuse of power and money laundering
■ Defense of the former First Deputy Minister of Justice of Ukraine in the criminal case on alleged embezzlement of UAH 54 mln
■ Protection of interests of the large international agricultural holding, Continental Farmers Group as a victim in criminal proceedings on the facts of fraud and embezzlement of funds in an especially large amount
■ Protection of interests of a member of the National Bank of Ukraine’s Management Board in criminal proceedings on the provision of a stabilisation loan in the amount of UAH 1,2 bln. to VAB Bank by the National Bank of Ukraine, investigated by the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine
■ Protection of interests of the former Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine in criminal proceedings on declaration of false information, investigated by the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine
■ Protection of interests of the Ukrainian Football Association, its officials and enterprises in criminal proceedings on alleged embezzlement of budget funds, etc. Key Clients: Shareholders of Delta Bank Ukraine, Delta Bank Belarus, Khreshchatyk Bank, Terra Bank, Omega Bank, Premium Bank, Expobank; Ukrainian Football Association, Continental Farmers Group, Svitland Development, Avellana Gold, Ukrsibbank BNP Paribas Group, British American Tobacco, Colliers International, Industrial group VIOIL, United Company Rusal, etc.
Contact: Denys Bugay, partner, attorney-at-law
Tel: +38 044 581 16 33
Email: [email protected]
■ Representation of the interests of the shareholders of the banks Khreshchatyk, Premium, Classic Bank, Terra Bank in litigations on the cancellation of decisions of the National Bank of Ukraine and the Deposit Guarantee Fund on the liquidation of banks
■ Appealing against sanctions imposed on a European Union company (assets freezing and suspension of financial transactions) to the Supreme Court
■ Representation of large metallurgical enterprises in a number of commercial, civil and administrative disputes initiated by the Ministry of Infrastructure over land and real estate, as well as in criminal cases initiated by law enforcement agencies
■ Representation of interests of the shareholder of Delta Bank Belarus in ICSID proceedings initiated against the Republic of Belarus for damages in the amount of USD 130 mln for the unjustified liquidation of a banking institution in the Republic of Belarus
■ Representation of a foreign investor in ICSID proceedings initiated against Ukraine for damages related to expropriation of assets in the amount of USD 834 mln
■ Appealing against the additional accrual of tax liabilities in the amount of UAH 1bln in the interests of the owner of one of the largest office centers in Ukraine
■ Representation of interests of SkyEng, the most expensive educational startup in Eastern Europe, in a dispute to recognise illegal the registration of trademark by fraudsters in Ukraine
■ Representation of interests of the international automobile company in a lawsuit against local dealers, for recovery of lost profits and losses incurred in connection with improper compliance with the terms of dealer agreements and the contract for the maintenance of the service workshop for a total of USD 12.2 mln
■ Representation of interests of the largest manufacturer of packaging materials for food and pharmaceutical industries in Central and Eastern Europe in a lawsuit filed by a state bank to recover USD 14 mln under a loan agreement
■ Representation of interests of the Swiss company in a lawsuit on the recognition and granting permission to enforce the decision of the International Commercial Arbitration Court to recover debts and penalties in the amount USD 12.8 mln from the counterparty in Ukraine
■ Representation of a Cypriot company in a lawsuit in the International Court of Arbitration in London (LCIA) for repayment of the loan granted to the Ukrainian company in the amount of USD 10.9 mln
■ Representation of one of the largest non-ferrous metallurgical enterprises in Europe in the lawsuit jointly initiated by the State Property Fund and the Prosecutor General’s Office regarding the termination of the lease agreements for seaport berths
■ Representation of one of the largest distributors of mineral fertilisers in Ukraine in the case of bankruptcy of the debtor. The amount of claims is USD 4 mln
■ Representation of interests of an American shipowner in a dispute over the recovery of damages from the State in the amount of USD 3.5 mln caused by the illegal seizure of a vessel in criminal proceedings, etc. Key Clients: United Company Rusal, EuroChem Group, IMMER Group, Scania, Quarter Partners, Colliers International, Continental Farmers Group, Svitland Development, Industrial group VIOIL, Global Maritime Consultants Group, VR Capital Group, Skyeng, Prosperity Capital Management; shareholders of Delta Bank Ukraine, Delta Bank Belarus, Khreshchatyk Bank, Classic Bank, Premium Bank, etc.
Contact: Vladimir Vashchenko, partner, attorney-atlaw
Tel: +38 044 581 16 33
Email: [email protected]