Ukrainian Law Firms 2014. A Handbook for Foreign Clients


Leading law firm in Tax Consulting

Leading law firm in Tax Litigation

“KM Partners” consistently stands at the forefront of Ukrainian tax legal counsels. With primary tax dedication, the team gained a remarkable reputation and is enlisted by sound international and domestic clients. In 2013 the extensive tax consulting workload has been centered to tax planning and structuring, minimizing on tax risks during reorganization of companies and r.p.o. establishing, tax compliance, transfer pricing issues, administrative appeals on cancellation of additional tax liabilities, support during tax audits and many others. The team is among leading tax litigation forces on the market. Throughout 2013 it handled disputes with the tax authorities on VAT and CPT refunds, legality/illegality of VAT and CPT credit formation, cancellation of additional tax liabilities and tax notification-decisions, cases on allegedly void agreements, cancellation of additional tax liabilities on using trademarks and royalties paying, issues of application of arm’s-length prices and transfer pricing and many others. Moreover, the team has developed its practice of representations in criminal investigations against clients’ officials on tax evasion, criminal forgery, criminal negligence, etc.Senior partners Alexander Minin enjoys ground breaking market recognition and is among the key figures on the market. Alexander Shemiatkin, partner, is highly regarded for his deep expertise.


“КМ Partners”  excels in the tax field and is renowned for its strong focus on tax litigations. Another large part of litigation portfolio relates to customs matters and white-collar crimes. The leading experts on tax litigation are partnersAlexander Minin and Alexander Shemiatkin. In 2013 the number of criminal proceedings for tax evasion, criminal forgery, criminal negligence and other white-collar crimes as well as cases related to providing support against raider’s actions rose rapidly. Commercial disputes constitute a considerable part of dispute resolution practice and are led by partner Maxim Oleksiyuk. Among the recent notable representations worth mentioning are successful support of the company in a court on the dispute with former owner of the project company; support of the interests of a number of companies in a dispute with the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on cancellation of regulations on the implementation of the system of collection, storing and disposal of waste as secondary raw materials; advocacy in dispute between the state enterprise Ukrecoresursy and state authorities.

Criminal Law / Business Crime

With its core focus on criminal proceedings for tax evasion, in 2013 KM Partners broadened its profile with defense incriminal forgery, criminal negligence, other white-collar crime matters. The team represented officials of clients in a series of criminal cases against suspected of large-scale tax evasion. Alexander Minin, senior partner, is known for his extensive practice in tax related issues. Alexander Shemiatkin, partner,is another known market name.

Corporate / Mergers & Acquisitions

The team of KM Partners accumulates corporate assignments from IT, energy, food industry and FMCG sector, support construction and infrastructure projects in Ukraine. Furthermore, the firm provides support to a number of projects related to liquidation of companies in Ukraine, closure of representative offices and related corporate issues. Partners Alexander Minin and Maxim Oleksiyuk are the primary point of contact.

Real Estate, Construction, Land

КМ Partners was particularly deeply involved in land law projects, as well as construction matters including, advisory and disputes. The firm is a leading light for its tax expertise. Maxim Oleksiyuk, partner, has been involved in practice over many years.

Intellectual Property

KM Partners, the eminent domestic tax counsel, grows the IP offering in close connection with its tax and corporate practice. Throughout the past year the team under the guidance of partners Maxim Oleksiyuk and Alexander Shemiatkin provided consulting support on trademarks use, taxation of advertising costs for using trademarks, transfer of IP rights and specialized rights to software and computer programs, usage of industrial designs and plant varieties and drafted a number of franchising and license agreements for its clients.