Svitlana Kheda, counsel, is heading our labour and compliance practice, in particular leading the firm’s labour/employment, privacy/data protection and anti-corruption/anti-bribery practice groups. Svitlana is also in charge of the mediation task force.
Ms. Kheda has over 18 years of experience in advising clients on a wide range of sophisticated, complex issues in the field of labour/employment, privacy/data protection and anti-corruption/anti-bribery legislation, as well as public-private partnerships (PPP) in infrastructure projects. Svitlana is the internationally recognized expert in all of the above areas of law, known for her state-of-the art, business oriented and user-friendly work.
In addition to her vast practical experience in handling the most sophisticated employment law matters, Svitlana Kheda has profound theoretical knowledge of the labour law, which is a rare skill on the legal market. Most recently, Svitlana has been named "Lawyer of the Year" in Labour and Employment by Best Lawyers International 2017. She is also named as one of top three labour law lawyers, according to Ukrainian Law Firms 2016, and recommended as one of the best lawyers in Ukraine by Chambers Europe 2017 and the all-Ukrainian survey Client’s Choice. TOP-100 Lawyers in Ukraine 2014-2015.
Svitlana is an arbitrator of the ICC Ukraine ADR Service. She is a certified mediator experienced in employment mediation. Svitlana is heading the ICC Ukraine based Mediation Centre and is a founding member of the Mediation Practices Club under the auspices of the Ukrainian Mediation Centre.
Svitlana’s professional experience includes running the Programs Department of the International Law Institute (Washington, DC, U.S.A.), where, in particular, she developed and taught the training seminars “Anti-Corruption Regulation”, “Arbitration and Mediation”, “PPP in Infrastructure”, and “Legislative Drafting” for senior governmental officials and members of parliaments of developing countries and emerging economies. Svitlana Kheda’s experience also includes working for a leading international law firm in Ukraine, and supervising (at the client’s request) the HR department of one of Ukraine’s biggest garment factories.
Svitlana Kheda actively participates in the legislative drafting and adjustment of the Ukrainian legislation to the international standards. For instance, she has been actively involved in drafting amendments to the Law of Ukraine “On Personal Data Protection” and policy shaping in this area. Svitlana is heading the parliamentary working group on developing the Ukrainian PPP legislation and is a member of the governmental working group tasked with developing Ukrainian legislation on road concessions. Svitlana is a well-known champion of the PPP and mediation development in Ukraine.
- LL.M. in International Legal Studies from Georgetown University Law Center;
- S.J.D. in International and Comparative Law from Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University Law School;
- LL.M., summa cum laude, in Civil and Labour Law, from Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University Law School;
- The University of Minnesota.
- IBA, Employment and Industrial Relations Law Committee;
- Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (USA);
- Ukrainian Bar Association, Council of the Employment Law Committee.
Svitlana Kheda is an internationally recognized expert in labour law, as well as personal data protection and anti-corruption legislation. She is a published author of a monograph, chapters in the books, and over 80 articles and commentaries in the U.K., Ukraine, U.S., Turkey, India, and Canada. Svitlana is an exclusive permanent author of the chapter on Ukraine published in The Employment Law Review, providing an overview of the labour/employment legislation in over 50 jurisdictions, as well as in Global Legal Insights - Bribery and Corruption, providing an overview of the anti-corruption and anti-bribery legislation in nearly 30 jurisdictions. She is a frequent speaker on topical legal issues within her areas of expertise, including abroad. Svitlana recently spoke at the FCPA/UKBA Compliance Seminar in New York, USA.