Antitrust/Competition

Being one of the largest teams in the country, Sayenko Kharenko’s antitrust team is well regarded for contributing to the most significant international projects in the Ukraine’s economy.

We cover every aspect of Ukrainian competition law including:

  • merger control
  • anti-competitive concerted/restrictive practices (cartel investigations, horizontal and vertical commercial agreements, etc), including strategic advice on leniency applications
  • abuse of dominance
  • unfair competition, including distribution of misleading information
  • anti-competitive practices of state authorities
  • sector-specific regulation
  • private enforcement of competition law and actions for damages.

Antitrust/competition law has developed into a centerpiece of our practice.

Our antitrust team plays an integral role in handling M&A projects, restructurings and various corporate reorganizations, including in connection with IPOs, Eurobond issuances and private placements, etc. Our lawyers have handled the largest M&A transactions in Ukraine and are recognized for their innovative approach, proficiency and special industry expertise.

For example, we have handled a series of simultaneous merger filings where the review period was less than 9 working days,the firstmerger clearance in Ukraine where the combined market share of the parties exceeded 35% among many other. The Firm regularly assists major multinationals in structuring and implementing compliance programmes, including by conducting audits and trainings for Ukrainian subsidiaries.

Some of the Firm’s international clients for antitrust work include Amadeus, Apple, Cadbury, Coca-Cola, Comcast, Dell, Dyckerhoff, Evraz, Generali, Goldman Sachs, Hewlett Packard, ICQ, Japan Tobacco, LG, Mail.ru, Philip Morris, Philips, Porsche, Samsung, Severstal, Société Générale, Sony, Visa, Walt Disney, Western Union and others. 

Building on our strong working relationships with the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine and other Ukrainian regulators, we play an important role in shaping local competition agenda. One of the Firm’s lawyers has served as a senior official for the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine for many years and is recognized as one of the principal authors of the Competition Act (2001) and the majority of other laws and regulations in the competition law area.