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We are ENGARDE, a leading Ukrainian law firm. We are experts in arbitration, litigation and business law. We’re a close-knit group of lawyers who commit ourselves to doing great work and providing great service. We care about our clients. We want to build a relationship, not a single transaction


The brand name ENGARDE is derived from the international term related to the sport of fencing meaning the first defensive stance (“en garde” in French means “protection of interests”, “defend oneself”, “fight!”). The ability to take creative and innovative action in fast-changing surroundings is considered to be the key factor in fencing. We apply the same principles in practicing law

International capabilities

As a Ukrainian leading law firm, we work internationally. We act as counsels, arbitrators, and advisers in various international projects. We have a worldwide network of partners among lawyers and experts in other jurisdictions. When the Client so requires we are able to create an international team for the project of any complexity. We do it quickly and in a cost-efficient manner

Recognition & awards

The firm, our practice groups and many of our lawyers are steadily ranked among the leaders across the variety of league tables that track the profession. We are Tier 1 firm in Dispute Resolution according to Legal 500 and Chambers Europe. We are a leading Ukrainian law firm in Dispute Resolution and Business Law according to Chambers Global, Legal 500 and other reputable editions

Highlight Projects

ENGARDE advised on construction of Dream Town I mall
ENGARDE advised on creation of Metinvest Holding
ENGARDE represented a Ukrainian gas producer in SCC dispute due to annexation of Crimea
ENGARDE advised on acquisition of Regal Petroleum
ENGARDE lawyers represented Telenor in dispute over Kyivstar, a mobile operator
We represented citizens’ interests in Kryvorizhstal reprivatization case

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ENGARDE wins recognition by Legal 500

ENGARDE wins recognition by The Legal 500 rankings ENGARDE has been ranked high by the recent edition of The Legal 500 (Legalease) Europe, Middle East & Africa 2018 rankings. The …

ENGARDE’s partners endorsed by Legal 500

All of ENGARDE’s partners have been ranked high by the recent edition of The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2018. ENGARDE’s Managing Partner Irina Nazarova and Senior Partner …

Dmytro Donenko elected ENGARDE’s partner

By their decision ENGARDE’s partners elected Dmytro Donenko, an attorney at law, to be a partner of the firm effective 16 March 2018.  Dmytro Donenko joined ENGARDE in 2010.  He …