Business law in its broadest sense is the core of our practice since it encompasses the activities of many of our different practice groups. We have assisted in the incorporation and subsequent growth of many of Ukraine’s largest companies, holdings and industrial groups, and we take pride in helping to create and develop new business enterprises in Ukraine. Our wide experience, gained over many years, enables us to combine expert legal advice with sensitivity to the client’s business environment and to assemble teams to meet the client’s specific needs in the most expeditious and cost-effective manner.

Our practice covers the complete spectrum of business services, including:

  • Commercial agreements and documentation
  • Establishment of new businesses
  • Incorporations, partnerships, and joint ventures
  • Project finance
  • Corporate governance
  • Commercial leases
  • Business advisory services
  • Licensing and franchising
  • Labour and employment

Our clients know that they can count on us to be accessible and prompt in responding to their needs and to put the full resources of the firm at their disposal when necessary.

Establishing new business

We assist our clients with the planning and formation of new business entities to maximize the benefits and minimize the risks to our clients and their business. We identify, manage and solve a variety of legal issues that apply to the formation of new business entities, including issues related to competition law, corporate governance, labour law, information technology, intellectual property and taxation.

Commercial agreements

As a complement to our cutting-edge transactional work, our clients rely on us to negotiate and structure their transactions and to prepare the often complex and sophisticated agreements relating to them. The types of commercial agreements are as varied as our clients; and as businesses evolve and become more complex, so do the commercial agreements.

Corporate governance

The firm’s clients benefit from our understanding of the requirements of corporate governance regulation, legislation and best practices. We advise our clients on the implementation of particular compliance programs on an ongoing basis. Our corporate governance practice is both strategic and tactical and spans certain key areas of focus:

  • Boards – structure, best practices, duties & liabilities, compliance
  • Shareholder rights – voting rights, rights to information
  • Audit committee – composition, responsibilities
  • Internal investigations
  • Regulatory investigations
  • Risk management
  • Cross-border issues
Project finance

ENGARDE has extensive experience advising clients in all industry sectors on project development and finance matters. This involvement in an ongoing flow of projects and exposure to the challenges unique to project finance, in particular determining the optimal finance structure, allows us to help satisfy the borrowers’ financing needs while adequately protecting the lenders.

We have advised on all aspects of project financing, including:

  • Bank, bond, equity and subordinated debt financing including complex combined financing
  • Negotiation and drafting of project finance documentation
  • Project contract review, risk assessment, and other due diligence
  • Securities issues and documentation in connection with bond, private note, and equity issues
  • Cross-border issues
Labour & employment

We handle a wide range of labour and employment law issues on behalf of management and shareholders in diverse areas of business for small, medium and large companies. We can assist you in:

  • Labour agreements and documentation
  • Hiring and dismissing employees
  • Work permits for foreign employees
  • Labour disputes