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Iryna Nikolayevska leads the practice at Kinstellar, which advises large Ukrainian and multinational companies on cross-border transactions, as well as acting for international financial institutions in matters of corporate governance and market regulation.

Legal 500, 2020

Iryna  Nikolayevska

Iryna Nikolayevska

+38 044 394 9040

Iryna Nikolayevska is a Partner and the head of the Corporate/M&A and Compliance, Risk & Sensitive Investigations (CRSI) practices in the Kyiv office. She focuses on M&A and corporate, private equity, capital markets, as well as compliance, risk and sensitive investigations.


  • QTERMINALS on negotiations and entering into the Concession Agreement for the Olvia seaport, one of the first and largest port concessions in Ukraine, and on various Ukrainian law corporate and employment matters;
  • MAIS, a leading Ukrainian seed producer, on pre-transaction restructuring and the establishment of a joint venture with a strategic investor, the US company Remington Seeds;
  • UMG INVESTMENTS on the acquisition of a minority stake in FeedNova LLC, a Ukrainian producer of feed additives for farm animals and pets, and the establishment of a joint venture;
  • SUPERVISORY BOARD OF NAFTOGAZ OF UKRAINE on certain corporate, compliance and employment law matters, including the establishment of the compliance functions, anti-bribery obligations and duties of top executives;
  • MAJOR US, UK AND EU-BASED MULTINATIONALS on various compliance matters driven by anti-corruption legislation (e.g., FCPA and UK Bribery Act) including: internal investigations; sanctions; data protection; establishment, localisation and enhancement of compliance programmes and policies; conflict of interest; and anti-bribery obligations and duties of top executives.


  • 1999 – 2005: Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Faculty of Law, Master’s Degree in Law


  • Kyiv Regional Bar Association
  • Ukrainian Bar Association, Coordinator of the Compliance Club


Ukrainian, English, Russian


  • Bills on detective services can limit the market to collection and recording of information (in Russian), Interfax Ukraine, 2019
  • Crime and punishment. Violation of protection of personal data by Internet giants (in Ukrainian), Yurydychna Gazeta / Legal Newspaper, 2019
  • Conflict of Interest: Overview. Business Integrity Digest of the Ukrainian Network of Integrity and Compliance (UNIC), 2019
  • Market Standard: Cover Story on Compliance, Ukrainian Journal of Business Law, 2018
  • Ongoing Reform of State-Owned Enterprises in Ukraine, CEE Legal Matters, 2017
  • Mergers & Acquisitions: Annual Review 2017: Chapter for Ukraine. Financier Worldwide, 2017
  • Ukraine expands sanctions against Russia to social media and IT sectors, Lexology, 2017
  • On investment climate in Ukraine (in Rus), Forbes Ukraine, 2017
  • Ukraine amends laws to improve registration and protection of ownership rights, Lexology, 2016