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News June 2024

Kinstellar sponsors a private dinner in Berlin between Oleksandr Kamyshin, Minister of Strategic Industries of Ukraine, and leading international defence companies

Kinstellar was pleased to have been invited by hosts US-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC) to sponsor an off-the-record dinner with Oleksandr Kamyshin, Minister of Strategic Industries of Ukraine, and C-suite executives from leading global defence companies, at the sides of the Ukraine Recovery Conference (URC) in Berlin. Kinstellar Partner, Daniel Bilak, moderated a wide-ranging and lively discussion between Minister Kamyshin and the defence industry participants that also involved Deputy Ministers Hanna Hvozdiar and Serhiy Boyev. Oleksandr Kamyshin noted, “We are grateful to our international partners for your vital support of Ukraine and the on-going development of Ukraine’s defence industrial base. My ministry

News May 2024

Kinstellar and Strategy Council present the Ukrainian Drone Defence Forum in London

Kinstellar and Strategy Council, supported by D3 Venture Capital, organised the Ukrainian Drone Defence Forum, "Drones: Delivering Victory" at the prestigious Royal United Services Institute in London on May 21. Purpose. In connection with the recent defence partnership signed between the United Kingdom and Ukraine, the Forum’s endeavoured to enhance the collaboration between Ukrainian and British drone manufacturers and technology firms to scale up drone and electronic warfare production – a top partnership priority. The UK government has allocated £325m to support this effort. In this context, we were pleased to work together with the Government of the United Kingdom to deliver an event that would complement

Insights May 2024

Changes to the Ukrainian mobilization laws

Ukraine’s mobilization laws have undergone significant changes. The laws, among other things, introduce new obligations for persons liable for military service, as well as possible sanctions for violations of the law provisions. Please read the complete overview below in English or in Ukrainian. Download in English: Download in Ukrainian:

Insights May 2024

A comparison of the available compensation mechanisms for damage caused by the Russian Federation’s war against Ukraine

This analysis examines the various mechanisms available to compensate damage caused by the Russian Federation as a result of its ongoing war of aggression against Ukraine. The objective is to identify existing avenues for local and foreign legal entities and individuals seeking compensation for direct and indirect losses. Click on one of the images below or click on the following links to read an overview in English or in Ukrainian. Download in English: Download in Ukrainian:

Insights May 2024

Ukraine temporarily exempts certain foreign-to-foreign concentrations from merger control requirements

The Ukrainian Competition Law was amended to exempt certain transactions in the military and defence sector from merger control requirements. As a result of these amendments, merger control requirements in Ukraine will not apply to foreign-to-foreign concentrations so long as the certain criteria are satisfied. Click on one of the images below or click on the following links to read the alert in English or in Ukrainian. Download in English: Download in Ukrainian:

Insights May 2024

The National Bank of Ukraine significantly eases the temporary currency restrictions  

The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) significantly eases the temporary currency restrictions imposed under martial law and, among other things, simplifies the terms of servicing residents' external borrowings and allows a number of cross-border transfers that are essential for Ukrainian businesses. Click on the following links to read the overview in English, or in Ukrainian. Download in English: Download in Ukrainian:

Insights April 2024

AMC increases fines for competition law violations in Ukraine

A so-called Procedure for Determining the Amount of Fines Imposed for the Violation of Laws on the Protection of Economic Competition (the “Procedure”) issued by the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (“AMC”) in 2023, and binding since 21 February 2024, has come into force in Ukraine. The Procedure replaces the earlier AMC Recommendations on the Calculation of Fines for the Violation of Ukrainian Competition Laws. The Procedure allows the AMC to impose significantly higher fines for competition law violations in Ukraine (the percentage imposed may range from 15% to 30% of the revenue on the relevant market depending on the given violation and circumstances). Indeed, we anticipate that the Ukrainian authority will

Insights April 2024

Settlement procedure: Overview for businesses in light of Ukraine's new competition law

Building on established practices, and taking inspiration from the successful experiences of international partners, the Ukrainian competition authority (the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine) has introduced a settlement procedure for cartels and abuse of dominance cases. The procedure became effective on 30 January 2024 within the framework of recent competition law reforms. The procedure is designed as a "win-win" enforcement tool that can both simplify and expedite the adoption of cartel or abuse of dominance decisions, and reduce fines by 15%, provided that defendants meet the respective competition authority eligibility requirements. For more details, please see our leaflet covering this topic in English and

Insights April 2024

The International Register of Damage Caused by the Aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine is launched

The application process for the International Register of Damage Caused by the Aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine (the "Register") has been launched. The launch of the Register marks the next phase of the proposed International Compensation Mechanism, which is intended to be expanded and enhanced. Click on one of the images below or click on the following links to read the alert in English or in Ukrainian. Download in English: Download in Ukrainian:

Insights March 2024

Improved leniency policy: Overview for businesses in light of Ukraine's new competition law

A leniency procedure has been in place in Ukraine for many years. However, available data suggests it has been severely underutilised. A recent first stage of competition law reforms in Ukraine introduced, among other things, an improved leniency policy. The changes, implemented in February 2024, are aimed at aligning the respective local regulations more closely with EU laws. The most noteworthy changes include: in addition to full immunity for a first applicant, the programme offers a reduction in fines for other cartel participants applying for leniency; the possibility to conduct anonymous preliminary consultations with the regulator; a detailed procedure for obtaining a marker.

Insights March 2024

Key milestone in corporate governance reform: Ukraine enacts long-awaited law on the further liberalisation of the SOE sector

The Law of Ukraine “Introducing Amendments to Certain Laws of Ukraine on the Enhancement of Corporate Governance” (the “Law” or the “SOE Law”) entered into force on 8 March 2024. This Law is a significant step towards the alignment of the Ukrainian legal framework for state-owned enterprises (“SOEs”) with international best practices, particularly the OECD Guidelines for Corporate Governance of SOEs. The Kinstellar team was honoured to contribute to the drafting of the Law directly, within the framework of our cooperation with the EBRD. Reflecting this first-hand experience, Kinstellar highlights the role of the adopted Law for the SOE sector, the overall business environment and the broader post-war

Insights March 2024

Ukraine leaps forward in its cannabis policy

A cannabis law passed by the Ukrainian parliament back in December of last year, will come into force on 16 August 2024. Developed in compliance with EU regulations, the law represents a significant overhaul of cannabis regulations in Ukraine. Secondary cannabis-related legislation is expected to be drafted by the Ukrainian government by the end of May 2024. Click on one of the images below or click on the following links to read the overview in English or in Ukrainian.   Down load in English: Download in Ukrainian: