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Kinstellar provides pro bono legal services to Soborna Ukraine

We are excited to announce that Kinstellar has started to provide pro bono legal services to Soborna Ukraine, a public charity established by Ukrainian entrepreneurs after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Sharing the mission and values of Soborna Ukraine, Kinstellar is advising the organisation on key aspects of implementing their programmes in Ukraine as they manage critical projects close to the front line. This is just the beginning of our long-term partnership to join efforts and help Ukraine. Our pro bono team in Ukraine is managed by Partners Illya Sverdlov and Alla Kozachenko and includes Anna Vizniak, Senior Associate, and Tetiana Kostiuk, Junior Associate. Soborna Ukraine — a US non-profit organisation

News June 2022

Helping Hands for Ukraine: Our recent pro bono activities

At Kinstellar, ‘corporate responsibility’ is not an empty slogan. Helping those in need and playing important roles in our communities have always been a crucial part of our firm culture. Since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, we have never felt stronger and more united inside the firm. Extraordinary times in Ukraine have been met with an exceptional response from our people, who continue doing their best to provide humanitarian aid, support various charities and NGOs, and provide pro bono legal assistance to those affected by the war. Here we are sharing a brief report of our recent pro bono activities, to be followed by a series of short videos with our people working to support Ukraine.  We thank all of our amazing

Insights June 2022

Merger and concerted action controls in Ukraine: Usual norms are resumed

Starting from 20 June 2022, the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMC) will resume merger and concerted action controls in Ukraine as usual, which means that standard merger and concerted action control rules and timelines will apply during the martial law in Ukraine and afterwards. Until then, the AMC᾿s earlier Guidelines on the filing and consideration of applications for merger clearances and concerted actions during martial law (Guidelines) shall apply to all merger and concerted action applications submitted to the authority during 30 March 2022 – 17 June 2022 (inclusive). The AMC also renews consideration of all earlier postponed applications. All those applied to the AMC under special regime provided by the Guidelines

Insights June 2022

The potential inclusion of the Russian Federation in the 'FATF Blacklist' – PART II

The global community is considering various legal and other reactions to the unprovoked, unjustified, and aggressive war launched by the Russian Federation and its satellites against Ukraine. Among potential steps on the table are the inclusion of the Russian Federation to the Black List being administrated by the Financial Action Task Force (the FATF) and recognition of the Russian Federation as a state sponsoring terrorism by the Government of the United States of America. One of them or a combination of these actions could become a firm and far-reaching countermeasure targeting financial stability of the Russian Federation, its satellites, and their war machine. In the second article, our experts Oleksandr Kurdydyk, Partner

Insights June 2022

The potential inclusion of the Russian Federation in the 'FATF Blacklist' – PART I

The global community is considering various legal and other reactions to the unprovoked, unjustified, and aggressive war launched by the Russian Federation and its satellites against Ukraine. Among potential steps on the table are the inclusion of the Russian Federation to the Black List being administrated by the Financial Action Task Force (the FATF) and recognition of the Russian Federation as a state sponsoring terrorism by the Government of the United States of America. One of them or a combination of these actions could become a firm and far-reaching countermeasure targeting financial stability of the Russian Federation, its satellites, and their war machine. Our experts Oleksandr Kurdydyk, Partner, Head of Banking

Insights May 2022

Ukraine introduces a new type of sanction

Since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, there has been a plethora of new legislation establishing mechanisms for an adequate political and legal response to Russian aggression against Ukraine. Another such mechanism was introduced on 13 May 2022, when the Parliament of Ukraine adopted a new law amending the existing sanctions legislation. The law enacts a new type of sanction amounting to the foreclosure of assets in the state's favour. This new sanction is now applicable to both companies and individuals that cause significant damage to the national security of Ukraine. The law came into force on 24 May 2022. Below we provide important highlights and the main points to consider regarding the new type of sanction

News May 2022

Kinstellar takes part in the ‘Brave Ukraine’ fundraising event organised by the Ukrainian Embassy in London

Kinstellar is honoured to have taken part in the ‘Brave Ukraine’ event organised by the Ukrainian Embassy in London on 12 May 2022. We were represented by Jason Mogg, Senior Partner, and Daniel Bilak, Chairman of the Management Committee of the firm’s Ukraine office.  Thanks to generous donations, the event raised desperately needed funds to re-equip the Western Ukrainian Specialised Children's Medical Centre, which has become a hub for seriously ill children from across Ukraine displaced by the war. Through the fundraising platform www.withukraine.org established by the Embassy of Ukraine in the UK, almost £30 million have been raised to provide food packs, medical supplies, generators, armoured ambulances

Insights May 2022

Misinformation in cyberspace

Since the war in Ukraine became the main subject of newspaper headlines, the amount of related misinformation spread online has reached new heights. As a result, several governments have adopted legislation that provides tools to combat the spread of misinformation.  Below is an overview of legislation used to combat misinformation in the Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia regions: Bulgaria It is worth noting that on 1 March 2022 the Bulgarian electronic media watchdog decided to suspend the distribution of TV channels “Russia Today” and “Sputnik” in line with the EU response to Russian military activity in Ukraine.

Insights May 2022

Cybersecurity in Emerging Europe and Central Asia

With the invasion of Ukraine and a substantial increase in cyberattacks on governments, critical infrastructure and other strategic targets, the topic of cybersecurity has gained even more importance. Below is an overview of the steps that national security authorities have taken to strengthen national security. Bulgaria On 24 November 2021, the Bulgarian government designated the State e-Government Agency as a national coordination centre for the purposes of Regulation (EU) 2021/887. The establishment of the coordination centre is expected to contribute to achieving a high level of network and information security, thus boosting the standards and

Insights May 2022

Setting up operations in Slovakia

Today’s uncertainties at the European Union’s eastern border have left companies questioning the safety of their people and the continuity of their operations in that part of the world. Businesses in the IT and BPO sectors that had found talent and growth opportunities in counties such as Ukraine, or Moldova are now rethinking their strategy and options to move operations across the border, either temporarily or permanently. Our team in Bratislava has prepared a quick overview of the most important aspects that you need to consider if you decide to move your operations to Slovakia. Download in English: Download in Ukrainian:

Insights May 2022

Unblocking the registration of presence of foreign NGOs in Ukraine

Following the introduction of martial law in Ukraine on 24 February 2022, registration actions were significantly limited and the registration of presence of foreign NGOs was suspended. On 28 April 2022, the CMU introduced further legislative amendments that have expanded the list of available registration actions. Below we provide important highlights related to the new regulations and procedures. Download in English: Download in Ukrainian:  For more information, please contact: Anastasiya Bolkhovitinova, Counsel, Head

Insights April 2022

Ukraine adapts regulations for joint stock companies to the martial law regime

During March–April 2022, the Ukrainian authorities adopted a set of measures to address the challenges and uncertainties that joint stock companies (“JSC”) have faced since the start of the war. General shareholders’ meeting On 16 March 2022, the National Securities and Stock Market Commission (“Commission”) adopted Decision No. 176 “On amendments to the temporary procedure for the calling and remote holding of general shareholders’ meetings and the general meeting of corporate investment fund participants” (“Temporary Procedure”). The Commission introduced the following key amendments applicable to JSCs during the period of martial law: during martial law a general shareholders’