Law + Economics + Finance
16+ years of practice
Successful court cases
Consulting assignments' closings
Trident Law Firm was established in 2004 and has long been one of the leading players in the legal services market of Ukraine, providing comprehensive services for large-scale business projects and legal support of daily business activities of a number of foreign and Ukrainian companies including

Coca-Cola Beverages Ukraine Limited, Ericsson, Sanitec Ukraine, Wrigley, Reckitt Benckiser, Kraft Foods, Billa Ukraine, Sanofi Ukraine, Syngenta, Bayer, Ukrtelecom, Okean Elzy and many other equally well-known international and Ukrainian companies.
Clients
Clients
Clients with more than 10 years of services
Clients
Clients enjoyed our consulting assignments (audit, acquisitio ns etc.)
Our personnel is fluent in English
Services
Legal support to businesses in Ukraine, including English speaking corporations
Companies/Contacts/Business Processes Audit
Financial and Corporate Investigation/Forensic
Service
«Tax Adviser»
Service "Audit of effectiveness of internal Finance and Legal services"
Service "TOP Managers' Employment Termination"
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Personal meeting
Studying and discussing the problem. Entering into agreement
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A foreign investor has purchased a Ukrainian manufacture company producing various chemical products for domestic market. Selling shareholder has raised, inter alia, the requirement that SPA should stipulate that at least 70 % of the management of the company should remain their positions – agreed and sealed. However, six months after the closing, a buyer (investor) has noticed that effectively operating company is balancing at the edge of bankruptcy.

Based on a respective inquiry of new shareholders, our professionals, first, have analyzed publicly available information (i.e., statutory reporting to various regulatory bodies of the company itself and 'direct' consumers) and came to a preliminary conclusion that client's stock of products goes through at least one level of intermediary businesses before it actually purchased by real consumer.

Further investigation of internal documentation as well as a chain of interviews with [remaining] management members of the company have proven that there were no direct transactions between the client and ultimate customers, but rather "two-three layer chain" of intermediate companies. Not surprisingly, most of those intermediate companies were run/owned by the former shareholders and 'old' members of the management.

Further on, and pursuant to a special request of our client, we have elaborated a "step-by-step" scenario of smooth replacement of 'old' management of the client thus breaking a chain of intermediate businesses (absorbing most of a potential cash flow and, therefore, profit), which has been successfully implemented in eight month time.

Gaining back the control over a company
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A billion worth International Company which runs its' environmentally risky business in Ukraine due to, most probably unfair competitors, has faced allegations in violation of environmental requirements. Ecology Inspection of the relevant region has formally documented such allegations and issued multi-million (in UAH) penalty payable to the State Budget.

A client, after unsuccessful attempts to resolve this issue itself (e.g., appeal to the Ministry of Ecology, Courts of First and Appeal instances), has asked us to help to resolve the matter. After thorough study of the matter (including, but not limited to, existing court practice) our lawyers have elaborated a 'defense line' based on which the Court of Cassation dismissed decisions of courts of lower instances and sent the case for another (second/repetitive) trial.

One may assume that court trials are boring and time consuming…

At the end of the day, and after especially initiated by our lawyers expertizes, conducted by independent forensic institutions, the Highest Court has taken the verdict that the Client has violated NO environmental requirement and cancelled a document with multi-million penalty, as issued by Ecology Inspection.

Legal Support
One day we have received a call from a regional Vice President of a multinational company running its business in Ukraine through its' wholly owned subsidiary. VP has asked for an 'eye-to-eye' meeting somewhere outside of the office during his upcoming visit to Ukraine. At that time, our firm was rendering legal services to Ukrainian subsidiary for more than a decade and, therefore, we met most of the office personnel, not to mention, mid and top level management.

During our meeting, VP has informed us that HQ took a decision to discontinue employment relations with one of the Top manager of a Subsidiary due to the 'lack of trust'. VP has also emphasized that because of 'access level' of the person in question, their ability to take any kind of managerial decisions and management control over subsidiary's departments (e.g., Legal, HR, IT, Security etc.), the whole process of employment termination should be completed without involvement of local internal (corporate) departments (until X-Day) and, on top of that, in 'One Go' .

In other words, our firm was entitled and entrusted to do whatever is necessary to make said person to leave the Company without creating any potential legal risks to the Company and avoiding potential damages to the Company and its' Subsidiary through information leak.

Once 'home work' has been completed by our staff we called for a meeting with the Top manager in question, in the course of which we disclosed our findings and arguments, so the manager voluntarily decided to leave the Company the same day.
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Participiants
Head of Legal Practice. Attorney at law, graduated from International Law Department of the Ukrainian Institute of International Relations and International Law under the Kyiv State Shevchenko University in 1991. He started his professional career in 1990 and worked as a lawyer for Proxen Law firm. Later Mr. Mikhailenko had served in Foreign Office as Third, Second, First Secretary of International Treaties and Legal department, Assistant First Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. In 1994 Mr. Mikhailenko joined Kiev office of Chicago based Altheimer & Gray, Law Offices, as an associate. Since 1996 he had worked for JSC Philip Morris Ukraine as Corporate Counsel, Head of Legal Department. In 2001 Mr. Mikhailenko joined Klitochenko, Minin & Partners (KM Partners since 2003). Mr. Mikhailenko has been a member of Kyiv Region Bar Association since 1996 and a member of Ukrainian Bar Association. He is fluent in Ukrainian, Russian and English.
Igor V. Mikhailenko (JD)
Head of Legal Practice. Attorney at law, graduated from International Law Department of the Ukrainian Institute of International Relations and International Law under the Kyiv State Shevchenko University in 1991. He started his professional career in 1990 and worked as a lawyer for Proxen Law firm. Later Mr. Mikhailenko had served in Foreign Office as Third, Second, First Secretary of International Treaties and Legal department, Assistant First Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. In 1994 Mr. Mikhailenko joined Kiev office of Chicago based Altheimer & Gray, Law Offices, as an associate. Since 1996 he had worked for JSC Philip Morris Ukraine as Corporate Counsel, Head of Legal Department. In 2001 Mr. Mikhailenko joined Klitochenko, Minin & Partners (KM Partners since 2003). Mr. Mikhailenko has been a member of Kyiv Region Bar Association since 1996 and a member of Ukrainian Bar Association. He is fluent in Ukrainian, Russian and English.
Igor V. Mikhailenko (JD)
Head of Financial Consulting and Audit Practice. He started his professional career in 1997 and worked as an analyst for Sigma Investment Fund. Later in 1998 Mr. Anton Merzlikin worked as Analyst, Tax Consultant, Auditor and Lecturer in Group of Consulting Companies "Consult". He is the author of more than 900 articles and 120 manuals on taxation, accounting, audit, economy, finance, commercial and civil law. Since 2008 he runs private practice specializing on various tax audits, financial investigations, resolving crisis situations of business companies and financial institutions.
Anton Merzlikin
Head of Financial Consulting and Audit Practice. He started his professional career in 1997 and worked as an analyst for Sigma Investment Fund. Later in 1998 Mr. Anton Merzlikin worked as Analyst, Tax Consultant, Auditor and Lecturer in Group of Consulting Companies "Consult". He is the author of more than 900 articles and 120 manuals on taxation, accounting, audit, economy, finance, commercial and civil law. Since 2008 he runs private practice specializing on various tax audits, financial investigations, resolving crisis situations of business companies and financial institutions.
Anton Merzlikin
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Legal support to businesses in Ukraine, including English speaking corporations
Foreign companies seeking business opportunities in Ukraine, companies with foreign investments as well as representative offices require special focus. They represent special category of consumers of legal and consulting services with specific requirements regarding quality and format of such services. We appreciate such specifics and particular requirements of our clients based on our more than decade-long experience thus are able to render services of high standards and in a cost effective manner.
Service «Tax Adviser»
Based on our long experience in the sphere of Taxation we have identified a common "week point": tax advices which as of to date are absolutely correct and compliant with the Law quite often may result in incorrect management decisions taken some time later thus resulting in financial losses. This happens since usually tax advisers concentrate only on specific issues without comprehensive understanding of business processes of their clients. Our «Tax Adviser» service addresses this issue since on practice we, first of all, deeply learn about business of our client and therefore are able to foresee impact of our advices on business even at the level of routine consulting and inform our clients accordingly so clients are able to make an informed choice.
Companies/Contacts/Business Processes Audit
Tax Audit/Getting prepared to Statutory Tax Audits
Audit of business efficiency and potential risks
Business remote control and Companies internal audit
Due diligence
Mergers and Acquisitions, Feasibility studies
Audit of effectiveness of internal Finance and Legal services
This service helps our clients to evaluate how effectively internal finance and legal departments are functioning since due to various factors such as lack of proper structuring/coordination, absence of relevant policies and/procedures. Based on outcome of such audits we advice our clients on ways of potential improvements thus enhancing effectiveness of internal finance and legal departments.
Financial and Corporate Investigation/Forensic
In many cases companies suffer from misappropriation of funds and business frauds and as the result are bearing, among other, reputational losses. If owners of the company, on the one hand, suspect that something "bad" is going on within their company and, on the other hand, are reluctant to order this kind of investigations, they are putting themselves at risk of financial losses or even loss of business.
Service "TOP Managers' Employment Termination"
A process of TOP Managers' Employment Termination is quite often associated with conflicts and large number of managerial and legal risks to address. Based on our accumulated practical experience we developed number of different approaches which may apply to various specific cases thus minimizing potential risks and ensuring smooth and time effective termination of employment and, if there is a case, transfer of authorities to new management.
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