Sayenko Kharenko is pleased to announce the appointment of three new counsel across a range of legal practices: Valentyna Hvozd (antitrust and competition), Sergiy Kazmirchuk (corporate and M&A) and Oleg Klymchuk (intellectual property).

Ms Hvozd has been with Sayenko Kharenko for almost 11 years. Her practice focuses on a wide range of antitrust and competition matters, including merger control, cartels, abuse of dominance, antitrust investigations, distribution agreements, and unfair competition before the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine. Valentyna has worked on numerous complex and high-profile cases for the firm's multinational and domestic clients. She also advises clients on legal issues at the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property law.

Valentyna earned her LL. M. degrees, summa cum laude, from KROK University and the Intellectual Property Institute of Odesa Academy of Law, and received her BA, summa cum laude, from Wisconsin International University (Ukraine).

Sergiy Kazmirchuk has over 18 years of professional experience. He advises clients on issues ranging from M&A projects to various corporate law and regulatory matters, including issues related to highly regulated industries such as banking and insurance. Over the past decade, Sergiy has been involved in all aspects of high-profile transactions related to the sale and acquisition of Ukraine's largest banks and insurance companies. Drawing on his prior in-house experience, Mr Kazmirchuk brings a unique, business-focused perspective to his legal advice.

Before joining Sayenko Kharenko in 2007, Sergiy held a number of leadership positions in the banking and insurance sectors. Sergiy earned his LL. M. from Ivan Franko National University of Lviv.

Oleg Klymchuk concentrates primarily on a variety of intellectual property and commercial matters including copyright, trademarks, patents and unfair competition. He has considerable experience in conducting IP due diligence and IP-driven transactions, enforcement of brands and designs against imitation and unfair exploitation, and anti-counterfeiting issues. Oleg's experience also includes advising IT & TMT suppliers on intellectual property, commercial/transactional, regulatory, and advertising issues.

In addition to his IP practice, Mr Klymchuk regularly assists clients on a range of data protection and privacy issues, including cross-border transfer and complex personal data issues related to anti-corruption investigations.

Oleg earned his LL. M. from Kyiv National Linguistic University, Faculty of Economic and Law.

Partner Vladimir Sayenko comments: "Congratulations to these outstanding talented lawyers. Valentyna, Sergiy and Oleg embody the dedication, passion, creativity and business acumen that are the hallmarks of our law firm. These appointments demonstrate our commitment to invest in the best talent we have within the firm."

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