As part of Kinstellar’s announcement of 2020 promotions, we are delighted to announce the promotion of Iryna Nikolayevska to Partner in the Kyiv office.

Iryna is a partner and the head of the Corporate/M&A and Compliance, Risk & Sensitive Investigations practices in Kinstellar’s Kyiv office. Her practice focuses on representing local and international clients (including institutional and strategic investors, private and public companies) in their cross-border mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity investments, divestitures, assets transfers, restructurings, general corporate and employment matters. Iryna also has considerable experience in equity capital markets transactions and secondary issues, corporate governance and executive compensation matters. Her industry expertise includes agriculture, aviation, banks and financial institutions, chemicals, FMCG, infrastructure, IT / telecommunications, oil & gas, pharmaceuticals, and real estate, among others.

Iryna also focuses on corporate compliance, internal investigations, anti-money laundering, sanctions and data protection matters. She acts on behalf of clients in internal investigations, in particular regarding compliance with anti-corruption legislation. Iryna advises multinational clients on risk assessment, compliance due diligence, auditing internal compliance systems, establishing, enhancing and localisation of compliance programmes. She also advises board members, executives and CCOs on a wide range of topics, such as conflict of interest, submission of e-declarations, anti-bribery obligations and duties of management, etc. Her industry expertise in compliance area includes banks and financial institutions, chemicals, construction and construction materials, FMCG, professional services, energy, private equity and pharmaceuticals.

Iryna is ranked by Legal 500 2020 in Commercial, Corporate and M&A in Ukraine, as a notable practitioner in Corporate and M&A according to Ukrainian Law Firms 2019 and TOP 50 Leading Law Firms in Ukraine 2019 by Yuridicheskaya Practika publishing house; and was nominated “Compliance Lawyer of the Year” at the C5’s Women in Compliance Awards 2020.

Iryna joined Kinstellar as a Counsel with the launch of the firm’s Kyiv office in 2016. Prior to joining Kinstellar she worked for major international and local law firms and also served as in-house counsel with leading Ukrainian financial and industrial groups. Iryna is a graduate of the Ukrainian Corporate Governance Academy and earned her Masters  degree from the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.

Iryna’s promotion to Partner has been announced alongside other promotions within the firm, specifically the promotions to Partner of Zsuzsa Csiki (Romania) and Karla Rundtová (Czech Republic), and the promotion to Counsel of Levente Hegedűs (Hungary), Zdeněk Kučera (Czech Republic), Jan Lehký (Czech Republic) and Mladen Minev (Bulgaria).

Patrik Bolf, Firm Managing Partner, comments: ‘’On behalf of the Partners and the entire firm, I congratulate them all! They are true leaders with in-depth industry and legal knowledge who provide clients with a solutions-oriented, practical and strategic approach and who have built trusted client relationships. Their promotion is a testament to their leadership, dedication, hard work, and commitment to our clients and culture. I am confident that they will continue to support our growth and strategy while delivering the same exceptional client service. We look forward to their leadership and continuing contributions to the firm!’’

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