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Kinstellar expands in Ukraine with the acquisition of DLA Piper’s Kyiv practice

14/ 06/ 2021
  14 June 2021 – Kinstellar is very pleased to announce the acquisition of DLA Pipers market-leading Ukraine practice! Now comprising 60 lawyers, including 10 partners, Kinstellar is among the largest law firms in Ukraine and the leading independent international law firm on the market. The merger strengthens our key practice areas, including corporate/M&A, banking & finance, employment & benefits, litigation and real estate, and expands our coverage with new practice areas, including tax and intellectual property. We will scale our capabilities to undertake even more ambitious projects, bringing rich experience to complex matters, and providing cutting-edge expertise in niche areas. The exceptional service expected by our clients is driven by our common core values: integrity, commercial judgement, teamwork, and a commitment to innovative solutions to complex issues. This merger allows us to accelerate our investments in talent and technology, providing our clients with even greater added-value. Leadership & Partners Kinstellar’s Ukraine practice will be led by a Management Committee comprised of Daniel Bilak, Senior Counsel, and Co-Managing Partners Margarita Karpenko, formerly the Managing Partner of DLA Piper Ukraine, and Olena Kuchynska, the Managing Partner of Kinstellar’s pre-merger Kyiv office. Patrik Bolf, Kinstellar Managing Partner, comments: “We are very excited by the prospects of joining forces with DLA Piper’s market-leading practice in Kyiv. The combination of complementary practices greatly enhances Kinstellar’s scale and our ability to deliver seamless, exceptional legal advice across all of our practice areas in Ukraine and the region. This merger is a major step in our growth strategy, the core of which is attracting and retaining top talent to support our clients in meeting their commercial objectives across all of our jurisdictions.” For more information please contact Daniel Bilak, Senior Counsel, at daniel.bilak@kinstellar.com, Olena Kuchynska, Co-Managing Partner, at olena.kuchynska@kinstellar.com, and Margarita Karpenko, Co-Managing Partner, at margarita.karpenko@kinstellar.com. * * * Note for editors Kinstellar is a leading independent law firm in Emerging Europe, Turkey and Central Asia, with offices in Nur-Sultan and Almaty (Kazakhstan), Belgrade (Serbia), Bratislava (Slovakia), Bucharest (Romania), Budapest (Hungary), Kyiv (Ukraine), Istanbul (Turkey), Prague (Czech Republic), Sofia (Bulgaria) and Tashkent(Uzbekistan).  Operating as a single, fully integrated firm, Kinstellar delivers exceptional service across all jurisdictions in an integrated and seamless manner. We are experienced in driving complex transactions and providing advisory services across several jurisdictions. Regional in focus, Kinstellar is international in style. Fully independent since 2008, our pedigree goes back over two decades and is shaped by our experience as part of a UK ‘Magic Circle’ law firm. We invest extensively in know-how and expertise. We know what clients expect, and we know how to deliver it.

14 June 2021 – Kinstellar is very pleased to announce the acquisition of DLA Piper’s market-leading Ukraine practice! Now comprising 60 lawyers, including 10 partners, Kinstellar is among the largest law firms in Ukraine and the leading independent international law firm on the market. The merger strengthens our key practice areas, including corporate/M&A, banking & finance, employment & benefits, litigation and real estate, and expands our coverage with new practice areas, including tax and intellectual property. We will scale our capabilities to undertake even more ambitious projects, bringing rich experience to complex matters, and providing cutting-edge expertise in niche areas.

The exceptional service expected by our clients is driven by our common core values: integrity, commercial judgement, teamwork, and a commitment to innovative solutions to complex issues. This merger allows us to accelerate our investments in talent and technology, providing our clients with even greater added-value.

Leadership & Partners

Kinstellar’s Ukraine practice will be led by a Management Committee comprised of Daniel Bilak, Senior Counsel, and Co-Managing Partners Margarita Karpenko, formerly the Managing Partner of DLA Piper Ukraine, and Olena Kuchynska, the Managing Partner of Kinstellar’s pre-merger Kyiv office.

Patrik Bolf, Kinstellar Managing Partner, comments: “We are very excited by the prospects of joining forces with DLA Piper’s market-leading practice in Kyiv. The combination of complementary practices greatly enhances Kinstellar’s scale and our ability to deliver seamless, exceptional legal advice across all of our practice areas in Ukraine and the region. This merger is a major step in our growth strategy, the core of which is attracting and retaining top talent to support our clients in meeting their commercial objectives across all of our jurisdictions.

For more information please contact Daniel Bilak, Senior Counsel, at daniel.bilak@kinstellar.com, Olena Kuchynska, Co-Managing Partner, at olena.kuchynska@kinstellar.com, and Margarita Karpenko, Co-Managing Partner, at margarita.karpenko@kinstellar.com.

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Note for editors

Kinstellar is a leading independent law firm in Emerging Europe, Turkey and Central Asia, with offices in Nur-Sultan and Almaty (Kazakhstan), Belgrade (Serbia), Bratislava (Slovakia), Bucharest (Romania), Budapest (Hungary), Kyiv (Ukraine), Istanbul (Turkey), Prague (Czech Republic), Sofia (Bulgaria) and Tashkent(Uzbekistan). 

Operating as a single, fully integrated firm, Kinstellar delivers exceptional service across all jurisdictions in an integrated and seamless manner. We are experienced in driving complex transactions and providing advisory services across several jurisdictions.

Regional in focus, Kinstellar is international in style. Fully independent since 2008, our pedigree goes back over two decades and is shaped by our experience as part of a UK ‘Magic Circle’ law firm. We invest extensively in know-how and expertise. We know what clients expect, and we know how to deliver it.

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