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Maria Orlyk


CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz
19B Instytutska St.
01021 Kyiv
Languages Ukrainian, Russian, English

Maria Orlyk is Partner at CMS in Kyiv, which she joined since its first days in 2006. Maria Orlyk is an experienced Ukrainian attorney who holds an LL.M. degree from Wake Forest University School of Law (USA) as well as Master’s degree in International Law from Institute of International Relations of Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University. Her areas of specialization include Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Dispute Resolution, Competition, and Labour Law. She has ample experience of advising clients from various industries, including mining, financial services, pharmaceuticals, heavy machinery, energy, paint and coatings and others.

Maria Orlyk has been recently accepted for membership in the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC). She became the first and the only member from Ukraine in this association.

Before joining CMS Maria Orlyk worked in notable Ukrainian and international law firms and interned with Powell Goldstein Frazer & Murphy LLP (currently – Bryan Cave) in Washington D.C. In 2005, Maria Orlyk was a recipient of Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program funded by the US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Since 2012 she has been serving on the Qualification Panel of the Disciplinary and Qualification Commission of Kyiv Regional Bar. Maria Orlyk is admitted to the Ukrainian Bar since 2007.

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Clients say: “Maria has well-established communication skills. She understands our thinking and approach, and could translate our desires into the local business environment."

Chambers Global 2014-2015


  • 2008 - Ukrainian School of Political Studies (www.usps.org.ua) and Summer University for Democracy organized by the Council of Europe, Strasbourg France
  • 2006 - Wake Forest University School of Law, USA, LL.M. in American Law.
  • 2004 - Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University / Institute of International Relations, Private International Law Department (Postgraduate Research Study)
  • 2001 - Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University / Institute of International Relations, Master of International Law, English Interpreter/Translator
  • Specialization: Private International Law, graduated with Honors (Magna Cum Laude)
  • 2000 - Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University / Institute of International Relations, Bachelor of International Relations and Foreign Affairs, graduated with Honors (Magna Cum Laude)
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  • The International Association of Defense Counsel
  • European Business Association
  • American Chamber of Commerce
  • UBA (Ukrainian Bar Association)
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Lectures list

  • Regular lecturer at the M&A Law School (Ukrainian Bar Association).
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October 2018
E-pub­lic pro­cure­ment
E-pub­lic pro­cure­ment in a nut­shell
Amend­ments in­tro­duced to Ukraine's un­bund­ling plan
June 2019, the Ukrain­i­an Cab­in­et of Min­is­ters (CMU) ap­proved amend­ments to the com­pre­hens­ive plan for re­struc­tur­ing the na­tion­al joint-stock com­pany Naf­togaz, which is ex­pec­ted to ac­cel­er­ate its un­bund­ling and to en­sure cer­ti­fic­a­tion of the nat­ur­al gas trans­mis­sion.
In­ter­na­tion­al Cap­it­al Mar­kets Group
Con­tacts Book
Ukraine takes ma­jor step at bring­ing en­ergy laws in line with EU
On 6 June 2019, the Ukrain­i­an par­lia­ment rat­i­fied the up­dated An­nex XXVII En­ergy Co­oper­a­tion in­clud­ing Nuc­le­ar Is­sues to the EU-Ukraine As­so­ci­ation Agree­ment, which aims at in­creas­ing mar­ket in­teg­ra­tion and bring­ing en­ergy sec­tor reg­u­la­tions in line with key.
Published on March 30th 2018 on kyivpost.com
Rada changes rules of the game for lim­ited li­ab­il­ity...
Ukraine an­nounces tender for massive off-shore hy­dro­car­bon block
Ukraine has just an­nounced a new tender for a 50-year hy­dro­car­bon pro­duc­tion shar­ing agree­ment or PSA in which Ukrain­i­an and for­eign in­vestors are in­vited to com­pete for the huge off­shore sub­soil Dol­phin block, con­sist­ing of al­most 10,000 square kilo­metres.
Lit­ig­ate. Ar­bit­rate. Re­solve.
Bro­chure Dis­pute Res­ol­u­tion
Ukraine: Pro­ced­ures im­proved for com­pet­i­tion cases and le­ni­ency pro­ceed­ings
On 7 Feb­ru­ary 2019, the Ukrain­i­an Par­lia­ment ad­op­ted a new law ex­tend­ing the scope of the ex­ist­ing le­ni­ency pro­gram and in­tro­du­cing new pro­ced­ur­al rules for com­pet­i­tion cases re­viewed by the An­ti­mono­poly Com­mit­tee of Ukraine (AM­CU).
Fair Play
Bro­chure Com­pet­i­tion Law
Ukraine changes court fee rates in 2019
Be­gin­ning 1 Janu­ary 2019, court fee rates pay­able in Ukrain­i­an courts have in­creased on av­er­age to 9% com­pared to rates charged in 2018. This in­crease is a res­ult of the latest rise in the min­im­um liv­ing wage for an em­ploy­able per­son (here­in­after – the “MLW”),.
Em­ploy­ment em­ploys us
Bro­chure Em­ploy­ment Law
Ukraine ad­opts law reg­u­lat­ing food la­belling
The Ukrain­i­an par­lia­ment has re­cently ad­op­ted the law on in­form­a­tion about food products for con­sumers, which brings Ukrain­i­an le­gis­la­tion in line with EU reg­u­la­tions, such as Reg­u­la­tion No. 1169/2011 (25 Oc­to­ber 2011) on the pro­vi­sion of food in­form­a­tion to.