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Banking & Finance


As a participant in the global banking and finance industry, you are faced with increasing financial, regulatory and political pressures. New rules on capital requirements, risk profile and investor protection pose challenges for your organisation. We have unmatched geographical coverage and more English and US qualified banking and finance partners on the ground in CEE than any other law firm. We are your first port of call whether you are planning a cross-border transaction with a multi-jurisdictional security package or loan portfolio or implementing a first-of-a-kind financing structure in your domestic market.

Whether you are a financial institution, equity house, asset manager, mutual fund, accountant, privately owned company, corporation or public entity, your business is only as good as the products and services you sell. That’s why we organise our teams along the business lines of your sector, giving us deep insight into the commercial and legal issues you face. From general corporate lending to acquisition and leveraged finance, derivatives and securitisations to real estate finance and corporate recovery, we can help you achieve the best outcome, both locally and across jurisdictions.

CMS Ukraine connects you to over 500 banking and finance lawyers in 39 countries worldwide. The team based in Kyiv has a strong reputation advising international banks on bilateral and syndicated transactions, including corporate loans, trade and commodity finance and project finance.  Our clients are both the lenders and borrowers.  

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    Capital Markets

    CMS advises national and international investment banks, issuers and investors on all aspects related to stock exchange and capital markets law. Financial intermediaries such as investment firms, investment funds or financial institutions are also among our clients. Our capital markets law team deals with all aspects of capital market transactions and advises on all questions of regulatory law.

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    Restructuring, Business Transformation & Insolvency

    CMS can help you with restructuring, insolvency and transforming your business. Whether caused by rapid technological developments, consumer preferences, increased success of competitors, tightening of regulation or an overall economic downturn. When businesses experience decreasing revenue and profits it is better to act sooner rather than later. CMS has lawyers based in Ukraine to help businesses to reduce risk and make the most of business opportunities both within Ukraine and across the world.

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    29 May 2020
    Loan Agree­ments in CEE/CIS: Force Ma­jeure and Pay­ment Morator­ia
    CMS are pleased to launch a sum­mary of some of the im­plic­a­tions for loan agree­ments in fin­ance trans­ac­tions across the CEE/CIS re­gion. Find out more.
    17 April 2020
    CMS Ex­pert Guide to Coronavir­us Re­lated Loan Morator­i­ums
    This guide con­tains a brief but com­pre­hens­ive over­view of cred­it morator­i­ums for 30 coun­tries world­wide, col­lated with a view to help­ing our cli­ents nav­ig­ate through the vari­ous gov­ern­ment re­sponses, and which will be up­dated on a reg­u­lar basis.
    05 June 2020
    Ad­vance pay­ment bonds: “step­ping down” pro­vi­sions and more guid­ance on...
    Last month we re­por­ted on a TCC de­cision which con­sidered the re­quire­ments for mak­ing and re­ject­ing a de­mand un­der an ad­vance pay­ment bond sub­ject to the URDG. Very sim­il­ar is­sues have now been con­sidered...
    30 April 2020
    CMS ad­vises Bank of Cyprus on post-com­ple­tion mat­ters fol­low­ing sale of...
    CMS Camer­on McK­enna Nabarro Olswang in Ky­iv ad­vised Bank of Cyprus on vari­ous post-com­ple­tion Ukrain­i­an law mat­ters fol­low­ing the sale of the Ukrain­i­an sub­si­di­ary of Bank of Cyprus and as­so­ci­ated debt to Alfa Group in 2014. In par­tic­u­lar, CMS sup­por­ted t
    26 March 2020
    CMS Ex­pert Guide to Sta­bil­isa­tion and Re­struc­tur­ing Ini­ti­at­ive
    03 June 2020
    Ukraine moves for­ward with anti-BEPS driv­en tax re­form
    The Law was ad­op­ted by par­lia­ment on 16 Janu­ary 2020, but the busi­ness com­munity ex­pressed op­pos­i­tion to cer­tain pro­vi­sions of the Law even call­ing upon the Pres­id­ent to veto it. Des­pite the con­tro­versy,...
    12 November 2019
    CMS ad­vises syn­dic­ate of European banks on ex­ten­sion and in­crease of pre-ex­port...
    CMS has ad­vised a syn­dic­ate of banks (in­clud­ing Black Sea Trade and De­vel­op­ment Bank) led by ING and Uni­Cred­it as man­dated lead ar­rangers, on the ex­ten­sion and USD 100m in­crease of a pre-ex­port cred­it fa­cil­ity to Ukraine’s Ker­nel Group. Read more here.
    01 January 2016
    CMS Ex­pert Guide to Real Es­tate Fin­ance
    This CMS Ex­pert Guide provides a clear and con­cise ex­plan­a­tion of how a lender (loc­al or for­eign) can take se­cur­ity over real es­tate and op­tions as to en­force­ment.
    14 May 2020
    European Com­mis­sion post­pones the entry in­to force of CSDR set­tle­ment dis­cip­line...
    The Com­mis­sion Del­eg­ated Reg­u­la­tion on set­tle­ment dis­cip­line (the “Set­tle­ment Dis­cip­line RTS”[1]) will now come in­to force on 1 Feb­ru­ary 2021 fol­low­ing in­dustry re­quests for more time for im­ple­ment­a­tion. ...
    5 June 2019
    CMS Camer­on McK­enna Nabarro Olswang in Ukraine is pleased to an­nounce the...
    CMS Camer­on McK­enna Nabarro Olswang in Ukraine is pleased to an­nounce the ap­point­ment of Ihor Olekhov who joins the firm as a part­ner in its fin­ance prac­tice in Ukraine. Ihor joins from Baker McK­en­zie’s Ky­iv of­fice Read more here
    01 January 2015
    CMS Ex­pert Guide to Third Party Costs
    This guide provides sum­mar­ies of the rel­ev­ant costs in vari­ous coun­tries and is aimed at help­ing you when struc­tur­ing a cross-bor­der fin­an­cing.
    30 April 2020
    The in­ter­play between PSD2 and GDPR
    The un­cer­tain in­ter­play between the Pay­ment Ser­vices Dir­ect­ive 2 (PSD2) and the Gen­er­al Data Pro­tec­tion Reg­u­la­tion (GDPR) has made pay­ment ser­vice pro­viders (PSPs) ques­tion which pro­vi­sions they should...