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Our team continues uninterrupted operations and supporting clients in Ukraine. For any further information please contact relevant experts at CMS Kyiv. 

Ukraine has a number of major industries including power generating, fuel, oil & gas, construction and agriculture. It is also well know for its high-tech industry. CMS Ukraine has been working with national and international organisations in all these sectors for over 15 years.

With over 30 domestically and internationally qualified lawyers based in Kyiv, our CMS team combines their understanding of the Ukrainian market with the requirements and expectations of global organisations and investors.

Offering a full spectrum of legal services, including energy, corporate M&A, banking, dispute resolution, competition and property, our lawyers work in all the key sectors of the Ukrainian economy. Our clients come to us to advise them on national and multi-jurisdictional transactions of all sizes.

If you are an international organisation looking to do business in Ukraine, you will need the support of an experienced international law firm which truly understands the local Ukrainian market place and offers advice that is innovative, robust and can be applied practically to your commercial objectives.

If you already do business in Ukraine, or are interested in doing so, please come and visit us, reach out via our online contact form or give us a call.

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24/05/2024
EU anti-dumping investigations for Chinese lysine and vanillin imports
On 23 May 2024, the EU opened an anti-dumping in­vest­ig­a­tion con­cern­ing EU imports of lysine originating in the People’s Republic of China, which could lead to substantial anti-dumping duties on future...
24/05/2024
Charging ahead: electricity storage regulation in CEE
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17/05/2024
The EU Gigabit Infrastructure Act: Faster, Cheaper and Simpler Rollout...
The EU Gigabit Infrastructure Act (GIA), which is set to become law after a political agreement reached in February 2024, responds to the ever-growing need for faster, more reliable, data-intensive connectivity...
17/05/2024
European Sanctions: Mandatory Contract Clauses, New Criminal Penalties
Back­ground­Follow­ing Russia’s occupation of Crimea in 2014 and invasion of Ukraine in 2022, global allies including the UK, US and EU, Canada and Australia, acted in concert to impose stringent sanctions...
17/05/2024
CMS International Construction Study 2024
In recent years, construction and engineering businesses have faced a whole storm of headwinds. CMS, in partnership with YouGov, asked in-house lawyers about the biggest challenges of managing disputes in this environment - and how those challenges can be met.   Sixty-second summaryThe evolving nature of construction risk will see changes to standard contracts and negotiation positions. It may also bring more disputes, particularly where those changes lag behind project realities. Fewer than half the businesses we surveyed reported that the in-house legal or contract management team is always consulted at the start of a project to identify areas of risk and to establish appropriate risk management strategies. Most in-house lawyers believe their businesses could improve the way in which risk is managed during projects - often in a number of important ways. Despite the potential benefits, only 17% of the in-house lawyers we surveyed are using AI in disputes or contract management. Some say they will never use it. Most in-house lawyers believe their businesses have a lot of scope to improve the way that project risks are managed. AI has the potential to be a game-changer in this area by optimising processes, planning, scheduling and other elements of case management and by revolutionising the way a business handles its portfolio of contracts. 
17/05/2024
CMS Expert Guide to real estate finance law
A clear understanding of the security available is fundamental for lenders and borrowers. To assist, CMS has launched an interactive International Guide to Real Estate Finance. This provides a clear and...
16/05/2024
Ukraine changes rules for the military draft
The Ukrainian parliament has adopted a number of laws changing the procedure, criteria and liability for non-compliance with the rules of the military draft in Ukraine. This new legislation includes the...
16/05/2024
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15/05/2024
Six years of GDPR: Europe-wide analysis shows increasingly dynamic sanction...
Highest GDPR fine of 1.2 billion euros imposed by the Irish data protection authority in May 2023 for a breach of the rules on international data transfers. Further fines imposed by this authority in 2023 amounted to hundreds of millions of euros. The main violations are “Insufficient legal basis for data processing” and “Failure to comply with the general principles of data processing”. The next most common violation is “Insufficient technical and organizational measures to ensure information security”. Spain tops the list of countries with the most fines for the fifth year in a row, followed by Italy and Romania. Ireland, Luxembourg and France have the highest average fines and total amounts per country. Berlin – Today, international law firm CMS has published the fifth edition of its annual Enforcement Tracker Report. The English-language report shows the developments of all publicly known GDPR fines based on CMS's own online database, GDPR Enforcement Tracker. The current edition of the report covers the analysis period between March 2023 and March 2024. 510 fines were added for the past year as of the editorial deadline on 1 March 2024. This brings the total number of data protection fines since the GDPR came into effect in May 2018 to 2,225, or 2,086 if only fines with full details such as the amount of the fine, date and authority are counted. The total amount of fines since the start of the survey is around 4.5 billion euros. This means that fines of around 1.7 billion euros have been added compared to last year’s Enforcement Tracker Report. This shows that authorities are no longer shying away from imposing high fines. The average fine for the entire reporting period was around 2.1 million euros - with high fines against “big tech” companies in 2021/22 and the first fine in the billions in 2023 having a particularly heavy impact.“At the top of the list of GDPR fine triggers is, once again, insufficient legal basis and non-compliance with the general data processing principles as well as insufficient technical and organisational measures. Companies should pay particular attention to this,” says Christian Runte, lawyer and partner at the international commercial law firm CMS Germany. Dr Alexander Schmid from the Enforcement Tracker team at CMS Germany adds: “In addition to data protection authorities, the courts have also increasingly dealt with the interpretation of the GDPR. For example, the Court of Justice of the European Union has further clarified the scope of data subjects' right of access. “These rulings create more clarity, but at the same time tighten the requirements for companies, which is why, in addition to a viable compliance concept, current developments will also be decisive for them in practice in the future.”Read the full Enforcement Tracker Report here; a summary can be found here. Pressekon­takt presse@cms-hs. com
15/05/2024
GDPR Enforcement Tracker Report
The CMS Data Protection Group is pleased to launch the 5th edition In the six years since the GDPR came into force, this powerful framework to protect personal data has certainly helped to raise awareness and encourage compliance efforts – just as the European legislator intended. At the same time, the risk of fines of up to EUR 20 million or 4% of a company’s global annual turnover can also lead to fear and reluctance or ignorance about compliance issues. We still believe that facts are better than fear. This is why we continuously update our list of publicly known fines in the GDPR Enforcement Tracker and established the GDPR Enforcement Tracker Report as an annual deep dive approach to provide you with more insights into the world of GDPR fines.
14/05/2024
Ukraine improves corporate governance in SOEs
On 8 March 2024, the long-awaited law on improvement of corporate governance in state-owned enterprises (SOEs) (Law) came into force. The Law was developed as part of a general state sector reform with...