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English Law Day in Kyiv

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eld kyiv partners 2018

The Law Society is organising the second English Law Day in Kyiv, Ukraine on 22 March in partnership with the Ukrainian National Bar Association (UNBA), the British Ukrainian Law Association (BULA), and the British Embassy in Kyiv.

After the very successful first English Law Day forum in Kyiv in 2017, the event will be a chance to continue to promote legal links and business between both countries, the use of English Law, our members expertise, and strengthen the relationship between practitioners from both jurisdictions. Please take a look at last year’s event here .

The conference is  a great opportunity for delegates to discuss the recent developments in English Law and the current business environment for doing legal business in the UK and Ukraine. 


09:30 - 10:30

Registration and refreshments

10:30 - 11:00  

Welcome remarks and introductions

Sergei Ostrovsky, Member of the International Committee, the Law Society of England and Wales

Representative from the British Embassy in Kyiv

Valentyn Gvozdiy, Vice President, Ukrainian National Bar Association

Representative from the British Ukrainian Law Association


11:00 -


Session 1:  Private Wealth – recent developments in the UK

- Changes to investor visa/ immigration rules

- Multi-family offices

- The impact of GDPR on British companies and implications for Ukrainian businesses

- Trust bursting - JSC Mezhdunarodniy Promyshlenniy Bank v Pugachev

- Unexplained Wealth Orders Explained

12:00 - 12:30

Tea and coffee break


12:30 - 13:30


Session 2: The use of English law on joint ventures and as the governing law for shareholder agreements

- A brief road map to joint ventures in Ukraine

- Latest policy changes in Ukraine and implications for shareholders’ agreements

- Why use of English Law in joint ventures and as governing law for shareholder agreements?: Benefits, consequences and limitations

- Recent developments in English law that may impact upon joint ventures

13:30 - 14:30 


14:30 - 15:30 

Session 3: Disputes resolution – International Arbitration – Latest update

- Latest news from disputes in England and Wales with eyes on Ukrainian parties

- Third party funding of arbitration disputes

- English courts and overseas defendants: jurisdiction challenges

15:30 - 16:00

Tea and coffee break

16:00 - 17:00  

Session 4: Recovering assets through bankruptcy and liquidation

- Claims to recover assets of company/bankrupt estate under English law

- Focus on cross-border cases, involving Ukrainian parties in particular: jurisdiction of English courts, recognition of foreign insolvencies

- Assets search, investigations and other efforts in support of cross-border bankruptcies, and

- Recent developments of Ukrainian law on liquidation and bankruptcy, and possibility of recovering assets situated abroad

17:00 - 17:05

Closing remarks

17:05 - 19:30

Networking reception

If you are interested in speaking at the conference, please email . Registration for this event is free, if you’d like to register to attend the event, please email

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