Gide boosts its Kiev office with the arrival of nine lawyers, including two partners, from Beiten Burkhardt

02 Dec, 2013

A team of nine lawyers including two partners, Julian Ries and Oleksiy Feliv, from German law firm Beiten Burkhardt will join Gide’s Kiev office on 1 January 2014.

Julian Ries joined Beiten Burkhardt in 2004, and was promoted to partner in 2009. As managing partner of the Kiev office, headvises national and international companies in the agricultural and renewable energy sectors on corporate, tax and restructuring issues, as well as in large commercial real estate transactions. Julian is a seasoned corporate lawyer.

Oleksiy Feliv is a leading Ukrainian realestate lawyer recognised for his results-oriented advice to international investors and is known for his litigation and arbitration practice. OleksiyFeliv joined Beiten Burkhardt in 2005. Over the years, he has advised a wide variety of foreign clients active in the construction and renewable energy sectors, as well as investment funds, on real estate operations and investments. During his time with Beiten Burkhardt, he worked in the firm’s Munich and Frankfurt offices.

The two partners will join Gide together with seven Ukrainian lawyers from Beiten Burkhardt: Daniyil Fedorchuk, Vasyl Yurmanovych, Olesya Stolyarska, Khrystyna Fedunyshyn, Nika Varvaryuk and Olena Nagorianska.

Oleg Zagnitko, head of Beiten’s Ukrainian banking practice, will become Gide’s Banking & Finance co-head together with Igor Krasovskiy. Gide Kiev has established a reputable banking practice and belongs to the very few firms with a strong practice of infrastructure and PPP and benefits from its integrated UK law capability through its London office.

Karl Hepp de Sevelinges, a French and German qualified partner who opened Gide’s Kiev office in 2006, said: “We have been looking to grow and this project makes a lot of sense as we have known the lawyers joining us for years. Their practice complements ours perfectly, will boost our expertise in real estate, M&A / Corporate andbanking, and will facilitate our access to German and Austrian investors”.

Stéphane Puel, Gide’s managing partner, adds: “Gide’s strategy in Central and Eastern Europe is to achieve a leading market position in countries with strong investment potential. Despite the current economic context, we believe in further growth and are delighted to welcome such a recognised and experienced team. The German and Ukrainian lawyers will contribute to ascertain Gide’s position in Central & Eastern Europe as a leading European player.”

Gide’s Kiev office, comprising 20 lawyers and legal consultants, will be headed both by Julian Ries and the current partner in charge of the Gide office, Bertrand Barrier. Karl Hepp de Sevelinges, now based in Paris, will stay involved in the future activities of Gide in Eastern Europe and particularly in Ukraine.

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