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B.C. Toms & Co - Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group

B. C. Toms & Co, a multinational law firm of Western and Ukrainian lawyers, was the first Western law firm to open a Kyiv office in September 1991. Our foreign and Ukrainian lawyers have excellent qualifications from leading law schools and many years of practice experience. Our Kyiv office has been continuously ranked in the principal European legal directories as one of the leading law firms in Ukraine.

Commitment to quality is the cornerstone of our practice. Our over 19 years of experience in Ukraine give us a significant advantage in understanding the many hidden problems and loopholes that need to be addressed to eliminate risks in M&A transactions. In particular, we have extensive experience identifying and resolving the many Ukrainian contract law problems that can undermine the validity of Ukrainian loan and other documentation, and we have written many articles and advisory notes on this that are available to our clients.

Our M&A practice group has successfully handled many of the largest M&A transactions in Ukraine, including recently, for example:

1) The acquisition of a Ukrainian bank by a major European bank, acting for the acquirer, including to conduct a full due diligence; 2) The acquisition of a Ukrainian oil and gas joint venture company representing an European oil and gas company; 3) The acquisition of a group of Ukrainian real estate holding companies in related transactions having a value exceeding USD 36 mil., acting for a major western development company; 4) The contested acquisition of an open joint stock company owning a large manufacturing facility in Kyiv; 5) The sale of a Ukrainian oil and gas company, including representing the owner to conduct a vendor’s due diligence; 6) The acquisition of a company owning agricultural processing and production facilities, and acting for a large multinational agricultural company; and 7) The acquisition of a large Ukrainian milk producer representing purchaser, including to successfully handling an M&A dispute.

We can guide clients through every aspect of M&A transactions, including obtaining any required consents from the Ukrainian Antimonopoly Committee. Our tax group often works with the M&A team to advise on the tax considerations for structuring M&A deals. We have developed a number of innovative solutions to minimize the tax burden of cross-border transactions.