The EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, including the establishment of a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (AA\DCFTA), opened the door for Ukrainian businesses to European markets. The EU is Ukraine's largest trading partner, accounting for more than a third of Ukraine’s trade, valued at USD 13 billion in 2015. The EU is also Ukraine’s main source of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).

However, taking full advantage of the opportunities arising in the context of the AA and the DCFTA largely depends on the strength of Ukrainian exporters’ knowledge of EU regulatory frameworks. Lack of understanding and non-compliance with EU rules may lead to considerable non-tariff barriers to trade.

Redcliffe Partners offers Ukrainian exporters a wealth of practical legal experience in the field of EU law and EU regulatory challenges across industry sectors, including agribusiness, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, chemicals, mining and natural resources, IT and others.

Our EU practice, based in Kyiv, is led by counsel Ario Dehghani, an EU Attorney at Law. Before relocating to Ukraine, Ario practised EU law for over seven years in the German office of a leading international law firm.

We assist many Ukrainian exporters, advising on:

  • EU law, including directives and other regulations
  • The AA and the DCFTA
  • Obtaining export licences
  • The use of export quotas
  • REACH directive issues and other regulatory obligations within the chemical industry
  • EU regulations with regard to pharma products, medical products and medical devices
  • Technical regulations and EU requirements concerning the quality and safety of food products, including milk, meat and dairy goods
  • EU regulations on machinery products
  • EU regulations on data protection and data privacy
  • The assessment of production processes and their compliance with EU law
  • Interaction with EU regulatory authorities
  • Legal representation in EU proceedings and administrative investigations relating to alleged violations of EU regulations

Redcliffe Partners has access to an EU partner network and the know-how of the world’s leading law firms. An EU-wide reach is important in international trade and export issues, as EU law may often affect the whole EU market, involving a variety of legal systems, which have implemented respective EU regulations differently within their own national legislation.

Redcliffe’s EU practice monitors, analyses and evaluates significant legislative and regulatory events related to EU law, and keeps clients abreast of potential opportunities and regulatory risks.