The Clifford Chance office in Kyiv has been re-established as an independent law firm operating as Redcliffe Partners ("Redcliffe"). Redcliffe will be managed by partner Olexiy Soshenko, former head of finance practice at Clifford Chance Kyiv. The firm’s leadership will also include partners Dmytro Fedoruk, former head of M&A practice at Clifford Chance Kyiv, partners Rob Shantz and Sergiy Gryshko, recent lateral hires who will head Redcliffe’s Corporate and Dispute Resolution practices accordingly.
Redcliffe Partners will maintain a Best Friends Agreement with Clifford Chance, one of the world's pre-eminent law firms, to enable us to combine local market knowledge, technical excellence and international reach and thereby deliver to clients what they value most.
Redcliffe's leadership and enhanced team
Redcliffe has retained the core Clifford Chance Kyiv team and reinforced it with several senior level hires, including:
- partner Rob Shantz, who will lead Redcliffe’s Corporate Practice. Mr. Shantz is a U.S. attorney with more than 19 years of experience in Central and Eastern Europe. Most recently Rob was the Head of the Legal Practice at PwC Ukraine, and, prior to that, was a tax and legal partner with KPMG Ukraine. Before relocating to the CEE region, Rob practiced for several years with corporate law firms in the U.S.
- partner Sergiy Gryshko, who will lead Redcliffe’s Dispute Resolution team. Sergiy joined the firm from CMS Cameron McKenna and has over 13 years of experience in Dispute Resolution and International Arbitration
- counsel Zoryana Sozanska-Matviychuk. Zoryana has more than 10 years of experience with the leading international law firms in Ukraine and abroad, and has advised on many complex M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions, primarily during her time with the Kyiv, Sydney and London offices of Baker & McKenzie
- counsel Dmytro Orendarets, admitted in both Ukraine and the state of New York, USA. Dmytro was promoted to counsel with Redcliffe Partners having worked for more than 7 years in the Kyiv, London and New York offices of Clifford Chance. Dmytro specialises in finance, capital markets and debt restructuring.
Redcliffe's capabilities across practice areas and industry sectors
Redcliffe will focus primarily on Antitrust, Banking & Finance, Corporate/M&A, Debt Restructuring and Insolvency. The firm is also investing into capabilities in International Arbitration and Litigation.
Its sector-focused groups will include Agribusiness, Financial Institutions, Energy, Pharmaceuticals, FMCG & Retail, TMT and Infrastructure.
Redcliffe's market outlook and ambitions
Olexiy Soshenko, the Managing Partner of Redcliffe comments, ''This is an exciting step for us and for our team. We see plenty of opportunities to further expand our capabilities and create rewarding long term career paths for our people. Building on terrific client relations and an excellent team, we fully intend to remain a top legal practice in Ukraine.''