U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC) Project: White Paper on Legal and Governance Reform in Ukraine: Strategic Priorities / Business and Economic Sector
For more than three years the USUBC Legal Committee, composed of international and local law firms and in-house counsel of the USUBC corporate members, has carried out an on-going pro bono project on the White Paper on Legal and Governance Reform in Ukraine: Strategic Priorities / Business and Economic Sector. The previous editions of the White Paper were prepared in cooperation with various distinguished organizations and experts. In 2017 we are working on the Third Edition of the White Paper - this time jointly with the newly established UkraineInvest (Ukraine Investment Promotion Office), an independent institution tasked with substantially improving the ease of doing business in Ukraine and promoting Ukraine globally.

The White Paper editions, and the conferences that follow each release, indeed made a substantive contribution to the reform process in Ukraine: many of our ideas have been reflected in the reform agenda of the Supreme Rada, the Cabinet of Ministers and Presidential Administration, have been cited in multiple publications and at conferences, and were relied upon by the civic society, business community, think-tanks, international institutions, diplomatic community, and many other stakeholders.

The White Paper has always focuses on the systemic high-level view of the entire reform process in two aspects: fundamental and key sectors. In preparing the First and Second Edition of the White Paper we made our reform proposals based on the analytical approach. For the Third Edition, however, we agreed to work from the practical angle first, in cooperation with UkraineInvest, later summarizing this practical experience in combination with analytical thinking in the White Paper. As our work progresses, more information about the Third Edition of the White Paper will be posted at Legal Reforms Publications

The Second Edition of the White Paper was presented at the second Conference on Legal and Governance Reform on 30 October 2015 at the Kyiv School of Economics (KSE). Approximately 100 representatives of the legal, business and diplomatic community, civic society, academia, the Government, the National Bank and the Presidential Administration of Ukraine gathered to discuss the proposed reforms. You may download the White Paper in English and Ukrainian. You may also view the Conference Program in English and Ukrainian. The conference can be watched on YouTube

The First Edition of the White Paper was presented at the first Conference on Legal and Governance Reform on 15 October 2014 at the Kyiv School of Economics. The conference can be watched (starts with 30:30) on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDerRFMCKeY. The final Program is available here. The media coverage by Yurydychna Gazeta is available in PDF format here. The English and Ukrainian versions of the White Paper are at USUBC Web site.

ECA (Europe-Caucasus-Asia) Legal Forum

In 2006 our law firm founded the ECA (Europe-Caucuses-Asia) Legal Forum, which has evolved into the main platform in the ECA region for the wide-scale gathering of leading business lawyers, becoming as of 2015 a part of the International Bar Association (IBA).
It was highly symbolic that the first Forum of the new reincarnation - the 2016 IBA Europe-Caucasus-Asia Forum (IBA ECA Forum) - was successfully held in Ukraine, where is started more than ten years ago. On 15-19 June 2016 it brought together over 100 leaders in the legal profession from 27 countries.
The Forum was hosted by Kiev and Lviv, which are among the most exciting cities in Europe, bustling with business and cultural activity.
Detailed information about the IBA ECA Forum 2016 is at

A video about ECA Forum coming to Ukraine can be watched at
and a short film summarizing results of the Forum can be watched at

Dear Clients, Colleagues, and Friends,

Welcome to the home page of RULG-Ukrainian Legal Group. This site aims to present to you detailed information about our firm, the legal services we provide, our attorneys, and important legal developments in Ukraine.

Traditionally, in this letter we provide an overview of our firm's news and achievements. In these challenging times of geopolitical and economic crisis, we are more than ever committed to providing the best value in services to our clients, doing what it takes to help them withstand the crisis, and being their loyal and competent legal partner in Ukraine.

As always, our most exciting and rewarding experience has been in working on behalf of our clients. Our clients and competitors alike praise our law firm for its profound experience in such practice areas as investment, M&A, energy, healthcare, labor, intellectual property protection, antitrust, compliance, data protection and many others. We are especially proud that our partners are regularly selected in various areas of practice (corporate, mergers & acquisitions, antitrust, arbitration and mediation, labor and employment and energy and natural resources law) in the Ukrainian edition of Best Lawyers®, which is regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence in the U.S. and around the world. We were listed in the Which Lawyer? Yearbook among only twenty Ukrainian law firms and rated as "recognized" in the field of competition/anti-trust law, "recommended" in both corporate/M&A and dispute resolution and "highly recommended" in labor and employee benefits. Moreover, several of our attorneys were individually honored by being designated as "recommended" or "highly recommended" in various practice categories. Chambers describes us as "traditionally Westernized in outlook" and acknowledged that RULG-Ukrainian Legal Group has always been recognized as having "particular strength in the IP field". Additionally, such top legal directories as The Legal 500, FindLaw.com, Lawyers.com and others have all written up our practice. I am also honored to be regularly included in the annual listing of Hundred Best Lawyers of Ukraine (Clients' Choice) based on the survey conducted by Yurydychna Gazeta, a leading legal publication in Ukraine.

A special word about our active participation in the on-going substantive legal and governance reform in Ukraine. For more than four years we have been leading a major pro-bono project on the White Paper on Legal and Governance Reform in Ukraine under the auspices of U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC). The English and Ukrainian versions of all editions of the White Paper, as well as information on the conferences on Legal and Governance Reform are available at http://www.rulg.com/publications_legal_reforms.asp. We continue to promote Ukraine's reforms at international conferences, presenting the latest developments in various sectors.

In terms of our special areas of practice, we constantly develop our natural resources and production sharing agreements practice. Ukrainian Law Firms: Handbook for Foreign Clients, Natural Gas Europe and OGEL regularly feature our articles summarizing the legal regime for the use of subsoil in Ukraine.

Our compliance practice has developed actively in the past few years, and in acknowledgment of its importance for our clients, we regularly hold compliance workshops.

Our attorneys have been actively involved in various professional activities: attending and speaking at international conferences, publishing articles on various aspects of Ukrainian law and participating in professional organizations and associations. Information on these activities is available on the respective pages of this site. Professional and mass media outlets often seek our attorneys' opinions on a broad range of legal topics, and to share these opinions with you we have added a "RULG in the Media" page to our Web site.

We are happy to report the continuing success of the ECA (Europe-Caucasus-Asia) Legal Forum, an informal network of managing partners of the leading business law firms of the ECA economic region, which our law firm founded in 2006, and which as of 2015 became a part of the International Bar Association (IBA). It was highly symbolic that the first Forum of the new reincarnation - the 2016 IBA Europe-Caucasus-Asia Forum (IBA ECA Forum) - was successfully held in Ukraine, where it started more than ten years ago. Since then the ECA Forum continues to be successfully held on annual basis in various parts of the ECA region.

We look forward to having more opportunities to assist you in your business endeavors in Ukraine and other countries of the ECA region. We appreciate the time you are taking to review our home page and hope its contents prove useful. We also invite you to check out our publications and conference presentations, which we regularly post to reflect the key legal developments in Ukraine. Please feel free to contact us with your comments and questions.

Sincerely yours,
Irina Paliashvili
President and Senior Counsel

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