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CMS Strengthens Agricultural Practice and Banking & Finance Team with English-Qualified Senior Hire

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang in Kyiv is pleased to announce that Orest Matviychuk has joined the Banking & Finance team as a Senior Associate. Orest joins CMS from Engelhart Commodities Trading Partners (formerly BTG Pactual Commodities) where he was Senior Legal Counsel.

Orest will focus on the agricultural and commodities trading sector, both in Ukraine and Central and Eastern Europe. With the land reform under way in Ukraine, acquisition, financing and other transactions concerning land will come to the forefront and will contribute to expanding Ukraine’s role as a leader in high-profile matters concerning the agriculture sector.  CMS has to-date assisted many clients in financing agricultural commodities transactions, the expansion of logistics and transport routes, in investments into port infrastructure, and many other aspects of the agricultural value chain.

Orest is dual qualified in both Ukraine, and England and Wales.  Orest is experienced in advising on international trade and the transportation of a wide range of commodities (with a focus on grains, oilseeds and vegetable oil), covering the Black Sea and Asia markets. Orest also has significant experience advising on finance and international capital markets, including complex and cross-border transactions. Orest has advised both local and international clients in a variety of industries across a wide range of sectors, including agriculture, energy, finance, natural resources, public and telecommunications.

Orest Matviychuk comments: ‘The agricultural sector in the multitude of its aspects is essential to Ukraine, CEE and the Black Sea regions. I will contribute to achieving the ambitious goals of agricultural holdings, farmers, traders, banks and other financiers of agricultural exports and other projects. The CMS Finance practice has a great reputation, both locally and internationally, and I am delighted to be joining the team. I look forward to advising on both current and future challenges.’

Graham Conlon, Managing Partner of CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang in Kyiv comments: ‘With Orest’s arrival, we now have three English-qualified lawyers working full-time for our Kyiv office. With high-profile transactions often governed by English-law, Orest’s arrival further cements therefore our reputation for being able to handle all aspects of high-profile transactions – under English and Ukrainian laws – from on the ground in Kyiv.’

Ihor Olekhov, Head of the Banking and Finance practice of CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang in Kyiv comments: ‘Our goal is to be recognised as being one of the leading Banking and Finance practices on the market. With agriculture being such a key sector for Ukraine, I am confident that Orest will bring added strength and expertise to our already first-rate team.’

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