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Olena L. Omelchenko

Lawyer, Head of International Trade Practice

Olena L. Omelchenko
Areas of practice
Industries
Experience
  • 2011-2014 - The Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, Deputy Director of Department for Cooperation with the WTO and Trade Remedies
  • 2009-2010 - Director at a law firm
  • 2004-2009 - The Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, Head of Division of the State Department on Legislation Approximation, Deputy Head of Division of International Law Department
  • 2001 - 2004, 2010 - 2011 The State Customs Service of Ukraine, Lecturer at the Academy of the Customs Service of Ukraine (international law, international customs law), Head of Unit of the State Customs Scientific Research Institute

Recent projects

Olena has 15 years’ substantial experience related to trade protection, WTO rules, customs regulation and adaptation of Ukrainian laws to EU legislation. She advises companies on anti-dumping, safeguard and countervailing investigations in Ukraine and abroad.

Prior to working for Ilyashev & Partners Law Firm Olena was a member of the negotiations group on preparation of the EU-Ukraine Agreement, as well as free trade agreements between Ukraine and Canada, Turkey, Serbia and other states. She participated in numerous international trade negotiations. In 2015 Olena was an advisor to the Minister of economic development and trade of Ukraine.

Olena advises such key clients as ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih, Platform, ROSHEN, AGC Flat Glass Klin and AGC Flat Glass Ukraine, KuibyshevAzot, Oscar Production Association and group of companies Interform.

  • Consulting Platform on export, import, production and trade in pesticides and agrochemicals within the frame of the complex agreement on acquisition of Chemtura AgroSolutions Corporation by Platform Specialty Products with transaction value in the amount of USD 1 bln. The Agreement included sale of business units in 36 countries and assets portfolio covering more than 120 countries. The project was implemented in partnership with international law firm Eversheds.
  • Representation of a national manufacturer’s interests (group of companies Interform) in a safeguard investigation regarding import of polyurethane (regardless of its origin) to Ukraine. Estimated value of the project – approx. USD 20 mln.
  • Representation of interests of KuibyshevAzot in the anti-dumping investigation related to import to Ukraine of certain types of nitrogen fertilizers manufactured in the Russian Federation. Estimated value of the project – approx. USD 40 mln.
  • Representation of interests of ROSHEN in the anti-dumping investigation related to import to Ukraine of certain types of chocolate. Estimated value of the project – approx. USD 590 mln.
  • Representation of interests of AGC Flat Glass Klin and AGC Flat Glass Ukraine (part of AGC Glass Europe) in the intermediate revision of anti-dumping actions related to import to Ukraine of certain types of float-glass manufactured in the Russian Federation, Poland and the Republic of Belarus.
  • Representation of interests of ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih in Egypt in connection with imposition of protective duty and increase of import duty on steel bars. Subsequent to the results of the work in 2015 the Egyptian side agreed not to increase the import duty onto the client’s products. Estimated value of the project – approx. USD 210 mln.
  • Representation of Oscar Production Association in the anti-dumping investigation at the Eurasian Economic Commission​​ (Moscow, the Russian Federation) as for import of corrosion-resistant tubes and pipes produced in Ukraine to the customs territory of Eurasian Economic Union. Estimated value of the project – approx. USD 9 mln.
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Awards / Ratings / Recommendations
  • Listed among the best lawyers in Trade & Customs according to international ranking Who’s Who Legal 2017
  • Recognized as Top-4 leading individuals in International Trade: Trade Remedies/WTO according to Ukrainian research “Ukrainian Law Firms 2017. A Handbook for Foreign Clients”
  • Recommended as one of the leading legal experts in international trade according to Ukrainian research “Ukrainian Law Firms 2016. A Handbook for Foreign Clients"

Events
Recent publications / All publications
Membership
  • Heads the Working Group on International Trade at the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine (ACC)
  • Member of the expert panel for legal evaluation of actions performed by the Russian Federation in the sphere of trade at the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine
  • Expert of the Public Council at the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine


Education
  • Yaroslav the Wise National Law Academy of Ukraine (Specialist in Law)
  • PhD of Law
  • Institute for Training and Technical Co-operation WTO, Trade Remedies and the WTO


Working languages
Ukrainian, Russian, English

 
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