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Denys Bugay - cofounder, head of White-Collar Crime practice at VB PARTNERS, former president of the Ukrainian Bar Association

Denys is one of the leading White-Collar Crime attorneys in Ukraine. He specializes in complex criminal proceedings, business protection, and support of complex court processes.

The key expertise covers official crimes, anti-corruption investigations, money laundering, misappropriation and embezzlement of assets, and tax evasion.

Denys advises clients in various industries, including oil and gas, tobacco, energy, retail, and real estate.

A separate focus of Denys Bugay`s attention is the banking sector. His experience counts dozens of successful cases of protection of banks` shareholders and top managers concerning material and criminal liability with minimal reputational and financial losses. He also personally protects shareholders and members of the supervisory board of the largest banks in disputes with the National Bank of Ukraine, the Deposit Guarantee Fund, and law enforcement agencies. Among the projects is the defense of the ex-Chairman of the Board of Privatbank, shareholder of Delta Bank, top manager of Ukrgasbank in the most significant criminal proceedings in Ukraine.

He has an extensive practice in defense of public figures (PEP/key government officials) in anti-corruption investigations, in particular in the cases of the Minister of Energy, the Deputy Minister of Justice of Ukraine, members of the Board of the National Bank, the president of the Ukrainian Football Association, etc.

Denys has a significant experience in cross-border investigations within the international legal assistance framework, including extradition and Interpol.

VB PARTNERS is consistently included in the TOP-50 of the most successful law firms in Ukraine and recognized by the key national and international ratings (Legal 500 EMEA, Chambers Europe, Best Lawyers, Who is Who Legal, etc.).

  • Porch 13, Business Center Bashnya Five
    Rybalska Str. 22
    Kyiv 01011
  • English
  • Russian
  • Ukrainian
Bar Admissions
  • Ukraine, Ukrainian Bar Association
  • European Criminal Bar Association - Member
  • Internatinal Bar Association - Member
  • Ukrainian Bar association - President

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Criminal Defense
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
  • Criminal Defense, Kyiv, Ukraine (2022)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Ukraine 2022 for work in:
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal Defense
  • Government Relations Practice
  • Litigation
    • The Legal 500 EMEA: one of the leading Ukrainian lawyers in the field of White-Collar Crime (Top-tier);
    • Legal Awards: Best Criminal Lawyer of Ukraine in 2018;
    • Chambers Europe: in TOP-5 lawyers in Ukraine in the field of White-Collar Crime;
    • Who is Who Legal: one of the leading lawyers in Ukraine in the field of Business Crime Defence;
    • Best Lawyers: one of the best Ukrainian experts in criminal, corporate law, litigation and GR;
    • Ukrainian Law Firms. A Handbook for Foreign Clients: in Top-5 experts of Ukraine in Criminal Law/White Collar Crime;
    • Study of Legal Practice Publishing: within 8 years in succession one of the 10 most active lawyers in Ukraine.

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