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Why Ukraine’s law firms thrive in top rankings internationally

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Sept. 8, 2011, 10:47 p.m. | Business — by Vlad Lavrov

Oleh Malskyy, partner at Kyiv-based AstapovLawyers.

Vlad Lavrov

Kyiv Post staff writer

Western-educated lawyers rise to top in tough place.
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Anonymous Sept. 9, 2011, 8:16 a.m.    

Bull****. There is no LAW in Ukraine. These lawyers survive like agents working between their clients and the systems in government and the corrupt judges. In Ukraine its all about connections, bribes and getting the paperwork correct.

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Anonymous Sept. 9, 2011, 10:27 a.m.    

Hear, hear! Very much on the nail! I was involved with them for 6 years and I can testify that is largely true. The judges are corrupt and don't care two hoots about justice. Their primary motivation is greed. I don't mean everyone, but most of them... Hear, hear!

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Anonymous Sept. 10, 2011, 7:41 a.m.    

yes, this is 100% correct and they should all be taken from the ground of Ukraine and re-establish a system where actual law can take place and proper law making can actually happen.

As of now, laws are made for corruption, changing and conflicting or absent, making room for the money payers around to make the world fit their purpose, get more power and money.

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Anonymous Sept. 9, 2011, 11:30 a.m.    

Ukrainian lawyers are simply intermediaries and negotiators for the bribe payments of their clients to various judges and government agency officials.

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Anonymous Sept. 10, 2011, 7:37 a.m.    

Yes, 100% correct, this is the fact. Network is all, and they use it to pay themselves to a solution.

Myth is that they are cheaper than international lawyers, this is plain bs. They take as much, and maybe more even.....

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Anonymous Sept. 9, 2011, 3:45 p.m.    

Good international law firms ask plenty of money to their clients. One share of it is to pay corrupted officials in order to speed up procedures and to decision makers to read the law in their favor. In addition, international law firms have relevant connections, also in the in the interest of judges. Who is not interested to deal with trusted partners with good connections in off shores? Bottom line, in a land without rule of law, international law companies to win in such hostile territory, need to do worse! More and and better conditions (not necessarily higher pays), more guarantees to the judges .... Unfortunately, the will to work hard in a solid argumentation based on the facts does not seem to run through the veins of most lawyers.

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Anonymous Sept. 10, 2011, 7:35 a.m.    

And local law firms do not do so...? Of course they do. I am talking from experience.....

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Anonymous Sept. 9, 2011, 10:51 p.m.    

mafia + Oligarchs + lawyers -&gt; Ukraine is DOOMED

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Anonymous Sept. 9, 2011, 11:12 p.m.    

Ukraine = Law of the jungle....there is no other law in the country.

Everything is based on corruption and bribes. A decent person gets eaten alive in this corrupt mayhem!

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Anonymous Sept. 10, 2011, 7:39 a.m.    

Hence why international law comanies cannot make headways in Ukraine, it is next to impossible for them to get into the market. It is nothing about trained in international law schools, its about what network you have when you come back home and show your diploma to get into the lucrative pyramid of money in this judicial system of Ukraine.

A system that changes and is so twilighted when it comes to existing laws, that no one can make sense out of it, unless you pay yourself to a decision from the right person in the administration of Ukraine.

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