Litigation and Arbitration

In our experience, litigation and arbitration can result not only in monetary damages but, more importantly, in the disruption of a company’s business due to over-zealous scrutiny of the regulatory authorities.

We believe that most disputes have the potential for an amicable resolution. To this end, we try to position a case for an early settlement. Because of our pro-active approach, our clients often reach peaceful settlements instead of heading into full-blown litigation. Should negotiations fail, however, we can immediately respond through the appropriate legal channels.

Our advocates are top Ukrainian experts in complex commercial litigation. For that reason, we usually succeeded in difficult and sometimes precedent-setting cases involving consumer products, maritime and aviation law, intellectual property, employment-related disputes and real estate claims. The broad range of our local knowledge also allows our lawyers to serve as expert witnesses on Ukrainian legislation in foreign arbitration and litigation settings.

We have defended numerous foreign companies in Ukrainian courts over the last 20 years. For instance, we represent KLM Royal Dutch Airlines against passengers’ claims and any trademark infringements. In the area of real estate, we successfully protected the property rights of a well-known international school in local courts, in regional courts and in the Supreme Court of Ukraine.

We have also assisted Fiat Auto, an Italian automobile manufacturer, in a major product liability case. In this complex case, we made use of key expert witness testimony to emasculate the plaintiff’s legal position. In cases involving ship arrests or commodity-related disputes, we use our extensive infrastructure of local consultants to gather information about assets and individuals subject to legal disputes.

In addition to participating in litigation with local and foreign entities, we act as legal counsel in arbitration matters administered worldwide by major arbitration institutions and ad hoc arbitration bodies.We can provide immediate advice in numerous jurisdictions and coordinate complex, cross-border actions quickly and effectively.


“Emilceramica appreciates Frishberg & Partners' professional collaboration in supporting the project "Joint Venture Zeus Keramik" with Ukrainian participation. In this regard, Emilceramica hopes to have Frishberg & Partners' assistance in future.” 

Dr. Efrem Montepietra, Emilceramica SpA

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Dmitriy Kasyanenko, Vimpel Communications

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 “You did an excellent job for Joss Chemicals BV, and you prepared an excellent report on our behalf.  This was very positive for us, and it allowed us to set up our business in Ukraine.  Now we are actively pursuing this business thanks to your excellent lawyers.” 

Jan Huijbregts, Joss Chemicals BV

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"Mr. Alex Frishberg Esq. and his associates at Frishberg & Partners have for years, including during my predecessors, provided invaluable and highly qualified legal advice and services to the Embassy of Sweden in Kyiv. We have especially appreciated Mr. Frishberg's and his law firm's support on matters concerning real estate, including by conducting negotiations on our behalf, and on a range of other issues..."

Stefan Gullgren, Ambassador, the Embassy of Sweden in Kyiv

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"…Mr. Alex Frishberg has been legal advisor and attorney for the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Kyiv since 1992. In this period Mr. Frishberg has assisted the Embassy in matters relating to Ukrainian property law, labour law, commercial code and other aspects of civil law. We have been happy to recommend his and his law firm's services to Norwegian companies that have been interested in investing or otherwise engage in the Ukrainian market, and we know that many such companies have made use of his services and with great success."

Olav Berstad, Ambassador, the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Kyiv

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"Since 2008 Alex Frishberg is the Legal Adviser on the Belgian Embassy and gives the Embassy of Belgium timely and helpful advice, on important legal issues. These includes property and human resource questions as well as other issues associated with running a busy Embassy in Kyiv.
We value this help."

Mark Vinck, Ambassador, the Embassy of Belgium in Kyiv

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 “We are very satisfied with the services of your law firm and especially appreciate the quick, accurate and business- minded responses and analysis.” 

Dr. Brigitte Carbonare-Hartsleben, British Telecom Global Services

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"Alex Frishberg had been my Honorary Legal Adviser since June 2008. He also held this position for my predecessor. Alex and his team have given the embassy a range of timely and helpful advice on a broad range of important legal issues. These have included property and human resource questions as well as other issues associated with running a busy embassy in Kyiv. We have immensely valued their help. I have also been interested in Alex's views and analysis of Ukrainian institutions and politics, based on his many years of experience in Kyiv."

Leigh Turner, Her Majesty's Ambassador, British Embassy in Kyiv

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“I really appreciate the capability and professionalism of your lawyers and the efforts your company successfully put in the defense of ours. We thank you for your assistance and cooperation.”

Flavia Smiraglio, Fiat Auto S.p.A.

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“Thank you and the colleagues at Frishberg & Partners for your assistance and the very valuable input you provided.  We are all happy with the outcome of the matter that was handled well, based on a good sense of judgment, lots of wisdom, good decision making and good use of past learnings from previous experiences in this country.”  

Elias N. Ashkar, INDEVCO Group

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