Agribusiness & Food Processing

Since our earliest days, Frishberg & Partners has played an important role with respect to the commercial development of Ukrainian agribusiness and food processing.

For instance, Frishberg & Partners assisted Swedish investors with the valuation and acquisition of a majority stake in a food-processing facility near Kherson, in southern Ukraine. Our strict application of valuation techniques, as proscribed in Ukrainian privatization law, secured a favorable factory valuation on behalf of our client. Frishberg & Partners’ contribution to this Swedish-Ukrainian venture constituted one of the first steps towards launching a now famous brand of sauces and canned foods throughout Ukraine.

We also played an integral role in creating the Slavutich brand of beer. Our legal advice to one of Slavutich’s investors, Baltic Beverages Holding AB, began with a due diligence of acquisition targets. We assisted with the acquisition of pre and post-privatized soda-water and brewing facilities, prepared privatization plans associated with the acquisition of pre-privatized entities, reviewed and negotiated share-purchase agreements in the case of post-privatized companies, facilitated both cash and in-kind contributions for corporate capitalization in Ukraine, and obtained required Antimonopoly Committee approvals.

Our firm assisted a major Dutch trader of cheese products in setting up a dairy farm and yogurt-manufacturing facility near Kiev. This work involved joint venture formation with local partners, land-allocation, licensing and product certification, among other matters. During the course of this project we prepared a loan agreement from the Dutch National Investment Bank to the Ukrainian joint venture by way of the foreign investors’ Dutch entity, which served as guarantor. 

 

“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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"We hired Frishberg & Partners to analyze certain issues in the Ukrainian legislation in the process of acquiring a company in Ukraine and were very happy with the services we received. All your lawyers we worked with are extremely professional, competent and helpful. Thank you for a job well done."

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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Frishberg & Partners 2012