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Ukraine: Key Legal Developments

Monitoring issues as they happen

As the war in Ukraine continues to unfold, so too does the legal fallout of the conflict. Understanding the full scope of the sanctions and how they are impacting industries across Europe and the rest of the world requires legal expertise and business know-how.

Our lawyers put these developments into perspective and can answer your questions on the shifting regulatory landscape and the impacts on business across industries.

Newest EU Sanctions target military capabilities and propaganda tools

Bogdan Bibicu, Jitka Logesova and Bogdan Lamatic

In addition to other areas, the EU’s 9th sanctions package adopted on 16 December 2022 aims at impacting the Russian military industry in order to weaken the offensive force and military capabilities of its invasion in Ukraine.

Safely navigating EU sanctions regimes: how to stay compliant

Bogdan Bibicu, Jitka Logesova and Olimpia Farcas

Practical advice for businesses - In order for EU companies to ensure that they comply with EU sanctions and that they are regularly updated about new measures, they should carry out due diligence and implement dedicated internal procedures.

EU sanctions have continued to expand

EU sanctions on the Russian Federation and Belarus

Kurt Retter and Dominik Engel

Wolf Theiss maintains a summary list of the most important EU sanctions on Russian and Belarus including updates as they occur. New measures are added as they are introduced.

Options for private enforcement of sanctions

How private individuals track Russian assets

Valerie Hohenberg and Stephan Kugler

What can be done if national authorities lack the means to enforce EU sanctions? Can private individuals prevent asset transfers of sanctioned persons?

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EU labour market access for refugees & changes in Ukraine's employment rules

Employment of Ukrainian Citizens in European countries

Ukrainians and other individuals impacted by the war have been given access to the EU labour market. This guide serves as an overview of EU and local legislation in nine EU member states as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia regarding the employment of Ukrainian nationals and other individuals enjoying protection.

New Employment Regulation during Martial Law

Olena Kravtsova and Olga Ivanova

Ukraine's new law regulates labour relations between employers and employees, provides for more opportunities for employers towards engagement and dismissal of employees during martial law, which the government views as part of the combined effort against the Russian invasion.

New developments in the employment regime for foreign citizens

Ukraine continues to gradually reform and streamline regulations regarding the employment of foreign citizens in Ukraine. On 15 October 2022, a new law was adopted which simplifies access to the administrative service for obtaining work permits for foreign citizens, improves the grounds for issuing and prolonging permits, establishes equal remuneration conditions for both Ukrainian nationals and foreign citizens, and strengthens control over compliance procedures.

Revision of the EU rules on asset recovery

Valerie Hohenberg

The implementation of EU sanctions following the Russian invasion of Ukraine highlights the complexity of identifying assets owned by oligarchs, and which are hidden across different jurisdictions through complex legal and financial structures. 

In recent weeks, there have been many discussions within the EU about the stricter enforcement of sanctions. The European Commission is now taking a twofold action. With two new proposals, the EU aims to ensure that sanctions are fully implemented and that a breach of these does not pay off.

Guide to Diversification of Ukrainian Businesses

Businesses count on continuity, and the war has disrupted that - Diversification through whole or partial relocation may be a good option for businesses in Ukraine to protect vital functions and employees. However, the rules vary by the destination country. This guide provides a breakdown by country in Central and Eastern Europe including what businesses need to know most.