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The SAFE UKRAINE 2030 team comprises the best professionals on local and global security management of Ukraine, Europe and the World.


Michael Kharenko

Michael Kharenko is an attorney-at-law, a partner at Sayenko Kharenko; member of the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce. For over two decades, he has been structuring major international investments and attracting capital to Ukraine.


He specializes on working with capital markets, multinational financial institutions and top law firms around the world. Michael has worked on a wide range of major private and public securities offerings, syndications and secured finance transactions in Ukraine, representing leading investment banks, multinational financial institutions, and corporates. Michael has a very strong IT and disruptive technologies practice, acting for a variety of investors, global IT-companies and IT-start-ups on various sector-specific regulatory, commercial and legal issues.



  • Internationally recognised as one of Ukraine’s leading authorities in Banking & Finance and Capital Markets by The Legal 500 2023, Chambers Global 2020, Chambers Europe 2020, IFLR1000 2021, Expert Guides;

  • Named "Lawyer of the Year" in Project Finance and Development Practice by Best Lawyers in Ukraine 2019 and "Lawyer of the Year" in Structured Finance Law by Best Lawyers in Ukraine 2020;

  • Recognised among the leading lawyers in Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Project Finance and Development Practice, and Structured Finance in Ukraine by Best Lawyers in Ukraine 2022;

  • Named among the leading banking lawyers for Ukraine by Who's Who Legal Banking: Finance 2020;

  • Named among the world’s leading project finance experts by Who's Who Legal: Project Finance 2023;

  • Named Authority Lawyer in Banking & Finance and Restructuring according to Ukrainian Law Firms 2021.



  • LL.D. in public finance law

  • LL.M. with honors from Columbia University School of Law (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar)

  • Interned with the Honorable Bohdan A. Futey at the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C.

  • LL.B., summa cum laude, from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv Law School



Member of Safe Ukraine

2030 Supervisory Board,

co-founder of ITFC and Charity Fund "Breathe"

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