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Mr. Solyar focuses on taxation. His practice areas include corporate and business law. Constantin also advises a number of high-net-worth individuals on their inbound and outbound investments.

When it comes to taxation, for more than his 12 years of practice Constantin has gained expertise that covers Ukrainian general and special tax regimes as well as both direct and indirect taxes. He advises clients on a variety of international tax matters. As a Ukrainian lawyer, Constantin represents clients in administrative and judicial proceedings involving the Ukrainian tax authorities. Before joining Asters he worked in Big4 firms in both Ukraine and in Luxembourg.

Constantin also serves on the board of a non-state pension fund in Ukraine.

Education:
  • Harvard Law School, Master of Laws (LL.M.), 2015
  • National University of the State Tax Service, Bachelor of Laws, 2005
Admission:
  • Admitted to the New York Bar, 2018
Recognition:
  • Highly recommended lawyer in taxation, Chambers Europe 2018
  • Recommended lawyer in taxation, The Legal 500 2018
  • Recommended lawyer in M&AWho's Who Legal 2018
  • Recommended in the Tax Directors Handbook 2014 and 2015 (The Legal 500 series)
  • Highly recommended lawyer in taxation, Chambers Europe 2018
  • Recommended lawyer in taxation, The Legal 500 2018
  • Recommended lawyer in M&A, Who's Who Legal 2018
  • Recommended in the Tax Directors Handbook 2014 and 2015 (The Legal 500 series)
  • Listed among TOP-10 Ukrainian Young and Successful Lawyers during "Client Choice 2013" legal market research carried out by Ukrainian periodical Yurydychna Gazeta
  • Listed among TOP-300 Ukrainian lawyers most frequently mentioned during "Client Choice 2010" legal market research carried out by Ukrainian legal periodical Yurydychna Gazeta
  • Awarded a scholarship from the President of Ukraine for academic achievements
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Languages:
English, Russian, Ukrainian
Membership and activities:
  • Ukrainian Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
Representative experience:
  • advised Google on the tax-wise structure of acquisition by Motorola Mobility (Google’s subsidiary) of the IT company Viewdle which has its main development centers in Ukraine;
  • advised Telenor on various tax matters, including the taxation of dividends distributions, the taxation of Telenor’s Ukrainian representative offices as well as on the tax aspects in relation to Telenor’s 23.8 billion USD transaction with the Alfa Group of Russia involving the merger of assets between the Russian mobile telecom operator VimpelCom and the leading Ukrainian mobile telecom operator Kyivstar G.S.M.;
  • advised Molson Coors, one of the world’s largest brewers, on the Ukrainian tax implications pertaining to the multimillion agreement with the Obolon brewery for production, distribution and marketing support of the UK’s beer Carling, as well as on the establishment and continuous legal and tax support for the company's Ukrainian subsidiary.
  • advised Google on the tax-wise structure of acquisition by Motorola Mobility (Google’s subsidiary) of the IT company Viewdle which has its main development centers in Ukraine;
  • advised Telenor on various tax matters, including the taxation of dividends distributions, the taxation of Telenor’s Ukrainian representative offices as well as on the tax aspects in relation to Telenor’s 23.8 billion USD transaction with the Alfa Group of Russia involving the merger of assets between the Russian mobile telecom operator VimpelCom and the leading Ukrainian mobile telecom operator Kyivstar G.S.M.;
  • advised Molson Coors, one of the world’s largest brewers, on the Ukrainian tax implications pertaining to the multimillion agreement with the Obolon brewery for production, distribution and marketing support of the UK’s beer Carling, as well as on the establishment and continuous legal and tax support for the company's Ukrainian subsidiary.
  • advised PPG-Helios, Ukrborg, and Sumitec Ukraine on various tax structuring and transfer pricing matters;
  • advised ED&F Man Holdings, a global supplier of food, feeds, biofuel, and related services, in connection with its subsidiary's disputes with the tax authorities over value added tax and corporate profit tax;
  • advised EDB Business Partner ASA, a major IT group in the Nordic countries, on payroll tax issues;
  • advised a number of foreign and international financial institutions on Ukrainian withholding tax issues, the taxation of surety arrangements and the application of double tax treaties;
  • advised STX Europe Group (f.k.a. Aker Shipyards Group) on tax matters in relation to their acquisition of Wadan Yards Okean.
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