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Leverage practical experience to facilitate trade and investment projects, entrepreneurship development initiatives involving Ukrainian businesses and public authorities
Focus areas are economic governance, preferential trade agreements (FTAs), export facilitation, trade remedies, financing of promising sectors of the economy

Our team

Michael Kharenko

Michael Kharenko

Michael Kharenko is a managing partner at one of the top law firms in Ukraine – Sayenko Kharenko.

Mr. Kharenko is one of the most successful dealmakers in Ukraine with over 15 years of experience in structuring investments and attracting capital into the country. He has handled the market's most innovative and complex investments, finance and capital markets transactions for the total amount over USD 30 billion.

Michael focuses on cross-border corporate transactions and international financings. He 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 corporations.

Apart from his outstanding reputation and global recognition as one of the leading finance and capital markets lawyers in Ukraine, Mr. Kharenko has a strong profile in the IT-sector in Ukraine, advising investors, multinational IT-companies and IT-start-ups on various sector specific regulatory and legal issues.

Michael Kharenko serves as a supervisory board member of the Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (UVCA) initiated by venture funds and investing predominantly into IT-sector and member of Innovation Development Council under the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.

Mr. Kharenko holds LL.D. in public finance law, LL.M. with honors from Columbia University School of Law (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar) and LL.B. summa cum laude from Kyiv Taras Shevchenko University Law School. Michael was also interned with the Honorable Bohdan A. Futey at the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C.

Michael Kharenko is admitted in Ukraine and the state of New York, USA.

Areas of expertise: Finance, Capital Markets, IT and Innovation, Investment Climate.

Iryna Tytarchuk

Iryna Tytarchuk

Executive Director Ukraine Investment & Trade Facilitation Center

Ph.D. in Economics, Associate Professor, Consultant in Finance and Grants for Small and Medium Business.

Iryna has more than 5 years of experience as an expert in business support projects for donor programs, such as WYG International, USAID CEP, GIZ, Agritrade Ukraine, Dutch Embassy, and USAID Agro. 

Olena Kudliak

Olena Kudliak

Olena stands both as the Executive Director and as an Expert in the ITFC.

Olena’s areas of expertise include public sector, market analysis, financial planning and modelling.

As an ITFC expert Olena is involved in preparation of analytical materials and marketing researches on various industrial and service sectors.

As the Executive Director of the ITFC Olena is responsible for coordination, internal control and execution of all Center’s projects.

She is also involved in providing financial advisory services to individual companies. The main target and result of such services is creation and implementation of an optimal processing and financial model of the company.

Olena Kudliak holds M.A. in International management and B.A. in International economics from Taras Shevchenko National University; Olena has also attended the Program on macroeconomics, economic processes and economic reforms at the Kyiv School of Economics. She is a proficient user of Ukrainian, English, Russian.

Anzhela Makhinova

Anzhela Makhinova

Anzhela Makhinova is a partner at a law firm Sayenko Kharenko.

She focuses on international trade and specializes in trade defence remedies (anti-dumping, anti-subsidy, safeguards) representing both exporters and domestic industry in Ukraine and abroad as well as in WTO issues. Anzhela also has extensive experience advising clients on all aspects of international trade including cross-border trade transactions and contracts, agency and distribution, franchising, consumer rights protection, and customs issues.

Anzhela is a country expert of the International Distribution Institute (IDI) on franchising, distribution and agency in Ukraine. Most recently, she has been also elected as Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine working group on international trade.

Anzhela regularly represents clients of some of the most heavily-regulated industries in relation to amending sector-specific legislation and regulations (tobacco, food & beverage, oil & gas, etc.).


Mrs Makhinova holds her Master’s Degree in Law from National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.

Areas of expertise:trade defence remedies, cross-border trade transactions and contracts, agency and distribution, franchising, consumer rights protection, and customs issues.

Andriy Poderyako

Andriy Poderyako


Andriy Poderyako is the Supervisor of MacroFin 9 ™ project.

He is an expert in organization and management of complex projects and processes. Andriy has more than 17 years of experience in financial management and 9 years of experience in the field of banking institutions oversight within the National Bank of Ukraine system (crisis management, prudential supervision, financial surveillance). He is the author of numerous scientific publications on economic theory and economic security, as well as practical publications on the applying of financial instrument valuation approaches under IFRS 9.

Andriy is an independent supervisory board member of one of the Ukrainian banks.