Ukrainian Wealth Management Forum

Adam Smith International Forum

March 2021

InterContinental Hotel, Kyiv, Ukraine

Among confirmed speakers in 2019

People's Deputy of Ukraine, Head of the Committee on Finance, Tax and Customs Policy, Doctor of Law, Member of the Academic Committee of the European Association of Tax Professors EATLP. 

Oleg has over 20 years of experience in banking. He started his career at International Payments Department of INKO Bank JSC. During his career he held managing positions at several banking and financial institutions, including BNP-Dresdner Bank Ukraine and Bank Austria Creditanstalt Ukraine (since 2002 - Hypovereinsbank Ukraine JSC). Recent appointment included Head of Investment Business Department at Ukrsibbank (currently part of BNP Paribas Group) and Head of Fixed-Income Instruments at VTB Bank Ukraine.


In 2014 Oleg started his public service as Director of the Open Market Operations Department and currently Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine (since July 2015).


Oleg holds degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, major in Composite Powder Materials and Coverage, and Degree in Economics, Banking Management (major in Finance and Credit) from Higher Bank School of International Institute for Market Economy and Enterprises. Oleg Churiy is a CFA Charterholder and member of CFA Society Ukraine.

Dmytro Tarabakin has considerable experience in the stock market.

  • Since 1995, as part of the KRMG project, Barents Group has been working on the establishment of the PFTS Association and Exchange, where he later held the position of Director-Controller. In 1997, he became the Chief Trader of the stock management department at Wood & Company in Kiev, and since 1999 has worked as a trader at the company's Polish office in Warsaw.
  • Since June 2000, Dmitry Tarabakin has served as Managing Director of Dragon Capital, directly involved in the implementation of dozens of IPOs for Ukrainian companies.
  • Since February 5, 2015 he has been a member of NCSSMC.

Alexander Bornyakov is a successful IT entrepreneur, one of the founders of Adtelligent, a company that is a solid player in the global Internet advertising market. He is also the co-founder of "Clickky", a co-owner and partner of "Intersog", a managing partner of the "WannaBiz" business incubator, which aims to develop IT entrepreneurship and start-up ecosystems in Ukraine.

The Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, in the Ministry for Digital Transformation of Ukraine, will be responsible for the development of the IT industry, increase of export of high-tech products, increase of the share of IT in the GDP of the country, legalization of cryptocurrencies.

Taras Kyrychenko is successful banker with 15 years experience working  in the banking and financial sector. Is an expert in finance, banking and investment.



  • Chairman of the Management Board at PRAVEX BANK (Intesa Sanpaolo Goup) 2013-2019
  • Chairman of the Forum for Leading International Financial Institutions (FLIFI)
  • Co-Chairman of the Permanent Committee for Banking and Finance at American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine
  • Deputy Chairman of the Board at NABU (Independent Association of Banks Ukraine)



  • 1997 – 2004 International News Agency “Reuters”, Business Manager in Ukraine.         
  • 2004 – 2009 “UKRSYBBANK” JSCIB (member of BNP Paribas Group), Head of Retail Division, Deputy Chairman of the Management Board.
  • 2009 – 2010  “VTB Bank” PJSC, Head of Retail Products Department.
  • 2010 – 2019 “PRAVEX BANK” JSС (member of Intesa Sanpaolo group), Head of Retail Division, Acting Chairman of the Management Board, Chairman of the Management Board


Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • NABU (Independent Association of Banks Ukraine)
  • American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine
  • Financial Club



  • 1998 – “Computer and Intellectual Systems and Networks”, Kyiv National Polytechnic Institute
  • 2000 – “Management of Foreign Economic Activity”, International Institute of Management (MIM)
  • 2018 - “Responsible Leadership”, The Aspen Institute Kyiv

Robert Amsterdam is an international lawyer with 35 years experience working on high-profile cases in emerging markets.  His law firm Amsterdam & Partners LLP, with offices in London and Washington DC, is frequently sought after for its unique practice areas which explore synergies between public international law, international criminal law, and political advocacy.


Amsterdam has been retained by multinational mining and energy corporations on issues pertaining to resource nationalism and expropriation, while also representing sovereigns in disputes with foreign investors.  His unique blend of political advocacy and international law has led to his retention by several world leaders, such as the former Prime Minister of Thailand Thaksin Shinawatra, former President of Zambia Rupiah Banda, Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State in Nigeria, among other high profile figures.


With significant experience on the ground in emerging economies across Africa, Asia, Eurasia, and Latin America, Amsterdam has successively settled disputes for major corporations such as PWC and the Four Seasons Hotel & Resorts Group, while also advising companies on opening new markets and managing political risk.


As a prolific columnist and blogger, Amsterdam’s writings have been published in the International Herald Tribune, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the Fordham International Law Journal, among other publications.  Amsterdam has made several television appearances on networks such as CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, BBC, and Fox News.  A profile feature of Amsterdam was published in the magazine American Lawyer in February 2012.




RedHead Family Corporation (founded in 1994 as Europroduct) is a leader in the children's merchandise market and the largest family company in Ukraine.


The company’s business includes the country’s largest chain of children’s shops (Antoshka) and the national distribution of children’s goods.


RedHead is the exclusive importer of 30 global brands to Ukraine and supplies children’s products to 77 retail chains. The company seeks to secure leading positions in the toys, baby food, hygiene, furniture and accessories categories.

Andriy Gostik is an investment professional with private equity/ management consulting/ research background and 18 years of successful experience in leading multinational and local companies in Ukraine and abroad. Expertise in investment analysis, deal structuring, project management, strategy development and research. Internationally educated (MBA and MA degrees), CFA charter holder.



  • Principal, Private Equity (Ukraine and Belarus) at European Bank for Reconstruction and Development


  • 2018 – currently: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Principal, Private Equity (Ukraine and Belarus)
  • 2011 – 2018: EastOne Group; Director, Investment Projects
  • 2010 – 2011: Boston Consulting Group, Consultant
  • 2004 – 2010: Concorde Capital, Director of Research , Senior Analyst
  • 2002 – 2004: MFK Investment Bank (later re-branded to Millennium Capital), Senior Analyst

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • CFA Institute
  • CFA Society of Ukraine


  • 2000 - 2002 – California State University, East Bay, dual degree: MBA and MA in Economics
  • 1996 - 2000 – National University of ‘Kyiv Mohyla Academy’, BA in Economics


Olga has over 10 years of experience in dealing with corporate transactions and reorganisations, international investments and private equity (with particular focus on Eastern European market). She worked in one of the Liechtenstein’s leading trusts firms, specialising in asset protection, trust structuring and management, and succession planning.

  • She joined UBP, one of Switzerland’s largest private banks, in 2019.
  • Olga is a qualified England and Wales solicitor and a STEP affiliate.

Yelyzaveta has 20 years of experience in a banking sphere.

  • Director of the Region Branch of Vseukrainskiy Joint Stock Bank in Zaporizhya (ВАБанк)
  • Deputy of the Director Sales Network Department – Index Bank, Credit Agricole Group
  • Director Sales Network – Credit Agricole Bank, Credit Agricole Group
  • Director of Premium Banking Development Department CREDIT Agricole.

Sebastian Rubaj has 14 years of international experience in the banking and financial sector.

  • He held various positions in Sygma Bank (Poland), and in the Polish branch of PricewaterhouseCoopers untill 2007.
  • He headed the bank Renaissance Capital from 2009 to 2014.
  • Sebastian Rubaj joined the team of FUIB as the Vice-Chairman of the Board of retail business in September 2014.

Vice President, Head of Private Banking Head of Individuals, Expobank CZ, Prague

Doctor of Economics, MBA - Professor of Kyiv International Management Institute (MIM-Kyiv) - Scientific Expert of Strategic Business Review Magazine (Ukraine) - Research works (more than 100) published in Ukrainian, Russian scientific editions.

Education: 2006 - graduated from Kiev National Economic University, Master in Banking
In the banking sector since 2003 (15 years of which 7 years is responsible for Private Banking).

  • Member of Private Banking Club at NABU.
  • From September 2016 - Head of the Premier-Banking Department of the Bank "UKRGAZBANK"
  • August 2014 - August 2016 - Head of the Private Banking direction of JSC OTP Bank
  • April 2011 - July 2014 - Head of the Department of Sales and Business Development of the Private Banking Department (Delta Premier) Delta Bank JSC
  • January 2007 - April 2011 - Head of the Department of Deposit Programs, Leading
  • Specialist in the Development of Mortgage Products of the Banking Products
  • Development Department of Alfa-Bank JSC
  • September 2003 - December 2006 - Specialist of Private Banking Services for Individuals of Ukrsotsbank

Sergey Zhuykov - Managing Director of Blackshield Capital. An expert in banking, over 10 years. 5 years devoted to the financial sector, wealth management. He worked and lived in London. PhD in Economics.

Dmytro Kononets is successful banker with 14 years experience working  in the banking sector. The last 9 years he have work to providing personal services to wealthy clients, studying, developing and implementing service models, and servicing large private capital. He went from a sale manager to a co-founder of a private company.



  • 2009 – 2011 “Rodovid” PJSC, Head of VIP Banking. Responsible for the American Express business line.
  • 2011 – 2015 “Forward” JSCIB, Head of Premium Banking. Managing Director of Private Banking.
  • 2015 – 2016  “Mykhayilivskyi” PJSC, Head of VIP Banking.
  • 2016 – 2019 “PRAVEX BANK” JSС (member of Intesa Sanpaolo group), Director of Family banking. Director of Banking.


Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Private Banking Club to NABU (Independent Association of Banks Ukraine)
  • Executives Club 
  • Business Capital Club



  • Master's Degree in Information Security and Payment Systems Security


  • Capital Markets
  • Corporate and Commercial
  • Government Relations
  • Labour and Employment
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Private Clients


Co-head in:

  • Energy and Natural Resources
  • Private Equity
  • Technology, Media and Telecommunications

Expertise in:

  • Consumer and Retail

Regarded by industry experts as one of Ukraine’s leading transactional lawyers, Anna focuses on international and domestic mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets and general corporate commercial advice to private and public companies.

Her transactional experience includes work on a number of the most complex, high value deals in recent Ukrainian history.

She also represents clients in a broad range of matters related to setting up optimal structures for businesses in Ukraine.

Anna is a well-known practitioner in the sphere of corporate governance. In addition, she regularly advises national and international clients in connection with labor and employment issues arising out of mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, and transfers of undertaking.

Her client base includes large national and international corporations, financial institutions and private equity firms operating in the CIS region.

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • A non-practicing Solicitor (England & Wales)
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Kyiv City Bar (admitted since 2006)
  • Ukrainian Bar Association (UBA)

Anna Babych has been repeatedly recommended by reputable international and local legal rankings such as Best Lawyers, Chambers Europe/Global, The Legal 500, IFLR 1000, Who's Who Legal, Top 100 Best Lawyers in Ukraine (Clients Choice), KyivPost, The
Ukrainian Law Firms. A Handbook for Foreign Clients, and more.


  • National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Master of Laws, Kyiv, 2005
  • Law School, BPP University, Graduate Diploma in Law, London, United
    Kingdom, 2012
  • Law School, BPP University, Legal Practice Course, London, United
    Kingdom, 2014

Ukrainian, Russian, English

1993-1999 - National Technical University of the KPI. Faculty of Informatics and Computer Engineering.

2000-2002 - International University of Finance. Faculty - Banking

1997-2002 - Ukrinbank. Analyst of credit management.

2002-2003 - UkrSibbank. Management of payment cards. Specialist of payment transactions monitoring department

2003-2005 - UkrSibbank. Management of payment cards. Head of the Department of Development and Promotion of Card Products.

2005-2015 - UkrSibbank BNP Paribas - Head of the Kyiv Personal Banking Service Center

2016 - UkrSibbank BNP Paribas - Head of Personal Banking

Oleg has been working in the banking sector since 2002, last 8 years responsible for personal customer service of the Private Banking segment:

  • 2011-2016 - Director of the VIP Center of JSC BM Bank
  • 2017 - presently - Managing of the Premium Center of Oschadbank JSC
  • Member of Private Banking Club at NABU.

With over 20 years of banking experience, that specializes in delivering personalized banking services to private banking clients, their families, and businesses.

Expobank CZ a.s.   –  Head of Private banking

Expobank CZ a.s.   –  Head of Treasury Sales

LBBW Bank CZ a.s.  – Project manager – Compliance

Astute finance s.r.o.  –  Financial manager, Specialist in the Development of Mortgage Products



VŠB - Technical University of  Ostrava – Master in Economics and Finance

Brokerage licence, trading with securities

Marketing CIMA-A / Marketing Manager

Alina Plyushch is a partner at Sayenko Kharenko with more than 17-year practical experience. She specializes in private wealth management, corporate law, M&A, corporate finance and capital markets.

She has extensive professional experience in advising clients on corporate restructuring, share and asset sales, joint ventures, private placement and capital markets transactions.

As one of the leading private wealth management specialists in Ukraine, Alina heads the firm’s private clients practice. Ms Plyushch has substantial experience advising clients on the most sophisticated private wealth management issues, including protection of the rights of beneficial owners of large Ukrainian and foreign business groups. She regularly advises on setting up trust structures, foundations, investment funds and segregated portfolio companies.

Alina is a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales. She regularly advises on cross-border transactions structured under the laws of England and Wales, including corporate restructurings, where Sayenko Kharenko acts as the sole legal counsel to the client.


  • Recognized among leading lawyers in M&A in Ukraine by Best Lawyers International 2014-2020
  • Recognized among notable practitioners in corporate/M&A by Ukrainian Law Firms 2019
  • Listed among the world's best private client lawyers by Who's Who Legal: Private Client 2015-2018
  • Recognised among private client lawyers by The Legal 500, 2019
  • Recognised among notable practitioners for private clients according to Client’ Choice. Top 100 Best Lawyers of Ukraine 2019 by Yurydychna Gazeta


  • Ukraine, attorney-at-law, admitted to the Kyiv Regional Bar Association since 2003
  • Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales


  • Graduate Diploma in Law and Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from ВРР Law School (London)
  • Law degree, summa cum laude, from the Academy of Advocacy of Ukraine

Olena is a member of Civic Council under the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine and participated in drafting of legislation in fiscal and tax policy of Ukraine.  


Author of several dozen articles about influence of legislative changes on tax sphere of Ukraine and opportunities for using international experience in deregulation of economy. 


She was engaged in development of the initiative for protection of the taxing rights and freedoms for small and medium business. The draft Law on tax advisors was particularly established under her authorship. 


She is an expert and speaker on many business forums including international ones. She participates in development of tax initiatives. She is a member of expert analytical group of the Ukrainian Business Council and has a lot of experience in startup development and innovations.  

Dmytro is a Partner in our Ukraine office and has substantial experience in corporate structuring of large holding companies. He acts for leading Ukrainian companies in a variety of industries, including banking, finance, agriculture, insurance, IT, intellectual property and natural resources. He specialises in international corporate law, currency regulation, tax planning and litigation practice in Ukraine.


Dmytro has experience in advising clients in corporate transactions and M&A, including obtaining permission for concentration from anti-monopoly bodies. In addition, Dmytro represents clients in Ukrainian court proceedings in commercial cases and has a niche practice advising clients regarding tax issues during the structuring of the transactions.

Olga Afanasyeva serves as the Executive Director of UVCA. Financial Times and Google nominated as a Changemaker New Europe 100 in 2016. In 2017, Olga was appointed as Ukraine's Ambassador of Women in Venture Capital. Olga holds a PhD in Finance at the Ukrainian banking academy of the National Bank of Ukraine. She has been studying at the University of Applied Sciences of the Deutsche Bundesbank, Academy of Capital Market Leaders at Lesław A. Paga Foundation (Poland). Olga has 8 years of experience lecturing at Ukrainian banking academy of the National Bank of Ukraine, University of Greenwich (London, UK), as well as at the Jean Monnet Program of Erasmus +. She has experience in corporate governance and international cooperation. She also worked at the Warsaw Stock Exchange.


Olga is the member of EU Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum Working Group "Economic Integration & Convergence with EU Policies". She is an author of more than 50 scientific papers, researches, and 3 books in finance, investments and banking.


Olga was co-organizer of Ukrainian Davos Nights (January 2017), and initiator of first-ever Ukrainian Startup Pavilion at Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas.

Key achievements:

  • Private placement of 20% of shares of “Galnaftogaz” in 2005
  • Bond issuance for the companies: NJSC “Naftogaz Ukraine”, “Ukrtransgaz”, “Southwest Railway”, “Galnaftogaz”, “Dneproshina”, “LuAz”, “Molis”, “Oranta Ukraine”, “Foxtrot”, etc.
  • Author of “The small encyclopedia for trader” (1997), “Trader-investor” (2000), “Master Trading” (2002), “A way to financial freedom” (2004), “How to buy cheap and sell expensive” (2011)


Professional experience:

  • Since 2010 Managing partner at Capital Times
  • 2002-2010 Founder and Head of the investment banking business of JSCB “Ukrsotsbank” (UniCredit Bank)
  • 2001-2002 Investment management Director at Millennium Capital


Industry expertise:

  • Global strategy
  • Macroeconomic analysis
  • Asset management
  • Trading



  • 2007: Economic Research Institute of the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine (Ph.D. in economics)
  • 1998: Novosibirsk State Academy of Economy and Management, "Finance and Credit"

Yuriy Fylyuk, CEO and Initiator of Impact Investment Project “Promprylad. Renovation”, which involves the transformation of the former factory in the city center into an innovation center.

Founder of the Teple Misto platform, co-founder of 23 restaurants, initiator of Urban Space 100, Urban Space 500 concepts.

Yuriy specialises in the creation of new intersectional models of society transformation, as well as impact investing.

Svetlana leads Tabletochki Charity Foundation since 2016. With 12 years of experience in risk and reputation management at Deloitte, she now runs the country's largest and most progressive foundation, which helps children. 

Together with Tabletochki, she changes the attitude towards charity, bringing together hundreds of companies and thousands of people around the mission of the foundation, building the future, where children do not die of cancer.

Tabletochki is a charity foundation that helps children with oncological diseases in Ukraine. The fund provides targeted, psychological and palliative care, implements a large-scale educational project for physicians, and systematically supports 17 oncological branches throughout Ukraine. The Fund develops donation, volunteering and a culture of charity in the country, uniting people around helping children in both Ukraine and abroad.

The work of the foundation was recognised by Ukrainian and international awards for achievements in the field of charity and communication of social projects.

Natalia has a vast experience in art management and consulting. During her career in arts for more than 12 years, she has been involved in various art industry segments. Before M17 CAC Natalia was International Projects Director at the Modern Art Research Institute of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine. Natalia organized more than 50 different art shows in Ukraine and internationally, among them: “Ukrainian Insights” at the Headquarters of the United Nations, New York, “Israeli Contemporary Art” in Ukraine, “Superhero” international art-project at the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine, “Memory of unconsciousness”, at Woodrow Wilson Centre in Washington, “Coal Goal”, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, “The coefficient of Independence”, America house, Ukraine. Among recently managed projects: “Avant-Garde: Searching for The Fourth Dimension” and “The New Generation: The Artist and His Generation” International Forum dedicated to Kazimir Malevich anniversary; "Big Circle" international collaboration project of contemporary non-objective art; M17 Sculpture Project; “Frontier. New Monuments” exhibition project and festival of art and VR.


On the position of director of M17 CAC, Natalia has initiated the Artcult Сlub for patrons and collectors and the PRO Dialogue – a discussion platform for experts and professionals in the field of arts. Collecting and all related topics are of Natalia constant professional focus. The area of her research is a history of art collecting in Ukraine and abroad. She is an expert in the field of consultancy in art investments and art collecting. Natalia has developed important networking with world-known international cultural institutions, museums, galleries and collectors. She has been writing for Forbes, ArtUkraines, Chernozem, Beinarts and other editions. The ArtCult Foundation also initiated by Natalia has become not only а partner in many art projects but also useful art-digest for collectors’ information.



  • Director of M17 Contemporary Art Center
  • Director of Adamovskiy Foundation
  • Co-founder of ArtCult Foundation
  • Curator of Art Consultancy Practice


  • Art Consultant and Expert
  • Founder and Co-Owner of the Auction House “Golden section” (Kyiv, Ukraine)
  • Founder and President of “Sapphire griffin” (London, Great Britain)
  • Author of Studies and Articles in Arts and Analytics in the International Art Market

In 2004, Aleksey founded together with his brother the auction house “Golden section”, one of the leaders in selling art works in Ukraine and in the CIS countries.


In 2015, Aleksey created the platform “One Day Auction” for selling art works online.


In 2018, Aleksey founded the company “Sapphire Griffin” with office in London. This company is engaged in private sales of museum arts works: old masters, impressionists, post-war and modern art.

Natalia Van is fluent in Russian, English and Chinese, has many years of experience in the field of immigration. She is an expert in advising wealthy individuals (HNWIs) on investor immigration worldwide.


Currently, Natalia Van works at CS Global Partners, where she is a business development manager in the department for working with clients from Russia and the CIS.


Natalia often travels to Russia and other countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) to meet with clients and partners. She is invited as an expert and speaker to events on immigration issues. Ms. Van has extensive experience advising private clients wishing to obtain a second citizenship or an alternative place of residence, including in the Caribbean countries that offer citizenship programs through investments, as well as in European countries that have similar citizenship and residence permits programs.

George Dokuchaev, Prime Property Group Sales Director, has a nearly 10 years’ experience in real estate brokerage and development with a particular focus on sales, marketing and management of sales teams. He has achieved a remarkable acknowledgment as an active creative force in the growth of a major successful player of the Cyprus real estate market – Prime Property Group.

Having an excellent scientific background from a renowned Moscow technical university he has been successfully using his analytical skills and pragmatism in building and managing sales teams, developing efficient marketing strategies and tailoring feasible investment packages for corporate and individual investors from Russia, CIS, Middle East and Asia.

Tymofii Brik is a Fulbright visiting academic at New York University and assistant professor at Kyiv School of Economics. In 2018, he was a visiting researcher at Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at Stanford University.  His research interests include sociology of religion, social stratification and mobility, and economic history. Beyond academia Tymofii is engaged in promotion science and socially responsible business.



  • Chair of the inequality network at the European Social Science History Conference
  • Head of a supervisory board at CEDOS (independent think-tank, Kyiv, Ukraine)
  • Editorial board member at VoxUkraine