Nickolas Likhachov

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Nickolas Likhachov is a Partner at Kyiv office of Eterna Law. He heads the Firm's Banking & Finance practice. Nickolas represents major commercial and investment banks, as lead agent and arranger, and corporations in a wide range of leveraged and corporate finance transactions, including domestic and cross-border acquisition finance, investment-grade facilities, asset-based lending facilities and restructurings.

Nickolas also regularly advises on day-to-day funds management issues including fund structuring, disclosure, investment management and outsourcing arrangements. He has particular expertise in the area of investment distribution and has advised on strategic investments into on-shore and offshore pooled investment vehicles acting for institutional and advisory clients.

At ease with the most technically demanding of projects, Nickolas is adept at steering clients through the legal complexities of large-scale, multijurisdictional transactions. As counsel for the agent banks, he is active in all aspects of deal structure, negotiation and documentation, including the negotiation of intercreditor relationships among creditors. Other areas Nickolas focuses on include property-related financings, pre-IPO financings, margin lending transactions, and high yield buy and high yield debt financings.

Nickolas’ skill and creativity as a legal strategist are major assets for clients who require the effective execution of crucial financing transactions. He combines a deep understanding of his field with broad sector knowledge, having represented lenders in deals involving borrowers from the manufacturing, hotel, retail, consumer products, energy and media and communications industries.


Prior to joining the firm, Nickolas held position of a Partner at Spensers (former Spenser & Kauffmann), one of the major Ukrainian law firms; acted as a Chief Legal Counsel at National Credit Bank; held a position of Senior Associate with Levenets, Maciw & Partners and worked for CMS Cameron McKenna, global law firm.


With more than 10 years of experience, Nickolas is widely recognized by respected legal guides as a leading Ukrainian practitioner in the field of banking and finance based on his significant transactional track record.

IFLR 1000 2017, 2020 (Banking, Finance, Debt Restructuring), Legal 500 2017, 2020 (Dispute Resolution, Banking, Finance and Capital Markets, Private Clients), Lexology’s Clients’ Choice Awards 2020 (Asset Tracing & Recovery), Best Lawyers 2021 (Banking & Finance).


  • Charted Institute of Arbitrators, Diploma in International Arbitration (London, UK)
  • Kyiv International University, Master’s degree (Diploma with Honours)