EU Project Pravo-Justice Supported Networking Event for Representatives of the Enforcement, Insolvency, and Property Registration Sectors

On 26 May, a networking event, namely, “Transactions with Corporate Rights, Sale of Debtor’s Assets and Peculiarities of Their Registration, Civilian and Military Context” was held in Dnipro with the support of EU Pravo-Justice Project. The event was arranged at the initiative of the Southern Interregional Department of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine and the Council of Private Enforcement Officers of the Dnipro Region.

The event was attended by Mykola Lukashuk, Chair of the Dnipro Regional Council, Head of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, representatives of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, the Notary Chamber of Ukraine in Dnipro Region, the Association of Private Enforcement Officers of Ukraine, NGO “Community of Registrars”, and also by notaries, public and private enforcement officers, state registrars, lawyers, and academics. The event was held on the premises of and with the support of the Dnipro University of Internal Affairs.

“I believe that such events should be held as often as possible – at least once a quarter or once every six months in different forms and in different locations. And it is advisable to hold them here, in Dnipro,” told Mykola Lukashuk, Chair of the Dnipro Regional Council, the networking participants in his opening remarks. He said that about 500,000 people have moved to the Dnipro region.

“I am sure that after the war they will stay here and will need legal aid. Therefore, all the proposals and contributions that will be voiced in your working groups will be considered by the Ministry of Justice and the Verkhovna Rada and will be implemented in further reforms,” added Mykola Lukashuk.

Larysa Nalyvaiko, Vice-Rector of the Dnipro State University of Internal Affairs, Doctor habilitatus, Professor, welcomed the event attendants.

“The Dnipro State University of Internal Affairs not only trains lawyers and law enforcement officers, but also actively cooperates with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Verkhovna Rada committees to prepare draft laws on issues ranging from security to war crime investigations,” said Larysa Nalyvaiko.

Vladyslav Filatov, Director of the Bankruptcy Department of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, stressed how urgent it is to resolve debt issues in his welcoming speech.

“Today, in the context of martial law, we are facing a number of problems and issues related to debt, insolvency and legal entities that need to be addressed. This event is important for outlining the issues and trying to find the right solutions,” said Vladyslav Filatov.

When addressing the event attendees, Iryna Zharonkina, Key National Expert of EU Pravo-Justice Project, noted that this is the second networking event supported by the Project since the beginning of 2023. The first networking event on “Peculiarities of state registration of real rights to immovable property, notary acts and enforcement of judgments under martial law: theory and practice” was held on 24 March in Odesa.

“This event is truly unique as it combines practical aspects of three important procedures in the legal sector – registration of property rights, enforcement of judgments and insolvency. There are many matters to be discussed and resolved at the junction of these procedures, taking into account the challenges Ukraine faces at the national level, in particular, harmonising Ukrainian legislation with EU law, applying certain EU Directives, and implementing sanctions policy in the country,” said Iryna Zharonkina.

Oleksandr Bondarchuk, Chair of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees of Ukraine, called for conducting such networking events more often in his welcoming speech.

“Martial law changes the “picture” almost every month. The legal system must adjust to new circumstances quickly and efficiently. To do this, we need to gather, discuss and work out effective solutions,” said Oleksandr Bondarchuk.

In her welcoming speech, Olena Buniakina, Head of the Notary Chamber of Ukraine in Dnipro Region, concisely highlighted the challenges faced by notaries because of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

In his welcoming speech, Oleksandr Syvokozov, Deputy Chair of the Association of Private Enforcement Officers of Ukraine, wished the networking participants a productive discussion.

Tymofii Dudin, Head of the Southern Interregional Department of the Ministry of Justice (Odesa), promised to arrange networking events for representatives of various legal professions at least once a quarter.

“Such live meetings, networking and exchange of practical experience make our professional community stronger and more empowered. I am grateful to everyone who found the opportunity to join our networking both offline and online,” summed up Tymofii.

There were three sections during the networking event. The first section was devoted to the particularities of registration, sale and transfer of title to corporate rights. During the second section, the networking participants discussed the peculiarities of registration of property rights to real estate and registration of encumbrances in the State Registers. The third section focused on the sale of debtor’s assets in enforcement proceedings and bankruptcy proceedings.

Based on the results of the event, the Southern Interregional Department of the Ministry of Justice will draft proposals for the regulatory and legislative changes required to deal with corporate rights, sale and registration of debtor’s assets during martial law and enforcement of judgements.