Law firm MBLS was established in 1996 in Mariupol, a large industrial and port city in the south of Ukraine, on the coast of the Sea of Azov. The initial name of the firm was "Maritime Business and Legal Services".
Our firm was one of the first in the country to start provision of legal services in the field of maritime law and international trade. The founders of the firm were experienced professionals with good knowledge of the field due to their work in relevant state authorities and companies. Presently, one of the founders of the firm, Liudmila Mashchenko, is a partner of MBLS.
In 2009, in order to provide a broader scope of services to our clients, our firm opened a branch in Kiev, the place of location of all central and highest bodies of the state power in Ukraine, as well as the offices of the foreign states and organizations.
In 2010, with the new partners’ generation joining the firm, it was decided to expand the practice of legal assistance to local and international business and investors. Simultaneously, the short name of the firm – ‘MBLS’ – was accepted as the basic one for easier communication with the clients and to reflect the energy of the new team as well.
Our clients are shipping and other companies from the USA, Great Britain, Greece, Switzerland, Korea, Liberia and other countries.
MBLS Law Firm is in TOP-10 law firms of Ukraine in practices of customs, maritime and transport law according to the "MARKET LEADERS" of 2016 and 2017 ratings by the Legal Newspaper.
Performance, 2016Consultancy 20%Litigation 80%Disputes with state authorities (tax and customs offices) of the total number of cases 75%Disputes with physical bodies and legal entities25%Won cases of the total 100%Economical effect / the value of won cases for 1 lawyer - UAH 3,283,748 / equivalent to USD 131,360 100%
Responding to our clients’ needs, our firm had developed an extensive, sometimes unique practice in disputes related to shipping, agency services, international trade, investments in real estate development, and banking services.
Whereas MBLS started its work in association with one of the leading British law firms Lawrence Graham our firm has acquired and implemented international standards of quality of legal services. As of now, partners of MBLS have experience of working or training in international law firms.
MBLS provides legal services in Ukrainian, English, and Russian. Where needed, we involve translators for a prompt processing of documents in other widespread languages of the world.
The main principle of the firm’s work is to provide result-oriented, qualified services within a reasonable time and with account to the client’s particular needs.
MBLS works in close contact with the leading law companies of the Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Turkey, India, Austria, Latvia and Russia. In particular, our partners are Lax & Co LLP, London; Pavlakis & Partners, Piraeus, Greece; CTS Tax Advisory GMBH, Austria; The Indian Lawyer and others. We involve colleagues in other countries if necessary.