Svitlana Kheda is a counsel heading the firm’s labour and compliance practice and leading its labour and employment, privacy and data protection and anti-corruption and anti-bribery practice groups. Svitlana is the internationally recognised expert in all of the above areas of law with over 18 years of experience in advising clients on the wide range of the complex and complicated issues in all areas of her expertise.

Svitlana Kheda is named as one of the top three labour law lawyers, according to Ukrainian Law Firms 2015, and is recognised as one of the best labour law lawyers in Ukraine, according to Chambers Europe 2015, Best Lawyers International 2016, and Client’s Choice: Top 100 Lawyers in Ukraine 2014–2015.

Svitlana is a certified mediator experienced in employment mediation. She heads the ICC Ukraine-based Mediation Centre, is a founding member of the Mediation Practices Club under the auspices of the Ukrainian Mediation Centre, and is a member of the Ukrainian National Association of Mediators. Since 2013 Ms Kheda has been a member of the labour law committee at the Ukrainian Bar Association.

Before joining Sayenko Kharenko, Ms Kheda ran the Programs Department of the International Law Institute (Washington, DC) and worked for the Kiev office of a leading Western law firm operating in Ukraine.

Svitlana Kheda graduated summa cum laude from Kiev National Taras Shevchenko University, where she was later awarded a PhD in international private law. She obtained her LLM in international legal studies from Georgetown University Law Center (Washington, DC). Ms Kheda is a published author of a monograph and over 90 articles and commentaries in the UK, the US, Ukraine, Turkey, India and Canada, and is a frequent speaker on various legal issues (including abroad).