Dr Svitlana Kheda is a counsel at Sayenko Kharenko, 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 an internationally recognised expert in all the above areas of law, with over 20 years of experience in advising clients on the wide range of the complex and complicated issues in all areas of her expertise.

Svitlana is named ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in labour and employment by Best Lawyers International 2017. She is ranked as one of the top three labour law lawyers according to Ukrainian Law Firms 2017, and is recognised as one of the best labour lawyers in Ukraine, according to Chambers Europe 2017 and Client’s Choice: Top 100 Lawyers in Ukraine 2017.

Svitlana is a certified mediator and is experienced in employment mediation. She 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.

Svitlana has been actively involved in drafting and promoting the draft Law on Mediation. For several years, Svitlana has been a member of the council of the labour law committee at the Ukrainian Bar Association.

Before joining Sayenko Kharenko, Svitlana 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 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). Svitlana is a published author of a monograph and over 100 articles and commentaries in the United Kingdom, the United States, Ukraine, Turkey, India and Canada, and is a frequent speaker on various legal issues (in Ukraine and abroad).