B. C. Toms & Co, a multinational law firm of Western and Ukrainian lawyers, was the first Western law firm to open a Kyiv office in September 1991. Our Kyiv office is ranked in the European Legal 500 (www.legal500.com) and in Chambers Global (www.chambersandpartners.co.uk), the principal European legal directories, as one of the several leading law firms in Ukraine. Our foreign and Ukrainian lawyers have excellent qualifications from leading law schools and many years of practice experience. Commitment to quality is the cornerstone of our practice. Our over 16 years of experience in Ukraine give us a significant advantage in understanding the many hidden problems and loopholes that need to be addressed to eliminate risks in financial transactions. In particular, we have extensive experience identifying and resolving the many Ukrainian law problems that can undermine the validity of Ukrainian loan documentation, and we have written many articles and advisory notes on this that are available to our clients. We have also handled complex project finance and trade finance transactions. In addition, we have special expertise in the various problems, including those buried in the past, that can undermine title to land plots, buildings and other real estate involved in secured finance. Our securities law record includes having represented issuers and securities firms in most initial public offerings (IPOs) in the UK and Canada for Ukrainian companies, such as by acting for the issuer for the first IPO as well as the largest IPO for Ukraine (for an oil and gas company on the London Stock Exchange).