Business news from Ukraine

Auction house will put up about 1.5 thousand bottles of vintage champagne for auction in Paris

Sotheby’s will hold the largest ever auction of luxury champagne next week, the Financial Times reports.

The auction house will put up for auction in Paris about 1.5 thousand bottles of vintage champagne from the collection of Taiwanese billionaire Pierre Chen.

Among the rarities will be a lot of five bottles of Salon Le Mesnil, Blanc de Blancs 1971, estimated at 18 thousand euros. Bidders will also be able to compete for champagne from leading brands, including Krug, Dom Perignon, Salon and Roederer, including those from the 1950s.

This is the second of five international auctions to sell 25 thousand bottles of Chen’s wines. The first one took place last November in Hong Kong and brought in $16.8 million.

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State Property Fund of Ukraine again puts up for auction plant for production of meat casing “Pentopak”

The meat casing plant PentoPak PJSC (Boryspil) after the first fruitless auction, scheduled on “Prozorro.Sales” on May 31, is put up for a second auction at a halved price – for UAH 101.87 million.

According to information on the site “Prosorro.Sales”, a new auction is scheduled for June 10.

As reported, on May 6, the State Property Fund (SPF) of Ukraine approved the starting price of PentoPak PJSC, recovered from Russian sub-sanctioned oligarch Ivan Savvidi, in the amount of 203.7 million UAH.

As noted in the FGI, the plant provides a full cycle of production of packaging for meat processing products. “PentoPak” produces multi-layer synthetic shrink casing, applying advanced technologies. Among the clients of the enterprise are well-known Ukrainian brands such as “Rud”, “Globino”, “Meat Guild”, as well as customers from more than 30 countries of the world.

The enterprise has preserved 193 jobs, has no debts on wages and to the budget. The company plans to modernize production and enter new markets of packaging materials for the dairy industry, fish processing and animal feed packaging.

Earlier, in February 2024, the SACS decided to confiscate Savvidi’s property and transfer 100% of PentoPak shares to the State Property Fund, as the oligarch has close ties with the Russian leadership and supports the occupation authorities in the temporarily seized territories of Ukraine.

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Auction of classical art at Goldens

From May 30 to June 8, the Goldens auction house will hold 61 auctions – “Collectible Classical Art” – dedicated to works by Ukrainian classics of the 1890s and early twentieth century.

Such an artistic cross-section allows for a broad representation of Ukrainian art in its diversity of schools and trends. In particular, the auction selection includes works by artists of Kyiv, Kharkiv, Lviv, and Transcarpathian schools of painting, as well as by emigrant artists: Hryhoriy Kruk, Isaac Pailes, and Abram Manevich. The selection includes unique works of both artistic and collector’s interest.

Among the top lots of the auction are works by Serhiy Vasylkivsky, Volodymyr Orlovsky, Hryhoriy Svitlytsky, Abram Manevich, Mykola Hlushchenko, Serhiy Shyshko, Viktor Zaretsky, Mykhailo Bozhiy, Roman Selsky, Mihay Munkachi and the main representatives of the Transcarpathian School of Painting: Adalbert Erdelyi, Yosyp Bokshai, Andriy Kotska, Fedir Manailo, and Ferenc Seman.

The most expensive lot of the auction was Ivan Marchuk’s famous work “The Moon Rises Over the Dnipro” (1980), recently exhibited at the National Museum “Kyiv Art Gallery” as the artist’s most iconic lunar landscape.

The Kyiv school of art is represented in the selection by works by Serhiy Vasylkivsky, Valentyn Feldman, Volodymyr Orlovsky, as well as Oleksiy Shovkunenko, Serhiy Shyshko, Mykola Hlushchenko, and Viktor Zaretsky. Among the representatives of the Kharkiv school in the auction’s selection, it is worth noting the names of outstanding landscape painters: Mykola Burachek, Petro Levchenko, and Konstantin Pineev. Their impressionistic works incorporated the world’s leading trends and at the same time the color, techniques and worldview inherent in our national school.

Transcarpathia and the Lviv School of Art became separate centers of Ukrainian art of the twentieth century, with a sensitive perception of modern trends in world art and their reinterpretation on the creative Ukrainian soil. The auction selection includes works by iconic Transcarpathian artists Andriy Kotska, Yosyp Bokshai, Fedir Manailo, Adalbert Erdeli, Havrylo Hluk, Ferenc Seman, as well as iconic Lviv artists Roman Selskyi and Volodymyr Patyk.
The sculpture block is represented by a composition by Olga Rapai, works by Hryhorii Kruk and an exquisite sculpture by Yuliia Synkevych.

The exposition of the auction “Collectible Classical Art” is open to the public from May 30 to June 08 in the hall of the Goldens auction house, as well as online at For registration and participation in the auction, please call: (044) 240 95 32 or register online to be able to place online bids yourself.

Schedule of the auction exhibition:
May 30 – June 08, 2024
12:00 – 19:00

Without days off
Entrance is free
Alternate closing of lots will start on June 08 at 19:00 online at
Address: Kyiv, 4 Leonid Pervomaisky str.
GOLDENS auction house
+38 044 240 95 32


Auction for sale of Ocean Plaza shopping mall is being prepared

The Auction Commission has set the starting price of privatization of the state share (66.65%) in the authorized capital of LLC Investment Union Lybid, which owns Ocean Plaza shopping mall, at UAH 1.65 billion, the press service of the State Property Fund (SPF) reported.
According to the report, the starting price and terms of sale should be approved by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, FGI will prepare a draft of the relevant decision.
After the government approves the starting price, the date of the auction will be set, the agency said. The state share in the authorized capital will be put up for electronic auction in the system “Prozorro.Sales”.
As reported, the FGI plans to hold an auction on privatization of shopping mall Ocean Plaza in the second half of the year.
Ocean Plaza shopping mall was opened in Kiev in December 2012 on Antonovycha Street, 176. Its total area is 165 thousand sq. m. Investments in the facility amounted to about $300 mln. UDP Company and K.A.N. Development LLC acted as partners in the development of the project.
The mall was sold to Arkady Rotenberg’s Russian TPS-Nedvizhimost in 2012. Later, in 2019, Ukrainian businessman Vasyl Khmelnytsky indirectly through UPD Holdings Limited acquired a 33.5% stake in Ocean Plaza mall. In 2021, he sold his stake to entrepreneur Andrey Ivanov. The deal was finalized in summer 2023.
In June 2023, the Cabinet of Ministers transferred to the FGI a 66.65% stake in the authorized capital of Investment Union Lybid LLC, which owns the shopping mall, for further privatization.

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Kamianske distillery in Cherkasy region is up for auction for UAH 6.6 mln

The State Property Fund (SPF) of Ukraine has put up for privatization the Kamianske distillery in Cherkasy region, the press service of the agency reports.

It is specified that the starting price of the enterprise is UAH 6.6 million. The auction will be held in the Prozorro.Sale system on March 22, with bids accepted until March 21.

The facility includes 49 units of real estate and infrastructure (production, administrative, warehouse buildings and structures). The production area is 25,719.4 square meters.

According to the Charter, the main activity is distillation, rectification and mixing of alcoholic beverages. The average number of employees as of September 30, 2023 was seven. The company ceased operations in 2010 and does not carry out production activities. Property, plant and equipment are excessively worn out.

Accounts receivable as of September 30, 2023 amounted to UAH 3143 thousand; accounts payable amounted to UAH 9766 thousand, in particular: for goods, works, services – UAH 5803 thousand, for settlements with the budget – UAH 1487 thousand, for payroll settlements – UAH 1190 thousand, for insurance – UAH 510 thousand, other debts – UAH 786 thousand.

Kamianske Coke provides water supply, sewerage and electricity services to residential buildings, which are accounted for on the company’s balance sheet and are not subject to privatization.

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Kholminsky distillery in Chernihiv region is up for auction

The State Property Fund (SPF) of Ukraine has put up Kholminsky distillery in Chernihiv region for privatization, the press service of the agency reports.

It is specified that the starting price of the lot is UAH 15.35 million. The auction will be held in the Prozorro.Sale system on March 20, with bids accepted until March 19.

Kholma Distillery is an operating enterprise located in the village of Kholma, Koryukiv district, Chernihiv region. Its main activity is distillation, rectification and mixing of alcoholic beverages.

According to the terms of the sale, the buyer of the distillery is obliged to pay off overdue accounts payable for goods, works and services in the amount of UAH 3.5 million and prevent dismissal of employees for six months.

Construction of Kholminsky distillery began in Soviet times. Since 1951, the company has been accepting potatoes for processing. In the 60s of the last century, the plant held a leading position in the industry. Today, it is in need of reconstruction and investment.

The unified property complex includes 101 registered real estate units: production, warehouse, administrative buildings and structures, transformer substations, artesian wells, grain tanks, railroad tracks, etc. The state-owned enterprise has 16 vehicles and special equipment. The distillery also owns 192 items of movable property, including equipment, furniture, inventory, computer and office equipment, etc.

The total area of the six land plots under the complex is 28.36 hectares.

As of October 1, 2023, a part of the company’s real estate with an area of 727.9 sq m was leased. According to the agreement, the lease term is until May 9, 2024.

In addition, the company leased 26 units of technological equipment and a 0.04-hectare land plot in Novhorod-Siverskyi, Chernihiv region, for a period of 30 years.

At the same time, the state-owned enterprise has an object on its balance sheet that is not subject to privatization: a storage facility (radiation shelter – IF-U) with a total area of 93.1 square meters, built in 1974. It is located separately from other buildings.

According to the Fund, distilleries are among the most popular small-scale privatization assets. Since September 2022, the SPF has sold 14 distilleries and raised UAH 965 million to the state budget, with the average price of each property at auction tripling.

The SPF planned to complete the privatization of the alcohol industry in 2023, for which it was planned to hold online auctions for the sale of 26 distilleries across the country. However, some of them did not take place.

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