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Managing partner: Oleksiy Didkovskiy, Serhii Sviriba, Armen Khachaturyan

Number of partners: 27

Number of lawyers: 109

Languages: English, Russian, Ukrainian, Norwegian, German, French


Firm overview:

Asters is the biggest law firm in Ukraine operating since 1995. With offices in Kyiv, London, Brussels and Washington DC the firm provides efficient transactional legal advice and client representation on a broad spectrum of matters arising in the course of doing business in Ukraine. Asters combines established world-class quality, international recognition and strong local presence.


Main areas of practice:

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Banking & Finance

Capital Markets

Competition & Antitrust

Compliance & Anti-corruption

Corporate & M&A

Cybersecurity

Domestic Litigation

Energy, Natural Resources & Construction

Environment

Family

Gambling Law

Intellectual Property

Information Technology

International Arbitration & Cross-Border Litigation

International Trade

Labour & Employment

Private Clients

Public-Private Partnership

Real Estate

Restructuring & Insolvency

Sports

State Aid

Taxation

Telecommunications


Asters keeps high standards of its expertise in full range of legal services. Its established history, manpower and extensive industry-specific experience allows it to play a leading role in advising clients in various market sectors.

Industry sectors:

-Agriculture

-Automotive

-Aviation

-Banks & Financial Services

-Chemicals

-Energy & Natural Resources

-Gaming, Gambling & Lottery

-Infrastructure & Transport

-Insurance

-Media & Advertising

-Metallurgy

-Oil & Gas

-Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare

-Private Equity

-Real Estate & Construction

-Retail & FMCG

-TMT


Clients:

Asters’ lawyers regularly handle a variety of complex matters and the largest transactions for foreign and local blue chips, governments, state-run companies, investors, banks, international financial institutions, HNWI, pro athletes and sports clubs, for instance: Ateliers de France, Bayer, Black Sea Trade and Development Bank, China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC), EBRD, ED&F Man, Facebook, Ferrero S.p.A., General Electric, IFC, L’Oreal, Millennium & Copthorne, Microsoft, Molson Coors, Nielsen, Philip Morris, Prada S.p.A., Sanofi, Societe Generale, Syngenta, Visa, Webuild S.p.A, and many others.


International network:

Asters is an exclusive Ukrainian member of Lex Mundi, World Services Group, Legalink, Biolegis, Life Sciences Practice Group and Energy Law Group.


Recent work highlights:

■ Acting as local Ukrainian legal counsel for Ukraine in connection with court proceedings in the High Court of Justice in London commenced by the Trustee, The Law Debenture Trust Corporation, against Ukraine regarding its alleged debt under 3 billion USD bonds purportedly issued by Ukraine in 2013 and 100% taken up by the Russian Federation

■ Acting as local Ukrainian counsel to PrivatBank CB JSC, the largest bank by asset size in Ukraine, in connection with its claim brought against the Russian Federation pursuant to the Ukraine-Russia BIT and in accordance with the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules 1976 on 13 April 2015

■ Successfully represented ASK Technology Group Limited, a leading Hong Kong manufacturer of multi-GPU systems for mining, rendering and AI, at hearings at SCC Arbitration Institute regarding the claim for the defective systems for mining of cryptocurrency supplied by ASK Technology Group Limited

■ Successfully defended PrivatBank CB JSC in a dispute worth over UAH 7.5 billion before the Commercial Court of Cassation of the Supreme Court over the legality of the creditor’s charging extra fees (in addition to interest on the loan) and recovering such fees at the expense of mortgaged property (the Bukovel Ski Resort)

■ Providing legal support to GE Transportation, a Wabtec Company and Transportation Ukraine on various issues of contractual, regulatory and currency control legislation in relation to execution of USD 1 billion Framework Agreement with JSC ‘Ukrainian Railways’ on supply and maintenance of the diesel freight locomotives

■ Advised IFC and EBRD in connection with major financings on the Ukrainian market totaling approx. USD 2.7 billion

■ Acted as a Ukrainian legal counsel to JSC ‘Ukrainian Railways’ in connection with a USD 500 million Eurobonds offering of 8.25% notes due July 2024

■ Successfully defended Globus shopping center in a dispute with the tax authority over VAT and corporate profit tax adjustments totaling to UAH 300 million (including penalties)

■ Successfully represented Sanofi in connection with its appeal of the decision of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine in the investigation on the market for distribution of pharmaceutical products

■ Acted as a legal counsel to Enwell Energy plc, a British oil and gas company, on its acquisition of Arkona Gas-Energy, a Ukrainian company holding the license to explore, develop and produce hydrocarbons in Svystunkivsko-Chervonolutske field located in Poltava region

■ Acting as a legal counsel to a subsidiary of Smart Holding, one of the largest industrial and investment groups in Ukraine, on the sale of JSC ‘UNEX BANK’

■ Ongoing support of Webuild SpA, an Italian industrial group specialised in the construction and civil engineering business, on a broad range of local legal issues, including public construction contracts, restructuring, disputes, etc.

■ Advising Ateliers de France, construction and architectural company with offices in Paris, London and Sao Paulo, in connection with local construction project, including review of general contractor agreement (FIDIC), as well as legal and tax support with structuring, contractual and regulatory matters

■ Advising PRADA Group in connection with full support of all day-to-day legal issues and operation of its first mono-brand boutique in Ukraine, including issues related to operation during the quarantine

■ Representing Pelagia AS, one of the largest fish suppliers (the Egersund brand), with respect to criminal proceedings connected with fraudulent actions of its counterpart to avoid payments for the supplied goods

■ Advised Hansa Reinsurance Brokers AG, an aircraft reinsurance company, on Ukrainian aviation and reimbursement of damages law and practice with respect to disputes over the reimbursement of damages caused by the aircraft crash

■ Participated in more than 90% of the recent antidumping and safeguard investigations in Ukraine, namely acting on the defence side (representing exporters, importers, associations and trade missions) in 16 out of 18 trade investigations initiated within the country in 2019-2020

■ Acted as a legal counsel to Naftogaz Energoservice, a subsidiary of NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine (the largest oil and gas company of Ukraine), in connection with the construction of a 33 MW solar power plant in the town of Chudniv (Zhytomyr region, Ukraine)

■ Representing International Charity Fund ‘Tabletochki’ that helps children with blood cancer in Ukraine in various matters related to their operations, including pro bono legal advice on charity activities, protection of patient rights, delivery of medical care, support to Fund’s initiatives for improvement of Ukrainian regulatory framework in healthcare

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Dispute Resolution: Domestic
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Dispute Resolution: International
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Dispute Resolution: White-Collar Crime
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Armen Khachaturyan
Eminent Practitioners
Gabriel Aslanian
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Iryna Pokanay
Band 2
Roman Stepanenko
Band 3

Competition/Antitrust


Alexey Pustovit
Band 2
Igor Svechkar
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Igor SvechkarCompetition/Antitrust
Eminent Practitioners
Armen KhachaturyanBanking & Finance
Armen KhachaturyanCorporate/M&A
Oleksiy DidkovskiyDispute Resolution: International
Serhii SviribaDispute Resolution: International
Band 1
Markiyan KliuchkovskyiDispute Resolution: International
Band 2
Iryna PokanayBanking & Finance
Alexey PustovitCompetition/Antitrust
Sergiy GrebenyukDispute Resolution: White-Collar Crime
Yaroslav PetrovEnergy & Natural Resources
Julia N SemeniyIntellectual Property
Iryna PokanayRestructuring/Insolvency
Band 3
Roman StepanenkoBanking & Finance
Gleb BialyiDispute Resolution: Domestic
Roman KostenkoReal Estate
Band 4
Gabriel AslanianBanking & Finance
Oleksandr VoznyukCompetition/Antitrust

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Leonardo Business Center

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19-21 Bohdana Khmelnytskogo Str.

Kyiv

Kyiv City Municipality

Ukraine

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