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Managing Partner: Oleksiy Didkovskiy, Serhii Sviriba, Armen Khachaturyan
Number of partners: 29
Number of lawyers: 120
Languages: English, Russian, Ukrainian

Firm Overview:
Asters is the biggest law firm in Ukraine operating since 1995. With offices in Kyiv, London, Brussels and Washington D.C. 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 & Resources
Environment
Family
Intellectual Property
Information Technology
International Arbitration & Cross-Border Litigation
International Trade
Labour & Employment
Private Clients
Public-Private Partnership
Real Estate & Construction
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
-Technology & Communications

Key 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: AT&T, Boeing Ukraine, China Development Bank, China Iron and Steel Association, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, EBRD, Facebook, Ferrero S.p.A., General Electric, IFC, JP Morgan Chase, L’Oreal, Microsoft, Millennium & Copthorne, Molson Coors, Monsanto, NorskSolar, Philip Morris, Prada S.p.A., Regal Petroleum, Salini Impregilo, Teva, and many others.

International network:
Asters is an exclusive Ukrainian member of Lex Mundi, World Services Group, Legalink, L2B Aviation, Biolegis, and Energy Law Group.

Recent Work Highlights:
■ Successfully represented JSC Oschadbank as local Ukrainian counsel in its USD 1.3 billion claim against the Russian Federation for recovery of compensation as a result of the total loss of its investments in Crimea, with Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP acting as the lead counsel. The award has become the first victory of a Ukrainian state-owned company in a matter concerning restoration of Crimea-related rights and interests through an international investment protection mechanism
■ 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
■ Providing legal support to GE Ukraine / Transportation Ukraine and GE Company / GE Transportation, a Wabtec Company, on various issues of contractual, regulatory and currency control legislation in relation to execution of USD 1 billion Framework Agreement with JSC “Ukrainian Railways” and agreement on supply of 30 GE Evolution Series freight locomotives to the State Export-Import Bank of Ukraine (Ukreximbank) and their subsequent transfer to JSC “Ukrainian Railways” under a financial lease agreement and anticipated supply of the next 40 locomotives and execution of the Master Services Agreement in relation to the supplied locomotives
■ Advised IFC and EBRD in connection with major financings on the Ukrainian market totaling approx. USD 2.5 billion
■ Acted as a Ukrainian legal counsel to JSC Ukrzaliznytsia, Ukrainian railway company, in connection with a USD 500 million Eurobonds offering of 8.25% notes due July 2024
■ Successfully defended interests of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. in a dispute on extension of patent term for medical product for additional 3 years over standard 20 years’ term
■ Acted as a legal counsel to China Machinery Engineering Corporation, one of the largest Chinese state-owned construction and engineering companies, in connection with signing a contract with DTEK, Ukraine’s largest private power producer, for the construction of a solar power plant in Nikopol (Dnipropetrovsk region)
■ 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
■ Advising Salini Impregilo S.p.A. on the restructuring of its Ukrainian assets and operations in connection with the disposal of Todini Costruzioni Generali
■ Successfully represented Sanofi in connection with its appeal of the AMC decision in the investigation on the market for distribution of pharmaceutical products
■ Advising 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
■ Acting on the defense side (representing exporters, importers, associations and trade missions) in 8 out of 9 trade investigations initiated in Ukraine in 2019
■ Acted as a legal and tax counsel to Norsk Solar AS, a Norwegian solar power developer, in connection with the project of construction of a 9 MW solar power plant in Kyiv region
■ 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, including to ensure unimpeded access to patients in intensive care facilities, treatment of patients abroad etc.

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Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

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