Managing Partner: Oleksiy Didkovskiy, Serhii Sviriba, Armen Khachaturyan
Number of partners: 29
Number of lawyers: 130
Languages:English, Russian, Ukrainian
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:
Banking & Finance
Competition & Antitrust
Compliance & Anti-corruption
Corporate & M&A
Energy & Resources
International Arbitration & Cross-Border Litigation
Labour & Employment
Real Estate & Construction
Restructuring & Insolvency
Asters keeps high standards of its expertise in full range of legal services. Our established history, manpower and extensive industry-specific experience allows us to play a leading role in advising clients in various market sectors.
■Banks & Financial Services
■Infrastructure & Transport
■Media & Advertising
■Oil & Gas
■Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare
■Real Estate & Construction;
■Retail & FMCG
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: Abbott Laboratories, AbbVie, Barclays Capital, Boeing, Citibank, Coca-Cola, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, EBRD, Ferrero S.p.A., General Electric, HiPP Group, HSBC, IFC, JP Morgan Chase, L’Oreal, Millennium & Copthorne, Monsanto, Morgan Stanley, Paramount, Philip Morris, Prada S.p.A., Salini Impregilo, Teva, Visa, Wizz Air, World Bank, UBS Investment Bank and many others.
Asters is an exclusive Ukrainian member of Lex Mundi, World Services Group, Legalink, L2B Aviation, Biolegis, and Energy Law Group.
Recent work highlights:
■Acting as local Ukrainian counsel to JSC Oschadbank, one of the largest financial institutions in the country, in connection with its 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.
On 26 November 2018, an international arbitral tribunal issued its final award sustaining Oschadbank’s claims in full. The amount to be recovered is USD 1.3 billion plus post-award interest. This 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 the USD 3 billion Eurobond dispute with Russia where Ukraine has scored an important victory in September 2018. The English Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in the latest hearing of the ongoing dispute commenced by the Trustee, The Law Debenture Trust Corporation plc, 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
■Provided legal support to GE Ukraine and GE Transportation on various issues of contractual, regulatory and currency control legislation in relation to execution of USD 1 billion Framework Agreement with Ukrzaliznytsia 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 Ukrzaliznytsia under a financial lease agreement
■Acted as a local legal counsel for Anadolu Efes in connection with the establishment of a joint venture by Anadolu Efes and Anheuser-Busch InBev
■Successfully defended interests of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd in a dispute on extension of patent term for medical product for additional three 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)
■Advising Salini Impregilo S.p.A. on the restructuring of its Ukrainian assets and operations in connection with the disposal of Todini Costruzioni Generali
■Representing EuroChem Group AG in multi-dimensional dispute related to imports by of carbamide and carbamide-ammonia mixture and imposed anti-dumping duties. The dispute includes eight court proceedings
■Assisting IBRC on corporate matters related to its Ukrainian assets, including corporate governance, dividends, squeeze-out, transaction approvals and other matters
■Advising IBM on Ukrainian regulatory issues in connection with any applicable restrictions (and possible liability for a breach) on the launch of certain products on the market
■Advising Paramount Pictures on the enforcement of copyright and cease of multiple sales of counterfeited products infringing copyright for Godfather movie
■Advising Spanish Coaches with respect to the FIFA and the FFU Rules and conducting negotiations with the Football Club in the matters regarding payment of the outstanding payments
■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