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Provided by Asters
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Managing Committee: Oleksiy Didkovskiy, Serhii Sviriba, Armen Khachaturyan

Number of fee-earners: 120, including 23 partners

Languages: English, Ukrainian, Russian

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 a unique combination of strong transactional, regulatory and dispute resolution practices, as well as deep insights to all key sectors of economy.

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
  • Environmental Protection &Sustainable Development
  • Family &Inheritance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Arbitration & Cross-Border Litigation
  • International Trade
  • Labour & Employment
  • Private Clients
  • Public-Private Partnership
  • Real Estate & Construction
  • Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Sports
  • State Aid
  • Taxation
  • Tech & Comms

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:

  • Agribusiness
  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Banks & Financial Services
  • Chemicals
  • Energy
  • 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: Black Sea Trade and Development Bank, EBRD, ED&F Man, Ferrero S.p.A., IFC, Millennium & Copthorne, Microsoft, Molson Coors, Nielsen, Prada S.p.A., PrivatBank, Siguler Guff & Company, Societe Generale, The State of Ukraine, Visa, Webuild S.p.A, and many others.

International Network:

Asters is an exclusive Ukrainian member of Lex Mundi, World Services Group, Biolegis, 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

■ Successfully defended interests of PrivatBank, the largest bank in Ukraine in terms of the number of clients, assets value, loan portfolio and taxes paid, in the Supreme Court, which delivered the final ruling, stopping the ex-owners' attempt to return PrivatBank, which was nationalized in 2016. The victory in this case will be the basis to close all other court proceedings initiated by the ex-owners of PrivatBank and related persons to challenge the legality of its nationalization.

■ Acted as a Ukrainian law counsel to an ad hoc group of lenders on the successful restructuring of a USD 2.066 billion debt of DTEK, the largest private, vertically integrated energy company in Ukraine. This deal is one of the largest debt restructuring projects in Ukraine private companies' history

■ Acted as a Ukrainian law counsel to a syndicate formed by financial institutions on a complex transaction involving financing up to PLN 1.5 billion (EUR 325 million) for Polish, Russian, Romanian, Ukrainian and German companies from Cersanit Group, a European leader in production and distribution of goods used in finishing and fitting out bathrooms

■ Advised IFC and EBRD in connection with major financings on the Ukrainian market totaling approx. USD 3 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

■ Acted as a Ukrainian counsel for JSC Ukrainian Railways in the successful restructurings of loan participation notes issued by Rail Capital Markets plc in the total amount of USD 895 million

■ Acted as a Ukrainian law counsel to Arawak Energy Ukraine B.V., a member of group of companies Vitol, in the sale of 50% of shares in Geo-Alliance Oil-Gas Public Limited to gas producer Geo Alliance Group Limited

■ Acted as a legal counsel in connection with the construction of Dnistrovska wind park in Odesa region of Ukraine. The project is owned byElementum Energy, VR Capital’s renewable energy subsidiary, andUkraine Power Resources, a US renewable energy projects developer

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

■ 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

■ Handled 167 out of 304 most significant merger cases in Ukraine in 2008-2021, including Walt Disney/21st Century Fox, AB InBev/SABMiller, P&G/Merck, TEVA/Allergan, Dow/Du Pont, Bayer/Monsanto, ChemChina/Syngenta

■ Acted on the defense side (representing exporters, importers, associations and trade missions) in 20 out of 28 trade investigations initiated by Ukraine in 2019-2021

■ 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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Julia  Semeniy
Julia Semeniy
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