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15 April 2009

Asters Announces the Election of Igor Svechkar to Equity Partnership

Asters, one of the largest law firms in Ukraine, is pleased to announce the election of the firm's partner Igor Svechkar, Chair of its Antitrust & Competition Practice, as an equity partner effective 1 January 2009.

Leading the firm's Antitrust & Competition Practice, Igor Svechkar counsels clients on a wide variety of anti-trust issues, including merger control, concerted practices, dominance, and unfair competition. He regularly represents clients before the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine in connection with the merger clearance of large transactions and the authorization of arrangements, as well as in matters involving abuse of dominance, monopolization, and unfair competition practices. Mr. Svechkar develops anti-trust compliance programs and policies for many clients, opines on the anti-trust compliance of clients’ transactions and arrangements, and advises on the issues of monopolization and anti-competitive conduct.

For the second consecutive year, Igor Svechkar was named in the Ukrainian Law Firms 2009, an annual research publication, as No. 1 lawyer in Ukraine for antitrust and competition. He has been listed among 100 recommended lawyers in Ukraine by the LexQuorum directory for the last 5 years.

Ms. Svechkar's notable representations include acting for Allianz AG, Dresdner Bank, Barclays, Swedbank AB, UC RUSAL, Arcelor, Glencore International AG, UniCredito Italiano S.p.A., Coca-Cola, Nokia Corporation, Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., General Electric Energy, Electrolux, Siemens AG, Acer Europe B.V., Kodak Health Group, Ford, Renault SAS, LVMH Moёt Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA, YSL, and Compagnie Gervais Danone in merger filings with the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine; advising Coca-Cola, Philip Morris, and Chevron on competition compliance; counseling Beiersdorf AG, Nissan Motor, Heel, and Ansell on unfair competition matters; representing Coca-Cola and Severstal Group in their multi-million acquisitions in Ukraine; advising Coca-Cola, Nissan Motor, Renault SAS, 3M Ukraine, UniCredit Leasing, S.C. Johnson, Velux, McKinsey & Company, and ACNielsen on various matters of Ukrainian law.

Mr. Svechkar is Chairman of the Competition Committee of the Ukrainian Bar Association and a member of the International Bar Association and the Kyiv Regional Bar Association. He is the author of many publications on Ukrainian antitrust law. Igor Svechkar received his Diploma in International Law and English from the Institute of International Relations of the Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University in 1999 and studied international law at the Utrecht University Law School, the Netherlands, in 1997.

"Igor's election reflects his tremendous work and the professional success he has achieved in his practice and the firm at large," said Oleksiy Didkovskiy, Asters' Managing Partner. "Igor Svechkar typifies the qualities of Asters' partnership – exceptional character, drive, and experience. His rapid ascent to equity partner is not only a testament to his focus and ambition, but also to the knowledge and judgment that come from deep expertise. We are honored to have such a dedicated and talented lawyer join the leadership of the firm."

Igor Svechkar commented on his election: "I am extremely honoured to be named an equity partner at Asters in these turbulent times. Realising that my new role requires efforts on new fronts, I am rolling up my sleeves to further contribute to the ongoing success of Asters."

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