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17 December 2009

Asters awarded the winners of the Third Scholarship Competition

On 15 December 2009 at the offices of Asters, there was an awards ceremony for the Third Scholarship Competition for law students at institutions of higher learning in Kyiv and the Kyiv Region. According to the terms of the competition, the winners were announced first-hand at the ceremony, which kept the participants in suspense up until the moment the trophies were handed out by Asters.

After a fair competition, three contestants were victorious:

First place - Oleksiy Demyanenko, a fourth year student at the Academy of Advocacy of Ukraine;

Second place - Pavlo Odnokoz, a third year student at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy; and

Third place - Stanislav Lobko, a fourth year student at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.

The main prize for winning the competition consists of monthly stipends in the amount of UAH 1,500 for first place, UAH 1,000 for second place and UAH 500 for third place, which will be provided by Asters to the winners from January through June 2010. Winners as well as finalists of the competition will have the opportunity to be an intern at the firm during their free time outside of their studies with the possibility of subsequent employment.

In addition, all 10 finalists were awarded trophies from the special partner of the competition – LIGA:ZAKON, and the participant who earned the greatest number of points in problem solving with the aid of LIGA:ZAKON databases – Taras Varava, a student at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy – was awarded the system LIGA:ZAKON YuristPROF along with a free subscription. Sponsors of the competition - "Yurydychna Hazeta" and "Law Weekly" – did not go unnoticed by the finalists. All finalists received a free subscription from these publications.

In attendance at the award ceremony were partners of the firm, Armen Khachaturyan and Vadym Samoilenko, administrative director Tetyana Podobedova, members of the scholarship committee comprised of Asters lawyers Anna Poisner, Oleksiy Yatsenko, Kostyantyn Solyar and Yevgen Kravtsov, as well as members of the media and partners of the competition.

In greeting the finalists, Asters Senior Partner Armen Khachaturyan said: "It is pleasant to note that the firm's Scholarship Competition, which has become a tradition, was once again a great success this year. I congratulate the participants and organizers for this. I congratulate all the finalists who took yet another confident step bringing them closer to the profession and giving them a better understanding of what the practice of law is. I am sure that the experience gained over the course of several weeks and the contacts will be useful to each participant for a long time. You all have more time to correct shortcomings and to improve the skills that have become more evident thanks to the competition. Never hold back, don't stop learning and improving yourselves. This is the only key to your professional success. We will be following your professional life and wish you a happy one…"

Recall that the Scholarship Committee selected the winners after the second round, during which a point system was utilized to evaluate the contestants' performance of three types of assignments: test assignments on the law, special assignments to verify skills in working with the LIGA:ZAKON legal information database and using such skills to defend the solutions of complex legal problems.

Asters thanks all of the participants for their active work on the assignments of the competition and sincerely congratulates the winners!

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