Asters Advised on Donation of Ihor Dychenko's Unique World Class Art Collection to Ukraine

Asters Law Firm acted as a pro bono advisor in connection with donation of the unique private collection of Igor Dychenko (famous Ukrainian art critic, artist and collector) to the state-owned Mystetskyi Arsenal ("Art Arsenal") museum complex. The donation ceremony with the participation of Valeria Virsca, Mr. Dychenko's widow and sole heiress, and Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine, was held on October 12, 2015. Owning to the noble decision of Valeria Virsca, who had fulfilled the will of her husband, the priceless artistic heritage of the world class, consisting of 509 pieces of painting, graphic and applied arts, became a part of the Museum Fund of Ukraine.

Asters' lawyers advised on the preparation of all the necessary documents in order to ensure the integrity and inviolability of the collection in public ownership. In particular, according to the donation agreement the Ukrainian state guarantees the full preservation of the art collection, its entirety and prevention from pledge, denationalization or privatization. Asters' inheritance law team was represented by associate Olga Lepikhina under the lead of Asters Managing Partner Oleksiy Didkovskiy.

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