Chambers Europe, an influential annual review of the best lawyers and law firms in 53 jurisdictions across the European continent, highly recommends Asters in its 2017 edition recently published in London. The guide distinguishes the Firm's outstanding professional achievements ranking 13 Asters' lawyers which is unparalleled by any other Ukrainian law firm. The publication also praises Asters' senior partner Armen Khachaturyan as eminent practitioner, the highest possible individual rank, in 3 practice areas – Banking & Finance, Corporate/M&A and Restructuring/Insolvency.
Asters' credentials have been highlighted in the 2017 guide in the following way:
Banking & Finance (Band 1). Asters' "market-leading team" is headed by senior partner Armen Khachaturyan, who "truly knows the market" and "is very knowledgeable in finance work." Partner Iryna Pokanay "enjoys an excellent reputation and leads on some of the biggest mandates in the market", and counsel Gabriel Aslanian "climbs a tier following strong feedback from both clients and peers".
Competition/Antitrust (Band 1). Asters' competition and antitrust practice "remains a top choice for high-profile domestic and cross-border merger filings, investigations and litigation". The practice head, partner Igor Svechkar is recognized as "a top-ranked competition lawyer", and partner Alexey Pustovit is described as a "very strong and well-known competition practitioner".
In Corporate/M&A Asters' lawyers are praised for "analytical approach and the depth of their theoretical and practical knowledge". The publication recommends managing partner Oleksiy Didkovskiy with clients' feedbacks describing him as "always a pleasure to work with on a personal basis." Senior partner Armen Khachaturyan is commended as a "role model, the one people listen to", and partner Vadym Samoilenko is noted for "his involvement in legal reform initiatives".
Asters is also recommended in: Energy & Natural Resources as a "highly esteemed team"; Capital Markets practice as a "well-established team with extensive experience"; Employment as a "well-regarded practice, assisting with structuring of labor relations"; Restructuring/Insolvency as a "notable team representing international and local banks in corporate debt restructuring and debt collection matters"; as well as in Dispute Resolution: Litigation, Real Estate, Intellectual Property, Tax practice areas.
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