Chambers Europe, an influential annual review of the European legal market, in its 2020 guide recognizes 21 Asters lawyers – the largest number of the renowned practitioners in a single Ukrainian law firm. As well Asters has become the only law firm recognized by the research in all practices surveyed in Ukraine.
Asters' credentials have been highlighted in the 2020 guide in the following way:
Ranked in the highest Band 1, Asters' Banking & Finance team is "the best of the best" according to the client feedback. The publication praises Asters' senior partner Armen Khachaturyan as eminent practitioner, the highest possible individual rank. The edition notes partner Iryna Pokanay praising her as "knowledgeable, confident, reasonable and practical". The research also distinguishes partner Roman Stepanenko pointing out that he is "incredibly solid, reliable, knowledgeable and ambitious", and counsel Gabriel Aslanian emphasizing his "experience in advising international developmental banks"
Competition/Antitrust (Band 1). Asters' competition and antitrust "market-leading team" remains "a top choice for high-profile domestic and cross-border merger filings as well as regulatory investigations". The publication praises partner Igor Svechkar as star individual with sources describing him as an "icon in antitrust in Ukraine", and partner Alexey Pustovit is named "a recognized practitioner with significant experience".
In Corporate/M&A Chambers Europe 2020 acclaims Asters' co-managing partner Oleksiy Didkovskiy and senior partner Armen Khachaturyan as eminent practitioners. "Senior and experienced" partner Vadym Samoilenko is also highly commended. The research highlights partner Oleg Boichuk for his "attention to detail in transactional work".
Asters Dispute Resolution team, an "outstanding department with impressive bench depth", has been recommended by Chambers Europe 2020. In International DR the review praises Asters co-managing partner Serhii Sviriba as eminent practitioner who "keeps his cool in heated situations". "Market-leading practitioner" Markiyan Kliuchkovskyi "attracts praise for his responsiveness and strategic advice" and counsel Dmytro Shemelin is recommended for "assisting clients in cross-border litigation mandates". In Domestic DR partner Gleb Bialyi is recognized for "his litigation expertise" and partner Andriy Pozhidayev "draws market recognition handling the majority of cases related to the nationalisation of Privatbank". In White-Collar Crime partner Sergiy Grebenyuk is praised by clients for his "strategic vision and ability to develop persuasive arguments even in the most challenging circumstances".
In Energy & Natural Resources Asters' "esteemed team" is ranked in Band 1, while partner Yaroslav Petrov is commended by clients as "a well-known personality in the market". Partner Tamara Lukanina is recognized "for her regulatory work on behalf of clients in the oil and gas sector" and counsel Anzhelika Livitska enters the rankings as a result of positive client feedback.
Asters' "noteworthy" Intellectual Property practice is highly esteemed, while partnerJulia Semeniy is recognized in the market for her "significant experience in defence of IP rights, particularly trademarks".
Asters is also highly recommended in:
- Restructuring/Insolvency as a "notable" team. Partner Iryna Pokanay is praised for her "track record in debt and loan restructuring";
- Capital Markets with partner Roman Stepanenko being recommended for his "strong expertise, particularly on Eurobond issues";
- Real Estate with partner Roman Kostenko as a ranked lawyer;
- Tax with sources applauding Asters lawyers for "strong technical acumen coupled with the ability to provide business-savvy advice" and clients praising partner Constantin Solyar for "his attention to detail";
- Employment with clients commending the team's "readiness to develop non-standard solutions".
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