International Financial Law Review 1000 (IFLR1000) 2019 edition highly ranks Asters' Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, M&A, Restructuring and Insolvency, and Project Development practices reflecting the Firm's strong performance over recent years. The ranking names Asters' Co-Managing Partner Oleksiy Didkovskiy, Senior Partner Armen Khachaturyan, partners Oleksiy Demyanenko, Roman Kostenko, Tamara Lukanina, Yaroslav Petrov, Iryna Pokanay, Roman Stepanenko and counsel Gabriel Aslanian among the leading lawyers in Ukraine.
According to the research, Asters is "a strong performer across the financial and corporate space in Ukraine and engages in notable banking, M&A and projects work ". The publication indicates that banking, finance and capital markets are key areas of strength and the firm regularly represents issuers, lenders and borrowers on transactions. During the research period, the firm assisted international development banks on loans to Ukrainian businesses in the agriculture and oil and gas sectors.
In the capital markets space the firm’s notable work has been mostly concentrated on the debt side. The firm’s M&A team regularly advises on cross-border deals, acting for international clients and Ukrainian subsidiaries. It works for both acquirers and sellers on acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures.
In projects the firm largely works on matters within the electricity, renewable energy and transport, often representing international developers. In recent times the firm has notably worked for General Electric and the China Machinery Engineering Corporation.
In the restructuring and insolvency space, the firm worked for a mix of companies and creditors on company and debt restructuring mandates across the banking, food and technology sectors.
According to the client feedback Asters lawyers are "great professionals, prompt in responding, and address issues in a commercial manner", as well as "experts in all major practices". "It's very convenient for our company that the firm can advise us in cross-area projects", - a client pointed out.