The Legal 500: Europe, Middle East and Africa 2018 Guide ranked Asters as a Tier 1 Ukrainian law firm in 8 out of 10 practices: Banking, finance and capital markets; Commercial, corporate and M&A; Competition; Dispute resolution; Employment; Energy; Private client; and Tax.
The international ranking guide highlights Asters' credentials in the following way:
Banking, finance and capital markets. The ‘extremely business-oriented and responsive’ team at Asters is led by Armen Khachaturyan and Iryna Pokanay. The firm recently advised Ukraine’s public railway company on restructuring a USD 500 million loan. Counsel Gabriel Aslanian is also recommended.
Commercial, corporate and M&A. Oleksiy Didkovskiy, Armen Khachaturyan and Vadym Samoilenko are the key contacts at Asters, which has a strong track record in cross-border and complex M&A deals.
Competition. Igor Svechkar, Oleksandr Voznyuk and Alexey Pustovit are the key contacts at Asters, which is recommended for its ‘flexibility, high technical quality and creativity’.
Dispute resolution. Asters’ team is ‘highly attentive, responsive and accessible’. Managing Partner Oleksiy Didkovskiy is named a leading individual, while Associate Anna Tkachova is recognized as a next generation lawyer.
Employment. Employment planning, collective bargaining, immigration, terminations and disputes are key areas for Asters, where Armen Khachaturyan and Svitlana Chepurna lead the practice.
Energy. 'Top performer in energy law’ Asters has ‘deep knowledge and industry expertise’. Senior Partner Armen Khachaturyan is named a leading individual, while Partner Yaroslav Petrov is recognized as a next generation lawyer.
Private client. The ‘talented and skilled team’ at Asters advises high-net-worth individuals on wealth management, trusts, inheritance planning, residency permits, family law and real estate. The ‘intelligent’ Alexey Khomyakov, Oleksiy Demyanenko and rising star Pavlo Shovak are the key names.
Tax. ‘Market leader’ Asters fields a ‘smart’ team that ‘works quickly’. Alexey Khomyakov advised rail operator Ukrzaliznytsia on tax aspects of its USD 500 million restructuring. Oleksiy Didkovskiy and Constantin Solyar are also recommended.
Intellectual Property. Asters’ ‘responsive and pragmatic’ team assisted Biosphere Corporation with registering patents. Practice head Julia Semeniy and Mariana Polishchuk are key names.
Real estate and construction. Partner Roman Kostenko is recognized as a leading individual, and Associate Roman Drobotskiy is named a next generation lawyer.
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