Asters is the only Ukrainian law firm included in Tier 1 ranking in all 11 practices analyzed by The Legal 500: Europe, Middle East and Africa 2019 Guide: Banking, finance and capital markets; Commercial, corporate and M&A; Competition; Dispute resolution; Employment; Energy; Intellectual property; Private client; Real estate and construction; Tax; and White-collar crime.
The authoritative international ranking guide highlights Asters' credentials in the following way:
Banking, finance and capital markets. "Asters further increased its market presence with the arrival of Roman Stepanenko and others from Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners to join leading lights Armen Khachaturyan and Iryna Pokanay."
Commercial, corporate and M&A. "Asters frequently handles cross-border M&A transactions". Oleksiy Didkovskiy, Armen Khachaturyan, Vadym Samoilenko and Oleg Boichuk are highly recommended.
Competition. "Practice head Igor Svechkar is 'a leading antitrust lawyer', and 'competitors are no match for the experience of the practice', according to one client." Alexey Pustovit, Oleksandr Voznyuk and Oleg Boichuk are key practitioners.
Dispute resolution. "For one client, the firm has 'the strongest team in the Ukrainian market, with excellent capability in international litigation and arbitration'. The 'extremely knowledgeable' Oleksiy Didkovskiy, Serhii Sviriba and the 'clever, insightful' Svitlana Chepurna are prominent litigators."
Employment. At Asters, 'the team is coherent and the outcome is accurate and precise'. Armen Khachaturyan and Svitlana Chepurna are the key partners." Clients also recommend counsel Inesa Letych and senior associate Oleh Furmanchuk.
Energy. "Asters has 'a great team with highly professional individuals'. Armen Khachaturyan, the 'particularly strong' Yaroslav Petrov and Tamara Lukanina lead the practice. Litigator Markiyan Kliuchkovskyi and Roman Stepanenko add finance and disputes expertise."
Intellectual Property. "Asters climbs to the top tier having brought over the team from EPAP, which included counsel Taras Kyslyy and associate Olena Kozhokar." Partner Julia Semeniy is recommended and associate Mariana Polishchuk is noted as a next generation lawyer.
Private client. Partner Constantin Solyar has been recognized as a leading individual. "Asters grew its private client team with new arrivals from EPAP, including 'dedicated and responsive' litigators Serhiy Dusanovsky and Sergiy Grebenyuk."
Real estate and construction. Partners Oleg Boichuk and Roman Kostenko are recognized as leading individuals, and Senior Associate Roman Drobotskiy is named a next generation lawyer.
Tax. "At Asters, which excels in both advisory work and litigation, the lawyers are 'winners and constantly prove it with successful projects'." Partners Alexey Khomyakov and Constantin Solyar are recognized as leading individuals, and Counsel Oleksandr Maydanyk is recommended.
White-Collar Crime. "Asters has 'a unique approach in providing legal advice and a strategic approach'. Head of criminal law Sergiy Grebenyuk, who acted for a former deputy minister in criminal proceedings, 'fights hard for his clients'. Serhii Sviriba and senior associate Oleksandr Yakovenko are also recommended."
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