Welcome to Asters' German Desk!

Our lawyers are here to guide your business in its establishment or operations in Ukraine. We offer you advice in German language, adapted to your business culture, and with an understanding of your home jurisdiction's legal system. Our role is to draw on the expertise of Asters' industry-leading attorneys across all our practices and tailor our legal services to your way of doing business.

The Ukrainian market has seen a marked influx of international trade and investment in recent years, particularly from Western Europe, and Asters has been at the forefront of accompanying these transitions in the Ukrainian economy. This is reflected in our predominantly international client portfolio, and we nurture an outward-looking firm culture, as truly international Ukrainian law firm, with offices in the EU, UK and US, and a good number of attorneys educated, trained, or qualified in western jurisdictions.

Most of all, we believe in the power of trust in business relations. In our client work and in the Ukrainian society around us, we stand for a modernized and uncorrupted economy based on the rule of law. And every day we will go the extra mile to ensure our clients' Ukrainian operations will feel seamlessly integrated, as we share not only a language, but also common values.

Asters is Ukraine's largest law firm with over 150 attorneys, is consistently recognized among market leaders in all ranked practices by Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500 EMEA and national rankings. The Firm has been awarded No.1 Law Firm in Ukraine in 2020-2018, 2016-2011 by the National Ranking Top 50 Law Firms and the Law Firm of the Year 2020 in Ukraine by Chambers Europe Awards, The Lawyer European Awards, Who's Who Legal Awards.

Representative experience:
  • Alfred C Toepfer International GmbH on (i) recognition and enforcement in Ukraine of an arbitral award of Grain and Feed Trade Association (GAFTA); (ii) acquisition of shares in a joint venture for purposes of construction of the major port elevator in Odessa and further acquisition of 100% of shares, including land, tax and structuring advice, interaction with the public sea port, the Transportation Department and the State Property Fund
  • Allianz AG on (i) litigation issues in Ukraine; (ii) M&A issues, including legal due diligence of Ukrainian insurance company and in obtaining work permits for foreign employees
  • Austrian Airlines on (i) salary deductions, granting loans to employees, employee compensation and guarantees; (ii) on taxation of air carriers and the tax regime of foreign employees; (iii) in a dispute with regional tax authority
  • Bayer in the investigation of the competition authority on the market for distribution of pharmaceutical products
  • Beiersdorf AG on employment and tax issues, unfair competition matters, trademark registration and license agreements
  • Metro Cash & Carry Ukraine in a dispute on challenge of Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine decision on trade chains cartel, annulment of decision on frustration of relations with good suppliers and annulment of multimillion fines
  • Novartis concerning various contractual issues, legal implications of advertising and promotion strategies, other operational issues, optimal tax structure of its activity in Ukraine and tax implications of different day-to-day matters and new marketing campaigns in Ukraine
  • Raiffeisenbank Ukraine in connection with review of employment contracts for compliance with provisions of Ukrainian labour law
  • a German manufacturer of domestic appliances and equipment on Ukrainian regulatory requirements pertaining to introduction of the client's software and mobile application, including language requirements, data protection and consumer rights
  • numerous German, Austrian and Swiss companies on merger clearance issues in Ukraine
  • a major German construction company in a dispute at the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) over the construction of a football stadium in Ukraine; representing in subsequent enforcement efforts in Ukraine and other jurisdictions
  • Deutsche Bank AG in connection with (i) USD 480 million loan facility provided to the State Road Service of Ukraine under guarantee of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine for the purpose of financing reconstruction of the Kyiv-Odesa highway
  • Deutsche Bank Securities and Morgan Stanley as lead managers in connection with Kyiv City USD 200 million municipal Eurobond issue
  • Deutsche Pfandbrief Bank AG in connection with the anticipated loan facility to a Ukrainian subsidiary of Multinational Logistic Partnership to finance design and development centre in Kyiv
  • Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein as lead manager in a debut USD 100 million Eurobond offering by UkrSibbank; on Ukrainian banking law issues, including registration of representative offices of foreign banks in Ukraine, review and analysis of custody and brokerage agreements
  • Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, JP Morgan Chase and UBS as lead managers in connection with Kyiv City USD 150 million Eurobond issue, the first municipal Eurobond offering in Ukraine
  • IMMOEAST on acquisition of sites via a share deal and development of shipping centres in several cities in Ukraine, legal assistance in relation to protection of the assets in Ukraine
  • Intersnack Knabber-Geback GmbH & Co. KG in connection with the anticipated acquisition of salted snacks business in Ukraine, including due diligence of a chips plant in Ukraine
  • OMV on establishment of a joint venture with Chornomornaftogaz for offshore gas exploration and production
  • Rohöl-Aufsuchungs AG in connection with (i) the formation of an oil & gas joint venture in Ukraine; (ii) exploration and production licensing, transportation, transit and export of natural gas
  • VTG AG on formation of a European rail logistics joint venture with international logistics provider Kuehne + Nagel in Ukraine
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