Transport and infrastructure have been among our top priorities from the outset because we recognize the potential of these sectors in Ukraine. Due to its advantageous geographical position, Ukraine has a great transit potential that has not yet been fully utilized. Ukraine's infrastructure and transport sectors require significant investment and development to support the existing needs of both the country's economy and population.
In addition to our expertise in general matters, our deep knowledge and understanding of the Ukrainian regulatory and business environment for transport and infrastructure allows us to help our clients implement the most challenging projects. We have participated in many major projects in these sectors advising a number of high-profile clients on various industry-specific issues. Asters is well known for its innovative solutions to complex legal problems and provides a full range of legal services in all subsectors of the transport and infrastructure industry, including in roads, rail, automobile, airports and aviation, ports, maritime and shipping, shipbuilding, and pipelines.
We advise major corporations on a wide range of legal matters:
STX Europe (f.k.a. Aker Yards), an international shipbuilding group, on the customs clearance of its vessels built in Ukraine;
Damen Shipyards Group, a leading Dutch shipbuilding company, on the multimillion acquisition of a major stake in Okean Shipyard from Ukraine's State Property Fund, on establishing a joint ownership with Aker Yards, and in connection with the restructuring of Okean Shipyard in Mykolaiv, Ukraine;
APM Terminals, one of the world's largest operators of container terminals, in connection with land purchase and development projects;
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on a 27 million USD loan to Euroterminal to finance the construction of a 50-hectare logistics service centre to improve the efficiency of container handling and develop the inland infrastructure in the Port of Odesa, Ukraine;
KazTransGas, Kazakhstan state natural gas transportation company, in connection with the construction of a liquefied gas terminal in Kerch, Ukraine on public port facilities;
Deutsche Bank in connection with a 480 million USD loan facility provided to the State Road Service of Ukraine under guarantee from the Ministry of Ukraine Cabinet for the purpose of financing reconstruction of the Kyiv-Odessa highway and the relevant procurement tender procedure;
A.Stucki Company, a world leader in the development and application of railcar dynamic control products, in connection with the establishment of a joint venture with a Ukrainian company to manufacture component-parts for railway cars for Ukrzaliznytsia, the State Administration of Railway Transport of Ukraine.