Banking and finance are the areas of our core expertise. Nearly every year the firm and its partners Armen Khachaturyan, Iryna Pokanay and Roman Stepanenko are noted as being the very best in Ukraine in this field by prominent Ukrainian and international peer review-based ratings.
Among our clients we can see IFC, EBRD, Barclays Capital, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, HSBC, ING Bank, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Societe Generale, Standard Bank, Swedbank, UBS Investment Bank, State Savings Bank of Ukraine (Oschadbank), PrivatBank, Ukreximbank, Ukrsibbank, and Ukrsotsbank.
We have advised leading companies, banks and financial institutions on major projects in Ukraine, including the following:
PJSC Ukrzaliznytsia, a Ukrainian public railway company, in connection with the 500 million USD restructuring of its 9.5 per cent loan participation notes due in 2018. Asters had an advisory role including full legal support on Ukrainian law matters, assistance in negotiating and drafting transaction documents, the registration of amendments to foreign loans with the National Bank of Ukraine, assistance in obtaining all necessary regulatory approvals, as well as advising on banking and finance and other Ukrainian legal matters;
Swedbank, a leading Nordic banking group, in its 735 million USD acquisition of TAS-Kommerzbank, the creation of the first bank holding group, and the merger of its Ukrainian bank subsidiaries;
IFC, part of the World Bank group, on a number of projects for a total value exceeding 1 billion USD, including up to a 100 million USD loan to Nibulon, one of the largest Ukrainian grain and oilseed producers and exporters;
EBRD on a number of major projects with a total value exceeding 1 billion USD, including 140 million USD and 100 million USD subordinated loan facilities to PJSC UkrSibbank, a BNP Paribas subsidiary in Ukraine;
EBRD, IFC and Black Sea Trade and Development Bank in connection with 190 million USD and 180 million USD financing to the major Ukrainian petroleum distributor Concern Galnaftogaz for the modernization and expansion of its petrol-stations network;
Barclays Capital, Citigroup, Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A. London Branch, ING Bank N.V. and SACE in connection with the restructuring of Interpipe's 887 million USD debt portfolio;
China Development Bank in connection with a number of agreements on its long-term strategic partnership with Ukrtelecom (a leading Ukrainian national telecommunications operator) and Huawei Technologies (one of the largest Chinese networking and telecommunication equipment and service companies);
Deutsche Bank AG in connection with a 480 million USD loan facility provided to the State Road Service of Ukraine under the guarantee of the Ukraine Cabinet of Ministers for the purpose of financing the reconstruction of the Kiev-Odessa highway;
Creative Group in connection with a 255 million USD syndicated loan facility from PJSC Ukrsotsbank, a member of Unicredit Group, VTB Capital PLC, Erste Group Bank AG, and Societe Generale;
ING Bank N.V. in connection with a number of financings to Ukrainian companies, including a 20 million USD pre-export finance facility to Grain Trading Company, which is part of the Cyprus-based Allseeds Group, and a 50 million USD sunflower pre-export finance facility to Myronivsky Hliboproduct Group, one of the largest agro-industrial companies in Ukraine;
UniCredito Italiano on regulatory issues related to banking, the stock market, and general corporate law as well as helping Unicredito obtain approval from the central bank of Ukraine for their merger with Bayerische Hypo- und Vereinsbank AG (HVB Group), both leading German banks;
Citigroup Global Markets and Bank of America Merrill Lynch in connection with a 368 million USD secured loan facility provided to the group of companies, including the software department of Flextronics International Ltd;
Aval Bank in a 1.028 billion USD sale of a controlling stake in the bank to Raiffeisen International;
Coal Energy S.A., a Luxemburg-based holding running ten coal mines and recycling and processing plants in Ukraine, in connection with 70 million USD financing provided by EBRD;
Česká exportní banka on a number of secured loan facilities to Ukrainian companies including major glass plants, among which financing for a total amount of approximately 70 million USD was provided to Volnogorskoe Steklo Ltd;
Expobank CZ a.s. (formerly LBBW Bank CZ a.s.), a leading Czech bank, in connection with providing a 21.25 million USD secured loan to Volnogorskoe Steklo Ltd, a major Ukrainian glass producer.
In addition to our expertise in these standard matters, we are known for our innovative solutions of novel and complex legal problems: from securitization to cash-pooling arrangements. We provide a full range of legal services in banking and finance.