Banking and finance are the areas of our core expertise. Nearly every year the firm and its partners Armen Khachaturyan, Iryna Pokanay and Svitlana Poroschuk 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, Kookmin Bank, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Societe Generale, Standard Bank, Swedbank, UBS Investment Bank, State Savings Bank of Ukraine Oschadbank, Ukreximbank, Ukrsibbank, and Ukrsotsbank.
We regularly advise major companies from various industries on capital markets transactions:
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;
Citigroup, Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited, Goldman Sachs International, Sberbank CIB, Dragon Capital (Cyprus) Limited, and UniCredit Bank Austria AG on the placement of 400 million USD worth of 9.45% notes on the Irish Stock Exchange by Mriya Agro Holding;
VimpelCom, a leading international telecommunications holding and a parent of the leading Ukrainian mobile telecom operator Kyivstar, on its 2.2 billion USD Eurobond issuance by its subsidiary VimpelCom Holdings B.V.;
The State Road Agency of Ukraine in connection with a 14 billion UAH (approximately 1.75 billion USD) private domestic placement of bonds with 3, 5 and 7 year maturity;
EasyDate, an international IT company with major operations located in Ukraine, on Ukrainian law issues in connection with its IPO on the London Stock Exchange Alternative Investment Market - the first Ukrainian IT sector IPO on international markets;
Bank of America Merrill Lynch, The Royal Bank of Scotland, UBS Investment Bank, and Dragon Capital on the 250 million USD debut issue of Eurobonds by Mriya Agro Holding Public Limited, one of the leading agricultural groups in Ukraine;
Morgan Stanley and ABN AMRO as lead managers in connection with a 250 million USD Eurobond offering by Mironivsky Hliboproduct;
Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, JP Morgan Chase, and UBS as lead managers in connection with a Kiev City 150 million USD Eurobond issue - the first municipal Eurobond offering in Ukraine;
RUSAL, a major international producer of aluminium, in connection with the due diligence of Mykolayiv Alumina Plant for the purposes of RUSAL's IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange;
Standard Bank and BNP Paribas as lead managers in connection with a 100 million USD Eurobond offering by Bank Pivdennyi;
Citigroup and Standard Bank as lead managers in connection with a 100 million USD Eurobond offering by Forum Bank;
Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein as lead manager in a debut 100 million USD Eurobond offering by UkrSibbank;
Ukreximbank in connection with a 150 million USD Eurobond issue.
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.