Asters has one of the best track-records in the country in transactional, corporate governance, and other corporate work. We deal with M&A, governance, finance, reorganization, and liquidation, as well as other corporate issues. We help our clients establish their presence in Ukraine, incorporate new entities, and restructure existing entities, draft charters, by-laws and other corporate documents as well as shareholder agreements and other arrangements. We offer our clients a full package of services on structuring and implementing transactions, including due diligence, tax planning, currency regulation, merger clearance, negotiation, and the drafting of contracts and other transaction documents.
We assist in the preparation for general meetings of shareholders, protecting and enforcing their rights, representing clients in corporate conflicts and in shareholder litigation. On the regulatory side, we advise our clients on various corporate-related registrations, filings, disclosures, listings, securities, and other compliance matters. Asters professionals are also highly skilled in providing legal advice in such related areas as general commercial law, labour, regulatory, IP, data protection, anti-corruption, white-collar crime, and tax law.
We regularly advise major companies from various industries on corporate and M&A matters, including the following:
Telenor in connection with its 23.8 billion USD transaction with Alfa Group of Russia involving the merger of assets between the Russian mobile telecom operator VimpelCom (the Beeline brand) and the leading Ukrainian mobile telecom operator Kyivstar G.S.M. in the newly formed VimpelCom Ltd. listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Our work included the structuring and documentation of the Ukrainian part of the transaction, and obtaining merger clearance for the transaction from the Ukrainian competition authority;
Coca-Cola Ukraine Limited and Coca-Cola European Union Group in connection with the 11 million USD acquisition of CJSC BAN (Zaporizhzhya non-alcoholic beverages plant), including the due diligence of the companies, structuring and documenting the transaction, and obtaining regulatory approval;
ED & F Man Holdings, a major global supplier of food, feeds, and biofuels, in connection with the acquisition of sugar production facilities in Ukraine, including the due diligence of Ukrainian companies, structuring and documenting the deal, as well as dealing with its corporate, antitrust, employment, and tax aspects;
Swedbank, a leading Nordic-Baltic banking group, in connection with its 735 million USD acquisition of TAS-Kommerzbank, the merger of its Ukrainian subsidiaries JSC Swedbank and JSC Swedbank Invest, and the establishment of Swedbank Finance - the first bank holding group in Ukraine;
Severstal-Metiz in connection with its 16 million USD acquisition of 34.6 percent of shares in OJSC Dniprometiz, Ukraine's largest metal products producer, from TAS group;
CEZ Group, the biggest Czech electricity producer and power distributor, on various issues of Ukrainian corporate law in connection with setting up a subsidiary company in Ukraine;
Ecolab, the world's leading provider of cleaning, food safety and health protection products and services for the hospitality, food-service, healthcare and industrial markets, on corporate governance matters in connection with implementing the intra-group restructuring for the Ecolab group of companies including its subsidiary in Ukraine;
Mitsubishi Corporation on various aspects of Ukrainian corporate, contract, and customs law issues in connection with distribution agreements;
News Corp., one of the world's largest media companies, on a large variety of corporate and commercial law issues in connection with setting up a subsidiary in Ukraine;
Visa, a global payments technology company, regarding the tax implications of Ukrainian employees' insurance and optimal tax structures for the transfer of assets from the company's Ukrainian representative office to its newly established Ukrainian subsidiary;
Philip Morris Ukraine on various issues of Ukrainian corporate, contract, labour, and employment law, as well as on advertising, and competition issues.