Chambers Europe, an influential annual review of the European legal market, in its 2019 guide recognizes 20 Asters lawyers – the largest number of the renowned practitioners in a single Ukrainian law firm.
The publication praises Asters' co-managing partner Oleksiy Didkovskiy as eminent practitioner (the highest possible individual rank) in Corporate/M&A, co-managing partner Serhii Sviriba as eminent practitioner in Dispute Resolution: International, and senior partner Armen Khachaturyan as eminent practitioner in 4 practice areas – Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Corporate/M&A and Restructuring/Insolvency.
Asters' credentials have been highlighted in the 2019 guide in the following way:
Banking & Finance (Band 1). Asters' "market-leading team with a long-standing reputation" is headed by senior partner Armen Khachaturyan, who"enjoys extensive praise from market sources for his longevity and wealth of expertise". Partner Iryna Pokanay is praised for"her responsiveness and attention to details", partner Roman Stepanenko is commended for "pro-active approach", and counsel Gabriel Aslanian is singled out by clients as "a very good lawyer".
Competition/Antitrust (Band 1). Asters' competition and antitrust "market-leading team" remains "a top choice for high-profile domestic and cross-border merger filings, regulatory investigations and related disputes". According to client feedbacks partner Igor Svechkar is "a perfect example of client care and is acknowledged as the best in antitrust", and partner Alexey Pustovit "always makes sure things are done on time".
In Energy & Natural Resources Asters "esteemed team" climbs a tier to Band 1, while partner Yaroslav Petrov enjoys strong feedback from clients highlighting his "absolutely tremendous ability to make the right strategic decisions". Partner Tamara Lukanina is "well known for advising on production sharing agreements and issuance of permits".
Asters' Dispute Resolution team "has significantly increased in its size and presence". Clients laud the team for "its quality of advice and level of preparation". Co-managing partner Serhii Sviriba "retains an excellent reputation for his depth of experience in international arbitration". Partner Markiyan Kliuchkovskyi "attracts praise for his expertise in cross-border litigation". Sources deem partner Sergiy Grebenyuk to be a "great strategic thinker". Partner Gleb Bialyi "is best recognized for his experience in domestic litigation cases". According to client feedback counsel Dmytro Shemelin is a "good specialist".
Asters' "well-regarded" Intellectual Property team is "very business-savvy and cost-conscious". Partner Julia Semeniy "provides sound, practical advice" and counsel Taras Kyslyy is described by market sources as "a really good, very diplomatic specialist".
According to the research Asters Corporate/M&A department is "well organised, reliable and responsive". Partner Vadym Samoilenko is recommended as "active in M&A, joint ventures and regulatory matters". Partner Oleg Boichuk joins the rankings following a raft of praise from market sources.
Asters is also highly recommended in:
- Restructuring/Insolvency as a team with "exceptional track record";
- Capital Markets practice as a "solid team providing local law support to international financial institutions"; partner Roman Stepanenko is praised for his "remarkable technical skills";
- Real Estate with partner Roman Kostenko as a ranked lawyer;
- Tax with sources applauding Asters lawyers for "their commercial awareness" and clients saying that partner Constantin Solyar is "always up to the point";
- Employment with clients commending the team's "practical and goal-oriented approach".
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Chambers has been ranking the best lawyers since 1990, and now covers 185 jurisdictions. Chambers guides are the culmination of thousands of in-depth interviews by the largest research team of its kind and are trusted world-wide to objectively rank the world’s best lawyers and law firms. The individual lawyers and law firms are ranked by Chambers in their practice areas only on the basis of their legal knowledge and experience, ability, effectiveness, and client-service.