Ukrainian Law Firms (ULF) 2011. A handbook for foreign clients, recently published by Yuridicheskaya Practika, reconfirmed Asters top positions in key practice areas researched. Enjoying a remarkable reputation, Asters is praised as No.1 law firm in Antitrust and Information Technologies & Communications in Ukraine, and also named one of the top three Ukrainian law firms in Medicine & Healthcare. The firm is recognized among the leading legal practices in Corporate, Banking & Finance, Capital Markets and Securities.
Asters is also acknowledged for particularly visible M&A, for being "notably strong" in the Telecommunications, and for "demonstrated considerable expansion of its bankruptcy practice". Continuing to enrich its Litigation practice, the firm is recognized for its active work in corporate disputes and debt recovery. The Tax practice of the firm is mentioned for the wide array of corporate, restructuring, financial matters and tax disputes. Comprehensive legal support to clientele in Real Estate and Construction, Labor & Employment, as well as Agribusiness and Transport & Infrastructure sectors is also highly praised by the research.
Managing partner Oleksiy Didkovskiy topped the rating of individuals in IT & Communications and is highly regarded by peers in this sector. Senior partner Armen Khachaturyan, leading the banking & finance team "well known for its work for international institutions", has occupied the position of the prominent expert in Banking & Finance, Securities, and is appraised for his involvement in the remarkable deals on Capital Markets. Partners Iryna Pokanay and Svitlana Poroschuk are among top legal names as the core of Asters' banking practice, as well as "very experienced practitioners" on Capital Markets. Igor Svechkar, who leads the strongest antitrust team in Ukraine, is "praised by market participants among top Ukrainian experts. Partner Oleksandr Padalka is recognized for his "broad expertise in antitrust regulations and unfair competition" issues and together with Armen Khachaturyan and Igor Svechkar is named among the key practitioners for Medicine & Healthcare. Partner Vadym Samoilenko is among top three leading practitioners in Corporate, which is one of the strongest and highly regarded practices of the firm. Roman Kostenko is highly recommended for Energy & Natural Resources, Real Estate & Construction.
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The Handbook Ukrainian Law Firms 2011 provides international clients with key branches of Ukrainian legislation, annual monitoring of deals at glance, as well as fresh trends and services of law firms. For those foreign clients, planning to start and do business in Ukraine and cooperate with law firms, it helps to find out who is who in the Ukrainian legal market offering the rating based on such criteria as biggest public deals, informative openness, efficiency as well as firm's and partners' reputation among peers and clients.