Asters was listed among the Best of Ukraine full-service firms as a result of a very high standard of in-depth and objective research launched by the world's leading guide Chambers Global 2011. This reliable and respected source considered Asters one of the strongest performers in the country across a broad range of commercial law and confirmed the firm's leading positions with top rankings across the major practice areas such as Banking & Finance, Corporate/Commercial, Restructuring/Insolvency and Dispute Resolution.
Three Asters' partners were recognized as prominent legal practitioners and received exceptional recommendations in their field: Armen Khachaturyan in Banking & Finance and Corporate/Commercial, Oleksiy Didkovskiy and Oleksandr Padalka in Corporate/Commercial. Senior partner and head of Banking and Finance practice Armen Khachaturyan received the first tier of this year's ranking for the outstanding reputation for his banking sector expertise and his evident cross-border abilities. Also international sources praised Khachaturyan for "his extensive US experience and sharply analytical business mind." Managing partner Oleksiy Didkovskiy was recognized as a lawyer with a "well-established reputation amongst market sources for his expertise in M&A, corporate, project finance, securities and insurance law". Partner Oleksandr Padalka received special mention of his varied practice that covers M&A, privatisations, private equity transactions, IP and dispute resolution.
The firm was also highly recommended in Restructuring and Insolvency for its recognized expertise recently demonstrated when it acted for a creditors' committee consisting of international and Ukrainian banks in the restructuring of a Ukrainian food manufacturer's debt. In Dispute Resolution the Asters team was praised for its recent developments in a series of matters.
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