Asters received radiant reviews and high rankings by the Ukrainian Law Firms 2014: A Handbook for Foreign Clients (ULF 2014). Published in English, ULF 2014 is a comprehensive annual survey of the Ukrainian legal market. Consistently with its last year ranking Asters got the highest position in Antitrust/Competition, Corporate law, and Restructuring. The firm's Agribusiness, Banking & Finance, Energy & Natural Resources, IT & Communications and Capital Markets practices are within three top ranked, while Bankruptcy, M&A, Labour & Employment, Medicine & Healthcare/Pharmaceuticals, Transport & Infrastructure practices are within five top ranked.
Asters' lawyers distinguished for individual professional expertise include the firm's managing partner Oleksiy Didkovskiy – in M&A and IT & Communications; senior partner Armen Khachaturyan – in Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Restructuring, Energy & Natural Resources, Corporate and Labor & Employment; partners Igor Svechkar – in Antitrust/Competition (tops the ranking); Vadym Samoilenko – in Corporate and Transportation Law; Iryna Pokanay – in Banking and Finance, Yulia Semeniy – in Media & Entertainment (tops the ranking), IP, IT & Communications, Roman Kostenko – in Real Estate & Construction, Alexey Pustovit – in Antitrust/Competition, Andriy Pozhidayev – in Litigation, Tamara Lukanina and senior associate Yaroslav Petrov – in Energy and Natural Resources.
The publication refers to Asters as 'the national heavyweight' that is boosting its capacity in agribusiness, is the premier antitrust practice in Ukraine, and bolstered its banking and finance offering, while key areas of its activity include banking, M&A, equity investment, syndications, and bilateral loans by international financial institutions. It is highlighted that Asters 'retained its strong market position' in Energy & Natural Resources sector and is 'active in throughout a broad range of employment issues'.