For the second consecutive year Asters is the only Ukrainian law firm with top rankings in all researched practices of The Legal 500: Europe, Middle East and Africa 2020 Guide: Banking, finance and capital markets; Commercial, corporate and M&A; Competition; Dispute resolution; Employment; Energy; Intellectual property; International Trade; Private client; Real estate and construction; Tax; and White-collar crime.
The authoritative international ranking guide highlights Asters' credentials in the following way:
Banking, finance and capital markets. "Asters is known for the 'very consistent quality, responsiveness and good value' of its work". Practice heads Armen Khachaturyan, Iryna Pokanay and Roman Stepanenko are highly recommended. Gabriel Aslanian and Kateryna Oliynyk have been recognized as rising stars.
Commercial, corporate and M&A. "Asters' sizeable team is noted for its stellar corporate client base". Oleksiy Didkovskiy, Armen Khachaturyan, Vadym Samoilenko and Oleksiy Demyanenko are recommended.
Competition. "Asters has 'outstanding and exceptional knowledge and experience in competition law'. Noted for his expertise in high-profile mergers and antitrust investigations, Igor Svechkar leads the sizeable team". Oleksandr Voznyuk and Tetiana Vovk are key practitioners.
Dispute resolution. "The firm is top of the market in Ukraine". "Oleksiy Didkovskiy, Serhii Sviriba and Markiyan Kliuchkovskyi are co-heads of the international arbitration and cross-border litigation group, while Gleb Bialyi and Andriy Pozhidayev lead on domestic litigation".
Employment. "Asters is very responsive, quick and has in-depth knowledge of employment law". "Vadym Samoilenko has experience advising foreign and domestic clients on sensitive employment matters and risk management". Inesa Letych and Oleh Furmanchuk are highly recommended.
Energy. "Asters always has enough people in the team with knowledge of the subject you need to resolve – they understand what you need". The research distinguishes Armen Khachaturyan and Yaroslav Petrov.
Intellectual Property. "Asters acts for a diverse multinational client base. Lead partner Julia Semeniy handles the acquisition, licensing, assignment and enforcement of IP rights, although the practice also has a growing focus on contentious IP matters."
International Trade. "The firm is picking up and strengthening their practice with every year". "Alexey Pustovit and Gleb Bialyi lead a practice."
Private client. "Private capital structuring specialist Oleksandr Onufrienko and Constantin Solyar, who assists high-net-worth individuals with inbound and outbound investments, lead the practice."
Real estate and construction. "Clients praise the practice at Asters as 'the largest ship in the local market with a brilliant crew on board'. Oleg Boichuk and the 'responsive, practical and commercial' Roman Kostenko jointly lead the practice. Experienced Anzhelika Livitska is also recommended.
Tax. "Asters’ team is very knowledgeable and always proactive". Constantin Solyar is recognized as a leading lawyer in the field of tax law.
White-Collar Crime. 'The team is the best you can get in Ukraine', says a client of Asters who adds that it is 'very reactive, reliable and always able to understand our business goals'. Sergiy Grebenyuk is highly recommended, and Orest Stasiuk and Oleksandr Yakovenko are noted as rising stars.
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