Asters is a top-tier law firm in recently released The Legal 500: Europe, Middle East and Africa 2014 Guide in three key categories – Banking, Finance and Capital Markets, Corporate and M&A, and Dispute Resolution.
The international ranking guide highlights Asters' credentials in these practices in the following way:
Banking, Finance and Capital Markets. One of the leading firms in capital markets, Asters also has a leading financing practice and strikes ‘the right balance between commercial understanding and technical know-how’. The ‘calm, experienced, genuine, likeable’ Armen Khachaturyan advised Vimpelcom on a USD 2 bn Eurobond, and assisted Creative Group with obtaining a USD 250 m syndicated loan from lenders including Ukrsotsbank. Partners Iryna Pokanay and Svitlana Poroschuk are also recommended.
Corporate and M&A. Asters is well regarded at the domestic level and also ‘punches well above its weight’ in international mandates. Oleksiy Didkovskiy ‘delivers to international standards’. The ‘really responsive’ Armen Khachaturyan… is recommended, as is Vadym Samoilenko, who gives ‘prompt and accurate advice’.
Dispute resolution. Asters is ‘good in tough negotiations’ and provides ‘high quality, good value and very commercial advice’. Oleksiy Didkovskiy advised Crédit Agricole on a multimillion-dollar disputed debt, and is recommended along with Tamara Lukanina and ‘reliable, pleasant, excellent litigator’ Andriy Pozhidayev.
Asters is also recommended in Intellectual Property, Real Estate and Construction and Tax.
Three Asters' partners are listed as The Legal 500: EMEA 2014 Guide's Leading Lawyers for Ukraine: Armen Khachaturyan (Banking, finance and capital markets), Oleksiy Didkovskiy (Corporate and M&A; Dispute resolution), and Roman Kostenko (Real estate and construction).
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Published for over twenty years, the Legal 500 Series provides the most comprehensive worldwide coverage on legal services. The Legal 500: EMEA is an edition covering 63 jurisdictions in Europe, Middle East and Africa. It is one of the guides most often used by commercial and private clients, corporate counsel, CEOs, and professional advisers in choosing lawyers. The series is based on independent editorial research and takes into account such factors as strengths and strategies of the firm, the quality of work handled, client feedback and the reputation of individual practitioners.