Asters received top law firm rankings as a result of qualitative assessment of a country's finest legal practices, provided by the 2012 edition of IFLR1000. The firm has once again secured high rankings for Banking and Finance and M&A practice areas.
Three Asters' partners were recognized as prominent legal practitioners and received exceptional recommendations in their field: Armen Khachaturyan and Iryna Pokanay in Banking and Finance and Oleksandr Padalka in M&A practice. Overall the firm's performance was estimated according to the complexity of transactions, clients' satisfaction and peer reviews.
Banking and Finance practice received high appreciation from Asters clients who, in particular, pinpointed that "the firm continues to attract some interesting mandates and has been doing much work for international finance institutions." The firm's representation of the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) is highlighted. Also, IFLR1000 researchers have distinguished Asters cooperation with Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, RBS, UBS Investment Bank and Dragon Capital on USD 250 million Eurobond debut issues by MRIYA Agro Holding, one of the leading agricultural groups in Ukraine. Counseling of Sberbank on a USD 700 million syndicated financing to Metinvest, the largest metals manufacturing holding in Ukraine. It was one of the largest loan facilities to be secured by a Ukrainian private business since the start of the financial crisis.
Within M&AAsters gets excellent feedback from IFRL1000 as a "strong domestic firm that consolidates its position", being also recommended as "good at M&A". In particular, the guide praises M&A practice team for acquisition transactions, highlighting its recent active work for ISIDA-IVF, Swedbank and Telenor as some notable deals in the research.
Specializing in corporate finance and transactional law, the ILFR1000 is the guide to the world's leading financial law firms that is primarily based on the extensive independent research, which provides rankings and deep analysis of the best financial law firms operating in more than 100 markets worldwide.