International Financial Law Review 1000 (IFLR1000) 2017 edition highly ranks Asters' Banking & Finance and M&A practices reflecting the Firm's strong performance over recent years. The ranking names Asters' Managing Partner Oleksiy Didkovskiy, Senior Partner Armen Khachaturyan, partners Iryna Pokanay, Roman Kostenko and Oleksiy Demyanenko among the leading lawyers in Ukraine.
According to the survey, Asters is "an established presence on the market and has a team experienced in banking and finance work and M&A transactions". The guide also emphasizes that the clients who worked with the firm recommended Asters as "an excellent firm – business oriented, with a wealth of experience and expertise and very good value for money". “Regardless of the complexity of a matter, Asters' lawyers are always focused on delivering practical and commercially focused solutions,” – one of Asters' clients comments.
IFLR1000 2017 underlines that several individuals are mentioned in clients' feedback. “Iryna Pokanay is an excellent lawyer, business-oriented and responsive,” – one of Asters' clients says. Another client highly recommends Oleksiy Demyanenko.
The publication indicates that Asters' recent banking and finance highlights includes representing a domestic corporate on the USD 500 million restructuring of its loan participation notes, acting for an international development bank on negotiating a USD 90 million loan for a Ukrainian business, acting for China Development Bank on a USD 50 million loan agreement with Ukrtelecom, and advising the IFC on a USD 35 million loan to Astarta. An M&A highlight for the firm was its role representing the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) on increasing its stake in UkrSibbank to 40% through a USD 130 million capital increase.
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IFLR1000 is one of the world's most prestigious and well-respected international rankings of law firms known for its profound research and independence of judgment. It ranks law firms based on the feedback from clients, in-house counsels at national and international companies, as well as peers in the legal markets it covers. First published in 1990, it currently researches over 120 jurisdictions worldwide.