On 15 March, 2016 the first module of the seventh season of EBA-Asters Legal School took place in the office of Asters Law Firm in Kyiv. EBA-Asters Legal School is a unique free of charge platform for Ukrainian legal practitioners to share their experience and best practices in legal support and protection of business. The new season introduces the expansion of the Legal School speakers panel by Andriy Zhurziy (People's Deputy of Ukraine and First Deputy Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Tax and Customs Policy), Yana Shestopalova (Criminal Judge of Irpin City Court) and Volga Sheyko (Asters' lawyer that has more than 15 years of experience as a practicing attorney). The speakers of the School will deliver lectures to the EBA members, in particular legal specialists, in-house lawyers and managers wishing to improve their legal awareness or further enhance their legal knowledge.
EBA-Asters Legal School was launched by Asters and EBA in 2013. The legal course will last 2.5 months and will include 6 modules delivered twice a month providing students with an opportunity to learn the peculiarities of the tax reform in Ukraine and the international practice of criminal liability of a legal entity; gain professional skills and qualifications in competition law and labour legislation; discover intellectual property aspects of international trade and enhance experience in Government Relations.
Olena Derevyanko, Managing Partner of PR Service Agency and one of the Legal School speakers, pointed out: "For years EBA-Asters Legal School has been proving the relevance and feasibility of the project as the only regular and free platform for the experience exchange among lawyers in Ukraine. It is my great pleasure to support this educational initiative, aimed at incentivizing the professional development of Ukrainian legal specialists."
"We are happy that with each new season the number of participants wishing to attend the Legal School increases. Overall, within the past six seasons classes in the Legal School were attended by over 700 participants. I am sure that with such a strong speakers' team EBA-Asters Legal School will help its students to extend horizons of their practical expertise and get new insight into solving legal problems", - Yaroslav Kutovyi, European Business Association Education Team Leader, comments.
EBA-Asters Legal School has been recognized as the best CSR project on the Ukrainian legal market according to the National CSR Business Cases Contest 2015. It is accompanied with the diploma of honour within the CIS Best in CSR contest run by Sustainable Business magazine.
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European Business Association (EBA) - the premier organization for foreign business in Ukraine - brings together over 900 European, Ukrainian and international companies. EBA was established in 1999 as a forum for discussion and resolution of problems facing the private sector in Ukraine. This initiative of business people was supported by the European Commission. Being a non-profit Association of legal entities, the EBA sees its core mission as representing the interests of European and domestic investors in Ukraine, and improving the investment climate has been the EBA’s major concern since the moment it was founded.
Asters is a full-service independent national law firm that has maintained a strong presence in Ukraine since 1995. Asters is a two-time winner of the Law Firm of the Year: Ukraine and the CIS award (The Lawyer European Awards 2014 and 2015), Law Firm of the Year (Ukraine) award (Who's Who Legal Awards 2014), Law Firm of the Year award (Ukrainian Legal Awards 2014) and is also named No.1 law firm in Ukraine according to the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Top 50 Law Firms Annual National Ranking.