Asters has successfully defended the interests of JSC CB PrivatBank, the largest bank in Ukraine by assets, before the Cassation Commercial Court within the Supreme Court of Ukraine in disputes with LLC Agroterminal Logistic and PJSC Pivdenmedbiosintez Design and Search Institute. The disputes concerned the demands of PrivatBank's property guarantors to terminate mortgage contracts worth UAH 5.72 billion.
On the basis of the legal position prepared by Asters lawyers and due to the effective representation by Asters attorneys, the Supreme Court's panel of judges confirmed the reasonableness of PrivatBank's arguments and cancelled previous decisions of lower courts on termination of the mortgage contracts. Within this case, Asters team enlisted support from experts of the National Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine.
In 2018 Asters significantly strengthened the Firm's expertise in Dispute Resolution. In particular, in January 2018 Andriy Pozhidayev rejoined Asters' team as partner. Prior to that for 4 years Andriy had been heading the Department of Debt Restructuring and Collection at JSC Oschadbank. Also Oleg Lazovsky joined Asters as counsel. He has more than 15 years of experience in the banking sector, including as head of legal department and head of debt collection.
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Asters is a full-service independent national law firm that has maintained a strong presence in Ukraine since 1995. Asters has extensive industry-specific experience and plays a leading role in advising clients in various market sectors. The Firm has consistently remained at the top of the Ukrainian legal market throughout its history. Asters is a winner of Ukraine Law Firm of the Year 2018 award by Who’s Who Legal and a two-time winner of the Law Firm of the Year: Ukraine and the CIS award (The Lawyer European Awards 2014 and 2015). It is also acknowledged as the Law Firm of the Decade by Ukraine's Legal Awards 2016. Asters holds top positions in the most authoritative international and Ukrainian market reviews: The Legal 500, Chambers Global and Chambers Europe, IFLR 1000, Who's Who Legal, Best Lawyers, Expert Guides, and Top 50 Law Firms Annual National Ranking.