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AstapovLawyers Advises Sportmaster on Corporate and Labor Law

July 2014

AstapovLawyers International Law Group has advised Sportmaster, a major CIS sporting goods and equipment retailer, on various corporate and employment matters in Ukraine.

AstapovLawyers team provided legal advice on corporate and labor law, assisted in drafting of corporate documents and resolutions, provided support in negotiations, advised on the potential risks for client and the ways to mitigate them.

The case was handled by Oleh Malskyy, Partner, Head of Corporate and M&A, and Maksym Uslystyi, Senior Associate.

Sportmaster Group is the recognised sporting goods market leader in Russia and the CIS countries with more than 300 branded sporting goods supermarkets and hypermarkets. Sportmaster is among the top 3 European sporting goods retailers, and also enters the top 12 global sporting goods retail chains.

AstapovLawyers team has experience in all areas of contentious and non-contentious employment law matters.  The team covers client issues ranging from sensitive severance issues and boardroom disputes to issues of corporate governance and more standard disciplinary and grievance issues. The firm`s corporate practice team represents buyers and sellers in the negotiation of mergers, stock and asset acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, tender offers and other transactions involving changes in corporate control, and also advises special committees of boards of directors in doing private transactions.

Over the past 18 months the firm has been awarded as:

  • TOP 4 leading law firms in Ukraine by TOP 50 Ukrainian law firms research (Kommersant/Yuridicheskaya Practika)
  • TOP 36 largest law firms in Russia (Kommersant)
  • Tier 3 firm in M&A by Legal 500 EMEA
  • Law Firm of the Year in M&A by the Legal Awards, 2012
  • Oleh Malskyy recognized as Top-5 best lawyers in M&A: Handbook for foreign clients, 2013
  • TOP-20 leading law firms in the area of M&A by Vedomosti/
  • AstapovLawyers advised on 5 out top 50 largest public M&A deal in Ukraine in 2011 (Yuredicheskaya Praktika)
  • Law Firm of the Year in M&A - by M&A Today Awards, 2014
  • Commercial law firm of the year by The ACQ Global Awards, 2014
  • Law Firm of the Year in Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) by the DealMakers Monthly Magazine
  • Winner of "The Lawyers World Annual Jurisdiction Awards 2011" in the category of M&A in Ukraine

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