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LEONARDO BUSINESS CENTRE, 19-21 BOHDANA KHMELNYTSKOHO STREET, 01030 KIEV, UKRAINE
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Work +380 44 230 6000
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Fax +380 44 230 6001
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www.asterslaw.com

 

The firm

Asters is the largest Ukrainian law firm (28 partners and 120 associates) with presence in Kyiv, London, Washington D. C. and Brussels. The Firm combines strong transactional and regulatory expertise, as well as significant experience in dispute resolution, which helps to advice on all business aspects in Ukraine.

Asters has consistently remained at the top of the Ukrainian legal market throughout its history:

  • holder of Ukraine Law Firm of the Year 2018 award by Who's Who Legal;
  • a two time winner of Law Firm of the Year: Ukraine and the CIS (2015, 2014) award by The Lawyer;
  • named No. 1 law firm in Ukraine according to the 2018 Top 50 Law Firms Annual National Ranking by Legal Practice Weekly.

Areas of practice

Banking, finance and capital markets: bank acquisitions; equity investment; bank mergers; syndications; debt restructuring; eurobonds/local bonds; IPOs; secondary offerings and private placements; CLNs.

Corporate and M&A: structuring and implementation of M&A transactions; title transfer advice; tax, currency regulation, securitisation advice; antitrust clearance; arranging and holding of shareholders meetings, protecting and enforcing shareholder rights, representing in shareholder litigation; corporate-related registrations, filings, disclosures, listings, securities, and other compliance matters.

Compliance and anti-corruption: development of anti-bribery policies and programmes; anti-corruption audit; providing local support to global compliance due diligence; handling internal investigations regarding alleged misconduct; compliance risk assessment; development of defense strategies; representing clients before courts and government agencies in connection with anti-corruption and other compliance matters; compliance trainings for clients' staff.

Competition and antitrust: merger control; concerted practices; abuse of dominance; competition compliance; restrictive and discriminatory practices; antitrust investigations; unfair competition; public procurement review.

Cybersecurity: cyberlaw consulting, including compliance of critical information infrastructure operators with cybersecurity law; cyber-advocacy and investigation of high-tech incidents, including cyber-forensics that facilitates collection of digital evidence admissible in courts and law-enforcement agencies; information security audits of networks, systems, applications and other assets; implementation of information security management system; cybersecurity trainings and awareness programs.

Dispute resolution: development of the dispute resolution strategy; assistance at the pre-trial stage; drafting of procedural documents; representing in courts; enforcement of Ukrainian court judgments; recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments; drafting of arbitration clauses and agreements; developing global dispute resolution strategies; acting as counsel in arbitration proceedings, as an expert witness on Ukrainian law issues, as an arbitrator, as a mediator or as counsel in mediation; assisting in collection of evidence in Ukraine; recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards.

Energy and resources: incorporated and non-incorporated JV, PSA, joint operating agreements, M&A; all aspects of oil and gas, electricity, renewable energy regulatory proceedings; representing before regulatory bodies; assisting with obtaining relevant permits and licensing documentation; project structuring and development; competition clearance; employment, real estate and HSE matters; tax, currency control, customs clearance matters; government relations, lobbying; project finance: projects financing and refinancing; dispute resolution options; representing before commercial, administrative courts and international arbitration tribunals.

Intellectual property: trade marks; patents; copyrights; trade secrets and confidential information; due diligence; parallel import, franchising, licensing, distribution agreements; litigation, unfair competition matters.

International trade:  import and export of goods under Ukrainian legislation; customs clearance procedures; anti-dumping and safeguards investigations; WTO rules and legislation.

Labour and employment: employment planning: employment contracts and agreements, personnel policies, benefit packages and incentive programs; executive compensation; employment of foreign employees and immigration law; collective bargaining and agreements, cooperation with trade unions; workforce reorganization and redundancies; corporate governance and the coordination of corporate elections; payroll tax planning and structuring of compensation plans; advice on compliance with mandatory preferential treatment requirements for employees with benefits, the structuring of work time and vacation time; termination and severance payments; occupational health and safety; mediation and litigation; data protection, privacy and access to information; general support in other labour issues, including the audit of internal policies and documents, as well as support in the course of labour inspections.

Private clients: establishing an effective system of control over business and management by owners, their family members and trustees; international tax and corporate structuring of asset investments and holdings in various jurisdictions; legal registration of the rights of clients' family members and other people specified by clients in relation to the clients' assets; structuring and establishing of trusts and family funds; drafting of business inheritance programs; ensuring clients' property interests upon entering into the marriage, during divorce procedure and in other personal life aspects; ensuring the impossibility of abuse by management and partners if the owner is absent and during the inheritance transfer; protecting the clients' assets, their family members and trustees from hostile actions of third parties; providing legal assistance in obtaining investment visas and residence permits; establishing a system of control over the business after an owner leaves the business.

Restructuring and insolvency: negotiating out-of-court or in-court settlement; representing in extrajudicial settlements; overseeing settlement implementation; restructuring of secured and unsecured debts; developing debt recovery procedures; terminating voluntary and collusive insolvency proceedings initiated by debtors to avoid fulfilment of obligations and debt payment; initiation of special procedures aimed at renewal of debtors’ ability to service indebtedness; out-of-the-box enforcement of court rulings.

Taxation: tax consultancy; tax rulings support; tax accounting support; tax risk management; transfer pricing compliance; M&A support; joint ventures; tax-wise cash-flow forecasting; taxes budgeting; negotiations and correspondence with tax authorities; administrative appeals of additional tax charges; full-scope tax litigation; enforcement of court decisions.

White-collar crime:  full legal support for business activities, evaluating their legal compliance, and conducting internal investigations; representing the client's interests before regulators and law enforcement agencies, providing legal assistance in the course of audits and in connection with inquiries made by such agencies; conducting attorney investigations; ensuring the comprehensive protection of the client's interests regardless of their procedural status at the pre-trial stageprotecting the client's interests in the course of a trial, as well as at appellate reviews by second and third instance courts.

Clients

Asters' lawyers regularly handle a variety of complex matters and the largest transactions for foreign and local blue chips, governments, state-run companies, investors, banks, international financial institutions, HNWI, pro athletes and sports clubs, for instance: Abbott Laboratories, AbbVie, Barclays Capital, Boeing, Citibank, Coca-Cola, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, EBRD, Ferrero S.p.A., General Electric, HiPP Group, HSBC, IFC, JP Morgan Chase, L'Oreal, Millennium & Copthorne, Monsanto, Morgan Stanley, Paramount, Philip Morris, Prada S.p.A., Salini Impregilo, Teva, Visa, Wizz Air, World Bank, UBS Investment Bank and many others.

  • Contacts
  • Oleksiy Didkovskiy (co-managing partner)
  • Armen Khachaturyan (senior partner)
  • Serhii Sviriba (co-managing partner)
  • Number of lawyers: 150
  • Languages
  • English
  • Russian
  • Ukrainian
  • Member
  • INTA
  • LegaLink
  • Lex Mundi
  • World Services Group
  • L2B Aviation
  • BioLegis
  • Energy Law Group

Above material supplied by Asters.

Legal Developments by:
Asters

  • NBU Introduces Changes to Cross-Border Loan Registration Procedure

    On 15 June 2012, the Board of the National Bank of Ukraine (the "NBU") adopted Regulation No. 246 introducing amendments (the "Amendments") to the procedure of obtainment by residents of foreign-currency loans from non-residents and providing by residents of foreign-currency loans to non-residents (the "Procedure") set forth in NBU Regulation No. 270. The Amendments shall come into force 4 months after the date of registration by the Ministry of Justice, which occurred on 9 July 2012.
    - Asters

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