Firm Profile > Asters > Kiev , Ukraine

Asters
LEONARDO BUSINESS CENTRE
19-21 BOHDANA KHMELNYTSKOHO STREET
01030 KIEV
Ukraine

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Asters further increased its market presence with the arrival of Roman Stepanenko and others from Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners to join leading lights Armen Khachaturyan and Iryna Pokanay. The firm counts Privatbank and National Bank of Ukraine among its clients.

Leading individuals

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Asters frequently handles cross-border M&A transactions and key partners Armen KhachaturyanVadym Samoilenko and Oleksiy Didkovskiy are highly recommended. Oleg Boichuk joined from Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners. The firm assisted JSCB Industrialbank with its merger with Express Bank.

Leading individuals

Competition Tier 1

Practice head Igor Svechkar at Asters is 'a leading antitrust lawyer', and 'competitors are no match for the experience of the practice', according to one client. Alexey Pustovit, Oleksandr Voznyuk and Oleg Boichuk, who was a new arrival from Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, are key practitioners. The firm obtained clearance for Bayer's acquisition of Monsanto.

Leading individuals

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Asters is 'even stronger following its merger' with Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners. For one client, the firm has 'the strongest team in the Ukrainian market, with excellent capability in international litigation and arbitration'. The 'extremely knowledgeableOleksiy DidkovskiySerhii Sviriba and the 'clever, insightfulSvitlana Chepurna are prominent litigators.

Employment Tier 1

At Asters, 'the team is coherent and the outcome is accurate and precise'. Armen Khachaturyan and Svitlana Chepurna are the key partners, while clients also recommend senior associates Oleh Furmanchuk (who is 'professional and punctual') and Inesa Letych. Molson Cours and Wizz Air are among the firm's clients.

Next Generation Partners

Energy Tier 1

Asters has 'a great team with highly professional individuals'. Armen Khachaturyan, the 'particularly strongYaroslav Petrov and Tamara Lukanina lead the practice. Litigator Markiyan Kliuchkovskyi and Roman Stepanenko, who were new arrivals from Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, add finance and disputes expertise. Eustream and VR Capital are key clients.

Next Generation Partners

Intellectual property Tier 1

Asters climbs to the top tier having brought over the team from Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, which included associate Olena KozhokarJulia Semeniy leads the group and Mariana Polishchuk is another name to note. Ferrero and Biosphere Corporation are among the firm's clients. Taras Kyslyy, previously a counsel with the firm, joined Arzinger as a partner in 2019.

Next Generation Partners

Private client Tier 1

Asters grew its private client team with new arrivals from Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, including 'dedicated and responsive' litigators Serhiy Dusanovsky and Sergiy Grebenyuk. The 'cost-effective' team, which is led by Constantin Solyar, handles investments, wealth management, tax, family law and business advice for high-net-worth clients. Senior associate Pavlo Shovak is another name to note.

Leading individuals

Next Generation Partners

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Asters' practice was bolstered by the arrival of a team from Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners. The move brought together key practitioners Roman Kostenko, who counts Prada Group and Sprint-42 among his clients, and Oleg Boichuk. Senior associate Roman Drobotskiy is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Next Generation Partners

Tax Tier 1

At Asters, which excels in both advisory work and litigation, the lawyers are 'winners and constantly prove it with successful projects'. Constantin Solyar and the 'talented, passionateAlexey Khomyakov are leading lights. Oleksandr Maydanyk, who joined from Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, is 'one of the best tax lawyers in Ukraine'.

White-collar crime Tier 1

Asters has 'a unique approach in providing legal advice and a strategic approach'. Head of criminal law Sergiy Grebenyuk, who acted for a former deputy minister in criminal proceedings, 'fights hard for his clients'. Serhii Sviriba and senior associate Oleksandr Yakovenko are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Next Generation Partners

 

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Alternative dispute resolution Oleksii Reznikov oleksii.reznikov@astersla.com +38 044 230 60 00
Banking, finance and capital markets Armen Khachaturyan armen.khachaturyan@asterslaw.com +38 044 230 60 00
Banking, finance and capital markets Iryna Pokanay iryna.pokanay@asterslaw.com +38 044 230 60 00
Banking, finance and capital markets Roman Stepanenko roman.stepanenko@asterslaw.com +38 044 230 60 00
Competition and antitrust Igor Svechkar igor.svechkar@asterslaw.com +38 044 230 60 00
Competition and antitrust Alexey Pustovit alexey.pustovit@asterslaw.com +38 044 230 60 00
Corporate and M&A Armen Khachaturyan armen.khachaturyan@asterslaw.com +38 044 230 60 00
Corporate and M&A Vadym Samoilenko vadym.samoilenko@asterslaw.com +38 044 230 60 00
Corporate and M&A Oleksiy Demyanenko oleksiy.demyanenko@asterslaw.com +38 044 230 60 00
Domestic litigation Gleb Bialyi gleb.bialyi@asterslaw.com +38 044 230 60 00
Domestic litigation Andriy Pozhidayev andriy.pozhidayev@asterslaw.com +38 044 230 60 00
Energy and resources Armen Khachaturyan armen.khachaturyan@asterslaw.com +38 044 230 60 00
Energy and resources Yaroslav Petrov yaroslav.petrov@asterslaw.com +38 044 230 60 00
Family law Talina Kravtsova talina.kravtsova@asterslaw.com +38 044 230 60 00
Family law Olga Lepikhina olga.lepikhina@asterslaw.com +38 044 230 60 00
Intellectual property Julia Semeniy julia.semeniy@asterslaw.com +38 044 230 60 00
Intellectual property Taras Kyslyy taras.kyslyy@asterslaw.com +38 044 230 60 00
International arbitration and cross-border litigation Oleksiy Didkovskiy oleksiy.didkovskiy@asterslaw.com +38 044 230 60 00
International arbitration and cross-border litigation Markiyan Kliuchkovskyi markiyan.kliuchkovskyi@asterslaw.com +38 044 230 60 00
International arbitration and cross-border litigation Serhii Sviriba serhii.sviriba@asterslaw.com +38 044 230 60 00
Labour and employment Vadym Samoilenko vadym.samoilenko@asterslaw.com +38 044 230 60 00
Private clients Oleksandr Onufrienko oleksandr.onufrienko@asterslaw.com +38 044 230 60 00
Private clients Constantin Solyar constantin.solyar@asterslaw.com +38 044 230 60 00
Real estate Oleg Boichuk oleg.boichuk@asterslaw.com +38 044 230 60 00
Real estate Roman Kostenko roman.kostenko@asterslaw.com +38 044 230 60 00
Restructuring and insolvency Andriy Pozhidayev andriy.pozhidayev@asterslaw.com +38 044 230 60 00
Restructuring and insolvency Iryna Pokanay iryna.pokanay@asterslaw.com +38 044 230 60 00
Taxation Alexey Khomyakov alexey.khomyakov@asterslaw.com +38 044 230 60 00
Taxation Constantin Solyar constantin.solyar@asterslaw.com +38 044 230 60 00
TMT Yuriy Kotliarov yuriy.kotliarov@asterslaw.com +38 044 230 60 00
Trade Alexey Pustovit alexey.pustovit@asterslaw.com +38 044 230 60 00
White-collar crime Sergiy Grebenyuk sergiy.grebenyuk@asterslaw.com +38 044 230 60 00
Number of lawyers : 150
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Contacts : Oleksiy Didkovskiy (co-managing partner)
Contacts : Armen Khachaturyan (senior partner)
Contacts : Serhii Sviriba (co-managing partner)

Asters pays great attention to such crucial issues as diversity and work-life balance. Particularly, the Firm was recognized as one of the Best Law Firms for women’s professional growth according to the Ukrainian Women in Law research conducted by Yurydychna Gazeta (a Ukrainian weekly). According to Focus weekly research in December 2017 Asters was recognized as one of the best employers in Ukraine.

CSR

Corporate social responsibility for Asters means high attention to ethical business practice and contribution to the economy’s growth, as well as improvement of life of the Firm’s employees, their families and the society in general. We believe that adhering to the corporate social responsibility strategy and to the sustainable development policy will provide a combination of economic and socio-cultural factors as the basis of the Firm’s business strategy.

Asters’ corporate social responsibility strategy is implemented through the support of pro-bono activities, arts, and education.

Among the most successful firm’s CSR projects are:

  • ???Asters Legal School, a unique free of charge platform for legal practitioners to share their experience and best practices in legal support and business protection. School’s launch back in 2013 was caused by a great demand for high quality educational programs among the representatives of the Ukrainian legal community. For 5 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.
  • Art Asters, a non-profit project, launched in 2009 in order to benefit Ukrainian artists and create additional opportunities for them to display their work. As part of this project the Firm provides artists with an opportunity to display their work in a gallery-like space of the office where lawyers, clients, and other visitors can admire artistic works. Asters also sponsors regular wider events inviting interested public to the gallery to celebrate the work of the artists cooperating with Art Asters.