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Firm Profile


  • Profile
  • Leonardo Business Center
  • 14th floor
  • 19-21 Bohdana Khmelnytskogo Str.
  • Kyiv
  • Kyiv City Municipality
  • Ukraine
  • 01030

Firm profile submitted by Asters

Managing Partner: Oleksiy Didkovskiy, Armen Khachaturyan
Number of partners: 15
Number of lawyers: 75
Languages: English, Russian, Ukrainian

  Asters is a full-service independent national law firm operating in Ukraine since 1995. The firm provides efficient transactional legal advice and client representation on a broad spectrum of matters arising in the course of doing business in Ukraine. Asters combines established world-class quality, international recognition and strong local presence.

Banking & Finance:
■ Advised the IFC and EBRD in a number of secured loan facilities provided to Ukrainian companies in various sectors for a total value exceeding USD 2 billion
■ Acted as a legal counsel to PJSC Ukrzaliznytsia, Ukrainian public railway company, in connection with restructuring of USD 500 million 9.5 per cent loan participation notes due 2018
■ Advised Creative Group in connection with USD 255 million syndicated loan facility from PJSC Ukrsotsbank, a member of Unicredit Group, VTB Capital PLC, Erste Group Bank AG and Societe Generale Key Clients: EBRD, IFC, China Development Bank
Contact: Armen Khachaturyan
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Iryna Pokanay
Email: [email protected]

Capital Markets:
■ Advised the State Road Agency of Ukraine in connection with UAH 14 billion (approx. USD 1.75 billion) private domestic placement of bonds with 3.5 and 7 year maturity
■ Advised Citigroup, Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited, Goldman Sachs International, Sberbank CIB, Dragon Capital (Cyprus) Limited and UniCredit Bank Austria AG on placement of USD 400 million 9.45% notes due 2018 on the Irish Stock Exchange, one of the largest agriculture producers in Ukraine
Key Clients: Citigroup, Barclays Capital, UniCredit
Armen Khachaturyan
Email: [email protected]

Competition & Antitrust:
■ Obtaining merger clearance from the Ukrainian competition authority for the approx. USD 130 billion merger of two largest U.S. chemical makers – The Dow Chemical Company and E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
■ Obtaining merger clearance from the Ukrainian competition authority for the approx. USD 104 billion acquisition by Anheuser-Busch InBev S.A./N.V. of SABMiller plc.
Key Clients: Teva, Siemens, Alstom, Cisco, Bayer
Contact: Igor Svechkar
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Alexey Pustovit
Email: [email protected]

Corporate & M&A:
■ Advised PJSC Swedbank in connection with sale of its performing retail loan portfolio to Public Joint Stock Company Delta Bank
■ Advised Pfeifer & Langen Group on acquisition of a local sugar trading company and assets of the Chortkiv sugar plant from Kernel Group, a major Ukraine’s agricultural holding
Key Clients: Monsanto, Coca-Cola, Wizz Air Ukraine, Boeing Ukraine, Molson Coors
Contact: Oleksiy Didkovskiy
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Vadym Samoilenko
Email: [email protected]

Dispute Resolution:
■ Acting as a local counsel for Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, lead counsel acting for JSC Oschadbank, a leading bank in Ukraine, in connection with Oschadbank’s claim against the Russian Federation for recovery of over USD 1 billion in compensation as a result of the total loss of its investments in Crimea
■ Advised Crédit Agricole before Ukrainian courts in cases regarding collection of multimillion corporate debts from the client’s debtors and recovery against mortgaged property
■ Acting for KVV Group in an investment arbitration dispute with the Government of Latvia relating to a failed investment in a major Latvian steel plant
Key Clients: ED & F Man Holdings, Kronospan, CIB Credit Agricole
Contact: Oleksiy Didkovskiy
Email: [email protected]

Energy & Resources:
■ Advised Eustream, a.s. (Slovak Gas TSO) on the Ukrainian law matters related to reverse gas supply to Ukraine from the Slovak Republic and subsequent preparation of transactional documents executed by Eustream , a.s. with PJSC Ukrtransgaz and NAK Naftogaz Ukrainy
■ Advised GESS Consulting Ukraine in connection with implementation of a number of large scale energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in several Ukrainian cities
Key Clients: Eustream, a.s., Coal Energy S.A., CEZ
Contact: Armen Khachaturyan
Email: [email protected]

Intellectual Property:
■ Advised and represented Ferrero in regard to the protection of its trademarks and trade dress in Ukraine, taking infringement action against the unauthorized use of the client’s famous brands such as “Raffaello”, “Kinder” etc., and the pre-trial settlement of trademark disputes
■ Represented Molson Coors group in connection with registration of new client’s trademarks in Ukraine as well as renewals of the known beer brands
Key Clients: ACNielsen Ukraine, L’Oreal Ukraine, Ferrero S.p.A., Millenium & Copthorne
Contact: Julia Semeniy
Email: [email protected]

Labour & Employment:
■ Advised Visa on various labour law matters, including drafting of the full scope of HR documents, including employment and collective bargaining agreements, internal policies and regulations, orders, etc
■ Advised Wizz Air Ukraine on various issues of Ukrainian employment law, preparation of employment agreements and contracts, job descriptions and other internal regulations
Key Clients: Molson Coors, Wizz Air Ukraine, L’Oreal Ukrainian
Contact: Armen Khachaturyan
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Svitlana Chepurna
Email: [email protected]

Real Estate:
■ Advised Eurasia, a major Kazakhstan investor, on the acquisition of various commercial properties and development sites in Kyiv and in the Kyiv Region
■ Advised PRADA in connection with the lease of premises for opening of the first PRADA’s brand store in historic central area of Kyiv, Ukraine
Key Clients: SC Johnson, PRADA, Eurasia
Contact: Roman Kostenko
Email: [email protected]

■ Acting as Molson Coors’ tax advisor in Ukraine on a number of its matters that vary from supporting company’s local subsidiary and to tax planning of group’s potential expanding of business (e.g., product export to other countries, etc.)
■ Provided full tax & legal support to ED&F Man Holdings regarding its tolling transaction (processing of the cane raw sugar on Ukrainian facilities) Key Clients: Visa, EBRD, ED & F Man Holdings, GSN Games
Contact: Alexey Khomyakov
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Constantin Solyar
Email: [email protected]

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