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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: 65
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 EBRD in connection with acquisition of 40% of the share capital in UkrSibbank, the capital increase of UkrSibbank by UAH 3.29 billion and debt to equity swap
■ 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
■ 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
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
Contact: Armen Khachaturyan Email: [email protected]

Competition & Antitrust:
■ Merger clearance from the Ukrainian competition authority for the approx. USD 160 billion merger of Pfizer and Allergan
■ Merger clearances from the Ukrainian competition authoirty for the approx. USD 25.1 billion acquisition by Sanofi of non-prescription drug business from Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH
Key Clients: Siemens, Alstom, Cisco, Novartis
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:
■ Advised Crédit Agricole before Ukrainian courts in cases regarding collection of multimillion corporate debts from the client’s debtors and recovery against mortgaged property
■ Advised Raiffeisen Leasing Aval in connection with its disputes with tax authorities as to multimillion tax penalties, as well as in cases regarding collection of corporate debts
■ Assisting Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, the lead counsel to JSC Oschadbank on the issues of Ukrainian law and factual developments in the matter concerning restoration of Crimea-related rights and interests of JSC Oschadbank through an international investment protection mechanism
Key Clients: ED & F Man Holdings, Swedbank, 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 implemention 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:
■ Representing Car-Freshner Corporation in trademark infringement actions regarding unlawful use of client’s trademarks , i.e. import and distribution of products that imitate client’s genuine tree-shaped air fresheners resulting in cease of infringement.
■ 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: Vadym Samoilenko 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.)
■ Advised Alupol LLC, a Ukrainian subsidiary of Grupa Kęty, in its two disputes of approx. USD 3.3 million with tax authorities
Key Clients: Visa, EBRD, ED & F Man Holdings
Contact: Alexey Khomyakov Email: [email protected]
Contact: Constantin Solyar Email: [email protected]

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