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ANTIMONOPOLY COMMITTEE OF UKRAINE PERMITS LAW FIRMS ASTERS, EPAP TO MERGE

The Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine has permitted law firms Asters and EPAP Ukraine (both based in Kyiv) to merge. The committee said that after the merger of operations and assets of the two law firms the merged group Asters and some entities of the EPAP Ukraine group would have joint control over Magisters law firm.
Magisters law firm was founded in Kyiv in 1997 as Magister&Parnters and later was renamed Magisters and expanded its operations to the CIS. In summer 2011, the firm merged with Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners (EPAP).
As reported, in August 2018, the law firms Asters and EPAP Ukraine announced their intention to merge. It was planned that the merger will be completed on October 1, 2018.
The combined firm with its offices in Kyiv and Washington will be the largest in Ukraine with 26 partners and more than 140 lawyers. Over 250 employees will work in the firm.
The Asters and EPAP Ukraine law firms have been working in Ukraine for more than 20 years. They are the leaders of the legal market, have the highest recommendations of international and national ratings.

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ASTERS AND EPAP FIRMS INTEND TO MERGE, NEW LAW FIRM WILL BE THE LARGEST IN UKRAINE

The law firms Asters and EPAP Ukraine (Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, Kyiv) have announced their intention to unite. According to a joint press release of the companies, the firms are to merge on October 1, 2018. “The combined firm with its offices in Kyiv and Washington will be the largest in Ukraine with 26 partners and more than 140 lawyers,” the press release reports.
The company will be headed by a committee of three partners, namely Oleksiy Didkovsky (the managing partner of Asters), Armen Khachaturyan (the senior partner of Asters), and Serhiy Svyryba (the managing partner of EPAP Ukraine). “The merger process will be completed after obtaining the necessary regulatory permits. Asters and EPAP Ukraine will consolidate professional experience of the best specialists, significantly strengthen expertise in both transactional and regulatory practices, and in the field of dispute resolution,” the press release says.
The Asters and EPAP Ukraine law firms have been working in Ukraine for more than 20 years. They are the leaders of the legal market, have the highest recommendations of international and national ratings. The international rating Chambers Europe 2018 notes 22 lawyers of the future joint firm: the largest number of recognized experts in one law firm in Ukraine.

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