Welcome to the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council


U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC)
Washington, D.C., Friday, June 6, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The executive committee of the U.S.-Ukraine
Business Council (USUBC), on behalf of the entire membership, is most
pleased to announce that Asters law firm has been approved for USUBC
membership. Asters is USUBC member number 82.

Asters was established in Kyiv, Ukraine in 1995 by two partners - Igor
Shevchenko and Oleksiy Didkovskiy - and bore their names for 12 years,
Shevchenko Didkovskiy & Partners.

Shevchenko Didkovskiy & Partners announced on February 21, 2008 that
it changed its name to Asters. Asters is derived from Greek and Latin notion
of "stars".

Today, with 9 partners, more than 70 lawyers and 110 employees, Asters
is one of the largest Ukrainian law firms.

USUBC has been working with Managing Partner Oleksiy Didkovskiy and
Senior Partner Armen Khachaturyan, who will represent Asters on the
USUBC board of directors.


Asters has established an affiliation with The Ukrainian American Bar
Association (UABA), a U.S. entity. UABA is a member of USUBC.
Andrew Pidgirsky serves as chairman of the UABA Board of Governors,
and is a member of the USUBC executive committee.


Asters is today a law firm of international renown. It is acknowledged by
the market as a top-quality legal service provider in each area of its
operation, the lawyers are recognized by legal listings as the best in their
practice areas. The firm is the only Ukrainian recipient of the Client Choice
Award from the International Law Office.

The firm recently diversified its practices with the introduction of the
litigation practice group and by widening its business law capabilities
allowing to satisfy client's all business needs.

Asters' clients include the major international and Ukrainian banks and
corporations. Asters' new logo "We reach the stars for our clients"
indicates very high standards of quality and exquisite client care.

General governance of the firm is conducted by the partners' meeting while
operating management is realized through the executive committee which
includes Managing Partner Oleksiy Didkovskiy and Senior Partner Armen

Additional information about Asters law firm can be found on their website:

"The U.S.-Ukraine Business Council (USUBC) is most pleased to have
Asters join the rapidly expanding USUBC membership." said Morgan
Williams, SigmaBleyzer, who serves as President of USUBC.


"The intenational and domestic business community is now the main
driving force regarding Ukraine's Euro-Atlantic integration. It is important
for the business community to work together to influence the government
to adopt reforms that will bring Ukraine's laws and standards more into
line with internationally accepted practices," Williams said. 


Asters is the 82nd member for USUBC, the 30th new member for 2008, and
the 60th new member since January of 2007. USUBC membership has more
than tripled in the past 18 months, going from 22 members in January
of 2007 to 82 members in June of 2008.

The other new members in 2008 are MaxWell USA, Baker and McKenzie
law firm, Och-Ziff Capital Management Group, Dipol Chemical International,
MJA Asset Management, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Halliburton,
DLA Piper law firm, EPAM Systems, DHL International Ukraine, Air Tractor,
Inc., Magisters law firm, Ernst & Young, Umbra LLC., US PolyTech LLC,
Vision TV LLC, Crumpton Group, American Express Bank, a Standard
Chartered group company, TNK-BP Commerce LLC, Rakotis, American
Councils for International Education, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP,
International Commerce Corporation, IMTC-MEI, Nationwide Equipment
Company, First International Resources, the Doheny Global Group, Foyil
Securities, and KPMG.

The complete USUBC membership list and other information about
USUBC can be found at: http://www.usubc.org.