The combined firm will have offices in Kyiv and Washington, D.C. and will be Ukraine's largest with 26 partners and more than 140 associates. The firm's total headcount will include 250 employees.  

Consolidation of Asters and EPAP Ukraine combines the professional experience of the best legal practitioners and substantially enhances capabilities in transactional and regulatory areas, as well as in dispute resolution matters.  

The firm will be managed by a committee of three partners: Oleksiy Didkovskiy, Serhii Sviriba, and Armen Khachaturyan. The new firm’s name will be announced separately in due course. The merger will be completed upon receipt of the necessary regulatory approvals. 

Both firms which have been working in Ukraine over 20 years lead the legal market and consistently receive highest recognitions in the international and Ukrainian ranking guides. Chambers Europe 2018 recognizes 22 lawyers of the combined firm – the largest number of the renowned practitioners in a single Ukrainian law firm. 

Serhii Sviriba, EPAP Ukraine's managing partner comments: "Our combination with Asters opens up a new page for further progress and creates a better environment for our clients. We are grateful to Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners (EPAM) and two of our partners who opted for a different career path for our productive work with them in the CIS largest law firm." 

Oleksiy Didkovskiy, Asters' managing partner comments: "The combination with EPAP Ukraine secures strong synergy for the benefit of our clients. We have common values, corporate culture, and good experience of joint work. Together we create the strongest player in the Ukraine's legal market." 

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Asters is a full-service independent national law firm that has maintained a strong presence in Ukraine since 1995. The Firm has consistently remained at the top of the Ukrainian legal market throughout its history. Asters is a winner of Ukraine Law Firm of the Year 2018 award by Who’s Who Legal, and holds top positions in the most authoritative international and Ukrainian market reviews: The Legal 500, Chambers Global and Chambers Europe, IFLR 1000, Who's Who Legal, Best Lawyers, Expert Guides, and Top 50 Law Firms Annual National Ranking.

EPAP Ukraine is one of the leading full-service law firms in Ukraine with over 20 years’ experience. A unique team consisting of the prominent experts in their fields helps to avoid and to respond to legal and business risks combining strong transactional and disputes expertise. The Firm is highly recommended by Chambers and Partners, Legal 500, IFLR 1000, GAR 100, GIR100, Who's Who Legal, and recognized as “European Law Firm of the Year: Russia, Ukraine & the CIS” by The Lawyer European Awards 2018.