Since 1995 Asters has developed one of the strongest aviation practices in Ukraine. Its lawyers regularly advise manufacturers of aircraft and their components, Ukrainian and international cargo and passenger carriers, airports, banks, insurance companies, tour operators and other members of the aviation market in the area of Ukrainian and international aviation, corporate, financial, licensing, antimonopoly, tax, administrative, labor law. The firm's aviation attorneys have significant expertise in aircraft sale, purchase, lease, fractional ownership, management and finance transactions, enabling us to deliver fast and top-quality solutions to our clients.
As an exclusive Ukrainian member of L2B Aviation, the largest international network of aviation law firms across the globe, we benefit from strong relations with aviation community worldwide including: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bolivia, Bahrain, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Italy, Kenya, Malta, Mexico, Nepal, Nicaragua, Oman, Panama, Peru, Poland, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States, Uruguay, Venezuela.
We have advised or are advising leading global companies on a wide range of matters:
- Agusta S.p.A. (Italy), the world leader in manufacturing of helicopters, and CAE Aviation Training B.V. (The Netherlands), the world leader in training and flight simulation technology, in obtaining antimonopoly clearance for the establishment of a joint venture providing flight training services;
- Austrian Airlines in connection with (i) tax issues applicable to air carriers and foreign employees, including tax residency issues, salary deductions, granting loans to managers and employee compensation, and(ii) USD 400,000 dispute with Ukrainian tax authorities;
- The Boeing Company in connection with (i) acquisition of C-MAP, a leading provider of digital maritime cartography with significant operations in Ukraine; (ii) various corporate, commercial, labour and personal data protection issues related to activities of C-Map's Ukrainian subsidiary; (iii) implementation of CBB in-flight online Internet connectivity service; and (iv) sale of C-Map's Ukrainian subsidiary to Jeppesen group (Norway);
- European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in connection with the sale of its minority stake in Ukraine International Airlines to Austrian Airlines;
- Finmeccanica - Società per azioni (Italy) in connection with obtaining approval of the competition authority for the USD 5.2 billion acquisition of 100% of shares of DRS Technologies, Inc. (USA); Historic Flight Foundation (USA), in connection with acquisition of military aircraft engines from a Ukrainian manufacturer;
- THALES Air Systems S.A. (France) in connection with an investigation of the competition authority upon the complaint by THALES Air Systems S.A. regarding the alleged violations of Ukrainian laws on the protection of economic competition by Ukrainian State Air Traffic Service Enterprise, SELEX Sistemi Integrati SpA. and CJSC Techwestservice;
- Wizz Air Ukraine Airlines LLC on a wide range of Ukrainian legal matters, including corporate governance streamlining, personnel employment, outsourcing, training and licensing, obtaining work and residence permits for foreign employees, compensating employees and contractors, hiring and dismissing company's managers, and taxation of airline operations.