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Global Guide

General Business Law — Azerbaijan


Baker McKenzie - General Business Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for A favoured choice among European financial institutions and international corporate clients for inbound M&A and project financing mandates. Assists with transactions and joint ventures as well as advising on regulatory issues related to the financial, telecoms and energy markets. Notable strength handling bank lending and intellectual property matters. Acts for major local clients, including domestic banks and state-owned entities.

Strengths Sources describe the team as solutions-oriented, with one client saying: "Most of all I like that when they solve problems they take into account both the details and the picture as a whole. They are very professional lawyers."

Client commentary emphasises speedy turnaround, and one source notes: "They're very helpful in advising on specifics. Usually very quick in responding and open to managing expectations on timelines, they know the market well and we're happy with the support."

Work highlights Advised DEG and the EBRD on the AZN55 million repayment and prepayment of certain debts by Unibank Commercial Bank and its subsequent purchase of new shares in UCB.

Assisted Emerson with the spin-off of its power network business.

Notable practitioners

Altay Mustafayev is particularly well regarded as a financing lawyer, with additional capabilities in cross-border M&A. An interviewee remarks: "I recommend everyone approach him. He's responsible and very professional, the person who is always on top of what he's doing." He was instructed by State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan Republic to assist in drafting a document on beneficial ownership disclosure based on EITI standards.

Managing partner Gunduz Karimov specialises in intellectual property issues and is well regarded as a litigator. He is popular with clients, with one describing him as "a very professional and high-quality lawyer," while another adds: "He's an expert in local arbitration and was able to provide good advice." He advised IBM Russia on a memorandum of strategic co-operation with SOCAR covering import regulations, public procurement and deal structuring.

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Drawing on in-depth local experience and far-reaching global capabilities, Baku office of Baker McKenzie delivers sophisticated legal advice to clients in and out of Azerbaijan. For 19 years, we have been consistently recognized as the leading international firm in the country, and have participated in
landmark deals for some of the biggest and most dynamic corporations in the world.

Baku office of Baker McKenzie has strong practices in Banking & Finance, Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Compliance, Dispute Resolution, including International Arbitration, Energy, Mining & Infrastructure, Intellectual Property, IT & Telecommunications, Labor & Employment, Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare, Real Estate & Construction and Tax.

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BM Morrison Partners LLC - General Business Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected domestic firm providing local law advisory assistance and support to international financial institutions and FMCG corporate clients. Active in handling cross-border corporate acquisitions and asset purchases. Well known for its project financing and capital markets work. Additionally offers local advisory and due diligence advice to international firms on construction, contractual, employment and general corporate law.

Strengths Clients highlight the team's attentive service, with one stating: "They're very dedicated to my work, and absolutely client-focused. I commend them on keeping deadlines, they're very accommodating of my pressing requests."

Commentary indicates efficient timekeeping, with a client saying: "They have a professional approach and the ability to meet deadlines. They always study the issue thoroughly and provide an extensive response."

Work highlights Advised J.P. Morgan Securities, Citigroup Global Markets and UniCredit Bank as joint lead managers on the USD1 billion Eurobond issuance by Southern Gas Corridor.

Represented Neptune Energy and its backers in the EUR4.7 billion acquisition of a 70% interest in Exploration & Production International from ENGIE.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Aykhan Asadov has over 20 years of experience advising on energy transactions, with additional expertise relating to tax regulations. A commentator says: "He's very diligent, professional and responsive." He advised Gazprombank as arranger and agent on the USD450 million financing of the a greenfield petrochemical plant development.

Delara Israfilova is highly respected for her corporate and finance work relating to oil and gas and telecommunications. "She's an experienced professional with the highest level of corporate ethics," notes one client. She advises Samsung Electronics Caucasus on all legal aspects of its operations in Azerbaijan.

Senior partner Farhad Mirzayev is an impressive projects and finance practitioner with a long history advising financial institutions and energy corporates. A client comments: "He's extremely knowledgeable and capable of resolving the most complex problems and finding reasonable solutions to any challenge. He takes any assignment quite seriously and responsibly. It’s really a pleasure to work with him." He represented Bank Standard in its AZN1.2 billion bank liquidation.

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Dentons - General Business Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Prominent international law firm with a top-tier reputation for commercial and banking work. The firm regularly represents international clients from the banking, manufacturing and oil and gas sectors. Frequently advises on major infrastructure projects and energy developments. Joint ventures, M&A, commercial agreements, Islamic finance and project finance are key areas of focus.

Strengths Commentary highlights the team's efficiency, with one client noting: "They're very active, friendly and positive, with a fast and flexible approach. We appreciate their attention to customisation and understanding of our industry segment, and value their emphasis on building and maintaining a long-term relationship."

Feedback highlights the group's speed and attentiveness, and a source says: "They're very flexible and they get back to us quickly. They work every day we need them; I really value how they understand the situation."

One client remarks: "The firm has an extensive international reach and it provides a one-stop shop for Azerbaijan branch management and administrative services required."

Work highlights Advised Société Générale on the enforceability of a state guarantee securing the obligations of Azerenerji relating to a EUR300 million loan.

Assisted the European Investment Bank with a EUR20 million loan to AccessBank for the financing of SMEs in Azerbaijan.

Notable practitioners

Kamal Mammadzada has a wealth of experience advising international banks and investors on complex cross-border project financing relating to energy and infrastructure. One client states: "He understands the situation and he's always flexible. I also like that he values quality of service, he's a good man." He advised FCE Bank on a wholesale finance facility extended to the Azerbaijani dealer of a car manufacturer.

Of counsel Ophelia Abdullayeva advises on sizeable projects in the energy sector, with additional experience advising on commercial transactions relating to real estate. "She's active, cheerful and open to assist her clients," notes one source. She assisted Nordic Aviation Capital with leasing two new aircraft to Azerbaijan Airlines.

Managing partner James Hogan has over two decades of experience in international practice, advising multinational corporations and financial institutions on M&A, joint ventures and investment. A client says: "They co-ordinate with each other and us and are efficient to work with." He advised Stadler Rail Management on the over EUR100 million sale of equipment and railway cars to the state railway company.

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OMNI Law Firm - General Business Law Department

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What the team is known for Outstanding domestic firm that acts for both international and domestic clients, including state-owned entities and banks. Also regularly instructed as local counsel by international law firms without a presence in Azerbaijan. Full-service offering covers joint ventures, project financing, capital markets, restructuring and corporate mandates.

Strengths Commentators consider the group to be "clearly very credible in the market," with one source describing "good local lawyers," while another notes: "In my judgement their level of service is high."

Notable practitioners

Roman Alloyarov is a co-founding partner and a respected financing lawyer who acts for lenders, sponsors and borrowers. He also advises domestic and international parties on commercial transactions, projects and restructurings.

Elchin Mammadov is an experienced practitioner focused on advising domestic and international banks and financial institutions on project finance mandates. He also wins plaudits for assisting foreign and local corporates with restructuring, energy regulations and corporate governance.

Co-founder Ismayil Zargarli is a commercial lawyer with a distinguished record of advising on corporate and securities matters. He has notable regulatory expertise and advises on transactions across the banking, insurance and mining sectors.

Counsel Afag Abdullayeva is highly praised by one interviewee who notes: "She's very good, diligent and attentive to details. I would say she's a good lawyer." She is respected for her skills handling a range of corporate transactions and financing matters.

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Ekvita LLC - General Business Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for A popular choice of local counsel for international energy and oil and gas firms active in Azerbaijan. Fields a well-developed finance practice, including notable expertise in Islamic financing issues. Employment and tax are also areas covered by the firm, together with corporate governance issues.

Notable practitioners

Founding director Ilgar Mehti is particularly identified for his experience working with leading international oil and gas clients. He advises on corporate commercial and governance issues, with additional expertise in employment law.

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MGB Law Offices - General Business Law Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Domestic firm that regularly acts as local counsel to international lenders and energy companies. Well known for its anti-monopoly and regulatory advisory assistance as well as its project financing capabilities. Also active in litigation, arbitration and aviation work.

Strengths The group attracts positive feedback, with one market commentator describing the team as "good local lawyers," while another interviewee notes: "They're a very long-standing and viable law firm with good partners."

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Ismail Askerov has over 20 years of experience advising on complex financing relating to projects, aviation and telecoms. He also advises on M&A in the oil and gas industry, as well as corporate contracting issues.

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OMNI Law Firm

From the Chambers Global guide

Roman Alloyarov is a co-founding partner and a respected financing lawyer who acts for lenders, sponsors and borrowers. He also advises domestic and international parties on commercial transactions, projects and restructurings.

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MGB Law Offices

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Ismail Askerov has over 20 years of experience advising on complex financing relating to projects, aviation and telecoms. He also advises on M&A in the oil and gas industry, as well as corporate contracting issues.

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OMNI Law Firm

From the Chambers Global guide

Elchin Mammadov is an experienced practitioner focused on advising domestic and international banks and financial institutions on project finance mandates. He also wins plaudits for assisting foreign and local corporates with restructuring, energy regulations and corporate governance.

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Dentons

From the Chambers Global guide

Kamal Mammadzada has a wealth of experience advising international banks and investors on complex cross-border project financing relating to energy and infrastructure. One client states: "He understands the situation and he's always flexible. I also like that he values quality of service, he's a good man." He advised FCE Bank on a wholesale finance facility extended to the Azerbaijani dealer of a car manufacturer.

^ See whole ranking table

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OMNI Law Firm

From the Chambers Global guide

Co-founder Ismayil Zargarli is a commercial lawyer with a distinguished record of advising on corporate and securities matters. He has notable regulatory expertise and advises on transactions across the banking, insurance and mining sectors.

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Band 2

Ophelia Abdullayeva

Dentons

From the Chambers Global guide

Of counsel Ophelia Abdullayeva advises on sizeable projects in the energy sector, with additional experience advising on commercial transactions relating to real estate. "She's active, cheerful and open to assist her clients," notes one source. She assisted Nordic Aviation Capital with leasing two new aircraft to Azerbaijan Airlines.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

BM Morrison Partners LLC

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Aykhan Asadov has over 20 years of experience advising on energy transactions, with additional expertise relating to tax regulations. A commentator says: "He's very diligent, professional and responsive." He advised Gazprombank as arranger and agent on the USD450 million financing of the a greenfield petrochemical plant development.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Dentons

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner James Hogan has over two decades of experience in international practice, advising multinational corporations and financial institutions on M&A, joint ventures and investment. A client says: "They co-ordinate with each other and us and are efficient to work with." He advised Stadler Rail Management on the over EUR100 million sale of equipment and railway cars to the state railway company.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Delara Israfilova

BM Morrison Partners LLC

From the Chambers Global guide

Delara Israfilova is highly respected for her corporate and finance work relating to oil and gas and telecommunications. "She's an experienced professional with the highest level of corporate ethics," notes one client. She advises Samsung Electronics Caucasus on all legal aspects of its operations in Azerbaijan.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Gunduz Karimov specialises in intellectual property issues and is well regarded as a litigator. He is popular with clients, with one describing him as "a very professional and high-quality lawyer," while another adds: "He's an expert in local arbitration and was able to provide good advice." He advised IBM Russia on a memorandum of strategic co-operation with SOCAR covering import regulations, public procurement and deal structuring.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Ekvita LLC

From the Chambers Global guide

Founding director Ilgar Mehti is particularly identified for his experience working with leading international oil and gas clients. He advises on corporate commercial and governance issues, with additional expertise in employment law.

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Band 2

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Global guide

Altay Mustafayev is particularly well regarded as a financing lawyer, with additional capabilities in cross-border M&A. An interviewee remarks: "I recommend everyone approach him. He's responsible and very professional, the person who is always on top of what he's doing." He was instructed by State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan Republic to assist in drafting a document on beneficial ownership disclosure based on EITI standards.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

BM Morrison Partners LLC

From the Chambers Global guide

Senior partner Farhad Mirzayev is an impressive projects and finance practitioner with a long history advising financial institutions and energy corporates. A client comments: "He's extremely knowledgeable and capable of resolving the most complex problems and finding reasonable solutions to any challenge. He takes any assignment quite seriously and responsibly. It’s really a pleasure to work with him." He represented Bank Standard in its AZN1.2 billion bank liquidation.

^ See whole ranking table

Up and Coming

OMNI Law Firm

From the Chambers Global guide

Counsel Afag Abdullayeva is highly praised by one interviewee who notes: "She's very good, diligent and attentive to details. I would say she's a good lawyer." She is respected for her skills handling a range of corporate transactions and financing matters.

^ See whole ranking table