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Global Guide

General Business Law — Azerbaijan


Baker McKenzie - General Business Law

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Band 1

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Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

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. Also acts for major local clients, including domestic banks and state-owned entities.

Work highlights Assisted a domestic bank, AccessBank, with the issuance of USD300 million of MTN.

Acted for AIG on the sale of its Azerbaijan insurance company to AzRe Reinsurance.

Significant clients BNP Paribas, Carlsberg, EBRD, Pasha Bank, Procter & Gamble.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Gunduz Karimov focuses his practice on IP mandates, assisting with contentious and non-contentious matters. He also advises international clients on domestic corporate governance issues.

Altay Mustafayev is considered "amongst the best" for financing work in Azerbaijan. He is described by the market as "a very seasoned banking and finance lawyer." He recently assisted ING with two term loan facilities to domestic banks totalling USD80 million.

Department profile by Baker McKenzie

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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Dentons - General Business Law

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Band 1

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Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

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. Joint ventures, M&A, commercial agreements, Islamic finance and project finance are key areas of focus.

Work highlights Advised Stadler on the structuring of a USD133 million joint venture manufacturing facility.

Acted for Proparco on an EUR11.5 million inbound M&A deal.

Significant clients BP, Goldman Sachs, Halliburton, Petronas, Stadler Rail.

Notable practitioners

Kamal Mammadzada has developed a market-leading reputation for financing work, particularly in regard to the financing of oil and gas and infrastructure projects. He principally acts for international investors and regularly advises investment banks on Kazakhstan finance matters.

Of counsel Ophelia Abdullayeva has a strong focus in the energy sector, including advising on joint ventures, project financing and contentious matters. Sources appreciate her expertise, noting: "I would rate her quite highly when it comes to technical skill and she has amazing experience." International clients are also impressed, one saying: "She is very experienced in Azerbaijani employment and corporate law matters."

Managing partner James Hogan is a key figure for international work, acting for an established roster of multinationals and financial institutions. Sources appreciate his long track record in the region, one explaining: "He has more than 20 years' experience, with all those connections and all that expertise." He splits his time between Baku and Paris.

Farhad Hajizade recently joined the firm. He focuses on tax and financing matters, and has been called "a tax and financial expert" by sources.

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OMNI Law Firm - General Business Law

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Band 1

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Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

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 "By far the best and most responsive firm in Azerbaijan."

"Gives good legal advice on Azerbaijani law issues."

"The whole team is very supportive, and they have detailed business knowledge."

Work highlights Acted as local counsel for a consortium of international lenders on a USD97.5 million dual-currency syndicated loan facility provided to IBA.

Represented Azerbaijan Railways as borrowers of a EUR458 million loan facility from HSBC.

Represented AzRe Reinsurance on its acquisition of Chartis from AIG.

Significant clients Azerbaijan Airlines, ENGIE, Imperial Tobacco, GlaxoSmithKline, SOCAR.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Roman Alloyarov is universally considered to be a leading local figure for transactional mandates. One source says: "No one else has the same wide range of experience in banking and capital markets work as he does in the whole country, I would say," while another calls him "creative and a very hard worker."

Elchin Mammadov is a banking and finance expert who works with international and domestic clients on project financing and loan restructuring mandates. Sources describe him as "talented, solid, very hard-working and knowledgeable." Clients appreciate his commercial outlook, one highlighting that "he's very business-oriented, it's not just a legal position. It's good to get explanations from him."

Ismayil Zargarli receives consistent praise for his detailed insights into domestic legislation: "He is very, very strong in legislation work, he knows every tiny detail of the implementation of local law." Others praise his considered advice, noting that he is a "very deeply thoughtful lawyer" who "goes right to the heart of the matter."

Counsel Afag Abdullayeva has a growing reputation in the Azerbaijani market. She assists on a broad range of transactional mandates, and is increasingly known for her well-honed financing abilities.

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BM Morrison Partners LLC - General Business Law

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected domestic firm providing local law advisory assistance and support to international financial institutions and fast-moving consumer goods corporate clients. 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 "Very helpful in basically shedding a lot of light on how things work, both legally and the general customs and practices they have there. This really helped us in structuring the deal."

"High standard and quality of legal service."

Work highlights Provided local law support to the EBRD on its USD200 million loan to Lukoil Overseas.

Advised Sumitomo Mitsui Banking on the local law aspects of the financing of the first Azerbaijani satellite.

Significant clients BAT, Deutsche Bank, Gazprombank, Nestlé, Samsung.

Notable practitioners

Aykhan Asadov has a focus on project financing and capital markets, often advising international financial institutions regarding investments into Azerbaijan. He is considered "practical and efficient" by sources and is also known for his strong tax advisory practice.

Delara Israfilova represents major European international financial organisations in capital markets and loan facility work. Sources highlight her "extremely pragmatic" approach to matters as well as her "very good technical legal knowledge."

Farhad Mirzayev is a capital markets-focused practitioner. Known as "a very smart lawyer," he provides domestic law advice to European financial institutions. Recently he advised a consortium of banks led by Deutsche Bank on SOCAR's third Eurobond issuance.

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Ekvita LLC - General Business Law

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Band 2

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Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners

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.

Strengths "Their readiness to assist you in all legal issues is really great. Their advice and consultancy is vital."

"Constructive and targeted advice."

Notable practitioners

Ilgar Mehti has an established corporate practice that includes corporate governance mandates and a broad range of commercial issues. He is well known for advising oil and gas clients.

Anar Karimov focuses on financing work, with notable activity in the area of Islamic finance. Sources report that he is "sophisticated and diligent" in his approach.

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MGB Law Offices - General Business Law

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Band 2

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Commentary from the Chambers Global guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

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 firm is very responsive and provides sensible, pragmatic advice."

"They reply to our questions within a very short time and their legal opinions are very clear."

Work highlights Advised the international lenders on the refinancing of the BTC oil pipeline.

Advised Schlumberger on anti-monopoly regulations in Azerbaijan.

Significant clients EBRD, ExxonMobil, IFC, Silkway.

Notable practitioners

Founding partner Ismail Askerov is a finance specialist with a wealth of expertise and experience. He also advises on contractual disputes.

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Band 1

OMNI Law Firm

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Roman Alloyarov is universally considered to be a leading local figure for transactional mandates. One source says: "No one else has the same wide range of experience in banking and capital markets work as he does in the whole country, I would say," while another calls him "creative and a very hard worker."

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MGB Law Offices

From the Chambers Global guide

Founding partner Ismail Askerov is a finance specialist with a wealth of expertise and experience. He also advises on contractual disputes.

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OMNI Law Firm

From the Chambers Global guide

Elchin Mammadov is a banking and finance expert who works with international and domestic clients on project financing and loan restructuring mandates. Sources describe him as "talented, solid, very hard-working and knowledgeable." Clients appreciate his commercial outlook, one highlighting that "he's very business-oriented, it's not just a legal position. It's good to get explanations from him."

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Dentons

From the Chambers Global guide

Kamal Mammadzada has developed a market-leading reputation for financing work, particularly in regard to the financing of oil and gas and infrastructure projects. He principally acts for international investors and regularly advises investment banks on Kazakhstan finance matters.

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OMNI Law Firm

From the Chambers Global guide

Ismayil Zargarli receives consistent praise for his detailed insights into domestic legislation: "He is very, very strong in legislation work, he knows every tiny detail of the implementation of local law." Others praise his considered advice, noting that he is a "very deeply thoughtful lawyer" who "goes right to the heart of the matter."

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Ophelia Abdullayeva

Dentons

From the Chambers Global guide

Of counsel Ophelia Abdullayeva has a strong focus in the energy sector, including advising on joint ventures, project financing and contentious matters. Sources appreciate her expertise, noting: "I would rate her quite highly when it comes to technical skill and she has amazing experience." International clients are also impressed, one saying: "She is very experienced in Azerbaijani employment and corporate law matters."

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BM Morrison Partners LLC

From the Chambers Global guide

Aykhan Asadov has a focus on project financing and capital markets, often advising international financial institutions regarding investments into Azerbaijan. He is considered "practical and efficient" by sources and is also known for his strong tax advisory practice.

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Dentons

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner James Hogan is a key figure for international work, acting for an established roster of multinationals and financial institutions. Sources appreciate his long track record in the region, one explaining: "He has more than 20 years' experience, with all those connections and all that expertise." He splits his time between Baku and Paris.

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Delara Israfilova

BM Morrison Partners LLC

From the Chambers Global guide

Delara Israfilova represents major European international financial organisations in capital markets and loan facility work. Sources highlight her "extremely pragmatic" approach to matters as well as her "very good technical legal knowledge."

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Gunduz Karimov focuses his practice on IP mandates, assisting with contentious and non-contentious matters. He also advises international clients on domestic corporate governance issues.

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Band 2

Ekvita LLC

From the Chambers Global guide

Ilgar Mehti has an established corporate practice that includes corporate governance mandates and a broad range of commercial issues. He is well known for advising oil and gas clients.

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BHM Baku Law Centre

From the Chambers Global guide

Anar Baghirov of BHM Baku Law Centre is well regarded by market sources, who consider him a "very good all-round lawyer." His practice spans corporate, real estate and dispute resolution.

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Dentons

From the Chambers Global guide

Farhad Hajizade recently joined the firm. He focuses on tax and financing matters, and has been called "a tax and financial expert" by sources.

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Ekvita LLC

From the Chambers Global guide

Anar Karimov focuses on financing work, with notable activity in the area of Islamic finance. Sources report that he is "sophisticated and diligent" in his approach.

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BM Morrison Partners LLC

From the Chambers Global guide

Farhad Mirzayev is a capital markets-focused practitioner. Known as "a very smart lawyer," he provides domestic law advice to European financial institutions. Recently he advised a consortium of banks led by Deutsche Bank on SOCAR's third Eurobond issuance.

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Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Global guide

Altay Mustafayev is considered "amongst the best" for financing work in Azerbaijan. He is described by the market as "a very seasoned banking and finance lawyer." He recently assisted ING with two term loan facilities to domestic banks totalling USD80 million.

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OMNI Law Firm

From the Chambers Global guide

Counsel Afag Abdullayeva has a growing reputation in the Azerbaijani market. She assists on a broad range of transactional mandates, and is increasingly known for her well-honed financing abilities.

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