Dadash R. Alishov

I am proud to say the Azerbaijan economy has experienced continuous and sustained development during the last decade, supported by new economic incentives and investment of foreign capital in various sectors of Azerbaijan industry. I am also proud to tell you BACG was established to help actual and potential foreign investors realize their major project goals in Azerbaijan and protect their rights and interests, including, among other things, through a profound understanding of the legal system, the legal climate and implemented as well as anticipated legislative reforms.

As a result of extensive and valuable experience gained by working for many years during Azerbaijan’s development, BACG understands the organic regulatory environment of the country, and is able to help you navigate through shifting organizational structures, bureaucratic processes and legal reforms. Our clients include major multinational corporations and their branches and representatives in Azerbaijan, foreign governments, foreign nongovernmental organizations and their branches and representatives in Azerbaijan and local companies from diverse market sectors, including energy, it, engineering, construction, advertising, education and publishing.

Covering a wide range of industries and commercial activities, BACG tailors its services to meet your individual needs with practical, straightforward legal advice and works alongside you to achieve your most demanding objectives. BACG experts help clients formulate their enquiries and strategies and are committed to provide clients with a full and detailed understanding of relevant legal and related issues. To this end, our team members strive to identify and clearly describe relevant legislative requirements and to figure out the most advantageous pathways to achieve the objectives and to solve any complications presented by our clients’ enquiries.

Simuzar Feyzullayeva

Simuzar Feyzullayeva is a senior associate in Baker McKenzie’s Baku office. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, she worked in the Boston Municipal Court’s Dorchester Division, the Legal Advocacy and Resource Center in Boston, the Azerbaijan branch office of PricewaterhouseCoopers Central Asia and Caucasus B.V., and various courts in Baku.

Practice Focus:

Ms. Feyzullayeva focuses on trade and commerce matters. She also advises Azerbaijani and international clients on corporate and commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory compliance and finance matters.

Representative Legal Matters:

– Advised International Bank of Azerbaijan on its debut Eurobonds offering in the amount of USD500 million listed in European stock exchanges.
– Advised IVECO France in negotiating and drafting the commercial sales agreement on the sale of IVECO buses to BakuBus LLC in the amount of USD46 million.
– Advised on public procurement regulations applicable to the tender documentation for development of High Tech Park in Azerbaijan.
– Advised international financial institutions on funding of projects in Azerbaijan through grants and other financial aid.
– Conducted compliance interviews with a local distributor and prepared compliance assessment report with recommendations for a global FMCG company. Conducted due diligence on a potential distributor.
– Conducted compliance interviews with employees of the world’s largest cement manufacturer and international oil and gas company with regard to alleged violation of ethical standards/compliance rules and prepared the assessment reports.
– Advised numerous global luxury brand holders on appointment/termination of local agents, distributors or franchisees in Azerbaijan, including review/preparation of distribution/franchise agreements.
– Advised an Azerbaijani company on IT software procurement project funded by the World Bank.
– Advised a number of foreign and local companies on state registration and liquidation/de-registration of subsidiaries, representative and branch offices of foreign and local companies in Azerbaijan, as well as registration of corporate changes.
– Advised one of the largest international construction consulting companies on post-merger issues.

Admissions:

– Azerbaijan (2008)

Education:

– Boston University School of Law (Master of Laws LL.M. American Law with Concentration in International Business Practice) (2011)
– Baku State University (Master of Laws LL.M. Commercial Law Honors) (2010)
– Baku State University (Honors) (2008)

Languages:

– Azerbaijani
– English
– German
– Russian
– Turkish

Overview:

Our Azerbaijani lawyers assist with transactions and joint ventures as well as advising on regulatory issues related to the financial, telecoms and energy markets, including representation foreign and state-owned companies in significant banking and corporate matters, and features an outstanding dispute resolution team. A favoured choice among European financial institutions and international corporate clients for inbound M&A and project financing mandates, the Baku office is able to leverage its position as part of one of the most extensively-networked law firms in the world to secure top-level clients.

Javid Yusifov

Javid Yusifov is Managing Partner at Caspian Legal Center. He is a graduate of Baku State University and has worked for several ministries and a local law firm in Baku, Azerbaijan. Mr. Yusifov possesses great experience in corporate, employment and immigration matters. Being a former diplomat he is also responsible for foreign relations of the Caspian Legal Center.

Firm Overview:

Caspian Legal Center is a Baku based full-service Azerbaijani law and consulting firm. We provide legal service and advice to foreign and local businesses operating in Azerbaijani market; as well as, foreign individuals regarding Azerbaijani law issues.

Our Principles:

– Law for Business: Business minded, knowledge and experience to approach legal matters from the perspective and interests of real-life businesses/business owners;
– Law for Compliance: Strict compliance with local legislation;
– Law for Risks: Mitigation of business risks, possible damage, losses, liability and other legal risks related to property, people, plans and operations of business;
– Law for Quality: Adhering international standards of legal work, international and contemporary approach to both local legal work or cross-border legal issues (joint projects, foreign investment, international transactions, import/export etc;
– Law for Solutions: Ability to handle complicated legal/business situations and propose sophisticated practical solutions;
– Law for Finance/Tax: Ability to analyze and consider financial and tax sides and impacts of the issues involving legal work (team involves finance/accountant expert also);
– Law for Practice: We act by considering the practical impacts of our work, by taking into account the real business circumstances, legal approaches of government  institutions;
– Law for Benefit: Up-to-date knowledge of ongoing economic reforms, new business, investment, tax opportunities, and incentives.

Ismail Askerov

Ismail is the Managing Partner of MGB Law Offices with over 23 years of experience in corporate, project finance, telecom and aircraft finance. He has been representing oil and gas corporations, export credit agencies and international financial institutions (such as EBRD and IFC) on cross border financing and high profile M&A projects.  His experience also extends on advising consortium of international and investment banks and credit agency in downstream financing in connection with a multi-million facility for the development, construction of a major refinery in Turkey (“Project Star”) as well as syndicated finance of the foreign lenders on the well-known BTC pipeline project.

Ismail has also extensively assisted his multinational clients on various legal matters including data protection, franchising/distribution and IP matters. For many years he has been providing practical regulatory advice in heavily regulated industries, such as oil and gas, banking, insurance, aviation and pharmaceuticals.

Ismail is highly recommended by Legal 500, IFLR and Chambers Global.

Education:

– Diploma in Law, Moscow Academy of Economics, Finance and Law, 1989,
– Academic study in law, Center for Commercial Law Studies, University of London, 1994

Admitted To Practice:

– Azerbaijan and Russia, 1989
– Member of the Collegium of Advocates of the Republic of Azerbaijan entitles, inter alia, to appear before the Supreme Court of the Republic of Azerbaijan), since 2004
– Member of International Bar Association since 1992

Professional Honors:

– Leading Lawyer, IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate, 2016-2017
– Leading Lawyer, Legal 500 EMEA 2017
– Highly Ranked lawyer, Chambers Asia Pacific 2017

Languages:

– Azerbaijani
– English
– Russian
– Turkish

About The Firm:

Established in 1995 MGB Law Offices is a leading full practice commercial law firm based in Baku, Azerbaijan. Being the country’s premier  independent law firm, we have been providing high quality work and an international approach to our clients. Our team of experienced and qualified personnel has an in-depth understanding of the local Azerbaijani business environment in order to fully meet our clients’ needs and expectations. The senior member of the team, Ismail Askerov has been in place since the establishment of the firm in Azerbaijan as the principal lawyer of the first commercial law practice in the country.  Anar Janmammadov, one of the experienced senior lawyers of the firm has joined the firm in 2007. As such, MGB is perfectly placed to offer a high level of experience and consistency of approach distinguished among its competitors.

Our Clients:

We have an impressive track record of successful work with international companies in various industries and provide accurate, practical and cost-effective advice. Our dedicated team is often called upon by top law firms throughout the world to represent their clients in the jurisdiction as Azerbaijani law counsel. MGB’s client base includes blue-chip multinationals, international financial institutions such as IFC and EBRD, insurance companies and other business entities involved into energy, consumer goods and retail, healthcare, telecoms, transport and logistics.

Recognition & Ranking:

MGB is widely recognised as one of the most reputable independent law firms in the country, MGB Law Offices is highly regarded in the legal press and has been consistently ranked as the top tier law firm by the IFLR1000 and Legal500 for the last ten years, and the leading practice by Chambers and Partners.

Hasan G. Nasibov

In 2007 we founded HGN – a full service law firm, to provide unique services in the region . Although a young company, we have chosen a very aggressive strategy in the local market attracting a broad range of clients including entrepreneurs and international corporations. Our involvement in major local and regional projects as legal counsel for the various transnational companies has given us unrivalled advantage over our competitors. Today we are a partner of choice for some of the most distinguished national holdings.

At HGN we believe in the ethical conduct of business and pursuit of justice. Our work creates positive change in corporate and governmental behaviour, benefiting our clients and making the world a safer place. The partners and associates of HGN are nationally recognized lawyers with outstanding experience in their respective areas of expertise with high standards of ethical conduct in the pursuit of justice for clients. We have a solid foundation and have consistently earned high honours. We are distinguished by our excellent customer service, addressing each and every need of our clients, while providing outstanding legal services on par with large corporations. Our attorneys are leaders among country’s lawyers, offering the high quality of legal services expected from the larger firms and the client attention that distinguishes the best boutiques. Our business and litigation lawyers are proactive advisors who take time to understand our clients in order to meet their objectives and avoid potential issues.

We are a multi-practice law firm comprised of lawyers and a number of associates with expertise in almost every field of Azerbaijani law. Our seniors’ team consists of well-known lawyers with domestic and international practice Having unrivalled educational background and experience our attorneys are an ideal partner for foreign investors looking for legal assistance with their projects in Azerbaijan.

Our practice encompasses corporate law, banking, energy and natural resources, telecommunication, insurance, real estate, intellectual property, legal entities’ registration, employment and private law matters. Moreover, we also provide dispute resolution and litigation services before the courts and state bodies of the Republic of Azerbaijan. We are known to be the ”winning litigation team” in Azerbaijan.

Major foreign and local companies are among our most loyal clients. We possess the knowledge, staff, and resources necessary to represent our clients in the most complex cases. In our practice we have represented our clients in lawsuits against banks, insurance companies, tax, and other governmental agencies. As skilled litigation lawyers, we have the courtroom experience to fight and win the biggest and best the defence has to offer. We are equally effective in settlement negotiations for our clients.

Our team of real estate lawyers is comprised of the most professional local lawyers and real estate brokers.

In addition we also engage in cooperation agreements with leading local audit companies, which allows us to assist our clients in their day-to-day tax and accounting issues.

Our clients come from around the world, and in order to ensure quality service we provide assistance in Azerbaijani, English, Russian, and other languages.