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

Professional legal practice is started with one of the most reputable law firms in Azerbaijan.

Further held the positions: Vice-President (at the largest local Law Firm); Chief of Legal Department (of the major onshore oil company); Chief of Legal Division (of the Holding oil company); Chief Legal Counsel (of Gold Mining Company), etc.

Was involved and has extensive experience in large number of company acquisitions, foundation, re-organization, privatization, transfer into management and other projects. Has a broad knowledge and experience of Azeri and International Commercial Law.

Participated in acquisition of major oil companies in Azerbaijan (including negotiations with different State authorities and performance of all legal actions related to the acquisition process)

Broad experience in preparation and revision of different legal documents; control over compliance of documents and actions with the applicable legislation; supervision over the legal staff consisting of 28 experienced lawyers; protection of the company’ rights and interests in the relevant courts; taking over all other legal issues of the companies.

Experienced in transfer of State property into management of foreign and local private companies.

Reorganization, foundation, liquidation and privatization of a huge number of companies.

High litigation score. No any lost case as of the date.

Participated in a large number of conferences and other meetings as an Independent Expert in certain area of legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan (including the conference in USA Washington D.C. in 2002)

Extensive experience in representation at high level negotiations.

EDUCATION

  •   University of Azerbaijan, Baku
  •   Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
  •   Odessa Legal Academy
  •   Master of Laws (LLM)

Azerbaijan Bar – Member since 2007