Farid Nabili

Managing Partner at Caspian Legal Center. He possesses LL.B degree from Baku State University and LL.M degree from Central European University. Mr. Nabili has more than 12 years of experience in commercial and business law. He has worked as in-house legal counsel and legal director for a local holding group, legal adviser for the Central Bank of Azerbaijan, head of tax law reforms unit at the Ministry of Taxes and a local law firm. Mr.Nabili is well experienced in international transactions, company law, real estate and construction, financial and tax law.

Firm Description

Caspian Legal Center is a Baku-based full-service Azerbaijani law and tax consultancy firm. We mainly specialize in commercial and company law matters, as well as wide-range legal support and consulting to businesses regarding the establishment and operation of commercial entities in Azerbaijan.

As a one-stop-shop consulting company, we provide corporate law services and business-set ups, immigration consultancy, employment law services, intellectual property services, law and tax services related to oil-gas industry, contract drafting and negotiations, construction law support, tax and accounting services in Azerbaijan. , dispute resolution and litigation services (including debt recovery), consultancy legal services in real estate and purchase of property in Azerbaijan. 

We also provide legal advice and representation services to foreign individuals regarding family relations, employment, immigration, inheritance, recognition and enforcement of foreign judicial judgments in the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Apart from specializations, we provide full and general legal services in Azerbaijan, law consultancy, tax consultancy and advisory, immigration services and accounting services for businesses.

The majority of our clients are multinational companies, operating in Azerbaijan or having business transactions with local companies, including FORTUNE Global 500 companies. We operate in diverse industries, including oil and gas, energy and natural resources, renewable energy, ICT, construction, hospitality and HORECA, industrial manufacturing, machinery, agriculture, food industry, education industry, services industry, import and export, wholesale and retail industry, as well as consult to public and government entities. Please contact us for updated company and clients profile documents.

Experience

CLC law firm was established by lawyers and tax consultants with extended experience in practical business law in Azerbaijan. Our team has a western legal education and are skilled in international standards and international law aspects of business operations. We are fluent in English, Russian, Azerbaijani and Turkish languages.

Strong knowledge of local legislation, case-law and court practice, and approach of government institutions, involvement in the business-friendly legislative reform initiative and representing businesses before state authorities have been a key aspect of our experience. Our team members have previously worked and provided services for several local holding groups, plants, import/export businesses, construction companies, banks (including the Central Bank of the Republic of Azerbaijan), ministries (Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Taxes, Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and law firms.

CLC advisers and attorneys are well experienced in contract negotiation (representing and accompanying client), drafting, analysis of multi-million contracts, including FIDIC contracts, and dispute resolution and debt recovery cases.

CLC intensively follows legal reforms and business incentives and advises clients on relevant opportunities, including tax and duty exemptions, free zones and other business promotional incentives.

Our Legal Practice has been ranked by IFLR 1000 as Recommended Law firm for 2020 and as one of the leading law firms in Azerbaijan by Legal 500, alongside with other international awards and listings of western diplomatic bodies in Baku.

CLC Tax Practice is ranked by World Tax 2020 as the only reviewed consultancy company from Azerbaijan. Moreover, our Managing Partner, Mr Farid Nabili has been appointed by the International Bar Association as Tax Reporter from Azerbaijan. We constantly update our clients about tax reforms and amendments ongoing in the country, as well as, proposing tax amendments in order to comply with the best international practices for improving the business environment in Azerbaijan.

 

Ismaail 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 to 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. He has been regularly advising oil and gas service companies on creation of joint venture companies and strategic alliances with Azerbaijani companies.

Ismail has also extensively assisted his multinational clients on various legal matters including energy, data protection, franchising/distribution and aircraft finance/lease  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 Leading Lawyer and highly recommended by Legal 500, IFLR and Chambers Global.

Education

Diploma in Law, , Moscow Academy of Economics, Finance and Law1989

Academic Study in Law, Centre 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 Honours

Leading Lawyer, IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate, 2016-2017

Leading Lawyer, Legal 500 EMEA 2017

Highly Ranked Lawyer, Chambers Asia Pacific, 2017

Expertise

Corporate and M&A

Project Finance 

Oil and Gas

Contracts Aviation

Firm Description

Established in 1995, MGB Law Offices is an independent full practice business law firm based in Baku, Azerbaijan. Our team of experienced attorneys offer specialist support that prioritises accuracy, reliability and consistency. We offer legal advice on corporate and business transactions in Azerbaijan, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, real estate investments, cross-border finance, tax aviation and telecommunication matters, as well as intellectual property and technology licensing issues. 

Our expertise span a range of industry sectors, with recent clients including blue-chip multinationals, international financial institutions, insurance companies and businesses involved in energy, consumer goods and retail, healthcare, telecoms, transport and logistics. We have also become one of the first practices in Azerbaijan to provide comprehensive legal support for foreign investors, cooperating successfully with both English and American law firms. And our strong team of litigation lawyers regularly represent international clients on their commercial, tax and employment related disputes before local courts.

Our in-depth knowledge of the local business environment has made us one of the leading firms in Azerbaijan. Our dedication to offering a high quality and cost-effective service has meant that we have consistently ranked as the top tier law firm by the IFLR1000 and Legal500, and by Chambers and Partners as the leading practice.

 

Nariman Ramazanov

As a Managing Partner and Senior Lawyer of FINA LLP Law Firm, Nariman Ramazanov participated in various oil and gas related negotiations, provided foreign oil companies conducting their business activity under the specific Azeri PSA (“Production Sharing Agreements) tax regime with consultations on various aspects of the acting Azeri legislation, particularly on the issues of incorporation, taxation and labour.

Ramazanov also provided foreign investors with the corresponding legal advice involved in privatization of the small and medium size state owned enterprises under the State Program on privatization of the state property. Recently, Ramazanov has participated in the $50 million Project on privatization of the local Azerbaijani JSC “AzerPipe” (in the team work on Valuation of the Fixed Assets of the new privatized JSC “AzerPipe” as a local legal expert).

Education: 

University Degree – Faculty of  “International Law and Economy” of the “Peoples’ Friendship University” named after Patrice Lumumba, Moscow, USSR,1989; 

– University Degree, Interpreter of Russian-English,  “Peoples’ Friendship University” named after Patrice Lumumba, Moscow, USSR,1989; 

– Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (“IIFT”); Diploma Degree on Foreign Trade Management; IIFT, New Delhi, India, 1993; 

– “East – West Practice”, Visiting Lawyer at the UK based Law firm “Salans, Hertzfeld & Heillbronn and HRK” in 1997-1998; London, UK;   

The basic area of specialization: 

Foreign trade management, Taxation, 

Banking, Commercial and Labour Law, Incorporation, Real Estate. 

Languages: Azerbaijani, English, Russian, Turkish. 

Firm Description

FINA LLP is an Azerbaijan law firm which was founded in 2002 in Baku. FINA LLP offers a variety of domestic and international business and commercial legal services in Azerbaijan. FINA LLP’s office is staffed with the lawyers trained locally as well as in leading universities throughout the world. Azeri and Russian are the common languages of the office, and all attorneys are at least bilingual – Azerbaijani – Russian or Azerbaijani – English. Many of them are fluent in more than two languages.

The central office of FINA LLP is located in the center of Baku city and equipped with the most advanced communications equipment and technologies. The firm’s basic philosophy is to deliver the highest quality legal services, on time, at a reasonable cost. We seek to establish long-term relationships with our clients, and to provide effective solutions to their problems based upon a clear understanding of their needs. All attorneys of FINA LLP maintain the same standards of professional responsibility and performance that clients would expect from them practicing in the world’s leading commercial centers.

Jalilova Ummi

Education:
  • Ummi Jalilova received her LL.B and Master of Civil and Commercial law degrees from Baku State University.
  • She graduated from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law with LL.M. degree in December 2011.
Practice:
  • Labour Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Contract Law
  • Administrative Law
  • International Law
Practice Focus:
  • Ummi has extensive experience in matters of labour law, corporate law, commercial law, contract law, administrative law and international law. Ummi has a significant experience in establishing international cooperation as well as analyzing and reporting on the implementation of international human rights standards.
Membership:
  • American Bar Association

Languages:

  • Azeri
  • Russian
  • English
  • Turkish

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

 

Nihad Aliyev

Professional legal practice is started in the Ministry of Justice of Azerbaijan Republic.

Further held positions: legal adviser at the Court of Azerbaijan Republic on Felony; Legal adviser at the Legal department of SOCAR; Chief of Legal Departments on the different oil companies from 2005, etc.

Was involved and has extensive experience in large number of court litigations. Specialized on property and tenement issues, law of international trade and energy risks insurance and so on.

Broad experience in establishing and regulating the relations between persons and entities by preparing contracts and controlling the execution of them. Defending the company’s interests at courts. Overseeing the HR policy of the company and duly application of the legislation.

Extensive experience in representation at high level negotiations.

EDUCATION

– 1996 – 2000 University of Azerbaijan, Baku

– Bachelor of Laws

– 2000-2002– University of Azerbaijan, Baku

– Master of Laws (LLM in Law)

 

Member of Bar association of Azerbaijan Republic

 

Nihad Aliyev

Professional legal practice is started in the Ministry of Justice of Azerbaijan Republic.

Further held positions: legal adviser at the Court of Azerbaijan Republic on Felony; Legal adviser at the Legal department of SOCAR; Chief of Legal Departments on the different oil companies from 2005, etc.

Was involved and has extensive experience in large number of court litigations. Specialized on property and tenement issues, law of international trade and energy risks insurance and so on.

Broad experience in establishing and regulating the relations between persons and entities by preparing contracts and controlling the execution of them. Defending the company’s interests at courts. Overseeing the HR policy of the company and duly application of the legislation.

Extensive experience in representation at high level negotiations.

 

EDUCATION

– 1996 – 2000 University of Azerbaijan, Baku

– Bachelor of Laws

– 2000-2002– University of Azerbaijan, Baku

– Master of Laws (LLM in Law)

 

Member of Bar association of Azerbaijan Republic

 

Samir Hadjiyev

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