PARTNERS

Nigar Jafarova

​​Nigar started her legal career with the Baker McKenzie office in Baku. Prior to becoming the Managing Partner of LAN Law, Nigar was Of Counsel with OMNI, an Azerbaijan-based law​ firm. Before that, Nigar was legal and tax manager with the Baku office of PwC.
 
During 2006-2011 Nigar held senior positions in public companies, she was Head of the Legal Department and a Management Board member of the National Depository Centre, a central securities depository of Azerbaijan, and also the Director of the Legal Department of the Azerbaijan Investment Company (AIC), a state owned investment fund.
 
Nigar holds law degrees from Baku State University and has completed Executive LLM courses from the Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Areas of specializations:
 
  • Energy
  • Infrastructure projects
  • Corporate and Commercial law
  • Securities Markets
  • Taxation
  • Mergers and acquisitions
 
Nigar is fluent in English, Azerbaijani and Russian. 



Alum Bati

​​Alum, a History graduate of London University, holds a Graduate Diploma in Law and a barrister’s degree. He is a member of the Bar of England & Wales.
 
For many years, Alum was a manager with BP, a global energy company and was its instructing counsel on tax matters. Alum ended his career with BP as head of its legal and tax department in Japan.

Alum was subsequently country director in Azerbaijan for Ernst & Young, having set up the EY office in Baku in 1993.

Alum was appointed Azerbaijan country managing partner for multinational law firm, Salans (now Dentons) in 1999, and in 2007 Alum established his own legal practice (Wicklow).

Alum has wide experience in:
 
  • Corporate and commercial contract law,
  • Franchising and commercial leases
  • Employment law (with extensive input into the drafting of the Azerbaijan Labour Code),
  • Taxation (having co-authored the first editions of two standard texts on UK taxation and having in the past acted as the Azerbaijan correspondent for the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation),
  • Corporate governance (including providing audit and training services regarding Anti-Bribery and Corruption systems and procedures),
  • Oil and gas, and
  • Mergers and acquisitions.

Since leaving Salans in 2007, Alum’s clients have included, AA Services, Asian Development Bank, British Council, British Foreign & Commonwealth Office BP, Christian Dior, Cook Medical, Gucci, Morgan Stanley, Sergio Rossi, various embassies in Azerbaijan, US Peace Corps, Rapid Solutions, and TEAS.

Alum has been a member of the OECD’s Expert’s Panel on Corporate Governance and has spoken widely on corporate governance at conferences organised by the OECD, the Polish Ministry of the Treasury and the International Chamber of Commerce. Alum is a member of the legal advisory group for the Energy Charter Secretariat and has also been a consultant for a multilateral finance agency.

Alum has written many articles and spoken at many conferences on a wide range of topics including Azerbaijan employment law, oil and gas production sharing agreements, taxation, corporate governance, banking regulations and real property law.

Alum has lived in Azerbaijan for almost 25 years and has been a director and vice-president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Azerbaijan. Alum continues to be the secretary of the British Business Group. Alum has also been Honorary Legal Adviser to four successive British ambassadors.

Alum has been a lecturer in Law in the UK and an adjunct Professor of Law in Azerbaijan.​​


Leyla  Sadikhova

Leyla has 12 years of experience working with governmental and private entities. Prior to becoming a partner in LAN Law, Leyla was   an  associate  lawyer  in
the Baku office of Dentons, a global law firm.
 
Leyla specialises in:
  • Corporate law,
  • Securities law,
  • Commercial and business law,
  • Banking and finance,
  • Employment law.

Leyla has worked as a Head of Legal Expertise Department of the State Securities Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SSC) and was a member of SSC Working Groups on the development of the Law On Capital Markets (a TACIS funded project), the Law On Investment Funds, and a law amending the Civil Code in relation to joint stock company law.

Leyla has been a Senior Lawyer with the Competitiveness and Trade Project at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Azerbaijan. Leyla was the USAID's Project’s representative in the Central Bank of Azerbaijan in relation to the coordination and development of the draft Law On Secured Transactions. Leyla’s work included legal and regulatory reform in Azerbaijan company law, as well as securities, banking, investment, property, competition and procurement law, together with business registration, licensing, e-commerce and tax-related legal frameworks.

Prior to joining Dentons, Leyla was in-house counsel at Modern Group of Companies LLC (a leading private group of companies in Azerbaijan).
Leyla has also lectured on Public International Law and International Agreements at Baku State University. She is the author of several articles.

Leyla is fluent in Russian, Azerbaijani and English.


Anar Jafarov

Anar has 18 years of experience working with governmental and private entities.

Anar has extensive experience of:​


  • Azerbaijan securities law and registration procedures,
  • Lotteries
  • Corporate law, and
  • Employment law

Anar has held senior positions in State bodies and the banking sector.

Anar was Head of the Securities Registration Department at the State Committee for Securities (recently restructured into the Financial Markets Supervisory Authority). As such, Anar was in charge of the state registration of the issue of securities and the state registration of lotteries. Anar was closely involved in the drafting of number of normative acts on the securities market, including, inter alia, regulatory acts on the registration of changes to the charter capital of joint stock companies, the registration of bond issues, etc.

Anar was subsequently Head of the Legal Expertise Department of the Azerbaijan Investment Fund where he was involved in number of merger and acquisition, and restructuring projects. These included the implementation of the International Finance Corporation’s corporate governance standards in Azerbaijan companies acquired by the Fund.

For 7 years, Anar was Head of Human Resources at Bank Standard, where he was also Advisor to the Chairman of the Supervisory Board.

Anar is fluent in Azerbaijani and Russian, and has a working knowledge of English.