OUR SERVICES
Azerbaijani and English Contract law
​​Address:
City Point Baku, 5th floor
102A, J. Mammadguluzadeh st.,
AZ1022, Baku, Azerbaijan
 
Telephone:
+ 994 12 310 02 41
+ 994 12 310 02 47 

Commercial and Corporate law
Oil & Gas, and Mining
International Trade and Customs
Food and Agricultural law
Healthcare and Pharmaceutical law
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Banking, Finance and Securities
Information and Communications Technology law
Construction and Real Estate law
Taxation
Employment and Migration law
Legal and Tax Due Diligence
​​AZERBAIJANI AND ENGLISH CONTRACT LAW

 How we can help:

  • Pre-contractual and contractual work, including representing the client at contract negotiations, drafting pre-contractual documents (letters of intent, memoranda of understanding, preliminary agreements, etc.)​​
  • Identification of legal and commercial risks arising out of proposed contractual relations
  • Preparing pro-forma contracts, developing internal regulations governing contractual work in a company
  • Preparation of economic agreements including multi-lateral foreign trade agreements and agreements governed by foreign law
  • Representing clients in both pre-court and court proceedings on disputes over contractual relations
  • Training corporate legal staff with respect to Azerbaijan and English contract law 
Alum Bati
Managing Partner
+ 994 12 310 02 41
+ 994 12 310 02 47
abati@lanlawchambers.com

Contacts
​​Alum Bati was an adjunct professor of law and has taught contract law in the UK and Azerbaijan. He has also provided training to the Azerbaijan Investment Corporation in English contract law. Alum Bati, an English barrister, is the only foreign lawyer in Azerbaijan, where he has practiced law for almost 25 years.
Nigar Jafarova
Partner
+ 994 12 310 02 41
+ 994 12 310 02 47
njafarova@lanlawchambers.com
​​Nigar Jafarova has practiced contract law of Azerbaijan for more than 13 yearsNigar has represented/advised numerous local and foreign companies in building and developing a distributor network, international supply agreements, and infrastructure and real estate projects.
Leyla Sadikhova
Partner
+ 994 12 310 02 41
+ 994 12 310 02 47
lsadikhova@lanlawchambers.com
Leyla Sadikhova has practiced contract law of Azerbaijan for more than 13 years. Leyla has represented/advised numerous local and foreign companies in building and developing a distributor network, international supply agreements, and infrastructure and real estate projects.  
Alum Bati
Managing Partner
+ 994 12 310 02 41
+ 994 12 310 02 47
abati@lanlawchambers.com

Contacts
Alum Bati  has extensive experience in commercial and corporate law having advised a wide range of international corporations on doing business in Azerbaijan.  Alum has been a member of the OECD’s Expert’s Panel on Corporate Governance and has spoken widely on corporate governance at conferences organized 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 been a consultant for a multilateral finance agency in preparing a Business Development Assessment for Azerbaijan.
Anar Jafarov
Partner
+ 994 12 310 02 41
+ 994 12 310 02 47
ajafarov@lanlawchambers.com
Anar Jafarov has held the position of Head of Department on the Issue of Securities in the State Securities Committee, and is the author of numerous normative acts on joint stock companies, including rules on increasing the charter capital of joint stock companies, the conversion of shares, reorganization of companies, etc.  As Head of the Legal Expertise Department of the Azerbaijan Investment Company (AIC), Anar was involved in a number of M&As and restructuring projects. These also included the implementation of the International Finance Corporation’s corporate governance standards in Azerbaijani companies acquired by AIC. Anar also held the position of Corporate Advisor (Corporate Secretary) to the Supervisory Board of one the largest local banks. 
COMMERCIAL AND CORPORATE LAW

How we can help:

  • Creation, reorganization and liquidation of legal entities of various legal types, as well as branch offices of foreign companies
  • Shareholder agreements structured in accordance with Azerbaijan legislation and English law
  • Legal due diligence of legal entities, their business and assets
  • Bringing incorporation documents of legal entities into compliance with legislative requirements
  • Advice on corporate management issues
  • Advice in relation to merger and acquisition (M&A) activities
  • Restructuring of companies
  • Creating and supporting activities of joint ventures, strategic alliances and consortiums
  • Performing the functions of a Corporate Secretary
  • Representing global companies at shareholder meetings and in other regards
  • Development and implementation of compliance programs, risk management systems and systems for increasing business efficiency
  • Settlement of corporate disputes 
Alum Bati
Managing Partner
+ 994 12 310 02 41
+ 994 12 310 02 47
abati@lanlawchambers.com

Contacts
Alum Bati  is one of the foremost experts on production sharing agreements both in the oil and gas industry and in mining. In the UK, he was a member of the tax committee of the Mining Association of the UK. Alum has advised almost all the major oil companies operating in Azerbaijan.  Alum’s article on the Legal Status of Production Sharing Agreements (PSA) in Azerbaijan was widely read and circulated in the industry.
Nigar Jafarova
Partner
+ 994 12 310 02 41
+ 994 12 310 02 47
njafarova@lanlawchambers.com
​​Nigar Jafarova has extensive experience in the oil and gas industry and in mining law having advised the national oil company, local mining company, a wide range of multinational companies (PSA and HGA contractors and sub-contractors) operating in Azerbaijan on various legal and tax issues.
​​OIL & GAS, AND MINING

 How we can help:

  • Structuring foreign investment into Azerbaijani natural resources
  • Due diligence of companies engaged in the use of subsoil rights
  • Advice on corporate structuring for acquisitions of companies engaged in extracting natural resources, including oil and coal
  • Advice on antitrust issues concerning natural monopolies and companies holding dominant market positions
  • Drafting agreements for companies engaged in mining, mineral exploration, development and extraction, and cooperation agreements, operator agreements, and agreements for geological studies
  • Advice on use of land plots and subsoil blocks
  • Advice on required authorizations and compliance certificates, and the regulation applicable to operating hazardous industrial facilities
  • Advice on license agreements, amendments to license agreements, and relicensing issues
  • Interaction with state authorities to obtain licenses and permits
  • Tax advice for companies engaged in extracting natural resources
  • Advice on construction, reconstruction and maintenance of energy facilities
  • Advice on environmental risks associated with exploration and development of natural resources
  • Advising potential purchasers of interests in producing fields
  • Advice on industrial safety in the course of mineral exploration and development
  • Dispute resolution pertaining to subsoil use and development of other natural resources
  • Defense of client interests in the course of administrative, court and arbitration proceedings
Nigar Jafarova
Partner
+ 994 12 310 02 41
+ 994 12 310 02 47
njafarova@lanlawchambers.com

Contacts
Nigar Jafarova has extensive experience in customs law, customs litigation, criminal investigations and working relations with the State Customs Committee and its structural departments. Currently Nigar works on advising the country’s largest tobacco importer
Alum Bati
Managing Partner
+ 994 12 310 02 41
+ 994 12 310 02 47
abati@lanlawchambers.com
Alum Bati has assisted a number of high-end fashion brands to establish franchise/concession operations in Azerbaijan.  He was also external legal counsel to Philip Morris when it had a presence in Azerbaijan, as well as Japan Tobacco. He currently works closely with our Partner Nigar Jafarova on advising the country’s largest tobacco importer
Leyla Sadikhova
Partner
+ 994 12 310 02 41
+ 994 12 310 02 47
lsadikhova@lanlawchambers.com
Leyla Sadikhova was senior legal advisor at the US Agency for International Development in Azerbaijan. At USAID, she was responsible for coordination and effective implementation of market-friendly legislation and amendments to current legislation. As Head of Legal Department at Modern Group of Companies, Leyla supported group companies with high quality legal advice and analyses on international trade.  Leyla has lectured on Private International Law and International Agreements at Baku State University
​​INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND CUSTOMS

 How we can help:

  • International supply agreements / commercial contracts
  • General sales conditions
  • Incoterms
  • Distributorship, commercial agent and other
  • Franchising
  • Consulting clients on the application of customs, currency and tax laws and other issues relating to foreign investment activity
  • Consulting on Free Trade Zone exemptions
  • Consulting on the calculation of the customs value of goods
  • Analysis of foreign trade documents as to customs risks, negotiations with customs representatives at the stage of signing agreements on customs declaration of goods and subsequent interaction with them
  • Support during customs inspections, including preparation of responses to queries from the customs authorities
  • Appealing the results of a customs inspection
  • Representation of clients in judicial and customs authorities, including appeals against the acts or omissions of customs officials
  • Participating in the proceedings on administrative violations
  • Transfer pricing reviews
  • Preparing defense strategies in criminal cases initiated by the customs or excise authorities
Leyla Sadikhova
Partner
+ 994 12 310 02 41
+ 994 12 310 02 47
lsadikhova@lanlawchambers.com
Leyla Sadikhova was Head of the Legal Department at the Modern Group of Companies (a leading private group in Azerbaijan) which has 18 portfolio companies, including food processing, fruit juice and carbonated drinks production, retail distribution, gardening, cold storage, etc. Leyla was advising on large-scale agricultural projects, including projects relating to the establishment of a winery in the Agsu region of Azerbaijan.
Contacts
FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL LAW
Our firm has strong ties with the agricultural community and stays actively involved in advising the industry.

How we can help:

  • Agricultural land sales and purchases
  • Drafting agreements for agricultural produce
  • Advice on land ownership mechanisms as non-Azerbaijani citizens cannot own land in Azerbaijan
  • Property dispute resolution
  • Family business legal advice
  • Restrictions on advertising food products
  • Food price regulatory advice
  • Intellectual property issues in the food industry
  • Tax incentives for food/agricultural production in Azerbaijan
  • Tax planning for food manufacturers and distributors in Azerbaijan
  • Tax planning for food exporters
  • Tax planning for importing agricultural equipment and food production equipment
Nigar Jafarova
Partner
+ 994 12 310 02 41
+ 994 12 310 02 47
njafarova@lanlawchambers.com
​​Nigar Jafarova has advised multinational pharmaceutical companies on tariffs set for medical products, taxation, advertisement for medical goods and medical services in Azerbaijan.
Contacts
Leyla Sadikhova
Partner
+ 994 12 310 02 41
+ 994 12 310 02 47
lsadikhova@lanlawchambers.com
Leyla Sadikhova is a lead of healthcare and pharmaceutical practice. Leyla has been providing multinational pharmaceutical companies with corporate, employment and migration, litigation services to the two famous global pharmacy companies. Leyla was involved in advising on legal regulation of advertisement for medical goods and medical services, regulation of the activity of hospitals, protection of rights of patients and consumers of medical services, etc.
HEALTHCARE AND PHARMACEUTICAL LAW

 How we can help:

  • Support for international pharmaceutical companies in creating and developing business in Azerbaijan (opening branches and representative offices, tax planning, support of merge and acquisition transactions, support in obtaining relevant licenses, consulting on labor and migration issues, etc.)
  • Legal support on commercial issues (analysis and development of various agreements, participation in negotiations, etc.)
  • Advising on tariffs, the circulation of medicines and medical services
  • Registration of drugs and medicines
  • Issues relating to the labelling and importing of drugs
  • Licensing of medical activity, the manufacture and maintenance of medical equipment, drug manufacture and pharmaceutical activity
  • Taxation of medical activity, pharmaceutical activity and circulation of medical goods
  • Advertising for medicines and medical services
  • Regulation of the activity of medical organizations
  • Doctor-patient privilege and data protection
  • Mandatory medical insurance
  • Protection of rights of patients and consumers
  • Registration and protection of intellectual rights in the pharmaceutical field
  • Antitrust regulation
  • Localization of manufacturing
Alum Bati
Managing Partner
+ 994 12 310 02 41
+ 994 12 310 02 47
abati@lanlawchambers.com

Contacts
Alum Bati  was HSBC’s external general counsel in Azerbaijan until they closed operations in Azerbaijan.  Alum also was external general counsel to the National Bank of Pakistan. 
Anar Jafarov
Partner
+ 994 12 310 02 41
+ 994 12 310 02 47
ajafarov@lanlawchambers.com
Anar Jafarov has held the position of Head of Department on the Issue of Securities in the State Securities Committee, and is the author of numerous normative acts on joint stock companies, including rules on increasing the charter capital of joint stock companies, the conversion of shares, reorganization of companies, etc.  As Head of the Legal Expertise Department of the Azerbaijan Investment Company (AIC), Anar was involved in a number of M&As and restructuring projects. These also included the implementation of the International Finance Corporation’s corporate governance standards in Azerbaijani companies acquired by AIC. Anar also held the position of Corporate Advisor (Corporate Secretary) to the Supervisory Board of one the largest local banks. 
Leyla Sadikhova
Partner
+ 994 12 310 02 41
+ 994 12 310 02 47
lsadikhova@lanlawchambers.com
Leyla Sadikhova was 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, Law on Capital Market, and 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.
Nigar Jafarova
Partner
+ 994 12 310 02 41
+ 994 12 310 02 47
njafarova@lanlawchambers.com
​​Nigar Jafarova was Head of Legal and International Relations Department, Member of Executive Board, National Depository Center under the State Committee for Securities of the Republic of Azerbaijan.​
​​BANKING, FINANCE AND SECURITIES

Our firm comprises some of the most experienced lawyers in the field of banking, finance and securities.

Our partners have held manager positions at the Securities Market Regulator (recently restructured into the Financial Markets Supervisory Authority), Azerbaijan’s Central Depository Centre and one of the largest local bankOur partners participated in drafting the laws on Capital Markets, Investment Funds, Secured Transactions, making amendments to the Civil Code pertaining to mortgage bonds, making amendments to the Civil Code pertaining to corporate law (joint stock companies), making amendments to the Administrative Procedures Code, Action Plan (2010-2012) on the harmonization of Azerbaijani legislation with that of the European Union.

How we can help:

  • Advising on various aspects of banking, finance (investment funds, insurance and real estate) and securities legislation
  • Advising on assessing, designing, implementing and monitoring governance models in order to address challenges such as fraud, corruption, money-laundering, economic sanctions, and reputational risk. We can do this through education and training, enhanced compliance mechanisms, and investigations when necessary
  • Advising on structuring, documenting and closing complex credit facilities. We can advise on cash flow, asset-based, real estate secured, mezzanine and other types of financial structures
  • Provide post-closing monitoring of credit facilities as well as eventual enforcement of lender rights relating to facilities in default
  • Support for M&A transactions involving the purchase and sale of credit organizations, insurance companies, investment funds, and other financial institutions
  • Financial restructuring and bankruptcy
  • Advising on issuance of debt instruments
  • Advising on currency regulation and control issues
  • Legal due diligence of banks and other financial institutions  
Leyla Sadikhova
Partner
+ 994 12 310 02 41
+ 994 12 310 02 47
lsadikhova@lanlawchambers.com
Leyla Sadikhova as Head of Legal Department at Modern Group of Companies supported local leading company specialized in Information Technologies, Oil Gas and IT Integration Systems with high quality legal advice and analyses on ICT etc.
Contacts
Nigar Jafarova
Partner
+ 994 12 310 02 41
+ 994 12 310 02 47
njafarova@lanlawchambers.com
​​Nigar Jafarova recently advised a global provider of innovative and flexible mobile technology with regard to furnishing MiFi devices (mobile Wi-Fi hotspots) in Azerbaijan.
Anar Jafarov
Partner
+ 994 12 310 02 41
+ 994 12 310 02 47
ajafarov@lanlawchambers.com
Anar Jafarov recently advised a global provider of innovative and flexible mobile technology with regard to furnishing MiFi devices (mobile Wi-Fi hotspots) in Azerbaijan​.
INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY LAW

 How we can help:

  • Advice regarding media and telecommunications law and regulations
  • Drafting and negotiating ICT contracts
  • Drafting contracts relating to E-commerce, commercial transactions conducted by mobile phone (m-commerce), B2B and B2C exchanges, data protection, broadcasting and sponsorship
  • Advice during software development, including analyses of license agreements
  • Analysis of internal policies and procedures with respect to identifying risks regarding data protection
  • Advice regarding the establishment of ICT businesses
  • Tax advice relating to e-commerce and ICT operations
Nigar Jafarova
Partner
+ 994 12 310 02 41
+ 994 12 310 02 47
njafarova@lanlawchambers.com

Contacts
Nigar Jafarova has extensive experience in preparation of construction contracts and related documents. She has represented owners, developers, general contractors, engineers, and other construction professionals involving commercial, residential, and governmental projects.  Nigar has spoken on FIDIC EPC standard contract provisions in a construction law seminar in Azerbaijan.​
CONSTRUCTION AND REAL ESTATE LAW
Our firm is efficiently collaborating with the most reliable real estate agencies in Azerbaijan. 

How we can help:

  • Advice regarding construction and real estate law and regulations
  • Construction contracts and related documents, including based on the FIDIC standard terms
  • Licensing issues
  • Project financing
  • Building code interpretation
  • Warranty claims
  • Advice on enforcement of bonds
  • Construction disputes
  • Advice on legal and tax structuring of purchase and sell of real estate and land plots
  • Advise and support the purchase and sale of real estate and land plots, including relevant state registration
  • Advise on foreign investment in the Azerbaijan real estate market
  • Legal due diligence of real estate and property
  • Drafting and registration of lease contracts, participation in the negotiations process, etc.
  • Advising residential real estate proprietors with respect to property management 
Alum Bati
Managing Partner
+ 994 12 310 02 41
+ 994 12 310 02 47
abati@lanlawchambers.com

Contacts
Alum Bati was BP’s instructing counsel on tax matters and has written extensively on taxation. Alum was, in the UK, a member of several high-level tax committees, including the Confederation of British Industries Budget Proposals Working Party, the General Council of British Shipping and the Bar Association for Commerce Finance and Industry. In more recent years, Alum has also been external tax counsel to BP and Azerbaijan correspondent for the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation
Nigar Jafarova
Partner
+ 994 12 310 02 41
+ 994 12 310 02 47
njafarova@lanlawchambers.com
​​Nigar Jafarova was a Tax and Legal Manager in the Baku office of PwC. She has extensive experience in tax structuring and tax litigation. She was involved in drafting amendments to the Azerbaijani Tax Code in connection with taxation of income gained from transactions with securities
TAXATION

 How we can help:

  • Tax structuring of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, transfer of shares
  • Tax advice on the issues of financing subsidiaries, including cross-border transfer of assets
  • Advice on issues of transfer pricing
  • Advice on any issues arising in the company’s activity, in particular on VAT, profit tax and property tax
  • Analysis of activity of companies and individuals as to compliance with the tax legislation
  • Advice on issues of calculation of and deduction from personal income tax, including due to employment of foreigners, as well as in connection with provision of guarantees and compensations to employees
  • Legal support during tax audits
  • Representing clients in tax disputes (both pre-court and court proceedings)
Alum Bati
Managing Partner
+ 994 12 310 02 41
+ 994 12 310 02 47
abati@lanlawchambers.com

Contacts
Alum Bati  is one of the leading experts in employment law in Azerbaijan. He assisted in the drafting of the Labour Code and has given many presentations on the subject.
Anar Jafarov
Partner
+ 994 12 310 02 41
+ 994 12 310 02 47
ajafarov@lanlawchambers.com
Anar Jafarov was Head of HR of a local leading bank (with more than 500 employees) for 7 years and has a wealth of experience in employment matters as well as having been a labour inspector with the Ministry of Labour.
EMPLOYMENT AND MIGRATION LAW

Our firm comprises some of the most experienced lawyers in the field of employment and labour law.


How we can help:

  • Offer letters
  • Employment contracts
  • Policy and procedures
  • Staff handbook
  • Internal labor audit/health-check, followed by internal compliance report and list of recommendations
  • Support during state labor audit
  • Grievances and disciplinary matters
  • Advice on termination of employment
  • Individual and collective redundancies
  • Advice on all aspects of employment disputes
  • Settlement agreements
  • Advice on labour migration issues
  • Employment law training
  • Outsourced HR services
LEGAL AND TAX DUE DILIGENCE

What is legal and tax due diligence?

Legal and tax due diligence is a crucial component of any significant business and corporate transaction. Legal and tax due diligence is essentially the investigation of a target company through reviewing documents and investigating corporate compliance with the law. The due diligence process can also be applied to your own group companies to ensure compliance with the law and best practice.
Our legal and tax due diligence team consist of professionals who have wide experience in performing due diligence reviews.

How can we help?

We can:
  • Review the legal and tax obligations and risks
  • Assist in the structuring of transactions
  • Draft/review transaction documents (e.g. share purchase agreements, shareholders’ agreements and management agreements)
  • Investigate direct and indirect tax/social security compliance (corporate tax, social security, VAT, customs/excise etc.)
  • Review and manage the tax risks associated with the acquisition and disposal of a business
  • Other legal and tax assistance

What’s in it for you?

We can perform a full legal and/or tax due diligence report resulting in an assessment of the main risks. We can provide potential solutions that reduce the risks. We can also provide assistance in drafting letters of intent, confidentiality agreements, exclusivity agreements, share purchase agreements, representations and warranties, dispute resolution clauses etc.
We can also conduct internal legal and/or tax compliance audits to ensure your operations meet your standards and comply with the law. These could take the form of employment audits; corporate governance/anti-money laundering and anti-corruption audits; tax audits etc. As part of this function, we can make recommendations for new or improved policies and procedures.

If you have any questions

Please contact Leyla Sadikhova by e-mail: lsadikhova@lanlawchambers.com or phone number: +994(12) 310 02 41 or send you request via our contact form on our website.