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What the team is known for Prominent international law firm with a top-tier reputation for commercial and banking work. The firm regularly represents international clients from the banking, manufacturing and oil and gas sectors. Frequently advises on major infrastructure projects and energy developments. Joint ventures, M&A, commercial agreements, Islamic finance and project finance are key areas of focus.

Strengths Sources highlight the firm's commitment to work, with one saying: "They are very active and good in the market."

Work highlights Advised Nordic Aviation on the USD15 million lease of two Embraer aircraft to Azerbaijan Airlines.

Advised Société Générale on the enforceability of the 2002 ISDA Master Agreement and on the capacity and authority of the State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan to enter into certain derivative transactions.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner James Hogan is a highly regarded lawyer with experience in advising multinational corporations and financial institutions on joint ventures, acquisitions and insolvency law. His clients usually come from the infrastructure, aviation and agriculture sectors.

Kamal Mammadzada is a highly respected lawyer with extensive experience advising international banks and investors on complex project financing relating to energy, aviation, telecommunications and infrastructure. A market source asserts he is a "very strong lawyer."

Of counsel Ophelia Abdullayeva has two decades of experience advising on commercial matters in Azerbaijan. She regularly acts on substantial projects in the energy sector and also on transactions related to aviation, construction and infrastructure matters.