Kalikova & Associates Law Firm LLC

General Business Law Department

Kyrgyz Republic
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What the team is known for

Maintains its position as a popular choice for international and domestic corporates and financial institutions. Offers in-depth local law expertise in relation to inbound investments, project financing, joint ventures and corporate governance matters. Particularly noted for its work in the mining and energy sectors, recently handling PPP and infrastructure projects. Increasingly active in the hospitality sector.

Strengths

Clients praise the team's professionalism and dedication to work, one saying: "They are great team players, content-driven and pleasant to work with," adding that "they are knowledgeable about local and international market practices."

Another client reports: "We appreciated that the firm and the individual lawyers were willing to go the extra mile to support the client. The approach to providing advice was very thorough and with an objective to help the client find a solution."

Work highlights

Advised a US-based hospitality client operating in the Kyrgyz Republic on its cross-border restructuring of debt and obligations while ensuring tax and regulatory compliance.

Advised SGS on selecting the most appropriate business and corporate structure, employment and tax-related matters to operate in the country and also on procedures for exporting ore, concentrate and other raw materials outside the Kyrgyz Republic.

Notable practitioners

Alexander Ahn is an up-and-coming lawyer, advising on high-profile project finance. An interviewee comments: "He provided astute and pragmatic transactional advice and very thorough analysis of the relevant local law issues."

Of counsel Gulnara Kalikova is described by a market sources as "one of the most reputable and talented lawyers in the country." She is an expert in the energy, healthcare and natural resources sectors, with significant experience in infrastructure and PPP projects. Clients appreciate her expertise, saying: "She is very knowledgeable, thorough, professional and co-operative."

Maksim Smirnov advises corporate clients on business law and regulations as well as local tax issues. In one work highlight, he advised a large fuel transportation firm on a tax audit performed by the Kyrgyz tax office.