MGB Law Offices

General Business Law Department

Azerbaijan
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What the team is known for Domestic firm that regularly acts as local counsel to international lenders and energy companies. Well known for its anti-monopoly and regulatory advisory assistance as well as its project financing capabilities. Active in litigation, arbitration and aviation work, also advising on the formation of joint ventures. A popular choice of counsel for regional and international banks and oil and gas companies.

Strengths One client praises the firm's commercially-oriented approach, stating: "They have always delivered. They offer practical solutions and advice when problems arise, rather than simply regurgitating the law."

Work highlights Acted as local counsel on the EBRD and DEG's financing of the Veyseloglu Group, an Azerbaijani food and confectionery manufacturer.

Notable practitioners

Rising in the rankings, Anar Janmammadov is highly reputed by interviewees for his dispute resolution practice. He is well placed to advise clients on contractual disputes, contentious restructuring and insolvency matters and  enforcement actions. Clients describe him as a "hands-on" lawyer who "shows very swift reactivity, accuracy in his advice and the capacity to see the big picture."

Practice head Ismail Askerov is held in high regard by market commentators for his adept handling of corporate and contractual law mandates. He also offers extensive experience in financing mandates spanning corporate, aviation and project finance. One client "greatly appreciates his breadth of legal knowledge, verbal and written language skills and timely responsiveness."

Kamil Valiyev enters the rankings owing to significant support for his transactional practice. He typically advises on M&A transactions, strategic collaborations and commercial agreements. A client reports: "He was able to process large volumes of information quickly and formulate an effective strategy. Kamil provides a thorough analysis and describes all opportunities, risks and potential best solutions."