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Managing Partner: Sedrak Asatryan
Senior Partner: Aram Orbelyan
Number of partners: 5
Number of lawyers: 42
Languages: Armenian, English, Russian, French, German

Firm Overview:
Concern Dialog law firm founded in 1998 is the largest and one of the oldest law firms in Armenia. Concern Dialog is a full-service law firm and provides services in litigation, representation, and legal advising. Concern Dialog is one of the few major Armenian firms ranked by Chambers and other major international rankings with established litigation, family law and criminal defense practices. The firm has 22 years of hands-on experience of working with individuals and corporate clients, including major international and foreign law firms. During the previous years, Concern Dialog and its partners received several top mentions and recognition in the world leading law initiatives such as Chambers and Partners, Legal 500, IFLR 1000, Who is Who Legal and others. The firm’s clientele includes national banks and international finance organisations, major telecom operators, mining companies and the Government of Armenia and municipalities as well as high stake individuals, including ex-president and ex-prime minister of Armenia, ex-ministers, judges and prominent businesspersons and families.

International Network:
The firm is member of TAGLaw — a network of independent law firms and NEXTLAW — a global referral network (by Dentons). In addition, the firm cooperates with individual firms from jurisdictions not sufficiently covered by the networks (including Georgia, Russia, some US states, Europe and Asia) to ensure truly global, yet specialised coverage to its clients.

Pro Bono & CSR:
Concern Dialog’s lawyers lecture at prestigious universities in Armenia, as well as in the Justice Academy and the School of Advocates of Armenia. The firms on pro-bono basis (completely free of charge or at substantially discounted rate) annually support several cases for vulnerable groups – mostly in criminal law defence and in labour law practice. In addition the team is actively engaged in legislative and judicial reform processes. They are actively reviewing the relevant drafts, participating in public consultations, providing opinions within these processes, as well as undertaking studies by their initiative to find the shortcomings and suggest solutions.

Practice Areas:
Antitrust & Competition
Litigation, Arbitration & ADR (Disputes)
Corporate Law/M&A
Banking & Finance
Labour Law & Employment
Tax Law & Tax Litigation
Criminal Law Defence
Contracts, Transactions & Projects
Restructuring & Insolvency
Family Law
Citizenship, Residency & Migration
Human Rights & ECHR
Public International Law
Real Estate & Construction
Mining & Resources
Renewable Energy
Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT)


Main Areas of Practice:
Contracts & Transactions:

Concern Dialog offers the following services in the field of contract and transaction law:
■ Drafting and review of contracts
■ Participation at contract negotiations
■ Support with execution and closing of contracts
■ Provision of legal memorandums or opinions on validity of contracts, their action and full legal force
■ Support with notarisation of contracts and representation at the Notary office
■ Representation during contract law litigation and arbitration
■ Provision of contract management services
Managing Partner: Sedrak Asatryan, member to the board of the Chamber of Advocates
Tel: +374 60 27 88 88
Email: [email protected]

Corporate/M&A:
The firm offers the following services in the field of corporate law:
■ Consulting at all stages of company foundation and of companies’ operation
■ Registration of companies and non-for-profits
■ Preparation of shareholders’ agreements
■ Representation in state bodies and at the Central Depository (account operators’) in connection to corporate law issues
■ Support in companies’ reorganisations and M&A
■ Undertaking the drafting and reviewing of corporate documentation of company’s activities and provision of corporate secretary function
■ Provision of corporate legal due diligence checks
■ Support with mediation on disputes among shareholders/ between top management and shareholders
■ Legal protection of companies from unfriendly acquisitions
■ Legal protection of rights of minority shareholders
■ Litigation and arbitration on corporate law issues
Partner: Narine Beglaryan, Head of Corporate Law Practice
Tel: +374 99 35 34 52
Email: [email protected]

Tax:
Concern Dialog offers the following services in the tax law area of practice:
■ Advising on general issues of tax law and tax calculation
■ Consulting on tax refund issues (including VAT overpayments)
■ Representation in refunding processes, as well as full legal guidance in tax accounts refund process
■ Legal guidance in business transactions considering tax legislation requirements
■ Participation and support during the tax inspection or administrative process
■ Representation during the administrative appeal process in tax law connected issues
■ Tax law litigation
Partner: Artur Hovhannisyan
Tel: +374 91 414 139
Email: [email protected]

Labour Law:
Concern Dialog offers the following services in the area of practice of labour law:
■ Advising on labour law issues
■ Labour law due diligence checks
■ Legal guidance in human resources services
■ Representation during inspections and in related administrative proceedings
■ Representation during labour law negotiations and at labour law litigation
Partner: Janna Simonyan
Tel: +374 91 21 10 50
Email: [email protected]

Competition Law/Antitrust Law:
Concern Dialog offers the following services in the competition (antitrust) law area of practice:
■ Analysis of the activities of companies and competitors aimed at finding possible violations of competition law, as well as development of relevant internal procedures to ensure full competition law compliance
■ Analysis of competition law issues, including the study of relevant foreign experience/legislation
■ Consulting on competition law connected to M&A transactions, and (merger) concentration filings
■ Representation in the Committee of the Protection of Economic Competition, as well as in other administrative bodies on the issues connected to competition law
■ Review and advise of advertisements, product packaging and services promotion materials, marketing strategies, to ensure their competition law compliance
■ Competition law litigation
Tel: +374 60 27 88 88
Email: [email protected]

Litigation & Arbitration:
Concern Dialog offers the following litigation and arbitration services:
■ Representation at the courts of general jurisdiction
■ Representation during the appeal and cassation processes
■ Representation at the international law (including ICSID), Armenian and foreign arbitration processes, including ICC, UNCITRAL rules based, and other arbitrations
■ Providing Armenian law expert opinions and memorandums for foreign arbitrations
■ Arbitration services via Yerevan Arbitration Institute – a permanent arbitration centre acting adjacent to the firm since 2021
Senior Partner: Aram Orbelyan, PHD, President of Arbitrators Association of Armenia
Tel: +374 93 66 27 26
Email: [email protected]

Criminal Law Defence:
Concern Dialog offers the following services in criminal law with emphasis of politically complicated cases and whitecollar crime.
■ Criminal law defence
■ Representing the victim of the crime, including corporations within the criminal law process
■ Support of the witnesses for the criminal law issues
■ Assistance with applications to ECHR and other international human rights bodies
■ Providing legal opinions and expert opinions on Armenian law and practice for the foreign proceedings
Head of the criminal law practice, senior associate: Hovhannes Khudoyan
Tel: +374 60 27 88 88
Email: [email protected] am