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Index of tables

  1. Legal market overview
  2. Leading individuals

Leading individuals

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    • Umid Aripdjanov - Centil Law
    • Ilkhom Azizov - Azizov & Partners
    • Azamat Fayzullaev - Leges Advokat
    • Mouborak Kambarova - Dentons
    • Mukhammadali Makhmudov - Legalmax Law Firm
    • Nizomiddin Shakhabutdinov - Leges Advokat
    • Sofiya Shakhraziyeva - Centil Law
    • Otabek Suleimanov - Centil Law


The most populous country in Central Asia, Uzbekistan has an economy that is largely based on exporting cotton, cars and minerals. The Russian economic decline has hit remittances (another key source of national income) and car exports badly – General Motors Uzbekistan reported a 57% annual drop in sales to Russia in the first half of 2015. Dentons is the only global firm with a presence in the market.

The ranking is based on quality and scope of service. Therefore, narrowly focused practices may be ranked lower in the table than a quality competitor with a broader base, but may still be outstanding in its field.

Azizov & Partners advises on financing, M&A, construction and regulatory matters. Senior partner Ilkhom Azizov and managing partner Aziz Aripdjanov advised Uzbekistan GTL, a joint venture involving Sasol and Petronas, on project financing, construction and regulatory matters relating to the Shaurtan GTL processing plant. Other clients include Deutsche Bahn, Samsung C&T Deutschland and VimpelCom.

Centil Law (formerly known as Colibri Law Firm) has ‘a strong knowledge of local circumstances in Uzbekistan and other CIS countries’, and has offices throughout the region; in Uzbekistan, it provides ‘fast, professional and highly accurate’ on matters including project finance, subsoil use and debt recovery. Almaty-based Otabek Suleimanov ‘provides in-depth analysis and appropriate solutions’. Along with Ravshan Rakhmanov, he provided Uzbek legal advice to Zhong Heng Law Firm in connection with the acquisition of a cement plant located in Uzbekistan. Umid Aripdjanov leads the subsoil practice and Sofiya Shakhraziyeva advises on banking and finance issues.

Dentons advises on project financing, construction, M&A and financial services regulation. Muscat-based Marla Valdez is country head; highly experienced managing associate Mouborak Kambarova is permanently based on Tashkent. Clients include the EBRD and household names in the financial services and consumer products sectors; the firm added Nike European Operations to its client roster in 2015.

Legalmax Law Firm advises clients on intellectual property and competition matters. The firm handles trade mark protection work for Starbucks and the Russian owners of the Stolichnaya vodka brand. Managing partner Mukhammadali Makhmudov, who is also qualified as a patent attorney, leads the firm as a whole and its Tashkent office.

Avent Advokat mainly advises on lending, construction and midstream oil and gas matters, and acts for a number of well-known clients from the Asia Pacific region. Eldor Mannopov leads the energy and natural resources practice, with Jakhongir Usmanov heading the dispute resolution team.

Council is ‘a professional and very dedicated law firm that adds real value’. It advises on debt recovery, litigation and M&A. The firm, whose lawyers have ‘a good knowledge of local law’ and ‘huge practical experience in their areas of expertise’, represented Russian aircraft builder Ilyushin in a high-value dispute. Alisher Kadirov is the managing partner.

Grata International’s Jamol Ryskiyev* advised China National Petroleum Corporation on tax, customs, procurement and labour aspects of a joint venture with Uzbekneftgaz to explore the Mingbulak oil field in eastern Uzbekistan. Other areas of work include M&A, construction, debt recovery and finance. *Jamol Ryskiyev joined PricewaterhouseCoopers Tax & Advisory LLP's Kazakhstan office in July 2016.

Azamat Fayzullaev and Nizomiddin Shakhabutdinov head the team at Leges Advokat, which advises on matters such as financing, dispute resolution and corporate matters.

Mukhamedjanov & Partners advises on commercial work, M&A, insolvency and dispute resolution. The key contact is name partner Ibrahim Mukhamedjanov, who has advised the World Bank and the EBRD on Uzbek legal issues and successfully represented a private sector company in litigation against a state-owned entity.

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Legal Developments in Uzbekistan

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    On 17 September 2009, Uzbekistan adopted amendments to the Law “On Medicines and Pharmaceutical Activity” of 25 April 1997, as amended (the “Law on Medicines”), and corresponding amendments to the “Criminal Code” of the Republic of Uzbekistan of 22 September 1994, as amended (the “Criminal Code”), to the “Criminal Procedure Code” of the Republic of Uzbekistan of 22 September 1994, as amended (the “Criminal Procedure Code”), and to the Code of the Administrative Responsibility of the Republic of Uzbekistan of 22 September 1994, as amended (the “Administrative Responsibility Code”).
  • Doing Business in Uzbekistan 2009

    Doing Business in Uzbekistan 2009 has been prepared as a general guide for companies operating in or considering investment into Uzbekistan. It is intended to present an overview of the key aspects of the Uzbek legal system and regulation of business activities in Uzbeksitan.
  • Doing Business in Uzbekistan 2008

    Doing Business in Uzbekistan has been prepared as a general guide for companies operating in or considering investment into Uzbekistan. It is intended to present an overview of the key aspects of the Uzbek legal system and regulation of business activities in this country.

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  • Lower VAT On Hotel Services In Montenegro

    An important piece of regulation has been introduced in Montenegro recently, through the reduction of VAT on catering services in four stars hotels (in the north of the country) and five-star hotels (on the seaside), which will be effective from 2018. According to media reports, Olivera Brajović, General Director of Tourism Development and Standards in the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, pointed out that these reduced tax rates on services of preparing and serving food and drinks are expected to raise the overall competitiveness in the hospitality sector, while at the same time contribute to the combat against grey economy.
  • Karanović & Nikolić Joins The NextLaw Global Referral Network

    Karanović & Nikolić is pleased to announce that it has joined the NextLaw Global Referral Network, created by global law firm Dentons. We are particularly excited by the fact that Nextlaw presents a new type of network, with a unique invitation-only approach in their selection, ensuring that all of its members have the highest quality standards and a proven track record of excellence.
  • Sweet Smell Of Success - Serbian Sugar Industry Consolidates Its Forces

    After more than a four months and a Phase II (in-depth) investigation, the Competition Commission gave conditional approval, to Sunoko's acquisition of the Star Šećer company and its subsidiary Te-To - the owner of the sugar factory in Senta. No divestments have been required from Sunoko.
  • New Bridge Over Danube To Be Built In Belgrade

    News reports are informing us that Belgrade will gain another bridge over the Danube river in the near future – this one at the Ada Huja island and over three kilometres long.
  • Nikola Tesla Airport To Acquire Sava Centar?

    Media outlets have recently been reporting on the possibility that Nikola Tesla Airport will acquire Sava Centar (SC), with the purpose of turning it into its company headquarters. This acquisition would be followed by an investment of over EUR 30 million in the next three years for the building's reconstruction and adaptation. Such a decision would result in Sava Centar changing its name to "Congress Centre Nikola Tesla Airport", with an expanded array of facilities, including a tower, a shopping mall, and a hotel. The funds for the investment in question will be hailing from the Airport's own assets.
  • Too Big To Hide – European Commission Sanctions Truck Cartel

    Global competition law circles have recently been shaken by the European Commission's record-setting fine of EUR 2.93 billion for collusion on the automotive market, imposed against Volvo, Daimler, Iveco and DAF trucks. The sanctions in question varied amongst the accused parties, with Daimler facing the largest penalty in the amount of more than EUR 1 billion on its own. Iveco's fine was set at EUR 494 million, DAF's at EUR 752 million, and Volvo's fine has been set at EUR 670 million.
  • Cartel Office ensures greater competition in rail sector

    The German railway company Deutsche Bahn must allow for more competition. The Bundeskartellamt, Germany’s Federal Cartel Office, found that the company had abused its dominant market position with respect to the sale of rail tickets.

    Eterna Law (representative office in Almaty) announces the beginning of co-operation as a legal adviser with the Public Association "Academy of Preventive Medicine of Kazakhstan."
  • LAG Sachsen-Anhalt on video surveillance at the workplace

    Video surveillance at the workplace does not inevitably give rise to claims for damages. That was the verdict of the Landesarbeitsgericht (LAG) Sachsen-Anhalt [Regional Labour Court of Saxony-Anhalt] (Az.: 6 Sa 301/14).
  • Final stretch for loan withdrawal

    Those who still want to withdraw from real estate loans concluded between 2002 and 2010 should take action now while the right of withdrawal is on its last legs. This get-out-of-jail-free card is set to lapse shortly.