Index of tables
Legal market overview
Uzbekistan’s legal market is heavily weighted towards oil and gas and natural resources, with government-backed infrastructure projects also being a significant source of mandates. The government policy to diversify the country’s industrial breadth has yet to yield substantial mandates.
Azizov & Partners’ ‘very impressive’ team has extensive experience in corporate law and project finance, in addition to which it provides general business support to its mainly international client base. The firm acts for subsurface industry companies and has been advising on the financing of the first two lines in the Uzbekistan portion of the Central Asia-China gas pipeline. Other marquee work includes representing Uzbekistan GTL (a joint venture between Petronas, Sasol and UNG) on all aspects of the construction of the Shurtan synthetic liquid gas processing plant. Managing partner Aziz Aripdjanov and Ilkhom Azizov are recommended.
Colibri Law Firm is ‘thorough, responsive and at the same time highly cost-efficient’, and has a network of offices throughout Central Asia. The Tashkent team provides a full service to clients and notably excels at energy and transport infrastructure projects. Clients include several large development banks and commercial banks involved in financings, as well as manufacturers and oil and gas sector companies. Infrastructure expert Otabek Suleimanov is ‘energetic and proficient, and is ready to think outside the box’. Oil and gas partner Umid Aripdjanov is ‘extremely knowledgeable and experienced’. Project finance specialist Sofiya Shakhraziyeva is highly rated and Ravshan Rakhmanov is also recommended.
Legalmax Law Firm’s nine-lawyer team has a substantial, market-leading IP practice across numerous industry sectors, in addition to its general business support capability. Recent wins include successfully representing Pernod Ricard in brand enforcement actions to protect its Chivas Regal whiskey. Other clients include Inditex, Diageo and Euroset. Managing partner Muhammadali Makhmudov is recommended along with head of IP Djakhangir Aripov.
Leges Advokat has ‘a very good team with very good lawyers’, which supports a predominantly international client base and serves as local counsel to international law firms. Recent instructions include advising several foreign governments or their embassies on real estate transactions and acting for a foreign diversified fund on its investments into Uzbekistan. The firm provides broad-ranging legal advice to Uz-Kor Gas Chemical LLC, GlaxoSmithKline and Coca-Cola. Azamat Fayzullaev is ‘professional and knowledgeable’. Nizomiddin Shakhabutdinov is also recommended along with associate Nail Hassanov, who is ‘a very capable lawyer’.
Avent Advokat provides general legal services as well as construction and corporate advice to oil and gas exploration and production companies, infrastructure sector entities, manufacturers and hotels. Clients include CAMCE and Hyundai. Managing partner Eldor Mannopov is well regarded and ‘very smart’.
Highly rated managing associate Mouborak Kambarova is the key figure in Dentons’ small Tashkent team, which has experience in financing, real estate and corporate work, plus commercial or construction contracts.
Grata Law Firm maintains a small Tashkent office providing general business support, as well as construction and financing advice. Counsel Nodir Yuldashev is the key contact.
Mukhamedjanov & Partners provides general business support and transactional advice to international financial institutions, investors, manufacturers and service providers. Recent or current clients include Alfa Group, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and Uzbekenergo (the national energy utility). Ibrahim Mukhamedjanov is the managing partner.
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