Leading firms in Armenia

AM Law Firm

AM Law Firm has an agile team that advises on a wide spectrum of issues from tax, family law and private client work to complex corporate and M&A deals. It also has considerable expertise in all aspects of litigation. Managing partner Grigor Minasyan heads the substantial team, which also includes Vanik Margaryan, who is well regarded for his experience in corporate, litigation and tax matters. Margaryan is also recommended for his intellectual property advice. David Hunanyan is another leading member of the team; he is a skilled advocate and is particularly recommended for his advice to corporate and private clients on a diverse range of civil and criminal contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Grigor Minasyan

Other key lawyers:

Vanik Margaryan; David Hunanyan

Key clients

PEI Develompent AM LLC

Sapphire Trading LLC

American Bar Association

Aller Aqua AM LLC

Novanoweb Solutions LLC

National Burn Center closed joint-stock company (CJSC) (Ministry of Health of the Republic of Armenia)

National Center for AIDS prevention Closed Joint-Stock Company (CJSC)

Kiril Grigorov

Hovhannes Azoyan

INGO ARMENIA Insurance Closed Joint-Stock Company (CJSC)

Dasaran.am

Adjarabet

ZF group

Alfa food service

Steko

Work highlights

  • Advising Joerg Wheishaupt on the process of registering a company in Armenia.
  • Advising Yandex.Taxi on various matters.
  • Advising Dasaran educational centre on competition issues.

Concern Dialog law firm

Aram Orbelyan leads the first-rate team at Concern Dialog law firm, which is particularly recommended for its strength in labour and employment law. The ‘very experienced, professional and business-orientated‘ team is also known for its experience in major cross-border litigation, complicated appeals before the domestic courts and complex insolvency and bankruptcy cases, and has a strong international arbitration practice. In addition, the team is noted for its considerable expertise in mining and telecoms, as well as in the renewable energy sector. Corporate and finance head Narine Beglaryan and of counsel Artur Hovhannisyan, who focuses on tax and administrative law matters, are also key members of the ‘smart and effective team.

Practice head(s):

Aram Orbelyan

Other key lawyers:

Artur Hovhannisyan; Narine Beglaryan; Lilit Karapetyan

Testimonials

‘Concern Dialog is the largest “one-stop-shop” law firm in Armenia and it operates to the highest international law firm standards. It (competently) covers a lot of industry sectors and branches of law, provides comprehensive support on domestic due diligence and regulatory matters, and understands cross-border transactions very well.’

‘Aram Orbelyan is vastly knowledgeable and very energetic; he provides very practical legal advice and is “hands-on” in transactions. Aram is extremely responsive and very reliable. I should also note Narine Beglaryan and Lilit Karapetyan, both of whom are very knowledgeable on regulatory matters.’

‘Concern Dialog is the one firm I always recommend to my colleagues when there’s a need for legal assistance. The team’s main strengths are accuracy, professionalism and dedication to their work.’

‘I really appreciate CD team’s style and way of treating its clients. People here are always ready to provide me with all kinds of support with maximum involvement and on time. I would particularly like to mention Aram Orbelyan, Lilit Karapetyan and Narine Beglaryan. The good qualities of the team members I’ve mentioned are their awareness of the local and global situation, strategic thinking (team members understand not only the legal aspects of our businesses but also the economic and social issues that may affect us) and good communication.’

‘The firm is very quick in providing responses. Analyses are well grounded, precise and easy to grasp.’

‘Aram Orbelyan has good business acumen and shares his opinions in a very clear and excellent manner. Narine Beglaryan and Lilit Karapetyan are very responsive and always eager to assist.’

‘What makes Concern-Dialog unique is that it has the highest professional qualities as well as a responsible approach to work, including compliance with all agreed deadlines.’

‘Our collaboration was mostly with Aram Orbelyan and Artur Hovhannisyan. The most valuable qualities of both of them are: being well prepared for all discussions; taking into account others’ opinions; providing comprehensive answers to all the questions raised; and demonstrating the highest professional qualities.’

Key clients

ACBA Bank JSC (ex ACBA Credit Agricole)

ID bank CJSC

HSBC Bank Armenia CJSC

EBRD

UCOM CJSC

Veolia Jur CJSC

“French University in Armenia” Foundation

Karas Group LLC

Majorel Armenia LLC

Asatryans LLC

Magnolia LLC

Nairi Insurance JSC

Teghout JSC

Armenian Copper Program JSC

Dundee Precious Metals Inc (Canada)

Arznu Tohmayin TKhT JSC

Ericsson AB (branch in Armenia)

Gebruder Weiss GmbH

Ler Ex Energia LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented ID Bank CJSC (formerly Anelik Bank CJSC) in an appeal relating to a substantial contractual penalty claim and also in further judicial proceedings following the successful appeal.
  • Advising Magnolia LLC in relation to a substantial investment in a real estate project near Yerevan, including advising on the approval of the investment package and incentives by the relevant governmental authorities, and the various contractual issues relating to the construction and sale of the property.
  • Acting for Majorel Armenia LLC in a  dispute over the lease contract for office premises/a major commercial property to be renovated for the specific needs of the client.

K&P Law Firm

K&P Law Firm is highly regarded for its advice to primarily corporate clients, as well as international and regional development institutions and foreign investors. With Tatul Khudatyan and Vardan Stepanyan at the helm, the 'flexible and highly professional' practice is well known for its experience in complicated corporate and commercial matters, in addition to banking and finance, competition and real estate. It has considerable sector expertise in mining, construction, IT and telecoms, in addition to finance and retail. Increasingly, the team is also advising clients in the renewable energy sector. Among the 'young, knowledgeable and energy-driven associates and highly professional and experienced partners’ in the team, Anna Hakobyan is highly regarded for her advice on cross-border deals and inbound foreign investments.

Practice head(s):

Tatul Khudatyan; Vardan Stepanyan

Other key lawyers:

Anna Hakobyan; Zhanna Harutyunyan; Gayane Virabyan

Testimonials

‘It is an excellent, organised and friendly team of highly qualified lawyers. The team shows thorough knowledge and understanding of the complex practices in the financial services market and has an excellent command of the English language which is so key for the purposes of our business and due communication with our shareholders. They are highly responsible and sensitive in handling all the time-restricted tasks that we assign to them.’

‘Vardan Stepanyan is an intellectual force and takes responsibility for the whole team.’

‘We have benefited enormously from working with Tatul Khudatyan. We have received premium-quality legal advice from K&P’s lawyers which is always coupled with sector-specific knowledge and a deep understanding of the client.’

‘K&P is extremely efficient in finding solutions, negotiating with the lawyers of our counterparts, and making deals happen. Compared to other firms, K&P is very focused on achieving results in the fastest and most secure way.’

‘K&P’s lawyers have the highest level of work ethic. Vardan Stepanyan shows dedication, provides prompt responses and takes an individual approach.’

‘Tatul Khudatyan is a true professional and team leader, who has a deep knowledge of the business market and is an expert in complex cross-border transactions. Gayane Virabyan has excellent communication skills and we have greatly benefited from her knowledge, poise and friendly attitude.’

‘K&P has extensive experience and its multilingual team exhibits professionalism, emotional intelligence and a holistic understanding of clients’ needs, concerns and requirements.’

‘Our cooperation with Tatul Khudatyan has proven that he is a real guru in the field of law. His comprehensive knowledge of the Armenian market and deal structures gives us confidence in our daily business activities and comprehensive business deals. He is a great negotiator and thoroughly represents our interests at all levels of negotiations, both with private and public institutions, due to his grasp of the mentality and business culture of the region. Gayane Virabyan is a gifted communicator and we have benefited from her professional skills and amiable attitude a lot. She provides everyday aid in daily business operations.’

Key clients

Areg Energia LLC

Tavitian Vineyards LLC

LMS LLC

Citadel Securities

Lume Universal Credit Organization

Roxwell Commercial Property Advisors

R and V Comfort LLC

Institute of Internal Auditors Armenia

Jellyfish LLC

Siemens

Sartex LLC

Noy Invest Group LLC

Computron Industries Establishment

Access (Armen Wind One)

Publicis Hepta LLC

Sovrano LLC

Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

C-QUADRAT Ampega Asset Management Armenia LLC

Majid Al Futtaim (MAF operating Carrefour brand)

Mary Kay Inc

Zangi

Menu.am (Internet Projects LLC)

Resolution Insurance Brokers

Research Center of Maternal and Child Health

Work highlights

  • Advising Tavitian Vineyards LLC on the acquisition of real estate with a value of up to $5m.
  • Assisting Areg Energia LLC with establishing a solar panel plant with a 10 MW capacity in the Republic of Armenia.
  • Advising HIMA (Lume) Universal Credit Organisation on the incorporation of the company in the Republic of Armenia and on all subsequent matters related to this.

Legelata Law firm

Legelata Law firm has traditionally been strong in banking and finance matters and acts for a significant number of domestic banks as well as international financial institutions. Gor Margaryan is among the key members of the team, which is also recommended for its strength in major cross-border deals. Alla Hakhnazaryan leads the firm’s intellectual property and technology law unit, which has been expanding its client base into the healthcare and the pharmaceutical industries as well as the renewable energy sector. Recently, the team has been highly active in advising on a whole host of compliance issues, such as import and export issues in relation to medicines and medical products, as well as data protection matters for pharmaceutical companies.

Practice head(s):

Gor Margaryan; Alla Hakhnazaryan; Arthur Buduryan; Gurgen Grigoryan

Key clients

LC Waikiki

Samsung Group

Huawei Technologies

Express Credit UCO CJSC

Haribo Group

Coca-Cola HBA

Egis Group

Incofin Investment Management

ABB Group

Granicus Holding LLC

Sberbank of Russia

Trafigura PTE Ltd

Moet Hennessy

Lego Juris A/S

Onninen Oy

China Machinery Engineering Corporation

Fortore Energia Italy LLC

Acciona Energia of Spain

Coca Cola Hellenic Bottling Company Armenia

Granicus Holding LLC

Interactive Corp

Work highlights

  • Advised Granicus Holding LLC on the acquisition of an IT company in Armenia, in conjunction with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
  • Advised Interactive Corporation on the acquisition of an IT company in Armenia.
  • Advised Sberbank of Russia on the establishment of greenfield operations in Armenia via the  extension of a syndicated credit facility to a local producer of commodities.

ADWISE Legal

ADWISE Legal advises on a broad array of issues from major commercial transactions and M&A deals to administrative law, litigation and tax. Ara Khzmalyan leads the team, which is also adept at advising financial institutions and non-profit organisations on various matters including labour and employment law, intellectual property and data privacy. Hayk Malkhasyan is another prominent member of the team, with extensive experience in PPP and government support agreements. Other key clients include large and medium-sized IT companies.

Practice head(s):

Ara Khzmalyan

Other key lawyers:

Hayk Malkhasyan; Hasmik Movsesyan

Testimonials

‘Multi-faceted, advising on the full range of legal matters from tax and employment to competition law. What also makes it unique is a good understanding of the commercial arrangements of our company. Ara Khzmalyan is my main contact and the above-mentioned qualities apply to him.’

‘The ADWISE team is very responsive and diligent. The lawyers are highly qualified in corporate law, contracts and taxes. They are also very specialised in IT-related matters, which makes it particularly easy and effective to work with them.’

‘We mainly work with Ara Khzmalyan and Hasmik Movsesyan. They do not simply provide legal advice, but are also able to consider the broader business perspective and find best possible solutions tailored to our specific needs.’

‘Soft skills, professionalism, availability, strong academic and practical knowledge.’

‘The firm has shown some strong communication and negotiation skills. The firm has a good understanding of legislation and the structure of the transaction and provides very reliable advice to the client.’

‘We have been in cooperation with Ara Khzmalyan, who has a deep knowledge of legislation, and good communication and negotiation skills.’

Work highlights

  • Advised Sanmar Invest CJSC on the acquisition of three companies  holding real estate assets in Yerevan for a total value of $2.4m.
  • Represented ARGE Business LLC before the Armenian competition regulator in relation to alleged unfair competition actions by a third-party wholesaler and a third-party retailer, allegedly involved in selling counterfeit haircare products.
  • Advised several international financial institutions on loan agreements and loan extensions to a local financial institution for a total amount of $8.5m.

Ameria Legal and Tax Advisors

Ameria Legal and Tax Advisors acts for a substantial number of international and domestic clients. The team under the direction of David Sargsyan is adept at advising on inbound investments, tax structuring and corporate governance, as well as handling commercial litigation.

Testimonials

The team is experienced and knowledgeable. It is well connected and is getting some good work.’

EY Law

EY Law routinely assists international corporations with various corporate and taxation matters. It has particular sector expertise in areas as diverse as mining, infrastructure, power and utilities as well as telecom, insurance and retail. Clients include corporations and individuals, in addition to international organisations and various state agencies. The team is also recommended for its representation of clients in complex litigation, notably tax disputes. Levon Gevorgyan is a highly regarded practitioner along with Kamo Karapetyan, who is experienced in representing clients in negotiations with various governmental authorities.

Practice head(s):

Kamo Karapetyan; Levon Gevorgyan; Alexey Markov; Zurab Nikvashvili

Testimonials

Levon Gevorgyan is good for commercial work – he is reliable and commercial and he understands the market.’

Key clients

Berlin Chemie AG

Stada Arzneimittel AG

Alcon Laboratories Inc.

British American Tobacco Ltd.

Microsoft Inc.

ServiceTitan Inc.

Air Company Armenia LLC

Corsan Corviam Construccion S.A.

Lantania S.r.l.

Sanitek International

AFRY (former Poyry)

GeoProMining Gold LLC

Agarak Copper Molybdenum Combine CJSC

Kapan Mining & Processing Combine CJSC

Zeppelin

Sandvik Mining

Global Resources Engineering

ID Bank CJSC

Coverse Bank CJSC

PNB Banka (Latvia)

SME Development National Centre Fund

Work highlights

  • Represented Corsan-Corviam Construccion S.A. in a successful challenge to the jurisdiction of the Armenian courts over the matter of the bankruptcy of a foreign entity.
  • Acted for ID Bank CJSC in the successful filing of a claim before the Administrative Court of Armenia to invalidate a large tax notice that was issued by the State Revenue Committee.

ILC (International Legal Consulting)

ILC (International Legal Consulting) has extensive cross-border transactional expertise as well as considerable experience in all aspects of commercial and residential lending. The versatile team handles a vast array of matters from the protection of intellectual property rights to advising on competition, media and telecoms law and data privacy issues. Managing partner Edith Khachatourian is a member of the state bars of California and New York as well as Armenia, and is well placed to advise foreign investors and international businesses on their operations in Armenia.

Practice head(s):

Edith Khachatourian

Testimonials

‘ILC is a small team of experts, always available and quick to react. The lawyers are also of great help in finding the best process or concept applicable to specific legal points in Armenia.’

The team not only has a deep understanding of the law, but delivers straightforward and pragmatic advice. Edith Khachatourian is a very responsive and reliable lawyer who delivers straight-to-the point advice.’

Key clients

Xilinx Inc.

Gazelle Finance

Accenture

Swedish Match

Church of Latter-Day Saints

Tricada

Apple Inc.

Synaptics

Cole Haan

Little Ceasar

CounterGlobal

Sportium

Twitter

Cisco Systems

Smith & Nephew

Booking.com

Habitat for Humanity

Ralph Lauren

Schering-Plough

Takeda

Tata Communications

Heineken

Audi

SAP

Synopsys

Avenue Consulting Group

Avenue Consulting Group fields a ‘very well-organised and professional team’ which advises on a broad range of matters, with considerable skill in corporate law as well as tax and customs advisory work. It frequently conducts major legal due diligence exercises for its clients and other strengths include representing clients before various courts and state bodies. In addition, the team often advises clients on the protection of their IP rights and is renowned for its labour and employment law advice as well as its experience in competition matters. Team head Georgi Khachatryan is well respected.

Practice head(s):

Georgi Khachatryan

Testimonials

‘Avenue Consulting is a unique consultancy firm in Armenia, because it takes a holistic approach to the task. I would also like to mention Avenue’s highly professional team of lawyers.’

Provides prompt support.’

Avenue Consulting has a really unique team of professional lawyers, with many strengths. However, the one thing that I would like to highlight about Avenue’s legal team is that it is very client-oriented. Avenue’s lawyers always manage to explain the issue and the possible solutions to us in simple language, eliminating any complex legal terms. They are very easy-going and professional people, with whom it is super easy to collaborate.’

‘We can highly recommend Avenue as an efficient and professional firm which provides high-quality corporate legal consultancy.’

Avenue’s legal team is awesome. The lawyers are very professional, easy-going and communicative, providing the best possible solutions. It is also easy to work with them in terms of billing. Very little bureaucracy is involved.’

Key clients

“Naghashyan Solutions” LLC

“HoReCa Solutions” LLC

Yerevan State Medical University aft. Mkhitar Heratsi

“Agency1” LLC

Royal Tower LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised a state-founded medical university on the acquisition of 90.5% of the  shares in a leading surgical institute in Armenia.
  • Advised on the sale of the shares of a major company in the food processing industry in Armenia.

Grant Thornton Legal and Tax LLC

Grant Thornton Legal and Tax LLC has extensive experience of conducting legal due diligence, drafting various contracts and assisting foreign clients with all aspects of Armenian law. Aram Poghosyan is among the names to note for his experience in litigation and the enforcement of intellectual property rights, as well as his advice on tax legislation. Hakob Tadevosyan and Tatevik Harutyunyan are also recommended for their strength in banking and tax matters in particular.

Investment Law Group LLC

Investment Law Group LLC is an established firm that handles a broad range of matters from corporate, tax and litigation to energy, mining and aviation. Managing partner Artashes Kakoyan is recommended, along with Sayad Badalyan, who has particular expertise in the energy and natural resources sectors. Vahagn Dallakyan is experienced in all aspects of banking and bankruptcy law and Sevak Aleksanyan is recommended for his corporate work.

Ter-Tachatyan

Ter-Tachatyan Advocates and legal Counsel advises on a broad spectrum of matters with Andranik Vahanyan and Arsen Tavadyan at the helm. The team has a wide range of experience in areas as diverse as corporate and commercial, energy, labour  and aviation law. It is also adept at advising on intellectual property and telecoms issues, as well as real estate and construction matters. Managing partner Armen Ter-Tachatyan provides a wealth of expertise to clients in areas as diverse as tax, finance and IP. Additionally, the team regularly works with major international law firms.

Practice head(s):

ArmenTer-Tachatyan; Andranik Vahanyan; Arsen Tavadyan

Testimonials

The firm demonstrates a strong professional performance and a high level of legal expertise. Having accumulated years of experience in most of the vital fields of law, it is a mature and reliable partner, with well-equipped and trained professional staff with strong legal backgrounds.’

‘Ter-Tachatyan always keeps up with the times by using new technology solutions and digital tools, which makes collaboration with its clients more confident, prompt and effective. The firm is fully committed to compliance and ethics rules, which is a key factor for multinational business clients.’

The company is professional and organised. Any question is discussed by the team, which makes it possible to study the different opinions of professionals and find the most correct solution.’

Key clients

Yerevan Brandy Company CJSC

Armenia International Airports CJSC

VEON Ltd.

GeoProMining Gold LLC

HayPost CJSC

Converse Bank CJSC

A&M RARE LLC

Armenian Helicopters LLC

Toyota Caucasus LLC

Tierras de Armenia CJSC

New YiDa LLC (YiDa International Investment Group)

Sagamar CJSC

Golden Apricot Fund for Cinema Development

Jermuk Ashkhar Sanatorium

Rosneft Armenia CJSC

Kalpataru Power Transmission Ltd.

Embassy of Japan in Armenia

DIGH Foundation

S-C-D-M LLC

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Spirits International B.V. in various actions over the registration of trade marks.
  • Advising and representing Veon Armenia CJS in various complex tax matters.
  • Filed a lawsuit on behalf of Tierras de Armenia CJSC to suspend the use of a similar trade mark by a competitor.

Yeghiazaryan & Partners Law Firm

Yeghiazaryan & Partners Law Firm acts for significant national and international clients on a broad array of matters and is noted for its 'oceans of experience’. The team is led by managing partner Makar Yeghiazaryan, who has a wide range of knowledge in all aspects of civil litigation, corporate law and other areas including human rights, intellectual property and tax matters. The 'highly flexible and professional' practice is well equipped to handle a myriad of complex matters from bankruptcy cases to employment and labour law disputes.

Practice head(s):

Makar Yeghiazaryan

Testimonials

The team has experienced lawyers in all the spheres of law. The lawyers care for each client and become like family members. During the pandemic, the firm continued to keep in touch with clients at every opportunity.’

‘Its employees are always striving to get more knowledge. The team actively takes part in legal conferences and discussions concerning legal developments. Each part of the work is done by the employee who is best placed to handle it. The lawyers always undertake any case as if it’s their own problem.’

‘The firm is used to winning almost all cases and has lots of open-minded lawyers who are full of new ideas. But this firm is most valuable for its stability and reliability.’

I have chosen Yeghiazaryan & Partners Law Firm because of the high level of service. The team was very professional and reacted to each of my questions very quickly and analytically. The team is open to discuss everything with the client and gives smart and professional solutions to the problem. I had a great feeling of comfort during our cooperation with Yeghiazaryan and Partners Law Firm. I could trust the team.’

‘A highly professional approach to clients and solid knowledge and expertise – a pleasure to work with. Managing partner Makar Yeghiazaryan is such a professional.’

The obvious strength of the team are that it has multilingual lawyers who are capable of providing legal services in Russian, English and French as well as Armenian. The firm is among the best ones in Armenia due to its highly qualified lawyers. They work hard to get the best results and that is the most important thing for the client.’

The law firm has a very professional staff, and a key capability is that they are hard workers and always fight to get the best results. The firm is the best for me.’

The team provides legal consultation online, which helps people from other cities to get the advice without having to travel hundreds of kilometres. The team works very effectively and handles cases as quickly as possible. The lawyers don’t immediately go to court with a case; they negotiate with the opponents and usually come up with win-win solutions.’

Key clients

Qatar Airways Armenian Branch SU

UAE Embassy in Armenia

“Avromic” LLC

Artstem College

“Gofroline” LLC

“Mangiare” LLC

“Horizon-95” LLC

Self-Regulatory Organization of Bankruptcy Managers

“Our Home” Condominium

“Berdavan” OJSC

Work highlights

  • Advised Berdavan OJSC on a major consolidation of shares.
  • Representing Golden Palace Hotel in a dispute over land.
  • Represented Avromic LLC in major litigation.