Led by managing partner Grigor Minasyan, the six-partner team at AM Law Firm acted in a number of key disputes concerning land rights, intellectual property (IP) rights and insurance claims. The firm acts for clients from the mining and construction, entertainment, transport and pharmaceutical industries. Vanik Margaryan and Yeva Arakelyan are also key contacts.
Leading firms in Armenia
AM Law Firm
The team at Concern Dialog law firm is praised for its ‘professionalism, experience and excellent analytical skills’. Senior partner Aram Orbelyan is a high-profile lawyer in the market, having represented past and present governments in commercial litigation and ICSID arbitration cases. Managing partner Sedrak Asatryan leads on real estate matters (including real estate litigation), while Narine Beglaryan heads up the corporate and banking practice. The firm is also known for its labour and employment law expertise. Key clients include the Government of Armenia, Yerevan Municipality and the Jurisdiction Armenia Foundation. Roustam Badasyan left the firm for a deputy position with the State Revenue Committee. Senior associate Hovhannes Khudoyan, who has a focus on criminal law, joined the firm in June 2018.
K&P Law Firm's 'highly professional' and 'dynamic' team has extensive experience of banking and finance, real estate, market entry and licensing matters. The group, which includes Tatul Khudatyan and managing partner Vardan Stepanyan, also advises on employment issues, including disputes and tax-related matters. Clients in particular praised Stepanyan for his 'impressive knowledge of Armenian financial legislation and regulation'. Key clients include Qatar Airways, beauty products supplier Mary Kay, IT company Zangi and publicists Hepta Armenia. Senior associate Anna Hakobyan 'is a great adviser and clear thinker', who has expertise in cross-border transactions and inbound foreign investment mandates. Associate Ani Nargizyan is also praised for her 'immediate and highly accurate work' on labour issues and corporate documentation.
Legelata Law firm has a particular strength acting for banks and credit organisations, with managing partner Gor Margaryan advising clients such as Express Credit UCO on syndicated finance and M&A transactions. Alla Hakhnazaryan leads on intellectual property matters for corporates such as Haribo, Samsung and Burberry. The firm also handles antitrust, tax, corporate and arbitration matters.
Established in 2015 by co-founders Ara Khzmalyan and Lilit Gharayan, ADWISE Legal operates both as a business consulting and legal consulting firm. The team provides 'clear and concise advice’ on issues ranging from general business law and contract drafting to corporate, tax, employment, competition and data privacy matters. The ‘stand-out’ Khzmalyan also represents clients in tax and IP disputes. Senior associate Satenik Nubaryan is recommended for corporate law, secured transactions, project finance and private equity matters.
Highlights for Ameria Legal and Tax Advisors included advising Russian mining group GeoProMining on a proposed acquisition of gold and copper assets. David Sargasyan and senior legal counsel Karen Babalyan led on the matter. Another deal handled by the firm involved assisting Centerra Gold with acquiring an 80% stake in Georaid CJSC. The firm also advises clients on licensing, contract drafting, dispute resolution, employment and real estate matters. Philip Morris International, Deloitte Armenia and GlaxoSmithKline are among other names that turn to the firm for advice.
Levon Gevorgyan, who heads the practice at EY Law, handles corporate and commercial, contract, employment and tax law mandates. The firm’s client base comprises businesses from the infrastructure, banking and finance, FMCG, mining and pharmaceuticals sectors. Senior manager Kamo Karapetyan also has tax expertise.
ILC (International Legal Consulting)
ILC (International Legal Consulting)’s managing partner Edith Khachatourian is 'an outstanding negotiator' with 'a superb understanding of international legal standards, combined with practical experience and knowledge of the Armenian market’. Clients particularly praise the ‘highly competent’ team for its expertise in complex commercial leasing transactions and financial services knowledge. The firm is retained as outside counsel to VMware, assisting with issues ranging from data privacy, employment, tax, corporate governance and compliance issues. Other notable clients include Egis Pharmaceutical, Agrian, Nasdaq OMX and Wells Fargo. Khachatourian is a member of the state bars of California and New York, as well as the bar of the Republic of Armenia.
Investment Law Group LLC
Managing partner Artashes Kakoyan leads Investment Law Group LLC’s ‘very experienced and brilliant’ four-partner team in a wide range of complex matters. Of particular note is its expertise in the mining sector, providing licensing and regulatory support for clients such as Lydian Armenia and Amelia Mining. In the energy sector, the firm generates mandates from Yerevan Thermal Power Centre, Yerenergo and Electric Networks of Armenia, among others. Clients also praised Kakoyan for his involvement in complex legal cases with foreign investors and domestic and international arbitration instructions. Sayad Badalyan, Vahagn Dallakyan and Sevak Aleksanyan are other notable practitioners in the team, which is 'very professional, gives clear statements and is responsive'.
Arlex International Ltd
Arlex International Ltd specialises in international transactions, dispute resolution and public interest work (including advocacy). Founding partner Thomas Samuelian was one of the first US attorneys admitted to the Armenian bar and has significant experience handling international arbitration. The firm also assists clients with commercial and corporate transactions, tax planning and IP protection matters.
Fidelity Consulting CJSC
Fidelity Consulting CJSC has particular experience of acting for clients in the mining industry, including Lydian International and Dundee Precious Metals. Mandates include corporate finance work, drafting shareholder agreements, commercial litigation and advice on insolvency issues. Armen Melkumyan is the firm’s key contact.
Hovhannisyan & partners LLC
Hovhannisyan & partners LLC assists clients with corporate matters in sectors such as technology, aviation, telecoms, banking and construction. Mandates range from company restructurings and acquisitions to tax and regulatory advice. Founder Hayk Hovhannisyan has been elected as a member of the Supreme Judicial Council of Armenia and thus has temporarily ceased working at the firm.