Next Generation Partners

Leading Firms in Azerbaijan


Dentons‘ longstanding Baku office is lauded for its ability to give 'professional legal advice in complex situations'. Capabilities in the sector include derivatives transactions, Islamic finance advice, and local debt restructuring. Its energy practice is also a standout, acting for international clients on pioneering deals in the Azerbaijani market. Ulvia Zeynalova-Bockin co-leads the team with Kamil Valiyev, the former focusing on finance law and the latter a specialist in energy matters. James Hogan‘s practice focuses on corporate, commercial and natural resources matters, including capital markets work.

Practice head(s):

Ulvia Zeynalova-Bockin; Kamil Valiyev

Other key lawyers:

James Hogan; Bakhtiyar Mammadov; Rena Eminova


‘Professional legal advice in complex situations’

‘I have worked with Kamil Valiyev for years on IP, customs and other matters. He is extremely reliable, very helpful, friendly, smart and, for all his abilities, very modest.’

Key clients


Azerbaijan Industrial Corporation

ACWA Power

Uklon (Reline Management)

Work highlights

  • Advised the lender-shareholders on a swap of outstanding debt for new preferred equity in AccessBank, a leading lender for small and medium enterprises in Azerbaijan.
  • Acted as the lead counsel to EBRD on a €4 million secured loan to West East Forward and Alat Bay for the construction of a refrigerated warehouse with a 5000-tonne storage capacity.
  • Advised on the feasibility, regulation and launch of a joint venture for a ride-hailing services business in Azerbaijan by UKLON, leading regional provider.

Omni Law Firm

Leveraging the strength of its 4-partner team, Omni Law Firm supports a range of high-profile corporates and international banking clients, with an emphasis on handling complex financing matters. Capital markets work is a particular area of strength for the team, Afag Abdullayeva a notable team member here. Managing partner Roman Alloyarov is qualified across Azerbaijan and the State of New York, and is sought after for his cross-border M&A experience. Cross-border disputes are a specialist area for Ismail Zargarli. Nigar Alimardanli advises on the tax and legal structuring of both domestic and international projects.

Other key lawyers:

Roman Alloyarov; Ismail Zargarli; Afag Abdullayeva; Nigar Jafarova; Nigar Alimardanli

Key clients

SOCAR (State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic)

Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan

MOL – Hungarian Oil and Gas PLC

Ministry if Economy of the Republic of Azerbaijan

JP Morgan

Raiffeisen Bank International AG



Black See Trade and Development Bank


AZAL (“Azerbaijan Airlines” CJSC)

Demiroren Group


Noble Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised the Ministry of Energy on the development of a 240 MW wind farm project (involving ACWA Power as sponsor) and a 200 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project (involving Masdar as sponsor).
  • Advising SOCAR (State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic) in relation to the restructuring and expansion of a multibillion-dollar STAR refinery project
  • Advised Demirören Group on transferring of the management rights over the national lottery operator.

BHM Law Firm LLC

BHM Law Firm LLC’s ‘provide comprehensive legal services to clients with cross-border needs’, a full-service business law firm with experience across commercial, banking and finance, IP, employment, and real estate law. Managing partner Mehman Sultanov co-heads the team, specialising in oil and gas, corporate, and finance matters. Gulnar Gurbanova, also a co-head, has notable experience advising on business set-up structures in Azerbaijan; the pair lead the team alongside dispute resolution partner Javid Aliyev. Sabina Samadova is recommended for her ‘exceptional negotiation skills‘.

Practice head(s):

Mehman Sultanov; Gulnar Gurbanova; Javid Aliyev

Other key lawyers:

Sabina Samadova; Takhmina Imanova


‘BHM has established an extensive network of professionals, both domestically and internationally, allowing them to provide comprehensive legal services to clients with cross-border needs. This global perspective sets them apart from their competitors and enables them to navigate complex legal landscapes with ease.’

‘BHM Law Firm LLC is one of the best local law firms in Baku. Its commercial and litigation teams have unique experience in the relevant fields.’

‘During our cooperation, regardless of their position, whether they are partners or legal advisors, we have repeatedly witnessed that each member of the BHM team has a strong academic background and extensive experience, which is enough to solve even the most complex cases.’

‘What sets BHM Law Firm Name apart is their unwavering commitment to client satisfaction and their ability to consistently deliver exceptional results. Their team of highly skilled attorneys demonstrates a deep understanding of the law and the unique needs of their clients.’

‘Mehman Sultanov, Gulnar Gurbanova and Sabina Samadova have deep knowledge, work ethics and comprehensive experience. They possess an impressive depth of knowledge and expertise in various fields of law.’

‘Takhmina Imanova and Gulnar Gurbanova consistently demonstrate remarkable professionalism and dedication to our company. Their professional approach ensures that we feel valued and supported throughout the legal process.’

‘Partners Mehman Sultanov and Gulnar Gurbanova, are the most multi-skilled lawyers on the market.’

‘Managing partner Mehman Sultanov is able to demonstrate his exceptional legal, management and leadership skills and strategic and legal thinking even in the most complex legal matters. Another notable member of the BHM team is Sabina Samadova, who has exceptional negotiation skills and corporate law experience.’

Key clients

Carlsberg Azerbaijan LLC

Baku City Circuit Operations Committee(Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix)

“PJA” LLC (Papa John’s Azerbaijan)

Yelo Bank OJSC


The Royal Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Azerconnect LLC



Orca Offshore FZC

Gilan Holding

Tesla Holding a.s.

HALLIBURTON EURASIA LIMITED Branch Office in the Republic of Azerbaijan

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) representation in Azerbaijan

Eurodesign CJSC

Modenis LLC

Mega Insurance LLC

Azerishiq OJSC

McCann- Erickson

Havas Azerbaijan LLC

Baku Maintenance Service Company

AFFA (Azerbaijan Football Federation)



JOINT (the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee)

Azerenerji OJSC

Azerfloat CJSC

Siemens Aktiengesellschaft Österreich

Majdal Advisory and Debt Collection FZ- LLC

ClausMarsh LTD

Work highlights

  • Assisted Encotec CJSC with a major infrastructure project.
  • Providing ongoing legal assistance to Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix including regarding the extension of F1 races in Azerbaijan for 3 years until 2026.
  • Assisting United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees with the project “Legal Assistance and Counselling to Refugees and Asylum-Seekers” implemented by UNHCR Representation in Azerbaijan.

Deloitte & Touche LLC

The team at Deloitte & Touche LLC in Baku offers a range of legal services with a focus on corporate and M&A solutions, fielding expertise across commercial, banking, finance, IP, licensing, migration and employment law. It collaborates with colleagues both internationally and in its tax, consulting and financial advisory departments to support a range of clients including international businesses in the energy, finance, and retail sectors. Nuran Kerimov, managing partner, leads the team along with Amina Bakhshiyeva, who is particularly sought after for corporate reorganisation matters, and energy sector specialist Bahar Kavuzova.

Practice head(s):

Nuran Kerimov; Amina Bakhshiyeva; Bahar Kavuzova

Key clients

Magro Holding


Veyseloglu Holding

Pasha Technology


Ritz Carlton Baku


HELL Energy


SOCAR Midstream Operations







Hilton Hotel Baku

Marriott Hotel Baku


TAM International




Yapi Kredi Bank Azerbaijan OJSC

Kapital Bank





SOCAR Gas Operating Company

Subsea 7


Agility Subsea Fabrications






SOCAR Midstream

BOS Shelf

British Council

Work highlights

  • Provided legal assistance and represented BOS Shelf LLC in a dispute with a  value of approximately USD 25m concerning a loan transaction.
  • Conducted legal due diligence of the biggest oil transportation terminals in Azerbaijan targeted by the client SOCAR Midstream Operations.
  • Conducted an internal compliance risk assessment for GL Limited and evaluated its compliance with local legislation and foreign regulations having extraterritorial reach.

KPMG in Azerbaijan

The multidisciplinary offering from KPMG in Azerbaijan combines tax, audit, management, and consulting capabilities with its legal services, supporting large domestic and international corporates as well as government bodies. The team provides support under English law and regarding compliance with Azerbaijani law and regulations, including specialist advice in relation to sanctions and trade restrictions. Seymur Niftaliyev took over as head of the team in 2022, offering particular strength in banking and finance matters.

Practice head(s):

Seymur Niftaliyev

Other key lawyers:

Shahlar Mammadov; Asim Hashimov; Alexey Abramov

Key clients

G42 Enterprises Holding RSC Ltd

Azerbaijan Deposit Insurance Fund

Bolt Services AZ LLC

R-Pharm International LLC

Planzer Law AG

TDEKO-kultura LLC

Azerconnect LLC

Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Gilan Aghjakend Gips LLC, Gilan and Knauf LLC, Gilan Seramik LLC

Representative office of Novo Nordisk Region AAMEO and LATAM A/S in the Republic of Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan Refinery Company CJSC

Net Tech LLC

PEPCO Poland

Nokia Corporation

Branch of “Tecnicas Reunidas S.A.” in the Republic of Azerbaijan

“Azerbaijan Railways” Closed Joint Stock Company

LUKOIL Azerbaijan CJSC

PGU Turkestan LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised “Azerbaijan Railways” Closed Joint Stock Company in relation to the dispute settlement with a contractor without using court remedy and drafting of a new agreement for further cooperation between the parties.
  • Advised the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan for the establishment of a new project site in Yashma region of the Republic of Azerbaijan and for the drafting of the respective project agreements.
  • Advised Bolt Services AZ LLC for the implementation of a new payment model in the Republic of Azerbaijan and compliance of the Bolt company with the upcoming reforms in taxi industry.

MGB Law Offices

A ‘top-notch independent firm‘ with a ‘broad view of the international legal market’, MGB Law Offices has specialist knowledge of the energy sector, including innovative renewable energy work. Antitrust, corporate and M&A, and fintech are additional areas of strength, with founding partner Ismail Askerov combining commercial experience with energy sector expertise to support clients through major M&A transactions in the sector. Anar Janmammadov is recommended for commercial contracts and regulatory advice, while Kamal Huseynli has extensive experience in the banking sector.

Practice head(s):

Ismail Askerov

Other key lawyers:

Anar Janmammadov; Kamal Huseynli; Lala Hasanova


‘ Ahighly competent team with an excellent litigation record. They are very good at collaborating with leaders and lawyers based outside of Azerbaijan.’

‘Overall, the firm is very versatile and can deliver comprehensive advice on all areas of law.’

‘We appreciated the firm’s industry knowledge in the financial sector. For example, Kamal Huseynli has previous central bank experience. Ismail Askerov was also actively involved in all the projects we had and adopted a hands-on approach.’

‘They are a top-notch independent firm that does work at the level expected by international clients and international law firms.’

‘MGB was very easy to work with; very responsive and they were on top of our case; they have very good understanding of the Azerbaijani merger control and related antitrust laws. We would definitely work with them in the future. They’re the go-to firm on the Azerbaijan market for all things competition law.’

‘We worked with Ismail Askerov, who was able to explain complex issues in a comprehensive way. He was very responsive and had a good factual understanding of the case.’

‘Ismail Askerov is very smart and well-connected. Anar Janmammadov has sharp analytical skills’

‘MGB Law Offices has a very broad view of the international legal market as well as local in Azerbaijan. MGB’s lawyers have developed extensive legal expertise in almost all fields of Azerbaijani business law.’

Key clients


Asian Development Bank




Societe Generale



Formula 1


Wood Group

Work highlights

PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal

PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal utilises its connected tax and consulting practices to assist a range of domestic and international clients, spanning the oil and gas, telecoms, and corporate sectors. Its experience includes immigration advisory work, full-scope corporate assistance, and regulatory advice, with growing expertise in projects matters. Dispute resolution is also an area of growing strength for the team, which is led by dual-qualified Azerbaijan and England and Wales solicitor Elchin Mammadov.

Practice head(s):

Elchin Mammadov

Other key lawyers:

Leyla Sadikhova


‘The PwC Azerbaijan team has proved to be very strong, committed and, what’s more important, highly professional. I liked working with PwC’s team. In addition, I liked their sincerity and willingness to help.’

‘Elchin Mammadov is a highly intellectual, committed and strong individual who showed invaluable capabilities during our numerous projects. What I liked about the team is their willingness to listen and to take into account your opinion as well.’

Key clients


Boston Consulting Group


Ministry of Digital Development and Transportation

BP p.l.c.

Baker Hughes International Services LLC

P&O Maritime Logistics

Procter & Gamble

NEQSOL Holding

Work highlights

  • Represented Baku Telephone Communications LLC and Aztelekom LLC as co-borrowers to a $50,000,000 loan made available by the EBRD to finance the rollout of broadband infrastructure to over 280,000 households.
  • Advised on the possibility of the fulfilment of the Trans Caspian Fiber Optic (TCFO) project related to the routing of fiber optic cable on the seabed of the Caspian Sea connecting Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan.
  • Advised a national postal operator in connection with the reorganisation of functions of the national post service, including postal CEP & packet, logistics, banking and e-commerce and retail services.

Allied Legal Partners Law Firm

Allied Legal Partners Law Firm combines Azerbaijani expertise with international experience and has developing strength in tax and customs, antimonopoly, and intellectual property. Practice head Samir Hadjiyev advises across corporate, employment, commercial, and regulatory matters, with additional expertise in financial transactions.

Practice head(s):

Samir Hadjiyev


‘ALP team is very customer oriented, focused on client’s targets and consider their corporate values. They provide services with dedication and try always to add value.’

‘ALP team is represented by professionals, who are definitely experts in services they provide. All members have high interpersonal and communication skills, which extend collaboration with them at very high professional level.’

‘The team has deeper knowledge in our industry comparing to the competitors.’

Key clients

JSC Call Center


Meta (Facebook)


The Procter & Gamble Company


Work highlights

Ernst & Young Holdings (CIS) B.V., Branch Office in the Republic

Ernst & Young Holdings (CIS) B.V., Branch Office in the Republic is characterised by its integrated approach to legal services alongside its tax and consulting capabilities, providing comprehensive support to a range of domestic and international clients including financial bodies, corporates, and governmental organisations. Sector strength includes transportation, construction, banking and fast-moving consumer goods. Arzu Hajiyeva, head of law and tax and a specialist in corporate taxation, co-leads the team with experienced Azerbaijani attorney Mammad Balajanov.

Practice head(s):

Arzu Hajiyeva; Mammad Balajanov


‘Ernst & Young’s Leading firms practice stands out due to its unparalleled expertise in providing comprehensive solutions to complex legal and financial challenges. The team’s deep industry knowledge and global reach make it unique, ensuring clients have access to top-notch professionals no matter where their business interests lie.’

‘The team’s strengths lie in its ability to deliver multidisciplinary solutions that blend legal and financial insights seamlessly. They are adept at crafting innovative strategies that address both regulatory and business concerns, making them a go-to choice for clients facing intricate issues.’

‘Ernst & Young continually embraces innovation in its approach. This includes leveraging cutting-edge technology for research and document management, implementing agile billing practices to enhance transparency, fostering diversity and inclusion to promote varied perspectives.’

Work highlights

GRATA International

With Ummi Jalilova at its helm, GRATA International fields expertise across the construction, telecoms, corporate and healthcare sectors. It is experienced in advising on employment and migration matters, along with corporate structuring and domestic licensing support. Cross-border work is a particular strength: the team has international trade, customs, and taxation experience which it uses to support clients entering the Azerbaijani market.

Practice head(s):

Ummi Jalilova

Other key lawyers:

Shabnam Sadigova Huseynova

Key clients

HS Solutions LLC

Okko LLC

BSH Ev Aletleri Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Ş.

Caspian IT

Azeri Adventure Motorcycle Tours LLC

Pfizer H.C.P. Corporation

Zetash AGT

Carlsberg Azerbaijan LLC


Aggreko (Middle East) Limited (UAE company)

Enter Engineering PTE. Ltd.

BI Industrial LLP

Work highlights

BDO Azerbaijan LLC

‘A truly distinctive firm in the legal and tax service’, BDO Azerbaijan LLC leverages its international network to support clients across the oil and gas, IT and telecoms, retail, construction and logistics sectors. The team’s practice area strengths include corporate, tax, employment, IP, and immigration support law, alongside dispute advisory services. Yunis Salayev and Ruhulla Rahimov co-lead the team, which also offers expertise in Azerbaijani licences and permits for international businesses.

Practice head(s):

Yunis Salayev; Ruhulla Rahimov

Other key lawyers:

Sevin Tahirova


‘BDO is a truly distinctive firm in the legal and tax service, due to several key factors that set them apart from others. BDO focuses on understanding our unique needs and delivering tailored solutions.

‘BDO AZ have always been a reliable partner for us which takes care of our every single issue as professionals and like our colleagues working in our company.’

‘Yunis Salayev has always brought the right aspect to our issues in diverse areas. For many years we have benefited from his expertise and advice.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a major telecoms company on establishing business models in Azerbaijan.
  • Performed a complicated liquidation process of the branch office of a foreign company.

Caspian Legal Center

Caspian Legal Center is a full-service law and tax consultancy firm. Praised for its ‘collaborative approach’ with clients, the team provides combined tax and legal analysis of business structures, transactions, and deals. Areas of expertise include migration support, dispute resolution, and employment matters. Farid Nabili heads the department, with Pari Gasimli heading the commercial and business law team, Orkhan Beydiyev as head of dispute resolution, and Firangiz Haydarova head of tax.

Practice head(s):

Farid Nabili; Pari Gasimli; Orkhan Beydiyev; Firangiz Heydarova


‘Pari Qasimli assisted us and was very efficient in providing advice and she was very helpful.’

‘One of the standout features of this law firm’s practice is their ability to provide highly tailored legal solutions. They demonstrated a deep understanding of our business and the nuances of our project.’

‘The law firm’s practice excels in fostering collaboration within their team and with external parties.’

Key clients

Ritz-Carlton Baku/ Pasha Development

Azerbaijan Company for Poultry Development LLC

Bolt Operations OU

HCL Technologies (India based global technology company)

Acıbadem Sağlık Hizmetleri ve Ticaret A.Ş

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia/ Ibrahim Al Qassim &Associates Law Firm

Synergy Resourcing International Ltd

MAN Energy Solutions Schweiz AG

Scanwell AS (International oil service company operating as a contractor of BP)

Azerbaijan Energy Regulatory Agency under Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan

British American Tobacco (International tobacco manufacturer and market leader in more than 50 countries

Four Seasons Hotels Limited (International Hotel Chain)

Brivio Limited

Managed Care LLC

Phoenix TLT LLP

Technosec LTD

GRC Leadership Consulting

Euro Company Formations

Road And Construction LLC

Work highlights

  • Prepared all of the necessary documentation- agreements, charter, registration documents for the Condominium Association to be established by the Ritz-Carlton Baku/ Pasha Development.
  • Prepared for the Azerbaijan Company for Poultry Development a construction agreement which required analysis and application of FIDIC red book.
  • Prepared lease reservation agreements. for the PBW project of the KÖRPÜ 2021 LLC.

Fortiori Law Firm

Fortiori Law Firm handles a range of investment, tax, intellectual property, corporate, and litigation matters. Its particular area of strength lies in work for SMEs, including those in the technology sector. Partners Hamid Ahmadov and Sanan Shirinov co-lead the team, ‘exceptional legal professionals‘ whose expertise involves assisting international firms in their establishment of Azerbaijani practices.

Practice head(s):

Hamid Ahmadov; Sanan Shirinov

Other key lawyers:

Isa Rahimli; Lamiya Zamanli


‘A young, passionate, well-educated team which is always ready to take on challenges.’

‘Sanan Shirinov and Hamid Ahmadov are exceptional legal professionals. Their combination of legal expertise, strategic brilliance, and client-centric focus is a rare find in the legal profession.’

‘Unlike some traditional firms, Fortiori Law Firm anticipate legal challenges and opportunities, staying ahead of the curve to provide proactive and strategic legal guidance.

Key clients

“Franklin Offshore Caspian LTD.” Agency of “Franklin Offshore International PTE.LTD” in Azerbaijan

“Alas Academy” LLC


“Jetour Azerbaycan” LLC


“Intransco” LLC

“AzBeauty Group“ LLC

“TET International Development” LLC

“Fiesta Group” LLC

“Business Consulting Company” LLC

“CR Group” LLC (Naturalife)

Savalan-ASPI Winery LLC

“Aqualink” LLC

“Caspian Industry” LLC

Work highlights

  • Conducted negotiations on behalf of Franklin Offshore Caspian LTD for a $200,000 annual lease agreement.
  • Represented Intransco in court against a major oil company.
  • Assisted Caspian Industry with evaluating the definitive oil refining agreement with BP.


Anna Dreyzina, managing partner at NOTEM LAW FIRM, is praised for her ‘integrity, professionalism and communication‘. The firm provides business law support to both domestic and international clients, including advising on migration matters and compliance with Azerbaijani legislation. Additional areas of expertise include IP, M&A, and alternative forms of dispute resolution. Lachin Gasimov is described as ‘hardworking and diligent’.

Practice head(s):

Anna Dreyzina

Other key lawyers:

Lachin Gasimov


‘We work mostly with Lachin Gasimov. He is very hardworking and diligent. We can easily trust him in all aspects of our work. We value his patience.’

‘The team is very professional and hardworking.’

‘The representatives of the firm are professional, polite, responsible, provide services in the agreed timeline and are flexible regarding the scope of the work.’

Key clients

Smart Marine LLC

ICT Bulut Bilişim A.Ş.

ZT Trading LLC

1st Fitness LLC

Zeta Play CJSC

ZT Clothing LLC


HP Offshore LLC

TerraPhar” LLC

ID Concept LLC


Kazrosmed Supply LLC


Holborn CJSC

Murov Tech LLC

Turkon LLC

Work highlights

  • Provided legal support on company establishment for ESKIMI.
  • Provided legal support to ICT BULUT BİLİŞİM A.Ş. on migration matters by applying for a temporary residence permit on behalf of the head of the representative office.
  • Provided legal support to HP Offshore on migration matters by applying for a temporary residence permit on behalf of the company’s director and deputy director.

Remells Law Firm

Remells Law Firm handles a wide range of corporate and financial transactions for local and international clients, with notable experience regarding cross-border matters. Its expertise spans commercial contracts, construction deals, financing arrangements and government regulations. Co-heads Rashid Aliyev and Sabit Abdullayev specialise in large-scale construction deals and taxation, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Rashid Aliyev; Sabit Abdullayev

Key clients

Port of Baku

Team Industrial Services


Hunland Group Holding Kft.

Turan Legal and Tax Services LLC

Turan Legal and Tax Services LLC is led jointly by Zalbey Aghadadashov, Anar Alizamanli, and Andrey Garifulin. The firm focuses on work in the pharmaceuticals, tobacco, education services, resources and technology sectors, the latter a particular area of expertise. Supporting clients through licensing processes, regulatory approvals, and digital transformation strategies, the team is praised for its ‘depth of expertise in Azerbaijani law‘.

Practice head(s):

Zalbey Aghadadashov; Anar Alizamanli; Andrey Garifulin


‘The individuals at Turan Legal are incredibly flexible and open-minded team players.’

‘What truly stands out about their team is their youthful enthusiasm and unwavering passion for their work.’

‘TLS  is helping us launch our company in the USA. Our company offers an innovative solution for our partners, so we needed a legal firm that understands what we do and offers tech-savvy solutions. TLS is a market leader in this sense.’

Key clients

Push 30 LLC (Azerbaijan)

Sabah Academy

Avromed Company



Landau School

Leznik Co.


Etik Teknoloji

VR Home

Altair Technologies

Pasha Travel



Glorri Inc.


Parla Pharmaceutical

Branch office of JTI Caucasus


GSP Logistics

Sustainera Solutions


Work highlights

  • Advised Push30 on the establishment of an international corporate structure before their expansion internationally and assisted them in concluding their first investment in the Uzbekistan branch ($500,000).
  • Advised Landau School CJSC on navigating regulatory requirements and facilitated its entry into the Uzbekistan market, ensuring full compliance with all laws and regulations.

VLM and Partners

Vugar Mammadov leads the team at VLM and Partners, experienced in supporting financial services clients alongside work in the energy, consumer markets, and retail and manufacturing industries. The team’s expertise spans business and trade transactions, mergers and acquisitions, reorganisations, and consolidations – it conducts both domestic and cross-border work. Ismayil Aliyev‘s work focuses on international companies establishing their businesses in Azerbaijan; Vusala Babayeva-Nazirli has provided Azerbaijani legal expertise before the UK courts.

Practice head(s):

Vugar Mammadov


‘VLM combines excellent international standard of services with detailed knowledge of local jurisdiction/market.’

‘The individuals we work with at VLM and Partners are outstanding professionals who have impressed us with their skills, knowledge, and dedication. They are different from competitors in that they are not only lawyers, but also business partners who understand our goals, challenges, and expectations.’

‘Vugar Mammadov is a leading expert in the energy field, with extensive experience and knowledge. He has been our main contact person and advisor throughout our project in Azerbaijan. He has provided us with strategic guidance, practical solutions, and effective representation.’

‘VLM’s lawyers are very skilled at solving complex legal issues, and providing us with detailed advice which is useful for us in surviving in the challenging environment of Azerbaijani market. They approach all the clients individually and prioritize the client’s interests at the highest level which is, I think, second to none in the Azerbaijani legal market.’

‘VLM has exceptionally talented lawyers. İsmail Aliyev supports us to overcome administrative challenges and maintain our business in a secure way. What differentiate him from others is his unique analytical skills and knowledge in various industry sectors.’

‘Vusala Babayeva and Vugar Mammadov are highly professional, intelligent, and proactive.’

‘VLM has proven to be a reliable partner in solving all types of legal matters. Their in-depth knowledge and remarkable experience in various fields of law enable us to operate our business without fear. Regardless of the legal challenges we encounter, VLM’s experts stand by us, offering their invaluable support and expertise.’

‘Vugar Mammadov is a first-to-go expert if we or any of our clients face legal or tax challenges in Azerbaijan. His rich background in a wide range of legal areas makes him a select lawyer in Azerbaijan, especially if you face any corporate, finance, or tax-related challenge.’

Key clients

Asian Development Bank

DHL Global Forwarding Azerbaijan

DongFang Electric AZ Limited


Thales Group

Plato Capital International Holdings Limited


International SOS Hospital in Baku


Totisa Holdings SA

Access Bank

Beko Azerbaijan



Tekfen Holding

Token Inc.

Freysaş Freyssinet

Kolin Construction

Layher Scaffolding Systems

Profaz Engineering

PASHA Construction

Gilan Holding

Mars Overseas Baku LTD

Topaz Investments Limited


Khamsa Insurance and Reinsurance Brokers

Hermes Energy

Burma CJSC

Moore Azerbaijan

Work highlights

  • Provided comprehensive legal support to the Asian Development Bank for a renewable energy project in the Solomon Islands, including advice on draft regulations, changes to the Electricity Act, and energy legislation.
  • Provided full legal assistance to Freyssinet Azerbaijan for their bridge construction projects in the Karabakh region, ensuring secure agreements, mitigating legal and tax risks, and offering ongoing assistance in various corporate and regulatory matters.
  • Supported Token Azerbaijan to facilitate the development and distribution of online payment systems by drafting various agreements such as software license, partnership, and user agreements, advising on regulatory compliance, and enabling them to navigate the complex fintech landscape in Azerbaijan.