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  1. Leading firms
  2. Leading individuals
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Leading individuals

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    • Shavkat Akhmedov - Akhmedov, Azizov & Abdulhamidov, Attorneys
    • Kamoliddin Mukhamedov - GRATA International
    • Ravshan Niyazmukhamedov - Legal Consulting Group

Next generation lawyers

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    • Alisher Khoshimov - Centil Law

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Long-established firm Akhmedov, Azizov & Abdulhamidov, Attorneys' clients include high-profile corporations such as Citibank and Bloomberg, and it advises across a range of practice areas including antitrust, tax and customs, and employment. Shavkat Akhmedov, Farhad Azizov and Bakhtiyor Abdulhamidov are the firm's founders; Akhmedov acts predominantly on corporate and M&A matters, Azizov is a tax specialist, and Abdulhamidov is especially active in the energy sector, including advising on renewable projects. Associate Muslima Maksudzoda  assists with document drafting and legal due diligence, having previously worked in the Ministry of Justice.

Centil Law handles work in Tajikistan from both the Dushanbe and Bishkek offices, with senior associate Alisher Khoshimov heading up operations in the former. His expertise is in contracts and trade practices, incorporating transactions and regulatory work in addition to litigation. The firm has seen a recent increase in IP work, which has mostly been handled by Kyrgyzstan-based partner Denis Bagrov, who counts the BBC in a client list that also includes aviation and mining corporations and financial organisations. He and associate Firuza Chorshanbieva recently advised WWB Asset Management on the execution and extension of a convertible loan, liaising with the National Bank of Tajikistan. Other examples of the firm's work include assisting the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector with financing transactions with local borrowers, and advising a foreign creditor on debt collection from a local bank. Both mandates were led by newly promoted partner Kerim Begaliev, who handles corporate and tax matters from the Kyrgyzstan office. Begaliev was also the firm's lead when instructed by a major international law firm to advise on antitrust clearance in Tajikistan, supported by Khoshimov.

Legal Consulting Group, which handles the full range of legal services, has notable expertise in investments, banking and finance, natural resources and commercial contracts. Director Ravshan Niyazmukhamedov specialises in corporate and commercial issues, while partner Shamilova Marina is the key name for energy and natural resources matters. Timur Abdulaev and Marina Shamilova joined RSM Legal Tajikistan.

Clients of GRATA International include Baker Hughes and the Eurasian Development Bank, and the firm regularly acts as local counsel alongside international firms such as Clyde & Co LLP and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Kanat Seidaliev and Nurlan Kyshtobaev lead the team from the Bishkek office, with the former specialising in corporate and natural resources and the latter in banking and finance. Recent work highlights include conducting due diligence on two domestic finance organisations on behalf of BlueOrchard Microfinance Fund, which provided loans to the organisations, as well as advising Western Union on a number of issues relating to money transfer transactions. Kamoliddin Mukhamedov is the name to note in Dushanbe, and has worked with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on corporate finance transactions. Counsel Elvira Maratova, based in Bishkek, often advises on Tajik matters. With the assistance of Mukhamdov, she advised Tractebel on tax issues relating to the client's winning tender for a project in the country. Associate Iskender Batyrbekov, who is also based in Kyrgyzstan, worked alongside Mukhamedov in advising Italian manufacturing client Sidel on issues arising from non-payment of quarterly promissory notes by a purchaser; the case led to the Ministry of Justice's issuing new regulations on promissory notes procedures.

The main strengths of Asian Business Group - Legal Adviser lie in corporate law, where the firm advises on matters relating to corporate governance and company liquidation. Other notable areas of expertise are construction, telecoms, trade, natural resources and banking. Director Kuliev Parviz Rahmatulloevich focuses on patents and trade mark law. Ishmatov Azimdjon Askarovich advises on corporate M&A transactions.

Lex Law Firm advises local and foreign clients on labour, corporate and tax issues, as well as working with international non-profit organisations. Director Ravshan Rashidov and Abdulbori Baybabaev are the key names; Rashidov has experience in subsoil use and mining legislation, and works alongside Baybabaev in acting for banks and microfinance organisations in Tajikistan.

At Nazrisho & Mirzoev, LLC, which has offices in both Dushanbe and New York, Firdavs S. Mirzoev is the name to note in Tajikistan. Mirzoev's expertise is in corporate law, commercial transactions and subsoil use legislation. Clients include both foreign and local banks in addition to domestic microfinance organisations.

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