GRATA Azerbaijan LLC is a member of GRATA International and was incorporated and registered in accordance with the laws of the Republic of Azerbaijan on 13 September 2005.

Today, clients have more than 200 professionals in 22 countries at their disposal. GRATA International is a global team representing different countries and nationalities, and which has experience advising on all areas of law.

Since its establishment, GRATA Azerbaijan has provided legal services to companies engaged in business in different fields of industry, including oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, communications, banks and international financing, transportation and construction.

With its 11-member team, GRATA Azerbaijan LLC provides full legal support to international and local companies in Azerbaijan. The lawyers at GRATA have extensive experience in corporate and employment law, including international M&A transactions, migration, tax and financial laws, IP laws and dispute resolution.

 

43 Samad Vurgun Str., World Business Center, 17th floor, Baku, Azerbaijan, AZ1014

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Since its establishment in April 1992, GRATA International has gained experience in the following areas of practice.

Natural Resources:

  • Advising a major UK-based energy service company on their transfer of business in Azerbaijan to another major international business player (Legal counsel/adviser for the seller of assets: dealt with novation agreements, assignment agreements, advising on corporate and employment actions to be taken, etc.);

  • Advising a number of leading international companies on their employee share schemes;

  • Preparing an environmental law compliance matrix for one of the major oil companies in Azerbaijan;

  • Implementing the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan project (oil) - providing legal opinion on land issues related to the implementation of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan project;

  • Establishing an entity for an oil company - acting as a legal counsel for the founder (providing legal advice on corporate law requirements, preparing all documents for incorporation, acting as a legal representative, incorporating and registering the local office of the oil company);

  • Providing legal advice to an international investment bank on financial and tax regime of the oil and gas industry as well specifics of investments in oil and gassector in Azerbaijan/under Azerbaijani laws.

Telecommunications:

  • Due diligence of a major mobile phone operator of Azerbaijan prior to the acquisition of a facility;Providing legal advice on IP Telephony regulations to a Chinese investment holding company;
  • Advising an international Chinese company, a manufacturer of telecommunications equipment and systems, (branch office in Baku) on employment contracts;
  • Advising a Swedish telecommunications equipment company on the import of IT equipment;
  • Advising the main American cable and satellite TV channel on licencing matters;
  • Providing legal services on various matters to a German multinational software corporation;
  • Advising Caspian SAT Company on matters of obtaining a licence;
  • Advising SAP company (through SAP AZ LLC) on various legal matters, including contracts, tax and customs law;
  • Providing legal support to a leading world company that developed the electronic platform for drivers and passengers in corporate, tax, and financial legal matters.

Transport:

  • Advising a global transportation company on the requirement of cash registers on its vehicles;
  • Advising a regional cargo carrier on antitrust matters and obtaining acquisition clearance from state regulators;
  • Advising a global passenger carrier on conducting a promotional lottery;
  • Legal support and representation of an aircraft manufacturer in signing contracts for operational and financial leasing of aircraft, which also included pledge of aircraft in the Republic of Azerbaijan;
  • Advising and representation of a truck distribution company on pretrial dispute settlement of a contractor agreement.

 

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30.07.2019

National day of France

On the occasion of the National Day of France a reception was held at the Hyatt Hotel on Friday 12th of July 2019. More than 1500 guests participated on this event. 

30.07.2019

CCIAF monthly business meeting. Professional Training for Business

The Azerbaijan-France Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIAF) organized a monthly business meeting on June 2019 at JW Marriott Absheron Hotel. The topic of the event was “Professional Education and Vocational Training for Businesses”.

30.07.2019

Visit of MEDEF business delegation

On the occasion of the visit of MEDEF Business Delegation led by Mr. Geoffroy ROUX DE BEZIEUX, President of MEDEF the CCIAF was held Azerbaijan - French Business Forum organized jointly with Azpromo and with the support of the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Azerbaijan on Thursday 11th of July at Baku Business Center.

30.07.2019

AmCham Members’ July Luncheon

On July 8, 2019, AmCham Azerbaijan hosted another members’ luncheon.

30.07.2019

AmCham U.S. Independence Day Cocktail Reception

On July 8, 2019, AmCham U.S. Independence Day Cocktail Reception took place. It brought together around 300 business leaders, government officials, and diplomats in a friendly- networking environment.

08.07.2019

Gumru Eyvazova and Sabina Gasimova attended the U.S. Independence Day Cocktail Reception in Azerbaijan

AmCham Azerbaijan held the U.S. Independence Day Cocktail Reception on 8th July 2019 with its members.

13.06.2019

Gumru Eyvazova and Sabina Gasimova attended the EU-Azerbaijan Business Forum

The EU-Azerbaijan Business Forum was held in Baku on 13 June 2019. The annual event attracted a high turnout of over 800 participants, including government representatives and business leaders, who engage in panel discussions and business-to-business meetings. 

10.06.2019

Enforcement of foreign arbitral awards by Constitutional Court of the Republic of Azerbaijan

On 15 April 2019 Azerbaijan’s Constitutional Court (“CC”) adopted a decision on invalidation of the decision of the Supreme Court (“SC”) on refusal to recognise and enforce an arbitral award which was issued by the Korean Arbitration Council.

15.04.2019

GRATA International in Legal 500 EMEA 2019

Legal 500 has recently released its annual rankings of international law firms – Legal 500 EMEA 2019.

26.03.2019

Поправки в Законе «О государственной регистрации и государственном реестре юридических лиц»

Поправки (вступившие в силу с 8 февраля 2019 года) касаются возможности регистрации изменений в учредительных и регистрационных документах ООО путем подачи электронного заявления на веб-страницу Министерства налогов. 

26.03.2019

Урегулирование вопросов по проблемным кредитам физических лиц

28 февраля 2019 года Президент Азербайджанской Республики издал указ о дополнительных мерах в связи с решением вопросов по проблемным кредитам физических лиц в стране. Указ нацелен на компенсацию финансовых потерь физических лиц по долгам в иностранной валюте, возникших в результате девальвации маната, а также на оказание государственной поддержки в решении проблемных кредитов.

26.03.2019

Минимальная месячная заработная плата

Согласно Указу Президента от 8 февраля 2019 года, с 1 марта 2019 года минимальная месячная заработная плата в Азербайджанской Республике была увеличена до 180 манатов

26.03.2019

Поправки к Закону «О полном страховании вкладов»

В соответствии с поправками, внесенными в Закон «О полном страховании вкладов» от 19 февраля 2019 года, срок полного страхования продлен еще на один год (т.е. до 1 марта 2020 года).

26.03.2019

Критерии деятельности в нефтегазовой сфере и негосударственном секторе

Постановлением №56 от 18 февраля 2019 года Кабинет министров утвердил критерии для деятельности в нефтегазовой сфере и негосударственном секторе для целей статей 101.1-4 Налогового кодекса и 14.7 Закона о социальном страховании.

13.03.2019

AHK Azerbaijan and GRATA Azerbaijan joint workshop on the role of trademarks in business

On 13 March 2019, AHK Azerbaijan hosted a joint workshop with Grata International law firm’s Baku office (GRATA Azerbaijan) for AHK members. The meeting was opened with a welcoming speech of Mr. Tobias Baumann, Executive Director of AHK Azerbaijan and Ms. Ummi Jalilova,  Partner of GRATA International and Director for Azerbaijan. 

25.02.2019

Sabina Gasimova took part in AmCham Procurement Working Group Meeting

The meeting was dedicated to Public Procurement Law Changes and E-Procurement. 

28.02.2019

Aynur Akhundova and Sabina Gasimova participated AmCham Workshop on “Employer Branding”

AmCham Workshop on “Employer Branding” for HR professionals (February 28, 2019) was hosted by Nobel Oil and AmCham HR Committee had prepared an interesting workshop for developing young HRs within the framework of “Enhancing Young HR professional’s capabilities” project. 

09.02.2019

Philipp C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Azerbaijan on February, 2019

On February 9th, Baku State University organized 2019 Jessup Azerbaijan, qualifying round of Philipp C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

18.02.2019

Shabnam Sadiqova and Sabina Gasimova participated in INTA Europe Conference in Paris

Over the 18-19 February during the INTA Conference, leading legal and business experts and government officials discussed practical tips and concrete tools to adapt to the challenges raised, and enabled attendees to netter equip themselves to navigate the changing European political and legal landscape.

20.03.2019

Amendments to the Law “On State Registration and State Registry of Legal Entities”

The amendments (effective as of 08 February 2019) are about the possibility to register the changes in the foundation and registration documents of an LLC via submission of an electronic application to the webpage of Ministry of Taxes. 

20.03.2019

Resolution of the issues on problem loans of individuals

On February 28, 2019, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan issued a decree on additional measures in connection with the resolution of the issues on problem loans of individuals in the country. The Decree aims at compensating financial losses of individuals on debts in foreign currencies incurred as a result of AZN’s devaluation as well as providing state support to resolve problem loans.

20.03.2019

Minimum monthly salary

According to Presidential Order dated 8 February 2019, starting from March 1st, 2019, minimum monthly salary in the Republic of Azerbaijan has been increased to AZN 180. 

20.03.2019

Amendments to Law on Deposits’ Full Insurance

According to the Amendments made to Law on Deposits’ Full Insurance dated 19 February 2019, the term of full insurance has been extended for one more year (i.e. up to March 1st, 2020). 

20.03.2019

Criteria for determination of oil and gas activities and non-public sector

By Resolution #56 dated 18 February 2019, the Cabinet of Ministers approved criteria for determination of oil and gas activities and non-public sector for the purposes of article 101.1-4 of the Tax Code and 14.7 of Social Insurance Law.

19.02.2019

GRATA International in Chambers Global 2019

For yet another consecutive year, GRATA International enters the leading legal rankings and continues to be among the most outstanding law firms in Central Asia and the Caspian region. 

31.01.2019

Amendments to the Tax Code of Azerbaijan

Significant changes have been made to the Tax Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan by adopting Law “on Amendments to the Tax Code” dated 30 November 2018, effective as of January 1st, 2019 (“Amendment Law”).

19.12.2018

AHK Azerbaijan members had a meeting with Mr Sahil Babayev, Minister of Labour and Social Protection of Population

On 5 December 2018, AHK Azerbaijan organised the AHK-Impuls event for its member companies at Hyatt Meeting and Conference Centre. The current event was dedicated to the ongoing reforms in the labour market in Azerbaijan and was attended by the honorary guest speaker Mr Sahil Babayev, Minister of Labour and Social Protection of Population of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

19.12.2018

Human Resources and Vocational Education & Training Working Group

On 29 November 2018, the German-Azerbaijani Chamber of Commerce (AHK Azerbaijan) organised the meeting of the Human Resources and Vocational Education & Training (HR and VET) Working Group at the AHK Azerbaijan office. 

05.12.2018

Chambers&Partners Asia-Pacific 2019 released

GRATA International has cemented its position as one of the leading firms in Central Asia and Caspian region, following the release of major international legal rating Chambers&Partners Asia-Pacific 2019. GRATA International has secured a ranking in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

27.11.2018

GRATA International attended Bosco Conference InvestPro Dubai

On 14-15 November 2018 the Bosco Conference – InvestPro, Dubai (UAE) took place in Dubai.

27.11.2018

GRATA International attended the ADIPEC

On 14 November 2018, the ADIPEC (Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference) was organised under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed AL Nahyan, President of the UNITED ARAB EMIRATES.

27.11.2018

GRATA International attended BBG's monthly meeting

On 1 November 2018 the Monthly Members’ Meeting of the BBG took place at Four Seasons Hotel.

27.11.2018

GRATA International attended AmCham's October Luncheon

GRATA International in Azerbaijan joined AmCham Members’ October Luncheon, organised with the support of Mastercard.

27.11.2018

GRATA International participated in AHK-Impuls-event

On 31 October 2018, AHK Azerbaijan organised the next AHK-Impuls event for its member companies at Hyatt Meeting & Conference Centre.

30.10.2018

GRATA International participated in Baku Build International Construction Exhibition

On 23-26 October, Baku Expo Centre hosted the BakuBuild Azerbaijan 2018 exhibition which is one of the most significant events in the area of construction, design and architecture. 

GRATA International ranked across several jurisdictions in ILFR1000 2019

IFLR1000 has released its 2019 rankings identifying leading firms and lawyers worldwide.

GRATA International has been ranked in 7 jurisdictions in Europe and Asia: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. IFLR1000 paid special attention to GRATA’s wide geographical coverage in Central Asia and Eastern Europe.

08.11.2018

Criminal liability of legal entities

On October 2, 2018, Milli Majlis (Parliament) of the Republic of Azerbaijan passed a Law on “Amendments to the Code of Execution of Sentences” (“Amendment Law”).

29.10.2018

GRATA Azerbaijan joined The Azerbaijan-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AHK Azerbaijan)

GRATA Azerbaijan joined The Azerbaijan-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AHK Azerbaijan) and will benefit from its developed network.

29.10.2018

GRATA Azerbaijan joined France-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIAF)

GRATA Azerbaijan joined France-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIAF) suppose that this membership will positively contribute to the market perception and increase visibility among consumers, organizations and other business owners.

23.10.2018

GRATA Azerbaijan attended German-Azerbaijani Business Forum 2018 on Energy and ICT

 On 24-25 September 2018 the Baku E-Trade Forum was held in Baku, Azerbaijan. 

05.09.2018

Shaimerden Chikanayev will be a panellist at the IBA ECA Forum 2018

On 5-7 September 2018, a IBA Europe-Caucasus-Asia Forum 2018 will be held in Almaty.

30.05.2018

Gulnur Nurkeyeva took part at the 100th Anniversary of Azerbaijan's Republic Day

The event was held by the Embassy of Azerbaijan to China to mark the National Independence Day.
The event brought together Azerbaijanis living in China, representatives of various state organisations and companies from Azerbaijan and foreign states.


29.05.2018

GRATA International on the 5th Caspian Energy Forum in Tbilisi

The 5th Caspian Energy Forum Tbilisi-2018 (www.caspianenergyforum.com) has been held on May 8th, 2018.

23.05.2018

GRATA International took part in 12th Azerbaijan International Agriculture Exhibition

12th Azerbaijan International Agriculture Exhibition (Caspian-Agro 2018) / 24th Azerbaijan International Food Industry Exhibition (WorldFood Azerbaijan 2018) was held on 16-18 May 2018 and was attended by Mr. Emil Bashirov the Lawyer, GRATA Azerbaijan.

23.05.2018

GRATA International took part in AmCham Members May Luncheon

AmCham Members May Luncheon was held on 3 May 2018 and was attended by Mr. Emil Bashirov the Lawyer, GRATA Azerbaijan.

23.05.2018

GRATA International took part in SOCAR III International Caspian and Central Asia Downstream Forum

GRATA International became a sponsor of the SOCAR III International Caspian and Central Asia Downstream. The event was held on 23-26 April 2018 and was attended by Mr. Emil Bashirov the Lawyer, GRATA International Azerbaijan. 

23.05.2018

GRATA International participated in presentation of “Doing Business in Azerbaijan”

"Doing Business in Azerbaijan” Presentation (Center for Analysis of Economic Reforms and Communication) was held on 26th April 2018 and was attended by Mr. Emil Bashirov the Lawyer, GRATA International Law Firm (Office in the Republic of Azerbaijan).

05.04.2018

Amendments to Foreign Currency Regulations

On 26 February 2018, Management Board of the Central Bank of the Republic of Azerbaijan approved Amendments to the Regulations "On foreign currency transactions of resident and non-residents of the Republic of Azerbaijan" (“Amendment”).

According to the Amendment, the term concerning advance payment indicated in clause 4.3.1.3 of the Regulations was extended up to 270 days (previously the term was up to 180 days).

20.02.2018

GRATA International is supporting BSU law students

GRATA International is supporting a group of BSU law students, who will represent Azerbaijan at the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, also known as the Jessup, one of the biggest Moot Court competitions in the world.

18.01.2018

Law on Unemployment Insurance

On June 30, 2017 a Law on Unemployment Insurance (Law) was adopted, coming into force from 1 January 2018. 

GRATA International attended the AmCham HR Committee meeting

On 15 December 2017, AmCham HR Committee's December Meeting took place in the office of Nobel Oil in Baku.

GRATA International attended the Azerbaijani-Georgian business forum

On 15 December 2017, the Caspian European Club and Caspian Energy Georgia with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Georgia held the Azerbaijani-Georgian business forum and the third CEO of Lunch Tbilisi.

GRATA International attended the 23rd Azerbaijan International Telecommunications and Information Technologies Exhibition and Conference

On 5 December 2017, the 23rd Azerbaijan International Telecommunications and Information Technologies Exhibition and Conference took Place in Baku Expo Centre. The exhibition marked the beginning of High Technologies Week. The organiser of the exhibition was the Caspian Event Organisers.

14.12.2017

GRATA International in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018

GRATA International performed exceptionally well in this year’s rankings as its Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan offices were ranked by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018, confirming GRATA International's dominant position in Central Asia.

28.11.2017

4th Downstream Caspian & Central Asia conference

4th Downstream Caspian & Central Asia conference was held in Baku, Azerbaijan on November 28.

28.11.2017

Chamber Annual Networking Reception took place in Azerbaijan

On 22 November 2017 Dubai Chamber Annual Networking Reception took place in Azerbaijan, Baku with the aim of highlighting achievements, discussing plans, and reward most active companies. 

28.11.2017

Amcham November Luncheon

On November 16, 2017, American Chamber of Commerce in Azerbaijan (AmCham Azerbaijan) organized its monthly members’ luncheon.

28.11.2017

Amcham Legal & Compliance Working Group’s November Meeting

AmCham Legal and Compliance Working Group hosted its regular meeting on November 1, 2017.

28.11.2017

Railway “Baku-Tbilisi-Kars” was opened in Azerbaijan

The opening ceremony of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway (BTK) was held on October 30, 2017 in Baku.  

28.11.2017

Extension of PSA for Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli Oil Field

On October 31, 2017, MilliMajlis of the Republic of Azerbaijan ratified a new production sharing agreement. 

26.10.2017

GRATA International participated at the business forum in Azerbaijan

On 25 October 2017 a business forum of the State Customs Committee (SCC) of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Caspian European Club was held in Baku.

25.10.2017

Decree on Establishment of Trade Representatives at Embassy and Consulates

On September 5, 2017, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan issued a decree on “providing activity of trade representatives at embassy and consulates of the Republic of Azerbaijan in foreign countries” (“Decree”).

25.10.2017

Decree on Establishment of Credit Guarantee Fund

On September 15, 2017, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan issued a decree on “several measures pertaining to state support in expansion of access opportunities of entrepreneurs to financial resources in the Republic of Azerbaijan” (“Decree”).

23.10.2017

AmCham HR Committee's October Meeting.

On 20 October GRATA Azerbaijan was invited to AmCham HR Committee's October Meeting.

20.10.2017

GRATA International participated at the AmCham's traditional business lunch

On 19 October 2017 the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) convened a traditional monthly business lunch in Baku

19.10.2017

GRATA International Azerbaijan visited EXPO Centre

On 18 October 2017 GRATA International Azerbaijan attended the EXPO Centre

GRATA International Azerbaijan participated at the Transfer Pricing: implementation and international practice Conference

Transfer Pricing: implementation and international practice Conference was held in Baku, Azerbaijan.

27.09.2017

GRATA International Azerbaijan attended the Caspian Energy Transport Forum

A special session of the Caspian Energy Transport Forum was held in Baku on 20 September 2017, organised by the Caspian European Club and Caspian American Club with the participation of the Minister of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of Azerbaijan Ramin Guluzade.

13.07.2017

Amendment to the Labour Code of Azerbaijan

According to the Amendment Law as of July 13, 2017, for the purposes of implementation of the Law on Cashless Settlements, a new paragraph (x) has been added to the duties of employer. Thus, all payments to be made to employee by the employer under the Labor Code shall be provided in accordance with the provisions of the Law on Cashless Settlements.

10.03.2017

Amendment to the Telecommunication Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan

In accordance with the Law on “Amendment to the Telecommunication Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan” dated 10 March 2017, operators and providers of internet telecommunication service shall be registered with the Ministry of Transport, Communication and High Technologies (“MTCHT”) within 15 days upon the commencement date of rendering service.

11.07.2017

Amendments to the Law on Copyright and Related Rights of Azerbaijan

According to the Amendment Law as of July 11, 2017, new paragraphs concerning advertisement have been added to the Law on Copyright and Related Rights. As per new paragraph 3rd of article 6, advertisement is the object of copyright within the terms of the Law on Copyright and Related Rights. 

Amendments to the Telecommunication Law of Azerbaijan

According to the Amendment Law as of July 11, 2017, a new article (50-1), concerning advertisement through telecommunication means and devices has been included into the Telecommunication Law.

16.06.2017

Rules for organization of sale of taxpayer’s seized property in trading networks in Azerbaijan

The Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan, by its decision dated 16 June 2017, confirmed the rules for organization of sale of taxpayer’s seized property in trading networks. 

11.07.2017

Azerbaijan - list of preferential taxation countries confirmed

In accordance with the Decree of the President of Azerbaijan dated 11 July 2017, list of countries and territories with preferential taxation was confirmed. 

20.07.2017

AmCham Legal and Compliance Working Group Meeting in Baku

On June 20, 2017 the AmCham Legal and Compliance Working Group Meeting dedicated to Compliance Best Practices was conducted in hotel “JW Marriott Absheron”, Baku, Azerbaijan.

19.06.2017

GRATA International at Caspian European Club and Caspian American Club business forum in Baku

Issues related to the introduction of compulsory health insurance in Azerbaijan were discussed on June 14 during the business forum organized by the Caspian European Club and Caspian American Club with the participation of Zaur Aliyev, Director of State Agency on Compulsory Medical Insurance under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Global Legal Insights to: International Arbitration 2017 Azerbaijan

The act which primarily governs international arbitration in the Republic of Azerbaijan is the Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan on International Commercial Arbitration, dated 18 November 1999 (“Law on Arbitration”). The Law on Arbitration is completely based on the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration 1985 (“Model Law”). Republic of Azerbaijan has ratified the United Nations Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards with no reservation (“New York Convention”).

Republic of Azerbaijan has also signed and ratified the European Convention on International Commercial Arbitration, 1961 (with no reservation). The Civil Procedure Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan dated 1 September 2000 (“CPC”) also regulates matters related to the recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards in the Republic of Azerbaijan and replicates provisions of the New York Convention in this respect.

31.05.2017

GRATA International Azerbaijan Attended the Annual Meeting of the International Trademark Association

On 20-24 May 2017, the 139th Meeting of the International Trademark Association was held in Barcelona. Over 10,000 participants from 150 countries visited the world's ‘capital of trademarks’.

25.04.2017

2nd International SOCAR Forum "Caspian and Central Asia: Trade, Logistics, Refining and Petrochemicals"

The forum, which was held On April 25, 2017 in Baku, was organized by Baku Higher School of Oil jointly with the British company “Confidence Capital Ltd” with the support of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR).


20.04.2017

GRATA International participated in business forum in Baku

Key issues concerning the changes in taxation were discussed at the business forum on April 19, 2017 in Baku which was organized by the Caspian European Club and Caspian American Club with participation of the Deputy Minister of Taxes of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilkin Veliyev.



01.03.2017

United States-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce (USACC) annual conference in Washington, DC

GRATA International's representative in the USA, Zulfiya Akchurina participated in the event

23.02.2017

New rules set for VAT refunds on consumption goods in Azerbaijan

Decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan on approval of “Rule for the refund of the value added tax paid by natural persons during shopping festivals for the goods that are not intended for commercial or production purposes, and that are purchased in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan”

22.02.2017

Azerbaijan adopts legislation to promote high-growth in non-oil sector and expand export opportunities

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan signed a decree on “additional measures with regard to strengthening the position of the Republic of Azerbaijan as Digital Trade Hub and expansion of foreign trade transactions” on February 22, 2017

13.02.2017

Patent rights legislation changes in Azerbaijan

On February 10, 2017, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan signed a decree “on additional measures regarding the improvement of management in the fields of standardization, metrology, accreditation and protection of the patent right objects” 

10.02.2017

Improvement of food safety system in the Republic of Azerbaijan

On February 10, 2017, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan signed a decree on “additional measures with respect to the improvement of food safety system in the Republic of Azerbaijan”

Arbitration procedures and practice in Azerbaijan: overview

A Q&A guide to arbitration law and practice in Azerbaijan.

GRATA International took part in Caspian Energy Forum 2017’s special session

On 14 December 2016 a business-forum, Caspian Energy Forum 2017’s special session was held. Event started with a minute of silence in commemoration of the All-National Leader of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev.

GRATA International took part in Azerbaijan Infrastructure, Power & Alternative Energy Investment Conference

Euroconvention Global hosted its annual South Caucasus event - the Azerbaijan Infrastructure, Power & Alternative Energy Investment Conference - on 16 and 17 November in Baku, Azerbaijan. 

GRATA International took part in Renpower Iran 2016

Renpower Iran 2016 - Infrastructure, Power & Renewable Energy Investment Conference organized by Euroconvention Global in collaboration with Open Iran Group was held under the Patronage of the Ministry of Energy of Iran on 6-7 November. 

27.10.2016

GRATA International lawyers ranked in IFLR1000

The annual IFLR1000 rankings of leading lawyers was published this month

Ummi Jalilova took part at the Conference “International Arbitration as a Mechanism to Attract Foreign Investment to Azerbaijan”

On September 30, 2016 Conference “International Arbitration as a Mechanism to Attract Foreign Investment to Azerbaijan”, organized jointly by the American Chamber of Commerce in Azerbaijan and Baker & McKenzie law firm was held. 

Ummi Jalilova took part in AmCham Members` September Luncheon

On September 29, 2016 at Hyatt Regency, Baku, AmCham Members` September Luncheon was held. 

Telecoms, Media & Internet Laws & Regulations: Azerbaijan 2017

The telecoms sector in the Republic of Azerbaijan is represented by two fixed telephone network providers and three mobile operators. Fixed telephone network services in the territory of the Republic of Azerbaijan are provided mainly by two major public operators – Aztelekom Production Association (“APA”) and Baku Telephone Communications Production Association (“BTCPA”).
The telephone network of APA (wired and wireless) covers the whole territory of the country, except for Baku and the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic (“NAR”), and the BTCPA network (wired and wireless) covers Baku city.

02.02.2016

Activity of Chinese companies in Kazakhstan, Central Asia, Azerbaijan and Eastern Europe

We note that the views expressed below are preliminary and may require further research and analysis. We also note that below information shall not be considered as a legal advice, and is provided as a general overview of business activity from the standpoint of legal consultant.

01.02.2016

GRATA International in Azerbaijan (Baku) participated in the AmCham V Annual Tax Conference

On January, 18 AmCham Azerbaijan together with the Ministry of Taxes organized the V Annual Tax Conference on the topic “Transparency and Compliance in the Tax System”.

23.11.2015

Ummi Jalilova - a new office Director of GRATA International in Baku

Ms. Ummi Jalilova has been appointed as a Director of Baku office effective November 15, 2015

03.06.2015

GRATA sponsored an official reception on the occasion of opening of the XXII Caspian Oil and Gas Exhibition and Conference

On ​2 ​June 2015 in Baku ​the official reception jointly hosted by the US and UK Embassies on the occasion of opening of the XXII Caspian Oil and Gas Exhibition and Conference was held.

30.04.2015

The termination of an employment contract and the recent litigation practice on labor disputes in courts of the Republic of Azerbaijan

The disputes over the terminations of employment contracts are largely due to the lack of employers’ knowledge on labour legislation.

16.04.2015

GRATA Law firm is recommended as one of the leading law firms by The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa 2015

Grata Law Firm is ‘held in high regard’ by foreign clients and international law firms, and its large, full-service team.

05.12.2012

GRATA Law Firm is recognized as a regional contributor to the World Bank Doing Business Report 2013

Doing Business 2013 is the 10th in a series of annual reports investigating the regulations that enhance business activity and those that constrain it.

26.02.2015

GRATA Representatives of Almaty, Baku, London offices took part in the Global Law Summit

The Global Law Summit 2015 was held on February 23-25 in London.

08.10.2013

On Both Sides of the Caspian Sea', a comparative analysis of the investment law in Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan exclusively for PETROLEUM Analytical journal

The experts of GRATA Law Firm exclusively for PETROLEUM conducted a comparative analysis of the investment law in Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan.

21.10.2014

Review of certain legal amendments made in September 2014 industry and trade sector

Content: Azerbaijan Kazakhstan Russian Federation Uzbekistan Kyrgyzstan

25.09.2014

Choice of the form of business in Azerbaijan for a foreign legal entity

Information herein is effective as of September 2014 and is of a general nature.

11.11.2014

Special report: Kazakhstan – a safe haven in the CIS

Far from being hindered by the sanctions on Russia, Kazakhstan is benefiting

13.11.2014

Recent developments in Azerbaijani labour law

The deadline of 1 October 2014 has now passed for companies to implement the changes to the Labour Code, adopted by parliament on 27 December 2013.

11.02.2014

07-08 February 2014 in Almaty the 2013 reporting conference of the EURASIAN LAW FIRM «GRATA»

07-08 February 2014 in Almaty the 2013 reporting conference of the EURASIAN LAW FIRM «GRATA»

21.01.2014

Milli Majlis (the Parliament) of the Republic of Azerbaijan currently considers drafts of Laws on amendments and additions to the Labour Code, the Code of Administrative Offences, the Tax Code and the Criminal Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

26.01.2014

The Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan "On regulation of inspections in the field of entrepreneurship and protection of interests of entrepreneurs”

The Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan "On regulation of inspections in the field of entrepreneurship and protection of interests of entrepreneurs” entered into force on 2 January 2014.

11.05.2014

On the 30th April in Baku, GRATA specialists attended the launch of the British Azerbaijani Law Association.

On the 30th April in Baku, Rashid Gaissin, Managing Partner of GRATA Law Firm and Samir Hadjiyev, Counsel, attended the launch of the British Azerbaijani Law Association.

13.02.2014

GRATA’s Azerbaijan office participated in the 'Upstream Development in the Caspian and Black Sea Regions' conference , held in Baku.

On 19-20 February, a conference entitled: Upstream Development in the Caspian and Black Sea Regions was held in Baku

06.06.2014

GRATA Law Firm traditionally sponsored an official reception jointly hosted by the US and UK Embassies on 3 June 2014 in Baku on the occasion of opening of the XXI Caspian Oil and Gas Exhibition and Conference

GRATA Law Firm traditionally sponsored an official reception jointly hosted by the US and UK Embassies on 3 June 2014 in Baku on the occasion of opening of the XXI Caspian Oil and Gas Exhibition and Conference, a major event in the oil and gas industry in the entire Caspian region.

18.11.2014

On 13 November, a seminar titled 'Eurasian Integration and Doing Business in the Region' was held at the Ireland Embassy in Russia (Moscow)

The event was organised by the Ireland Embassy in the Russian Federation and GRATA Law Firm.

30.10.2014

Protection of know-how in oil and gas technology transfer agreements (patent vs. trade secret and regulatory issues of hydraulic fracturing)

Technology has always played an important role in economic development.


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