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.
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.
AmCham Azerbaijan held the U.S. Independence Day Cocktail Reception on 8th July 2019 with its members.
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.
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.
Legal 500 has recently released its annual rankings of international law firms – Legal 500 EMEA 2019.
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.
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.
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
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).
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.
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
The meeting was dedicated to
Public Procurement Law Changes and E-Procurement.
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.
On February 9th, Baku State University
organized 2019 Jessup Azerbaijan, qualifying round of Philipp C. Jessup
International Law Moot Court Competition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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”).
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.
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.
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.
On 14-15 November 2018 the Bosco Conference – InvestPro, Dubai (UAE) took place in Dubai.
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.
On 1 November 2018 the Monthly Members’ Meeting of the BBG took place at Four Seasons Hotel.
GRATA International in Azerbaijan joined AmCham Members’ October Luncheon, organised with the support of Mastercard.
On 31 October 2018, AHK Azerbaijan organised the next AHK-Impuls event for its member companies at Hyatt Meeting & Conference Centre.
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.
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.
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”).
GRATA Azerbaijan joined The Azerbaijan-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AHK Azerbaijan) and will benefit from its developed network.
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.
On 24-25 September 2018 the Baku E-Trade Forum was held in Baku, Azerbaijan.
On 5-7 September 2018, a IBA Europe-Caucasus-Asia Forum 2018 will be held in Almaty.
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.
The 5th Caspian Energy Forum Tbilisi-2018 (www.caspianenergyforum.com) has been held on May 8th, 2018.
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.
AmCham Members May Luncheon was held on 3 May 2018 and was attended by Mr. Emil Bashirov the Lawyer, GRATA Azerbaijan.
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.
"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).
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 220.127.116.11 of the Regulations was extended up to 270 days (previously the term was up to 180 days).
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.
On June 30, 2017 a Law on Unemployment Insurance (Law) was adopted, coming into force from 1 January 2018.
On 15 December 2017, AmCham HR Committee's December Meeting took place in the office of Nobel Oil in Baku.
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.
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.
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.
4th Downstream Caspian & Central Asia conference was held in Baku, Azerbaijan on November 28.
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.
On November 16, 2017, American Chamber of Commerce in Azerbaijan (AmCham Azerbaijan) organized its monthly members’ luncheon.
AmCham Legal and Compliance Working Group hosted its regular meeting on November 1, 2017.
The opening ceremony of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway (BTK) was held on October 30, 2017 in Baku.
On October 31, 2017, MilliMajlis of the Republic of Azerbaijan ratified a new production sharing agreement.
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.
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”).
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”).
On 20 October GRATA Azerbaijan was invited to AmCham HR Committee's October Meeting.
On 19 October 2017 the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) convened a traditional monthly business lunch in Baku
On 18 October 2017 GRATA International Azerbaijan attended the EXPO Centre
Transfer Pricing: implementation and international practice Conference was held in Baku, Azerbaijan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In accordance with the Decree of the President of Azerbaijan dated 11 July 2017, list of countries and territories with preferential taxation was confirmed.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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).
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.
GRATA International's representative in the USA, Zulfiya Akchurina participated in the event
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”
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
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”
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
A Q&A guide to arbitration law and practice in Azerbaijan.
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.
Euroconvention Global hosted its annual South Caucasus event - the Azerbaijan Infrastructure, Power & Alternative Energy Investment Conference - on 16 and 17 November in Baku, Azerbaijan.
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.
annual IFLR1000 rankings of leading lawyers was published this month
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.
On September 29, 2016 at Hyatt Regency, Baku, AmCham Members` September Luncheon was held.
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.
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.
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”.
Ms. Ummi Jalilova has been appointed as a Director of Baku office effective November 15, 2015
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.
The disputes over the terminations of employment contracts are largely due to the lack of employers’ knowledge on labour legislation.
Grata Law Firm is ‘held in high regard’ by foreign clients and international law firms, and its large, full-service team.
Doing Business 2013 is the 10th in a series of annual reports investigating the regulations that enhance business activity and those that constrain it.
The Global Law Summit 2015 was held on February 23-25 in London.
The experts of GRATA Law Firm exclusively for PETROLEUM conducted a comparative analysis of the investment law in Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan.
Information herein is effective as of September 2014 and is of a general nature.
Far from being hindered by the sanctions on Russia, Kazakhstan is benefiting
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.
07-08 February 2014 in Almaty the 2013 reporting conference of the EURASIAN LAW FIRM «GRATA»
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.
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.
On 19-20 February, a conference entitled: Upstream Development in the Caspian and Black Sea Regions was held in Baku
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.
The event was organised by the Ireland Embassy in the Russian Federation and GRATA Law Firm.
Technology has always played an important role in economic development.
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