A z e r b a i j a n   E x p i r i e n c e  

Banking & Finance

Issuing legal opinion on aircraft finance transactions under the guarantee of state-owned company..

Preparation of aircraft mortgage agreements as in accordance with legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Advised on structures of financing of one of the airline companies. Checked with the lien registry for any encumbrances over the aircrafts. Prepared and translated mortgage agreement. Acted and advised as a local council of the lessor/pledgee.

Executed share pledge agreement as in accordance with legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan in a transaction between one of the European banks (lender) and a group of companies with a subsidiary in Azerbaijan. Issued a legal opinion for the share pledge transaction. Registered the pledge in the Republic of Azerbaijan. Acted as a local council of the lender/pledgee.

Provided Legal Opinion to the International Bank of Azerbaijan on insolvency laws, Civil Procedure Code of Azerbaijan, and comparative analysis with laws of Kazakhstan.

Advised on restructuring of depts of a local bank in Azerbaijan, consulted on recognition and enforcement of arbitral award on similar matters issued in Azerbaijan.

Acted as local legal counsel to the consortium of Islamic Banks in connection to multi-million unsecured complex Loan Transactions under Murabaha.

Acted as local legal counsel to one of the biggest bank in Azerbaijan (acting as Borrower) in connection to a number of multi-million unsecured Loan.

Acting as local legal counsel to one of major Middle Eastern Bank in connection to multi-million unsecured Loan Transactions under Master Murabaha.

Advised as local legal counsel for large European Financial Institution in connection to multi- million unsecured Loan Transactions provided to a number of Azerbaijani banks.

Advised on issuance of US$30M EuroBonds by one of the Banks in Azerbaijan with foreign capital participation. 

Corporate law

Acted as a local legal counsel in crossborder merger project and successfully represented the Globalink company before the state Antritrust authorities and obtained consent of the latter for the project.

Advised a German Telecommunication Company on a number of matters and conducting pre-merger Due Diligence in Azerbaijan.

Advised and supporting the acquisition by a foreign investor of controlling participatory interest in a large service company in Azerbaijan.

Acted as a local legal counsel of Rolls-Royce in Azerbaijan in sale of its Energy Gas Turbine and Compressor business to Siemens.

Advised a US multinational manufacturer of networking equipment as to liquidation and deregistration of its Branch in Azerbaijan.

Provided legal support to and representing the Turkish company in liquidation of the Company’s subsidiary in Azerbaijan after acquisition of its business by a different company.

Advised a local Representative Office of a foreign oil company on liquidation and de-registration in Azerbaijan.

Advised Optilan (UK) Limited, a subcontractor of a major oil company in Azerbaijan on corporate aspects of dissolution, incorporation of an LLC and asset transfer from the entity being liquidated.

Advised a Swedish Telecommunication Company on a number of matters and conducting Due Diligence of the target company (M&A project) in Azerbaijan.

Advised a UK Telecommunication Company on regulatory matters in Azerbaijan.

Advised a European Company acting as Global Distribution System on various corporate matters, including M&A regulations.

Advised a European telecommunication Company on various commercial, corporate and regulatory matters, and immigration law in Azerbaijan.

Advised a French Telecommunication Company on various commercial, corporate and regulatory matters (including reorganization through merger) and immigration law in Azerbaijan. 

And other.

Dispute Resolution

Achieved repayment of debt in amount USD 80,000 owed to local Branch of international power supply company.

Assisting major global pharmaceutical company, in litigation concerning debt recovery. Judgment in favour of the client - AZN 712 000.

Corporate dispute on share-sale between leading mobile applications and services company in Turkey. Achieved a judgment in favour of the Turkish company.

Represented the client before the Supreme Court of Azerbaijan in recognition and enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Award in favor of Toshiba Company against local company in Azerbaijan. The award was recognized and directed to the Bailiff’s department for enforcement (USD 4.4 million).

Consulted major European Secure provider on harming his business reputation via unlawful usage of Trademarks and domain names. Drafting of pretention letters and PoA. Providing legal advice on domain name regulation.

Represented POSCO DAEWOO company in recognition and enforcement of an arbitral award issued by Korean Commercial Arbitration Board in favour of Korean against a company (debtor) in Azerbaijan. Represented the client in the Constitutional Court and achieved a decision overriding the Supreme Court judgment on refusal to recognise the arbitral award. 

Represented the client in the Supreme Court during the hearing on recognition of the judgement of Minsk Court (Belarus Republic) in Azerbaijan. Recognition of the judgment was achieved. The judgement was sent to the Bailiff’s department for enforcement. GRATA lawyers represented the client during the enforcement stage and full repayment of debt amount – USD 310, 779 has been achieved.

Recognition of the judgement was achieved. The judgement was sent to the BAILIFF’s department for enforcement GRATA lawyers represented the client during the enforcement stage and full repayment of debt amount has been achieved.

Successfully represented the Client, producer of animal food (plaintiff) in litigation concerning debt recovery in amount of EUR 422, 000 (Grata won this case). 

Oil & Gas

Providing legal advice and regular updates in “Trading Oil _Due Diligence” project for a company engaged in wholesale trading of UK and European natural gas.

Establishing a subsidiary of Saudi Aramco in Azerbaijan, advising on PSA tax regime in the country, on employment laws, immigration laws, contracts etc.

Acting as a local legal counsel of Statoil company in real estate lease transactions.

Advising a major UK-based energy service company as to their transfer of business in Azerbaijan to another major international business player.

Providing legal advice to drilling waste management company (AA Services) as to negotiations of Waste Management Contract with BP Azerbaijan.

Advising BP Global through BP Turkey on product labels (the laws on consumer rights, advertising and etc.).

Advising ONGC Videsh (India) as to acquisition of the stake in ACG and BTC.

Advising a large Japanese Bank on acquisition of an interest in a loan and facility arrangement involving “Baku-Tbilisi-Jeyhan” main export pipeline as a security. Conducting due-diligence and preparing a number of memorandums, advising on effectiveness and due registration of respective land and facility hypothecation agreements etc.

Advising a large Chinese company on acquisition of a participation interest under the Agreement “On the Exploration, Development and Production Sharing for the Absheron Offshore Block in the Azerbaijan Sector of the Caspian Sea”. Advising on licenses/permits, antitrust, SOCAR consent, legal/practical risks, issuing legal memos and preparing draft documents etc. 

Advising a European oil company on acquisition of a participation interest under the Agreement "On the Exploration, Development and Production Sharing for the block including the Padar Area and the adjacent prospective structures in the Azerbaijan Republic". Conducting due diligence and preparing legal opinion, advising on financing, employment, environment, licenses/permits, antitrust, security, SOCAR consent, legal/practical risks, tax, foreign exchange, drafting documentation, writing formal requests, issuing legal memos and formal legal opinion etc.

Advising a European oil company on acquisition of a participation interest under the Agreement "On the Rehabilitation, Exploration, Development and Production Sharing for the Block including the Mishovdag and Kelameddin oil fields in the Azerbaijan Republic".

Advising on Azerbaijani law matters / acting on behalf of an Asian oil company on a multi-million transaction related to acquisition of a participation interest under the Agreement “On the Exploration, Development and Production Sharing for the offshore Block, including the Inam prospective structure in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea”.

Compliance check of the Due Diligence Report prepared by an international law firm related to the Agreements (i) “On the Exploration, Development and Production Sharing for three blocks of the South-West Gobustan of the Azerbaijan Republic” and (ii) “On the Exploration, Development and Production Sharing for Three Blocks of the South-West Gobustan including the Shikhzagirli, Sheitanud, Byurgyut, Donguzdyg, Nardaran, Ilkhichi, West Adzhiveli, Sundi, East Adzhiveli, Touragay, Kyanizadag, West Duvanny, Duvanny, Solakhay and Dashgil Fields of the Azerbaijan Republic”.

Advising Total S.A. as to implementation of employee share schemes in Azerbaijan. 

Tax Law

Employment Law

Data Protection & Privacy

Intellectual Property & IT

-   Grata Azerbaijan won IP tender and signed a contract with one of the major brewing international company’s Russian subsidiary.

Services that have been provided to the mentioned company in IP field:

1. registration of trademarks;
2. trademarks research and providing legal advice as per researches;
3. filing claim on cancellation of the trademark for its non-usage against the owner of the trademark;

4. registration of changes in registry data of the trademark owner (name, address and so).

- Assisted transnational company renting out office premises (head office in Luxembourg):

1.  Provided legal advice on license and franchise agreements.

2.  Drafted license agreements.

3.  Provided legal support on the registration of License agreements within the Committee of Standardization, Metrology, and Patent of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

-  Provided legal support to the leading international Japan tobacco product manufacturer.

1.  Provided legal advice on trademark infringement matter.

2.  Carried out investigation and negotiated with the offenders.

3.  Drafted pretension letter and submitted against offenders.

4.  Advised on requirements and restrictions in connection with the import and circulation of counterfeit goods in the Republic of Azerbaijan and legal liability with that respect.

Advised international law firm on its client’s franchise agreements.

Assisted Pfizer H.C.P. (global pharmaceutical company) in termination of the license agreement.

Advised Novo Nordisk A/S on parallel import and counterfeit. pharmaceuticals (under Azerbaijani law).

Advised Bird &Bird law firm on possible actions against trademark infringement and damage to the business reputation of a domain owner.

Advised EFES Georgia on trademark infringement and potential actions against counterparty.

Registering trademark "Vitex" for Yannidis group.

主要联系人
Partner, Director of Baku office
巴庫, 阿塞拜疆共和国