Corporate Law in Azerbaijan
43, Samad Vurgun street,, World Business Center, 17th floor,, Baku, AZ1014
GRATA International is an international law firm, founded on April 22, 1992.
Today our clients have more than 200 professionals in 21 countries at their disposal. GRATA International is a global team representing different countries and nationalities, and which has legal advising experience in all areas of law.
GRATA International has offices in Baku (Azerbaijan), Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), Dushanbe (Tajikistan), Moscow (Russia) and Tashkent (Uzbekistan) and across all cities in Kazakhstan, as well a country desk in Ashgabat (Turkmenistan), and associated offices in Istanbul (Turkey), Kyiv (Ukraine), Minsk (Belarus), Novosibirsk and Samara (Russia), Prague (Czech Republic), Riga (Latvia), Tbilisi (Georgia), Warsaw (Poland) and Zurich (Switzerland).
In addition to its offices our firm has representatives in the cities of Amsterdam (Netherlands), Beijing (China), Dubai (UAE), London (United Kingdom), New York (USA) and Vancouver (Canada).
Our competitive advantages include a wide network of offices mostly covering Eurasia, optimal price and quality ratio and understanding of the local mentality of doing business.
Clients can gain access to the entire network by enquiring at one of offices or representatives of GRATA International. The opportunity to utilise resources without regional boundaries enables us to increase the cost-effectiveness and the efficiency of services provided .
GRATA International has been recognized by leading international ratings: The Legal 500, Chambers Global, Chambers Asia-Pacific, IFLR1000, Who’s Who legal, Asialaw Profiles.
GRATA International advises clients in the following industries and areas of law around the globe:
- Banking & Finance
- Construction & Infrastructure
- Industry & Trade
- Natural Resources
- Telecommunications & Transport
- Corporate Law
- Contract Law
- Dispute Resolution
- Environmental Law
- Finance & Securities
- Intellectual Property
- International Trade, Customs and WTO Law
- Labour Law
- Licences & Permits
- Project Finance and Public-Private Partnerships (PPP)
- Real Estate
- Restructuring and Insolvency
- Subsoil Use
- Tax Law
- Ummi Jalilova received her LL.B and Master of Civil and Commercial law degrees from Baku State University (honours diploma).
- She graduated from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law (USA) with LL.M. degree (cum laude).
- Corporate Law
- Employment Law
- Commercial Law
- Contract Law
- Administrative Law
- International Law
- Ummi has extensive experience in matters of labour law, corporate law, commercial law, contract law, administrative law and international law.
Ummi heads GRATA's Baku office and represents local and international clients on a wide range of employment, corporate issues and international business transactions. Her recent representative matters relate to employee share option schemes, drafting and reviewing employment agreements, handbooks and policies, providing guidance/recommendations on mutual separation agreements and voluntary separation schemes, retrenchments, and matters related to employee discipline, including dismissals and misconduct.
Ummi also provides legal assistance in corporate reorganization transactions, including mergers and acquisitions involving multiple jurisdictions.
- American Bar Association
- "Arbitration procedures and practice in Azerbaijan: overview" – Arbitration Global Guide, Thomson Reuters, 2016
- "Recent developments in labour legislation" - Experts guide “Discrimination and equality, 2014”
- "Azerbaijan-European Union Relations," Bulletin of MIA 2009
- "Social and Legal Aspects of Pension Provisions of Officers of the Law-Enforcement Bodies," Bulletin of MIA 2005
- "Decrees of the Supreme Court as One of the Sources of Law," 6 Qanun Jurnali 2004
- "Looking to Democracy," Digest of Research Articles, 9 National Academy of Science 2004
- "The Law "On Freedom of Faith" Contradicts the Secularity Principle," 5 Huquq+Genjlik Jurnali 2004
Very recent projects:
- Development of bylaws, internal policies, model employment contracts, HR documentation for Representative office of Turkish company, producer of confectionary products;
- Advised one of the biggest global pharmaceutical company on adaptation and implementation of internal policies of foreign companies in Azerbaijan;
- Advised aircraft producing company on hiring foreign employees (WP, TRP) to its branch in Azerbaijan; salary payments to employees-foreign citizens in Azerbaijan (local payment vs payments abroad; payments in local currency vs foreign currency), and social insurance and tax requirements applicable to them;
- Acted as local counsel to the Representative office of foreign pharmaceutical company on employment matters on a daily basis, including providing full legal support in the course of redundancy, dismissals, and dissolution of the company;
- Acted as a representative of the employer in pre-judicial settlement of the employment dispute between Russian pharma company and its employee;
- Provided legal support on corporate and employment matters to the subsidiary of UK-based Telecommunication company, including representation of the client in the course of the state labour audit by Labour Inspection and in negotiations with the former employee;
- Conducted due diligence of major European telecommunication company for the purpose of its acquisition by Client. The task included review of all corporate documents, HR documents, licenses, permits, various agreements, trademarks, leases, assets status, litigation; preparation of due diligence report; advising Client on various aspects of the legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan;
- Advising a major UK-based energy service company as to the transfer of business in Azerbaijan to another major international business player, including affect of the global M&A project on employment matters and official steps to be taken to transfer employees to the buyer entity;
- Providing legal advice to international transportation & infrastructure company as to various aspects of business in Azerbaijan, including maternity leave formalization and payment, vacation payment, secondment (business trips) payment, salary, mandatory withholdings therefrom, and compulsory insurances.
- Contributed to World Bank Group’s Women, Business and the Law (WBL) project (pro bono) (employment law related).
Languages: Azeri/Russian/English/Turkish.Show more +