Business sectors

Over the decades, VLM’s lawyers have been involved in a large number of transactions representing almost all of the business sectors in Azerbaijan.  Our services include the following sectors:

Energy, Oil & Gas

Banking & Finance

Hotels and Leisure

Private Public Partnership

Pharmaceuticals

Real Estate & Construction

Professional Services Industry

Private client services

 

Agribusiness

From tomato to hazelnuts, cotton, grain, and bioenergy are integral parts of Azerbaijani agribusiness.
The agribusiness industry may benefit from competitive advantages in tax and customs privileges and
subsidies in Azerbaijan. However, agribusiness is not immune from competition, escalating prices, and
the requirement of cost structuring. To overcome these issues and move forward, you need a firm with
a spread of skills across the agribusiness.  
You can rely on us on:

 


1. Full legal outsourcing


2. Assistance in obtaining licenses


3. Assistance in obtaining tax and customs exemptions


4. Business reorganizations


5. Commercial law services, legal and tax due diligence of the target and vendors


6. Corporate and IP matters


7. Negotiation, preparation, and review of all types of sale, service, supply, royalty, franchising, lease,
and any other agreements

8. Litigation and Dispute resolution


9. Tax, Labor, and Migration matters


10. Consumer markets

 
 

Aviation & Aerospace

 

We have substantial experience and knowledge in the commercial aviation sector. It includes
representing international airlines and operating lessors, manufacturers, and export credit agencies in
many areas, including:


1. Commercial law services, legal and tax due diligence of the target and vendors


2. IP matters


3. Litigation and Dispute resolution


4. Local and international regulatory regimes and treaties


5. Project finance


6. Selling, purchasing, and leasing aircraft and equipment


7. Tax, Labor, and Migration matters

 

Consumer Goods, Food & Retail

VLM’s lawyers have advised many players of the consumer goods, luxury and fashion, food and retail
sectors in business law, from mergers and acquisitions, commercial law and contract drafting,
corporates, antitrust, disputes, intellectual property, and many other issues. 
We are ready to provide you with the full legal services, including:


1. Full legal outsourcing


2. Assistance in obtaining licenses


3. Assistance in obtaining tax and customs exemption


4. Business reorganizations


5. Commercial law services, legal and tax due diligence of the target and vendors


6. Corporate and IP matters


7. Litigation and Dispute resolution


8. Negotiation, preparation, and review of all types of sale, service, supply, royalty, franchising, lease,
and any other agreements


9. Tax, Labor, and Migration matters


10. Consumer markets

 

Energy, Oil & Gas

VLM offers comprehensive and effective legal solutions to the energy and oil & gas industry players. Our
lawyers have successfully served a broad spectrum of local and international oil and gas producers,
service companies, trading companies, energy marketers, and state entities.


We are proud of having strong experience on the domestic and international stages, including global
project finance, reorganization, Production Sharing Agreements (PSA) and statutory legislation, taxation,
employment structuring, labor migration, and local content matters.

VLM’s lawyers have advised its clients from the day of signing the contracts up to the present day. We
have experience drafting and negotiating the tax and customs protocols of the PSAs signed between the
major oil companies and SOCAR, acquiring the international oil and gas companies, and restructuring an
international oil company as a PSA Contractor Azerbaijan, as well as various alternative energy projects.
You can rely on us on:


1. Full legal outsourcing


2. Alternative energy matters


3. Commercial law services, legal and tax due diligence of the target and vendors


4. Contracts and Business law


5. Corporate law


6. Licensing


7. Mergers and Acquisitions


8. Oil and Gas, Energy law


9. Project finance


10. Tax, Labor, and Migration issues

 

Banking & Finance

We are proud of being advisors of local and international banks, investment companies, nonbanking
credit organizations, insurance companies in various areas of banking, securities, investment, and
finance law.  


We are ready to provide you with the full legal services, including:


1. Commercial law services, legal and tax due diligence of the target and vendors


2. Contracts and Business law


3. Corporate law


4. Dispute Resolution and Litigation


5. Finance law and Regulation


6. Labor and Migration issues


7. Licensing


8. Mergers and Acquisitions


9. Project finance 


10. Regulatory Compliance

Hotels and Leisure

 

We are proud of having experience with the top hotel and leisure industry players in Azerbaijan, both
international and local brands. VLM has in-depth knowledge of working with the hotel owners,
investors, and operators of the hotels in Azerbaijan. We address your case not only from a legal
perspective but from a business and commercial perspective too. 


You can rely on us for advice on:

 


1. Full legal outsourcing


2. Management, Franchise, and License agreements


3. Company and asset acquisitions and dispositions

4. Advertisement


5. Business and Contract law


6. Corporate law


7. Commercial law services, legal and tax due diligence of the target and vendors


8. Dispute Resolution and Litigation


9. Tax, Labor, and Migration issues


10. Licensing


11. Consumer markets

 

IT, Telecommunication and Transport

VLM’s lawyers have extensive experience advising/working for IT, telecommunication, and transport.
Therefore, we are familiar with these companies’ legal and regulatory environments.


VLM’s lawyers have represented transport companies in several regulatory and law application matters,
including the use of vessels, bareboat charters, customs, and other related (tax, employment, tariff,
etc.).


We believe that comprehensive and timely legal advice is essential to our clients on the following
matters:

 


1. Full legal outsourcing


2. Contracts and Business Law


3. Commercial law services, legal and tax due diligence of the target and vendors


4. Mergers and Acquisitions


5. Tax, Labor, and Migration matters


6. Dispute resolution and Litigation 


7. Consumer markets

 

Manufacture, Trade & Services

VLM offers a wide range of services to manufacturing industries, trade, and services companies.
Our experience includes full legal support in doing business in Azerbaijan, legal consulting on investment
contracts, drafting and reviewing contracts/agreements with customers/suppliers, obtaining tax
exemption certificates, licenses, approvals, certifications.


We believe the following are the services you may rely on us:

 


1. Full legal outsourcing


2. Commercial law services, legal and tax due diligence of the target and vendors


3. Contracts and Business Law


4. Dispute resolution and Litigation


5. IP matters


6. Licensing


7. Mergers and Acquisitions


8. Regulatory compliance and environment


9. Tax, Labor, and Migration


10. Consumer markets

 

VLM has solid experience in legal matters pharmaceutical companies face in Azerbaijan. We believe the
following are the services you may rely on us:

 


1. Full legal outsourcing


2. Contracts and Business law


3. Corporate law


4. Commercial law services, legal and tax due diligence of the target and vendors


5. Dispute resolution and Litigation


6. Tax, Labor, and Migration issues


7. Mergers and Acquisitions


8. IP matters


9. Consumer markets

Pharmaceuticals

 

Private Client Services

VLM offers to families and individuals pragmatic and global advice in a legal, tax, and multi-jurisdictional
environment, which is becoming ever more complex.  


With the help of our tax and advisory colleagues from several jurisdictions, we offer you advice to
organize your wealth, sustain it and plan its succession from generation to generation efficiently and
flexibly. We strive to protect our clients’ interests and wealth and help them be tax efficient and
compliant. It allows us to provide our clients with truly international advice considering the local laws
applicable in these jurisdictions. Clients requiring advice in countries where we are not qualified to
benefit from our important network of professional colleagues with whom we work regularly. These
clients retain VLM as one point of reference within our group.

 

Private Public Partnership

We expect the number of Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) to increase for public infrastructure delivery
in Azerbaijan significantly. A PPP offers an opportunity for both governmental bodies and companies the
efficiency, exchange know-how, and optimize resources.

We believe the following are the services PPP parties may rely on us:

 


1. Commercial law services, legal and tax due diligence of the target and vendors


2. Contracts and Business law


3. Corporate law


4. Dispute resolution and Litigation


5. Mergers and Acquisitions


6. Tax, Labor, and Migration issues

 

Professional services industry

In the course of their work, businesses in the professional services sector may find themselves in need of
their assistance. By understanding the nuance of laws affecting the professional services industry, VLM
may provide tailored advice to assist your business today and in the future.


Whether you are in the business of accounting, management consulting, marketing, advertising,
engineering, technology, recruitment, or any other business advisory service, we can assist you in daily
legal matters your business faces. 

You may rely on us:

 


1. Full legal outsourcing


2. Assistance in obtaining licenses


3. Assistance in obtaining tax and customs exemptions


4. Business reorganizations


5. Commercial law services, legal and tax due diligence of the target and vendors


6. Corporate and IP matters


7. Industry-specific knowledge and understanding of laws


8. Litigation and Dispute resolution


9. Negotiation, preparation, and review of all types of sale, service, supply, royalty, franchising, lease,
and any other agreements


10. Tax, Labor, and Migration matters

 

Real Estate & Construction

VLM’s expertise concerning real estate and construction projects includes legal drafting, legal advisory,
and support in obtaining licenses and approvals.


We advise on the entire range of legal issues related to real estate deals, including:

 


1. Due diligence of real estate assets


2. Litigation and Dispute resolution


3. Obtaining licenses and permissions


4. Real estate construction contracts 


5. Real estate transactions (sale and purchase, lease and sub-lease)


6. Tax and Labor matters


7. Terminations of real estate agreements (once-side refusal, leased property repurchases, etc.)