Meet Our Team

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Vugar Mammadov

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Sevda Rahimli

Managing Partner

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With more than fifteen years’ experience in sectors as diverse as energy, finance, hospitality, consumer markets and retail, manufacturing, Vugar brings insight and know-how to major local and international clients.  He was invited to set-up and head the Legal Practice at Deloitte Azerbaijan for many years.  Before that he gained an extensive experience at PwC tax and legal practice. 

Vugar advises on challenging business and trade transactions, merger and acquisitions, reorganisations and consolidations, project finance and applies his legal, tax and business understanding to the transactional documentation and negotiations, legal due diligence and financial considerations of clients' deals.

Vugar also has an extensive involvement in PPP (public private partnership) projects as well as in all matters relating to their registration and operational matters. Additionally, Vugar supports the clients in investment protection, private international law and other areas.​ Vugar holds LL.M (Master of Laws) degree in Business and Trade Law from Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Senior Tax Associate

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Sevda started her tax and accounting career at international consulting firm, Deloitte Azerbaijan, where she successfully provided tax compliance and accounting services to her clients. 

 

Sevda gained further strong industrial and work experience at the biggest Azerbaijani distribution companies, such as Engin LTD and Ceylan, where she dealt with the tax and finance matters. 

 

Sevda’s expertise includes taxation, accounting and bookkeeping services, payroll, reporting, managing and controlling all accounting and finance processes for businesses and also support during statutory tax audits. She has a solid expertise in customs area, including preparation of customs declarations and advising in customs matters.

Sevda holds two academic degrees that include Bachelor’s in Finance from Azerbaijan State Economic University and Master’s in Finance Management from Qafqaz University.  

Ismayil Aliyev

Lawyer

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Ismayil holds four academic degrees that include Bachelor’s in Law from Baku State University; BA in Law from City University London; BSc in Management with Law from London School of Economics and Political Science and LL.M in International Business Law from King’s College London.

Ismayil has gained professional experience at the UK law firms such as F&T Services Limited and Imran Khan and Partners operating in London, UK.   In addition to that, he was a part of the UN Agency for International Migration, where he obtained exceptional experience in migration law matters.    

Ismayil is taking part in consulting major players in fields of construction, food, beverage, transportation, pharmaceuticals, aviation, retail, hospitality industries and investment companies for the legal issues related to financial, corporate, contract, investment, employment, intellectual property, consumer protection, trade, shipping and so on.

Apart from drafting, reviewing all sorts of commercial, corporate and other types of contracts, over the course of service, Ismayil has gained immense experience in preparation of a lawsuit for the final court proceedings, represented clients in pre-court sessions in disciplines of all legal directions stated above.

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Vusale Babayeva

Lawyer

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Vusale is a professional legal advisor specialized in the areas of banking and finance law, investment companies and securities.  She supports her clients in legal and statutory compliance matters, customer markets, IP and antitrust law, commercial law, international conflict law, insurance legislation, contracts, corporate law and other areas.  Vusale has been engaged in obtaining of various licenses and permissions for construction companies and non banking credit organizations.

Vusale has gained profound legal expertise in a non-banking commercial organization as a lawyer. Previous to that, she has worked at the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences as a Human Resources specialist.

 

Vusale provides her clients with an extensive input in drafting, negotiating, and reviewing the agreements, corporate and employment documents, distribution and franchising transactions and many others. She is actively engaged both in legal and tax due diligence projects.

Vusale holds two academic degrees that include LL.B (Bachelor of Law) and LL.M (Master of Laws) degree in International Law from Baku State University in Baku, Azerbaijan. She is fluent in several languages, including English, Russian Turkish, and Azerbaijani.

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Aysel Maharramova

Seljan Aghasarkari

Litigation

Lawyer

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Lawyer

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Aysel is a highly qualified barrister and a member of the Azerbaijani Bar Association since 2018. 

Aysel has an extensive experience and knowledge in commercial and real-estate litigations.  Main spheres of her specialization include litigation, real estate, investment protection, recognition of the foreign court decisions and international arbitral awards, securities, mining and production.

Aysel has participated in numerous legal conferences and courses conducted in Belgium, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

 

Aysel holds two academic degrees that include Bachelor’s in Law from Baku State University and Master’s in Commercial Law from Baku State University.  She also participated in various legal courses organized in Belgium, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

Seljan holds solid international legal expertise in a numerous areas of law. Before joining VLM, she worked for well-known law firms, including a leading law firm Eptalex - Garzia Gasperi & Partners based in Milan, Italy, Roedl & Partner and Özgun & Partners law firm in Istanbul, Turkey.

Having an extensive transnational legal practice, she has significant experience in advising both international and local companies, as well as individuals. Her practice encompasses a broad array of

corporate and commercial matters, preparation of transactional documents, establishment of joint ventures, internationalization processes of corporates.

 

She assisted both national and international

businesses in different sectors such as renewable energy, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing industry, etc.

Seljan completed her LL.M (Master of Laws) degree in Comparative and European Private law at

University of Sapienza in Rome, Italy and has been awarded with an Honor Certificate due to completing

her studies with excellent marks. She is also a graduate from Baku State University School of Law in

Baku, Azerbaijan.

Seljan has contributed to several publications on topics such as mergers and acquisitions, corporate

governance and corporate compliance, investment opportunities, energy, data protection, export

control, international sanctions matters. She speaks fluently several languages, including English,

Russian, Azeri, Turkish and Italian.