Arbitration as the Method of Settlement of Investment Disputes against the Kyrgyz Republic
AKIpress Analytics section, March 19, 2013

The Kyrgyz Republic has already participated in several arbitration proceedings. Therefore, it might be reasonable to analyze peculiarities of legal regulation of arbitration in the KR, the causes and consequences of arbitration disputes and make relevant conclusions…

What risks foreign investors should take into account while investing into the Kyrgyz mining sector,
The Times of Central Asia, March 1, 2012.

Overview of Anti-Corruption Laws in Kyrgyz Republic,
Comparative Summary of Anti-Corruption Laws in the CIS Economic Region, 2011,
The CIS Leading Council Network.

What a foreigner should know about tax regime in the Kyrgyz Republic?
The Times of Central Asia, publication expected.

Kyrgyzstan is not an offshore zone and does not provide tax exemptions, but the rates of many of them are not very high.

10 November 2021

Personal scholarship named after Gulnara A. Kalikova

 

We are thrilled to announce the establishment of the special scholarship for the AUCA IBL students initiated by Kalikova & Associates, one of the largest and leading law firms in the Kyrgyz Republic.

 

The scholarship is established by the current shareholders and team members of Kalikova & Associates law firm in recognition of its founder, Ms. Gulnara A. Kalikova, an eminent and respected lawyer in the Kyrgyz Republic. Ms. Gulnara A. Kalikova holds a PhD in Jurisprudence, is the first-ever Kyrgyz citizen to receive an academic degree from Harvard Law School, author of many articles and analytical notes in the field of law, state governance, economics and education. Ms. Gulnara A. Kalikova is a prominent example of a self-made woman leader, who has achieved personal and professional success. In addition to a flawless career in the legal profession, Ms. Gulnara A. Kalikova is known for her philanthropy, social and environmental activism, mentorship and comprehensive support to the growing generation of young professionals.

 

Scholarship amount: $100 a month

 

Payout period: 9 academic months (5 months for 2021-2022 Scholarship starting January 2022) without the right for further renewal and is paid on a monthly basis until the tenth of each month from September to May inclusive.

 

Selection criteria: Applicants for the Scholarship should be citizens of the Kyrgyz Republic who are 2–4-year students of the AUCA IBL department and meet the following selection criteria:

·        High academic performance (especially in legal subjects), cumulative average grade (GPA) should be not less than 3.0

·        Active participation in the public life of IBL department and/or university (volunteering experience will be an advantage)

·        Participation in academic/student conferences, publications, as well as work in legal clinics, courts game and/or internships in the field of jurisprudence are encouraged

 

* Applications from students from regions and/or low-income families are encouraged.

 

Selection stages: The Scholarship Competition is held once a year from April 1 to April 30. The competition consists of the following stages:

·        Acceptance of applications and necessary documents from applicants for the Scholarship

·        Interview with shortlisted Scholarship applicants.

 

The Scholarship Committee will consist of the following:

·        a dean/deputy dean of the AUCA IBL department

·        a representative of Kalikova & Associates

·        Gulnara A. Kalikova or a member of her family

 

The Scholarship Committee will collect and verify documents, interview candidates, and make a decision on the award of Scholarship. The Scholarship will be awarded annually to one IBL student.

 

Scholarship for the 2021-2022 academic year: The Scholarship Competition for the 2021-2022 academic year will be held from November 10 to December 15, 2021. To participate in the competition for the Scholarship please send the following documents in PDF format to office@ka.legal by November 30, 2021 (cc: law@auca.kg) indicating in the subject line “Personal scholarship named after Gulnara A. Kalikova”:

·        Free form motivation letter

·        CV

·        Copy of the transcript

·        One recommendation letter from a professor

·        Other additional documents are optional (e.g. articles, conference presentations, etc.)

 

Important dates:

·        November 10 - start of accepting applications for the Scholarship

·        November 30 - deadline for submission of the application for the Scholarship

·        December 1-12 - screening applications, compiling a short list of applicants, interviewing short-listed applicants

·        December 15 - announcement of the results of the competition for the Scholarship on the websites and/or pages in social networks of the AUCA (www.auca.kg) and/or Kalikova & Associates (www.k-a.kg)

 

** The scholarship for the 2021-2022 academic year will be awarded for a period of 5 academic months without the right to further renewal and will be paid on a monthly basis until the tenth day of each month, from January to May 2022, inclusive.

 

 

05 October 2021

Magomed Saaduev, partner at K&A Legal, prepared an article dedicated to practical implications of the new PPP Law adopted on August 11, 2021. The article contains analysis of implementation practices of the new PPP Law with a description of the most critical issues faced in practice while working on certain PPP projects in Kyrgyzstan.

27 August 2021

 On August 11, 2021, the President Japarov signed a new Public-Private Partnership Law (the "New PPP Law "), effective from August 22, 2021. The main changes to PPP regulations are:  

 1. The large-scale PPP projects attracting over KGS 1 billion investment can be awarded by direct negotiation, do not require tender, and a private partner can be directly selected by a public partner; 

 2. The PPP projects attracting over KGS 100 million investment can be awarded through tender by the Ministry of Investment, while the projects attracting under KGS 100 million investment can be awarded through tender by the central government or local self-government authorities, or state-owned or municipal enterprises or institutions in the relevant industry; 

 3. The PPP projects attracting over KGS 100 million investment require 2 public partners who jointly execute a PPP agreement with a private partner: in all projects, the first public partner must be the designated PPP authority, currently, the Ministry of Investment of the Kyrgyz Republic, and the second public partner must be a public authority in the relevant industry, or local self-government authority, or state-owned or municipal enterprises or institutions, or joint- stock companies having 50 or more government ownership; 

 4. The term of the PPP agreement is unlimited (previously it was limited to 30 years with the possibility of extension), however, the New PPP Law stipulates that contributions to a PPP project can be made for a term of up to 49 years; and 

 5. Finally, the New PPP Law protects private partners in PPP projects by prohibiting compliance and regulatory audits, except tax audits, during 3 years after signing a PPP agreement. 

 Please see the text of the New PPP Law using the following link

 

15 July 2021

Marina Lim, partner and Jyldyz Tagaeva, junior partner at Kalikova & Associates co-authored the aviation chapter on Kyrgyzstan, part of the Thomson Reuters' Aviation Finance Guide covering more than 50 jurisdictions worldwide.   
 
Marina Lim and Jyldyz Tagaeva prepared an overview of the aviation legislation and rules in the Kyrgyz Republic, describing the requirements applicable to aircraft registration, aircraft leasing and mortgage registration, aircraft foreclosure and related taxation. 
 
K&A Aviation Team has an extensive experience providing services to aviation clients in the following areas: mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, safety standards, aircraft financing and leasing, competition, licensing, jet fuel supply, certification, personnel certification, ground maintenance and legal regulation of airports. We also advise on commercial procurements, use of information and communication technologies by air companies. Among K&A strength is experience in law drafting. K&A Aviation Team has been involved in drafting of the Air/Aviation Code and actively participates in investment, licensing, taxation law drafting processes representing business interests. Such specialized expertise is supplemented by K&A’s knowledge in other business areas, such as labor, tax and customs matters, insurance, environmental protection and personal data protection. For more information about our firm, please visit our website http://www.k-a.kg/eng or contact us at lawyer@k-a.kg
11 February 2021

The K&A team has prepared a newsletter covering past and upcoming 2021 elections and referendum, the first decrees of the newly elected President Sadyr Japarov (in particular the decree on reforming the mining industry) and the temporary moratorium on issuing new gold licenses.

03 April 2020

Under the emergency conditions, the commandant of the city of Bishkek adopted a number of orders regulating the activities of the commandant’s office and aimed at maintenance of public order and preventing the spread of coronavirus infection. The text of the commandant’s orders below:

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Disclaimer: The translation of the Commandant’s orders from Russian into English is unofficial and provided for reference only, therefore K&A and its lawyers cannot be held responsible for any erroneous translations and content of the orders.

31 March 2020

Due to the spread of COVID-19 in the Kyrgyz Republic and around the world, K&A lawyers have prepared a list of normative legal acts, which have been adopted in the country due to the pandemic. The acts are aimed to regulate the interaction between government authorities, local self-government bodies, legal entities and natural persons in the time of the state of emergency as well as they are aimed to virus spread control and mitigation of its consequences.  In addition to that, we have prepared a list of legislative changes introduced in the Kyrgyz Republic in response to the COVID-19 pandemic sorted by industries and in chronological order.

13 December 2019

K&A practice in the field of labor relations includes not only advising clients on the issues of labor law, but also active participation in the development of effective solutions to improve the regulatory framework. On December 11, 2019, K&A partner Magomed Saaduev has taken part in a panel discussion of the IBC Human Resources Committee and presented on the issue of introducing additions to the Labor Code of the Kyrgyz Republic regarding the regulation of distance labor relations. Global trends in the labor market, as well as the experience of neighboring countries, indicate the growing importance of the issue of regulating the labor relations of employees working remotely, i.e. outside the employer's office. The introduction of these amendments to the Labor Code will facilitate the involvement of persons with disabilities, retired persons, women with many children, etc. in the economy. As a result of the discussion, the committee members supported the proposals and agreed on further steps.

10 September 2019

Dear colleagues,
We are pleased to invite you to participate at the international IBA Europe - Caucasus - Asia Forum (IBA ECA Forum), which will be held from October 31 to November 2, 2019 in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Managing partners, leaders of practice, legal advisers and other senior-level professionals representing the ECA region or interested in it will take part in the IBA ECA Forum. In addition to discussing current issues in the legal services market and legal practice, an excellent cultural program will be offered as part of the IBA ECA Forum.
Key topics of the Forum:
    • Legal issues in investing in the countries of the Caucasus and Central Asia
    • A “journey” on investment risks in times of uncertainty in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus
    • Services for international clients: what does it mean to work with clients operating all over the world?
    • The environment of the legal profession: “non-recruitment” of employees, agreements establishing the level of salaries, as agreed by employers at the same industry level, exchange of confidential information, and other practices of unfair competition in the field of human resources management
    • How can we promote equality, diversity and inclusiveness in legal profession?
    • “Burnout” of lawyers: an inevitable phenomenon?
    • M&A deals in the ECA region
    • Taxation in the countries of the region: CIS and other countries
    • Settlement of disputes in the region.

(!) Register before September 20, 2019 to receive a discount on early registration:
https://www.int-bar.org/Conferences/conf980/binary/980%20Tbilisi%202019%20programme.pdf

You can obtain more detailed information about the program and conditions for participation in the IBA ECA Forum at the following email addresses: lpruidze@fsgeorgia.ge or iba@int-bar.org.
IBA ECA Forum is the largest regional forum and the place where we meet our colleagues, share knowledge and experience.
Respectfully,
K&A team

29 March 2019

As part of its initiative to support the development of the new generation of legal professionals K&A announces its annual scholarship program among students of law schools.
A winner of K&A Scholarship will receive a one-time monetary stipend and an opportunity to undergo a one-month internship at Kalikova & Associates, with a possibility of extension up to 2 months.
More information about the program you may find by the following link.

 

 

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