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.

25 May 2018

On May 23, 2018, Kalikova & Associates represented by Magomed Saaduev, Partner and Albina Rakhmidinova, Senior Lawyer attended a seminar organized by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD).

The seminar focused specifically on international experience and recommendations related to the effective management of contracts between the public and private sectors to offer long-term infrastructure solutions in developing countries. A separate section of the seminar was devoted to the first PPP project in the history of the Kyrgyz Republic related to the organization of hemodialysis services in the cities of Bishkek, Osh and Jalal-Abad.

Albina Rakhmidinova, Senior Lawyer and PPP practice team member, made a presentation on the key provisions of the PPP Agreement, the main obligations of both the public partner and the private partner, the liability of the parties and the monitoring of the project. She also shared her experience in preparing and implementing the first PPP project in the country.

The seminar was intended for the public sector employees involved in PPP projects and dealing with PPP agreements, contract management, hemodialysis services, and associations of hemodialysis care providers.

24 May 2018

On May 17, 2018 a seminar on intellectual property was held with the support of the Chamber of Tax Consultants. The speaker was Aleksei Vandaev, who is a senior lawyer of Kalikova & Associates.

Such issues as legal definition and protection of trademarks, requirements to designations, international procedure for the registration of trademarks, liability for trademark infringement, as well as judicial and alternative dispute resolution methods of protecting exclusive rights to trademarks were presented in the seminar. In addition, Aleksei shared with the audience common mistakes that are made by designers, when developing new designations and logos.

07 May 2018

The 7th Annual Ak Ilbirs National Film Awards ceremony took place at Manas cinema theater on April 27, 2018. The award ceremony was held after the screening of films shot in 2017 and nominated in 2018.

Poll results:

Best Film Award  - Centaurus, directed by Aktan Arym Kybat.
Best Director Award -  Aktan Arym Kubat.
Best Screenplay Award -  Centaurus, Aktan Arym Kubat together with Ernis Abdyjaparov.
Audience Choice Award - In Search of Mom directed by Ruslan Akun.
Best Documentary Film Award -  Oimok, directed by Kasiyet Kubanychbek kyzy.
Best Short Film Award -  Cinephile, directed by Askar Nurakun uulu.
Best Film of Central Asia Award - Oralman, directed by Sabit Kurmanbekov (Kazakhstan).
Best Actress of Central Asia Award - Shahzoda Matchanova for Masuma (Uzbekistan).
Outstanding Contribution to National Cinema Award - Jamal Seidakmatova the People's Artist of the Kyrgyz Republic. 
Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema Award - Nurzhuman Ihtymbaev, the People's Artist of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Kalikova & Associates has been the official watch partner of this award for a number of years providing coordination and vote counting services to jurors during selection of winners.

26 April 2018

 Kalikova & Associates is ranked as a the top-tier law firm by the LEGAL 500 EMEA 2018 international rating as 'very responsive' and 'knowledgeable' with expertise in banking and finance, minerals and metals, oil and gas, dispute resolution, projects and infrastructure, intellectual property, and IT and telecoms.

The Legal 500 praises Gulnara Kalikova as a legal advisor heavily involved in mineral and metals and projects and infrastructure matters, as well as infrastructure PPP projects involving the construction of a centralised medical laboratory and haemodialysis units. Ulan Tilenbaev, focuses on the TMT, minerals and metals, oil and gas, energy, and banking and finance sectors. Maksim Smirnov is experienced in oil and gas, minerals and metals, and advertising and competition. Alexander Ahn is active in banking and finance, corporate and M&A. Marina Lim focuses on the food services, logistics and natural resources sectors. Nurbek Sabirov is experienced in matters related to the minerals and metals, construction and real estate, and retail and consumer sectors. Magomed Saaduev predominantly handles energy, logistics and corporate matters. Aicholpon Jorupbekova is active in natural resources, corporate and M&A and restructuring matters.

Senior lawyer Aleksei Vandaev specialises in IP, and has 'excellent analytical, logical reasoning and negotiation skills' and Senior lawyer Jyldyz Tagaeva focuses on mining and metals, oil and gas, and anti-corruption and compliance matters.

24 April 2018

Magomed Saaduev,  Partner at Kalikova & Associates, took part in an international seminar on "Public-Private Partnerships: promoting international standards and best practice in Uzbekistan " in Tashkent, organized by the EBRD with the support from the UN and IFC to develop public private partnership in Uzbekistan and to study international experience.

The event was attended by representatives of a number of ministries and departments and the business community of Uzbekistan, as well as representatives of international financial institutions accredited in the country. Magomed Saaduyev made a presentation in which he shared his experience in the development of PPPs in Kyrgyzstan, new reforms in the Kyrgyz PPP legislation, in particular the drafting of the PPP Act in which Kalikova & Associates was directly involved.

15 March 2018

The Kyrgyz first PPP project for the promotion of hemodialysis services in Bishkek, Osh and Jalal-Abad has been shortlisted in the Best Healthcare Project Category of the Partnerships Awards 2018.

Now in its 20th year, the Partnerships Awards is the largest event recognising and rewarding the best in PPP. The Awards is for entries for organisations and projects across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. All the Partnerships Awards winners will be announced on Thursday, 10 May 2018 in London.

The Kyrgyz first PPP project for the promotion of hemodialysis services in Bishkek, Osh and Jalal-Abad is being delivered under the agreement between the Kyrgyz Ministry of Health as a public partner and Fresenius Medical Care Deutschland GmbH (Germany) as a private partner. The Kyrgyz Ministry of Health has prepared the PPP project and selected a private partner with the support of IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and a consortium of consultants from RebelGroup International, Dentons and Kalikova & Associates. The project was initiated and financed by the German Development Bank KfW and supported by the governments of Austria, Hungary and Switzerland.

Kalikova & Associates congratulates all stakeholders on the occasion of being shortlisted in the best healthcare project category of the Partnerships Awards 2018.

11 March 2018

On 16-19 January 2018, the Leaders Advancing Democracy Summit (LEAD Alliance), organized by the International Republican Institute, was held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

LEAD is a program that brings together emerging leaders from diverse sectors and civil society of Mongolia, Bhutan, Myanmar and Kyrgyzstan. Within the framework of the Summit, participants met with prominent political and social figures, including ministers and members of the State Great Khural (Parliament) of Mongolia.

Lawyer of Kalikova & Associates, Ermek Mamaev became one of six participants and the leader of the team from Kyrgyzstan, selected by the organizers on a competitive basis.

At the end of the Summit, each team received a small grant to implement short-term projects in their communities in the following areas:

-   transparency & anti-corruption;

-   environment & urbanization;

-   poverty alleviation & unemployment.

At present, team LEAD Kyrgyzstan is implementing a social project aimed at helping people with disabilities in Kyrgyzstan.

On 14-15 February 2018, the Citizens Forum of Central Asia was held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on water related issues coincided with the VIII World Water Forum in Brazil

Main goals and objectives of the Forum:

-   to promote the goals of the VIII World Water Forum in Brazil, taking into account the proposals from the civil society of Central Asia.

-   to create partnerships to ensure the "participation of all sectors of society" and partnerships promoted by the 2030 Sustainable Development Program, including those groups of society that often and easily stay behind.

-   to contribute to the Agenda for Action of the High-level Panel on Water.

To achieve these goals, the Forum participants worked in 4 groups: Local communities, Academia, Women (Gender), and Youth. Two delegates from Kyrgyzstan attended the Forum as a part of the Youth group, including the Lawyer of Kalikova & Associates, Ermek Mamaev.

As a result, the Forum participants developed proposals regarding the water resources of Central Asia, which will be presented during the VIII World Water Forum to be held in Brazil on 18-23 March 2018.

27 February 2018

Partner Aicholpon Jorupbekova has been promoted to Managing Partner of Kalikova & Associates law firm.

Aicholpon joined the firm in 2005 and as  partner led the firm’s Minerals & Metals and Oil & Gas practices. Aicholpon is a graduate of the American University of Central Asia and Washington College of Law and has more than 15 years’ experience advising clients on foreign investments, mining, M&A and operational issues representing them before state authorities, mining regulators and JV partners in the Kyrgyz Republic.

"I am honored to take over the management of Kalikova & Associates and will continue focusing on providing high quality and comprehensive advice to our clients guided by our firm’s values of professionalism and result-oriented approach. I am fortunate to lead a unique team of talented lawyers with strength and expertise in various disciplines and strong commitment to put the client’s interest first. It is a challenge for me but I see it as a great opportunity to take the firm to the next level. I am grateful to my colleagues for their trust and support”, Aicholpon commented on her appointment.  

Ulan Tilenbaev stepped down after 8 successful years in the role and returned to full time legal practice. “I wish Aicholpon success in her new role. She is an outstanding lawyer, and I am confident that she will provide excellent leadership to our law firm. Over the years, we have been involved in the largest and most innovative projects, the firm has maintained its leading position by continuously being ranked as a top tier law firm. We have a solid platform for further growth and success ", said Ulan.

Gulnara Kalikova, founding partner of Kalikova & Associates, decided to take up a new role as strategic counsel and to devote her considerable experience to developing the firm's PPP practice.

Kalikova & Associates is now the largest and one of the leading full service law firms in the Kyrgyz Republic. According to Chambers and Legal 500 international rating editions: Kalikova & Associates maintains its position as a popular choice for international and domestic companies and financial institutions. Clients refer to Kalikova & Associates’ team as “reliable, great team players”, “knowledgeable about local and international market practices”, and “ready and willing to go the extra mile”.

25 February 2018

The hearings held by the Parliamentary Committee on Economic and Fiscal Policy on February 16, 2018 were attended by the members of Government, Ministry of Economy, other public authorities and local administration offices, international organizations and business community.

Participants discussed issues related to public-private partnership (PPP) implementation in Kyrgyzstan. Concerns were raised that PPP implementation is lagging due to complex legislation and mechanisms that require further refinement and revision.

K&A Counsel Gulnara Kalikova made a presentation on the existing gaps and obstacles in the current PPP Law, including in respect of project preparation and private partner selection.

Reportedly, the Government intends to submit the draft of the new PPP Law to the Parliament in the near future. K&A lawyers are proud to have contributed, together with the Ministry of Economy, to the drafting of the new PPP Law.

17 February 2018

Kalikova and Associates has once again won international recognition from Chambers Global 2018. According to its latest edition, Kalikova and Associates continues to rank as the only Band 1 law firm in Kyrgyzstan.

Clients laud the firm stating that “the team is very flexible and attentive to our preferences”, “they can quickly adjust the approach as needed and always deliver high-quality results." The source says: "they are reliable, great team players and content-driven. Pleasant to work with, ready and willing to go the extra mile. They are practical, fast and accurate. They are knowledgeable about local and international market practices."

Ms. Gulnara Kalikova is recognized for having vast expertise in energy, natural resources, healthcare, infrastructure and PPP policy. "She is amazing, most impressive," enthuses a client.

Partner Mr. Ulan Tilenbaev is praised for having expertise in advising international infrastructure and natural resources clients on financial and corporate law issues.

Partner Mr. Maksim Smirnov is esteemed by Chambers Global 2018 edition as a recognized expert in the field of tax law and tax disputes. Clients praise him as a person who: "is always very helpful, fast and responsive and provides valuable comments." 

Partner Mr. Alexander Ahn is recognized as a highly reputable  banking and project finance lawyer. Clients praise him as "a strong lawyer and very promising", and note that "he is diligent and polite, and treats co-operation with us very seriously."



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