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.

22 September 2017

Kalikova & Associates Managing Partner Ulan Tilenbaev took part in the International Bar Association (IBA) Europe-Caucasus-Asia (ECA) forum, which was held in London from September 6 to 8, 2017.

The legal IBA ECA Forum, formerly known as the CIS Local Counsel, is an international event, which is being held since 2006 on an annual basis. This Forum has become a platform for the wide-scale meetings of lawyers specializing in the field of business support. The ECA Forum brings together managing and senior partners of leading law firms practicing not only in the CIS countries, but also representatives of international law firms.

The main agenda of the forum included:

- Law firm management: How to feel “at home” on the global stage;
- Business going online - new possibilities for e-commerce projects;
- The role of the legal profession in building a corruption-free environment;
- Tackling intercultural challenges...talking the talk.

As a bonus, the delegates were given a relationship building opportunity to visit a number of law firms in London to exchange ideas and network.

16 August 2017

On August 15, 2017, the country’s first PPP agreement was signed between the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic and Fresenius Medical Care Deutschland GmbH (Germany), selected as a private partner under the PPP project on organization of hemodialysis services in Bishkek, Osh and Jalal-Abad. The term of the agreement is 10 years.

As part of its obligations under the PPP agreement, Fresenius Medical Care Deutschland GmbH undertook to ensure the establishment of dialysis centers, import, operation and maintenance of equipment, training of personnel of public hemodialysis units and provision of dialysis services to patients with chronic kidney failure.

Kalikova & Associates, in consortium with IFC, RebelGroup International, and Dentons, provided assistance to the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic in the preparation of the PPP project and selection of the private partner.

In particular, Kalikova & Associates, as a legal consultant for the Ministry of Health, was directly involved in conducting the feasibility study, drafting the tender rules and tender documents, including the PPP agreement, as well as providing legal support during the tender process, including the execution of the PPP agreement with the private partner.

Kalikova & Associates wishes success to the public and private partners in implementing the project and looks forward to further progress in promoting PPPs as effective methods of mutually beneficial cooperation between the public and private sectors.

Private partner information:
Fresenius Medical Care Deutschland GmbH is the world's leading provider of products and services for patients with chronic kidney failure.

28 July 2017

The Charles University in Prague – the main university of the Czech Republic and the oldest university in Central Europe hosted the Prague Summer Mediation Academy with the participation of the representatives from the United States of America, Italy, Kenya, the Great Britain, Georgia, India, the Philippines and Kyrgyzstan. Ermek Mamaev, a lawyer of Kalikova & Associates, was also admitted to participate in the summer academy.

This course offered participants the opportunity of exploring the general issues on mediation as an alternative way of disputes resolution, mediator tools and skills, foreign mediation experience, as well as issues related to cross-border mediation. Lectures were conducted by recognized experts in the field of mediation and other alternative methods of disputes resolution from the Czech Republic and Ireland.

It should be noted that at the end of June the Parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic approved in the third reading the draft Law of the Kyrgyz Republic "On Mediation", which is designed to relieve the courts by introducing extrajudicial settlement of conflicts with the help of a mediator.

25 July 2017

The training for counsels in commercial arbitration took place on July 15 and 17, 2017 at the Advocates Training Center. The training was conducted by the arbitration practitioners: Nurbek Sabirov, Partner at Kalikova and Associates, Elena Babitskaya and Natalia Alenkina.

The training was part of the "Promotion and strengthening of the rule of law in the Kyrgyz Republic” project financed by the European Union.

17 July 2017

The World Justice Forum V took place on July 10 – 13, 2017 in the Hague, Netherlands. It was organized by the World Justice Project, an independent multidisciplinary organization, in cooperation with Microsoft Corporation and American Bar Association. The forum attracted 400 delegates from 75 countries, among who were practicing lawyers, current justices of the Supreme Courts, Stanford law school dean, ombudsmen and other representatives of the legal profession.

On the final day of the forum, 10 participants selected out of 400 presented their proposals on projects to strengthen the rule of law in their countries. The person who won the votes of the organizers and all participants of the forum was declared the winner. We are pleased to announce that the prize was awarded to Ermek Mamaev a Kyrgyz national and a lawyer of Kalikova & Associates law firm, who presented a project to strengthen the rule of law in Kyrgyzstan.

The World Justice Project releases the World's Rule of Law Index (The WJP's Rule of Law Index). This Index was introduced in 2010 and measures a country’s achievements in promoting the rule of law. The 2016 Edition expanded coverage to 113 countries with Denmark remaining the highest-ranked country in rule of law while Venezuela is the weakest performer among all the 113 indexed countries. Kyrgyzstan ranks 83-rd.

06 July 2017

From the 16th to the 20th of June 2017, Mr. Ermek Mamaev, a lawyer of Kalikova & Associates took part in the first Youth Regional Workshop on Water in Central Asia.The workshop took place in the Swiss Pavilion at Expo Astana 2017: Future Energy.

The workshop was attended young experts from the Central Asian region, including the representatives from the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Republic of Korea. The workshop was organized by the International Secretariat for Water and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and held under the theme "Innovative solutions to water issues in Central Asia: challenges and contributions of young people".

The participants of the workshop met with experts and diplomats from Europe and Canada, including the former President of the Swiss Confederation, currently Swiss Federal Councillor Mr. Didier Burkhalter, who discussed with the participants of the workshop various problems in the water sector and their solutions.

As a result of the workshop, young experts developed their own vision and solutions for Water in Central Asia, which were presented to the official representatives of all Central Asian states during the Blue Peace Central Asia Conference in Astana on July 20, 2017.

06 July 2017

Nurbek Sabirov, Partner of Kalikova & Associates, prepared a handbook on arbitration “Concepts and legal regulation of arbitration in the Kyrgyz Republic”, which was published as part of USAID and IDLO project on strengthening the justice system in the Kyrgyz Republic.

The handbook was developed based on practical experience for the training of arbitrators of arbitration courts under the support of USAID and IDLO.

Nurbek Sabirov is an advocate and acting arbitrator of the International Court of Arbitration under the Chamber of Industry and Commerce of the Kyrgyz Republic, arbitrator of Riga International Commercial Arbitration Court and arbitrator of the Georgian International Arbitration Centre (GIAC).

30 May 2017

On May 24, 2017, Kalikova & Associates representatives, Ulan Tilenbaev, Managing partner and Ermek Mamaev, lawyer, participated in English Law Day Forum in Almaty, organized by the Law Society of England and Wales in partnership with the Kazakhstan Bar Association and the British-Kazakh Law Association. The Forum covered the latest legal news from England and Wales, transactional update – current market trends in M&A transactions and current market trends in international litigation and arbitration. The Forum brought together legal practitioners from the Great Britain, Russia and the Central-Asian region.

The Forum served as an excellent platform for discussing topical legal issues and strengthening partnerships among multiple jurisdictions.

24 April 2017

The 6th Annual Ak Ilbirs National Film Award ceremony took place at Manas cinema theater on April 14, 2017. The awarding ceremony took place after the demonstration of films shot in 2016 and nominated in 2017. The demonstration of nominated films was held at Chingiz Aitmatov Cinema House in late March. The jury included the members of the Union of Cinematographers of the Kyrgyz Republic. Based on the voting results, A Father's Will, a film directed by Bakyt Mukul and Dastan Zhapar Uulu, was announced as the best film of 2016. It previously won a number of prestigious foreign movie awards.

The Path to Mother, Kazakhstan, won Ak Ilbirs award in the category “The best film in Central Asia”.

The prize for an outstanding contribution to the National Cinematography was awarded to writer and Academician of the National Film Academy of Kyrgyzstan Mr. Mar Baydjiev.

The prize for an outstanding contribution to the World cinema was awarded to Film Director Hodjakuli Narliev.

The 6th Annual Ak Ilbirs National Film Award was established to recognize the best achievements in the cinema in the country and to stimulate the artistic growth of national cinema in all areas of filmmaking.

Kalikova & Associates is a partner of this award and for 5 years has been coordinating the work of the jury and carries out counting of votes to determine the winners.

24 April 2017

On April 6, 2017, Bishkek was visited by an Austrian business delegation headed by Mr. Michael Angerer, Director of the Department of Foreign Trade with Eastern Europe and Central Asia of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber.

The main purpose of the visit was to expand and strengthen the trade and economic relations between our countries. The meeting was held with the participation of state and private companies in different sectors of the economy and was organized with the support of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Magomed Saaduev, Partner at Kalikova & Associates, took part in the meeting with the business delegation.



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