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.

02 August 2016

On July 27, 2016, IBC held a roundtable on Business challenges in the leading sectors of economy and ways to solve them. The roundtable was attended by parlament members, government officials, representatives of international organizations, embassies and business associations. The participants discussed issues related to the financial sector, telecommunications and subsoil.

Kalikova & Associates on behalf of subsoil users and IBC members presented the most problematic issues of the mining industry, as well as the ways to solve them.

As a result of the roundtable joint recommendations were adopted to improve the business environment in Kyrgyzstan.

30 June 2016

On June 24, 2016, Kalikova & Associates Partner Marina Lim took part in a roundtable on Electronic and Digital Financial Services Potential in the KR, hosted by the International Finance Corporation as part of the Azerbaijan-Central Asia Electronic Project and Digital Financial Services and Financial Markets Infrastructure Project. The roundtable discussion focused on results from the survey on market potential for digital financial services and ways to develop financial market infrastructure.

The event was attended by the representatives from the World Bank resident mission, National Bank, Union of Banks, major mobile operators and business community of the Kyrgyz Republic.

23 June 2016

Kalikova & Associates Managing Partner Ulan Tilenbaev took part in the International Bar Association (IBA) Europe-Caucasus-Asia (ECA) forum, which was held in Kiev and Lviv from June 15 to 19, 2016. The event was hosted by the Ukrainian law firms Arzinger and Sayenko Kharenko.

The ECA Forum is an international event, which is being held since 2006 on an annual basis. This year the forum was sponsored by the International Bar Association (IBA) for the first time. The proposed agenda of the ECA Forum included the development of the legal profession and the legal market in general, law firm management and the role of women in the legal profession. Among other questions discussed at the forum were the development of new industries and their influence on the legal market. The ECA Forum brings together partners of leading law firms practicing in the CIS countries, senior partners and representatives of international law firms, heads of legal departments of transnational corporations.

Ulan Tilenbaev took part in a panel discussion: Law firm management: talents engagement and motivation – new generation, new challenges, leadership in law firms, knowledge management. During the discussion, Ulan shared Kalikova & Associates’ experience in building effective peer relationships among employees from different generations, organizing internal knowledge management, establishing a link between incentive and loyalty programs and business development strategy, etc.

15 June 2016

Kalikova & Associates representatives, Gulnara Kalikova and Azima Bokoshova, participated in the expert meeting on “The role of the public and private partnership (PPP) in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SGPs)” held on June 13 in Bishkek. The meeting was organized by International Business Council and United Nations Development Programme.

The participants of the event discussed the PPP’s role in achieving the SDGs and potential projects proposed by the public and private partners. The expert meeting also covered the practical issues, such as attracting financing from the Kyrgyz banks, procedure of initiation of a PPP project by private partner (unsolicited bid) and etc.

Kalikova & Associates Founding Partner, Gulnara Kalikova, delivered a presentation entitled “PPP Project: practical implementation within the current legal framework”.

01 June 2016

On May 26 and 27 the Lawyer of Kalikova & Associates, Ermek Mamaev participated in the seminar for legal practitioners, held in Bishkek by Ms. Elena Perepelinskaya, Partner and Head of International Arbitration Practice in the CIS countries in the international law firm INTEGRITES, Kiev, Ukraine. Elena is one the recognized experts in the field of international commercial arbitration, litigation and international trade.

The aim of the workshop was to familiarize the participants with the practical features of dispute resolution in international commercial arbitration, recognition and enforcement of international arbitral awards. Upon completion of the seminar, participants were awarded a certificate.

30 May 2016

Kalikova & Associates Senior Lawyer Jyldyz Tagaeva participated in the 7th session of the Regional Public-Private Dialogue (RPPD) Platform held on May 24-25 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

The event was organized by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) for public sector, mining/consulting services sector and NGO representatives from Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Germany. The participants shared experience and news in extractive industries, in particular:

- the enabling legal environment for investment in the extractive industries;
- improving the legal environment for extractive industries;
- transparent and efficient agreements;
- environmental and social performance standards for permitted extractive industry operations.

In the framework of this discussion, Jyldyz Tagaeva reported on Kalikova & Associates’ input in the development of the medium and long-term mining strategy and reforming the legal environment for extractive industries in the Kyrgyz Republic.

17 May 2016

On May 24, 2016 Kalikova & Associates will participate in the Central Asian Franchising Expo 2016. The organizers of the exhibition are the Investment company East Star Capital with support from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Investment Promotion Agency under the Ministry of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic.

According to Kalikova & Associates Managing partner Ulan Tilenbaev, the upcoming event should be interesting for the representatives of business community, at least as general information, since such event is new for Kyrgyzstan. According to the organizers of Expo there will be announced 25 franchises of major foreign brands that are ready to enter our market. The practice indicates the growth of potential for franchises and entrepreneurs’ interest in investing in ready-made business projects encouraged by successful examples in the market. In our view, such kind of events can be a good platform for communication and discussion of further cooperation with representatives of different companies and finding new business partners”.

Kalikova & Associates lawyers will present a small workshop on “Legal aspects of franchising” during which the interested persons will have an opportunity to obtain information on franchising and its development in the Kyrgyz Republic.

17 May 2016

The 5th Annual Ak Ilbirs National Film Award ceremony took place at Manas cinema theater on May 13, 2016. The awarding ceremony took place after the demonstration of films shot in 2015 and nominated in 2016. The demonstration of nominated films was held at Chingiz Aitmatov Cinema House in early May. The jury included the members of the Union of Cinematographers of the Kyrgyz Republic. Based on the voting results, Sutak, a film directed by Mirlan Abdykalykov, was announced as the best film of 2015. It previously won Nika Film Award of the Russian Academy of Cinema Arts in the category "Best Film of CIS and Baltic countries."

Home for Mermaids, Uzbekistan, 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 cameramen, Mr. Nurtai Barbiev, the People’s Artist of the Kyrgyz Republic. The prize for an outstanding contribution to the World cinema was awarded to Mrs.Natalia Arinbasarova, the Honored Artist of the RSFSR, the USSR State Prize laureate and a holder of Volpi gold cup at the 26th Venice International Film Festival.

28 April 2016

On April 28, 2016 Ulan Tilenbaev, Managing partner, participated in the Meeting of the Turkic Council which was held within the framework of the 4th business forum.

Participants at the business forum included representatives of the companies from various sectors of economy in particular, mining, tourism and energy industries. Among the guests of the business forum were the representatives of the public and private sector and business community of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Kazakhstan.

The business forum discussed possible cooperation options between the friendly countries and the broadening of trade and economic relations.

27 April 2016

«Business against corruption: modern challenges and tendencies» international anticorruption conference took place in Bishkek last week. The conference was organized by the BizExpert Analytical Center along with the National Alliance of Business Associations (NABA) with support from the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ). Kalikova & Associates law firm was represented by Ulan Tilenbaev, Managing Partner.

The main goal of the conference was to attract public attention to the problems of corruption, to discuss existing anticorruption tendencies and mechanisms and to share successful experiences in carrying out anticorruption initiatives. The conference also discussed anticorruption compliance mechanisms for business sector widely used in Europe and USA and helping companies to identify and manage the risks of corruption. Speaking about anticorruption compliance mechanisms, Ulan Tilenbaev noted that their introduction can positively affect foreign investor perceptions of the local business climate. He added that the anticorruption compliance mechanisms should be used by all businessmen who value their businesses and want to go further, all the more so as such mechanisms are not prohibited in the Kyrgyz Republic.



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