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2 JULY | CERBA National Webinar "Doing business with the Republic of Azerbaijan"

  • 02 Jul 2020
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Zoom teleconference


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We are pleased to inform you that the webinar «Doing business with the Republic of Azerbaijan»will take place at 12 PM EST / 8 PM Baku time on 2 July 2020 (Thursday). The webinar is organized by CERBA in partnership with Morneau Shepell and VLM Group.

With a history of industrial development of more than 100 years, the Republic of Azerbaijan proved to be a leading country in Southern Caucasus. Over the past 10 years, economy of Azerbaijan grew drastically attracting foreign investments from major companies. It is a fascinating country that has a lot of untapped opportunities available for Canadian businesses.

This webinar offers you a chance to hear first-hand information about the political regime, economic conditions, traditional and latest trade and investment opportunities in the Republic of Azerbaijan, as well as the first steps for a business to take when entering Azerbaijan's market.  CERBA is inviting you to discuss your questions and ideas with panels of experts on expanding business into this exceptionally attractive market place.

It would be an honour for us to have you amongst the participants of this webinar! Register today to join the discussion and discover the new opportunities that Azerbaijan has on offer.  


12:00 PM - Call to Order and Introductions - Gilles BretonCERBA National Chairman

12:05 PM - Welcome Remarks:

Martha HarrisonCERBA Toronto Board Chair, Partner at McCarthy Tetrault

Mr. Fuad Aliyev, Charge d'Affaires of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Canada


12:20 PM - Zohrab Gadirov, Head of Investment Promotion Department at Azerbaijan Export & Investment promotion foundation (AZPROMO)

12:35 PM - Vugar Mammadov, LL.M, Managing Partner, VLM and Partners 

12:50 PM - Elvin HatamzadeHead of the Office of International Affairs of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Azerbaijan

1:05 PM - Fuad Karimli, MBA, LL.M, Regional Manager, Turkey, Middle East and CIS, Morneau Shepell

1:20 PM  - Q&A session

1:35 PM - Closing remarks and adjournment


- Current state of economy of Azerbaijan & Economic diversification; 

- Specific sectors overview: Energy, Oil & Gas, Mining,  Agriculture & Food, IT/ICT, Construction/Infrastructure, Petrochemicals, Renewable energy;

- Investment climate and incentives, benefits and privileges for the foreign companies;

- Taxation and free economic zones;

- Canadian companies' experience of doing business in Azerbaijan.


Zohrab Gadirov, Head of Investment Promotion Department at Azerbaijan Export & Investment promotion foundation (AZPROMO)

Mr. Zohrab Gadirov holds Master’s degrees from Baku State University and Texas A&M University, both in International Affairs major. Mr. Gadirov began his career as Economic and Trade Officer at the Embassy of Israel in Baku. He later shifted his career path into the banking sector where he managed Financial Institutions business firstly at a commercial bank Unibank, and later at International Bank of Azerbaijan, the largest bank in the country. His next work place was the Exporters Club of Azerbaijan where he served as Executive Director. In 2019 he joined Azerbaijan Export and Investment Promotion Foundation (AZPROMO) where he remains as Investment promotion department director.  

Contact information:

Tel: +99412 598 01 47;

+99412 598 01 48 (ext-112)

Fax: +99412 598 01 52

Email: [email protected]


Vugar Mammadov, LL.M, Managing Partner, VLM and Partners

Vugar Mammadov is the Managing Partner at VLM.  He holds an LL.M (Master of Laws) degree in Business and Trade Law from Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Vugar brings over fifteen years’ experience and a proven track record of success spanning various aspects of legal and tax areas for international and local businesses.  He set-up and headed up the Legal Practice at Deloitte Azerbaijan for many years after eight years experience at PwC Azerbaijan Tax and Legal Practice. Vugar’s key accomplishments include delivering legal expertise in corporate and business transactions, mergers and acquisitions and project finance, expert advice and oversight in large corporate negotiations.

Contact information:

Tel: +99450 283 82 48

Email: [email protected]


Elvin Hatamzade, Head of the Office of International Affairs of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Elvin Hatamzade is an independent research fellow and a former senior legal counsel of the State Oil Company of the Republic of Azerbaijan. He has published papers on international law and the Caspian region. He is the Head of the International Affairs Office of Supreme Court of the Republic of Azerbaijan and he teaches law and democracy at a leading university in Azerbaijan.


Fuad Karimli, MBA, LL.M, Regional Manager, Turkey, Middle East and CIS, Morneau Shepell

Fuad Karimli has 11 years of experience in international commercial and cross-border M&A transactions, negotiations, risk management and business development. He is closely involved in the expansion of businesses of Morneau Shepell to various regions and new markets.

Contact information:

Tel.: +1-647-204-6585

[email protected]




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