Legal & Тax Practice

ADWISE offers its clients in-depth and comprehensive and versatile legal and tax advisory services to businesses, NGOs and international organizations across a wide range of practices.

We have a proven track record of helping our clients build and expand their business, making sure that our advice and proposed solutions are best suited to the specific business situation and needs. Our team combines depth and breadth of knowledge and expertise, empowering us to comprehensively assess risks and develop the best possible solutions, thus ensuring the best possible result.

What makes us different is our dedication to ensure a highly qualified and experienced advisor will keep a constant focus on your case, and will be available for you on a regular basis.

Our practice encompasses a wide span of areas and services. We are particularly known for our expertise in corporate law, complex commercial transactions, employment, tax, M&A and project finance, financial regulations, securities markets, energy, mining, data privacy, and intellectual property.

Below are the services and practices in which the ADWISE legal and tax team is particularly specialised:

Comprehensive Ongoing Legal Support

Whether you require full outsourcing of the legal function or support for your inhouse lawyers, we offer a set of flexible arrangements and pricing options that will best suit your needs.

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Contracts & Transactions

Contracts are the bloodline of almost any business, and properly drafted contracts are essential for minimizing risks and ensuring a seamless operation of your business.

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Due Diligence & Assurance of Regulatory Compliance

With deep understanding of the regulatory framework and expertise across multiple sectors, we assist our Clients in assessing and ensuring regulatory compliance of their operations. This includes compliance with specific regulatory frameworks (e.g. competition compliance, tax compliance), and more general regulatory compliance. We also regularly provide legal due diligence services, including both comprehensive and issue specific due diligence, within the scope of equity investments and project finance transactions.

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Corporate Law and Governance Matters

ADWISE Consulting is the firm of choice for corporate law and corporate governance matters. We have spearheaded the 2021 corporate law reforms, and continuously engage in public-private dialogue aimed at further improving the corporate regulations in Armenia. We also have extensive experience structuring and working on various complex equity investment transactions, shareholder agreements, and other corporate agreements. We are also known for our expertise in developing corporate governance policies, with our clients in this field including leading businesses, both local and international.

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Litigation and Administrative Representation

While we believe that most disputes can be successfully settled through negotiations, our lawyers are always ready to represent our clients in judicial and administrative proceedings. Particularly we perform representation in: Litigation and court representation against administrative authorities Representation in proceedings before administrative authorities Civil and Commercial litigation and representation in civil law courts Representation in Arbitration and Mediation proceedings

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Licensing, Authorisations & Certifications

Contracts are the bloodline of almost any business, and properly drafted contracts are essential for minimizing risks and ensuring a seamless operation of your business.

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Legal Opinions, Memorandums and Reviews

When making a decision on any essential matter with legal implications or risks, it is often necessary to acquire a legal review, memorandum or a legal opinion before proceeding. We provide legal reviews and memorandums both on specific issues and on entire business models. The latter address the entirety of the regulatory framework pertaining to a given business operation, and to date have helped several key international companies launch their operations in Armenia, ensuring compliance of their business processes to the Armenian regulatory frameworks. We also regularly provide legal opinions on M&A transactions, complex financing transactions between financial institutions and between financial institutions and corporate borrowers․

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M&A and Corporate Structuring

Members of our team have been working in various capacities on the majority of the key M&A and corporate structuring projects happening in Armenia over the last decade.

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Project and Infrastructure Finance

Our partners have been specifically active in this area being continuously recognised as experts in the field during recent years. They possess the key qualities required from the lawyers working on complex multiparty and multistakeholder transactions, including during implementation of PPP projects.

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Securities Markets and Investment Institutions

With two decades long experience in the finance sector our team has exceptional capabilities of advising local and international clients any matter related to finance and investment, securities market, financial instruments, regulatory matters.

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Intellectual Property and Data Privacy

Intellectual Property is now at the core of almost every business, and ensuring adequate protection of Intellectual Property Rights is essential for business success.

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Energy, Mining and Environment

Our energy, mining and natural resources law practice team is one of the strongest in Armenia. We are proud of being experts particularly counselling green and clean energy projects and investors.

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Debt Finance, Banks and Credit Institutions

With decades long solid and continuous record of high-level service in the field of debt finance and credit institutions our partners carry with them a unique capacity of advising clients and especially international and foreign banking organisations and institutional lenders acting in Armenia cross-border on any matter related to their dealings with borrowers, security providers and guarantors.

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Technology, Media, Telecommunications & E-Commerce

Our Technology, Media & Telecommunications practice provides a comprehensive range of services to technology, telecommunication, Internet, media, satellite and broadcasting businesses operating in Armenia. No part of the global economy moves faster than the technology, media and telecommunications ("TMT") sector.

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Anti-Trust and Competition

Our competition law practice helps clients navigate the Armenian antitrust regime, secure merger approvals, and avoid, resolve, or defeat challenges from litigants and enforcement bodies.

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Employment and Benefits

With years of experience in employment law, and complemented by our HR experts, we offer both turnkey solutions and ongoing support on all employment law matters.

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Real Estate, Urban Development and Infrastructure

Our attorneys handle the development of a wide range of real estate projects, including commercial, retail, office, mixed-use, industrial and residential projects.

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Tax Optimization & Disputes

Tax legislation is arguably the most challenging area of regulation in Armenia. While many ongoing tax matters may be reserved by inhouse accountants and accounting firms, most complex issues cannot be managed without engaging a tax lawyer.

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Insurance

Our team members were part of the process of drafting laws and regulations applicable to insurance industry and are familiar with field at its core. We provide any type of legal support for businesses on any matter of their interaction with insurance companies, insurance brokers and or agents.

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Ara Khzmalyan

Head of legal advisory a.khzmalyan@adwise.am (+374) 95 954 450