CENTIL Law Firm (formerly Colibri Law) is a leading full-service law firm, advising within the jurisdictions of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Iran, with particular expertise in banking and finance, energy, M&A, tax and infrastructure.

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CENTIL Law Firm (formerly Colibri Law) is a leading full-service law firm, advising within the jurisdictions of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Iran, with particular expertise in banking and finance, energy, M&A, tax and infrastructure.

CENTIL’s 45 lawyers have advised on complex transactions across the Central Asia and Caucasus regions, working with both international and domestic clients on pioneering projects that range from multi-billion dollar energy projects to ground-breaking public-private partnership projects. We work with leading international law firms from the UK, USA and EU as their local “branch” within the Central Asian region. We are also an active member of The Law Society’s International Division. 

We continually invest in attracting and retaining local legal talent, meaning that all of our lawyers have a deep knowledge and first-hand understanding of the jurisdictions and cultural contexts within which we work. It is for this reason that the firm and its lawyers are continually recognised by industry-leading legal directories such as Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500.

Our lawyers strive to provide proactive responses and solutions in order to best meet our clients’ needs. We know that entering a new market and navigating through an unfamiliar legal context can be challenging. This is why we aim to anticipate the legal issues our clients may face, implementing our unrivalled local expertise and tracking industry and regulatory developments, always focusing on the wider legal picture.

Visit our website at Centil.law for more details of our experience and expertise, as well as a digital archive of the content produced by our in-house think tank Central Asia Research Group (CARG).

Banking and finance
We have extensive experience in acting on behalf of both project developers and suppliers throughout all stages of the development process, including the preparation of initial transactional documentation and negotiation, financing, construction and operation. Our skilful lawyers are extremely familiar with English law concepts, particularly those involved in cross-border financing procedures.

Industrials and Infrastructure
Our teams have extensive and comprehensive experience in this area, and we particularly excel in the areas of automotives, power plants, chemical processing, pharmaceuticals, textiles and civil engineering. Our expertise includes advising clients on all sides of the transaction, from sponsors and contractors to off-takers, governments and lenders. Our team consistently provides each client with the best combination of experts and lawyers.

Our energy group is renowned for successfully supporting leading companies within the energy sector. Our team of highly skilled lawyers has been involved in high-profile projects and cases, including many of the largest and most complex transactions in the region, including gas pipeline projects, production sharing agreements and mining concessions.

We provide high-quality advice on all types of transactions in which FMCG companies may be involved, including M&A, joint ventures, equity investments, restructuring, franchising, brand sales, supply, manufacturing, distribution and licensing agreements, and technology contracts, often within a cross-border context. In particular, our lawyers have considerable experience in dealing with high-profile innovative transactions within the sector.

Transport and logistics
We provide multi-discipline solutions to meet the legal needs of our national, regional and international transportation and logistics clients. Our team of transportation and logistics lawyers implements a thorough understanding of both the business of the transportation industry and the complex regulatory structure that governs it, which in turn enables us to supply the best and most effective advice to our clients.

Natural resources
CENTIL advises a wide range of companies, including major oil and gas, mining and metals companies, junior mining companies, development banks, international financial institutions, commercial banks, ECAs, contractors and governments. Our seasoned team of lawyers is spread across our regional network and excels in providing quality advice based on a deep and perceptive understanding of all issues that arise within the subsoil sector.

Zhanyl Abdurakhmanova

Zhanyl AbdurakhmanovaZhanyl is a partner and has over 14 years’ experience. For the last five years she has focused on contract law, corporate law, international private law, M&A, and arbitration and mediation issues in both Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

Prior to joining the CENTIL team, Zhanyl held prominent positions within the Ministry of Justice, the government’s office and parliament. She has extensive experience in lawmaking and worked as the head of the legal department within the business association dealing with multi-billion dollar investments in Kyrgyzstan’s economy and representing the interests of investors at the state level.

Zhanyl has also worked as an independent national expert for international organisations including the United Nations Development Programme, The World Bank, and the UK’s Department for International Development, advising on issues relating to foreign investments and the protection of creditor rights.

Zafar Malikov

Zafar-MalikovZafar’s major focus is governmental relations and business advisory work. He also heads the Partners’ Council.

Prior to joining CENTIL he worked for a leading international law firm and one of the Big Four auditing firms. Drawing on his managerial expertise, Zafar is involved in the firm’s project coordination and business development.

He advises domestic and foreign clients on the corporate, regulatory and tax aspects of structuring and organising for investment in property of all types. He is especially active within the areas of non-resident tax, repatriation and currency control matters.

Umid Aripdjanov

Umid-Aripdjanov-Umid is a partner and is in charge of the firm’s energy practice.

He focuses on oil and gas development projects including PSA, LNG and GTL, integrated field development, pipeline, and processing projects. He has experience with the structuring, documentation and negotiation of oil and gas arrangements, farm-ins, operating agreements and transportation and sales contracts.

A graduate of Case Western Reserve University in the USA, he has been practising law for over 15 years and is fluent in English, Russian and speaks Uzbek.

Sofia Shaykhrazieva

Sofia-ShaykhrazievaSofia Shaykhrazieva is a partner and leads our project finance practice.

Sofia focuses on multi-billion dollar project finance deals, multi-million dollar cross-border facility transactions involving the participation of major investment banks and bank consortia, bank acquisitions, aircraft leasing, sovereign guarantees, bankruptcy issues, ISDA master agreement issues, and collateral matters.

She has experience in structuring multi-jurisdictional financial transactions, negotiating the principal terms of foreign-law governed financing agreements with government and local parties, drafting and negotiating domestic-law governed project documents for lenders, as well as in providing comments to the ISDA Master Agreement. Her clients include international financial institutions, investment banks, investment funds, brokers, export agencies and insurance companies.

With over 15 years’ legal experience, she has previously worked for two leading international law firms and is a graduate of the University of Oxford.

Sofia has been recognised as the “top-ranked” and “leading” banking and project finance lawyer by Chambers Global 2006-2012 and Who’s Who Legal: CIS 2010-2012. She is fluent in English and Russian.

Ravshan Rakhmanov

Ravshan-Rakhmanov-Ravshan is the partner in charge of CENTIL’s M&A and corporate practice in Uzbekistan.

He specialises in corporate law, competition and antitrust law, private mergers and acquisitions, reorganisations, as well as in labour and welfare matters.

Ravshan’s sector expertise includes subsoil and telecoms. He has advised on many of the highest profile investment projects in Uzbekistan, including within the automobile, oil and gas, and telecoms industries.

Ravshan has been practising law for 15 years and is fluent in English, Russian and Uzbek. Prior to joining our team he used to work for a leading international law firm.

Ravshan Adilov

Ravshan-AdilovRavshan joined CENTIL in 2010 from a major international London-based law firm and is currently the head of the trade and contracts practice group.

His practice covers both transactional and regulatory work, including corporate matters and debt investment.

His transactional experience includes the negotiation and drafting of multi-billion dollar investment agreements and advising a wide range of foreign investors and legal entities operating and investing in Central Asia, with projects ranging from small projects (less than $1m) to large projects (up to $100m).

In addition to his clients in Uzbekistan, Ravshan has been actively involved in projects in the neighbouring jurisdictions of Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Ravshan is admitted to the New York Bar.

Otabek Suleimanov

Otabek-SuleimanovOtabek joined CENTIL in 2008, having previously worked for Uzbekistan’s largest insurance company.

His main areas of expertise are insurance, production and infrastructure projects. He has experience with structuring deals, advising foreign ship-owners and banks on bareboat and flagging issues, farm-ins, operating agreements and transportation and sales contracts.

Otabek currently works in our Almaty office in Kazakhstan, focusing on production and infrastructure projects, and also coordinates our Turkmen practice.

Otabek is a graduate from the prestigious University of Sheffield in the UK, and also spent just under a year working for AIG in the City of London.

He is fluent in English, Russian and Uzbek.

Denis Bagrov

DanisBagrovDenis is a partner in CENTIL’s Kyrgyzstan office. He has five years’ experience and considerable experience in the mining industry.

His recent activity includes advising foreign investors on the acquisition of gold, copper, iron and coal, as well as on uranium exploration and domestic mining projects. He also works on our Tajik projects, and recently advised on the SPO shares of the leading gold mining companies in Tajikistan.

Denis is fluent in English and Russian.

Azim Usmanov

AzimAzim is a partner in Almaty office in Kazakhstan. Prior to joining the firm, Azim had founded and managed two full-service legal practices in two jurisdictions.

Azim’s main areas of expertise are securities and mining.

His recent experience includes advising a large Russian hydropower company on a bridge financing transaction, a major telecom operator, and a leading Islamic bank on financial transactions with local microfinance institutions.

Azim is fluent in English, Russian and Kyrgyz.

Dinara Jarmukhanova

DinaraDinara Jarmukhanova joined CENTIL Law in 2016 as a partner and heads up the firm’s Kazakhstan practice. Prior to joining CENTIL, Dinara was one of the top legal counsel at a major international law firm in Kazakhstan.

Dinara’s extensive experience includes transactional and international dispute resolution, along with M&A, corporate restructuring, financial transactions, joint venture agreements and investments. Her work has covered both local and international transactions and disputes, including successfully representing a Kazakh bank in a $300 million litigation case before the High Court in London.

Dinara was included in the UK’s Best Lawyers list of outstanding lawyers for 2015. In addition to the Kazakh Bar, she is admitted to the New York Bar, having studied at both the Duke University School of Law (USA) and the University of Cambridge (UK).


77, Kunaev Street,
Park View, Almaty
Republic of Kazakhstan
Email: kazakhstan@centil.law
Tel: +7 727 333 6105

32, Shevchenko Street,
100060, Tashkent,
Email: uzbekistan@centil.law
Tel: +998 71 120 4778

19 Razzakova Street,
Business Center,
13th floor Bishkek
720040, Kyrgyz Republic
Email: kyrgyzstan@centil.law
Tel: +996 31 291 9780

22 Shotemur Street,
Hotel Tajikistan,
2nd floor, Office 11,
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Email: tajikistan@colibrilaw.com
Tel: +992 446 00 9333

Tel: +9989 0 990 0485


+998 71 120 4778