BM Law Firm, the oldest Azerbaijan law firm traces its history to the earliest days of the independent Republic of Azerbaijan and was the first privately owned law firm in the country. It was formally organized as a law firm in February 1992, but it started its activity even earlier during the Soviet times in 1989 in the form of cooperative, which was the requirement of the Soviet laws then in effect. Although the firm incurred a number of name changes since 1992, the firm has retained the "BM" in its name since then. In 2012, after 100% UK capital acquisition and shareholding re-structuring the firm has incurred a name change and become "BM Morrison Partners".
The firm was established by Mr Jamal Baghirov, eminent Azerbaijani lawyer.
The first office with 4 associates has been opened in the downtown of the capital of Azerbaijan and in the following years, under effective administration of Mr. Baghirov BM expanded and became twice bigger in size, making it one of the largest firms in the local market. For a considerable time period BM was a sole monopolist of the local legal market. Owing to Mr. Baghirov`s progressive thinking and understanding of client needs and his professionalism, BM learned a distinctive reputation for leadership and quickly cemented its reputation as the Azerbaijan's leading law firms. The result of the successful strategy realized by Mr. Jamal Baghirov is that BM participated in the largest projects of the region and continues demonstrating a sustained commitment to excellence in the practice of law. Under his guidance, the well-deserved reputation and exceptional growth has made BM one of the most watched firms in the region.
Mr. Baghirov`s vision was to build a law firm staffed by only young, most talented and well-known lawyers. He encouraged young lawyers in their intentions to continue legal education abroad and invested heavily in employee`s education and trainings.
In the process of setting up and development of BM Mr. Baghirov was supported by his wife Mrs. Frangiz Baghirova. Being a co-founder of BM she made a heavy input in the firm's growth. Currently she leads and independent litigation office closely cooperating with BM. She is marked as one of the first women in Azerbaijan to establish a successful law practice. A graduate of Faculty of International Law of Leningrad (Saint-Petersburg) University distinguished herself with her knowledge of the law, her dedication to her clients and willingness to be engaged in charitable activity and provide pro bono legal services to the old people and orphans.
With a keen eye for talent, he invited Farhad Mirzayev, a young lawyer to join the firm in 2001, eventually becoming Managing Partner. Dr. Mirzayev imparted the new vision to the company`s aggressive market strategy and during the years of his presence in the team the firm's high reputation continued to grow and expand. Graduate of Baku State University and the School of Law of the University of Nottingham he distinguished himself in the areas of commercial law, banking, energy, public and private international law. Dr. Mirzayev solely guided the company first with a support of Mr Baghirov and then through the challenging times after the loss of the founding partner, unveiled new opportunities for the firm and continues to effectively lead BM.
Nowadays, BM Morrison Partners a law firm comprising some of the most eminent legal professionals. Today, the firm includes more than 10 diverse lawyers and 5 external counsels who have the experience, and legal skills to handle a wide range of legal problems. BM Morrison Partners has successfully served both domestic and international clients in various industries including, but not limited to capital markets, project finance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate, intellectual property, inward and outward investment, taxation and insolvency. Besides BM Law Firm maintains a tradition of volunteering and participating in charity projects. Our attorneys and staff have participated in a numerous charity events and occasionally provide pro bono services to the clients in need.
BM Morrison Partners is loyal to its leaders' strategy set forth by a founding partner and present team of the firm is committed to high standards for quality service set since the very beginning, providing the effective legal advise for each and every client.