Our Founder

Elshad Rustamov founded The Consultant Joint Stock Company (“The Consultant”) in 2022.

Elshad’s educational background includes Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in International Law and an L.L.M Degree from the Willamette University College of Law in Oregon, U.S.A.

Elshad is Licensed Attorney in the State of New York, USA.

Elshad’s career included legal support of some of the most complex and major global energy projects, when he worked in the capacity of a lead lawyer for more than a decade at one of the major international energy companies – British Petroleum (“BP”).

Projects supported by Elshad include the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline; TANAP, TAP and EV charging projects in the UK. Elshad supported those projects initially from Azerbaijan and afterwards for more than a decade from Turkey. Throughout his legal career, Elshad has led numerous trans-national negotiations involving both private and government sector. Elshad’s career also included support in a few major arbitration cases, including a short-term assignment to the UK for that purpose.

Prior to BP, Elshad worked at the State Oil Company of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) as a senior legal adviser at the division of international projects. Elshad was supporting representative offices of SOCAR abroad and was involved into some major international projects of SOCAR.

Elshad has also worked as an intern at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the United Nations after acquiring his L.L.M degree.

Throughout his career, Elshad worked directly with senior leaders, key decision makers and technical/operational teams.

I am a strong believer into a company with values and right behaviors, diversity & inclusion and a world where people and companies are making positive impact and contributing to the societies and environment.
I am passionate to accomplish all this with The Consultant!

Elshad also specializes in Ethics & Compliance, including in creating and overseeing Ethics & Compliance programs, as well as fraud prevention, including investigations.

This experience includes international sanctions and trade restrictions as well as cyber security, while at BP – Elshad acted as a cyber ambassador.

Most recently Elshad worked as the senior of counsel in one of the major law firms in Turkey.

Here is a foreword from Elshad Rustamov:

The Consultant is not an ordinary consultancy company.

The Consultant is bringing with it some unique expertise and skill set which is not readily available in the markets. It concentrates in itself not only my legal skills and abilities, but also an experience from broad exposure to directly working with key decision makers in multi-billion USD project, which I had had for more than a decade when working at the energy company. This all allows us to know well which business decisions might be in the best interests of our clients or to hold right discussions to make right decisions. In addition, my experience in a state energy company, international energy sector and private practice places me quite uniquely to see perspectives from all possible angles.

Our strong set of values and our Code of Conduct will no doubt help us as part of this journey.

We are The Consultant and we get things done!

About us

The Consultant - an international and independent consultancy company.

As our founder – Elshad Rustamov says, we are not an ordinary consultancy company.
We have some unique knowledge, skill set and expertise, which we are bringing into the Turkish market and beyond.