Dispute Resolution in Infrastructure Projects - Practical Seminar

GRATA International and ILF Business Consult invite you to take part in practical seminar “Dispute Resolution in Infrastructure Projects”, to be organised in Marriott Hotel, Astana, on 12 May, 2017.

Please see information about the speakers and programme below.

Simultaneous translation in English and Russian will be organised during the entire event.

To register please e-mail: info@gratanet.com


10.00 - 10.15 - Welcome speeches
Talgat Yergaliyev, Chairman of Association of Construction Companies of Kazakhstan

Dr. Gerhard Sailler, Ambassador of the Republic of Austria to the Republic of Kazakhstan

Jonatan Weinberg, First Secretary, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

10.15 - 10.45
Yerzhan Yessimkhanov, Partner, Head of Construction & Infrastructure Practice, GRATA International
“Use of EPC Contracts in Kazakhstan - Practical Comments”

10.45 - 11.15
Bakhyt Tukulov, Partner, Head of Litigation Practice, GRATA International
“Litigating in Infrastructure Projects in Kazakhstan” (to be confirmed)

11.15 - 11.45
Andreas Linke, Managing Director, ILF Business Consult
“Claim Management under EPC Contracts“

11.45 - 12.15
James Neville, Lawyer, ILF Business Consult
“International/English law under EPC Contracts“

12.15 - 13.00
Q&A session

13.00 - 14.00


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Yerzhan Yessimkhanov

Yerzhan graduated with first honors from Kazakh Humanitarian Law University in 2004. In 2002 - 2003 he studied corporate law at the Center of European Law and Economic Studies. Yerzhan has extensive experience in the areas of Construction and Infrastructure, Real Estate and Telecommunications.

Prior to joining GRATA International, Yerzhan worked in the Kazakhstan Investment Fund group, in a major Kazakh development company, and in the largest international law firm. Yerzhan acted as a consultant on a number of large infrastructure projects realized over the last decade in Kazakhstan, including work as a head of the legal team of Kazakhstani largest ski resort reconstruction project realized within the frameworks of Asian Games 2011; leader of the team of consultants working on reconstruction of the largest electrical energy producing enterprise in Kazakhstan with overall project value of approximately US $700 million; and leader of the team of consultants representing Kazakhstan’s largest infrastructure construction company in several judicial proceedings with overall value of the claims of approx. US $70 million. Yerzhan led the project on legal support of launch of Uber service in Kazakhstan, and represented a shortlisted consortium of Spanish, French and Turkish companies in a second stage of public tender for construction and operation of Big Almaty Ring Road (BAKAD), including review and negotiations over concession agreement with the Ministry of Investments and Development.

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Bakhyt Tukulov

Bakhyt Tukulov graduated with highest honors from International Law Department of al-Farabi Kazakh National University. He also holds a Master of Law degree in International Legal Studies (with distinction) from Georgetown University Law Center (District of Columbia., United States).

Prior to joining GRATA International, Bakhyt has worked for several years at one of the top international law firms. Bakhyt has represented clients in a wide variety of matters ranging from commercial disputes to disputes with state authorities. He has also represented clients in international arbitrations in Kazakhstan and abroad. On a part-time basis, Bakhyt lectures graduate students on the theory and practice of International Arbitration and Litigation. Litigation (commercial and administrative, including in aid of domestic and foreign arbitrations), arbitration in Kazakhstan and abroad, pre-dispute settlement negotiations, enforcement of foreign arbitral awards and judicial acts, legal due diligence, legal advice on the structuring of transactions from dispute resolution perspective (choice of law, forum, investment treaty protection, jurisdictional matters), legal support in the course of audits of state authorities.

Andreas Linke

Andreas obtained his Ph.D in Process Engineering from the Technical University Hamburg-Harburg, Germany in 1992. He also holds a M.Sc. in Automation and Control from the Technical University Braunschweig, Germany and a B.Sc. in Telecommunications from the University of Applied Science Wolfenbüttel, Germany.

Andreas has a strong engineering background and more than 20 years' experience in the oil and gas industries. He is the Managing Director of ILF Business Consult GmbH. Andreas has a broad understanding of the oil & gas industries from a technical standpoint, particularly transportation and distribution of petroleum products. Complementary to his technical capabilities, Andreas has a track record of project management from the early planning stages to project execution. His previous project assignments include technical consultancy, project management, bankable feasibility studies, project assessments, tender evaluations, contract negotiations and design reviews. Andreas has been appointed by the University of Applied Sciences in Magdeburg, Germany as Professor for Industrial Control. Andreas has given numerous lectures for management and scientific topics on national and international conferences.

James Neville

James graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University where he obtained a BA (Hons.) in Law and French. He is a qualified Chartered Quantity Surveyor and was elected as a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 1998.

Prior to joining ILF in 2009, James was Head of Legal Department at COLAS RAIL SA (France), a company that he joined in 2002 where he was advising on all legal and contractual aspects of urban and inter-urban rail transport projects in France and overseas. In 1994, James served as Managing Director of Currie & Brown in India for eight years, a construction cost and dispute resolution consultancy. His previous experience also encompasses four years as the Corporate Counsel with the international civil engineering company Spie Batignolles SA and five years as a Senior Legal Adviser and Contracts Manager with Spie Capag SA, an International Pipeline Contractor also based in France. James' time at Spie Batignolles SA was preceded by his appointment as General Counsel at the Offshore Engineering and Construction Division of Hyundai Heavy Engineering Co. Ltd in Korea and two years as Managing Director of Payung Consulting in Malaysia, a subsidiary of Bond, Foster & Partners. Earlier in his career, James was Legal Adviser and Senior Contracts Manager with the international offshore construction company ETPMSA in France where head advised on platform and pipeline projects in Europe, Australia, the Middle East, South and South East Asia and Africa.

Throughout his 35 year career, James has displayed a deep understanding of international contracts and construction law, claims, arbitration and ADR services related to construction and engineering contracts, having acted as Arbitrator, Counsel, Mediator, Expert Witness Quantity Surveyor, Contracts Manager, Legal Adviser and Corporate Counsel. His expertise lies in Construction Economics, Contractual and Legal aspects related to major civil engineering, offshore pipelines and platforms and Oil & Gas projects.


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For 25 years GRATA International has collaborated with international and local companies in all sectors of the economy, contributing to the organization and the success of their activities in the Asia, Europe and Middle East regions.

We offer a full range of legal services to assist and advise our clients. Our high level of performance and acknowledgement by our clients is confirmed by high ratings in respectable publications such as the “The Legal 500”, “Chambers Global”, “Chambers AsiaPacific”, “IFLR1000”, “Who's Who legal”, “Asialaw Profiles”.

Combining the strength of all our industry sectors we have created what we believe is a leading practice for assisting in establishing a strong legal presence and further support in the transport business. We have established a true partnership with team spirit, creativity and youthful energy that gives us a unique style of working. Constant self-improvement and focus on cost effective success are the basis of our team development strategy. Our team consists of more than 200 highly qualified lawyers, who can resolve legal issues quickly and skillfully; no matter how complex the issue might be. We are keen to assist our clients to control their expenditures in a complex economic environment and always try to add maximum value to our advice. A reasonable pricing policy allows our customers to obtain quality services at a reasonable price.


ILF Business Consult is part of the ILF Group, an international engineering and consulting firm which helps its clients successfully execute technically demanding industrial and infrastructure projects. In more than 40 office locations on five continents the companies of the ILF Group employ in excess of 2,000 highly qualified employees. This year marks its 50th anniversary. ILF Business Consult serves client interests in early project development and expert business improvement consultancy. Located in Munich (Germany), we offer these services globally for projects, businesses and organizational planning in the petroleum and energy industries.

ILF Business Consult offers world class consulting expertise based on extensive international experience coupled with local market knowledge born from a stable, long-established global presence.


Yerzhan Yessimkhanov

Partner, Head of Telecommunication & Transport, Construction & Infrastructure Department

Bakhyt Tukulov

Partner, Director of Dispute Resolution Department