GRATA International is a leading independent law firm which provides legal consultancy services to companies working in the area of IT & Media.

For about 25 years GRATA supportlocal and international technology, media, telecommunication, e-commerce and financial services companies in performing successful projects in Eurasian region. We offer a full range of legal services to assist and advise our clients.

Our key advantage is in-depth knowledge of the industry, which allows us not to spent additional time for learning our client’s business-specific features, but to offer practical solutions based on our experience and used in many successful projects of similar kind. We, thereby, do not only contribute to making a project successful, but also assist to our clients in controlling their expenditures and obtaining quality services at a reasonable price.

Projects in the area of IT & Media always require thinking ahead and providing multi-disciplinary advice. Combining strength of all our Industry Sectors we have created what we believe a leading practice of assistance in establishing strong legal presence and further support in your 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 100 highly qualified lawyers who can resolve legal issues quickly and skillfully; no matter how complex the issue might be.

Our high level of performance and acknowledgement by our clients is confirmed by highratings in respectable publications such as the “Legal 500“, “Chambers and Partners”, “Who's Who Legal” and many others. GRATA is a Highly Recommended Law Firm by AsiaLaw Profiles in 2014 - 2016 in the area of “IT, Telecommunications & Media”.


We propose to our clients services in the following areas:

  • Legal structuring of complex projects;
  • Licensing and permits;
  • Regulatory;
  • Property acquisition and registration;
  • Banking & finance;
  • Taxation & customs;
  • Corporate structuring;
  • Registration of legal entities;;
  • Drafting and negotiating commercial agreements;
  • Labor;
  • Dispute resolution and mediation;
  • Insolvency and restructuring;
  • And many other. 


  • Advising Uber in connection with launch of service in Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Belarus, including licensing, tax and other issues, drafting commercial agreements, participation in negotiations with state authorities;

  • Advising one of the leading Kazakhstani e-commerce companies in connection with corporate structuring of their business and prospective acquisition of shares in a company by local and foreign investors;

  • Advising a world leading producer of software products in connection with protection of intellectual property rights, and successfully representing the client in local courts;

  • Advising international TV-channel network in connection with structuring their business in Kazakhstan and Russia, protection of intellectual property rights, labor and taxation issues;

  • Advising several TV-channel networks in connection with regulatory requirements in Kazakhstan and performing related mandatory filings;

  • Registration of representative office of top-tier Russian TV-channel in Kazakhstan, providing corporate structuring and advisory services;

  • Advising one of the leading producers of software products in connection with antitrust and customer protection issues in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Azerbaijan;

  • Advising a major Russian company providing technology and media services in various industry sectors in connection with launch of their services in Kazakhstan, including regulatory issues, legal structuring, tax and permits.

  • Providing legal support in acquisition of Foodpanda online service by Chocofamily internet-holding, including drafting transaction documents, verification of corporate authority, and other corporate and finance law advice. 


  • Providing legal advice on license issue to an American cable and satellite television channel;

  • Providing legal advice to a Chinese investment holding company on IP Telephony regulations of the Republic of Azerbaijan;    

  • Advising Swedish telecommunications equipment company on importing IT equipment;  

  • Providing legal services on various matters related to corporate, IT and contracts law to a German multinational software corporation;

Name Position Contacts
Yerzhan Yessimkhanov Partner, Head of Telecommunication & Transport, Construction & Infrastructure Department Inquire
Ummi Jalilova Partner, Director of Baku office Inquire
Alexander Korsak Head of Dispute resolution practice in Belarus Inquire
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GRATA International provided legal support in acquisition of Foodpanda online service by Chocofamily internet-holding

For the past three years, was a key competitor to The consolidation of these two companies will enable to take a leading position in Kazakhstan's market for online food delivery services with a market share of 80%. 


GRATA International in Legal 500 EMEA 2017

GRATA International entered the ranks of best law firms across 5 countries: Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.


Asialaw Profiles 2017 ranked GRATA International among the best law firms in Kazakhstan

Asialaw Profiles – the guide to Asia-Pacific’s leading lawyers  and law firms has identified key legal practitioners in Kazakhstan


GRATA International advised Uber in connection with launch of their business in Kazakhstan

On 10 June 2016, there was the presentation of Uber service in Astana (Kazakhstan). The services of one of the most popular on-line services in the world, a company valued over than 62.5 bln US dollars and having covered over 70 countries for the recent 7 years is now available in Kazakhstan. 


Review of main changes in the legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan related to the accession to the World Trade Organization

We would like to draw your attention to some important changes in the laws of the Republic of Kazakhstan regarding the country's accession to the World Trade Organization.


GRATA International received China Business Law Awards 2015

China Business Law Journal released winners of “China Business Law Awards 2015” in its second issue for 2016


Activity of Chinese companies in Kazakhstan, Central Asia, Azerbaijan and Eastern Europe

We note that the views expressed below are preliminary and may require further research and analysis. We also note that below information shall not be considered as a legal advice, and is provided as a general overview of business activity from the standpoint of legal consultant.


Technology, Media and Telecommunications Review 2015 for Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan

Lawyers of GRATA International, including Yerzhan Yessimkhanov, Partner (Kazakhstan), Assel Kalmagambetova, Senior Lawyer (Kazakhstan) and Nodir Yuldashev, Partner (Uzbekistan) contributed for the Technology, Media and Telecommunications Review 2015.


GRATA International received high appraisals from Asialaw profiles in 2016

GRATA International was reviewed by Asialaw profiles 2016 as one of the leading experts and a premier law firm in Kazakhstan.


Kazakhstan launches privatization of 60 largest state-owned companies

In September 2015 Kazakhstani Government announced that in furtherance to large-scale privatization program being realized in Kazakhstan over the last couple of years, 60 major state-owned companies will become private before 1 January 2018


The Technology, Media and Telecommunications Review in Kazakhstan

Development in the ICT sector is one of the top priorities of the Kazakh government.

The Technology, Media & Telecommunications Review 2017: Kazakhstan

GRATA International Kazakhstan contributed to the The Law Review series - The Technology, Media & Telecommunications Review 2017 with the chapter on Kazakhstan. 

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Yerzhan Yessimkhanov

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


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