Our Oil and Gas team has extensive experience delivering complex projects. We have more than 250 highly qualified lawyers, who specialise in various aspects of the law to offer a fully integrated service.

We have over 25 years of experience working on oil and gas transactions, providing full legal support throughout the entire value chain.

We will support and guide you through the rapidly changing environment of markets and help you to evaluate risks as well as opportunities. Our lawyers provide full legal support at all stages of the project lifecycle, including:

  • Legal support in obtaining subsoil use rights;

  • Advice on subsoil use contracts;

  • M&A in subsoil projects: legal due diligence, drafting purchase agreements, transfer of assets, obtaining waiver in purchasing subsoil objects from state authorities;

  • Legal support in establishing and operation of joint ventures;

  • Environmental audit and litigation;

  • State control and regulation: legal advice and representation;

  • Taxation and tax dispute: audit and litigation;

  • Transfer pricing: export structuring, audit, litigation;

  • Production sharing agreement;

  • Joint venture agreement;

  • Dispute resolution and much more. 


  • Advising Korean National Oil Corporation (KNOC) on exiting from the Zhambyl project in the Caspian Sea (USD 250 million investments exploration project): structuring the sale of a 27% stake in Kazakhstan's offshore Zhambyl oil block, drafting and negotiating the Sale Purchase Agreement (SPA) and assignment agreement with KazMunaiGas (Kazakhstan National Oil and Gas Company);
  • Advising Total SA in acquisition of Maersk Oil;
  • Advising NCOC (operator of Kashagan, the world's largest oil discovery of the last 40 years) on corporate and regulatory matters, state inspections, environmental disputes; 
  • Representing Baker Hughes, a leading supplier of oilfield services, products, technology and systems to the worldwide oil and natural gas industry, in its tax, customs, commercial and labour disputes in Kazakhstan;
  • Representing ENKA (Turkish construction conglomerate) in a complex USD 98 million dispute with a customer arising out of several EPC contracts;
  • Advising ENKA on corporate, commercial and other legal matters related to its investments in Kazakhstan;
  • Advising MOL Group, a leading integrated Central & East European oil and gas corporation headquartered in Budapest, Hungary, regarding its subsidiary in Kazakhstan - Ural Oil and Gas LLP (joint venture of MOL, Sinopec and KMG EP), including negotiating and entering into a 25-year Production License Contract for the Rozhkovsky gas and condensate field of Fedorovsky block, structuring gas processing scheme arrangements (Memorandum of Understanding, joint cooperation agreement, SPA) with Zhaikmunai JSC;
  • Representing Maersk Oil, an international oil and gas company with operational production of over 500 000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, in tax disputes with Kazakhstan state authorities;
  • Advising MIE Holdings Corporation, one of the leading independent upstream oil and gas companies in China, on its purchase of 100% shares of Emir Oil LLP for aggregate consideration of USD 170 million, including obtaining the approvals from the Government of Kazakhstan. Carrying out legal Due Diligence, structuring transaction, negotiating SPA and Shares Pledge Agreements;
  • Acting as local Kazakh counsel for MIE Holdings Corporation on their several Senior Notes Offerings on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange between 2013- 2016;
  • Advising OMV Petrom S.A., the largest oil and gas producer in South-East Europe, on its subsoil use activity in Kazakhstan and tax disputes with Kazakhstan state authorities;
  • Advising ONGC, a large Indian multinational oil and gas company, on its investments in Kazakhstan (corporate, M&A, tax and labour issues);
  • Advising Zhaikmunai LLP, subsidiary of Nostrum Oil & Gas PLC, LSE listed Company, on matters on Productions Sharing Agreement, hedging, tax and transfer pricing issues;
  • Advising KazTransGas JSC, the largest Kazakh gas supply company, representing the interests of the State on the gas market of Kazakhstan and the world, for acquisition of the assets of Tbilgazi JSC;
  • Advising Eni S.p.A and ENRC NV on Kazakh labour law matters;
  • Advising the Kazakh branch of SINOPEC Engineering (Group) Co., Ltd. on various issues of the Company's activities in Kazakhstan, including tax, customs, labour issues. Advising the Company on the performance of contractual obligations under the EPC contract for the reconstruction of the Atyrau refinery;
  • Advising Tethys Petroleum Limited on the commercial, corporate, tax, customs, labour laws of Kazakhstan, as well as on subsoil use activities.
  • Advising a Chinese company on construction and launch of oil refinery project. Due diligence of Zhongda oil refinery plant;
  • Advising a major local oil and gas company on all of its activity (performance of licensing terms and conditions, negotiation with State property fund on amending terms of investment agreement, M&A of the local oil and gas company, etc.);
  • Advising a Chinese investor and structuring a transaction for M&A of the oil & gas company. Due diligence of a local oil and gas company.  

  • Advising China Development Bank on financing Tajik Oil Refinery, conducting due diligence and issuing a legal opinion;
  • Advising a major Chinese Oil and Gas Company on divestiture under local laws;
  • Advising a Belgian company on lubricant label requirements;
  • Drafting memorandum for a major Chinese petroleum company on subsoil regulation in Tajikistan;
  • Advising a Polish drilling company on doing business and mining regulation in Tajikistan.
  • Protecting a 50% stake of a foreign investor  into the most profitable Czech petroleum company Moravské naftové doly, a.s. (Moravian petroleum wells); the scope of investment was exceeding EUR 250 million.
Name Position Contacts
Almat Daumоv Partner, Head of Natural Resources Department, Representative GRATA International (Moscow) Inquire
Bakhodir Jabborov Managing Partner Inquire
Baizhan Bekzhanov Partner Inquire
Maksim Burak Partner, Head of Subsoil Use Department (Nur-Sultan) Inquire
Kanat Seidaliev Partner, Office Director Inquire
Zaira Kaysar Partner, Branch Director in Atyrau and Aktobe Inquire
Yevgeniy Gorokhov Counsel, Head of Dispute Resolution Department, Attorney at law, GRATA International (Moscow) Inquire
Yerbolat Yerkebulanov Partner, Head of Subsoil Use Department (Almaty) Inquire
Samat Daumov Partner, Branch Director Inquire
Nurbol Kissembayev Partner, Branch Director Inquire
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Almat Daumоv

Partner, Head of Natural Resources Department, Representative GRATA International (Moscow)

Moscow, Almaty

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