For 25 years GRATA International has collaborated with international and local companies in all sectors of the economy, contributing to the organisation and the success of their activities in the Asia and Europe 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 250 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 economical 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.


Our Construction & Infrastructure team will support and guide you through rapidly changing environment of Kazakhstani and Central Asian markets and help you to evaluate risks as well as opportunities.

We propose to our clients services in the following areas:

  • Licensing and permits;
  • Regulatory;
  • Property acquisition and registration;
  • Legal structuring of complex projects;
  • Drafting construction contracts, including EPC;
  • Public-private partnership;
  • Corporate structuring;
  • Registration of legal entities;
  • Project finance;
  • Labor;
  • Advising on environmental law issues;
  • Dispute resolution and mediation;
  • Insolvency and restructuring;
  • Taxation, customs and transfer pricing;
  • Drafting and negotiating commercial agreements and many other. 


Brochure: Construction & Infrastructure


LEGAL 500 EMEA 2017 Kazakhstan - Tier 1 in Real Estate and Construction



  • Representing the interests of the 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 and tender documentation, advice on various aspects of Kazakh law, participation in direct negotiations with the Kazakh Ministry of Investments and Development. BAKAD is the major concession project to be realised in Kazakhstan in the near future based on the Build-Transfer-Operate scheme, valued over USD 700 million;

  • Advising a group of major Kazakh and Russian energy enterprises on the reconstruction of Kazakhstan's largest energy enterprise, including drafting of EPC contracts. Total project value - over USD 700 million;

  • Advising one of the world's largest construction companies headquartered in Turkey on the dispute with the Kazakh counterparty for construction on one of the largest development projects in Almaty;

  • Representing Kazakhstan's largest infrastructure construction company, in several connected judicial proceedings with a subcontractor on demands of the subcontractor to reimburse the value of additional work for over KZT 5 billion, counterclaims of the main contractor to return advance payment and foreclosure upon advance payment of bank guarantee, and rehabilitation issues, the taking of injunctive relief and challenging the actions of bailiffs;

  • Advising a group of major petrochemical companies featuring Kazakhstan and international state and private companies for the construction of a petrochemical plant in Western Kazakhstan, including drafting EPC contracts. This was a pioneering transaction with FIDIC EPC contracts used successfully for the first time in the Kazakh petrochemical industry, and synchronised with local norms and regulations. The total project value - approximately USD 1 billion;

  • Advising a Korean consortium on funding a project for the construction and management of the thermal electric power plant in Central Kazakhstan, including  taxation, antitrust, currency regulations, tariffs, choice of prevailing law, dispute resolution, possible legal remedies and termination of obligations, as well as  the signing of a bilateral investment treaty;

  • Advising a top-tier transportation company headquartered in France for construction of a modern turnkey tram-line in Astana, including advice on regulations applicable to Astana New City Special Economic Zone;

  • Advising several major Italian construction companies on projects for the construction of roads in Western and Southern Kazakhstan and court disputes with state authorities and subcontractors;

  • Advising an international construction company headquartered in South Korea on the implementation of the largest commercial real estate construction project in the suburbs of Almaty, Kazakhstan, including  construction standards and rules of Kazakhstan, participation in project structuring, the drafting of EPC contracts and of other commercial construction agreements;

  • Advising a major development company headquartered in the UAE on construction of a multipurpose administrative and residential compound in the city of Astana, Kazakhstan, including  construction standards and rules of Kazakhstan, advising on project structure, and funding;

  • Advising a concessioner of the Aktau International Airport on drafting tender documentation, negotiations and signing of a concession agreement and EPC contract;

  • Advising an international reconstruction and development bank on a loan agreement for the reconstruction of the water and wastewater system in Aktau, valued at KZT 1.2 billion. The aim of the project was to enable the relevant local authorities to increase the efficiency of the water utility system operation in the region by building a municipal infrastructure;

  • Advising a major construction company headquartered in Spain on the construction of several transportation infrastructure facilities within Kazakhstan, including roads and bridges. The services included drafting EPC contracts, obtaining licenses and authorisations, providing advice on organisation of activities within Kazakhstan, on tax and labour-related matters;

  • Advising a major Turkish construction company on construction of a shopping mall in Almaty, including drafting construction contracts based on FIDIC forms, tax and corporate structuring of activity, obtaining work permits, licenses and construction-related authorisations, and due diligence of the project and participant companies;

  • Advising a construction holding headquartered in Germany on reconstruction of a power plant in Kazakhstan, including advice on taxation and form of legal presence in Kazakhstan, drafting and negotiations of construction contracts based on FIDIC forms, registration of legal entities in Kazakhstan and obtaining the necessary permits;

  • Advising a designer bureau headquartered in Italy on reconstruction of one of the biggest hotels in Almaty, Kazakhstan, including advice on the form of legal presence in Kazakhstan, drafting and negotiations of construction contracts based on FIDIC forms;

  • Advising an international energy consortium on the construction of a coal-fired thermal power plant in Central Kazakhstan. Total project value – approximately USD 4 billion;

  • Representing the interests of the main designer in litigation with a customer for drafting project documentation for several large railroad facilities. This project included several simultaneous judicial proceedings at various court instances on matters, such as, reconsideration of judicial acts based on newly discovered circumstances, validity of acts of acceptance, of debt recovery, etc;

  • Advising an international consulting company headquartered in Singapore on a project for reforming regulation of activities of special economic zones (SEZ) in Kazakhstan, for the purposes of increasing their effectiveness, modernising the infrastructure and attracting investment; including preparation of a comprehensive analysis of legal matters related to SEZ activities and developing recommendations on improvement in SEZ activities.

Name Position Contacts
Yerzhan Yessimkhanov Partner, Head of Telecommunication & Transport, Construction & Infrastructure Department Inquire
Bakhodir Jabborov Managing Partner Inquire
Nurlan Kyshtobaev Partner, Head of Banking & Finance Practice in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan offices Inquire
Nodir Yuldashev Partner, Construction, Telecommunications, Transport, Tax and Litigation Inquire
Kanat Seidaliev Partner, Office Director Inquire
Samat Daumov Managing Partner, Branch Director Inquire
Zaira Kaysar Partner, Branch Director in Atyrau and Aktobe Inquire
Liya Akzhanova Counsel Inquire
Yevgeniy Gorokhov Senior Lawyer of Dispute Resolution Department, Attorney at law, GRATA International (Moscow) Inquire
Gulim Ratayeva Representative in Pavlodar Inquire
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Yerzhan Yessimkhanov, Partner at GRATA Law Firm, took part in the meeting with business community in Ukraine, organized by the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova in Kiev

Yerzhan Yessimkhanov, Partner at GRATA Law Firm, took part in the meeting with business community in Ukraine, organized by the Embassy of Kazakhstan in Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova in Kiev on 14 August 2014.

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