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 Asian and European 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, Asia Law 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 Natural Resources 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 SERVICES

Our Natural Resources team will support and guide you through the rapidly changing environment of markets and help you to evaluate risks as well as opportunities. 

We offer services to our clients  in the following areas:

  • 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 refusal for priority in purchasing subsoil objects from state authorities;
  • Legal support in creation 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. 


Brochure: Natural Resources

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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 Asian and European regions. 

  • Advising a major UK-based energy service company on their transfer of business in Azerbaijan to another major international business player (Legal counsel/adviser for the seller of assets: dealt with novation agreements, assignment agreements, advising on corporate and employment actions to be taken, etc.);
  • Advising a number of leading international companies on their employee share schemes;
  • Preparing an environmental law compliance matrix for one of the major oil companies in Azerbaijan;  Implementing the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan project (oil) - providing legal opinion on land issues related to the implementation of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan project;
  • Establishing an entity for an oil company - acting as a legal counsel for the founder (providing legal advice on corporate law requirements, preparing all documents for incorporation, acting as a legal representative, incorporating and registering the local office of the oil company);  Providing legal advice to an international investment bank on financial and tax regime of the oil and gas industry as well specifics of investments in oil and gas sector in Azerbaijan/under Azerbaijani laws. 
  • Representing Belarusian Oil Company JSC in arbitration proceedings, acting as respondent and also counter-claimant regarding oil supply contracts, and consulting regarding debt recovery;
  • Representing Belgorchimprom JSC in a dispute on a construction contract for a mining processing complex;
  • Advising Energopro Solar on the implementation of a solar energy pilot project in Belarus:
    • preparing the overall legal strategy;
    • drafting an investment agreement, power purchase agreement with the largest Belarusian energy supplier Belenergo, applications for permits;
    • representing during negotiations with the Ministry of the Economy and the Ministry of Justice concerning the project;
  • Representing companies of concern Bellesbumprom in the process of drafting and coordinating the supply contract of equipment with a Swedish company and in arbitration proceedings arising from the supply contract;
  • Advising and representing the interests of the major oil trader in Belarus in the international arbitration court for the dispute
on transportation of the oil. 
  • Representing a 50% foreign shareholder in the Czech Republic in order to protect its investments in the most profitable Czech petroleum company Moravské naftovédoly, a.s. in business in the oil and gas industry; the scope of investments exceeded EUR 250 million;
  • Representing TVF Česká republika s.r.o. in EIA proceedings with the Ministry of the Environment (MŽP ČR) for equipment used for clean-up of old environmental problems; 
  • Advising ASEKOL s.r.o. in drafting and negotiating a Contract for cooperation with the solar system company in the Czech Republic for solar system recycling;
  • Advising Sans Souci s.r.o. in drafting and negotiating an Agency agreement with a company manufacturing solar-powered street lighting poles, solar power poles, solar modules, retrofit and LED lights in the United Arab Emirates for marketing and promoting the sale of Green Technology Products and Services in the Czech Republic;
  • Assisting SKY SOLAR s.r.o. in drafting and negotiating a Purchase contract for arable lands in the Czech Republic.  
  • Advising Petrocas Energy Group on litigation issues;
  • Representing in local courts the interests of the holding group operating in transportation and trading of oil products;
  • Advising one of the local investment groups on all questions related to construction of hydro power plants, negotiations with state authorities to obtain the relevant permits;
  • Working on local regulations of hazard maps within the project financed by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. 
  • 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 (as local Kazakh counsel) KazakhGold Group Limited in a reverse takeover transaction of Polyus Gold International, one of the world's largest gold producers, valued at approximately USD 10 billion;
  • Advising (as local Kazakh counsel) Polyus Gold International in its USD 9 billion premium listing on the London Stock Exchange;
  • Advising (as local Kazakh counsel) Polyus Gold International in the sale of USD 375 million of shares (including debt assignment) in Kazakhaltyn and Norox Mining (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan);
  • Representing Polyus Gold International in the USD 500 million investment dispute with Kazakh partners;
  • Advising (as local Kazakh counsel) Nord Gold, an international gold producer, a unit of Russian steelmaker Severstal, on the USD 1 billion IPO on the London Stock Exchange;
  • Advising (as local Kazakh counsel) Nord Gold on the US Notes Offering for USD 500 million on the Irish Stock Exchange;
  • Advising Cammex (Kazakh large gold producer) on its USD 200 million assets' sale to Verniy Capital Investment Company and Kazzinc;
  • 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 EuroChem, one of the world's leading mineral fertilizer producers, on its investments in Kazakhstan (approximately USD 2 billion), including negotiations with the Government of Kazakhstan on the terms of a contract for exploration and production of phosphate deposits in Kazakhstan;
  • 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;
  • Legal support of Kazatomprom JSC, the national operator of Kazakhstan for import and export of uranium, rare- and rare-earth metals, in terms of acquisition through its subsidiary company 25% +1 share in Ural Electrochemical Plant JSC the largest plant for uranium. Advising subsidiaries of Kazatomprom JSC on different tax and subsoil use matters;
  • Assisting Kazakhstani branch of Rio Tinto PLC in employment law issues. Providing consultations on regulation of subsoil use operations;
  • Assisting Polymetal International PLC, a leading manufacturer of precious metals in Kazakhstan and Russia, on acquisition of the Bakyrchik gold mine in Kazakhstan;
  • Full legal support of Cameco Corporation in Kazakhstan, advising its subsidiary JV Inkai LLP on subsoil use issues, in particular regarding uranium production, as well as on contractual, tax, customs and environmental law, labour disputes and litigation;
  • Advising Uranium One, the world's largest uranium mining company, with a global diversified portfolio of international assets for a syndicated loan of USD 225 million;
  • 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 CGN Mining Company Limited, the largest Chinese uranium mining company, on joint activities with Kazatomprom JSC on developing new uranium deposits, as well as on joint activities of producing fuel pellets;
  • 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 Kazphosfat LLP on the restructuring of a group of companies, including commercial and tax issues.

  • Advising a Chinese investor on acquisition of Manas resources. Due diligence of mining companies owned by a holding company in Kyrgyzstan;
  • 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 questions 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 Chaarat Zaav gold company on regulation and procedure for environmental impact assessment;
  • Advising EBRD on a syndicated loan to one of the largest gold mining projects Kumtor. Registration of pledge agreement;
  • Advising a Chinese investor and structuring a transaction for M&A of the oil & gas company. Due diligence of local oil and gas company.  
  • Advising a Chinese investor on acquisition of Manas resources. Due diligence of mining companies owned by a holding company in Kyrgyzstan;
  • 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 questions 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 Chaarat Zaav gold company on regulation and procedure for environmental impact assessment;
  • Advising EBRD on a syndicated loan to one of the largest gold mining projects Kumtor. Registration of pledge agreement;
  • Advising a Chinese investor and structuring a transaction for M&A of the oil & gas company. Due diligence of local oil and gas company.  
  • Representing and providing legal support to a leading Polish company in the oil & gas prospecting and exploration sector during the purchase of comprehensive insurance coverage embracing property, environmental liability, EED (Energy Exploration & Development), general third party liability, D&O (Directors & Officers) and PI (Professional Indemnity) insurance;
  • Providing legal advice to SIA Balin Energy, a Latvian subsidiary of Kuwait Energy, in offshore drilling operations in Exclusive Economic Zone in Latvia: legal assistance throughout the process prior to the commencement of drilling operations, in particular, arranging and negotiating terms of insurance coverage for the project (environmental, EED, D&O, PI and other) as well as drafting and negotiating an agreement for performing services related to the drilling operations;
  • Advising various Polish and international companies (e.g. UP Energy Sp. z o.o., PGNiG Energia Sp. z o.o. Solenero Sp. z o.o.) in obtaining concession for:
    • Exploration of hydrocarbon deposits;
    • Domestic trade of gas and crude oil;
    • International trade (import-export) of gas and crude oil;
    • Trade of electricity;
  • Participating in a due diligence of a Polish subsidiary of an American company from the oil & gas sector during the M&A process;
  • Drafting contract templates for LPG, CNG and LNG trading on the Polish market.
  • Advising Siberian Anthracite JSC, one of the world's largest anthracite producers on the termination of a license agreement for coal production;
  • Advising a large Asian industrial group on the establishment of a joint venture in Russia to produce and supply drilling equipment for the Russian oil company: within the cooperation, the JV structure, corporate management mechanisms, and standard contracts for equipment supply were developed;
  • Advising owners of a private Russian company engaged in geological exploration of oil and gas fields in the northern regions of Russia on the sale of a 10% interest in the company to foreign investors. The transaction amount exceeded USD 27 million;
  • Advising a Russian management company engaged in geological exploration of non-ferrous metals deposits in Siberia and the Far East on corporate governance optimisation for the companies group ahead of the holding company's IPO;
  • Advising Newsco International Energy Services (an international company providing services in the area of global controlled drilling and telemetry services with a headquarters in Houston, USA) on the recovery of the debt amount under a contract previously entered into with a Russian company. The dispute amounted to USD 2 250 000;
  • Legal support of a large Russian company servicing oil and gas companies (headquartered in Samara, Russia). Representation in the court to recover the debt amount from Rosneft NC and to appeal the company's administrative liability and administrative punishment by the Middle Volga Administration of the Federal Service for Environmental, Technological and Nuclear Supervision. Advising on labour, tax and corporate law of the Russian Federation. 
  • Advising Kuwait Energy Company, an independent oil & gas exploration and production company, on acquisition of their Ukrainian assets, obtaining antimonopoly clearance, syndicate loan facility and a number of litigation issues;
  • Advising the largest Kazakh oil & gas producer on potential acquisition of their Ukrainian assets;  Advising Prime Gas, Ukrainian oil & gas company, on potential acquisition of producing assets in Ukraine;
  • Advising Regal Petroleum Corporation, a large international and Ukrainian oil & gas producer, for an IPO on AIM at LSE, exploration and production, negotiation of production sharing agreement, drafting various legal documents, project financing, etc.;
  • Advising Mobil Oil, now part of Exxon Mobil Corporation, a multinational oil and gas corporation, on Ukrainian regulatory issues;
  • Advising Naftogas of Ukraine, the largest Ukrainian oil & gas company, on corporate structure, drafting and negotiating contracts of natural gas imports (worth USD 800 million );
  • Advising a US company on establishing Polar Oil & Gas Company and a subsequent production sharing agreement;
  • Advising a client on entering into a production sharing agreement for the project with Uhta Oil Gas Geology Company. 
  • Assisting JOGMEC (Japan Oil, Gas, and Metals National Corporation) in negotiations with the Government of Uzbekistan on the terms and conditions of the project on exploration of uranium deposits in Uzbekistan. Assisting with drafting and negotiating the Production Sharing Agreement, Exploration Agreement and a Resolution of the President. Managing the process of obtaining of exploration licenses, permits and land allotments:
  • Advising “Gaz Ukrainy” (Gas of Ukraine), the largest Ukranian gas supplier on a number of disputes;
  • Advising Poltava Propan Gaz on disputes;
  • Assisting Rio Tinto Mining & Exploration in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Russia with compliance review of the Rio Tinto's standard Goods and Services Supply Contract. Advising on employment law matters in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan;
  • Assisting Baker Hughes International Services on commercial, corporate, tax, customs and employment law matters in Uzbekistan for services provided by the company to petroleum companies engaged in production sharing agreements in Uzbekistan;
  • Carrying out legal due diligence for Gazprom Germany (G.P.D.) of the shareholders' ownership rights over three gas booster stations worth over USD 500 million and their potential transfer to the subsidiary of the National Holding Company Uzbekneftegaz;
  • Advising WorleyParsons Uzbekistan Engineering JV on contractual and tax structuring of the project on construction and management of petroleum facilities worth over USD 10 million;
  • Advising Honeywell Europe Limited in drafting and negotiating a Joint Venture Agreement with the National Holding Company Uzbekneftegaz on establishment in Free Industrial Economic Zone “Navoi” a joint venture on production of compressed natural gas stations;
  • Advising Lafarge in negotiations with the Uzbekistan Government of the terms and conditions for exploration licenses and project on construction of USD 500 million cement plant in Uzbekistan.
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
Samat Daumov Managing Partner, Branch Director Inquire
Nurbol Kissembayev Partner, Branch Director Inquire
Maksim Burak Partner, Head of Subsoil Use Department (Astana) Inquire
Kanat Seidaliev Partner, Office Director Inquire
Zaira Kaysar Partner, Branch Director in Atyrau and Aktobe Inquire
Yevgeniy Gorokhov Senior Lawyer of Dispute Resolution Department, Attorney at law, GRATA International (Moscow) Inquire
Yerbolat Yerkebulanov Partner, Head of Subsoil Use Department (Almaty) Inquire
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Moscow, Almaty

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