Taking into account your interests and the statutory requirements, our experienced lawyers are ready to assist in drafting an optimal contract and glad to accompany you in negotiating with contractors.

When a number of interrelated transactions are required to be carried out, our lawyers will professionally assist in structuring a transactional scheme which is tailored to achieve your commercial targets and offers ideal scenario for project implementation to avoid any potential legal risks.

Commercial transactions

  • advising domestic production company on buildings and railway wagon lease agreement, covering risks of pre-term terminations of such agreement;
  • drafting trilateral supply agreements, as well as distribution agreements for major suppliers of food products and household wares (3М, Nutricia, DLA Piper, Mayer Brown, Danon, Metro Cash & Carry, Benetton, Procter, Motorola, Tupperware);
  • participation in structuring of heating station construction deal;
  • drafting agreement on insurance broker service rendering for international company in sphere of IT technology;
  • advising Kazakhstani holding company on pre-term termination of lease agreement of one of the largest hotel in Almaty;
  • advising international company regarding issues of import of palm oil in Kazakhstan;
  • participation in drafting EPC contract on construction of Kazakhstan-China pipeline together with one of the international law firm;
  • advising Russian supplier of agricultural equipment on issues of leasing of equipment, transferred to Kazakhstani company;
  • advising Kazakhstani company which is an official distributor of German production vehicles on guarantee execution issues;
  • drafting EPC contract of gas processing station;
  • drafting agreement on lease of shopping spaces in one of the biggest shopping malls in Almaty;
  • advising Russian company on structuring and drafting agreement on establishment of consortium on  engineering, procurement, construction and putting into operation of compressor station on gas pipeline ‘Kazakhstan-China’;
  • drafting agreements on transportation and export of hydrocarbons, conducting negotiations, advising large oil company;
  • drafting agreement on processing of crude oil for one of the largest Kazakhstani Company

Other issues of doing business in Kazakhstan

  • advising supplier of alcoholic products on risks of recognition its business as pseudo entrepreneurship;
  • advising domestic producers, as well as official distributors of international producers of food products and household wares on issues of labelling, marking and packing, as well as advertisement of such products (Derbes, Carlsberg, Canon, Johnson&Johnson);
  • advising large western oil company on export and import of oil products issues;
  • advising Bank of China together with international law firm on issues regarding  re-insurance of contractors’ risks in the process of construction of pipe line;
  • advising international bank on issues of realisation of property of Kazakhstani subsidiary due to its liquidation;
  • advising European Bank of Development on issues regarding  participating in public procurement;
  • advising large international company on issues of arming supply for Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Kazakhstan, drafting agreement, advising on issues regarding organisation of state defence order;
  • participation in arbitration proceedings on issues regarding execution by large Italian logistics company of its obligations under contract of carriage;
  • advising large international law firm on issues of validity and claiming under guarantee, issued by one of the largest Kazakhstani uranium company;
  • advising international consultants on issues regarding realisation of strategic objects of telecommunication companies;
  • advising Kazakhstani company and participation in negotiations with international partners on establishment of joint ventures for realisation of project on construction of artificial islands in Caspian sea in order to conduct oil operations;
  • advising international producer of agricultural fertilizers on issues of its import and usage on the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Legal Due Diligences

Financing projects

  • legal evaluation of SBS Steel for credit line from Development Bank of Kazakhstan within the framework of the project on construction of unique metallurgical complex, consultation on development of the transaction structure, etc.;
  • legal evaluation of a large Kazakhstani company within the framework of financing by the Eurasian Development Bank of the “Organization of Woodworking Industry in the Republic of Kazakhstan” investment project;
  • conducting a Due Diligence of a Kazakhstani company within the framework of financing by the Development Bank of Kazakhstan under the project on export of liquefied petroleum gas

M&A transactions

  • conducting a Due Diligence of a Kazakhstani subsoil user holding for the acquisition by a foreign investor of 100% of its shares, participation in development of structure of a transaction;
  • conducting a Due Diligence of the biggest Kazakhstan telecommunication companies;
  • conducting a Due Diligence of the biggest company possessing oil and gas assets in Kazakhstan within the framework of acquisition by the Chinese investor of 49%;
  • conducting a Due Diligence of the blue chip international gold ore holding within the framework of IPO;
  • conducting a Due Diligence of a big local producer of mayonnaise products;
  • conducting a Due Diligence of the major supplier and official distributor of alcoholic products;
  • consultation within the framework of the chemical-hydrometallurgical plant;
  • conducting a Due Diligence of the Kazakhstani gold ore company in the purpose of subsequent sale of the rights under the subsoil use contract;
  • consultation of a big international law firm on acquisition of the controlling parcel of shares in a Kazakhstani company implementing the project on construction of the integrated gas chemical complex, conducting a Due Diligence of the Kazakhstani company

Internal Audit

  • conducting a Due Diligence of the Kazakhstani subsoil user for the Russian shareholders within the framework of confirmation of the status of the rights under the subsoil use contract;
  • conducting a Due Diligence of contracts on procurement of the goods, works and services within the framework of fulfillment of obligations under the subsoil use contract by the Kazakhstani uranium company with respect to observation of procurement procedure established by the legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Consulting in Aviation Field

  • providing international consultants with consultations concerning a lease and financing of aircrafts in Kazakhstan;
  • providing American worldwide airline company owns commercial aircrafts with consultations concerning a lease of the Kazakhstani company’s airplane, rendering assistance on registration of the leasing documentation according to the Kazakhstani legislation;
  • providing a big Kazakhstani airline company with consultations concerning a dispute with an international company, connected with lease of six aircrafts and settlement of the issue by intermediary;
  • drafting a public-private partnership agreement on concession of the Aktau International Airport for a large Turkish holding company

Commercial Agreements 

  • development of a distribution agreement for one of the world largest manufacturers of motor oils, a large Turkish trade and manufacturing company;
  • advising large foreign companies on application of foreign laws in the Republic of Kazakhstan; 
  • advising on application of Incoterms rules;
  • advising a major foreign company on legal regulation of foreign economic activity

Special Economic Zones

  • advising a large foreign investor on necessary documentation to establish business in SEZ;
  • advising on calculation procedure for international shipments;
  • legal support of construction contracts on SEZ territory;
  • drafting contracts for supply of equipment required to ensure operation of a facility within SEZ;
  • advising on SEZ participant’s contract compliance with current Kazakh legislation

Legal Support of Infrastructure Projects and PPP Projects

  • due diligence of infrastructure facilities;
  • legal support of investment projects; 
  • execution and legal support of contracts entered into through PPP mechanism;
  • legal support of construction of infrastructure facilities;
  • tariff regulation;
  • legal services relating to protection of interests in property disputes between construction company and its clients

Advising on other issues

We also advise on the following issues:

  • participation in procurement, including preparation of a bid with respect to its compliance with the requirements of tender documentation, as well as requirements of the legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
  • marking, packing, labelling of goods;
  • import of equipment, including medical;
  • lease of variety types of equipment, aircrafts;
  • pseudo-entrepreneurship;
  • asdvertisement, etc.

Name Position Contacts
Yerzhan Yessimkhanov Partner, Head of Telecommunication & Transport, Construction & Infrastructure Department Inquire
Yerbolat Yerkebulanov Partner, Head of Subsoil Use Department (Almaty) Inquire
Bakhodir Jabborov Managing Partner Inquire
Akhmetzhan Abdullayev Senior Partner, Advocate Inquire
Maksim Burak Partner, Head of Subsoil Use Department (Astana) Inquire
Ummi Jalilova Partner, Director of Baku office Inquire
Atabek Sharipov Partner, Representative in Turkmenistan, Head of Banking & Finance, Finance & Securities in Turkmenistan Inquire
Yana Dianova Director of Corporate and Commercial Law Department, GRATA International (Moscow) 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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Partner, Head of Telecommunication & Transport, Construction & Infrastructure Department

Almaty

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