For about 23 years GRATA Law Firm represents international and local construction companies before courts and arbitrations of Kazakhstan and other CIS countries contributing to the effective settlement of most complex commercial disputes in the area of construction.

Applying to GRATA you will get cooperation with one of the largest and most experienced teams in construction disputes resolution. We represent construction and infrastructure companies, developers, banks and other financial institutions, equipment suppliers, service and management companies in all types of commercial litigations at any stage of a construction project.

Our key advantage is in-depth knowledge of the industry, which allows us not to waste time for learning business specifics in the area of construction, but to offer practical solutions proven by many successful proceedings of similar kind. We thereby not only contribute to the settlement of disputes in the clients’ favour, but also assist to our clients in managing their expenditures and obtaining quality services at a reasonable price.

Our high level performance and acknowledgement by the clients is supported by high ratings issued by the sound international resources such as the Legal 500, Chambers and Partners, Who's Who Legal and many others. Our dispute resolution practice has been recognised as top ranked in Kazakhstan in 2014 by Chambers Global. GRATA was recognised as the Construction Law Firm of the Year in Kazakhstan in 2011, the Energy Law Firm of the Year in Kazakhstan in 2013 by Acquisition International M&A Awards, and as the Highly Recommended Law Firm by AsiaLaw Profiles in 2014 in the area of Construction and Real Estate and ’Energy and Natural Resources. 

OUR SERVICES

Our team of dispute resolution experts offers to our clients services in the following areas:

  • Pre-trial dispute settlement; 
  • Representation in  courts (civil and administrative litigation, proceedings involving state authorities);
  • Representation in international and domestic arbitrations;
  • Legal support in enforcement proceedings;
  • Enforcement of judgments and arbitral awards;
  • Seeking interim relief to secure the claim within foreign arbitrations;
  • Legal due diligence of construction projects, including internal investigations;
  • Legal advising on structuring of transactions and investments from a dispute resolution perspective (choice of law, jurisdiction, investment protection under the international law);
  • Legal support in the course of audits by state authorities.

Brochure: Construction Disputes in Kazakhstan 

 

Representing OGCC KazStroyService JSC, the Kazakhstani largest infrastructure construction company, in several connected proceedings with a subcontractor in relation to the subcontractor’s claim for the reimbursement for additional works for over 5 bln tenge, counterclaims from the general contractor for the refund of advance payment and levy of execution upon the bank guarantee for advance payment refund, and rehabilitation issues, as well as appeal against interim relief and actions of bailiffs;

Representing ENKA Insaat ve Sanayi A.S, one of the world’s largest construction companies, in a dispute with a Kazakhstani customer in relation to construction of the largest office, commercial, and residential facility in Almaty, Kazakhstan. This project included several simultaneous proceedings in various instances on reconsideration of judicial acts upon discovery of new facts, invalidation of work acceptance acts, and recovery of debt, etc.;

Representing OGCC KazStroyService JSC, the Kazakhstani largest infrastructure construction company, in several related proceedings with the general contractor for recovery of reimbursement for additional works for over 600 mln tenge, and in judicial proceedings on counterclaims brought by the general contractor for the recovery of debt;

Representing the genral designer in the proceedings with a customer in relation to the project design development for several large railroad facilities. The project included several simultaneous proceedings in various instances on reconsideration of judicial acts upon discovery of new facts, validation of work acceptance acts, and recovery of debt, etc.;

Representing the general contractor in the proceedings with a customer on recovery of the debt of over 1 bln tenge and seeking respective work cost increase in connection with the devaluation of the national currency – tenge;

Representing and advising the largest supplier of telecommunications equipment in pre-trial negotiations with a customer in relation to the increased cost of construction of a cellular telecommunications network triggered by the devaluation of the national currency – tenge;

Representing a large infrastructure construction company in the proceeding with a customer in relation to the recovery of reimbursement for additional works for over 5 bln tenge, caused in connection with the construction of Kazakhstan’s largest industrial oil and gas facility;

Advising a large infrastructure construction company in the proceedings with a customer in relation to the recovery of reimbursement for additional works taken place in the course of the construction of Kazakhstan’s largest petrochemical facility;

Representing one of the largest European project designers in the dispute with a Kazakhstani customer on the recovery of design work cost in connection with the construction of a trade center in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

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20.02.2018

Uzbekistan review - market opportunities 2018

Uzbek government continues its strive to transform country's legislation and make Uzbekistan more open to foreign investment and international trade.  With the addition modern-thinking specialists to the management in the state authorities, alongside with radical legislative improvements in legislation, directed to full-scale liberalisation, increasing trade turnover and development of local industry, attracting foreign investors, full transfer to market economy and overcoming such obstacles as corruption, restrictions for payment on current international transactions, tariff and non-tariff barriers, the prospects of Uzbekistan are becoming increasingly more attractive for global businesses. 

15.02.2018

GRATA International became a Mondaq Contributor With Most Reader Response In Russian Federation

During the Month of January 2018 GRATA International (Russian Federation) generated the most usage from Mondaq users for the  category of commercial law.

08.02.2018

GRATA International attended the international conference 'Intellectual Property in the New Technological Order'

Yana Dianova, Director of the Corporate and Commercial Law Department (GRATA International, Moscow) and Timur Berekmoinov, a patent attorney (GRATA International, Almaty) took part in the international conference 'Intellectual Property in the New Technological Order'.

07.02.2018

Upcoming Changes in Foreign Exchange Legislation: branches of foreign companies’ settlements will be converted into Tenge

In keeping with GRATA’s practice of informing clients of important legal developments that might influence their business, we would like to draw your attention to some important upcoming legislative developments regarding the foreign exchange regulation and foreign exchange control.

31.01.2018

Building a regional network of a consulting firm or the largest network of lawyers and litigation attorneys in Kazakhstan

Samat Daumov, Managing Partner, GRATA International, shares the firm’s experience in building a regional network of a consulting firm or the largest network of lawyers and litigation attorneys in Kazakhstan.

30.01.2018

GRATA International in Who's Who Legal: Mining 2018 issue

We are glad to announce that Aidar Sarymsakov and Akhmetzhan Abdullayev, Senior Partners, Saule Akhmetova and Almat Daumov, Partners have been identified as key legal experts in Mining field among 11 legal experts in Kazakhstan in Who's Who Legal: Mining 2018 issue.

31.01.2018

Marina Kahiani will speak on the round table Doing Legal Business in Kazakhstan

On 31 January 2017, the Law Society is hosting a breakfast round table with experts from the region and experienced practitioners to discuss the current business climate, growing business areas, and new investment opportunities for law firms and their clients, in particular in relation to the AIFC.

18.01.2018

What to expect from the amendments in land legislation?

On 29 November 2017 the deputies of the Mazhilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan approved in the first reading draft law "On Amendments and Additions to Certain Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan Regarding Regulation of Land Relations" (hereinafter referred to as the "Draft Law"), developed following the work of the Commission on Land Reform.

18.01.2018

New Tax Code

On 1 January 2018 new Tax Code came into force in Kazakhstan. This Tax Code is set to stimulate growth of small and medium-sized businesses and strengthen Kazakhstan’s financial sector. The principle of good faith was also introduced: all the ambiguities and inaccuracies of the Tax Code are interpreted in favour of entrepreneurs. 

16.01.2018

Kazakhstan: New user identification requirements "further regulate social relations"

It has shown a particular interest in  the  Law of 28 December 2017 No. 128-VI on Introducing Amendments and Additions to some Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Information and Communication ('the Law'), which, among other amendments, requires website operators to collect identification data of website users who post comments on such websites. 

GRATA International commented on the following questions:

1- What is the background to the Law, and the Kazakh government's reason for introducing it?

2- Which types of companies will be affected by the provisions with regard to i) identifying website users ii) retaining user data? How is this likely to affect the operation of websites, and their users? 

11.01.2018

Kazakhstan has ratified the Convention on avoidance of double taxation with Ireland

On 29 December 2017 the Republic of Kazakhstan has ratified the Convention on avoidance of double taxation with Ireland[1] and the Protocol thereto (hereinafter – the ‘Convention’).


11.01.2018

Изменения в российском законодательстве в 2018 году

Команда юристов GRATA International в России подготовила обзор наиболее важных изменений в законодательстве Российской Федерации, вступающих в силу в 2018 году. 

11.01.2018

ICOs go legal in Belarus: what the Hi-Tech Park 2.0 can offer the IT industry

Belarus adopted the revolutionary legal framework for IT companies and blockchain enthusiasts. The President’s Decree on Digital Economy comes into force on March 28, 2018.

GRATA International had a presentation at the Shanghai Bar Association

On December 23, 2017 Managing Partner of GRATA International’s Uzbekistan office Bakhodir Jabborov made a presentation at the Shanghai Bar Association

20.12.2017

Special Focus - One Belt One Road China Investment

GRATA International contributed to LexisNexis Mergers & Acquisitions Law Guide 2018. Special Focus - One Belt One Road China Investment.

20.12.2017

Liberalization of business conditions in Belarus

On November 23 the President of the Republic of Belarus has signed Decree No. 7 “On the Development of Entrepreneurship”. The document significantly simplifies business activities in Belarus. Below you can find main innovations for business introduced by the document.

GRATA International attended the AmCham HR Committee meeting

On 15 December 2017, AmCham HR Committee's December Meeting took place in the office of Nobel Oil in Baku.

GRATA International attended the Azerbaijani-Georgian business forum

On 15 December 2017, the Caspian European Club and Caspian Energy Georgia with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Georgia held the Azerbaijani-Georgian business forum and the third CEO of Lunch Tbilisi.

GRATA International attended the 23rd Azerbaijan International Telecommunications and Information Technologies Exhibition and Conference

On 5 December 2017, the 23rd Azerbaijan International Telecommunications and Information Technologies Exhibition and Conference took Place in Baku Expo Centre. The exhibition marked the beginning of High Technologies Week. The organiser of the exhibition was the Caspian Event Organisers.

GRATA International attended International Taxation Conference 2017 in India

On 7-9 December 2017, Bolormaa Volodya, Partner, and Altanzaya Gunsen, Taxation Counsel of Absolute Advocates LLP, GRATA International's associate office in Mongolia, have attended International Taxation Conference 2017 in Mumbai, India.

14.12.2017

GRATA International in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018

GRATA International performed exceptionally well in this year’s rankings as its Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan offices were ranked by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018, confirming GRATA International's dominant position in Central Asia.

14.12.2017

GRATA International is a Mondaq Contributor With Most Reader Response In Russian Federation

During the Month of November 2017 GRATA International (Russian Federation) generated the most usage from Mondaq users for the  category of commercial law.

13.12.2017

GRATA International organised a practical seminar: Roadmap to Profitable Small Hydro Power Plant Development in Bishkek

On 30 November 2017 in Bishkek GRATA International organised a practical seminar: Roadmap to Profitable Small Hydro Power Plant Development, together with international engineering firm  ILF Consulting Engineers.

13.12.2017

GRATA International organised a practical seminar: Roadmap to Profitable Small Hydro Power Plant Development in Almaty

On 28 November 2017 in Almaty GRATA International organised a practical seminar:  Roadmap to Profitable Small Hydro Power Plant Development, together with international engineering firm  ILF Consulting Engineers.

11.12.2017

Stepanov and Aksuk Law Firm Associate office of GRATA International is Recognised by Право.ru-300 Ranking 2017 in 4 Nominations

On 7 December 2017, the results of the national law firms rating – ‘Право.ru-300’ were announced.

07.12.2017

Drinks reception was held at the residence of the British Ambassador to the Republic of Kazakhstan

On 6 December 2017 the drinks reception was held in Astana, Kazakhstan. 

06.12.2017

Yerzhan Yessimkhanov, partner of GRATA International, spoke at the International Conference "PPP Projects in International Context"

On 5 December 2017 the International Conference "PPP Projects in International Context" was held in Frankfurt-on-Main, Germany.

Yerzhan spoke on key questions of PPP projects implementation in Kazakhstan, particular issues of national legislation, basis PPP models in Kazakhstan, issues relating to regulation of PPP projects and key trends of development of PPP in the near future.

04.12.2017

Nurlan Kyshtobaev conducted a guest lecture on “concession agreements”

On November 28th, 2017 Nurlan Kyshtobaev, partner of GRATA International Bishkek office conducted a guest lecture on “concession agreements” and “how law firms operate”. The lecture was read to the students of International Business Law department of the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) within the course “Investment Law and Sustainable Development”. Earlier this year, GRATA International in Bishkek signed a MoU with AUCA on cooperation. 

28.11.2017

4th Downstream Caspian & Central Asia conference

4th Downstream Caspian & Central Asia conference was held in Baku, Azerbaijan on November 28.

28.11.2017

Chamber Annual Networking Reception took place in Azerbaijan

On 22 November 2017 Dubai Chamber Annual Networking Reception took place in Azerbaijan, Baku with the aim of highlighting achievements, discussing plans, and reward most active companies. 

28.11.2017

Amcham November Luncheon

On November 16, 2017, American Chamber of Commerce in Azerbaijan (AmCham Azerbaijan) organized its monthly members’ luncheon.

28.11.2017

Amcham Legal & Compliance Working Group’s November Meeting

AmCham Legal and Compliance Working Group hosted its regular meeting on November 1, 2017.

28.11.2017

Railway “Baku-Tbilisi-Kars” was opened in Azerbaijan

The opening ceremony of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway (BTK) was held on October 30, 2017 in Baku.  


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