Mergers and acquisitions are effective tools for managing the strategy of a company's growth and for solving a broad range of problems, including: geographically expanding a company's target market; widening the product range; and a company's vertical integration. The planning and implementation of such transactions rely on providing due diligence of the target company, and analysing the structure of the deal and its associated risks.

We will provide full legal support for deals on the merger and acquisition of companies. With extensive experience, we can provide a thorough and objective legal analysis of a company's activity, with focus placed on determining the legally relevant consequences and the risks of the deal. Our experts will prepare all the necessary documentation, including competently drafting a contract and protecting the interests of our client during negotiations. You can also trust us to observe the priority right of purchase, obtain all necessary approvals (from the company's management, the state authorities and creditors, if required by law) for the sale and/or purchase, and carry out the company's re-registration.

For the period of 2007 -2008 we have provided services to 38 clients for their 63 M&A related projects in Kazakhstan. In total we supported Kazakhstan’s M&A completed transactions for more that USD 80 mln. We continue legal advising to ongoing projects related to M&A in Kazakhstan for more than USD 236 mln.

GRATA has significant experience and expertise in acting on complex, high-value, cross-border work as well as a range of smaller transactions. We operate by bringing together international experience and local knowledge. Over the last few years, we have worked on the following projects:

  • Assistance in making of Kazakh anti-trust filing for acquisition of one of largest generic drug company worldwide.
  • Advising of major Indian bank Punjab National Bank on acquisition of control stake in Kazakh Dana Bank.
  • Due diligence of leading international generic manufacturer.
  • Advising a major sovereign wealth fund on the acquisition of LSE listed shares of the large Kazakhstan oil & gas company.
  • Advising a leading international bank on its proposed acquisition of commercial bank in Kazakhstan, including conducting of due diligence of the target.
  • Advising a major financial bank on antitrust matters of acquisition of Russian investment company.
  • Advising Chinese engineering corporation on potential acquisition of stake in Kazakh science institute, including conducting of full due diligence and advising on antimonopoly matters.
  • Acting on the acquisition of 2 large Kazakhstan telecommunication companies by the Kazakh investment holding.
  • Advising of an international FMCG producer on acquisition of minority stake in Kazakh beverage company.
  • Conducting of due diligence of Kazakh large petrochemical company.
  • Conducting of due diligence of West-Kazakhstan oil &gas company.
  • Advising a large international oil company on its proposed acquisition of an oil company with substantial assets in Kazakhstan (ongoing project).
  • Conducting due diligence for a large Asian company in relation to the purchase of the shares of an international energy corporation (ongoing project).
  • Conducting due diligence on behalf of a potential buyer (large European bank) regarding the acquisition of a top twenty bank in Kazakhstan (ongoing project).
  • Conducting due diligence for the IPO of a major mining and minerals company in Kazakhstan (ongoing project).
  • Advising a large Indian corporation on the proposed acquisition of a Kazakh oil company. The transaction included conducting of due diligence.
  • Advising a leading Korean Kookmin bank on its acquisition of 30% share in Bank Center Credit for $634 millions, including conducting of detailed due diligence, revising and commenting on SPA and SHA agreements, and advising on the disclosure process and consulting on various other legal matters.
  • Advising a large Asian telecoms company in relation to the purchase of shares of a large Kazakhstan national telecoms provider.
  • Conducting due diligence on behalf of large Chinese telecom company regarding the acquisition of two telecoms providers in Kazakhstan.
  • Acting on the US$100 million proposed acquisition of a Kazakh bank by a London-based Bank, including the conduction of due diligence.
  • Preparing a due diligence report for the fixed assets of a company in Kazakhstan.
  • Advising a large US oil company on its proposed acquisition of a Kazakh oil production firm.
  • Advising a leading Hong Kong gold mining company on the acquisition of a local gold mining company.
  • Obtaining permits from the Kazakhstan anti-trust authorities for various acquisitions.
  • Advising a Kazakhstan oil company on its proposed acquisition by the Korean National Oil Corporation.
  • Advising an international metals producer in relation to the proposed acquisition of a large oil company in Kazakhstan, including conducting due diligence.
  • Conducting due diligence for the global oil services.
  • Conducting due diligence for a large Russian law firm.
  • Conducting due diligence for one of the leading export-import banks in China.
  • Advising an international oil company on the proposed acquisition of a large Kazakhstan oil field.
  • Conducting due diligence for and advising a major Italian bank.
  • Acting for a leading international bank in relation to the proposed acquisition of shares in Kazakhstani bank.
  • Advising of a UK mining company on its acquisition of a gold deposit in Kazakhstan; conducting due diligence and drafting SPA.
  • Advising local oil company on its acquisition by a Canadian international oil company, including performing due diligence and drafting SPA.
  • Advising a large international oil company on its proposed acquisition of an oil company with substantial assets in Kazakhstan; performing due diligence.
  • Advising a Kazakhstani private mining company on the potential joint venture and further development alone with a large Korean company of a large copper and nickel deposit in Kazakhstan.
  • Advising a large Korean mining corporation on its acquisition of several Kazakhstani mining companies, including conducting of due diligence, drafting of documentation, preparing of legal memorandums and formal legal opinions.
  • Advising of Russian mining company on its acquisition of Kazakhstani coal company.
  • Advising a large Asian mining company in relation to the acquisition of shares in a Kazakhstani mining company.
  • Representing interests of Kazakhstan’s largest gold producer in selecting potential investors, raising investment capital and establishing joint venture.
  • Advising one of the largest Kazakhstani mining companies on the rights of minority shareholders.
  • Advising one of the largest mining and metals companies in Kazakhstan on a wide range of corporate and labour issues.
  • Consulting and providing other legal services to a large international aluminium producing company.
  • Advising a large international bank on the financing of a $300m aluminium reprocessing project.
  • Conducting due diligence for a manufacturing company in Western Kazakhstan.
  • Acting as a consultant to the Government Working Groups in negotiations leading to the conclusion of subsurface exploration and production contracts.
  • Representing interests of Kazakhstan’s largest zinc producer to the Government bodies in the course of formulating, discussing and approving amendments to the laws, regulating mining activities.
  • Providing legal services to a leading European bank on trade and customs regulations and on processing and exporting gold and precious metals.
  • Consulting U.S. company on privatising a large Kazakh mining company.
  • Providing full assistance in preparation of contract documentation for the trust management of the Government block of shares in a Kazakh mining company and consultancy with regard to its operations.
  • Preparing memorandums and legal opinions on merger control notification requirements in Kazakhstan for a large Germany company.
  • Advising underwriters of an IPO in Great Britain and Kazakhstan of the Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation for $2.6 billion.
  • Advising a major Australian uranium mining company on its acquisition of a leading Kazakhstani nuclear company.
  • Facilitating shares and shareholding interest sale and purchase transactions, including the sale and purchase of assets, property complex for one of the major European insurance companies
  • Assisting in transactions related to the reorganization of a large Oil and Gas Company in Western Kazakhstan.
  • Providing legal consultations for over 10 years for a major international oil company under two productions sharing agreements.
  • Drafting memorandums and legal opinions on issues of shares and shareholding interest sale and purchase.
For the period of 2007 -2008 we have provided services to 38 clients for their 63 M&A related projects in Kazakhstan. In total we supported Kazakhstan’s M&A completed transactions for more that USD 80 mln. We continue legal advising to ongoing projects related to M&A in Kazakhstan for more than USD 236 mln.
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14.12.2018

EBRD will support development of national capital market in Uzbekistan

The EBRD supports the development and strengthening of local capital markets within the framework of the current reform program of Uzbekistan to ensure openness of the economy.

07.12.2018

GDPR: когда контроллерам и операторам персональных данных необходимо назначать представителей в ЕС

Требования Общего регламента по защите данных (General Data Protection Regulation) (далее - «Регламент» или «GDPR»), вступившего в силу с 25 мая 2018 г., применяются согласно его статье 3 (2) в том числе к контроллерам и операторам персональных данных, не учрежденным в ЕС, если они обрабатывают персональные данные субъектов персональных данных (физических лиц) находящихся в ЕС

06.12.2018

Yerzhan Yessimkhanov has been named among the best real estate lawyers in Who’s Who Legal 2018

We are proud to announce that Yerzhan Yessimkhanov, partner and head of GRATA International’s Real Estate, Construction & Insfrastructure, Telecommunications & Transport departments, has been named among the best real estate lawyers in the world and featured in WWL 2018: Real Estate for the second consecutive year. 

05.12.2018

Chambers&Partners Asia-Pacific 2019 released

GRATA International has cemented its position as one of the leading firms in Central Asia and Caspian region, following the release of major international legal rating Chambers&Partners Asia-Pacific 2019. GRATA International has secured a ranking in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

05.12.2018

Общий регламент ЕС по защите данных (GDPR): территориальное действие

Общий регламент по защите данных (General Data Protection Regulation), принятый Европейским парламентом 17 декабря 2015 г. (далее - «Регламент» или «GDPR») вступил в силу с 25 мая 2018 г.

27.11.2018

GRATA International выступит на Саммите Лидеров Рынка Инфраструктурных Проектов

11 декабря 2018 г. пройдет Саммит Лидеров Рынка Инфраструктурных Проектов в г. Москва, Россия.

26.11.2018

Yerzhan Yessimkhanov was a speaker at the CLF 2018 Forum

On 23 November 2018, Yerzhan Yessimkhanov, Partner of the GRATA International law firm, spoke at the CLF 2018 Forum on Construction Regulation.

16.11.2018

Partners of GRATA International were speakers at the XIII Kazakhstan Forum of Corporate Lawyers

On 8-9 November 2018, the XIII Kazakhstan Forum of Corporate Lawyers was held in Almaty.

21.11.2018

Simplifications for small and medium sized companies

On November 9, the Parliament passed a package of changes introducing simplifications in tax and business law aimed for entrepreneurs. 

21.11.2018

Act on 9% CIT rate

On November 14, President Andrzej Duda endorsed an act introducing 9% rate of corporate income tax (CIT) for small businesses as well as certain changes regarding tax deductible costs in case of acquisition and exploitation of passenger cars by companies.

 

21.11.2018

Possibility of conducting a business activity despite the death of the owner

On November 25 the provisions will come into force that will allow businesses to continue operations despite the death of the enterprise’s owner. 

16.11.2018

Партнеры GRATA International выступили на XIII Казахстанском форуме корпоративных юристов

8-9 ноября 2018 г. состоялся XIII Казахстанский форум корпоративных юристов в г. Алматы.

15.11.2018

GRATA International в рейтинге Asialaw Profiles 2019

В очередной раз GRATA International получила высокую оценку от Asialaw profiles, одного из ведущих справочников по лучшим юридическим фирмам в Азиатско-Тихоокеанском регионе.

15.11.2018

GRATA International ranked in Asialaw Profiles 2019

For another consecutive year GRATA International received high appraisals from Asialaw profiles, one of
the leading legal guides to top law firms and practitioners in Asia-Pacific.

14.11.2018

Natural monopolies in Kazakhstan: The right time to invest?

The importance of the so-called natural monopolies in Kazakhstan can be seen in the fact that some of Kazakhstan’s largest and most powerful corporate empires, such as the KEGOC (national transmission grid operator) and KTZ (national railway company), are officially subject to natural monopoly regulation.

09.11.2018

Санкции России в отношении украинских юридических и физических лиц

22 октября 2018 г. Президент Российской Федерации подписал Указ № 592 "О применении специальных экономических мер в связи с недружественными действиями Украины в отношении граждан и юридических лиц Российской Федерации", согласно которому федеральным органам государственной власти, органам государственной власти субъектов Российской Федерации, иным государственным органам, органам местного самоуправления, организациям и физическим лицам, находящимся под юрисдикцией России, необходимо в своей деятельности исходить из того, что со дня вступления данного Указа в отношении отдельных физических и юридических лиц, определенных Правительством РФ, применяются специальные экономические меры.

09.11.2018

Russian sanctions against Ukrainian nationals and legal entities

On 22 October 2018, the President of the Russian Federation signed Decree No. 592 "On the application of special economic measures in connection with the unfriendly actions of Ukraine in relation to citizens and legal entities of the Russian Federation", according to which the federal government bodies, local authorities, organizations and individuals under the jurisdiction of Russia need in their activities to proceed from the fact that from the date of entry into force of this Decree special economic measures are applied in respect of certain individuals and entities identified by the Government of the Russian Federation.

GRATA International ranked across several jurisdictions in ILFR1000 2019

IFLR1000 has released its 2019 rankings identifying leading firms and lawyers worldwide.

GRATA International has been ranked in 7 jurisdictions in Europe and Asia: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. IFLR1000 paid special attention to GRATA’s wide geographical coverage in Central Asia and Eastern Europe.

06.11.2018

Executive Director of GRATA International Association was on an official visit to Kazakhstan

Dmitri Papadopoulos, Executive Director of GRATA International Association - a Swiss Verein, was on an official visit to Almaty on 5 November 2018. 

02.11.2018

GRATA International became a Swiss Verein

We are happy to announce that we have now become GRATA International Association - a Swiss Verein registered in Switzerland.

30.10.2018

Partner Shaimerden Chikanayev - Member of the Almaty City Bar Association

After successfully passing the exam and obtaining an advocate license, Shaimerden Chikanayev joined the Almaty City Bar and received the status of an advocate, granting him the right to protect the interests of his clients now not only in civil but also in criminal and administrative matters.

29.10.2018

Yerzhan Yessimkhanov gave a presentation at the trading session organised for Malaysian companies

Yerzhan Yessimkhanov, Partner of GRATA International, gave a presentation at the trading session organised by the Malaysian Embassy in Kazakhstan for Malaysian companies interested in entering the Kazakhstani market.

26.10.2018

How to register a business in Astana International Financial Centre

The Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) was launched on the 5 July 2018. It is a financial hub located in Astana, Kazakhstan. The aims of AIFC are to attract investment and bring in clients from Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

23.10.2018

GRATA Azerbaijan participated at the Joint AmCham/BCC Career Fair

On 5 October 2018 Joint AmCham/BCC Career Fair was held in Baku, Azerbaijan. 
 


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