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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19.02.2019

GRATA International in Chambers Global 2019

For yet another consecutive year, GRATA International enters the leading legal rankings and continues to be among the most outstanding law firms in Central Asia and the Caspian region. 

18.02.2019

Guidelines for the selection of trade names of medicines and for manufacturing of finished dosage forms in the Eurasian Economic Union

The Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) approved on 29 January 2019 the Recommendations on the Guidelines for the Selection of Trade Names of Medicinal Products and the Guidelines for Manufacturing of Finished Dosage Forms of Medicinal Products in order to eliminate differences in the requirements for the manufacturing of finished dosage forms of medicines in Eurasian Member States Economic Union (EAEU).

18.02.2019

Руководства по выбору торговых наименований лекарственных препаратов и производству готовых лекарственных форм в ЕАЭС

Коллегия Евразийской экономической комиссии утвердила 29 января 2019 г. Рекомендации о Руководстве по выбору торговых наименований лекарственных препаратов и о Руководстве по производству готовых лекарственных форм лекарственных препаратов в целях устранения различий в требованиях, предъявляемых к процессам производства готовых лекарственных форм лекарственных препаратов в государствах - членах Евразийского экономического союза (ЕАЭС).

13.02.2019

Amendments to the legislation of Kazakhstan on corporate matters

On 2 July 2018, the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 166-VI "On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Insurance and Insurance Activities, Securities Market" was adopted. Among other things, this legislative act has amended the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated 13 May 2003 No. 415-II "On Joint Stock Companies" (the "JSC Law").

04.02.2019

GRATA International in China Business Law Journal: Deals of the Year 2018

We are glad to announce that one of GRATA International’s successful projects has been selected as of the winners of China Business Law Journal: Deals of the Year 2018.

31.01.2019

Kazakh government should concentrate on attracting cross-border Islamic financing

Though Kazakhstan adopted relevant legislation for domestic (such as the governed Kazakh law) Islamic banking transactions more than seven years ago and has a Muslim population of over 11 million, Islamic finance is still in the early stages of its development and Islamic products are rarely used. According to the National Bank of Kazakhstan (NBK), as of 2018, the share of Islamic banking assets account for only 0.16% of total banking sector assets in Kazakhstan. 

24.01.2019

Chairman of the Global Board and Executive Director of GRATA International Association visited Kazakhstan

GRATA International is pleased to announce that on January 18-24, 2019, Mr. Andrew Gamble and Mr. Dimitri Papadopoulos visited Almaty, Kazakhstan. 

23.01.2019

Significant developments in 2018 and 2019 in Kazakhstan: A lawyer’s perspective

The following is an outline of some of the major legal developments in Kazakhstan last year, and a selection of key changes that we anticipate for business, including Islamic finance, for this year.

23.01.2019

GRATA International contributed to the report Doing Business 2019: Training for Reform

Zulfiya Akchurina (representative of GRATA International in USA) and Mikhail Abdulov (lawyer) contributed to the report Doing Business 2019: Training for Reform.

21.01.2019

GRATA International is shortlisted for The Lawyer European Awards 2019

We are glad to announce that GRATA International has been shortlisted for Law firm of the year: Russia, Ukraine and the CIS.

10.01.2019

Almaty Light Rail Transit project in Kazakhstan

On the 29th November 2018, Almaty, the former capital and the largest city in Kazakhstan, received responses from nine international consortia, consisting of companies from Japan, France, Russia, Turkey, Spain, China and Kazakhstan, to participate in the first stage of the open tender of the Almaty Light Rail Transit (LRT) public-private partnership (PPP) project. 

10.01.2019

Российские санкции в отношении Украины: запрет на ввоз отдельных видов товаров

Постановлением Правительства Российской Федерации от 29 декабря 2018 г. № 1716-83 введен запрет на ввоз в Россию товаров, страной происхождения либо страной отправления которых является Украина или которые перемещаются через территорию Украины.

10.01.2019

Russian sanctions against Ukraine: ban on the import of certain commodities

A ban on the import into Russia of certain commodities, the country of origin of which is Ukraine or which move through the territory of Ukraine was introduced by the Decision of the Government of the Russian Federation dated 29 December 2018 No. 1716-83.

09.01.2019

Doing Business in Kazakhstan

Let us introduce you this 'Doing Business in Kazakhstan' publication prepared by GRATA International law firm. The information in the brochure is based on theoretical and practical information available as of June 2018. The content of this brochure is intended for foreign businessmen and companies seeking to do business in Kazakhstan. 

21.12.2018

Google LLC оштрафована за несоблюдение российского законодательства

26 ноября 2018 года управление Роскомнадзора по Центральному федеральному округу возбудило административное дело в отношении компании Google, LLC в связи с неисполнением компанией обязанности подключиться к федеральной государственной информационной системе, содержащей перечень информационных ресурсов, информационно-телекоммуникационных сетей, доступ к которым ограничен на территории России (ФГИС).

21.12.2018

Google LLC is fined for non-compliance with Russian law

On 26 November 2018, the Office of the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) in the Central Federal District initiated an administrative case against Google, LLC due to the company's failure to fulfill its obligations to connect to the federal state information system containing a list of information resources, information and telecommunication networks, access to which is restricted in Russia (FGIS ).

Yerbolat Yerkebulanov gave guest lecture at SDU

On 7 December 2018 Yerbolat Yerkebulanov, Partner of GRATA International law firm, gave guest lecture at Suleyman Demirel University in Almaty.

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.


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