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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15.10.2018

Gulnur Nurkeyeva attended Investment and Financing Innovation Law & Commerce Forum

On 11-14 October 2018 Elite Global Legal Alliance (EGLA) held its Fourteenth General Meeting & Investment and Financing Innovation Law & Commerce Forum.

02.10.2018

Yerbolat Yerkebulanov gave a presentation to Malaysian suppliers of goods and services to O&G subsoil users

On 28 September 2018 An Export Acceleration Mission for Oil, Gas and Energy in Almaty, Kazakhstan was held.

 

Ibragim Kouky, the Senior Associate at Contract and Real Estate Department participated in the joint FIDIC/ICC Conference

Ibragim Kouky, the Senior Associate at Contract and Real Estate Department participated in the joint FIDIC/ICC Conference (International Federation of Consulting Engineers and International Chamber of Commerce).

 

24.09.2018

Introduction of 2nd 2017 Edition of FIDIC Forms of Contracts

In 2017 the International Federation of Consulting Engineers has introduced major amendments to FIDIC 1999 Yellow, Red and Silver Books which have been in use in the construction industry for almost twenty years.

21.09.2018

Bakhyt Tukulov gave a presentation about Dispute Resolution at the AIFC

On 20 September 2018, CCI France-Kazakhstan (CCIFK) held a monthly meeting.

20.09.2018

Ministry of Finances of the Republic of Belarus Specified Dates of Completing Business Operations

Amendments concern business operations relating to performance of works, rendering services and lease relations.

While rendering services, which results the customer can use during the term of the agreement, the date of completing this business operation shall be:

  • last calendar day of each month of provision of services and the last day of provision of services – if the term of the agreement exceeds one month;

  • last calendar day of the month, when provision of services is started, and (or) the day of completing of provision of services – if the term of the agreement does not exceed one month.

20.09.2018

Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan On Concessions (unofficial English translation)

This Law determines legal conditions of concession, types of state support of concessionaire and regulates social relations arising during conclusion, execution and termination of concession agreements.

20.09.2018

Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan On Public-Private Partnership (unofficial English translation)

This Law determines legal conditions of public-private partnership, ways of its implementation, and regulates social relations arising during preparation and implementation of public-private partnership projects, execution, performance and termination of public-private partnership agreements.

18.09.2018

Gulnur Nurkeyeva took part at the 10th China Overseas Investment Fair (COIFAIR)

With the approval of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of the People’s Republic of China, the 10th China Overseas Investment Fair (COIFAIR) was held at the China National Convention Center, PRC on 15-16 September 2018.

14.09.2018

Gulnur Nurkeyeva delivered a speech at Duane Morris & Selvam Ambassador Series

On 12 September 2018 Duane Morris & Selvam law venture held Ambassador Series dedicated to Kazakhstan event in Singapore.

13.09.2018

#NEARFOOTBALL or What a Sports Lawyer Should Know

As football developes and becomes more popular in Kazakhstan, the legal relationships and arrangements of the parties involved increasingly require compliance with legal formalities. A professional club, sportsman, coach and federations are guided by regulations approved by the international sports organisations and/or concluded contracts.

13.09.2018

Kazakh privatisation: a fresh start

Although the Kazakhstan securities market is the most developed in Central Asia, its development has been slow compared to the country’s banking sector.

10.09.2018

Shaimerden Chikanayev was among the panellist at the IBA ECA Forum 2018

On 5-7 September 2018, a IBA Europe-Caucasus-Asia Forum 2018 was held in Almaty.

10.09.2018

How to incorporate a company or representative office in Mongolia?

Despite the fact that Mongolian legislation provides for a wide range of legal forms of commercial entities (limited liability company or LLC, joint-stock company or JSC and joint venture), in practice, private businessmen and foreign investors mostly prefer LLC or JSC. Representative office of foreign legal entities is also common

05.09.2018

Land Law of the Republic of Belarus

Land relations can be a crucial issue for foreign investors considering whether or not to start a business in a particular country. Let us provide you with a summary of land legislation of Belarus and the opportunities it offers for business.

12.09.2018

Dmitry Samigullin spoke on Business setup in Russia in Zurich

Dmitry Samigullin spoke on Business setup in Russia in Zurich.

04.09.2018

Administration of Almaty has officially announced public tender for participation in Almaty Light Rail Transport (LRT) Project

On 29 August 2018, the Administration of Almaty (Almaty Mayor’s Office) has officially announced the public tender for participation in PPP project for development of design specification, construction, commissioning, financing, operation and technical maintenance of Almaty Light-Rail Transportation System (the “Project”).

27.08.2018

Major Kazakhstan Legislation Changes for 2017

The Law on Amendments Intended to Improve Business Conditions[1] (the “Business Improvement Law”) came into effect on 12 March 2017, except certain provisions.

The purpose of the Business Improvement Law is to further improve the investment climate in line with the general policy of the country to support local entrepreneurs and foreign investors.

24.08.2018

'Offshore zones' for international companies in the Kaliningrad region and Primorsky krai

Federal Law No. 291-FZ dated 3 August 2018 (Law No. 291-FZ) provides for the establishment and operation of special administrative districts in the territories of the Russian Island (Primorsky Krai) and Oktyabrsky Island (Kaliningrad Region) to form an investment-attractive environment for Russian and foreign investors.

05.09.2018

Shaimerden Chikanayev will be a panellist at the IBA ECA Forum 2018

On 5-7 September 2018, a IBA Europe-Caucasus-Asia Forum 2018 will be held in Almaty.

16.08.2018

Renewable energy projects – next destination for investments in Kazakhstan

Renewable energy development has recently become hot topic in Kazakhstan that is actively being discussed among market existing and potential participants, relevant state bodies including the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan (the “MoE”), international development institutions and other stakeholders.

 

15.08.2018

On the Court and Arbitration at the Astana International Financial Center: A Practical Perspective on What They Can Offer to Kazakhstani businesses

In early July this year we witnessed the opening of the Astana International Financial Center (AIFC). We have seen a large number of reports in the media on the Court and Arbitration at the AIFC, but little has been said specifically on what exactly they can offer to Kazakhstani businesses.

 

15.08.2018

China’s Belt and Road initiative in Kazakhstan and opportunities for Islamic finance

Kazakhstan has high ambitions in China’s Belt and Road initiative (BRI) as it is geographically an ideal junction between China and the west.

15.08.2018

GRATA International - leading author of Mondaq of Russian Federation in July

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

15.08.2018

GRATA International - ведущий автор Mondaq Российской Федерации в июле

В июле 2018 года наибольшее количество обращений пользователей Mondaq по вопросам коммерческого права получила GRATA International (Россия).

03.08.2018

Что изменилось для застройщиков с 1 июля 2018 года (РФ)

С 01 июля 2018 г. вступили в силу изменения в 214-ФЗ (Федеральный закон «Об участии в долевом строительстве многоквартирных домов и иных объектов недвижимости» от 30 декабря 2004 года), которые значительно усилили требования к Застройщикам.

02.08.2018

Competition Regulation in Mongolia

The competition law regulates matters related to the creation of conditions for fair competition in the market for business entities, identification and implementation of legal and organisational grounds for prohibition, restriction and prevention of any activities impeding competition.

31.07.2018

Common market of medicines in the Eurasian Economic Union: clinical trials

On 17 July 2018, the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEС) adopted the following acts aimed at regulation of the general market of medicines in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU):

31.07.2018

Cancellation of duties for state registration of legal entities and individual entrepreneurs

Federal Law No. 234-FZ of July 29, 2013 amended the Tax Code of the Russian Federation providing for the cancellation of the state duties for state registration of:

27.07.2018

Statute of Limitation under Kazakh law: A Practitioner’s Perspective

Rules relating to statute of limitation contained in the Civil Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan (the “Civil Code”) may seem relatively straightforward. However, in our practice we frequently encounter situations where rules relating to the calculation of the statute of limitation are erroneously applied or where their applications to relevant facts create disputes. In this article, the author has attempted to provide a practical perspective on some of the most frequently encountered questions relating to the statute of limitation under Kazakh law and express views on the interpretation of certain rules.

27.07.2018

GRATA International held a Business Breakfast with Members of the CCI France- Kazakhstan

Yesterday, 26 July 2018, GRATA International and the CCIFK held a breakfast meeting with the Chamber members.

23.07.2018

Shaimerden Chikanayev was a speaker at the International PPP Finance Summit in London

On 3-4 July 2018, an International PPP Finance Summit 2018 took place in London, UK.

20.07.2018

Multilateral convention to implement tax treaty related measures to prevent base erosion and profit shifting

By the end of June of this year Kazakhstan signed the Multilateral convention to implement tax treaty related measures to prevent base erosion and profit shifting (MLI).

20.07.2018

Astana International Financial Centre's Law - what is it about?

Modeled on the Dubai International Financial Centre, the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) was officially launched on the 5th July this year, established with the aim of bridging the gap between the world’s major fi nancial centers and a regional gateway for capital and investments.

11.07.2018

GRATA International and IQanat Education Fund

On June 20, 2018, GRATA International Law Firm signed a memorandum on cooperation in the area of education with IQanat Public Education Fund.

04.07.2018

GRATA International приняла участие в Kazakhstan Global Investment Roundtable 2018

3 июля 2018 года, в отеле Ritz Carlton Astana под председательством Премьер-министра Республики Казахстан Бакытжана Сагинтаева прошел круглый стол по глобальным инвестициям.

04.07.2018

Yerbolat Yerkebulanov was a speaker at the Astana Legal Forum

On 29 June 2018 Yerbolat Yerkebulanov, Partner of GRATA International (subsoil use practice (Almaty)) was a speaker at the Astana Legal Forum 2018. 

21.06.2018

Yerbolat Yerkebulanov gave a speech at the 25th World Mining Congress

Yerbolat Yerkebulanov, Partner, Head of Subsoil Use department (Almaty) of GRATA International was a speaker at the 25th World Mining Congress (WMC).


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