As a general rule, all issues related to exploration and production of minerals require special attention, considering a specific character of legal regulation in this sector.

Subsoil users that perform activities under the contract on exploration, production, combined exploration, and production often have questions regarding documents for a competent authority for coordination and approval of design documents, time limits required for submission of the work program for approval, documents that certify transition from the exploration to  production stage, and actions required for the extension of the exploration period, including the timeframe required for evaluation of commercial discovery as well as many other questions.

We would like to offer our clients services on legal support of exploration and production operations in connection with execution of obligations under the subsoil use contract in cases when judicial protection of a subsoil user’s rights are needed.


  • advising various international and Kazakh companies in connection with drafting subsoil use contracts (exploration, production, combined exploration and production), analysis of provisions of model contracts; advising international company in connection with extension of validity term of the contract for exploration/production;

  • advising international oil company in connection with proposed purchase of the large oil deposit in Kazakhstan;

  • advising a large foreign subsoil user concerning introduction of amendments to the work program; 

  • advising a large uranium company in connection with subsoil use issues relating to transition from exploration to production stage.

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The Law of Ukraine "On Limited and Additional Liability Companies" was adopted

On February 6, 2018, the Parliament of Ukraine adopted the Law of Ukraine "On Limited Liability Companies" (project No. 4666 dated May 13, 2016), which changes the procedure for registration and management of these types of companies.


President signed the Corporate Contracts Act

On February 15, 2018, the President of Ukraine signed the Law of Ukraine "On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine Concerning Corporate Agreements" (Project No. 4470 of April 19, 2016), which introduces in the domestic legislation provisions on the conclusion of corporate contracts - agreements on the exercise of the rights of participants (founders) of a limited liability company and agreements between shareholders[1].

GRATA International took part at the Bonds, Loans & Derivatives Russia & CIS 2018 event

The event that was held on February 27th, in Moscow (Russia) attracted 456 senior level decision makers, who came together to discuss the opportunities in the Russian & CIS capital markets industry. 


GRATA International was for the third time conferred with the award "Contributor With Most Reader Response In Russian Federation" by Mondaq

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


Yerzhan Yessimkhanov held a seminar on the Application of international forms of FIDIC construction contracts

On 16 March 2018, a seminar on the Application of international forms of FIDIC construction contracts was held by Yerzhan Yessimkhanov, Partner and Director of Transport, Telecommunication, Construction and Infrastructure practice of GRATA International.


Was 2017 another difficult year for Kazakhstan?

In this article, SHAIMERDEN CHIKANAYEV outlines some of the key legal developments and challenges faced by the Islamic finance market in Kazakhstan in 2017 and provides an overview of some of the major factors that will shape the Islamic finance industry's growth and trends in Kazakhstan in 2018. 


Gulnur Nurkeyeva will speak at the China Enterprises Going Global Risk Conference

On 20-21 of March 2018, in Zhuhai, China the China Enterprises Going Global Risk Conference will be held for Chinese transnational companies, organised by the China Industrial Overseas Development Association. 


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. 


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.


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'.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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? 


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’).


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. 


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.

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