GRATA Law Firm has been active in the legal market for more than 20 years and has thorough experience in providing legal support for the hotel sector, in the Eurasian region: Russian Federation, Central Asia and the Caspian countries.

We offer our clients the full range of legal services necessary for resolving the broad range of issues connected with the hotel business and real estate.

Key Elements of our Services

  • A thorough knowledge of the market: we advise developers, investors, and owners of real estate on all issues, from registration and organizing activities, to large acquisitions, structuring investment and management agreements.
  • Quality: GRATA's specialists combine great experience in legal support of both large and medium scale projects in the hotel sector in CIS countries, with knowledge and practical application of legal instruments for restructuring and financing and commercial activities in the markets, which allows us to offer services of a very high quality.

Our Services 

RegistrationofCompanies

  • Preparing the constitutive documents
  • Registering legal entities, branch offices and representative offices
  • Registering changes and supplements to the constitutive documents

 

Intellectual Property

  • Consultation on general issues on compliance with intellectual property law
  • Licensing agreements and franchising, including questions on the transfer of know-how
  • Representation before the competent authorities on all issues of trademark registration
  • Protecting the rights of objects of intellectual property.

 

CorporateLaw

  • Consultation on questions of corporate structuring
  • Legal audit/due diligence as part of an acquisition or sale of companies/assets
  • Full legal support for mergers and acquisitions
  • Consultation on issues concerning the creation and maintenance of joint ventures

 

Labour Law

  • Checking compliance with labour law
  • Audit of HR documentation
  • Drawing up HR documentation
  • Consultation on issues regarding the attraction of foreign labour

 

TaxLaw

  • Consultation on issues regarding corporate taxation
  • Appealing the results of tax audits and tax disputes
  • Legal assessment of tax accounting (tax audit)
  • Tax planning

 

Regulatory questions and commercial issues regarding the organization of hotel business

  • Ecological and health-protection issues for businesses conducting activity in the hospitality sector.
  • Consultation in relation to various aspects of agreements for the exploitation and management of real estate assets of hotel infrastructure
  • Consultation on issues concerning outsourcing, supply and other issues regarding the activities of assets of hotel infrastructure
  • Consultation on insurance issues.

 

Administrative and legal support for the business

  • Legal support for maintaining relations with the government authorities during the process of inspections and certification
  • Work with the regulatory authorities on issues concerning the procedure for applying legislative norms.

 

Legal support for financial issues in the hotel sphere.

  • Legal support for equity and debt financing
  • Legal support for financing acquisitions
  • Consultation on issues regarding initial financing or the refinancing of construction
  • Consultation on issues regarding real estate transactions and secured lending

 

Dispute Resolution

  • Pre-trial settlement of issues concerning the protection of intellectual property rights
  • Legal representation in all matters of infringement of intellectual property
  • Legal assistance in implementing enforcement proceedings for infringement of intellectual property

Brochure: Hotel Business

 

EXAMPLES OF SOME OF OUR RECENT WORK

  • Advising a multinational hotel company headquartered in the United States on tax audit activities of a hotel in the Russian Federation (Moscow);
  • Advising a global network of hotels in respect of economic activity in the Republic of Kazakhstan (Astana), including general consulting services, corporate structuring and drafting commercial agreements;
  • Advising a multinational hotel company headquartered in the United States with respect to the construction and operation of hotels in different regions of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Astana, Aktau and Atyrau), including advice with respect to construction contracts, recruitment, franchise agreements, corporate structuring, intellectual property and competition;
  • Advising the Kazakhstan Association in the field of tourism and the hospitality industry, providing advice on amendments to various laws and regulations that apply to the hotel industry;
  • Advising a multinational hotel company headquartered in the United Kingdom with regard to the opening of a hotel in the Republic of Uzbekistan (Tashkent), including labour, corporate and licensing issues;
  • Advising a major international hotel company with headquarters in the United States on matters related to a license agreement;
  • Advising a major international hotel company with headquarters in the United States on the protection of personal data and labour issues;
  • Advising an international hotel operator with headquarters in the United States with respect to the construction of  a hotel in the Republic of Uzbekistan (Tashkent), including examining an agreement on the implementation of a range of works on engineering, procurement and construction materials and advice on regulatory and legislative regulation;
  • Advising a major international hotel company in commercial activity of a hotel in the Kyrgyz Republic (Bishkek), including issues concerning labour relations and compliance with legal requirements. 
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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. 
 

22.10.2018

Trademark protection in Mongolia

The exclusive rights of the trademark holder will be granted or entitled when the trademark is officially registered with the General authority of Intellectual property and trademark certificate is issued. 

18.10.2018

Agricultural business in Kazakhstan and opportunities for Islamic finance

Agriculture is one of the most attractive sectors of Kazakhstan’s economy. Kazakhstan has approximately 24 million hectares of arable land and 188 million hectares of pasture.

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.


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