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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16.01.2018

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? 

11.01.2018

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’).


11.01.2018

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. 

11.01.2018

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.

GRATA International had a presentation at the Shanghai Bar Association

On December 23, 2017 Managing Partner of GRATA International’s Uzbekistan office Bakhodir Jabborov made a presentation at the Shanghai Bar Association

20.12.2017

Special Focus - One Belt One Road China Investment

GRATA International contributed to LexisNexis Mergers & Acquisitions Law Guide 2018. Special Focus - One Belt One Road China Investment.

20.12.2017

Liberalization of business conditions in Belarus

On November 23 the President of the Republic of Belarus has signed Decree No. 7 “On the Development of Entrepreneurship”. The document significantly simplifies business activities in Belarus. Below you can find main innovations for business introduced by the document.

GRATA International attended the AmCham HR Committee meeting

On 15 December 2017, AmCham HR Committee's December Meeting took place in the office of Nobel Oil in Baku.

GRATA International attended the Azerbaijani-Georgian business forum

On 15 December 2017, the Caspian European Club and Caspian Energy Georgia with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Georgia held the Azerbaijani-Georgian business forum and the third CEO of Lunch Tbilisi.

GRATA International attended the 23rd Azerbaijan International Telecommunications and Information Technologies Exhibition and Conference

On 5 December 2017, the 23rd Azerbaijan International Telecommunications and Information Technologies Exhibition and Conference took Place in Baku Expo Centre. The exhibition marked the beginning of High Technologies Week. The organiser of the exhibition was the Caspian Event Organisers.

GRATA International attended International Taxation Conference 2017 in India

On 7-9 December 2017, Bolormaa Volodya, Partner, and Altanzaya Gunsen, Taxation Counsel of Absolute Advocates LLP, GRATA International's associate office in Mongolia, have attended International Taxation Conference 2017 in Mumbai, India.

14.12.2017

GRATA International in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018

GRATA International performed exceptionally well in this year’s rankings as its Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan offices were ranked by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018, confirming GRATA International's dominant position in Central Asia.

14.12.2017

GRATA International is a Mondaq Contributor With Most Reader Response In Russian Federation

During the Month of November 2017 GRATA International (Russian Federation) generated the most usage from Mondaq users for the  category of commercial law.

13.12.2017

GRATA International organised a practical seminar: Roadmap to Profitable Small Hydro Power Plant Development in Bishkek

On 30 November 2017 in Bishkek GRATA International organised a practical seminar: Roadmap to Profitable Small Hydro Power Plant Development, together with international engineering firm  ILF Consulting Engineers.

13.12.2017

GRATA International organised a practical seminar: Roadmap to Profitable Small Hydro Power Plant Development in Almaty

On 28 November 2017 in Almaty GRATA International organised a practical seminar:  Roadmap to Profitable Small Hydro Power Plant Development, together with international engineering firm  ILF Consulting Engineers.

11.12.2017

Stepanov and Aksuk Law Firm Associate office of GRATA International is Recognised by Право.ru-300 Ranking 2017 in 4 Nominations

On 7 December 2017, the results of the national law firms rating – ‘Право.ru-300’ were announced.

07.12.2017

Drinks reception was held at the residence of the British Ambassador to the Republic of Kazakhstan

On 6 December 2017 the drinks reception was held in Astana, Kazakhstan. 

06.12.2017

Yerzhan Yessimkhanov, partner of GRATA International, spoke at the International Conference "PPP Projects in International Context"

On 5 December 2017 the International Conference "PPP Projects in International Context" was held in Frankfurt-on-Main, Germany.

Yerzhan spoke on key questions of PPP projects implementation in Kazakhstan, particular issues of national legislation, basis PPP models in Kazakhstan, issues relating to regulation of PPP projects and key trends of development of PPP in the near future.

04.12.2017

Nurlan Kyshtobaev conducted a guest lecture on “concession agreements”

On November 28th, 2017 Nurlan Kyshtobaev, partner of GRATA International Bishkek office conducted a guest lecture on “concession agreements” and “how law firms operate”. The lecture was read to the students of International Business Law department of the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) within the course “Investment Law and Sustainable Development”. Earlier this year, GRATA International in Bishkek signed a MoU with AUCA on cooperation. 

28.11.2017

4th Downstream Caspian & Central Asia conference

4th Downstream Caspian & Central Asia conference was held in Baku, Azerbaijan on November 28.

28.11.2017

Chamber Annual Networking Reception took place in Azerbaijan

On 22 November 2017 Dubai Chamber Annual Networking Reception took place in Azerbaijan, Baku with the aim of highlighting achievements, discussing plans, and reward most active companies. 

28.11.2017

Amcham November Luncheon

On November 16, 2017, American Chamber of Commerce in Azerbaijan (AmCham Azerbaijan) organized its monthly members’ luncheon.

28.11.2017

Amcham Legal & Compliance Working Group’s November Meeting

AmCham Legal and Compliance Working Group hosted its regular meeting on November 1, 2017.

28.11.2017

Railway “Baku-Tbilisi-Kars” was opened in Azerbaijan

The opening ceremony of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway (BTK) was held on October 30, 2017 in Baku.  


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