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.

Name Position Contacts
Tlek Baigabulov Senior Partner, Advocate Inquire
Yerzhan Yessimkhanov Partner, Head of Telecommunication & Transport, Construction & Infrastructure Department Inquire
Yerbolat Yerkebulanov Partner, Head of Subsoil Use Department (Almaty) Inquire
Maksim Burak Partner, Head of Subsoil Use Department (Astana) Inquire
Bakhodir Jabborov Managing Partner Inquire
Baizhan Bekzhanov Partner Inquire
Akhmetzhan Abdullayev Senior Partner, Advocate Inquire
Assel Ilyasova Partner, Head of Tax Law Department Inquire
Samat Daumov Managing Partner, Branch Director Inquire
Nurbol Kissembayev Partner, Branch Director Inquire
Kanat Seidaliev Partner, Office Director Inquire
Almat Daumоv Partner, Head of Natural Resources Department, Representative GRATA International (Moscow) Inquire
Aidar Sarymsakov Senior Partner, Advocate Inquire
Elvira Maratova Counsel, GRATA Kyrgyzstan Inquire
Madina Sagatova Counsel Inquire
Paweł Martynek Partner, Head of Subsoil Use Inquire
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ICLG to: Oil & Gas Regulation - Kazakhstan 2014

The International Comparative legal guide to: Oil&Gas, Kazakhstan Chapter 2014


Interview of Yerbolat Yerkebulanov in the newspaper “Drilling Solutions”

Interview of Yerbolat Yerkebulanov in the newspaper “Drilling Solutions” No. 3 (October 2015)


Kazakhstan: Procurement and National Suppliers

As many other countries the Republic of Kazakhstan takes relevant measures to protect interests of national suppliers of goods, works and services


GRATA Representatives Held a Workshop within OILTECH Atyrau 2015

On 14-15 April, in Atyrau there was the 9th Atyrau Regional Oil Technological Conference - OILTECH Atyrau 2015.


GRATA Law Firm representative took part in Minex Central Asia 2015

The 6th “MINEX Central Asia 2015” Mining and Exploration Forum was held in Astana (Republic of Kazakhstan) from 17 to 19 March 2015.


Review of Legal Developments to the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan ‘On Subsoil and Subsoil Use’ Made on 29 December 2014

The Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 271-V 'On the Introduction of Amendments to Some Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Subsoil Use Issues' was signed on 29 December 2014


Changes to the legislation on greenhouse gas emissions

In line with GRATA Law Firm’s practice of keeping clients informed of important legal developments that might influence their business


Flaring, Disposition and Processing of Associated Gas in the Course of Oil Operations: Legal Provisions

Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan 'On Subsoil and Subsoil Use': a head for the processing of associated and natural gas


Kazakhstan Introduces Legislation on Climate Change

We would like to draw your attention to prospective changes in Kazakh legislation Relating to Environmental Issues.


Termination of contract by a subsoil user

In practice, though rather seldom, there are such cases when due to certain reasons a contractor (subsoil user) decides to terminate the subsoil use contract.


Kazakhstani content in Procurement of Subsoil Users

During the recent one and a half year we could view a sharp increase in the interest of subsoil users and their contractors to the issues of Kazakhstani content in the procurement of goods, works and services.


New Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan "On Gas Supply and Gas"

This information was prepared as a general guidance only, and should not be used as a specialized legal conclusion.


Kazakhstan: New Local Content Approach

Kazakhstan ranks second only to Russia among the countries of the CIS in its quantity of mineral production.


Kazakhstan is Due to Adopt a New Law "On the Main Pipeline"

We would like to draw your attention to recent changes in Kazakh legislation in connection with the adoption of the new draft law entitled "On the Main Pipeline".


The priority right of the state

As is known, contracts for subsoil use have a special status.This is because they concern the natural resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan and thus the country's vital interests


Subsoil Users’ Procurement Rules dated 14 February 2013: Analysis of Key Changes (Note as of 27.09.013)

In May 2013, two Decrees of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Nos. 133 and 134 (the “RoK GD”) dated 14 February 2013 were published in official national newspapers


Oil and Gas Regulation 2014

A brief outline of Kazakhstan’s natural gas sector.


The International Comparative legal guide to: Mining Law 2015

There are also numerous Decrees of the RoK Government which regulate specific issues in subsoil use.


Subsoil users and NIOKR (Research & Development)

In the beginning of 2012, the Subsoil Law[1] (the "Law") was amended[2] with the provisions of subsoil users’ obligation to finance annually scientific research, scientific technical and development works (“NIOKR[3]”).


From March 31 to April 2, 2014 in Astana (Kazakhstan) the 5th Mining Forum Minex Central Asia 2014 took place.

The Forum brought together more than 500 leaders and experts from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Russia, Mongolia, Georgia, Armenia, Canada, Australia, the U.S., Switzerland, Finland, the UK, China and UAE.


Zhanara Iskhakova , partner at GRATA Law Firm, made a presentation at a Round Table on Sustainable Development, organized by the Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association "CERBA"

Zhanara Iskhakova , partner at GRATA Law Firm, made a presentation at a Round Table on Sustainable Development, organized by the Canada Eurasia Russia Business Association "CERBA", within the GLOBE Business Summit 2014


On 25-26 June 2014, the First Central Asia Gas Forum was held in Almaty

GRATA Law Firm was represented at the event by Luisa Dyussengaliyeva - Senior Lawyer (Astana).


On 7-9 october, Minex forum Russia 2014 was held in the Radisson Hotel, Moscow

The MINEX Forum is one of the largest, most informative and representative industry events in Russia, covering topical issues of exploration, mining and processing of solid minerals in Russia.


A GRATA Representative Took Part in a Subsoil Use Conference

On 15h October 2014, there was a research and practical conference devoted to the development of the Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan 'On Subsoil and Subsoil Use' (Key Issues and Principal Innovations) held in Astana.


Corporate Lawyers Forum was Held in Almaty with Participation of GRATA Representatives

On 6-7 November 2014 the IX Kazakh Forum of Corporate Lawyers was held in Almaty.


Cancellation of Moratorium on Tenders for Granting Subsoil Use Right

The President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, has ordered to cancel the current moratorium on new tenders for granting subsoil use right.

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