Almat Daumov is a Partner and Head of Natural Resources Department of GRATA International. He focuses on energy and natural resources, M&A, tax law and dispute resolution.

For more than 13 years, Almat has advised domestic and multinational corporations and built an impressive oil and gas and mining practice. He has a great experience in undertaking and supervising work for oil and gas, mining and services companies, including Korean National Oil Corporation (KNOC), North Caspian Operating Company (operator of Kashagan, the world's largest oil discovery of the last 40 years), Sinopec, Rosneft, Baker Hughes, Enka, Polyus Gold International, Severstal, Nord Gold, Polymetal.


  • 2004 BA (Hons) – Kazakh State University of Law


  • The Legal 500 - The Leading Lawyer in Kazakhstan (2014, 2013)

  • Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific - The Leading Lawyer in tax law and oil and gas sector in Kazakhstan (2012) 


  • Energy

  • Tax Law

  • M&A

  • Dispute Resolution

Industry Sectors:

  • Energy and Natural Resources Group 


  • Kazakhstan Petroleum Lawyers’ Association

  • Authorised representative of the Association of Taxpayers of Kazakhstan

  • Kazakhstan Bar Association


  • English

  • Russian

  • Kazakh


  • Advising Korean National Oil Corporation on exit from Zhambyl project in the Caspian Sea ($250 million investments exploration project): his responsibilities included supervising work on structuring a sale of a 27% stake in Kazakhstan's offshore Zhambyl oil block, drafting and negotiating with KazMunaiGas (Kazakhstan national oil and gas company) SPA and assignment agreement;
  • Advising (as Kazakh local counsel) KazakhGold Group Limited in a reverse takeover of Polyus Gold valued at approximately $10 billion;

  • Advising (as Kazakh local counsel) Polyus Gold International on its $9 billion premium listing on the London Stock Exchange;

  • Advising (as Kazakh local counsel) Polyus Gold International in the sale of $375 million of shares (including debt assignment) in Kazakhaltyn and Norox Mining (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan);

  • Representing Polyus Gold International on the investment dispute with Kazakh partners;

  • Advising (as Kazakh local counsel) Nord Gold, an international low-cost gold producer, a unit of Russian steelmaker Severstal, on the $1 billion IPO on the London Stock Exchange;

  • Advising (as Kazakh local counsel) Nord Gold in respect of the US Notes Offering for $500 million at the Irish Stock Exchange;

  • Advising Cammex (Kazakh large gold producer) on its $200 million sale to Verniy Capital and Kazzinc;

  • Advising NCOC (operator of Kashagan, the world's largest oil discovery of the last 40 years) on corporate and regulatory matters, state inspections, environmental disputes;

  • Representing Baker Hughes in its tax, customs and commercial disputes in Kazakhstan;

  • Representing Enka (Turkish construction conglomerate) in a complex $45 million dispute with a customer arising out of several EPC contracts;

  • Representing Sinopec Engineering in tax and customs disputes;

  • Advising Enka on corporate, commercial and other legal matters related to its investments in Kazakhstan;

  • Advising Korean National Oil Corporation in its M&A transactions in Kazakhstan;

  • Advising MOL Group on subsoil use matters;

  • Representing Maersk Oil Kazakhstan in tax disputes;

  • Representing Karazhanbasmunai (Kazakhstan large subsoil user) in a complex $100 million tax dispute (99% of tax charges have been cancelled).

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GRATA International in Legal 500 EMEA 2019

Legal 500 has recently released its annual rankings of international law firms – Legal 500 EMEA 2019.

Almat Daumov spoke at MINEX Kazakhstan 2019

On April 3, Almat Daumov, Partner, Head of Mining Department, GRATA International, spoke at the Technical Session of MINEX Kazakhstan 2019 on the topic: “Structuring a mining company for effective sale to a strategic investor”.

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.

GRATA International took part in the 8th Mining Forum - MINEX Central Asia 2017

On 18-20 April, the 8th Mining Forum - MINEX Central Asia 2017 was held in Astana.

IMARC International Conference and Exhibition held in Australia from 9 till 13 November 2015

Samat Daumov - Partner, Managing Director of the Astana office of GRATA International, and Maxim Burak - Counsel, Head of Subsiol Use Department in Astana, participated in the conference and exhibition

GRATA International took part in KIOGE

The 23th Kazakhstani International Oil and Gas Exhibition, KIOGE 2015 was held in Almaty from 6 till 9 October 2015

Kazakhstan-China Business Council (KCBC) met in Astana on 28 September 2015

On 28 September 2015, a meeting of the Kazakhstan-China Business Council (KCBC) was held in Astana

GRATA Representatives took part in the Business Meeting of Malaysian and Kazakhstani Petroleum Companies

On 8 June 2015, in Almaty there was a business meeting of representatives of Malaysian and Kazakhstani oil-and-gas companies.

Representatives of grata law firm took part in the roundtable “On de-criminalization of tax violations”

The roundtable "On de-criminalization of tax violations based on the practice of the tax jurisdictions of OECD member-states" was held on June 5, 2015.

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Partner, Head of Natural Resources Department, Representative GRATA International (Moscow)

Moscow, Almaty