Baizhan Bekzhanov is a Partner in Natural Resources team of GRATA International. He focuses on energy and natural resources, M&A, labour law and dispute resolution.

Baizhan has an extensive experience advising international and domestic clients on issues related to subsoil use regulation at deals on acquisition of subsoil use assets in Kazakhstan.  He has a great experience in undertaking and supervising work for mining, oil and gas and services companies, including CNPC and its subsidiaries, North Caspian Operating Company (operator of Kashagan, the world's largest oil discovery of the last 40 years), Sinopec and its subsidiaries, Kazatomprom and its subsidiaries, Severstal, Nord Gold, Polymetal.

Education:

  • 2009 - Baizhan Bekzhanov graduated from Cardiff  University with LLM diploma in Commercial Law;

  • 2002 - He graduated from Kazakh State Law University with diploma with distinction.

Practices:

  • Energy

  • Labour Law

  • M&A

  • Dispute Resolution

Industry Sectors:

  • Energy

  • Natural Resources Group

Languages:

  • English 

  • Russian 

  • Kazakh

Experience: 
  • Advising Polymetal on its $600 million acquisition of Bakyrchik Mining Venture;

  • Advising Kazatomprom on its acquisition 25%+1 share in Ural Electrochemical Integrated Plant;

  • 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 CNPC Aktobe Munai Gaz in its environmental disputes in Kazakhstan;

  • Representing Sinopec Engineering in its tax and custom disputes in Kazakhstan;

  • Representing Sinopec Exploration and Production in its tax and custom disputes in Kazakhstan;

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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 2nd South Caspian Region Petroleum & Energy 2015 Summit

The 2nd South Caspian Region Petroleum & Energy 2015 Summit was held on April 14-16 in Vienna

20th Anniversary Kazakhstani International Conference and Exhibition KIOGE 2012 is held in Almaty

On 4-5 October 2012, the 20th Anniversary Kazakhstani International Oil and Gas Conference KIOGE 2012 is held in Almaty. InterContinental Hotel.

07-08 February 2014 in Almaty the 2013 reporting conference of the EURASIAN LAW FIRM «GRATA»

07-08 February 2014 in Almaty the 2013 reporting conference of the EURASIAN LAW FIRM «GRATA»


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