Leila Makhmetova is counsel, Director of Environmental Law Department and Licenses and Permits Department of GRATA International. She focuses on litigation and dispute resolution, environmental law, health and safety, administrative law.

Leila Makhmetova has extensive experience in environmental dispute resolution. Her success in representing clients has been constant and consistent. Leila’s clients include some of the most prominent figures in heavy industry. Previously, Leila was a Senior Lecturer at the Kazakh University of Law and Humanities and a legal expert at the Institute of Legislation governed by the Ministry of Justice of RK.

Education:

  • 1996 - Bachelor degree in law from Kazakh National University named after Al-Farabi,

  • 2007 - Degree of Candidate of Legal Sciences.

Practices: 

  • Environmental Law

  • Licenses and Permits

Industry Sectors:

  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution

  • Environmental Law

  • Health and Safety

Languages

  • Russian
  • English

Experience:

  • Due diligence of two Kazakh oil companies on the availability of all permits required for their activities;

  • Advising a foreign company on compliance of draft contracts for import to Kazakhstan and sale of scrap metal with Kazakh legislation;

  • Advising a foreign company on what permits and notifications are required for construction of street railway and import of trams to Kazakhstan;

  • Advising a foreign company on what permits and notifications are required for construction of a belt highway in Kazakhstan;

  • Advising a foreign company on the procedure of reissue of an industrial license in the case of consolidation of a licensee with another company;

  • Due diligence of a cigarettes production company for compliance with the legislation on industrial safety and protection of the environment;

  • Advising a Kazakh company on what requirements are applicable to the activities on sale and installation of lifts at industrial facilities;

  • Advising different commercial companies on legal requirements to marking of goods;

  • Advising a foreign company on legal requirements to burning of associated and natural gas in the course of electricity production;

  • Due diligence of an agricultural company on the availability of all permits required for its activities;

  • Advising an international law firm on what governmental licenses, permits, approvals etc. are required for construction of a wind power plant, import to Kazakhstan and storage all necessary building materials;

  • Drafting the memorandum  on the terms and condition of obtaining quota for greenhouse gases emissions for power station;

  • Due diligence of a Kazakh company plant on the availability of all licenses and permits for a thermal power plant and compliance of the plant with Kazakh environmental legislation;

  • Advising a foreign company on safety requirements for vehicles and equipment provided for by legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan;

  • Advising an oil company on what licenses and permits are required for construction of a gas turbine electric power station;

  • advising a foreign company on the procedure of obtaining permits for construction of a facility (including permits and other documents for connection of the facility to electric networks);

  • Due diligence of documents for land plots to be obtained for construction of different facilities (plants, power plants, agricultural facilities etc.);

  • Advising a foreign company on construction permits;

  • Advising a foreign company on licensing in the area of architecture, town-planning and construction;

  • Due diligence of three debtors at the request of a foreign bank on the availability of all licenses and permits required for the construction of main gas pipelines;

  • Drafting the memorandum on licenses and permits required for modification of vehicles;

  • Successful protection of interests of a large uranium-mining company in economic court in appeal against suspension of operations for violations of industrial safety legislation;

  • Successful protection of interests of an oil company in the Ministry of Environmental Protection of RK;

  • Successful representation of interests of a company in the field of chemical industry in the Supreme Court of RK in the Settlement of a dispute over the ownership of production wastes;

  • Successful representation of interests of a major oil company in appeal against fines for pollution of land resources, waste storage and breach of requirements of environmental monitoring of production;

  • Successful protection of interests of an oil company in the proceedings concerning administrative land law violations;

  • Successful representation of interests of an oil company in appeal against fines and a claim for pollution of the environment by flaring of associated gas;

  • Successful representation of interests of an oil company in appeal against fines and a claim for damage to the environment caused by oil spill;

  • Advising a Kazak oil company on the legal liabilities for an emergency on an oil well;

  • Successful representation of interests of an owner of a power plant against fines and a claim for damage to the environment caused by emission of pollutants into the environment;

  • Successful representation of interests of a mining company against fines and a claim for damage to the environment caused by emission of pollutants into the environment;

  • Successful representation of interests of an oil company against a claim connected with loss of associated gas.

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GRATA International Took Part in the Kazakh Forum of Corporate Lawyers

On 2-3 November 2017, the XII Forum of Corporate Lawyers was held in Almaty. GRATA International took part in the Forum as speakers.

Kazakhstan Supports Renewable Energy for Economic Diversification

Kazakhstan's 2020 Strategic Development Plan states that the use of renewable resources and energy sources is an effective method to diversity the country's economy. Kazakhstan is therefore creating incentives to develop wind power, solar and geothermal energy, and to introduce new technologies that will effectively use the country's water resources to provide the population with drinking water.

Legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Support for Use of Renewable Energy Sources

In Strategic Development Plan of the Republic of Kazakhstan until 2020, it is noted that one of the directions for successful diversification of the economy is the introduction of modern technologies based on renewable resources and energy sources.

International Comparative Legal Guide to: Data Protection 2017 - Kazakhstan

GRATA International Kazakhstan office experts became the contributors of the 2017 edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Data Protection published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London

Data Protection 2016: Kazakhstan

Data Protection covers common issues in data protection laws and issues – including rights, registration formalities, cookies, international data transfer, etc.

Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Informatization Issues

We draw your attention to the important legal aspects in legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

GRATA International Training Centre Held Training Seminars

On 15 and 16 October 2015, the Training Centre of GRATA International organised training seminars

GRATA Representatives Gave a Report at OILTECH Atyrau 2015

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

Environmental Due Diligence as an Instrument Minimising the Risks Imposed by Environmental Inspections

Today it is very hard to imagine the acquisition of a participatory interest in a subsoil use company without carrying out a due diligence, which includes an environmental due diligence.

Environmental inspections: practical recommendations for subsoil users on supporting and appealing environmental inspections (as amended by the Law of the RoK ‘On state control and supervision in the Republic of Kazakhstan’ dated 06 January 2011)

Every subsoil use company is subject to regular environmental inspections, in the course of which the state inspectors often breach the letter of the law on their implementation.

Law on Amending Certain Legislative Acts Regarding the Improvement of the Regulatory Approval System: Changes in the List of Activities That are Subject to Licensing

In Kazakhstan the Law on Amending Certain Legislative Acts Regarding the Improvement of the Regulatory Approval System became effective from 30 January 2012.

Law on Amending Certain Legislative Acts Regarding the Improvement of the Regulatory Approval System: Changes in the Procedure of Licenses Issue

In Kazakhstan the Law on Amending Certain Legislative Acts Regarding the Improvement of the Regulatory Approval System became effective from 30 January 2012.

Law on Amending Certain Legislative Acts Regarding the Improvement of the Regulatory Approval System: Changes in the Environmental Code

The Law on Amending Certain Legislative Acts Regarding the Improvement of the Regulatory Approval System became effective from 30 January 2012.

Qualification Requirements Specified to Certain Types (Sub-Divisions) of Licensed Activity in the Sphere of Architecture, Town-Planning and Construction: Changes Connected with the Establishment of Categories of Licensees

We would like to draw your attention to the passed changes in Kazakh legislation in connection with introduction of the new Qualification Requirements.

Regulations on Attestation of Experts Carrying Out Expert Works and Engineering Services in the Sphere of Architecture, Town-Planning and Construction: Qualification Requirements and Procedure of Attestation

We would like to draw your attention to the changes in Kazakh legislation in connection with introduction into effect of the new Regulations.

Since March 11, 2012 the “Regulations and Terms for Issuing Permits to Expatriate Employees for the Provision of Employment and to Employers for the Employment of Foreign Nationals” have come into effect in the Republic of Kazakhstan. In keeping with GR

The Law on Amending Certain Legislative Acts Regarding the Improvement of the Regulatory Approval System became effective from 30 January 2012.

There have been few amendments in the permit system and the laws of licensing

In line with GRATA Law Firm’s practice of keeping clients informed of important legal developments, we would like to draw your attention to the review of the Law mentioned above.

On Both Sides of the Caspian Sea', a comparative analysis of the investment law in Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan exclusively for PETROLEUM Analytical journal

The experts of GRATA Law Firm exclusively for PETROLEUM conducted a comparative analysis of the investment law in Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan.

Atyrau Health, Safety, and Environment Roundtable with GRATA Law Firm

On February 3rd, the American Chamber of Commerce in Kazakhstan held a Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) Roundtable in the offices of Fluor Kazakhstan, in Atyrau.

GRATA's Environmental Law Department has won the court proceedings for the benefit of a subsoil user

In January 2014, the Environmental Law Department has won the court proceedings for the benefit of a subsoil user. The first-instance court has denied the environmental authority to recover environmental damages caused by dust emissions.

Legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Use of Renewable Energy Sources

We would like to draw your attention to the recently enacted Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan 'On Supporting the Use of Renewable Energy Sources'


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Counsel, Director of Environmental Law Department

Almaty