Saule Akhmetova is a partner, Director of Almaty branch of GRATA International.  Saule as an extensive experience in matters of subsoil use, mergers and acquisitions, taxation, investment, contract law and  intellectual property. She had represented and successfully defended the interests of major international and Kazakh companies in negotiations with government agencies and local state authorities on various issues of conclusion and execution of investment contracts. Saule has a successful experience in protecting the interests of clients in litigation, including administrative and economic disputes.

Education:

  • Saule graduated with honors from the Kazakh National University named after Al- Farabi. She performs professional activities since 1997.
  • She has a lot of publications on tax, investment and subsoil use legislation.
  • Saule is a member of the Kazakhstan Petroleum Lawyers Association, Almaty City Bar Association.

Practices:

  • Contract law;

  • Mergers and Acquisitions;

  • Taxation;

  • Intellectual Property.

Languages:

  • Russian
  • Kazakh
  • English

Saule has extensive experience in matters of subsoil use, mergers and acquisitions, taxation, investment, contract law, intellectual property. Represented and successfully defended the interests of major international and Kazakh companies in negotiations with government agencies and local state authorities on various issues of conclusion and execution of investment contracts. Saule also has successful experience in protecting the interests of clients in litigation, including administrative and economic disputes. 

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The International Comparative Legal Guide series - Franchise 2018: Kazakhstan

GRATA International Kazakhstan contributed to the International Comparative Legal Guide series - Franchise 2018 with the chapter on Kazakhstan. 

The Intellectual Property and Antitrust Review 2017: Kazakhstan

GRATA International Kazakhstan office experts became the contributors of the 2017 edition of The Law Reviews Guide to The Intellectual Property and Antitrust Review 2017 Kazakhstan

Some Upcoming Changes in IP Legislation

Kazakhstan's accession to the World Trade Organisation, membership in the Eurasian Economic Union requires the improvement of national legislation in the area of intellectual property, elimination of contradictions and gaps, both within the provisions of national legislation and between national law and provisions of international agreements, to which Kazakhstan is a party.

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

The Franchise Law Review: Kazakhstan

GRATA International contributed to the Law Business Research Guide series - Franchise 2017 with the chapter on Kazakhstan. 

The International Comparative Legal Guide series - Franchise 2017: Kazakhstan

GRATA International contributed to the International Comparative Legal Guide series - Franchise 2017 with the chapter on Kazakhstan. 

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

Parallel import remedies: Russia and Kazakhstan

The issue of 'parallel import' were not put by the exclusive right holder into civil circulation in this country.

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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Partner, Branch Director

Almaty