Maxim Burak is a Partner at GRATA International in Astana. Maxim got a lot of experience and deep knowledge in the oil and gas industry, subsoil use and corporate transactions.

Maxim’s experience includes obtaining the refusal of the state from the priority right to purchase the alienated subsoil use rights in mergers and acquisitions, consulting subsoil users on local content, implementation of full legal support additional agreements to contracts for subsoil use, in particular regarding the extension of the exploration period and the percentages of Kazakhstani content and implementation Due Diligence contracts on subsoil use.


  • Kazakh University of Humanities and Law, 2005-2009, LL.B, Diploma with Honors;

  • Kazakh University of Humanities and Law, 2009-2011, LL.M, Diploma with Honors.


  • Oil & Gas;

  • Contract Law.


  • English

  • Kazakh 

  • Russian



  • Advising a major Kazakh construction company regarding the use of funding in the construction of real estate properties within the framework of the international exhibition EXPO-2017;

  • Advising a group of major petrochemical companies with participation of both Kazakhstani and international state and private companies, in connection with construction of a petrochemical plant in Western Kazakhstan, including drafting EPC contracts;

  • Advising one of the major national companies in connection with the acquisition of several immovable property objects intended to prevent damage from oil spills;

  • Advising a big Russian production company in connection with the acquisition of warehouses in Kazakhstan;

  • Advising Kazakhstani logistic company with respect to attracting financing from institutional investors;

  • Providing legal services on subsoil use issues to one of the largest mining holdings in Eurasia in connection with its restructuring;

  • Providing detailed advice and legal opinions on transfer of subsoil use rights;

  • Providing detailed advice on local content issues, including applicability of amendments in local content legislation;

  • Consultations in relation to issues of internal safety training and studies;

  • Defending interests of a big production company in employment case in the Supreme Court;

  • Providing consultations with regard to order of internal company investigation in the view of employment law;

  • Maintaining the process of introducing amendments to 6 subsoil use contracts. Negotiations with the competent authorities;

  • Obtaining approval for transactions with shares in subsoil users and subsoil use right;

  • Representation of big mining companies’ interests in the governmental bodies;

  • Work with the authorized body in the sphere of geology in order to get reports on return of contract territory approved;

  • Providing legal consultations to governmental bodies with regard to draft amendments to legislation;

  • Providing detailed advice on decrease of local content obligations under subsoil use contracts.

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GRATA International participated in Astana Legal Forum 2019

April 19, 2019, in Nur-Sultan, Astana Legal Forum 2019 was held at the Park Inn by Radisson hotel. At the Forum, four representatives of GRATA International spoke as speakers:

GRATA International in Legal 500 EMEA 2019

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

What to expect from the amendments in land legislation?

On 29 November 2017 the deputies of the Mazhilis of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan approved in the first reading draft law "On Amendments and Additions to Certain Legislative Acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan Regarding Regulation of Land Relations" (hereinafter referred to as the "Draft Law"), developed following the work of the Commission on Land Reform.

GRATA International Held a Workshop titled: 'Corporate Law and Corporate Governance in Joint Stock Companies'

On 19 May 2017, GRATA International arrange a workshop for KazMunaiGas titled: 'Corporate Law and Corporate Governance in Joint Stock Companies'.

GRATA International provided legal support in acquisition of Foodpanda online service by Chocofamily internet-holding

For the past three years, was a key competitor to The consolidation of these two companies will enable to take a leading position in Kazakhstan's market for online food delivery services with a market share of 80%. 

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.

GRATA International took part in KIOGE

On 5-6 October 2016, the 24th Kazakhstan International Oil and Gas Conference was held in Almaty.

GRATA International held internal conference: “Regional development – from idea to its realization!”

2-3 April 2016 GRATA International held annual its conference. Among the participants were directors and representatives of all GRATA International offices in Kazakhstan.

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

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

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 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

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.

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Partner, Head of Subsoil Use Department (Nur-Sultan)