Kazakhstan

asialaw Analysis

General business law
Aequitas
Work highlights

Acted for Siemens on the local leg of the company’s global restructuring, which included advice on corporate issues.

Represented the Kuwait Food Company, which is in Kazakhstan under the name Americana Group, on its regional restructuring. The client runs 90 restaurants in the country.

Supported Brokers IO on its local market entrance as the first company with a project providing cryptocurrency buying and selling services to the mass consumer.

Advising the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Eurasian Development Bank, and the Islamic Development Bank as a lending syndicate of $585 million debt financing for a concessionary project involving the construction and operation of a ring high-speed toll road, the Big Almaty Ring Road.

Acted for Portuguese company, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, on its 100% share sale in its subsidiary organisation Partex Holding to Thai state energy PTT Exploration and Production Public Company (PTTEP). Upon closing, Partex held a 20% interest in the production sharing agreement for the major oil and gas Dunga field in Kazakhstan.

Key clients

Bitfury, Chevron, Gazprombank, Marks & Spencer

Bolotov & Partners
Work highlights

Advised Korea’s Binggrae Company, the owner of the trademark ‘Melona’ for its frozen dessert product, in the cancellation of a similar mark registration by a Kazakhstani company. The appeal board agreed to cancel the opposition’s ‘Milana’ trademark.

Assisted Louis Vuitton Malletier on enforcing its IP rights by organising the investigation, raid and destruction of counterfeit goods.

Represented Turkish pharmaceutical company Abdi Ibrahim Global Pharm in a case related to the invalidation of two HIV drug Eurasian patents.

Key clients

Magnum Cash & Carry, Procter & Gamble, Toyota

Grata International
Work highlights

Representing Xingling Petroleum, a leading Singaporean oil company holding significant oil assets in Kazakhstan, in a dispute between its shareholders. It is also acting for the same client in another dispute against a drilling company.

Advising Korean National Oil Company on its acquisition of a company that holds the licence for a geological study of an oil and gas block subsoil. Its counsel includes a risk assessment on obtaining subsoil exploration or production rights and developing a legal strategy for carrying out the geological study.

Representing domestic infrastructure contractor KazStroyService in a number of judicial proceedings amidst a long-standing contract dispute against a local counterparty with regards to the construction of a petrochemical facility.

Acted for Sinopec Engineering on tax matters and a turnkey EPC contract for the modernisation of the Atyrau Refinery.

Key clients

ArcelorMittal Temirtau, Brendt, Coalco, China National Petroleum Corporation, ILF Engineers

Integrites
Work highlights

Advised a UK-based international oil and gas company on a tender issued by the North Caspian Operating Company. The team deftly completed negotiations and provided regulatory and corporate governance counsel in a new joint venture that was formed to meet tender participation requirements.

Represented a global energy services provider on its purchase of a local construction company.

Acted for a domestic industrial and investment company on its multi-million-dollar acquisition of a major private Kazakhstani oil company.

Key clients

Hydratight

Linkage & Mind
Work highlights

Advising the National Wealth Fund Samruk Kazyna on the privatisation of Samruk-Energy and its subsidiaries. Upon completion, it will be the largest energy sector privatisation in the country.

Representing United Chemical Company on local law aspects concerning the $10 billion construction of a polyethylene-producing petrochemical plant in Atyrau.

Acting for Tau-Ken Samruk in two share-selling transactions of its joint venture mining companies. 

Key clients

Apina Export, Ekibastuz Gres-2, PTTEP, SCAT Air Company

Sayat Zholshy & Partners
Work highlights

Advised a major Kazakhstan railway service provider on its acquisition of shares in domestic terminal operator that exercises control over a major Kazakhstan logistics company.

Represented a Russian insurance company on its disposal of a controlling stake interest in a major Kazakhstan insurance company. This transaction was valued at $10 million.

Acted for a multinational telecommunications company on setting up a non-profit association of mobile financial services providers, uniting all key players within the relevant local market.

Advised Yenisei Capital on its antitrust clearance while investing in TransContainer, Russia’s largest container transport firm. The target controls half of Kedentransservice, which offers terminal handling at 19 railway stations in Kazakhstan. 

Key clients

Air Astana, Bays Transit, Beeline Kazakhstan, Caspian Beverage Holding, InDriver

Signum Law Firm
Work highlights

Advised BNP Paribas on the $120 million financing of a Kazakhstan agro-industrial complex that is crucial for Kazakhstan’s food safety and lowering the country’s dependency on food imports

Represented Excellence Logging, a specialised oilfield services multinational, on a $50 million buy-side cross-border M&A transaction. The team is also advising on a related finance transaction for the client’s acquisition of Weatherford International.

Acted for the local arm of US-based healthcare giant Medtronic on its public-private partnership project application to develop angiography laboratories in Kyzylorda. 

Advising a national zinc and lead concentrates manufacturer on tax and regulatory matters related to a complex EPC transaction spanning Kazakhstan, China, Russia and the UK.

Represented a financial services company as a bidder in a public procurement tender aimed at the historic first selection of a unified operator for marking all groups of goods in Kazakhstan.

Advising the EBRD on its $356 million renewable energy sources project. This historic initiative enables Kazakhstan to develop its regulatory framework and improves its auction process in order to have competitively tendered renewables projects in the country.

Key clients

Emir-Oil, EnerMech, Partex Oil & Gas, Reach Energy, Silk Energy, Vitol

Unicase
Work highlights

Advising renewables player Goldwind International Holdings on the potential acquisition of the Zheruyik Energy wind power plant.

Represented France-based power producer Total Eren in connection with its complex acquisition, construction and operation of the M-Kat green solar photovoltaic power plant in Kazakhstan.

Acting for China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation on the reconstruction of an irrigation network in the Alakol district of the Almaty region.

Advising the Asian Development Bank on its Kazakhstan Urban Infrastructure Modernisation Programme and on finance facilities to improve wastewater treatment in 53 cities across the country.

Representing Ecoinvest on the construction and financing of a $17 million greenhouse in Southern Kazakhstan that will provide vegetables for the local market and exports to Russia.

Key clients

British Embassy in Kazakhstan, Dahua Technology Kazakhstan, Firebird Management, Frontier Project Logistics, JSC Ekoton+