GRATA International

Corporate & Finance Department

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What the team is known for Impressive regional practice providing local law, regulatory and due diligence support to international financial institutions involved in high-value inbound project financing. Particularly active in the natural resources and banking sectors. Recent experience has additionally focused on PPP and large-scale concession and infrastructure projects, where the firm advises both international lenders and state bodies. Also remains a popular choice for international law firms without representation in Kazakhstan.

Strengths Sources highlight the team's pragmatism as a key strength, saying: "They'll give us workable advice that we can take to negotiations."

Others point to their results-driven approach, with one explaining: "They're very responsive, enthusiastic and they really want to achieve what we ask."

Work highlights Provided due diligence and merger clearance support to Digital Assets in its RUB1.33 billion acquisition of Intercomp.

Notable practitioners

Shaimerden Chikanayev advances in the rankings this year. Clients appreciate his expertise in PPP projects, where he regularly represents international financial institutions as lenders. One source highlights his negotiation skills, explaining: "He can demonstrate his argument in a very articulate and convincing manner." Another notes his client care, describing him as "flexible and clearly customer-oriented."