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GRATA International

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Number of partners: 51
Number of lawyers: 159
Languages: English, Chinese, German, Kazakh, Russian, Uzbek

Firm Overview:
Today clients have 250 professionals in 19 countries at their disposal. GRATA International is a global team representing different countries and nationalities that has legal advising experience in all areas of law. GRATA International provides legal services across Kazakhstan. The firm has offices in Baku (Azerbaijan), Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), Dushanbe (Tajikistan), Moscow (Russia) and Tashkent (Uzbekistan), a country desk in Ashgabat (Turkmenistan), and associate offices Istanbul (Turkey), in Kyiv (Ukraine), Minsk (Belarus), Novosibirsk, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Saint Petersburg (Russia), Poland (Warsaw), Prague (the Czech Republic, Riga (Latvia), Tbilisi (Georgia), Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia) and Zurich (Switzerland). In addition to its offices, the firm has representatives in London (United Kingdom), New York (United States) and Beijing (China). GRATA International offers clients access to the entire network of its diverse teams’ extensive legal experience and knowledge of local business environment in any country of its presence.

Main Areas of Practice:

Banking & Finance:
■ Advising Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited on a USD 7.5 billion syndicated secured loan facility to Asia Gas Pipeline LLP to finance a gas pipeline project in Kazakhstan
■ Advised BNP Paribas, Citigroup Global Markets Limited, HSBC Bank, VTB Capital as Managers on USD 3,5 billion Euro Medium Term Note Programme of Eurasian Development Bank
■ Advised Sberbank, the largest Russian bank, on its USD 2 billion debt facility to Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation plc, secured by guarantees issued by Kazakh subsidiaries of ENRC
■ Advised Credit Suisse, UBS Investment Bank and Visor Capital as Joint Global Coordinators and Joint Bookrunners, Renaissance Capital as Joint Bookrunner and Halyk Finance as Co-Manager on the public offering of JSC KCell, the largest cellular service provider in Kazakhstan, including on the listing of GDRs on LSE and shares on Kazakh stock exchange
Key Contact: Shaimerden Chikanayev
Email: [email protected]

Construction & Infrastructure:
■ Advising a group of major petrochemical companies featuring the participation of both Kazakhstani and international state and private companies in connection with the construction of a petrochemical plant in Western Kazakhstan, including drafting EPC contracts. This was a pioneering transaction with FIDIC EPC сontracts successfully used in Kazakhstani petrochemical industry, and synchronised with local norms and regulations. Total project value - approximately USD 1 billion
■ Advising a consortium of major Kazakhstani and Russian energy producers in connection with reconstruction of the largest electrical energy producing enterprise in Kazakhstan, including the drafting of EPC contracts. Total project value - over USD 700 million
■ Advising international reconstruction and development bank on a loan agreement in relation to the reconstruction of the water and wastewater system in Aktau, Kazakhstan to the value of KZT 1.2 billion. The objective of the project is to enable the relevant local authorities to increase the efficiency of water operations in the region, so as to equip the city with the municipal infrastructure
■ Advising one of the largest Turkish construction companies with regard to construction of shopping mall in Almaty, Kazakhstan, including drafting construction contracts based on FIDIC forms, tax and corporate structuring of activity, obtaining of work permits, licenses and constructions authorisations, and due diligence of the project and companies participating in it
Key Contact:
Yerzhan Yessimkhanov
Email: [email protected]

Natural Resources:
■ Advising a large Indian subsoil use company, on the proposed acquisition of a major Kazakhstani oil company including conducting due diligence, drafting documentation, writing legal memos and formal legal opinion
■ Advising the Joint Global Coordinators of an IPO of the Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation for $2.6 billion in London and Kazakhstan, namely Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, ABN AMRO Rothschild and Credit Suisse
■ Consultation and provision of legal services to Asia Pacific Precious Metal Hong Kong Company in relation to the purchase of a gold-mining company in Kazakhstan and $10 million investment 
■ Advising a local oil company on its acquisition by a Canadian International Oil Company including performing due diligence and drafting the SPA
Key Contact: Almat Daumov
Email: [email protected]

Corporate Law:
■ Advising China Investment Corporation, a Chinese sovereign investment fund, on acquisition of GRD’s representing 11% of shares of KazMunayGas Exploration and Production, a London-listed oil and gas company
■ Advising UniCredit Group in the USD 2.3 billion acquisition of ATF Bank, one of the largest Kazakh banks
■ Advising Kookmin Bank on the acquisition of a 23% stake in Bank Center Credit, one of the largest Kazakh banks, for USD 634 million. GRATA conducted a detailed due diligence and commented on the SPA agreement and the shareholder agreement, advised on the disclosure process and consulted on various legal matters
■ Advising a large Korean mining corporation on its acquisition of several Kazakhstani mining companies, including conducting of due diligence, drafting of documentation, preparing of legal memorandums and formal legal opinions
Key Contact: Bolat Miyatov
Email: [email protected]

Dispute Resolution:
■ Representing large international construction company in Kazakhstan in a dispute over invalidity of transactions worth over USD 200 million
■ Representing major Turkish construction contractor in a complex dispute with a customer arising out of several contracts worth approx. USD 40 million
■ Representing one of Kazakhstan’s largest oil and gas construction companies in a series of multimillion dollar construction disputes and related disputes with various contractors and customers
■ Enforcement of an arbitral award issued by a Kazakh arbitral institution for the recovery of over USD 30 million in favor of a leading Canadian industrial and engineering company
Key Contact: Bakhyt Tukulov
Email: [email protected]

Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

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