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Energy & Natural Resources — Kazakhstan


Dentons - Energy & Natural Resources

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

What the team is known for  Enjoys an excellent reputation for advising multinational natural resources groups on subsoil, tax, M&A, regulatory and corporate structuring mandates in the oil and gas, mining and renewables sectors. Also experienced in handling corporate disputes in the mining sector and advises on issues affecting the financing and construction of large-scale projects.

Strengths  One source enthuses that the team is "well prepared, proactive and client-oriented," while another says it is: "very responsive, diligent and careful in providing advice."

Notable practitioners

Aigoul Kenjebayeva is "very knowledgeable in her practice,very responsive and client-oriented," according to market commentators. She lends her considerable experience to a broad range of natural resources mandates, including regulatory and contentious matters. One source says: "I have the utmost confidence in Aigoul."

Department profile by Dentons

Dentons is a recognized leader in the area of energy and natural resources in Kazakhstan. Over the past two decades, our lawyers have gained a profound expertise in the energy and natural resources sector, primarily focused on mining and oil and gas projects. We advise major petroleum, mining and service companies, as well as financial institutions, on all facets of their activity in Kazakhstan and other CIS countries.

A large part of our practice involves representing major petroleum and mining companies in negotiations with the Kazakhstan government and governmental agencies and providing subsequent support for their ongoing local legal needs in the country. Our work in these areas makes us one of the most experienced international law firms in the natural resources sector in Kazakhstan. As a result of our well established reputation, we have handled the biggest and most prestigious project in country such as the Karachaganak Project, the North Caspian Project, and recently – the Tengiz Project, and have served as preferred counsel to major oil and gas and mining companies, for over 25 years.

We have a dedicated Energy and Natural Resources practice group, led by partner Aigoul Kenjebayeva who is consistently singled out as the top practitioner in Kazakhstan in this field, consisting of specialists in subsoil use law.

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Having finalized global combinations with 大成, the largest law firm in China, and Rodyk, the oldest and one of the most prestigious law firms in Singapore, Colombia’s Cárdenas & Cárdenas, and Mexico’s López Velarde, Dentons continued its expansion globally and in Europe in 2016: opening new offices in Rome, Munich, Amsterdam and Tbilisi most recently. Dentons has also significantly enhanced its presence in Tashkent, Uzbekistan through a combination with highly ranked law firm Avent Advokat.

Benefitting from this expansion, Dentons has the largest energy and infrastructure team in the world, comprised of more than 1000 lawyers globally. Our Energy team in Kazakhstan is an integral part of Dentons’ Global Energy Group, offering our clients unrivalled legal knowledge and a unique geographic footprint.

In September 2016 Dentons Europe LLP entered into association with Arman Pirouzan Parvine Legal Institute (APP), an Iranian law firm based in Tehran. Dentons has unique professional capabilities to assist energy majors on matters related to Iran.

Our Japan Desk in Europe is led from our Warsaw office. We have market-leading capabilities to assist Japanese investors in Poland.

We are successfully working for Chinese clients in Kazakhstan.


Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP - Energy & Natural Resources

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Band 1

第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

What the team is known for  Market-leading firm providing corporate and regulatory support to international clients and domestic corporates. Maintains strength in M&A, corporate structuring and project financing across the oil and gas and mining sectors. Also provides Kazakh law support to corporates involved in global transactional mandates.

Strengths  Clients are quick to highlight the firm's good client service. One source says: "They are very knowledgeable, client-focused and available for us always," while another adds: "They are committed to serve our legal needs."

Work highlights  Advised Trican Well service regarding the complex cross-border sale of its Kazakhstan subsidiary to Petro Welt Technologies, considering Cyprus, UK, Canadian and Kazakhstan law.

Handled full document support and compliance for the EBRD on its co-financing of the National Programme for Installation of Heat and Hot Water Metering Devices in Kazakhstan.

Notable practitioners

Clients regularly turn to managing partner Aset Shyngyssov for his market expertise and insight into energy-related construction projects. His experience includes EPCs, financing and M&A related to the oil and gas and extractable industries. He advised the EBRD regarding its financing of heating and hot water installation in Kazakhstan via government-owned development funds.

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White & Case Kazakhstan LLP - Energy & Natural Resources

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Band 2

第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

What the team is known for  Handles M&A mandates and provides regulatory support for mining and oil and gas corporations and project sponsors. Noted for its representation of major domestic corporate clients and public bodies, and also acts for international financial institutions involved in project financing in the oil and gas sector.

Strengths  Sources praise the quality of advice provided. One particular source highlights its "quick and clear response to questions and issues," calling the firm "an experienced, reliable and highly professional partner."

Another commentator highlights the "high quality of legal services" the firm provides.

Work highlights  Acted for Kazakhstan Petrochemical Industries as borrower of a USD2 billion from the China Development Bank for financing the development of a major petrochemicals facility.

Advised on the update of subsoil use legislation for the Ministry of Investments and Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan, assisting on amendments to the Subsoil Use Law as well as in drafting new code.

Notable practitioners

Maxim Telemtayev is known by peers as "a pure energy lawyer who has always been involved in the field." He advises on complex and high-value project financing and regulatory matters in the natural resources market, including the mining sector.Clients would "recommend him for the most complicated transactions." He advised Kazakhstan Petrochemical Industries on a cross-border USD2 billion financing deal for a new petrochemical facility.

Department profile by White & Case Kazakhstan LLP

To learn more about our practice, please visit: whitecase.com/law

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Dechert LLP - Energy & Natural Resources

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Band 3

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

What the team is known for  Compact team assisting energy clients with corporate structuring, transactional and regulatory mandates. Handles high-value and complex project financing and construction mandates in the oil and gas sectors. Acts for major domestic and international oil and gas corporates, drawing upon its impressive global network to support mandates.

Strengths  Sources note the team's responsiveness as a key strength, saying: "They give prompt, good-quality legal advice," and adding that "they have a good understanding of the needs of their clients."

Another source says "they're pragmatic around the issues in Kazakhstan and they can help you close a project."

Work highlights  Acted for KazMunayGas on its USD2.75 billion Eurobonds issuance and solicitations relating to a prior bond series.

Assisted China Petroleum Technology & Development Corporation with structuring its joint venture with local partners to construct a steel pipe manufacturing facility.

Notable practitioners

Victor Mokrousov provides project financing and corporate support to clients. Sources note his client-oriented approach and dedication, calling him "very good, very detail-oriented, very hard-working and very available." Another commentator adds: "He is insightful on Kazakh legislation and has an even-keeled personality," saying: "He's someone who's comfortable to work with." He advised Trans-Asia Gas Pipeline Company on operations relating to the Kazakhstan-China Gas Pipeline, including the construction of a sizeable domestic portion of the project.

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GRATA International - Energy & Natural Resources

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

What the team is known for  Domestic firm entering the rankings for the first time. Regularly provides local law support to regional clients active in the oil and gas, mining and nuclear power industries. Also acts as co-counsel alongside international law firms without a presence in Kazakhstan.

Strengths  The market knowledge and insight of the firm is praised. As one client explains: "Their incisive judgement has proved indispensable to us, which is why we trust them when it comes to making important decisions oncomplex matters."

Another source notes "the high quality of legal service, the accuracy and timeliness of the tasks assigned, as well as the excellent professional qualities of lawyers working in this field."

Work highlights  Assisted the Korea National Oil Company with the sale of its 27% stake in the Zhambyl oil field.

Advised the Kazakhstani-Russian energy consortium on domestic policy pertaining to the USD700 million reconstruction of a major electrical energy production enterprise.

Notable practitioners

Yerbolat Yerkebulanov is a key client contact.

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Kinstellar - Energy & Natural Resources

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

What the team is known for  Focuses on high-value project financing in the energy and natural resources markets, regularly acting for international financial institutions. Experienced acting on transactional, corporate governance and structuring matters, particularly for clients in the oil and gas and mining sectors.

Strengths  Clients appreciate the pragmatism and business-oriented approach of the team, saying: "They're commercially minded, solution-oriented and efficient."

Another commentator describes the team as "very knowledgeable lawyers able to think of solutions to complex issues."

Work highlights  Acted for KAZ Minerals regarding a USD300 million credit facility to finance the construction of a mining complex in East Kazakhstan.

Represented UBS, Deutsche Bank and other financial institutions on amendments to existing notes and issuance of new notes for KazMunayGas.

Notable practitioners

Almas Zhaiylgan joined the firm from Dentons in January 2018. He maintains a strong focus on mining and oil and gas work and is praised by sources as a "very diligent and knowledgeable" practitioner.

Joel Benjamin enters the energy and natural resources rankings for the first time. Called "thoughtful, creative and comprehensive" by clients, he oversees the practice, providing corporate structuring and project financing support to international corporations active in Kazakhstan. He acted for KAZ Minerals regarding a new multimillion-dollar credit facility with Development Bank of Kazakhstan.

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SIGNUM Law Firm - Energy & Natural Resources

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Band 3

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

What the team is known for  Domestic practice acting for large local and international oil and gas and services companies. Provides corporate and regulatory support alongside a contentious offering in which corporate disputes are a key area of focus. Highly experienced in tax mandates arising from the oil and gas sector.

Strengths  Clients appreciate that the team "always gives useful, practical advice."

Work highlights  Continued to advise Reach Energy on its intensive investment into exploration and oil and gas producing fields in South-West Kazakhstan, providing broad document support.

Notable practitioners

Sofiya Zhylkaidarova is known by market sources for her "practical advice." She primarily advises clients on financial and regulatory matters related to the oil and gas market. Peers consider her "very impressive" in the sector, saying: "She clearly is an expert, a very, very good specialist."

Department profile by SIGNUM Law Firm


Subsoil users have been our major clients from the outset of SIGNUM Law Firm. We have been trusted by the leading oil and gas companies, service and trading companies, as well as government agencies.

We are proud that we have been long standing legal advisors to many of our clients from the moment of signing subsoil use contracts up to present days. We have been providing legal support to our clients on subsoil use matters (e.g. negotiating with the Government, assisting with obtaining regulatory approvals for project and technological documents, litigation, including complex tax litigation cases and oil operations rules applicability practice).

Our M&A lawyers have rendered legal support for significant transactions in relation to acquisition of oil and gas and mining assets (e.g., our lawyers have advised on the major IPO deal on a Kazakhstan Stock Exchange).

Some of our Kazakhstan oil and gas and mining lawyers have worked in-house in leading oil and gas companies, enabling us to appreciate our clients’ technical and commercial objectives.  This allows us to fully understand business strategy of our clients as well as their internal technical and business objectives.  In addition, narrow specialization of our lawyers ensures both professionalism and practicality of our advices and recommendations.



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Aequitas Law Firm - Energy & Natural Resources

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Band 4

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

What the team is known for  Established domestic practice, well versed in subsoil-related regulatory issues. Also offers corporate structuring and domestic law support to leading international oil and gas corporates. Acts as co-counsel to international law firms on cross-border mandates.

Strengths  Sources remark that the lawyers are "distinguished by their high level of academic insight, their excellent practical experience and their ability to prepare excellent written recommendations."

Another commentator speaks of the firm's ability to explain local peculiarities to international clients, saying: "They know how we think about things, they're good at explaining local laws, and so they can help us adapt our thinking to work with Kazakh law."

Work highlights  Advised a foreign shareholder of West Hydrocarbons Commercial Investment on local legal perspectives relating to a major refinery project.

Assisted Omni Law Firm of Azerbaijan in a dispute between a Kazakhstani subsoil operation and the International Bank of Azerbaijan.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Olga Chentsova oversees the practice, offering international and domestic clients her considerable insight and knowledge gained from years of experience on the domestic market. She is best known for her expertise in subsoil regulations.

Natalya Braynina advises on domestic subsoil issues related to corporate and contentious mandates in the oil and gas sector. She is principally instructed by international corporates and law firms in cross-border disputes and projects. She supported Omni Law Firm on a cross-border dispute between the International Bank of Azerbaijan and a domestic subsoil company regarding the pledging of subsoil use rights.

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Energy & Natural Resources

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Band 4

第四等

Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

What the team is known for  Experienced at advising on M&A, corporate structuring and project financing mandates. Maintains a client base of domestic and regional mining and oil and gas corporates. Benefits from its international network.

Strengths  The firm is known for the comprehensive support it provides, with one source saying: "They have a good knowledge of the market and are good at drafting documents, arranging negotiations and conducting due diligence."

Sources also comment on its wide reach, saying: "They're a global firm, so they can offer not only Kazakh expertise, but English law as well."

Notable practitioners

Yerzhan Kumarov principally acts on corporate matters in the natural resources market. He is known for his experience in the mining sector and is also active in other natural resources areas, including the oil and gas sector.

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UNICASE law firm - Energy & Natural Resources

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Band 4

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

What the team is known for  Domestic firm particularly adept at providing regulatory support to international and domestic organisations on renewables mandates. Also regularly provides local law support to international financial institutions and corporates involved in cross-border project financing and transactions in the electricity and mining sectors.

Strengths  Sources remark on the firm's strong customer service principles, with one saying: "The firm has employed a client-oriented and proactive approach and is devoted to achieving the best possible results to ensure the client’s satisfaction."

This sentiment is echoed by several clients, who highlight its "flexibility and commitment to deliver the highest-quality product."

Work highlights  Advised ADB and the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan regarding the introduction of auction mechanisms for renewable energy projects in Kazakhstan.

Assisting the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan and IRENA in analysis of the domestic renewable energy sector and preparing a comprehensive support on policy and development potential.

Notable practitioners

Raushana Chaltabayeva is a key client contact.

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Eminent Practitioner

Aequitas Law Firm

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Managing partner Olga Chentsova oversees the practice, offering international and domestic clients her considerable insight and knowledge gained from years of experience on the domestic market. She is best known for her expertise in subsoil regulations.

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Aigoul Kenjebayeva

Dentons

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Aigoul Kenjebayeva is "very knowledgeable in her practice,very responsive and client-oriented," according to market commentators. She lends her considerable experience to a broad range of natural resources mandates, including regulatory and contentious matters. One source says: "I have the utmost confidence in Aigoul."

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Aset A Shyngyssov

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Clients regularly turn to managing partner Aset Shyngyssov for his market expertise and insight into energy-related construction projects. His experience includes EPCs, financing and M&A related to the oil and gas and extractable industries. He advised the EBRD regarding its financing of heating and hot water installation in Kazakhstan via government-owned development funds.

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Sofiya Zhylkaidarova

SIGNUM Law Firm

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Sofiya Zhylkaidarova is known by market sources for her "practical advice." She primarily advises clients on financial and regulatory matters related to the oil and gas market. Peers consider her "very impressive" in the sector, saying: "She clearly is an expert, a very, very good specialist."

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Dechert LLP

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Victor Mokrousov provides project financing and corporate support to clients. Sources note his client-oriented approach and dedication, calling him "very good, very detail-oriented, very hard-working and very available." Another commentator adds: "He is insightful on Kazakh legislation and has an even-keeled personality," saying: "He's someone who's comfortable to work with." He advised Trans-Asia Gas Pipeline Company on operations relating to the Kazakhstan-China Gas Pipeline, including the construction of a sizeable domestic portion of the project.

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White & Case Kazakhstan LLP

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Maxim Telemtayev is known by peers as "a pure energy lawyer who has always been involved in the field." He advises on complex and high-value project financing and regulatory matters in the natural resources market, including the mining sector.Clients would "recommend him for the most complicated transactions." He advised Kazakhstan Petrochemical Industries on a cross-border USD2 billion financing deal for a new petrochemical facility.

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Kinstellar

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Almas Zhaiylgan joined the firm from Dentons in January 2018. He maintains a strong focus on mining and oil and gas work and is praised by sources as a "very diligent and knowledgeable" practitioner.

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Kinstellar

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Joel Benjamin enters the energy and natural resources rankings for the first time. Called "thoughtful, creative and comprehensive" by clients, he oversees the practice, providing corporate structuring and project financing support to international corporations active in Kazakhstan. He acted for KAZ Minerals regarding a new multimillion-dollar credit facility with Development Bank of Kazakhstan.

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Aequitas Law Firm

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Natalya Braynina advises on domestic subsoil issues related to corporate and contentious mandates in the oil and gas sector. She is principally instructed by international corporates and law firms in cross-border disputes and projects. She supported Omni Law Firm on a cross-border dispute between the International Bank of Azerbaijan and a domestic subsoil company regarding the pledging of subsoil use rights.

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Yerzhan Kumarov principally acts on corporate matters in the natural resources market. He is known for his experience in the mining sector and is also active in other natural resources areas, including the oil and gas sector.

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