Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Olga Chentsova and Natalya Braynina
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
What the team is known for Respected domestic practice, well versed in subsoil-related regulatory issues. Also maintains a strong corporate structuring and advisory practice focused on providing domestic law support to leading international oil and gas corporates.
Strengths "If we think about local players, they're one of the strongest."
"They have some strong individuals who have been around longer than most firms."
Work highlights Regularly advises multinational oilfield services provider Schlumberger on Kazakh subsoil and other local issues.
Advised coal-mining company Bogatyr Komir in connection with a possible legal requirement to expand its research and development activities.
Significant clients Chevron, ExxonMobil, Hatch Engineering & Consulting, Rio Tinto, Tengizchevroil.
Managing partner Olga Chentsova is a highly respected figure in the energy market. She combines general oversight of the practice with hands-on involvement in complex subsoil regulatory issues.
Natalya Braynina enters the table this year, supported by the praise of clients who respect her regulatory knowledge and applaud her "very deep understanding of the legal particulars and their impact." She advises on subsoil issues as well as financing projects in the energy market.