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Since it’s inception GRATA International always strives to be one of the leading law firms in all jurisdictions where it operates. Our lawyers and practices are regularly recognised by major international guides placing GRATA International among the best legal experts in CIS and CEE.
Azerbaijan
Industries
Mining
Chambers & Partners, Band 3, 2020
Chambers & Partners, Band 3, 2020
"Prominent regional firm regularly providing local law support to international clients active in the oil and gas and mining industries".
Oil & Gas
Chambers & Partners, Band 3, 2020
Chambers & Partners, Band 3, 2020
"Prominent regional firm regularly providing local law support to international clients active in the oil and gas and mining industries".
Practice areas
Corporate and M&A
Legal 500, Tier 3, 2020
Legal 500, Tier 3, 2020
Placed in Tier 3 for its expertise in legal matters related to corporate law
Employment
Legal 500, Tier 3, 2020
Legal 500, Tier 3, 2020
Placed in Tier 3 for its expertise in legal matters related to employment
Project Finance & Public-Private Partnership (PPP)
Legal 500, Tier 3, 2020
Legal 500, Tier 3, 2020
Placed in Tier 3 for its expertise in legal matters related to PPP projects
Awards & rankings
Chambers Global 2020
Chambers Global 2020
Leading law firms in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Legal500, Tier 3, 2017-2019
Legal500, Tier 3, 2017-2019
The team in Baku, headed by Ummi Jalilova, has expanded considerably with four new arrivals and four promotions.
Chambers&Partners, Leading Practitioner, 2017-2019
Chambers&Partners, Leading Practitioner, 2017-2019
"The firm’s lawyers complement each other and function well as a team".
Belarus
Practice areas
Corporate and M&A
Chambers & Partners, Band 3, 2019
Chambers & Partners, Band 3, 2019
Ranked Lawyer - Dmitry Viltovsky. His practice spans corporate and M&A transactions, and he is also active assisting international clients with issues related to market entry. Market sources describe him as a "very open and communicative person".
Awards & rankings
Chambers Global 2020
Chambers Global 2020
Leading law firms in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
IFLR 1000, Highly regarded lawyer, 2019
IFLR 1000, Highly regarded lawyer, 2019
Chambers&Partners, Leading Practitioner, 2017-2019
Chambers&Partners, Leading Practitioner, 2017-2019
"The firm’s lawyers complement each other and function well as a team".
Georgia
Practice areas
Corporate and M&A
Legal 500, Tier 3, 2019
Legal 500, Tier 3, 2019
'Always a pleasure to work with these professionals'. 'Deep knowledge of the peculiarities of corporate and commercial law'. 'Highly knowledgeable'.
Dispute Resolution
Legal 500, Tier 2, 2020
Legal 500, Tier 2, 2020
The lawyers, headed by Irakli Kordzakhia and Sofia Roinishvili, were praised for their work in local courts and arbitration, as well as for handling disputes which have resulted in precedent-setting decisions by the Supreme Court of Georgia.
Legal 500, Tier 3, 2016-2019
Legal 500, Tier 3, 2016-2019
Is 'always ready to meet the client's needs and to work with them'. 'Strong legal knowledge and experience'.
Chambers & Partners, Recognised Practitioner, 2018, 2019
Chambers & Partners, Recognised Practitioner, 2018, 2019
Awards & rankings
Chambers & Partners, Ranked Lawyer, Band 3, 2018, 2019
Chambers & Partners, Ranked Lawyer, Band 3, 2018, 2019
Sources highlight Irakli Kordzakhia of Kordzakhia & Jgenti GP for his activity in domestic disputes, describing him as a "very good litigator".
Kazakhstan
Industries
Banking & Finance
Legal 500, Tier 2, 2020
Legal 500, Tier 2, 2020
Banking and finance team, headed by Shaimerden Chikanayev and Marina Kahiani, was praised for its expertise in advising development banks and international financial institutions on matters related to project finance and PPPs.
Legal 500, Tier 1, 2020
Legal 500, Tier 1, 2020
In energy and natural resources practice, GRATA confirmed its position as one of the most experienced teams in Kazakhstan's oil&gas and mining sectors.
Asialaw Profiles, 2020
Asialaw Profiles, 2020
GRATA International has been identified as one of the leading firms in Kazakhstan and was placed in the highest tiers - "outstanding" and "recommended"
China Business Law Journal Awards, Deal of the Year 2017, 2018
China Business Law Journal Awards, Deal of the Year 2017, 2018
2017 – Overseas deals CITIC Bank acquires Kazakhstan’s Altyn Bank 2018 – Belt and Road Zhanatas wind power station (100 MW) project in Kazakhstan
Legal 500, Tier 2, 2017-2019
Legal 500, Tier 2, 2017-2019
GRATA International's Banking and Finance team is particularly strong in project finance and PPP matters.
Construction and Infrastructure
Legal 500, Tier 1, 2020
Legal 500, Tier 1, 2020
For the fourth consecutive year, GRATA's real estate and construction practice dominates the country's rankings.
Asialaw Profiles, 2020
Asialaw Profiles, 2020
GRATA International has been identified as one of the leading firms in Kazakhstan and was placed in the highest tiers - "outstanding" and "recommended"
Who's Who Legal: Global Leaders in Real Estate 2016-2019
Who's Who Legal: Global Leaders in Real Estate 2016-2019
Yerzhan Yessimkhanov is recommended lawyer
China Business Law Journal Awards, Deal of the Year 2017, 2018
China Business Law Journal Awards, Deal of the Year 2017, 2018
2017 – Overseas deals CITIC Bank acquires Kazakhstan’s Altyn Bank 2018 – Belt and Road Zhanatas wind power station (100 MW) project in Kazakhstan
Asialaw Profiles, Recommended, 2016-2019
Asialaw Profiles, Recommended, 2016-2019
Legal 500, Tier 1, 2017-2019
Legal 500, Tier 1, 2017-2019
The 'responsive and reliable' team at GRATA International Kazakhstan 'quickly understands what the client needs', and provides 'practical responses to legal questions posed'.
Mining
Legal 500, Tier 1, 2020
Legal 500, Tier 1, 2020
In energy and natural resources practice, GRATA confirmed its position as one of the most experienced teams in Kazakhstan's oil&gas and mining sectors.
Chambers & Partners, Band 3, 2020
Chambers & Partners, Band 3, 2020
"Prominent regional firm regularly providing local law support to international clients active in the oil and gas and mining industries".
Asialaw Profiles, Outstanding, 2016-2019
Asialaw Profiles, Outstanding, 2016-2019
Legal 500, Tier 1, 2019
Legal 500, Tier 1, 2019
GRATA International handles matters across the full energy and natural resources spectrum, including renewables.
Chambers & Partners, Band 3, 2017-2019
Chambers & Partners, Band 3, 2017-2019
Sources highlight the firm's pragmatic approach to projects as a particular strength. One reports that the team has "a lot of experience and knowledge and they are focused on the needs of the client".
Oil & Gas
Legal 500, Tier 1, 2020
Legal 500, Tier 1, 2020
In energy and natural resources practice, GRATA confirmed its position as one of the most experienced teams in Kazakhstan's oil&gas and mining sectors.
Chambers & Partners, Band 3, 2020
Chambers & Partners, Band 3, 2020
"Prominent regional firm regularly providing local law support to international clients active in the oil and gas and mining industries".
Asialaw Profiles, 2020
Asialaw Profiles, 2020
GRATA International has been identified as one of the leading firms in Kazakhstan and was placed in the highest tiers - "outstanding" and "recommended"
Asialaw Profiles, Highly Recommended, 2016-2019
Asialaw Profiles, Highly Recommended, 2016-2019
Legal 500, Tier 1, 2019
Legal 500, Tier 1, 2019
GRATA International handles matters across the full energy and natural resources spectrum, including renewables.
Chambers & Partners, Band 3, 2017-2019
Chambers & Partners, Band 3, 2017-2019
Sources highlight the firm's pragmatic approach to projects as a particular strength. One reports that the team has "a lot of experience and knowledge and they are focused on the needs of the client".
Technology, Media & Telecommunications
Legal 500, Tier 2, 2020
Legal 500, Tier 2, 2020
GRATA's IP and TMT team was acclaimed for of for its vast experience in IP and TMT matters, such as trademarks, patents, the commercialisation of IP, customs issues, the protection of IP rights and IP due diligence.
Legal 500, Tier 2, 2017-2019
Legal 500, Tier 2, 2017-2019
The team at GRATA International advises clients on copyright and trade mark infringements and patent registrations.
Practice areas
Corporate and M&A
Legal 500, Tier 1, 2020
Legal 500, Tier 1, 2020
The researchers gave special attention to the team's expertise in handling M&A projects for major international banks, investment firms and oil&gas corporations.
Chambers & Partners, Band 2, 2020
Chambers & Partners, Band 2, 2020
"They'll give us workable advice that we can take to negotiations". "Responsive and very thorough".
Legal 500, Tier 2, 2019
Legal 500, Tier 2, 2019
GRATA International advises on large-scale M&A transactions and has a strong record in the Oil and Gas sector. As a recent example, the team assisted Total with its acquisition of Maersk Oil.
Chambers & Partners, Band 2, 2017-2019
Chambers & Partners, Band 2, 2017-2019
"The firm has an intimate understanding of the local environment and issues that arise. They regularly act for international clients and are well versed in undertaking cross-border transactions."
Dispute Resolution
Legal 500, Tier 2, 2020
Legal 500, Tier 2, 2020
Described by clients as 'having an impressive amount of experience in litigations and arbitrations', GRATA's dispute resolution team was noted for its expertise in commercial and construction litigation.
Chambers & Partners, Band 2, 2020
Chambers & Partners, Band 2, 2020
"Strong regional firm with expertise in commercial disputes", "popular choice for international law firms requiring domestic representation or Kazakh law advice in international arbitrations".
Legal 500, Tier 2, 2017-2019
Legal 500, Tier 2, 2017-2019
GRATA International's disputes team has notable strengths in construction and commercial cases. A client hails the team as 'one of the strongest' and 'among the best in Kazakhstan', comprising 'dedicated lawyers with a passion to for their work'.
Chambers & Partners, Band 2, 2016-2019
Chambers & Partners, Band 2, 2016-2019
The team "are able to predict the next steps of the process and how the litigation procedures will play out, and can plan accordingly". "They have the right balance between Kazakh law knowledge and practical insights".
Finance and Securities
Chambers & Partners, Band 2, 2020
Chambers & Partners, Band 2, 2020
"They'll give us workable advice that we can take to negotiations". "Responsive and very thorough".
Chambers & Partners, Band 2, 2017-2019
Chambers & Partners, Band 2, 2017-2019
"The firm has an intimate understanding of the local environment and issues that arise. They regularly act for international clients and are well versed in undertaking cross-border transactions."
Intellectual Property
Legal 500, Tier 2, 2020
Legal 500, Tier 2, 2020
GRATA's IP and TMT team was acclaimed for of for its vast experience in IP and TMT matters, such as trademarks, patents, the commercialisation of IP, customs issues, the protection of IP rights and IP due diligence.
Legal 500, Tier 2, 2017-2019
Legal 500, Tier 2, 2017-2019
The team at GRATA International advises clients on copyright and trade mark infringements and patent registrations.
International Trade, Customs and WTO
Legal 500, Tier 1, 2020
Legal 500, Tier 1, 2020
Once again, GRATA's tax and customs department maintain their top position in the rankings. The team was praised for assisting clients on a variety of complex issues, including tax and customs control issues and the protection of interests during disputes
Legal 500, Tier 1, 2018-2019
Legal 500, Tier 1, 2018-2019
The team at GRATA International is 'responsive and provides clear and complete analysis', underpinned by a 'deep knowledge of local legislation'.
Project Finance & Public-Private Partnership (PPP)
IFLR1000, Tier 3, 2016-2019
IFLR1000, Tier 3, 2016-2019
Recognition in Project Development.
Legal 500, Tier 2, 2017-2019
Legal 500, Tier 2, 2017-2019
GRATA International's Banking and Finance team is particularly strong in project finance and PPP matters.
Real Estate
Legal 500, Tier 1, 2020
Legal 500, Tier 1, 2020
For the fourth consecutive year, GRATA's real estate and construction practice dominates the country's rankings.
Who's Who Legal: Global Leaders in Real Estate 2016-2019
Who's Who Legal: Global Leaders in Real Estate 2016-2019
Yerzhan Yessimkhanov is recommended lawyer
Legal 500, Tier 1, 2017-2019
Legal 500, Tier 1, 2017-2019
The 'responsive and reliable' team at GRATA International Kazakhstan 'quickly understands what the client needs', and provides 'practical responses to legal questions posed'.
Subsoil Use
Legal 500, Tier 1, 2019
Legal 500, Tier 1, 2019
GRATA International handles matters across the full energy and natural resources spectrum, including renewables.
Tax
Legal 500, Tier 1, 2020
Legal 500, Tier 1, 2020
Once again, GRATA's tax and customs department maintain their top position in the rankings. The team was praised for assisting clients on a variety of complex issues, including tax and customs control issues and the protection of interests during disputes
Legal 500, Tier 1, 2018-2019
Legal 500, Tier 1, 2018-2019
The team at GRATA International is 'responsive and provides clear and complete analysis', underpinned by a 'deep knowledge of local legislation'.
Awards & rankings
Legal 500, Leading individual, 2020
Legal 500, Leading individual, 2020
Assel Ilyassova, head of the department, was identified among the best lawyers in the country and was recognised as a Leading Individual,
Legal 500, Leading individual, 2020
Legal 500, Leading individual, 2020
Head of the practice Yerzhan Yessimkhanov, was recognised as a Leading Individual for his work in advising global and local construction, infrastructure, telecoms, transport, and energy companies on complex projects in the region
Legal 500, Next generation lawyer, 2020
Legal 500, Next generation lawyer, 2020
Maxim Burak, who heads subsoil practice in GRATA's Astana office, was named as one of the Next Generation Partners for his expertise in subsoil use and corporate transactions.
Chambers Global 2020
Chambers Global 2020
Leading law firms in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Asialaw Profiles, Distinguished Practitioner, 2020
Asialaw Profiles, Distinguished Practitioner, 2020
Shaimerden Chikanayev and Yerzhan Yessimkhanov have been identified as leading legal experts in Kazakhstan and praised by asialaw Leading Lawyers as Distinguished Practitioners
Asialaw Profiles, 2019
Asialaw Profiles, 2019
Asialaw Awards 2019
Asialaw Awards 2019
Kazakhstan Law Firm of the Year
Legal 500, Leading individual, 2019
Legal 500, Leading individual, 2019
Assel Ilyassova is praised by clients for her 'good and quick communication', as well as 'her ability to create a good strategy during hearings'.
Legal 500, Leading individual, 2019
Legal 500, Leading individual, 2019
Yerzhan Yessimkhanov recently supported Mercury properties in the acquisition of several real estate facilities. He also helped a client draft an EPC contract for the construction of petrochemical facilities in western Kazakhstan.
Legal 500, Next generation lawyer, 2019
Legal 500, Next generation lawyer, 2019
Maxim Burak is highly regarded for subsoil use matters.
Chambers & Partners, Ranked Lawyer, Band 4, 2019
Chambers & Partners, Ranked Lawyer, Band 4, 2019
Partner Shaimerden Chikanayev regularly supports international corporates and law firms with domestic law issues. "He works well in facilitating the international team's understanding of local law issues and co-ordinating with local authorities".
Chambers & Partners, Ranked Lawyer, Band 2, 2019
Chambers & Partners, Ranked Lawyer, Band 2, 2019
About Bakhyt Tukulov: "His advice was very useful and he's been very good at protecting us as much as possible." Another adds: "He understands what we need commercially as well as legally".
Kyrgyzstan
Practice areas
Corporate and M&A
Chambers & Partners, Band 2, 2020
Chambers & Partners, Band 2, 2020
"They'll give us workable advice that we can take to negotiations". "Responsive and very thorough".
Finance and Securities
Chambers & Partners, Band 2, 2020
Chambers & Partners, Band 2, 2020
"They'll give us workable advice that we can take to negotiations". "Responsive and very thorough".
Awards & rankings
Legal 500, Tier 1, 2020
Legal 500, Tier 1, 2020
The team in Bishkek gained recognition for its experience in advising major banking and finance clients, such as EBRD, CDB and IFC, as well as key telecom players, such as Huawei, ZTE and Vimpelcom.
Chambers Global 2020
Chambers Global 2020
Leading law firms in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
IFLR 1000, Tier 1, 2019
IFLR 1000, Tier 1, 2019
Legal 500, Next generation lawyer, 2019
Legal 500, Next generation lawyer, 2019
Elvira Maratova recently advised Fresenius Medical Care on a PPP project with the Ministry of Health. Associate Iskender Batyrbekov assisted on this matter.
Legal 500, Leading individual, 2019
Legal 500, Leading individual, 2019
Nurlan Kyshtobayev advised Tianjin Cement Industry Design and Research Institute Co on the $16m financing and construction of a cement factory, and a group of foreign investors on the acquisition of a controlling stake in a local bank.
Legal 500, Tier 1, 2019
Legal 500, Tier 1, 2019
Chambers & Partners, Band 2, 2018-2019
Chambers & Partners, Band 2, 2018-2019
"They provide clear and complete answers in a timely manner," and "if necessary, the firm provides answers regardless of whether it's weekdays or weekends".
Mongolia
Practice areas
Corporate and M&A
IFLR 1000, Tier 3, 2019
IFLR 1000, Tier 3, 2019
Finance and Securities
IFLR 1000, Tier 3, 2019
IFLR 1000, Tier 3, 2019
Russia
Industries
Banking & Finance
Leading Lawyer 2020
Leading Lawyer 2020
Dmitry Samigullin Vyacheslav Khorovskiy Igor Stepanov Denis Gerasimov
Transport
Legal 500, Tier 3, 2020
Legal 500, Tier 3, 2020
GRATA's maritime team, headed by Inna Makarova, was recognised among the leading transport practices in Russia.
Legal 500, Tier 3, 2016-2019
Legal 500, Tier 3, 2016-2019
The firm advises on vessel registration, ship arrest, shipping contracts and contentious issues.
Chambers & Partners, Band 1, 2019
Chambers & Partners, Band 1, 2019
Sources appreciate that the lawyers "are effective and persistent in their efforts with a clear goal".
Practice areas
Corporate and M&A
Legal 500, Tier 3, 2020
Legal 500, Tier 3, 2020
GRATA's St. Petersburg corporate practice, headed by Vladimir Komarov and Oleg Shevtsiv achieved recognition for its experience in general corporate matters, corporate structures, business strategies and investment issues.
Legal 500, Tier 3, 2019
Legal 500, Tier 3, 2019
'Provide excellent support and know the commercial market very well'.
Employment
Leader of the Legal Services Market
Leader of the Legal Services Market
Michael German was ranked as leading lawyer (Top 5) in Employment law in 2019
Pravo 300, 2019
Pravo 300, 2019
The team of lawyers from the integrated offices of GRATA International in St. Petersburg and Rostov-on-Don have achieved high results in the national ranking of Russian law firms "PRAVO-300".
Restructuring & Insolvency
Leading Lawyer 2020
Leading Lawyer 2020
Dmitry Samigullin Vyacheslav Khorovskiy Igor Stepanov Denis Gerasimov
Awards & rankings
The Lawyer European Awards 2019
The Lawyer European Awards 2019
GRATA International has been shortlisted for Law firm of the year: Russia, Ukraine and the CIS. Each year The Lawyer European Awards showcase the impressive achievements of Europe's finest within the legal industry.
Legal 500, Best Legal Team, 2020
Legal 500, Best Legal Team, 2020
GRATA International's offices in St. Petersburg and Rostov-on-Don were identified among the best legal teams in Russia.
Chambers & Partners, Ranked lawyer, Band 1, 2019
Chambers & Partners, Ranked lawyer, Band 1, 2019
Denis Gerasimov to be "energetic, knowledgeable and with a keen mind". Dmitriy Samigullin is "able to find the best solution, even in complex situations".
Chambers & Partners, Band 1, 2018, 2019
Chambers & Partners, Band 1, 2018, 2019
Samara, Russia. Recognised by Chambers & Partners. "They have a very strong, young team; they're very enthusiastic," before going on to note that "they provide good service and they're driven".
Chambers & Partners, Band 2, 2017-2019
Chambers & Partners, Band 2, 2017-2019
Rostov-on-Don, Russia. Recognised by Chambers & Partners. "They know what they're doing; they chose the best strategy, examine all the risks and find the most successful path for the client".
Chambers & Partners, Ranked lawyer, Band 2, 2019
Chambers & Partners, Ranked lawyer, Band 2, 2019
Igor Stepanov has extensive experience in handling real estate and construction disputes. He acts for contractors, land owners and residents forming class action suits. He is "very creative" and "very dedicated".
Tajikistan
Awards & rankings
Legal 500, Tier 2, 2020
Legal 500, Tier 2, 2020
GRATA's Dushanbe team, supported by their colleagues from Kyrgyzstan, is well-known for its expertise in the banking and finance sector.
Chambers Global 2020
Chambers Global 2020
Leading law firms in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Chambers & Partners, Band 2, 2020
Chambers & Partners, Band 2, 2020
"They'll give us workable advice that we can take to negotiations". "Responsive and very thorough".
IFLR 1000, 2016-2019
IFLR 1000, 2016-2019
Legal 500, Leading individual, 2019
Legal 500, Leading individual, 2019
Kamoliddin Mukhamedov has ‘a high level of professionalism, produces high-quality work in a timely manner and meets all client requirements’.
Legal 500, Tier 2, 2016-2019
Legal 500, Tier 2, 2016-2019
GRATA International handles matters ‘according to the highest international standards, using advanced practices’, and is known for its expertise in the banking and finance sector.
Chambers & Partners, Band 2, 2017-2019
Chambers & Partners, Band 2, 2017-2019
Clients highlight the team for its "client-oriented approach".
Ukraine
Awards & rankings
The Lawyer European Awards 2019
The Lawyer European Awards 2019
GRATA International has been shortlisted for Law firm of the year: Russia, Ukraine and the CIS. Each year The Lawyer European Awards showcase the impressive achievements of Europe's finest within the legal industry.
Uzbekistan
Practice areas
Corporate and M&A
IFLR 1000, Tier 1, 2017-2019
IFLR 1000, Tier 1, 2017-2019
Awards & rankings
Legal 500, Tier 1, 2020
Legal 500, Tier 1, 2020
In Uzbekistan, one of the most dynamic economies of Central Asia, GRATA International has confirmed its leading positions and topped the country's rankings in Tier 1 for its work in natural resources, banking and finance, and construction.
Chambers Global 2020
Chambers Global 2020
Leading law firms in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Chambers & Partners, Band 1, 2020
Chambers & Partners, Band 1, 2020
Sources highlight the firm's team as an "excellent" and "top-notch", going on to describe the lawyers as "really very impressive and extremely user-friendly".
Legal 500, Leading individual, 2019
Legal 500, Leading individual, 2019
Bakhodir Jabborov is noted as an 'exceptional negotiator'.
Legal 500, Tier 1, 2019
Legal 500, Tier 1, 2019
The team at GRATA International is praised for its 'good knowledge of the law', and the close collaboration between offices facilitates an 'international perspective'.
China Business Law Journal, Deal of the Year, 2016
China Business Law Journal, Deal of the Year, 2016
Deal of the Year – Energy and Natural Resources 2016.
Chambers & Partners, Ranked lawyer, Band 3, 2019
Chambers & Partners, Ranked lawyer, Band 3, 2019
Atabek Sharipov "is prompt and effective, and focuses on the search for the most effective legal solutions in terms of customer interests".
Chambers & Partners, Ranked lawyer, Band 2, 2019
Chambers & Partners, Ranked lawyer, Band 2, 2019
Bakhodir Jabborov is described as a "highly skilled lawyer with a wealth of expertise in Uzbek law," by an impressed client. Nodir Yuldashev "professional with deep knowledge of law and practice".
Chambers & Partners, Band 1, 2017-2019
Chambers & Partners, Band 1, 2017-2019
"They always find solutions tailored for our needs," emphasises one client.