GRATA International's Banking & Finance Group is a leading legal counsel in the area of capital markets, project finance and infrastructure projects development, and financial transactions in Central Asia and in Kazakhstan in particular.
GRATA's rapidly growing Banking & Finance Group currently comprises over 10 local lawyers, almost all with second law degrees from the UK, USA, or other leading western universities. The majority are based in Kazakhstan (Almaty) with others based in our Azerbaijan (Baku), Kyrgyzstan (Bishkek), Russia (Moscow) and Uzbekistan (Tashkent).
Our aim is to become a leading finance practice in the legal market of Central Asia. This means that GRATA's Banking & Finance Group aims to set the standard for legal support in capital markets, and in general for the finance sector, to monitor the needs of our clients online and to provide them with individualized legal solutions in order to help them carve out a leading market niche.
The ability to provide legal services at the best value and our understanding of the local cultures of Central Asia are some of our strengths.
We are proud that our clients, some of the largest local and international banks and companies from different industry sectors, have trusted GRATA’s knowledge and expertise for more than 20 years now.
GRATA's Banking & Finance Department has established effective cooperation with financial regulators across Central Asia and the Caucasus and with local and international stock exchanges, investment banks, international law firms, and consultants. This allows us to provide our clients with best-in-class solutions for their needs.
- Aircraft, Maritime and Railcar Finance & Leasing.
- Bank and Corporate Lending.
- Banking & Insurance Disputes.
- Bond Offerings.
- Financial Services Regulation.
- Foreign Direct Investments.
- Mergers & Acquisitions.
- Debt Restructuring & Insolvency.
- Initial and Secondary Public Offerings.
- Islamic Finance.
- Project Finance & PPP.
Based primarily in Almaty and Astana, GRATA International has experience in project finance and PPP deals, and recently advised ADB and the government of Kazakhstan on numerous drafting templates,
tender documents, and PPP agreements. Shaimerden Chikanayev is global head of the banking and finance practice and has experience advising clients from the public and private sectors on all aspects of
infrastructure, PPP, project finance and cross-border lending transactions. Marina Kahiani specialises in project finance and capital markets matters.
Practice head(s): Shaimerden Chikanayev