Projects
GRATA International China in China Business Law Journal: Deals of the Year 2020
We are pleased to announce that two of GRATA International Beijing office’s successful projects have been selected as the winners of China Business Law Journal: Deals of the Year 2020.

Azerbaijan

Assisting ZTE Corporation in Azerbaijan, advising on debt collection.

Providing on monthly subscription basis changes to the legislation regulating in the oil and gas industry for China National Petroleum Corporation.

Advising Tannet Group Limited regarding the Intellectual Property issues in Azerbaijan. 

Russia

Advising a major Chinese bank regarding the financing of a project for the construction of oreprocessing plants, including Due Diligence of the borrower.

Due Diligence of a branch of a CITIC CONSTRUCTION in Russia.

Advising China Development Bank regarding granting a loan to the largest Russian bank.

Advising a major Chinese Development Bank regarding issuing a guarantee by the largest Russian bank securing the obligations of its affiliated bank under a loan agreement.

Advising a major Chinese bank regarding a potential default event of the largest Russian holding company under a loan agreement.

Mongolia

Advising Huigong Mechanical Equipment Co., Ltd. on incorporation of a representative office in Mongolia.

Advising Galaxy Resources Limited on corporate matters and appointment of a new Executive Director.

Advising ZTE Corporation on debt transfer transactions and company anti-corruption policy for adapting it to its Mongolian subsidiary.

Advising a Chinese company, a holder of mining and exploration licenses in Mongolia and preparing a full Due Diligence report on this company for issuing the IPO on the Hong Kong stock exchange.

Advising a Chinese individual to sell its share in Mongol Agro Recycle LLC, a Mongolian registered company, to a Chinese company and drafting all the necessary documents for the share acquisition transaction.

Advising Steppe Learning LLC to sell its certain percentage of shares to a Chinese individual and formulating and registering the Chinese investor with the State Registration authority.

Georgia

Advising China Development Bank on a USD 20 million loan to the Joint Stock Company Partnership Fund of Georgia: drafting a loan agreement (in APLMA form) by providing Georgian law input. and assisting with the completion of market-standard conditions-precedent to first utilisation and issuing a customary Georgian law capacity legal opinion.

Advising China Development Bank on a USD 15 million loan to the Joint Stock Company BasisBank of Georgia: drafting a loan agreement (in APLMA form) by providing Georgian law input and assisting with the completion of market-standard conditions-precedent to first utilisation and issuing a customary Georgian law capacity legal opinion.

Advising China Railway 23rd Bureau regarding its construction activities in Georgia including insurance issues.

Belarus

Advising Triumph Science & Technology Group LLC on corporate matters, including establishment of a joint venture in Belarus, providing a legal opinion regarding the usage of a land plot, real estate and legal analysis of the buy-sell real estate agreements.

Advising on a multimillion loan from China Development Bank to the Chinese transport and logistics company China Merchants during the latest investment project in the Industrial Park Great Stone.

Advising a large Belarusian manufacturing company on attracting a line of credit from the Development Bank of the Republic of Belarus in the amount of about USD 1 million to finance an investment project based on the application of new technologies in the field of thin-film coatings financed through the foreign line of credit from the China Development Bank.

Supporting the acquisition of a share in a Chinese company from an American corporation for access of a large Belarusian manufacturing enterprise to the Chinese equipment market.

Advising a Chinese construction company on tax matters, conducting business in Belarus through a permanent representative office, appealing against tax authorities, issuing work permits, issuing permits for construction activities.

Advising HUAWEI on certain aspects of business activity in Belarus.

Advising on the opening of business in Belarus, supporting the creation of several companies with the participation of Chinese investments, including ZTE Corporation.

Supporting the construction of a sulfate bleached pulp plant in Svetlogorsk, Belarus, the amount of Chinese investments is about USD 1 billion.

Tajikistan

Advising China Development Bank on a potential financing transaction with Shaanxi Coal & Chemical Industry Construction (Group) Co., Ltd. including preparation of a Memorandum on Credit Evaluation, Legal opinion on the regulatory approvals for the project.

Advising a Chinese Cement company on building a cement plant in Tajikistan.

Advising China Development Bank on the provision of a secured loan of USD 18 million to the State Savings Bank of Tajikistan.

Legal examination of the documents of the branch of the Chinese company in Tajikistan for the China Development Bank.

Advising the Agricultural Bank of China on establishing a legal presence in Tajikistan.

Advising Export-Import Bank of China on a secured loan transaction involving two local textile companies.

Advising a Chinese investor on its possible investment in the largest silver deposit in Tajikistan on a team with International Finance Corporation.

Legal examination of the documents of the local oil company for the China Development Bank.

Conducting limited legal Due Diligence of the documents of the local construction company (subsidiary of the Chinese company) for the China Development Bank.

Preparing a Memorandum for China Telecom on construction and operation of a fiber-optics network.

Preparing a Memorandum for the Law Firms based in China on establishing Chinese company's representative office in Tajikistan.

Preparing a Memorandum for the Law Firms based in China regarding financing of a Chinese company involved in a road construction project in Tajikistan.

Advising ICBC Standard Bank Plc. on secured loan transaction with Tajik-China Mining Co. LLC, including preparation of legal opinions in connection with security documents and hedging transaction thereunder as well as preparation of Tajik company's corporate approvals and pledge documents.

Advising and preparation of Legal Opinion for Tajik Mining Company with 70% Chinese participation, on an opening bank account in China.

Preparation of Memorandum for China National Petroleum Corporation on legislation of the Republic of Tajikistan regulating subsoil related.

Legal support of the transaction on obtaining an external loan by a local Tajik company with 100% Chinese participation (preparation of legal opinions, contracts of pledges, movable, immovable property, etc.).

Conducting legal Due Diligence of the documents of the Tajik Mining Company with 50% Chinese participation for the Chinese shareholders.

Kyrgyzstan

Advising China Development Bank on a number of secured and unsecured financing transactions in Kyrgyzstan.

Advising Guizhou Geological and Mineral Resources Development Co.,Ltd. on full legal Due Diligence of a group of Kyrgyz mining companies owned by an Australian listed company.

Advising Export-Import Bank of China on a potential financing deal in building a greenfield cement factory.

Advising Shaanxi Yanchang Petroleum International Exploration and Engineering Co., Ltd. on acquisition of a Kyrgyz state-owned oil and gas company.

Supporting China Development Bank in secured financing of a major local gold mining company with PRC shareholding on constructing a gold refining factory. Advising China Export and Credit Insurance Corporation on Due Diligence of the refinery industry legal environment.

Advising a subsidiary of Sinoma, a Chinese state-owned engineering conglomerate, on financing and building of cement factory in the south of Kyrgyzstan.

Advising Agricultural Bank of China on the foreign currency loan facility provided to the Kyrgyz company with 100% Chinese participation for financing the import of the aluminum alloy radiator production line equipment.

Advising China Development Bank on a loan facility to a Chinese company as the borrower with further on-lending the loan proceeds to the borrower's subsidiary in the Kyrgyz Republic for financing the construction / acquisition / reconstruction of gas stations in the Kyrgyz Republic.

Advising China Export and Credit Insurance Corporation on Due Diligence of the refinery industry legal environment.

Advising global PRC telecommunication company on representing its interests during bankruptcy procedures of one of the largest telecommunication companies of Kyrgyzstan, various corporate and labour matters.

Uzbekistan

Providing assistance to Huawei Corporation on structuring importation of telecommunications equipment to Uzbekistan.

Providing long-term assistance to ZTE Corporation on tax, banking, foreign currency regulation and contract law issues, carrying our Due Diligence of local subsidiaries, as well as helping with enforcement of accounts payable from local and foreign partners.

Providing legal assistance to China Development Bank on structuring and implementing a USD 3.5 billion Financing Facility.

Providing legal assistance to China Development Bank on structuring and implementing a USD 220 million financing.

Providing legal assistance to CPECC Tashkent, subsidiary of China Petroleum Engineering and Construction Company on issues related to contract law, foreign currency regulation, customs laws and banking laws.

Providing legal assistance to China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau on corporate law and tax law related issues.

Advising SPT Energy Group, Due Diligence of an oil and gas service company operating in Uzbekistan.

Advising Exim Bank of China (through various international law firms), financing various projects in the energy sector.

Advising Harbin Electric Corporation, regarding entering into an EPC contract with Uzbekenergo JSC.

Advising Xuzhou Construction Machinery Group on establishing a joint venture in Uzbekistan.

Defending Chinese National Chemical Engineering Corporation in local courts, pitching three other road construction and litigation projects.

Defending Chinese National Chemical Engineering Corporation in local courts against Uzbek supplier, advising on a new EPC contract for constructing a polymer products plant.

Advising a leading Chinese-based telecommunication corporation on issues related to importation, sale and use of certain types of telecommunication equipment by local mobile operators in Uzbekistan.

Advising a leading Chinese telecommunication equipment manufacturer on importation and use of cryptographic protection of information devices by operators of data transfer networks in Uzbekistan.

Advising the biggest Chinese-Uzbekistan JV gas pipeline operating company on a wide range of legal consequences related to breach of the EPC contract by the General Contractor as well as on enforcement of the foreign bank guarantee.

Providing legal service Notarize and authenticate documents for Shenzhen Anke high-tech Co., Ltd through Uzbekistan authorities.

Kazakhstan

Mining, oil and gas

Advising CGN Mining Company Ltd., the largest Chinese uranium mining company, on joint activities with Kazatomprom JSC on developing new uranium deposits, as well as on joint activities of producing fuel pellets.

Advising one of the biggest private oil and gas Company Jereh Group on corporate issues, including registration of legal entities in Kazakhstan.

Advising Beijing Etrol Technologies Co.,Ltd on potential acquisition of a Kazakhstan company, including Due Diligence of the project and target company.

Advising Hansen Energy Ltd. on potential acquisition of a Kazakhstan company, including Due Diligence of the project and target company.

Advising China Petroleum Engineering CNPC on the potential project of LNG Construction, including preparing a comprehensive analysis of legal matters related to procurement regulations and project structuring.

Advising China Investment Corporation, one of the leading Asian investment funds on the acquisition of 11% shares in the form of GDRs of KazMunayGas Exploration and Production, a London-listed oil and gas company.

Advising China Sinopec Engineering regarding a labour audit, including obtaining work permits for foreign employees in Kazakhstan.

Advising a large Chinese construction and mining company during the possible investment in the largest silver deposit led by International Finance Corporation.

Advising MIE Holdings Corporation, one of the leading independent upstream oil and gas company in China, on its purchase of 100% shares of Emir Oil LLP for aggregate consideration of USD 170 million, including obtaining the approvals from the Government of Kazakhstan, carrying out legal Due Diligence, structuring transaction, negotiation SPA and  Shares Pledge Agreements.

Advising China Investment Corporation, one of the leading Asian investment funds on the acquisition of 11% shares in the form of GDRs of KazMunayGas Exploration and Production, a London-listed oil and gas company.

Advising Xiamen Tungsten Company, largest Chinese tungsten market company, on acquisition of tungsten deposits in Kazakhstan, including Due Diligence of the project and target, SPA negotiation.

Advising Zhongman Petroleum and Natural Gas Group , one of the leading independent upstream oil and gas companies in China, on M&A deal, including obtaining the approvals from the Government of Kazakhstan. Carrying out legal Due Diligence, structuring transaction, SPA negotiation.

Banking and Finance

 Advising China Development Bank on a USD 1.8 billion syndicated secured loan facility to Beineu - Shymkent Gas Pipeline LLP (controlled 50-50 by KazTransGas and CNPC) to finance a gas pipeline project in Kazakhstan (ongoing).

Advising China Development Bank on a USD 4.7 billion syndicated secured loan facility to Asia Gas Pipeline LLP to finance a gas pipeline project in Kazakhstan.

Advising China Development Bank on a USD 7.5 billion syndicated secured loan facility to Asia Gas Pipeline LLP to finance a gas pipeline project in Kazakhstan.

Advising China Development Bank on a EUR 460 million revolving facility agreement to CNPC International Aktobe Petroleum JSC.

Advising China Development Bank on a USD 500 million revolving facility agreement to CNPC International Aktobe Petroleum JSC.

Advising China Development Bank on a USD 200 million to Moynak Hydro-Electric Power Station JSC.

Advising China Development Bank on a USD 3 billion framework finance agreement with Sovereign Wealth Fund Samruk-Kazyna JSC and Development Bank of Kazakhstan JSC.

Advising China Development Bank on the transfer of the existing loan granted to Lokomotiv JSC from CDB to international bank.

Advising China Development Bank on a USD 896 million facility agreement with Kazakhstan China Pipeline LLP.

Advising China Development Bank on a waiver under the facility agreement with Development Bank of Kazakhstan JSC.

Issuing a legal opinion to China Development Bank on the bank guarantee form for the defect liability period.

Advising Asian Development Bank on its loan to Damu JSC in the amount of USD 122 million to finance Project   of Damu's Small and Medium Enterprise Investment Program on the condition that a portion of the proceeds from the loan would be made available to Bank CenterCredit JSC.

Advising Exim Bank of China on reviewing the Guarantee from a Kazakhstani law perspective, issuing a Kazakhstani legal opinion regarding the Guarantee.

Advising CDB and Bank of China (Hong Kong) with regards to insurance matters related to three gas pipelines to be financed and constructed between Kazakhstan and the PRC, including on assignment of insurance proceeds to the lenders.

Advising the People's Insurance Company of China (PICC) Property and Casualty Company Limited on legal issues related to the NFC Kazakhstan fire accident (According to the undertaking agreement between GRATA Law Firm LLP and PICC Property and Casualty Company Limited, GRATA was chosen as the first-choice Legal adviser in Kazakhstan till April 2020).

Construction and Infrastructure

Advising China Railway 23rd Bureau Group on construction activities, including   taxing a corporate structuring of activity, obtaining work permits and construction license.

Advising China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) on construction activities, including legal support on obtaining a construction license.

Advising CMEC on participating in the first stage of the competitive bidding as regards composition, completeness of set and way of execution of the PPP project “Construction of the By-pass Railway Line Bypassing the Almaty Railway Terminal”.

Advising Beijing State-Owned Assets Management Co., Ltd. on the Construction project, including procurement regulations, labour law issues, taxation issues, financing, dispute resolutions, possible legal remedies and termination of obligations.

Advising a consortium of Chinese Companies, led by China Railway No.2 Group Co., Ltd. on constructing the modern tram-line Astana LRT, including revising FIDIC EPC contracts, representing the consortium in negotiations with the Owner, advising on taxation, procurement regulations, advice on regulations applicable to EXPO 2017 Projects and Astana New City Special Economic Zone.

Advising China National Technical Import & Export Corporation on taxation and the form of legal presence in Kazakhstan, drafting corporate documents, registering permanent establishment in Kazakhstan, consulting on obtaining the necessary permits and licenses.

Advising China Railway Asia-Europe Construction Investment Co. on legal issues of its construction activities in Kazakhstan, including advice on regulations applicable to Astana New City Special Economic Zone, participating in project structuring, analysing EPC Contracts and other commercial construction agreements, registering a Permanent presence in Kazakhstan.

Advising China Construction Sixth Engineering Division Co., Ltd. on legal issues of its construction activities in Kazakhstan, including tax and corporate structuring of activity, registering Permanent presence in Kazakhstan, applying for the necessary permits and Construction License.

Advising China National Chemical Engineering Group, Corp. on licensing matters, labour law issues, obtaining permits and authorizations, taxation issues, financing, and commercial contracts.

Advising Beijing Urban Construction Design & Development Group Co. on corporate issues, including a form of legal presence in Kazakhstan, registering legal entities in Kazakhstan and on necessary permits for Design activities in Kazakhstan.

Due Diligence of CITIC Construction assets in Kazakhstan and in the Russian Federation.

Advising China ENFI Engineering Corporation of Metallurgical Corporation of China (MCC) on corporate structuring of activity, obtaining work permits, registering permanent presence, applying for construction and design licenses.

Advising a leading pipeline construction company headquartered in China regarding building a major gas pipeline project in Kazakhstan.

Advising China Railway Seventh Group regarding establishing their legal presence in Kazakhstan, including registration of the branch office.

Advising China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC), Chinese leading construction and engineering company forming one part of the China National Machinery Industry Corporation (Sinomach) group of companies, on corporate and construction matters in Kazakhstan, including obtaining construction license.

Advising Chinese defense industry company NORINCO on branch establishment, including legal support on obtaining a construction license.

Advising CMEC in connection with possible investment on agricultural projects in Kazakhstan.

Advising CMEC in connection with execution of judgment, coordinating with private Judgment Executioner.

Advising China Railway 22nd Bureau Group on participating in bidding procedures for PPP project.

Advising China Railway 20th Bureau Group on corporate and construction matters in the Republic of Kazakhstan, including obtaining work permits and construction license.

Telecommunications

Advising China Telecom Global Limited regarding establishing their legal presence in Kazakhstan, including licensing, corporate structuring and acquisition of assets in Kazakhstan.

Advising a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment and mobile phones headquartered in China regarding construction of a telecommunications network in Kazakhstan, a potential commercial dispute with the local counterparty and settlement issues.

Renewable source of energy (RSE)

Advising SUMEC Clean Energy International Co., Ltd. on the power plant       construction project in Kazakhstan, including advice on taxation and form of legal presence in Kazakhstan, drafting the EPC contract and Consortium agreement, registering a permanent establishment in Kazakhstan.

Advising a Shanghai Company on legal issues of development and investment in a solar power project (IPP) in Kazakhstan, including regulations on feasibility study, construction, approval by the relevant government authority and Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

Advising Shanghai Company HuanTai on establishing a JV company with its local partners in Kazakhstan and on legal requirements to use land plots for construction and operation of solar power plant.

Advising China Power International Development (China Power) in relation to 100MW Zhanatas Wind Power Project development, including Due Diligence of the project and the target, assisting with SPA, drafting EPC contract, etc. (Project has been elected as of the Winners of China Bussines Law Journal: Deals of the Year 2018).

Advising Universal Energy Co.,Ltd on 50MW Wind Power  Project in corporate and construction matters,licenses and permits,tariffs and other RSE regulations in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Advisnig Universal Energy Co.,Ltd on 50MW Solar Power Project in corporate and construction matters, licenses and permits, tariffs and other RSE regulations in Kazakhstan.

Advising Shanghai Electric Power Generation Group on constriction project, including procurement regulation, obtaining individual identification number, obtaining business Identification Number.

Advising Hydro China International Engineering regarding acquisition of the local company, including Due Diligence and drafting of a buy-sell agreement in Kazakhstan.

Industry and Trade

Advising Kemen Noodle Manufacturing, Chinese national key Leading Enterprise in Agriculture Industrialization and Hunan Provincial Hi-Tech Enterprise, on its purchase of 100% shares of Kazakhstani Compani, including carrying out Due Diligence, structuring the deal, negotiation SPA.