List of offices

In 2014, GRATA International Kazakhstan underwent the certification procedure for Quality Management System and received ISO 9001:2009 certificate. The firm also has professional indemnity insurance for legal services. In 2019, GRATA International was registered on the territory of Astana International Financial Centre in accordance with its existing laws and received license AFSA-A-LA-2019-0010.

Industries
Construction and Infrastructure
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
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'.
Banking & Finance
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.
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".
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
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, 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
Intellectual Property
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.
Corporate
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."
International Trade, Customs and WTO
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'.
Tax
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'.
Real Estate
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.
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.
Dispute Resolution
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."
Awards & rankings
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
Who's Who Legal: Global Leaders in Real Estate 2019
Who's Who Legal: Global Leaders in Real Estate 2019
Yerzhan Yessimkhanov is recommended lawyer
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".
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