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.


References

Industries
Construction and Infrastructure
Asia-Pacific, Asialaw Profiles 2021
Asia-Pacific, Asialaw Profiles 2021
The team of GRATA International was ranked among the best firms in Kazakhstan and placed in the highest tiers - "outstanding" and "recommended" in General Business Law, Energy, Oil&Gas, Construction
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'.
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.
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
Asia-Pacific, Asialaw Profiles 2021
Asia-Pacific, Asialaw Profiles 2021
The team of GRATA International was ranked among the best firms in Kazakhstan and placed in the highest tiers - "outstanding" and "recommended" in General Business Law, Energy, Oil&Gas, Construction
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
Intellectual Property
Asia-Pacific, Asialaw Profiles 2021
Asia-Pacific, Asialaw Profiles 2021
The team of GRATA International was ranked among the best firms in Kazakhstan and placed in the highest tiers - "outstanding" and "recommended" in General Business Law, Energy, Oil&Gas, Construction
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.
Corporate and M&A
Asia-Pacific, Asialaw Profiles 2021
Asia-Pacific, Asialaw Profiles 2021
The team of GRATA International was ranked among the best firms in Kazakhstan and placed in the highest tiers - "outstanding" and "recommended" in General Business Law, Energy, Oil&Gas, Construction
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."
International Trade, Customs and WTO
Legal 500, Tier 1, 2020, Tax Lawyers
Legal 500, Tier 1, 2020, Tax Lawyers
Once again, GRATA's tax lawyers 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, Tax lawyers
Legal 500, Tier 1, 2018-2019, Tax lawyers
GRATA's Tax lawyers team of GRATA International is 'responsive and provides clear and complete analysis', underpinned by a 'deep knowledge of local legislation'.
Tax
Legal 500, Tier 1, 2020, Tax Lawyers
Legal 500, Tier 1, 2020, Tax Lawyers
Once again, GRATA's tax lawyers 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, Tax lawyers
Legal 500, Tier 1, 2018-2019, Tax lawyers
GRATA's Tax lawyers team of GRATA International is 'responsive and provides clear and complete analysis', underpinned by a 'deep knowledge of local legislation'.
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.
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
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."
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".
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