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  • Acquisition of goods, works and services in subsurface use: Q&A.

    Kazakhstan's Government continues its policy on attracting the local and foreign investors to develop country's rich mineral reserves. For coordinated working environment, except political stability, investment climate, investors also need well-developed and reasonable legal system.
  • Court Practice and Tax Risks for Subsurface Users in Kazakhstan

    The tax legislation is one of the most dynamically developing areas of law in Kazakhstan. Since the beginning of its formation the taxation system has suffered numerous changes due to both the continuous process of simplification and improvement of administrative procedures, elimination of gaps and ambiguities, the need to regulate new activities, encouragement of the development of certain sectors, and the fundamental change of conditions of taxation and codification of legislation.
  • M&A in Kazakhstan

    M & A transactions in Kazakhstan, as they are usually defined in international practice, when two giant companies merge into one global firm, do not take place in the country. Rather, it is a method of the entrance to the Kazakhstan market of foreign corporations, which make it through the purchase of a local company. Today, in connection with the development of special economic zones that provide attractive tax and customs benefits, the interest in the establishment of industrial production facilities there increased. They are also carried out by M & A transactions.
  • Gas industry in Kazakhstan

    Kazakhstan's key industrial sectors are oil and gas, mining, electricity, transport and communications, chemicals and pharmaceuticals. These sectors were recognised as development priorities in the Government Programme for Accelerated Industrial-Innovative Development (2010 – 2014) (the "Programme"), the aim of which is to diversify the Kazakh economy and modernise industry. Therefore, in 2012, the major changes to the gas sector in Kazakhstan were a result of the Law on Gas and Gas Supply (the "Law on Gas") and appointment of KazTransGas JSC as the sole national operator.
  • Overview of Legislation concerning the State Support of Industrial and Innovation Activities

    This article is prepared by Miran Maulenov, Cand. Sc Law, Managing Partner of Olympex Advisers LLP . For further information please email to Miran.Maulenov@olympex.kz
  • Transfer of the subsoil use right in Kazakhstan: risks and recommendations overview

    This article is prepared by Yessen Massalin, Head of Corporate practice. For further information please email to yessen@olympex.kz  
  • REVIEW OF SIGNIFICANT CHANGES REGARDING CUSTOMS UNION AND SINGLE ECONOMIC AREA

    In this issue we would like to draw your attention to the review of significant changes regarding Customs Union and Single Economic Area.
  • FOREIGN STOCK EXCHANGE

    Hereby we inform you Article 22-1 of Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan No. 461-II dated 2 July 2003 "On securities market" was amended effective from 1 February 2012.
  • LOCAL CONTENT REQUIREMENTS: POTENTIAL LIABILITY

    Ministry of Oil and Gas for the first time to impose the fines on the companies which are in breach of local content requirements.
  • NEW IN LICENSING LEGISLATION

    In this issue we would like to draw your attention to recent amendment to the licensing rules.

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  • Hengeler Mueller advises GlaxoSmithKline on its major multiple-part interconditional transaction...

    Hengeler Mueller is advising GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) on German corporate and real estate aspects as well as German employment and pensions aspects on two parts of the major three-part interrelated transaction with Novartis announced on 22 April 2014. The two parts of the transaction include GSK and Novartis combining their respective Consumer Healthcare businesses to form a new world-leading Consumer Healthcare business and GSK acquiring Novartis' global Vaccines business (excluding influenza vaccines) for an initial cash consideration of US$5.25bn with subsequent potential milestone payments of up to US$1.8bn and ongoing royalties.
  • Hengeler Mueller advises Talanx on first secondary listing of a German company on the Warsaw Stock E

    Talanx AG today successfully completed its listing on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. Following its IPO in Germany in 2012, Talanx shares are now also tradable in Warsaw (with a market capitalisation of just under €6.9bn). Talanx is the first German company with a secondary listing on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. The transaction was carried out by way of a special transaction structure concerning tradability and certification of the shares.
  • Mikhail Aleksandrov was a moderator of the discussion in the International Forum...

    Mikhail Aleksandrov, Partner of DS Law, moderated the panel discussion «Capitalising on New Large-Scale Opportunities in the Russian Infrastructure Sector».
    - DS Law
  • DS Law participated in the Lawyers Career Day in the MSLA

    On April 4 DS Law.Attorneys participated in the 8th exhibition-forum "The Lawyers Career Day" in the Moscow State University of Law by the name of O.E.Kutafin (MSLA) dedicated to the professional growth and career of associates.
    - DS Law
  • Mikhail Aleksandrov moderated the discussion in the Forum "Private Equity and Venture Capital"

    Mikhail Aleksandrov, Partner of DS Law.Attorneys, moderated the panel discussion "Capitalising on Large-Scale Opportunities in the Russian Infrastructure Sector" in the 10th International Forum "Private Equity and Venture Capital". The Forum was organized by C5.
    - DS Law
  • Pepeliaev Group at the 10th annual Legal Forum

    Pepeliaev Group has become the partner at Vedomosti newspaper's 10th annual legal forum, which will be held in Moscow on 17-18 April 2014. It is noteworthy that, 10 years ago, it was Pepeliaev Group that was the driving force behind the first forum. Now the event has become a landmark occasion in the Russian legal calendar. Over the last decade, major business figures have come together every year, hosted by the newspaper Vedomosti, to discuss the most pressing issues facing the legal sector and Russia's judicial system. The first day of the conference will feature a plenary session ‘Deoffshoring the economy and creating a favourable business environment', with Sergey Pepeliaev, managing partner of Pepeliaev Group, taking the chair.
  • Round table “Improvement of the transparency and effectiveness in the work of the Supreme Administ

    A round table was held on 15/04/2014 in "Sheraton" hotel in relation to the financed by OPAC project  "Improvement of the transparency and effectiveness in the work of the Supreme Administrative Court (SAC)". /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;}
  • “Popov and partners” will consult the Supreme Judicial Council

    In the beginning of April 2014 the Supreme Judicial Council chose "Popov & Partners" Law Office for consultant in the preparation of documentations according to the Public Procurement Act for selection of contractors for the supply of goods and services to ensure the institution's activities in the period between 2014 - 2015.
  • Kim & Chang: Korea Law Firm of the Year – The Macallan ALB Hong Kong Law Awards 2013

    Kim & Chang was selected as ‘The Korea Law Firm of the Year' at the Macallan ALB Hong Kong Law Awards 2013, surveyed and announced by ALB (Asian Legal Business), a renowned legal publication in Asia owned by Thomson Reuters.
  • Kim & Chang recognized as one of world’s top 10 pro bono firms- Who’s Who Legal Pro Bono Survey

    Kim & Chang was recognized as one of the top 10 pro bono leading law firms in the world according to Who's Who Legal Pro Bono Survey 2013 , published by Who's Who Legal, an international legal media. Kim & Chang is the only Asian firm to be selected.