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Aequitas handles a range of work for financiers, oilfield services companies and miners. Natalya Braynina assisted Schlumberger with the purchase of CA Minerals. Practice head Olga Chentsova handles regulatory matters; Yelena Manayenko re-joined the firm from Norton Rose Fulbright.

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLPknows the background of Kazakhstan’s natural resources industry’; the team advises state-owned clients on production sharing contracts and energy-related disputes. Eric Gilioli, who divides his time between New York and Astana, ‘comes up with high-quality solutions’, while Askar Moukhitdinov is ‘energetic and focused on the best result’.

Dechert Kazakhstan Limited advises clients – including some government-related entities – on matters such as financing, sales of oil, cross-border midstream matters and joint ventures. Victor Mokrousov leads the practice.

Dentons advises a range of private sector clients on regulatory, joint venture and production-sharing matters. Aigoul Kenjevayeva has experience of nuclear power work. Almas Zhaiylgan joined Kinstellar LLP as of counsel in January 2018.

Grata International handles a range of work regarding extractive industries. Practice head Almat Daumov has been representing an oilfield services provider which is owned money by an insolvent oil producer, while Yerzhan Yessimkhanov recently advised Andritz Hydro on the refurbishment of the Chardara dam.

Kinstellar LLP often works for significant players in the sector to handle financing and M&A. Joel Benjamin advised a consortium of banks on financing totalling $36.8bn made available to Tengizchevroil through a blend of loans and bonds. Adlet Yerkinbayev is also involved in key mandates. Of counsel Almas Zhaiylgan joined the firm in January 2018.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP handles acquisition, financing and construction matters, with an impressive number of Chinese clients. Aset Shyngyssov advised Geo-Jade Petroleum on its purchase of KoZhaN for $350m, Kazakhstan Stock Exchange’s largest ever deal.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s Yerzhan Kumarov advised Rosneft on the transportation of Russian oil to China through Kazakhstan’s pipelines. The team also assisted Sequa Petroleum with the purchase of a stake in an oil and gas exploration contract. Since publication the firm has closed its office and the team has moved to KM & Partners LLP.

Olympex Advisers LLP advises on matters such as exploration, mining and corporate matters. Yessen Massalin has been advising KazTransGas on corporate governance issues, while Diyar Ereshev often advises the Ministry of Investment and Development on subsurface industry legislation.

Signum Law Firm handles matters such as oil and gas farm-ins, production sharing agreement negotiations, arbitrations and health and safety-related litigation. Liza Zhumakhmetova recently advised an Asian investor on its purchase of oil and gas assets in Kazakhstan. Sofiya Zhylkaidarova leads the practice.

Unicase Law Firmdemonstrates deep understanding of the industry and regulation’. Raushana Chaltabayeva and Saniya Toleshova have been advising the UN Economic Commission for Europe on creating PPP standards for renewable energy. Conventional energy sector clients include Samruk-Energy.

Centil Law advises on matters such as subsurface regulation, midstream oil and gas matters, as well as sector M&A in Kazakhstan and beyond. Tashkent-based Umid Aripdjanov handles many of the key mandates, while recent hire Dinara Jarmukhanova (having joined from Reed Smith LLP) has been advising Uroven on the purchase of gold mines.

Deloitte TCF, LLP’s Agaisha Ibrasheva advises hydrocarbon producers, renewables companies and energy traders on matters such as tax, debt recovery and subsoil matters.

Ernst & Young Kazakhstan LLP’s Dinara Tanasheva advises oilfield services companies and oil and gas producers on issues such as production-sharing contracts and subsoil consents.

Linkage & Mind LLP handles matters such as finance, M&A and dispute resolution in the energy sector. Yerzhan Manasov has been advising Samruk-Energy on the financing of the Balkashkaya thermal power plant, while Madina Sypatayeva advised the same client on the sale of an interest in Almaty Power Stations JSC.

Michael Wilson & Partners, Ltd. handles matters regarding subsoil use for clients such as equipment suppliers, deposit owners and engineering consultants. Assel Kulisheva is involved in much of the work.

Verum’s Azamat Chinetov and Mirbek Kydyrov advised Kazakhmys on a restructuring, which involved selling off its mining business and brand name to Cuprum Holding and renaming itself Kaz Minerals. Other recent mandates include work relating to oil trading.

White & Case Kazakhstan LLP’s Maxim Telemtayev often advises the Kazakh government on subsoil use legislation. The team also recently advised Kazzinc on its divestment of Orion Minerals.

Attorneys Group Zanger/Zan Hub LLP advises on M&A and restructuring within the power sector. Madiyar Bekturganov and Aituar Madin recently advised Marubeni on a merger and uranium mining regulations.

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