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The firm: SIGNUM was founded in 2006 by Sofiya Zhylkaidarova and Abylkhair Nakipov. Subsoil use, contracts and business law, dispute resolution and litigation, mergers and acquisitions have been the main areas of practice since formation. The firm’s size has tripled since that time.

SIGNUM Law Firm is an independent law firm based in Almaty, servicing domestic and international clients. It is a leading Kazakhstan law firm with out-of-box thinking providing world-class professional services. The firm’s team comprises 15 Kazakhstan lawyers with both industry and consulting experience in local and international law firms and international companies. The firm also has subject matter specialists and engages them when in need of special advice. Its lawyers provide legal advice in nearly all areas of Kazakhstan law.

Areas of practice: Contracts and business law: SIGNUM lawyers provide legal advice on Kazakhstan law to clients in structuring and documenting relationships with business partners, suppliers or customers, to advise on business law, including insurance.

Corporate law: SIGNUM corporate lawyers offer clients practical advice in a range of corporate issues. SIGNUM has broad experience in the provision of legal services in matters related to business establishment, restructuring and liquidation.

Corporate investigations: SIGNUM’s corporate investigations practice assists clients in defending themselves against fraud or other wrongdoing involving management, employees or third parties. SIGNUM works directly with management, shareholders, and corporate personnel such as compliance officers, general counsel, legal department personnel, internal auditors, and other investigation team members.

Dispute resolution and litigation: SIGNUM litigation lawyers are entrusted by its clients with the most sensitive and complex matters as well as day-to-day disputes. Having extended knowledge of Kazakhstan procedural legislation and court practice, the SIGNUM team of experienced and focused litigation lawyers advises on the most winning strategy and on effective solutions to protect clients’ interests in Kazakhstan courts.

Employment and labour: SIGNUM lawyers understand clearly that companies need competent and firm arrangement of employment in Kazakhstan, which assumes the presence of must-have personnel documents, and effective legal assistance in labour issues, taking into account the social responsibility of the employer. SIGNUM can often identify issues before they become problems and advise proactively.

Tax: the practice combines Kazakhstan tax lawyers and experts experienced in rendering industry-specific, comprehensive, effective and solution-driven advice to various companies. SIGNUM regularly participates in negotiations and court cases and advises on investments and tax stability, stability of PSA/subsoil use contracts, profit expropriation and application of the international treaties on tax matters in Kazakhstan.

Mergers and acquisitions: SIGNUM regularly advises clients and international law firms on complex Kazakhstan and cross-border deals. The firm acts on both the buyer side and the seller side, providing services that range from due diligence and vendor assistance to full M&A legal support.

Regulatory compliance and environment: SIGNUM lawyers have specific work experience in regulatory compliance issues and assist both Kazakhstan and foreign business clients in identifying and complying with the applicable statutory and regulatory requirements of state authorities and under international treaties etc.

Subsoil use: SIGNUM lawyers are advisors to many of their clients from the moment of signing subsoil use contracts up to the present day. SIGNUM has been providing legal support to their clients on subsoil use matters.

  • Other offices

  • Astana

  • Number of lawyers: 15
  • at this office: 12
  • Languages
  • English
  • Russian
  • Kazakh
  • Member
  • Cathay Associates
  • New York Bar Association
  • KPLA
  • KazBar

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