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Sofiya Zhylkaidarova

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SIGNUM Law Firm

Position

Managing Partner specialising Subsoil Use, Finance and Tax, Contracts and Business Law and Mergers and Acquisitions. Sofiya has advised numerous international oil and gas and mining companies on various subsoil use issues for more than 15 years including on strategic acquisitions, whether by assignment, takeover or otherwise. Sofiya has a versatile client base, including a number of publicly listed companies. She participated in drafting a number of regulations related to the subsurface use, M&A and tax matters. Sofiya particularly focuses on the subsoil use taxation, including transfer pricing and international taxation. Clients highly value her for being not only technically strong but also for her commercial experience, and business adviser approach, as well as dealing with officials. Corporate issues, including optimization business, are also among her key and basic practices. Recently, Sofiya had several tax litigations including successful representation of two international E&P companies in their court claims against tax authorities on PSA stability matters. She has a number of publications on issues related to the oil and gas topical issues and is a frequent speaker in oil and gas and related conferences. Sofiya participated in several governmental law-making working groups for drafting laws of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Career

Sofiya had work practical experience in local law firm, international law firm, also worked as a legal advisor in an international oil and gas company. Sofiya joined the firm in her role in 2007

Languages

English, Kazakh and Russian.

Member

Kazakhstan Petroleum Lawyers Association, Kazakhstan International Arbitration, Kazakhstan Bar Association.

Education

Sofiya Zhylkaidarova graduted with honors Kazakhstan State National University named after Al-Farabi (Bachelor of Laws, Hons, 1997); with further L.L.M degree at Kazakhstan State National University named after Al-Farabi (LLM, Hons, 1999). Sofiya participated in number of trainings and workshops on legal and business skills including specific oil and gas and mining trainings.


Kazakhstan

Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

SIGNUM Law Firm has 'strong expertise in civil litigation' and is recommended by clients for providing 'high-quality service and non-standard decisions'. Talgat Sariev has 'vast experience in subsoil use and civil litigation', and managing partner Sofiya Zhylkaidarova has 'outstanding negotiation skills'. The team represented an international machinery producer in a dispute over leased assets.

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Energy and natural resources

Within: Energy and natural resources

SIGNUM Law Firm's main focus in this area is litigation in the subsoil use sector, as well as negotiating with the state on behalf of foreign investors for regulatory approval. Managing partner Sofiya Zhylkaidarova advised a client on gaining the extension of two oilfield concession agreements from the Ministry of Energy. Liza Zhumakhmetova advises on commercial matters in the subsurface sector, and senior associate Gaukhar Kudaibergenova is also highly recommended.

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Tax and customs

Within: Tax and customs

SIGNUM Law Firm has an active tax practice providing litigation as well as advisory services. The former is the key strength of the team, and Talgat Sariev recently represented employees of an energy company in court over allegations of non-compliance with tax regulation. Yekaterina Zhgutova and Sofiya Zhylkaidarova are also highly recommended.

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