Firm Profile > SIGNUM Law Firm > Almaty , Kazakhstan

050009 ALMATY

Energy and natural resources Tier 2

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.

Tax and customs Tier 2

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.

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

SIGNUM Law Firm works on project and debt financing, and has notable expertise in the renewable energy sector working on behalf of foreign investors. Liza Zhumakhmetova leads the team.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

SIGNUM Law Firm handles M&A and joint venture agreements for international and domestic clients. Liza Zhumakhmetova has solid experience in these areas.

Dispute resolution Tier 3

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.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Contracts and business law Abylkhair Nakipov
Corporate Liza Zhumakhmetova
Corporate investigations Liza Zhumakhmetova
Dispute resolution and litigation Talgat Sariev
Employment and labour Abylkhair Nakipov
Tax Sofiya Zhylkaidarova
Tax Yekaterina Zhgutova
Mergers and acquisitions Liza Zhumakhmetova
Regulatory compliance and environment Abylkhair Nakipov
Subsoil use Sofiya Zhylkaidarova
Subsoil use Gaukhar Kudaibergenova
Photo Name Position Profile
Mrs Gaukhar Kudaibergenova  photo Mrs Gaukhar Kudaibergenova
Mr Abylkhair Nakipov  photo Mr Abylkhair Nakipov
Mr Talgat Sariev  photo Mr Talgat Sariev
Mrs Liza Zhumakhmetova  photo Mrs Liza Zhumakhmetova
Ms Sofiya Zhylkaidarova  photo Ms Sofiya Zhylkaidarova
Number of lawyers : 15
at this office : 12
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