Ms Sofiya Zhylkaidarova > SIGNUM Law Firm > Almaty, Kazakhstan > Lawyer Profile

050009 ALMATY
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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.


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


English, Kazakh and Russian.


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


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.

Lawyer Rankings

Kazakhstan > Tax and customs

(Leading individuals)

Sofiya ZhylkaidarovaSIGNUM Law Firm

SIGNUM Law Firm‘s tax practice predominantly acts for international and local companies operating in Kazakhstan across the oil and gas, chemistry, IT and aviation sectors. The group is well-positioned to advise on noteworthy projects and sophisticated regulatory, tax and finance issues. Managing partner Sofiya Zhylkaidarova is experienced in the oil and gas, mining and subsoil use sectors, while Talgat Sariev primarily handles tax litigation.

Kazakhstan > Energy and natural resources

SIGNUM Law Firm advises on complex issues in the natural resources and energy sectors, with particular expertise in cross-border M&A deals and regulatory matters involving foreign investors exploring investment opportunities in Kazakhstan. Managing partner Sofiya Zhylkaidarova is ‘outstanding‘ and ‘market leader‘ in the oil and gas and mining industries. Other key practitioners include Liza Zhumakhmetova, who focuses on commercial, corporate and M&A mandates; and Abylkhair Nakipov, who advises clients in the oil and gas and pharmaceuticals industries on contracts and regulatory compliance issues.

Kazakhstan > Commercial, corporate and M&A

SIGNUM Law Firm predominantly acts for foreign investors on investment opportunities in Kazakhstan, and frequently provides advice on cross-border finance, corporate and M&A transactions and regulatory issues. It has developed a number of relations with major international law firms and has a ‘unique insight into the government‘. Practice head Liza Zhumakhmetova is particularly experienced in the oil and gas and mining sectors and ‘always goes the extra mile‘. Sofiya Zhylkaidarova advises clients on tax, commercial, and M&A mandates in oil and gas, mining, sub-surface, and financial industries. Abylkhair Nakipov focuses on commercial and M&A.