Our lawyers have advised inbound foreign investors and domestic businesses operating across Central Asia in a variety of sectors over many years.


Through our experience, network of offices across the UK, Asia and the GCC and local partners we provide our clients with a full service offering across all practice areas and industry sectors.

Our multilingual team advises clients on domestic and cross-border transactions and disputes in Kazakhstan and the wider Central Asia region and conducts business in a number of languages, including Russian, Mandarin and Cantonese.

Areas of focus

  • Oil and Gas, Mining and Natural Resources
  • Infrastructure, Retail and Financial Institutions
  • Litigation and International Arbitration
  • Competition, Regulatory and Compliance

Expertise

Oil & Gas, Mining and Natural Resources

We advise clients on a wide range of often complex issues in the oil & gas, mining and natural resources sectors, including the acquisition, divestiture, structuring, development and financing of:

  • onshore and offshore upstream oil & gas,
  • midstream oil & gas (including pipeline, storage, and other infrastructure),
  • downstream oil & gas (including petrochemical, refining and marketing and trading operations); and
  • mining projects from exploration and construction to production, processing and offtake phase of the mine cycle

We advise clients in joint ventures, private placements, public listings and other methods of monetisation. Our clients include, state-owned entities, independent exploration and production companies, oil and/or gas offtakers and importers, private equity funds, lenders, refiners and retailers.

Infrastructure, Retail and Financial Institutions

We have one of the most extensive track records of advising on infrastructure and public/private partnership programme (PPP) projects in the transport, healthcare, energy and education sectors. Our clients range from Government departments, infrastructure funds and lenders to recognised multinational trade sponsors. In the retail and consumer sector, we advise some of the largest and most well-known brands on all areas of their legal requirements. Our clients include household consumer goods, food and drink businesses and multi-channel retailers and include global organisations such as Associated British Foods, Diageo, Sainsbury's and Tate & Lyle. Our team are consistently ranked as one of the best in the retail and consumer sector. We have been listed in Band 1 for the sector in Chambers UK for the past six years as a "premier retail and consumer offering for clients on a national scale".

We have a specialist, highly regarded, financial services transactions team advising on leading deals in the financial services sector, from domestic and cross border M&A, debt portfolio transfers, schemes under Part VII FSMA and overseas equivalents, building society and mutual mergers, commercial and affinity arrangements, strategic investments and joint ventures, capital raisings, restructuring and reorganisations, to significant regulatory driven major projects and programmes.

Litigation and International Arbitration

Our Commercial Litigation Group advises on all forms of contractual and non-contractual disputes, ranging from corporate transaction disputes concerning warranties, indemnities and completion accounts, through to claims under supply and distribution agreements. We are recognised by independent commentators as having a leading commercial litigation practice, with a strong reputation for our commercial approach to resolving business disputes and, when cases do go to trial, a track record of winning.

We advise on all aspects of the arbitral process, from strategic considerations prior to the commencement of proceedings, through to the enforcement of a final award. Whatever the seat, arbitral rules and subject matter, our teams have the specialist expertise to guide you through the arbitration process and secure a successful outcome.

Competition, Regulatory and Compliance

We advise clients, of which many are FTSE 100 and 250 organisations, on a broad range of compliance and regulatory matters, including corporate governance, anti corruption and bribery compliance procedures and investigations, antitrust investigations, merger clearances and competition litigation, state aid and procurement matters.

There is no substitute for spending time in market and we are committed to building strong local relationships on the ground, whether with our network of Preferred Firms, through secondments, or by providing training and development opportunities.

The Central Asia Group works closely with lawyers in our China and Turkey business groups as well as across our full office network. For further information about AG in Central Asia, please see our credentials brochure or contact a member of the Central Asia Business Group.

For further information about AG in Central Asia, please see our credentials brochure or contact a member of the Central Asia Business Group.

Key contacts

Sarah Vasani

Sarah Vasani

Partner, International Arbitration and Head of Investor State Disputes
London

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