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Being current on market developments, we advised a Chinese Investment Fund and a Leading Chinese Law Firm on a wide range of subsoil use operations regulatory matters, state approvals, land, and environmental legal issues, to support the Fund in its investments into a large hydrocarbon mine in Kazakhstan. While upstream oil was not an enigma for the client, local legal support was indeed crucial in the first months of the investment, and the Project complexity was in the multidisciplinary nature of the advice provided.


Kazakhstan Hydrocarbon Deposit
At the 2020 end, the Fund acquired shares in a Kazakh oil-and-gas company which had a significant number of oil extracting, mining, and infrastructure facilities. Unicase advised on this transaction and acted as a local counsel to the Law Firm.
Kazakhstan has over 4.8 billion tonnes of hydrocarbon reserves proven, both onshore and offshore. Given the oil and gas reserves as well as the ever-increasing production volumes, Kazakhstan will remain among the top oil producers in the foreseeable future.
Exploration of the Project deposit will assist the national economy growth, which will allow the Government to invest in other sectors and increase the country’s well-being. The deposit is located in the southern Kazakhstan, the most populated part of Kazakhstan, and the Client’s operations will bring in new jobs and economic growth to the region.
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