We support domestic and foreign projects relating to subsoil. We help our clients to acquire subsoil use rights and advise on the most complex sector-specific issues, ranging from drafting subsoil use contracts, conducting economic and environmental impact assessments, through to negotiating the projects with state authorities. For over 5 years, mining, oil and gas projects have been central to our practice.
Apart from everything else, we offer extensive due diligence, deal structuring, regulatory advice and practical assistance with subsoil-related projects.
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The Project’s main complexity lies in the lack of hydropower industry professionals. Hydropower is a pressing issue in the country and requires law optimisation. Due to the total absence of any research on legislation related to hydroelectric power plants, Unicase has been the first to pave the way in this area and to indicate the barriers.
OIL & GAS
Red-Flag Legal Due Diligence
Competitive Procedures Support
Legislation & Regulatory Compliance Structuring
Independent Legal Assessment: Concession
Anti-Monopoly Activities
Negotiation Support
Transborder Holdings & Special Purpose Vehicles
Sale & Purchase Agreements
Transactional Documents Drafting
Shareholder Agreements
Company Restructuring
Foreign Direct Investment Structuring
Labour & Employment Legislation
Post Acquisition Matters: Transfer Registration, Corporate Governance, Information Disclosure, and Insider-Trading Compliance
Regulatory Approvals
Industry-Specific Waivers and Permits
Cases
HAVELOCK MINING INVESTMENT
Our Experts assisted a Chinese company, Havelock Mining Investment, to acquire a Kazakhstan graphite mining company.
STEPHENSON HARWOOD MIDDLE EAST
The Team advised Stephenson Harwood on certain requirements of the subsoil use legislation in Kazakhstan in relation to a transfer of shares. We provided a memorandum, covering overview of the local state permits required for the transfer of objects under subsoil use rights, reviewed the Client’s case, and developed most appropriate options from the local law perspective.
VOLFRAM MINING COMPANY
The Experts provided a full legal support on the procurement of goods, works, and services to the Client during solid minerals extraction in Kazakhstan. We assisted the Client with drafting tender documentation in accordance with the Kazakhstan legislation. We also provided the company with legal advice on various issues along the way.
CHINESE NUCLEAR POWER COMPANY
Our Team helped a Chinese Nuclear Power operator to acquire shares of a large Kazakh uranium company. Our legal support included critical review of the transaction documents, such as share purchase agreement, shareholders’ agreement, charter of the target company. We identified and advised on critical local regulatory issues and provided legal opinion on the transaction documents compliance and enforceability.
CHINESE INVESTOR
We helped a Chinese investor to purchase a Karazhanbas Munay JSC’s oil field.
POLISH COMPANY
Our Experts advised a Polish company on the acquisition of shares and participatory interests in oil and gas companies in Kazakhstan.
CHINESE PRIVATE INVESTMENT HOLDING
We advised Shenzhen Careall Group Investment Holding on a US$ 90-million acquisition of a 60% share in a Kazakhstan Oil Company
CHINESE NATIONAL BANK
Unicase advised on project financing and security matters for the US$ 3.5 billion multi-jurisdictional Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Kazakhstan-China Gas Pipeline.
PETRO KAZAKHSTAN, KUMKOL RESOURCES
We advised on compliance and regulatory issues related to oil operations in Kumkol, Kazakhstan.
KAZAKHSTAN-CHINA PIPELINE CONSTRUCTION
Our Team assessed legal risks under a turn-key EPC contract.
CHINESE INVESTMENT COMPANY 
Unicase role was to advise on indirect acquisition of the 100% interest in three major Kazakhstan oil and gas companies, including carrying out a rigorous legal due diligence
BRITISH COMPANY
Unicase advised on the acquisition of 99,8% interest in a Kazakhstan oil company and on dealing with oil and gas assets in Kazakhstan, and other jurisdictions.
KING & WOOD MALLESONS
Our Team represented the Daqing Oilfield Company Limited in relation to the indirect acquisition of interest in two oil and gas companies in Kazakhstan: KMK Munai and Pekin Palace Managing Company.
HALLIBURTON
We advised on the acquisition of Baker Hughes and the sale of a portion of its company, the Sperry Business. We worked on transactional and legal requirements, and other regulatory issues.
CHINESE OIL & GAS DRILLING COMPANY
We consulted on a labour dispute settlement between employees and the employer; we representing the interests of the company in Kyzylorda transport prosecution, negotiation on risks, and liability issues. Also, we assisted the client during a state audit, appealing the results of such to higher state authorities and the court.
CAREALL, CHINESE ENERGY HOLDINGS LIMITED
Unicase advised on the acquisition of a 50% share in the Careall International Petroleum LPG once the company is the participant in Munai-Services LLP, a local subsoil company
GMA RESOURCES
Our Team advised on the acquisition of a Kazakhstan company, producing molybdenum and wolfram.
CASPIAN NATURAL RESOURCES N.V.
Unicase advised on a US$ 75-million sale of a share in a Kazakh subsoil user.
EFFECTIVE ENERGY N.V
We advised on the acquisition of a 50% equity in two uranium mines with a thorough legal due diligence.
CANADIAN URANIUM COMPANY
The Team advised on a US$ 1.5 billion cross-border transaction with the Russian National State Enterprise, operating in the nuclear energy sector. The advisory ensued the Client acquiring shares in two major Kazakhstan uranium mines.
KAZAKHSTAN OIL COMPANY
Our Experts advised on sale of shares and resolved several complicated issues with subsoil use contract violations, creditors’ restriction on change of control, bank loan refinancing, trade debt repayment, and shareholders’ loans.
INTERNATIONAL RESOURCES GROUP LIMITED
Unicase advised on acquisition of a subsoil use operator, wherein we made full legal due diligence of the target company assets, drafted the Sale-Purchase Agreement, and obtained regulatory approvals required.
ZHONG LUN LAW FIRM
Our Experts represented Shandong Gold, a Chinese gold mining company, on a US$ 2 billion acquisition of a 70% stake from Glencore in KazZinc LLP, developing Vassilkovskoye mine in Kazakhstan
CANADIAN COMPANY
Our Team advised on acquisition of a local company, owning the subsoil use right for gold exploration and production.
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