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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 projects with state authorities. For more than 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.

Subsoil

Mining, Oil and Gas
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.