— Pax quaerenda est!
SGA was founded in 2008 by a group of leading Kazakhstan lawyers with extensive experience in Kazakh and International law.
Many of SGA lawyers have background experience of working for leading international law firms. Currently, SGA actively provides legal services in Astana, Almaty and Caspian Sea region with established headquarter in Almaty.
SGA Practice includes:
- Litigation/Administrative procedures;
- Assessment of legal risks;
- Subsoil use, Energy and Environment;
- Anti-Corruption/Foreign Corrupt Practice (FCPA);
- Customs law;
- Labor law and labor litigation;
- Enforcement of Court Decisions;
- Taxes, International taxation and Tax structuring;
- Business law (Civil law);
- Corporate law and M&A;
- Engineering and Construction Law, EPC Contracts;
- Real estate;
- International Commercial Arbitration.
Our primary approach is to represent client’s interest proactively and resolve disputes before they go to court and arbitration. SGA lawyers are acting arbitrators in leading commercial arbitration courts in the Republic of Kazakhstan, who provided legal advice to the government of Kazakhstan on specific subject matters, such as the establishment of commercial arbitration in securities market. SGA lawyers also acted as experts on Kazakh law in International Commercial Arbitrations abroad.
SGA lawyers have qualification and are Members of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIA), apper on the MCIA List of Recommended Arbitrators-Experts for participation in international arbitration disputes.
SGA operates with a focus on provision of result-oriented services. SGA's activity follows its concept as a company providing "global advice" (well-rounded support) which implies rendering full scope of legal aid by SGA to its clients not only under specific projects but also through regular support on all business operations. Each of our clients is served by an effective team of qualified legal professionals with specific expertise tailored to client’s needs.
SGA lawyers are fluent in Russian, Kazakh and English.
Litigation / Administrative procedures
SGA lawyers represent clients in tax, business, customs, land and administrative disputes. For this purpose, SGA has a team of highly qualified lawyers experienced in representing and defending clients in the courts of the Republic of Kazakhstan of all levels: local trial courts, regional and city courts, appellate and cassation courts, specialized economic and administrative courts of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
We have experience in representing our clients in pre-trial settlement procedures on tax and customs disputes with Kazakhstan tax and customs authorities, as well as with law enforcement authorities in criminal or administrative proceedings resulting from additional tax assessments.
SGA lawyers represented clients in disputes arising from property and ownership rights and various contractual relations, investment activities and subsoil use, as well as labor and antimonopoly controversies. Our lawyers provide services at the stage of enforcement of court rulings and arbitral awards in the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Assessment of legal risks
SGA provides advice to its Clients to identify and eliminate or minimize the existing risks, and determine potential risks arising from the general course of Clients' business. SGA analyzes and generates recommendations based on various aspects and particlulars of the Clients' activity, and offers comprehensive solutions to minimize legal and tax impacts of the risks.
In the legal practice of SGA this type of service is highlighted as a separate self-direction and is one of the most sought-for the Clients. According to SGA’s practice, the demand for services in this area is primarily determined by the fact that the Clients receive advice and recommendations for dealing with negative effects that have already occurred. In such cases, the Client is usually limited in time and needs to come up with an effective solution that would meet all requirements of the law and minimize or eliminate such effects. Extensive practical experience, professionalism and mobility of SGA team predetermined its successful practice, and highly appreciated by our Clients.
SGA lawyers always make account of the specifics of the Clients' business and particulars of each situation, resulting effects of a problem and overall interests of the Client. SGA exercises an integrated approach to risk assessment and determination of the negative consequences that have arisen or may arise with the Client under specific circumstances. This approach allows us to assess the risks in the aggregate, including administrative, legal and tax risks, which are always interrelated and should be considered together for effective problem solving.
For these purposes SGA team consists of the leading and most experienced lawyers and experts in the areas of accounting and taxes, which is specifically formed depending on perculiarities and nature of risks, to achieve the most effective solution for the Client.
Subsoil use, Energy and Environment
SGA provides legal, regulatory and transactional guidance to clients engaged both in mining, oil and gas exploration, production and delivery of traditional and alternative fuels throughout the Caspian region. Our lawyers with experience in regulatory compliance issues assist domestic and foreign business clients in complying with applicable statutory and regulatory requirements of national regulations and international treaties.
Anti-Corruption/Foreign Corrupt Practices FCPA
SGA has extensive experience in providing advice and defending clients with regards to application of Kazakhstan anti-corruption law, FCPA and other international anti-corruption laws.
Our lawyers have represented clients in all aspects of Kazakhstan anti-corruption law, including internal FCPA and Kazakhstan anti-corruption compliance reviews and investigations.
SGA represent clients in investigations carried out by customs authorities and in customs disputes, including filing of appeals against actions of customs authorities, customs duty notifications and other customs acts. To this end, we have a team of practicing lawyers that specialize in representing and protecting client before custom authorities and in courts of all instances of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Labor law and Resolution of Labor Disputes
SGA provides advice on issues of labor legislation and documentation of labor relations, including rotational shifts and recruitment of foreign nationals. We prepare full package of relevant internal documents, such as employment agreements, job descriptions and employment policies for our clients to ensure that their labor practices are in compliance with applicable labor laws.
SGA lawyers are members of the Working Group that develops legislation and provide legal advice on recruitment of foreign labor in Kazakhstan.
Our lawyers have experience in resolving labor disputes and conflicts in out-of-court proceedings and representing clients in negotiations with trade unions on collective labor contracts. SGA also represents clients in the courts of the Republic of Kazakhstan if out-of-court agreements are not reached.
Enforcement of Court Decisions
SGA represents clients during all stages of court enforcement. For this purpose, SGA have associates who have previously worked as bailiffs, and have extensive enforcement experience. We apply all legal actions to reach solutions in the most efficient manner.
Taxes, International Taxation and Tax Structuring
SGA lawyers provide legal advice on all Kazakhstan and international taxation issues, including application of double taxation treaties and tax structuring. The experience of our lawyers in tax litigations allows us to advice taking into account the existing practice in the application of tax laws by courts and tax authorities of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Business law (Civil law)
SGA lawyers are qualified and provide legal advice and support in negotiating and execution of civil transaction related to land, licensing, leasing, customs and currency control, IP rights protection, anti-monopoly and investment legislation, and any other matters arising in the course of relevant business operations.
Corporate law, Mergers and Acquisitions
SGA lawyers have experience in establishing joint ventures, facilitating corporate restructurings for mergers and acquisitions of Kazakhstan companies, as well as in liquidations and bankruptcies. SGA lawyers have performed “due diligence” on behalf of several foreign investors in the oil and gas, telecommunications and industrial sectors in Kazakhstan.
International Commercial Arbitration
SGA lawyers have solid experience in representing clients that are subject to the international public law and international commercial arbitration.
SGA lawyers have served as experts on Kazakh law in leading international commercial arbitrations and international procedures in foreign countries, which unequivocally confirm the ability of SGA court lawyers to handle difficult court procedures in different jurisdictions.
Some of SGA lawyers are the members of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and were awarded “Best team of lawyers of the Republic of Kazakhstan in International Arbitration” (Lawyers, Academics & Consultants Awards 2009).
SGA’s court and arbitration practice demonstrates that economic interests of SGA’s clients increasingly go beyond the Kazakhstan jurisdiction. With that in mind and in order to provide wide-reaching support to its clients, SGA, within the International Global Legal Network “Prae Legal”, closely cooperates with leading law firms from 150 countries, including Russia, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Switzerland, Netherland, Italy, Singapore, China, Turkey, Luxemburg and other countries.
— Quod quisquis norit in hoc se exerceat!
SGA was founded in 2008 by a group of leading Kazakhstan lawyers with extensive experience in Kazakh and International law. Many of SGA lawyers have background experience of working for leading international law firms.
SGA lawyers are qualified and advise on all matters of various types with shares, creation of effective corporate structures and minimization of the risks for business, licensing, leasing, customs and currency control, IP rights protection, anti-monopoly legislation and any other matters arising in the course of business.
SGA lawyers are the Members of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIA), appear on the MCIA List of Recommended Arbitrators-Experts for participation in international arbitration disputes. The MCIArb degree is recognized by leading European Institutes as a confirmation of high level of professional status.
Dauren Uzakov, Ph.D.
Dauren Uzakov is the Partner and successfully leads SGA's legal practice in administrative law. He holds a PhD and has published articles on constitutional and administrative law.
Dauren Uzakov’s practice is focused on representing clients in administrative cases with respect to tax and customs matters, anti-monopoly legislation, migration policy and other disputes with governmental authorities of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Dauren Uzakov is fluent in Kazakh and Russian which enables him to represent clients and manage cases in two languages. The great practice of Dauren Uzakov, his business reputation and the authority can be viewed SGA' activities as one of the most successful in the region.
Aselina Tulegenova, MCIArb
Aselina Tulegenova joined SGA in April, 2008 as Senior Attorney and later on as General Director. Ms. Tulegenova’s has 16 years of legal experience. Prior to her joining SGA, she had seven years’ practice as an attorney with one of the leading international law firms.
Aselina Tulegenova's practice includes consulting in subsoil legislation, corporate law, investment law, tax and customs law, and also labor disputes. She has acted as general counsel for several multinational oil and gas services companies in Caspian region.
Aselina Tulegenova has extensive litigation and arbitration experience in the courts of the Republic of Kazakhstan, including the Supreme Court. She published a number of papers on subsoil use and labor relations.
Aselina Tulegenova is also a Member of Kazakhstan Petroleum Lawyers’ Association, arbitrator of International Commercial Arbitration Court of the Eurasian Mediation Center (ICAC).
She is also a Member of Kazakhstan Petroleum Lawyers’ Association and Kazakhstan Bar Association.
Aselina Tulegenova is fluent in English and Russian.
Zhanar Kassymbekova, MCIArb
Zhanar Kassymbekova joined SGA in 2010 as the Partner for Corporate Law, M&A and International Commercial Arbitration and later as Managing Partner.
Ms. Kassymbekova has over 20 years of legal experience in leading international law firms, with 12 years of senior managerial responsibility and headed separate areas of legal practice in Kazakhstan.
Ms. Kassymbekova advises clients on corporate, tax and customs laws, as well as on issues related to energy and subsoil use, antimonopoly regulation, securities markets, M&A and other practices in Kazakhstan.
Being a leading legal expert on taxation, Zhanar Kassymbekova successfully represents clients at the government bodies of the Republic of Kazakhstan, including tax and customs authorities, financial police and prosecutor's office on all matters associated with taxation. Zhanar Kassymbekova authored a number of publications on international taxation.
In 2009 Zhanar Kassymbekova was awarded the ”International Arbitration Team of the Year”( Lawyers, Academics & Consultants Award 2009) as the best lawyer of the year in the field of international arbitration. Zhanar Kassymbekova is a Member of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb), Arbitrator of International Commercial Arbitration Court of the Eurasian Mediation Center (ICAC).
She is a Member of Kazakhstan Petroleum Lawyers’ Association.
She is a Member of Management Body of Kazakhstan Bar Association.
Zhanar Kassymbekova is fluent in Russian and English.
In its litigation and arbitration practice SGA represent clients in different categories of disputes. Some disputes inherently require involvement of experts with special scientific knowledge needed to provide a qualified opinion on certain issues.
For these purposes SGA cooperates with the independent experts (“SGA Experts”) for provision of a joint expert advice or involves them as independent experts/specialists in connection with issues which require special knowledge or may arise during court or arbitration proceedings.
All SGA Experts have substantial experience in providing independent expert advice/opinion, including for international arbitration, hold scientific degrees of “Doctor of Science” and are widely known to the world scientific community. Conclusions/expert consultations of SGA Experts, their status and academic knowledge, have significant value and highly appreciated in dispute resolution proceedings, both in Kazakhstan and abroad.
In the course of disputes in courts of both Kazakhstan and foreign jurisdictions, and international arbitration proceedings, Lawyers and Experts are efficiently involved and provide expert conclusions/consultations on various issues of Kazakhstan law, including tax and international taxation, environment, agriculture, subsoil use and construction in the oil and gas industries.
Karagussov Farkhad Sergeyevich
Expert in securities market, civil, corporate and financial/banking law
Senior expert in Presidential Administration of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Sector of economic law, legislation and judicial system (1996-1997).
Member of the International Experts Group for drafting model Law "On Securities Market" and "On Joint Stock Companies" for CIS countries (in 1998).
Member of the International Experts Group for drafting model Labor Code (under the auspices of CIS Center of Private Law, Bremen and Leiden universities) (since 1998)
Leading expert in preparation and review of model legislation for CIS regarding bank insolvency (2004-2005).
Member of Advisory Council on Legal Scientists, Ministry of Education of the Republic of Kazakhstan (2003 -2004).
Member of Dissertation Board on thesis defence of doctoral candidates seeking the degrees of Doctor of Juridical Science, Kazakh State Law University and Caspian University (since 2003).
Member of the Editorial Board of "Review of Central and East European Law" scientific journal of Leiden University (Netherlands) and "Lawyer" magazine (Kazakhstan) (since 2006).
Author/co-author of more than 92 books, monographs, brochures, educational books and articles published in Kazakh and foreign editions on civil law, labor relations, currency and banking laws published in Kazakhstan and abroad.
Mr. Karagussov is fluent in Russian and English.
Erkinbaeva Lyazzat Kalimbekovna
Expert in land use and agrarian laws, natural resources and environmental issues
Zhetisu State University named after I. Zhansugurov, the First Vice-Chancellor in for Methodological Work (2011 – till present);
UNDP National Expert on legislation under the project of "Adaptation of Packaging Waste Recovery and Recycling Trust in Kazakhstan" (2011).
Expert on the project development of the Agrarian Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan "On the functioning system of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan" (2010);
Legal expert of the Asian Development Bank for the project "Information Management System Received as a Result of Environmental Monitoring for Sustainable Land Use" (2009-2010);
National Consultant on legal aspects of land use and land tenure "Sustainable Management of Rangeland Recourses, Preparation Stage" (2007);
Legal expert regarding Asian Development Bank for the project "Information Management System Received as a Result of Environmental Monitoring for Sustainable Land Use" (2006-2007);
Expert of the "Land Code" project (2000-2001).
Author of more than 70 academic and research papers regarding various problems in legal protection of environment and usage of nature resources, and legal problems of the agricultural policy.
Coauthor of drafts of the following laws: "On Production and Consumer Wastes" (1996-1997); "On Ecological Control" (1997-1998); "On Ecological Audit" (2002-2003); and the Ecological Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan (2005 -2006).
Ms. Erkinbaeva is fluent in Kazakh, Russian and English.
Baidel’dinov Daulet Laikovich
Expert in natural resources, environment, civil and international laws
Member of the Council for Legal Policy under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan (since 2004).
Member of the Legislative Council of the "Nur Otan" (since 2010).
Since 1997 UNEP and UNDP expert for projects on issues of environment, natural resources, social protection of citizens, citizens' voting rights.
Member of the Expert Council of the Supreme Court (2003-2006), member of the Trustees Council of the biodiversity Fund of the RoK.
By the Resolution of the Constitutional Council of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Mr. Baidel’dinov has several times been invited to act as an expert making clarifications on a number of laws of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Member of the working group for preparation of the constitutional reform and democratic reformation in the Republic of Kazakhstan (2006-2007).
Participant in the grant project of East European Law Institute, Keele University, supported by the Volkswagen Fund for Foreign Investment Law (2011-2012).
Author of more than 80 academic and research papers, including 5 monographs, 2 textbooks, 2 manuals in Russian and Kazakh languages, over 10 articles published abroad.
Law draftsman for the following legal acts: "On Production and Consumer Wastes"(1996), "On Ecological Expert Examination" (1997), "On Ecological Audit" (2000), "On the Donorship" (2003); and the Ecological Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan (2006).
Mr. Baidel’dinov is fluent in Russian and English.
Useinova Gulnara Rahimzhanovna
Expert in civil, constitutional and administrative laws
From 1996 up to 2011 she was a lead researcher at the Faculty of Theory and History of State and Law of Al-Farabi Kazakh State National University;
Since 2012 she has been the Chair of the Faculty of Theory and History of State and Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law at the Department of Law of Al-Farabi Kazakh National University;
Since 2012 she has been chairing a scientific group for fundamental studies under the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Author of a number of academic and research papers, including monographs and articles in constitutional and administrative law.
Mrs. Useinova is fluent in Kazakh and Russian.
Zhapbasbaev Uzak Kairbekovich
Expert in the sphere of scientific and technical, and engineering projects in oil and gas spheres, information technologies and energy
Head of Laboratory of Mathematical Modeling of Kazakhstan-Britain Technical University;
Professor at Al-Farabi Kazakh State University;
Professor at Kazakhstan-Britain Technical University;
Member of the Kazakhstan Academy of Natural Sciences.
Author of more than 160 academic and research papers, including 4 monographs, 4 patents and provisional patents of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Mr. Zhapbasbaev is fluent in Kazakh and Russian.
— Dura lex, sed lex!
SGA is a member of the international directory “Prae Legal” – Legal Global Network.
Prae Legal provides customer with access to high quality legal services provided by Prae Legal’s participants in more than 150 countries.
As a member of Prae Legal, SGA is working with business – partners providing legal services in the following jurisdictions:
- Burkina Faso
- Cape Verde
- DR of Congo
- Ivory Coast
- Sao Tome
- Sierra Leone
- South Africa
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Czech Republic
- Russian Federation
- Kingdom of Bahrain
- Hong Kong S.A.R.
- Sultanate of Oman
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
- United Arab Emirates
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
— Ad impossibilia lex non cogit!
Representing interests of foreign companies in subsoil exploration in the Caspian Region during tax and customs audits.
Representing interests of major subsoil explorers of Caspian Region in the courts of all instances of the Republic of Kazakhstan, including the Supreme Court of Kazakhstan, tax and customs authorities, on tax and customs disputes, construction disputes.
Amounts of disputes: USD 111 million, USD 46 million, USD 20 million, USD 6.2 million, USD 4.5 million.
Representing interests of foreign companies in disputes regarding the debt recovery.
Amount of dispute: over USD 450 million.
Representing clients’ interests in the enforcement of foreign arbitration award in Kazakhstan.
Value of award: USD 2 million.
Representing clients’ interests during court enforcement issues.
Value of the enforcement actions: USD 8 million, USD 7 million, USD 3 million.
Representing interests of major industrial companies in economic and construction disputes in the courts of Kazakhstan.
Amounts of disputes: USD 6.5 million; USD 2.7 million; USD 1.5 million; to USD 1 million.
Sale and purchase transactions of shares in Kazakhstani legal entities, including sale and purchase transactions in major property complex.
Amounts of the transaction: over USD 7 million.
Legal support of transactions and due diligence of the companies - Subsoil Users, companies doing business in Renewable Energy, Construction, Agriculture and etc. for the purpose of acquisition, investment and/or financing and admission to listing.
Representing interests of major employers in labor disputes in the courts of Kazakhstan.
Amounts of disputes: up to USD 11 million.
Representing interests of individual and legal entities in courts in disputes related to land and real estate.
Key participants in the Working Group for developing laws on taxation, tax courts development, insurance market and lottery activity.
Representing interests of major Kazakh companies-creditors in bankruptcy procedures and liquidation of its debtors.
Amount of the debt: to USD 3.2 million.
Legal support of the projects, drafting documents, regulations and agreements in the sphere of intellectual property: cinematography, media profiles in education and science sector .
Legal support of EPC Contracts (FIDIC) and contracts on construction of strategically important facilities and associated infrastructure objects in Kazakhstan.
Value of the contracts: over USD 46 million.
— Dolus an virtus quis in hoste requirat?
Office 401», Block 1 A, Nurly Tau BC,
5 Al-Farabi ave.,
Almaty, 050059,Republic of Kazakhstan