Gaukhar Kudaibergenova
Partner
gbk@signumlaw.com
+7 701 743 49 71
Experience

Gaukhar’s main area of focus is on mergers and acquisitions, corporate, oil & gas and energy. She has completed a number of M&A deals and was part of the team for preparation and implementation of the biggest IPO in the history of KASE: from structuring the M&A transaction to 100% share sale of public E&P company (Deal size: USD 515 mln).

Gaukhar is a member of KazBar. She is fluent in English, Kazakh and Russian.

Gaukhar’s selected experience includes:

  • Legal support to a leading oil trader in relation to its USD 180,000,000 credit facility provided to oil and gas company. The support included issuing legal memorandum, legal opinion and reviewing the transaction documents.
  • Legal support to a syndicate of leading international banks on Kazakhstan law matters in relation to USD 3 billion credit facility provided to the world’s largest independent oil trader. The support included conducting legal due diligence, issuing legal opinion, reviewing all transaction documents.
  • Advising the world’s largest medical device company as part of its implementation of the public-private partnership project for building and setting up angiography laboratories in the Kyzylorda region of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
  • Advising the US non-profit organization on private enterprise as part of its Kazakhstan corporate governance improvement project.
  • Full legal support of a major international surface data logging services company in its acquisition of the same business of Weatherford International plc. in the Republic of Kazakhstan.
  • Full legal support of a major European food delivery service as part of its expansion to the Kazakhstan market.
  • Full-fledged legal and tax due diligence of a Kazakhstan national company, a party to the metallurgical silicon production investment project, as part of its acquisition by a major international company.
  • Advising one of the leading European banks on Kazakh law matters as part of its provision of USD 120 million committed secured syndicated borrowing base facility to a conglomerate commodities company.
  • Full M&A legal support in the acquisition of participating interest in a Kazakhstan mining company (including transaction documents drafting, consulting on legal issues and assistance with closing).
  • Legal and tax due diligence in connection with the contemplated transaction on acquisition of an international E&P company. SIGNUM acted as a leading counsel of the project.
  • Full M&A legal support of a global mechanical engineering services company in the acquisition of participating interest in a Kazakhstan construction company (including transaction documents drafting, obtaining all required regulatory approvals, general M&A legal consulting, including assistance with closing).
  • Legal due diligence of an asset including pharmaceutical products produced abroad during a сomplex transaction involving several jurisdictions. SIGNUM acted as a Kazakhstan legal adviser of a major international law firm.
  • Full M&A legal support of the Russian company in acquisition of Kazakhstan subsidiaries of a Russian holding company, a major taxi ordering service provider (including conducting red flag legal due diligence and M&A assistance).
  • Advising a major Japanese pharmaceutical company on IP related matters (advice on a sublicense agreement).
  • Full legal support of a Swiss-based leading global provider of secured identification services on public private partnership project with Kazakhstan government.
  • Advising on and assisting a Swiss-based leading global provider of secured identification services with corporate and management restructuring in its Kazakhstan subsidiaries, legal support of the buy-out of the company’s local partners’ shares, which included transaction documents drafting and assistance with closing.
  • Preparation of legal opinion for a major global oil trading company covering the legal analysis of statutory requirements (licenses and permits, insurance, registration and others) applicable to the contemplated lease of a major industrial asset.
  • Legal due diligence of a Kazakhstan Branch office of the world’s largest oil pipeline company, a natural monopoly transporting oil and petroleum products via trunk pipelines.
  • Full M&A legal support of a major international oil trading company in acquisition of two Kazakhstan legal entities registered in special economic zones (conducting legal due diligence of companies, obtaining regulatory consents, transaction documents drafting and assistance with closing).
  • Conducting legal due diligence of Kazakhstan subsidiaries of a major Russian fashion online retail company for a Russian investor.
  • Conducting legal due diligence of a Kazakhstan company operating in the field of renewable energy, owning solar power plants for a Chinese investor.
  • Full legal M&A support of the Norwegian company in an indirect acquisition of a Kazakhstan based subsoil user through a reversed takeover on the London Stock Exchange (including conducting legal and tax due diligence of the subsoil use company, drafting transaction documents related to Kazakhstan law, general M&A legal consulting, etc.).
  • Advising the Greece’s leading industrial company on the legal due diligence report on Kazakh law matters arising out of EPC, O&M and procurement contracts. This legal exercise was connected with the proposed issuance of a Greek law bond on the Athens Stock Exchange, financed by EBRD to support the company’s transition to the green economy.
  • Advising a major European food delivery service on Kazakhstan on regulatory requirements, business model and advised on a broad range of commercial contracts with courier partners and restaurants. Full legal support of a major European food delivery service as part of its expansion to the Kazakhstan market.
  • Advising a major international surface data logging services company on obtainment of the subsoil use operations-related license and the license for in the field of trafficking precursors in Kazakhstan.
  • Legal and tax advice to the Project Home (Angles AG) on its acquisition of 7 subsoil use (mining) assets in Kazakhstan, reviewing transaction documents for the purposes of compliance with Kazakh law requirements.”
  • Kazakhstan Bar Association – SIGNUM in cooperation with Kazakhstan Bar Association has initiated recognition of legal consultants for the purposes of the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS) following the change of the legal regime for legal consultants in Kazakhstan in 2018. QLTS provides a route for lawyers from other recognized jurisdictions to qualify as solicitors of England and Wales. QLTS route is now open for Kazakhstan legal consultants making them equally eligible with Kazakhstan advocates to practice English law worldwide. Historically only advocates (mostly Kazakhstan criminal law practitioners) were admitted to take the QLTS exams.
  • Advice to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP on the Review of the International Limited Guarantee of Louis Vuitton for the purposes of compliance with Kazakhstan laws and regulations.
  • Advise to a Swiss-based leading global provider of secured identification services in its joint activity arrangements with one of the largest communication operators in Kazakhstan for the purposes of participating in a tender on single market operator.
  • Full legal support of a French luxury bakery and sweets maker house as part of its expansion to the Kazakhstan market.
  • Advice to a major global IT company in relation to "deemed export" of data and Cyber security laws.
  • Advising the largest medical device company on Kazakh certification requirements.

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Public speaking

Speaker, «The Conference of Association of Taxpayers Kun Lun», Almaty, Kazakhstan | 20 April, 2018

Speaker, «Regulation of The Legal Profession in Kazakhstan», Opening of The Legal Year, London, UK | October, 2017

Speaker, «English Law Day Forum», Almaty, Kazakhstan | 2017

Speaker, «Preparing For and Implementing an IPO», workshop, Almaty, Kazakhstan | June, 2011

Participant, «English Law Day Forum», Almaty, Kazakhstan | May, 2018

Participant, «Astana Economic Forum», Astana, Kazakhstan | 2017

Speaker, «The New Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan «On Subsoil and Subsoil Use», training, Almaty, Kazakhstan | 2010

Contribution, «Doing Business 2016: Measuring Regulatory Quality and Efficiency», World Bank Group | 2016

Author, «Subsoil Use Code: What Is New? (Ключевые новшества кодекса Республики Казахстан «О недрах и недропользовании»)», журнал «Энергетика» (Energetics) | #2 (52), 2018

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Education
Kazakh National University named after Al-Farabi
BA degree in International Law
University of Dundee (UK)
LL.M. degree in International Commercial Law