Sofiya has advised numerous international oil and gas and mining companies for over 20 years on various subsoil use issues, including on strategic acquisitions, whether by assignment, takeover or otherwise.
Sofiya has a versatile client base, including a number of publicly listed companies. She participated in drafting various regulations related to the subsurface use, M&A and tax matters.
Sofiya particularly focuses on the subsoil use taxation, including transfer pricing and international taxation. Clients highly value her for being not only technically strong but also for her commercial experience, and business adviser approach, as well as dealing with government officials. Corporate structuring issues, including optimization of business, are also among her key and basic practices.
She has a number of publications on topical oil and gas issues and is a frequent speaker in oil and gas and related conferences. Sofiya participated in several government-run law-making working groups for drafting laws of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Sofiya’s recent selected major projects include:
Speaker, «Essential Communication Skills for Lawyers», Kazakh Institute of Management, Almaty, Kazakhstan | 26 April, 2017
Speaker, «Regulation of The Legal Profession in Kazakhstan», Opening of The Legal Year, London, UK | October, 2017
Speaker, «On The Investment Opportunities, Privatization and Tax Assessment In Kazakhstan», The 2nd “Belt and Road”, Outbound Investment and M&A Forum, Beijing, China | September, 2017
Speaker, «Some Issues of Subsoil Users’ Taxation: Law Enforcement Practice», XV Atyrau KPLA Anniversary International Conference, Atyrau, Kazakhstan | 28 April, 2017
Speaker, «Successful Lawyers: What Is Expected?», Kazakh Institute of Management, Almaty, Kazakhstan| 7 April, 2017
Guest, «EUROBAK Annual General Meeting», European Business Association in Kazakhstan, Almaty, Kazakhstan | February, 2017
Co-organizer, «Improving Anti-Corruption Legislation», Kazakhstan Bar Association (KazBar) with participation of the School of Law of KIMEP University and SIGNUM Law Firm, Almaty, Kazakhstan | October, 2016
Participant, «Judicial Room», AlmaU (Almaty Management University), under the supervision of the advisers of the project (members of the KazBar), Almaty, Kazakhstan | January, 2016
Speaker, «Legal Writing Skills/Навыки юридического письма», SIGNUM Law Firm training session for KATKO JV, LLP, Almaty, Kazakhstan | 19 November, 2015
Speaker, «On the recent and upcoming legal developments focusing on the concept of new draft subsoil code», X Corporate Lawyers Forum, Almaty, Kazakhstan | 5-6 November, 2015
Speaker, «Liability for Irrational Subsoil Use: Certain Legal Aspects», KPLA’s Xiii International Atyrau Conference, Atyrau, Kazakhstan | April, 2015
Speaker, «Structuring The Joint Venture (JV): Key Commercial and Contractual Terms and Issues, and Anticipating and Resolving JV Disputes», The Seminar of the British-Kazakh Law Association On International Investments in Kazakhstan, Astana, Kazakhstan | 15 May, 2013
Moderator of the session, «The first conference of the Republican Public Association», Kazakhstan Bar Association, Almaty, Kazakhstan | 16 May, 2013
Participant, «World in the Times of Changes: Forming a Sustainable Energy Future», VII Annual Eurasian Forum KAZENERGY, Astana, Kazakhstan | 2–3 October 2012