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Practice head Sofiya Zhylkaidarova is praised for her "tailor-made and attentive" advice. Sources particularly appreciate her client-oriented approach to mandates. One says: "Her advice is always something you can use; it's very pragmatic."
SIGNUM Law Firm has an active tax practice providing litigation as well as advisory services. The former is the key strength of the team, and Talgat Sariev recently represented employees of an energy company in court over allegations of non-compliance with tax regulation. Yekaterina Zhgutova and Sofiya Zhylkaidarova are also highly recommended.
SIGNUM Law Firm's main focus in this area is litigation in the subsoil use sector, as well as negotiating with the state on behalf of foreign investors for regulatory approval. Managing partner Sofiya Zhylkaidarova advised a client on gaining the extension of two oilfield concession agreements from the Ministry of Energy. Liza Zhumakhmetova advises on commercial matters in the subsurface sector, and senior associate Gaukhar Kudaibergenova is also highly recommended.
SIGNUM Law Firm has 'strong expertise in civil litigation' and is recommended by clients for providing 'high-quality service and non-standard decisions'. Talgat Sariev has 'vast experience in subsoil use and civil litigation', and managing partner Sofiya Zhylkaidarova has 'outstanding negotiation skills'. The team represented an international machinery producer in a dispute over leased assets.
Result-oriented team of relatively young lawyers led by experienced partners. Signum acts independently, engages partner law firms where there is a need in specific knowledge (like international arbitration or criminal investigation) and supports the business needs of its clients. The firm actively participates in the legal community's life, which keeps it updated on developments and with an active network.
“Professional all round corporate law firm covering most aspects of corporate law but with very strong knowledge of oil and gas sector sub soil use law.” – Dispute resolution, Regulatory
“All work is done in the time agreed and follows high standards. The staff of SIGNUM are always available to provide the necessary explanations and feedback. Having three years of experience with SIGNUM, I can’t identify any weakness in their services.” – Corporate and M&A
“The firm has strong expertise and practice in subsoil use, including in relation to stabilised subsoil use contracts and production sharing agreements. Among their strengths I would also highlight their dispute resolution and litigation practice in civil and administrative cases. The firm has represented us in many and various disputes and litigations, and always demonstrated diligence and proficiency in the subject matter.”
Sofiya Zhylkaidarova is known by market sources for her "practical advice." She primarily advises clients on financial and regulatory matters related to the oil and gas market. Peers consider her "very impressive" in the sector, saying: "She clearly is an expert, a very, very good specialist."
“The firm has strong expertise and practice in subsoil use, including in relation to stabilised subsoil use contracts and production sharing agreements. Among their strengths I would also highlight their dispute resolution and litigation practice in civil and administrative cases. The firm has represented us in many and various disputes and litigations, and always demonstrated diligence and proficiency in the subject matter.” – Dispute resolution, Tax
“Excellent work both in analysis and execution. Dedicated and trustable professionals.”
“The SIGNUM team are responsive and helpful. SIGNUM is my go-to law firm in Kazakhstan: commercial and efficient while being legally correct. Sofiya Zhylkaidarova, Liza Zhumakhmetova and Gaukhar Kudaibergenova are all especially strong.” – Banking and finance
Talgat Sariev is experienced representing clients in disputes with state authorities, including customs cases. He is well versed in tax matters and also represents clients in commercial disputes. Sources refer to his solid and strategic approach to problem solving, saying: "He makes well-formulated, good arguments."
“Strengths: Tailor made approach from assisting lawyer, accuracy to details, client oriented approach.” – Corporate and M&A, Dispute resolution, Regulatory, Tax
“Good, responsive, excellent English communications both verbal and written. Good understanding of Western practice.”
Signum Law Firm’s team focuses on project and debt financing deals. Liza Zhumakhmetova is noted
Signum Law Firm focuses on transactional and contentious issues. Practice head Sofiya Zhylkaidarova has expertise in M&A and subsoil-use contracts.
“Excellent professionals, with wide local and international experience, high standards, focused on results and performance.”
SIGNUM Law Firm’s Liza Zhumakhmetova advised a bank on an advance payment structure negotiated with a significant commodity trader.
Department head Talgat Sariev is a noted litigator who regularly represents energy clients in disputes with state authorities. Clients value him as an adviser who is both “focused on straightforward issues” and “into the detail” and can “answer the specific issues we have.”
Managing partner Sofiya Zhylkaidarova acts for clients on contentious matters in the oil and gas market and is particularly well known for her subsoil regulatory knowledge. One source says of her: “She has specialised in oil and gas for a long time: she’s very knowledgeable, very highly regarded, very pragmatic and always finds solutions for her clients.”
SIGNUM Law Firm handles matters such as oil and gas farm-ins, production sharing agreement negotiations, arbitrations and health and safety-related litigation. Liza Zhumakhmetova recently advised an Asian investor on its purchase of oil and gas assets in Kazakhstan. Sofiya Zhylkaidarova leads the practice.
Sofiya Zhylkaidarova is described as “an exceptional oil and gas lawyer” who is clear and straightforward in her advice. Interviewees commend her strong leadership skills as well as her broad experience in the sector. She focuses her expertise on M&A, subsurface use, taxation and regulatory compliance.
Aizhan Shakizada, Director of Legal Support: «…expresses its deep gratitude to SIGNUM Law Firm and highly values quality of professional legal services…»
“SIGNUM Law Firm provides advice to a number of well-known international clients on environmental, subsurface, taxation, debt recovery, competition law or compliance matters”
Dorin Baru, Chief Representative Officer: «…I take this opportunity to expresses our appreciation to Signum Law Firm for the very high quality of professional legal services provided to our company here in Kazakhstan…»
Managing Partner, Sofiya Zhylkaidarova is very devoted and supportive of her clients, an excellent negotiator with government officials and creative in finding solutions.
Talgat Sariev is excellent at defending clients in court in commercial and tax litigation.
Abylkhair Nakipov is a very proactive, responsive and well-qualified professional.
The World Bank Group issued Certificates of appreciation to SIGNUM lawyers for their contribution to “Doing Business 2016. Measuring Regulatory Quality and Efficiency”
Talgat Sariev is lauded for his “vast experience in commercial and tax litigation”, in addition to his “high degree of technical knowledge and commercial sense”. Talgat has also defended clients’ interests in environmental disputes, labour litigation and immigration matters.
Erkin Svanbayev, Managing Director: «…expresses its gratitude to SIGNUM Law Firm for legal services rendered to Jupiter in relation to its activity in Kazakhstan, including assistance in establishment of representation in Kazakhstan and legal advice on acquisition of several oil and gas projects and current activity of the Company in Kazakhstan…»
Sofiya Zhylkaidarova is held to be a “good specialist” in subsoil and energy. Peers note that she acts for a number of prominent oil and gas clients on a variety of issues.
Sofiya Zhylkaidarova is recognized as a “good and very energetic” lawyer who “knows her subject well”. Peers particularly highlight her experience in tax litigation.
Talgat Sariev earns high praise for his skills as a litigator. He specializes in finance and tax disputes.
Managing Partner Sofiya Zhylkaidarova is commended for her wide-ranging expertise and impressive knowledge of Kazakh law. She maintains a diverse practice that spans tax, commercial contracts and M&A.
Noted for its comprehensive expertise relating to dispute resolution and litigation. Areas of focus include commercial, tax and employment disputes.
The World Bank issued Certificates of appreciation to SIGNUM lawyers for their contribution to preparing the Kazakhstani part of Investing Across Borders 2014 report
Widely recognised for its expertise in the energy sector. Advises on a range of environmental matters, including licensing and permitting issues and regulatory compliance.
Valued by international clients for its provision of local counsel and by domestic clients for its broad offering of legal services. Various specialisms include commercial and corporate law, employment and labour law matters, finance and taxation.
The World Bank issued Certificates of appreciation to SIGNUM lawyers for their contribution to preparing the Kazakhstani part of Investing Across Borders 2013 report
SIGNUM “offers a full spectrum of corporate and commercial services, withparticular strength in regulatory compliance, employment and dispute resolution”
“SIGNUM Law Firm’s greatest expertise lies in oil, gas and natural resources, and is increasingly advising manufacturers and distributors on coporate, commercial and tax law, particularly in the FMCG sector”
The World Bank issued Certificates of appreciation to SIGNUM lawyers for their contribution to preparing the Kazakhstani part of Investing Across Borders 2012 report
“SIGNUM is one of the leading law firms in Kazakhstan, providing the highest caliber legal counsel to clients from all over the world”
SIGNUM team “wields considerable clout in the Kazakhstan legal market, and specialises advising oil and gas companies regarding sub-surface use”
“SIGNUM Law Firm is a popular choice as local counsel for international law firms with no presence in Kazakhstan themselves”
The World Bank issued Certificates of appreciation to SIGNUM lawyers for their contribution to preparing the Kazakhstani part of Investing Across Borders 2011 report
SIGNUM rated by Chambers & Partners legal publishers as “the most client-oriented law firms in Kazakhstan – quality of service and customer satisfaction are top priorities, and the lawyers have a detailed approach to strategic and operational issues, and give great value for money”
SIGNUM is recommended for its “excellent response times, updated industry knowledge, strong client focus, diverse legal team expertise and good teamwork”. The firm’s “insight into governmental affairs and connectivity to the numerous authorities was extremely valuable”.
The World Bank issued Certificates of appreciation to SIGNUM lawyers for their contribution to preparing the Kazakhstani part of Investing Across Borders 2010 report
SIGNUM recognized by team of expert researchers as “recommended leading Kazakhstan law firm in corporate/M&A law”.