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Sofiya graduated with honors from the Kazakh State National University named after Al-Farabi and obtained Bachelor of Laws, with further Master degree from the same University. She participated in various trainings and workshops on legal and business skills and in oil and gas and mining trainings, has consulting experience in both local and international law firms, and in in-house/industry experience in an international oil and gas company.
Sofiya has advised numerous international oil and gas and mining companies on various subsoil use issues for more than 15 years 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 a number of 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 officials. Corporate issues, including optimization business, are also among her key and basic practices.
Recently, Sofiya had several tax and commercial arbitrations and litigations including successful representation of two international E&P companies in their court claims against tax authorities on PSA stability matters and representing the mining company in arbitration on debts recovery.
She has a number of publications on issues related to the oil and gas topical issues and is a frequent speaker in oil and gas and related conferences.
Sofiya participated in several governmental law-making working groups for drafting laws of the Republic of Kazakhstan. She is an arbitrator of the Kazakhstan International Arbitration, The National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of the Republic Kazakhstan “Atameken” and International Commercial Arbitration Court of the Eurasian Mediation Center. Member of the Kazakhstan Petroleum Lawyers Association (KPLA) and KazBar.
She is fluent in English, Kazakh and Russian.