Liza Zhumakhmetova
Partner
lbz@signumlaw.com
+7 701 757 74 80
Experience

Liza is qualified to practice in Kazakhstan and a member of KazBar. She is also admitted to the New York State Bar.

Liza is a native speaker of Kazakh and Russian and fluent in English.

Liza has over 10 years’ experience in the areas of corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and commercial law. Liza has been advising both international and domestic clients, primarily in the oil and gas and mining sectors. Prior to joining the Firm, Liza worked as a Senior Attorney in the legal department of an international consulting firm.

Liza’s selected major projects include:

  • 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.
  • Full legal support of the Kazakhstan national investment fund in its equity acquisition and financing deal with a foreign holding company.
  • 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 legal and tax assistance with de-registration of a Kazakhstan Branch office of a major Australian oil and gas 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 rendering complex telecommunication and IT services related to storage and processing of information (including conducting red flag legal due diligence, assistance with review of the transaction documents and closing).
  • 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.
  • Corporate investigation related to alleged embezzlement in a large international company specializing in production and sale of consumer goods.
  • 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.).
  • Preparation of legal memorandum for a major global oil trading company covering the legal analysis of domestic supply and antitrust regulations for liquefied petrol gas (LPG) production.
  • 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.
  • Advising a major lifting equipment manufacturer on construction and installation requirements as part of its participation in the Abu Dhabi Plaza project.

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Public speaking

Speaker, "Subsoil Use Sector Development - M&A Perspectives", Astana Legal Forum 2020 Online | 26 June 2020

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Education
Kazakh State Law University
Faculty of Law
Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana, the USA
Master of Comparative Law
Accolades
“Signum Law Firm’s team focuses on project and debt financing deals. Liza Zhumakhmetova is noted.”
— The Legal 500, Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia, 2018
“Signum Law Firm handles corporate and M&A matters, and is particularly active in the oil and gas sector. Liza Zhumakhmetova and Abylkhair Nakipov are the key names.”
— The Legal 500, Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia, 2018
““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.””
— Asialaw Profiles, 2018
““Very good communicator. Very responsive. Inspires trust.” “Excellent all round.” “Liza responded to all requests promptly and professionally and coordinated with other lawyers in her group to consistently meet our deadlines. I didn't note any areas that required improvement.” “She and her team were extremely competent and promptly coordinated the due diligence that the company required.””
— Asialaw Profiles 2020
“‘Practice head Liza Zhumakhmetova always responds quickly to my legal needs, delivering clear and concise responses. She truly values her client’s time and always goes an extra mile to provide effective counselling so that we can make informed decisions.‘”
— Legal500, 2020 Edition
“‘Practice head Liza Zhumakhmetova certainly knows how to get a deal done in Kazakhstan.‘”
— Legal500, 2020 Edition
“‘Liza Zhumakhmetova exhibited a very practical and knowledgeable approach to legal matters both for the local Kazakhstan laws and regulations and for the international market considerations. Very professional approach to all matters.‘”
— Legal500, 2020 Edition
“Signum Law Firm’s team focuses on project and debt financing deals. Liza Zhumakhmetova is noted.”
— The Legal 500, Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia, 2018
“Signum Law Firm handles corporate and M&A matters, and is particularly active in the oil and gas sector. Liza Zhumakhmetova and Abylkhair Nakipov are the key names.”
— The Legal 500, Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia, 2018
““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.””
— Asialaw Profiles, 2018
““Very good communicator. Very responsive. Inspires trust.” “Excellent all round.” “Liza responded to all requests promptly and professionally and coordinated with other lawyers in her group to consistently meet our deadlines. I didn't note any areas that required improvement.” “She and her team were extremely competent and promptly coordinated the due diligence that the company required.””
— Asialaw Profiles 2020
“‘Practice head Liza Zhumakhmetova always responds quickly to my legal needs, delivering clear and concise responses. She truly values her client’s time and always goes an extra mile to provide effective counselling so that we can make informed decisions.‘”
— Legal500, 2020 Edition
“‘Practice head Liza Zhumakhmetova certainly knows how to get a deal done in Kazakhstan.‘”
— Legal500, 2020 Edition
“‘Liza Zhumakhmetova exhibited a very practical and knowledgeable approach to legal matters both for the local Kazakhstan laws and regulations and for the international market considerations. Very professional approach to all matters.‘”
— Legal500, 2020 Edition
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