“Strengths: Tailor made approach from assisting lawyer, accuracy to details, client oriented approach.” – Corporate and M&A, Dispute resolution, Regulatory, Tax
“Excellent professionals, with wide local and international experience, high standards, focused on results and performance.”
“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
“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
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."
“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
“Good, responsive, excellent English communications both verbal and written. Good understanding of Western practice.”
“Excellent work both in analysis and execution. Dedicated and trustable professionals.”
“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.”
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."
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.
“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
SIGNUM Law Firm’s Liza Zhumakhmetova advised a bank on an advance payment structure negotiated with a significant commodity trader.
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.”
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.”
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.
“SIGNUM Law Firm provides advice to a number of well-known international clients on environmental, subsurface, taxation, debt recovery, competition law or compliance matters”
The World Bank Group issued Certificates of appreciation to SIGNUM lawyers for their contribution to “Doing Business 2016. Measuring Regulatory Quality and Efficiency”
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.
Aizhan Shakizada, Director of Legal Support: «…expresses its deep gratitude to SIGNUM Law Firm and highly values quality of professional legal services…»
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 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.
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.
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.
Talgat Sariev earns high praise for his skills as a litigator. He specializes in finance and tax disputes.
Sofiya Zhylkaidarova is recognized as a “good and very energetic” lawyer who “knows her subject well”. Peers particularly highlight her experience in tax litigation.
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.
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 2014 report
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”
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”
The World Bank issued Certificates of appreciation to SIGNUM lawyers for their contribution to preparing the Kazakhstani part of Investing Across Borders 2011 report
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”.
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”.