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Linkage & Mind Kazakhstan Law Firm is one of the leading legal service provider in Kazakhstan. Since 2005, we have conducted around 50 due diligence, assisted in receiving astonishing investment privileges, established tax efficient structures for cross-border transactions, registered JVs, won many multi-million cases in litigation.

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Linkage & Mind Kazakhstan Full Service Law Firm

  1. 1. Your gateway to Kazakhstan and Central Asia
  2. 2. <ul><li>WHO WE ARE </li></ul><ul><li>Linkage & Mind LLP is a full service law firm which provides legal advice to local and </li></ul><ul><li>i nternational businesses and individuals. We are a dynamic and innovative law firm with </li></ul><ul><li>a vision to become the leader in Central Asia and the CIS market. </li></ul><ul><li>WHAT WE DO </li></ul><ul><li>Our lawyers help clients with various legal and business issues, from day-to-day </li></ul><ul><li>operations to the most challenging deals. </li></ul><ul><li>We have expertise in such sectors as Energy & Natural Resources, Financial Services, </li></ul><ul><li>Construction & Infrastructure, Technology & Telecommunications, and Industrials. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>OUR PRACTICE INCLUDES: </li></ul><ul><li>Capital Markets & Finance </li></ul><ul><li>Tax & Investment Benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate Law and M&A </li></ul><ul><li>Litigation & Arbitration </li></ul><ul><li>Government Relations </li></ul><ul><li>Environment & Ecology </li></ul><ul><li>Intellectual Property </li></ul><ul><li>Public Private Partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>We help our local and international clients to achieve their goals in Kazakhstan by combining the highest international standards of legal services with deep local expertise in particular sectors. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>OUR PROMISE </li></ul><ul><li>We promise to render legal services of the highest quality for our clients whether it is a big international corporation or a small local entrepreneur.  </li></ul><ul><li>We think ahead and secure time and money for our clients.  </li></ul><ul><li>We find the best possible solution to get the most successful result for any challenge. Success of our clients is our success. </li></ul><ul><li>OUR GOAL </li></ul><ul><li>Diligence. Integrity. High performance. </li></ul><ul><li>Linkage & Mind reflects What We Do and How We Do : </li></ul><ul><li>Link: government agencies, clients and other businesses </li></ul><ul><li>Bridge: between challenges and solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Mind: smart thinking, security, creativity, and effectiveness </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>OUR VALUES </li></ul><ul><li>We believe in: </li></ul><ul><li>Respect and commitment:  We respect our clients, our staff and the opinion </li></ul><ul><li>of anyone who works with us. We have a strong commitment to our </li></ul><ul><li>clients and partners. </li></ul><ul><li>Best client services:  Our main goal is to provide our clients with </li></ul><ul><li>commercially effective solutions based on international business standards </li></ul><ul><li>and excellent local expertise. </li></ul><ul><li>Ambition and talent:   We invest in the most talented lawyers in Central </li></ul><ul><li>Asia, and our team is ambitious. It is the ambition for success. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>OUR CLIENTS </li></ul><ul><li>The main and priceless assets of our firm are our clients. For many </li></ul><ul><li>years we have advised leading corporations, financial institutions, </li></ul><ul><li>manufactures and governmental organizations. Here are some of them: </li></ul><ul><li>Industry </li></ul><ul><li>AgromashHolding </li></ul><ul><li>RAIL.ONE </li></ul><ul><li>Sany Group </li></ul><ul><li>CITIC Construction </li></ul><ul><li>ELBIT Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Lemcon </li></ul><ul><li>Toshiba Medical Systems Europe </li></ul> <ul><li>Chemistry, Petro chemistry </li></ul><ul><li>Atyrau Oil Refinery Plant </li></ul><ul><li>Kazphosphate </li></ul><ul><li>ChemFarm </li></ul><ul><li>Romat Pharm Company </li></ul><ul><li>Kazakhstan Petrochemical Industries </li></ul><ul><li>United Chemical Company </li></ul><ul><li>Energy, Natural resources </li></ul><ul><li>TenizService </li></ul><ul><li>Moynak Hydro-electric power station </li></ul><ul><li>Shardary Hydro-electric power station </li></ul><ul><li>Mubadala </li></ul><ul><li>Kazatomprom </li></ul><ul><li>BOGVI </li></ul><ul><li>Construction, Infrastructure, Telecommunications </li></ul><ul><li>SEMBOL group </li></ul><ul><li>KazStroyService </li></ul><ul><li>G4 City </li></ul><ul><li>BI Group </li></ul><ul><li>Logycom </li></ul><ul><li>Altel </li></ul><ul><li>Sinopec Engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Akmola train-repair plant </li></ul><ul><li>Finance </li></ul><ul><li>Al Hilal Bank </li></ul><ul><li>Caspian Group </li></ul><ul><li>SPK TOBOL </li></ul><ul><li>Kazakhstan Development Bank </li></ul><ul><li>Public sector </li></ul><ul><li>KAZNEX INVEST </li></ul><ul><li>Ministry of Finance RK </li></ul><ul><li>Local Government of Astana </li></ul><ul><li>Local Government of Almaty </li></ul><ul><li>Ministry of economy RK </li></ul><ul><li>Trade and Service </li></ul><ul><li>Myllyn Paras </li></ul><ul><li>TUV International </li></ul><ul><li>TWI </li></ul><ul><li>Unimilk </li></ul><ul><li>Booz Allen Hamilton </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Linkage & Mind history began in 2005 when Madina Sypatayeva decided to set up a BEM Legal law firm in Astana. </li></ul><ul><li>Soon, BEM became an influential consultancy firm in the local market which advised on legal and business matters and rendered appraisal services. </li></ul><ul><li>In a short period of time, BEM has established strong partnership relations with major national corporations, financial institutions and foreign companies. </li></ul><ul><li>In 2010 Firm's Partners Board decided to separate their company's legal services and to create Linkage & Mind LLP - the law firm of excellence. </li></ul><ul><li>We achieved success, but it is only beginning. Our goal is to become the leading innovative law firm on the market. </li></ul>OUR HISTORY
  8. 8. <ul><li>CHINA and ASIA DESK </li></ul><ul><li>Today, many corporations and consortiums from China and Asia are participating in the biggest investment projects in Central Asia. As one of the most professional law firms in local regulations and due to partnership connections with government bodies, we were legal advisors for the following projects: </li></ul><ul><li>China International Trust and Investment Corporation (CITIC) with respect to the </li></ul><ul><li>construction of a bituminous plant in Aktau . </li></ul><ul><li>China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SINOPEC) Engineering on the construction of a multi-billion USD petrochemical plant in Atyrau . </li></ul><ul><li>SANY International , the biggest industrial corporation of China, with regard to i ncorporation of the branch in Kazakhstan . </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple trade projects: advised Kazakhstan companies on cross- border operations with companies from Beijing, Shanghai, Urumchi and Guangzhou. </li></ul><ul><li>Also , Linkage & Mind has participated in the process of incorporati on of Hong Kong companies with affiliated entities in Kazakhstan. </li></ul><ul><li>In the near future, we are planning to establish partnership s with top level law and consultan cy firms in Hong Kong, Singapore and Tok y o. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>G ERMAN and EU D ESK </li></ul><ul><li>Due to rapidly growing interest from European Union countries, such as Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and the United Kingdom , Linkage & Mind decided to launch a special platform for companies from these countries. </li></ul><ul><li>Our deep understanding of clients ’ business from Euro pe lets us provide them with valuable solutions for their needs. Some examples are : </li></ul><ul><li>German manufacturer RAIL.ONE : advice on the construction of a plant in Astana for produc tion of concrete sleepers for railway system in Kazakhstan . </li></ul><ul><li>Kazakh-Austrian Service Company - EUROSTANDARD, EuroData GmbH and IBSS : advice </li></ul><ul><li>on e stablish ment of a consultancy cent re on technical audit within the framework of the Industrial-Innovation Development program . </li></ul><ul><li>AVL List GmbH : legal assistance in establish ment of a construction bureau in the </li></ul><ul><li>automotive sector . </li></ul>
  10. 10. CENTRAL ASIA DESK Today, like never before, the Central Asian region is becoming an attractive land for foreign direct investment due to the vast wealth of natural resources and human capital. Therefore, Linkage & Mind is in high demand for its services in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. We are client oriented law firm with a proactive approach when we think ahead not only about the legal issues but about the whole business and goals of our clients. We foresee industry changes which can influence their activities in Kazakhstan and Central Asia and secure their business.
  11. 11. <ul><li>Capital markets & Finance </li></ul><ul><li>Tax & Investment Benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate Law and M&A </li></ul><ul><li>Litigation & Arbitration </li></ul><ul><li>Government Relations </li></ul><ul><li>Environment & Ecology </li></ul><ul><li>Intellectual Property </li></ul><ul><li>Public Private Partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Energy & Natural Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Construction & Infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Telecommunications & Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Industrials </li></ul>Practices and Sectors
  12. 12. <ul><li>We are highly experienced in advising commercial and investment banks, asset management and investment companies, pension funds and joint ventures, as well as capital market participants, we render the following legal financial services: </li></ul><ul><li>Debt & equity finance structuring </li></ul><ul><li>Structured debt & securitization </li></ul><ul><li>Initial offerings and placement for foreign emitters in Kazakhstan </li></ul><ul><li>Project finance (PFI-PPP) </li></ul><ul><li>Islamic finance </li></ul><ul><li>Bank incorporation </li></ul><ul><li>Bank license procurance </li></ul><ul><li>Restructuring of an external debt </li></ul><ul><li>Intermediation between banks and investment companies </li></ul><ul><li>Representation of interests in state regulating bodies </li></ul><ul><li>Dispute resolution (in court and arbitrage) </li></ul><ul><li>Lobbying and legal expertise for financial law drafting </li></ul>Capital Market & Finance <ul><li>Linkage & Mind is a recognized law firm in multiple financial transactions for local banks and other financial institutions in their relations with major global players of the market. </li></ul><ul><li>Our recent clients are: </li></ul><ul><li>China International Trust and Investment Company (CITIC) </li></ul><ul><li>Axis Bank, Bank of China (Hong Kong), Landesbank </li></ul><ul><li>Kazakhstan Development Bank </li></ul><ul><li>Standard Chartered Bank </li></ul><ul><li>Al hilal Bank </li></ul><ul><li>others </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Public Private Partnerships (PPP) project for Kazakhstan holding group (Caspian Group) for construction of satellite cities: we provided the client with all necessary contracts to secure its interests and rights </li></ul><ul><li>Standard Chartered Bank: project finance contractual work on building of the energy complex in Pavlodar region </li></ul><ul><li>Social Venture Corporations legal advice for their multiple joint ventures in regional investment projects (PPPs) </li></ul><ul><li>Kazakh bank (TemirBank) legal assistance with respect to enforcement of rights of the guarantor which were assigned by a foreign company </li></ul><ul><li>Export financing: representation of interests of a Kazakh grain company (Bogvi) </li></ul><ul><li>Debt and equity structuring for micro credit organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Energy innovation technology project: project finance legal support (KazEnergyProject) </li></ul><ul><li>Al hilal bank: contractual work under Islamic finance rules </li></ul><ul><li>Acquisition of a big gas holding company (Almaty Gas Company) in Almaty region </li></ul>Capital Markets & Finance Deals and Cases (I):
  14. 14. <ul><li>Primary capital market placement and supporting procedures for a gas company (Almaty Gas Company) </li></ul><ul><li>Initial Public Offering support for ECOTON (industrial company) </li></ul><ul><li>AgromashHolding - mezzanine finance restructuring </li></ul><ul><li>Bond placement under the concession agreement between the government, investors and SPV </li></ul><ul><li>Chisel company KEZBI: project finance legal support </li></ul><ul><li>Axis Bank, Bank of China (Hong Kong), Landesbank: credit risk warranties and liabilities drafting for syndicated loans and cross-border orders </li></ul><ul><li>Kazakhstan Development Bank: investment projects legal support </li></ul><ul><li>Lobbying and legal expertise for financial law: </li></ul><ul><li>Firm’s lawyers actively cooperate with the Agency on regulation and supervision of financial market and financial organizations, the Regional Financial Centre of Almaty city (RFCA) and the Financial Institutions’ Association of Kazakhstan on legislative fastening of Islamic finance in Kazakhstan. They participate in drafting bills of Islamic insurance in the republic together with the Islamic insurance company &quot;Takaful&quot;. </li></ul> Capital Markets & Finance Deals and Cases ( II ) :
  15. 15. <ul><li>Our Services: </li></ul><ul><li>Tax Due Diligence </li></ul><ul><li>Tax efficient structuring </li></ul><ul><li>International tax structuring </li></ul><ul><li>Investment funds taxation (from initial stage to exit) </li></ul><ul><li>REIT taxation </li></ul><ul><li>Subsurface users taxation </li></ul><ul><li>Transfer pricing </li></ul><ul><li>Tax investigation and disputes </li></ul><ul><li>VAT refund </li></ul><ul><li>Customs issues and indirect taxation </li></ul><ul><li>Investment tax and customs preferences </li></ul><ul><li>Development of tax accounting policy </li></ul>Being highly experienced in tax law, Linkage & Mind offers complex solutions to minimize tax risks through structuring of transactions in the most tax efficient way. We offer a general tax and stand-alone tax consultancy services. Our tax lawyers, together with corporate, finance and litigation experts of the company advised large Kazakh companies, international corporations, banks and institutional investors on various issues of statutory interpretation and application of tax legislation. Tax and Customs
  16. 16. <ul><li>Project of Tyre Factory Construction: substantial foreign investment tax structuring according to Kazakhstan and international law </li></ul><ul><li>Russian leading carriage provider: Non-resident taxation including assistance on return of income tax for non-residents from the budget and to conditional bank deposits </li></ul><ul><li>KAMKOR: VAT refund from the budget for a leading Kazakh grain trader </li></ul><ul><li>Tax Due Diligence: review of the tax regime provided by PSA and other contracts, advising on tax calculation and payment of taxes and other special payments for subsurface users </li></ul><ul><li>Altel, Caspian Group: Drafting tax accounting policy for some companies from different economic sectors </li></ul><ul><li>AgromashHolding: assisting on receiving investment tax and customs preferences </li></ul><ul><li>Myllyn Paras: Land, development and other real estate income taxation </li></ul><ul><li>Advising a major oil refinery on the legitimacy of calculation and payment of excise and VAT  </li></ul> Tax & Investment Benefits Deals and Cases (I):
  17. 17. Tax & Investment Benefits Deals and Cases (II): <ul><li>Maintenance of procedures for obtaining investment tax incentives and customs privileges, as part of the investment contracts in Kazakhstan </li></ul><ul><li>Appeal of the actions and decisions of tax authorities on accrual of CIT and VAT in connection with the recognition of counterparty as a false company </li></ul><ul><li>Maintenance of procedures for confirmation of tax residence for many foreign companies to apply the provisions of the Double Tax Treaties </li></ul><ul><li>Opinion on the tax burden on China's largest investment companies working in Kazakhstan under the terms of EPC contracts, as well as advising on customs clearance and payment of VAT on goods and equipment imported under the EPC contract </li></ul><ul><li>Preparation of a comprehensive opinion on taxation for a big U.S. consulting company working under the agency agreements with governmental authorities of Kazakhstan </li></ul><ul><li>Preparation of draft agreements on the use of transfer pricing </li></ul><ul><li>Advice on collecting indirect taxes on transactions within the Customs Union </li></ul><ul><li>Successful tax disputes resolutions (to abolish the tax inspection results, levy of additional charges of CIT, VAT, income tax for non-resident, on charges of unjustified fines, as well as improper administrative procedures) </li></ul><ul><li>Development of tax accounting policy for many companies in various sectors of the economy </li></ul>, 2010
  18. 18. <ul><li>Facts about Linkage & Mind tax lawyers </li></ul><ul><li>Managing Partner Sypataeva Madina worked in the Ministry of Finance over 3 years, where she obtained significant experience in international taxation, VAT and CIT methodology and tax law-making </li></ul><ul><li>Sypataeva Madina and Senior Associate Manasov Yerzhan are working on their researches for PhD program, specializing  in taxation (tax law-making and taxation of subsoil users) since 2010 engaged </li></ul><ul><li>Lawyers of the company  actively participated in drafting of the bill on special economic zones, in development of tax provisions in the SEZ particularly </li></ul><ul><li>Linkage & Mind is an active member of the Association of Taxpayers of Kazakhstan and is involved in many social studies and legislative initiatives in the field of taxation </li></ul>Tax & Investment Benefits
  19. 19. <ul><li>Linkage & Mind is well experienced in advising international and local clients with </li></ul><ul><li>respect to corporate and regulatory issues. </li></ul><ul><li> We successfully supported transactions of different levels of complexity. </li></ul><ul><li> Working with complex international projects we cooperate with our foreign partners from </li></ul><ul><li> Europe, Russia, China and Asia. </li></ul><ul><li>We support our clients starting from the initial planning to the final completion and implementation of transactions. </li></ul><ul><li>We assist clients to minimize risks, optimize taxation, create transparent corporate structure, and establish daily activities according to current legislation requirements. </li></ul> Corporate Law and M&A <ul><li>Our Services: </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporation and registration of branches and representative </li></ul><ul><li>offices </li></ul><ul><li>Business structuring, creation of holding companies </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporation of joint ventures, partnership and strategic alliances </li></ul><ul><li>Corporate restructuring and corporate governance </li></ul><ul><li>M&A, privatizations, and public-private partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Contracts and other transaction documents drafting </li></ul><ul><li>Legal due diligence </li></ul><ul><li>Reorganization procedures </li></ul><ul><li>Compliance with regulatory and corporate accounting rules </li></ul><ul><li>Legal entities liquidation, terminations of </li></ul><ul><li>branch and representative offices’ activity </li></ul><ul><li>Hostile takeover defense </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>Rail.One, Elbit Sysrems: Companies incorporation, registration of branches and representative offices, including divisions and affiliations of foreign companies </li></ul><ul><li>Acquisition of the Kazakh company, the owner of large assets in agrarian and industrial complex sector by Finnish investor (Myllyn Paras) </li></ul><ul><li>Lemcon: joint venture creation on manufacture of car tyres in Kazakhstan </li></ul><ul><li>Sany Group: Supporting the joint venture for large Chinese companies </li></ul><ul><li>AgromashHolding: complex assets restructuring of a large industrial holding in the agrarian and industrial complex sector </li></ul><ul><li>Due diligence activity of more than 60 companies, including KazAgro national company and the largest industrial companies </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting M&A transaction (due diligence, drafting SPA and other formal documents for transaction) in transport services sector </li></ul><ul><li>Due diligence and supporting corporate issues for large Kazakh pharmaceutical companies </li></ul><ul><li>Social venture corporations Saryarka, Zhetysu and Ertys: reorganization and separation of assets </li></ul> M&A and Corporate Deals and Cases (I):
  21. 21. <ul><li>Advising Local Government of Almaty with respect to corporate governance of the municipal property’s assets </li></ul><ul><li>Advising Israeli corporations in the framework of participation in the project for modernization and reconstruction of industrial enterprises in the defense sector  </li></ul><ul><li>Support of joint ventures establishment with big Chinese companies in engineering and construction, and creation of joint alliances with non-residents of different states </li></ul><ul><li>Support for obtaining permits from the Antimonopoly Committee on deals in purchase and sale of shares in the structure of a major producer of paper and card board products, as well as in the structure of a railway transport corporation </li></ul><ul><li>Advising a big oil company  on corporate issues  under contract activity in Kazakhstan </li></ul><ul><li>Counseling on procedures of bond issue for Kazakhstan's largest producer of construction materials </li></ul><ul><li>Successful representation of shareholders' interests in litigation on the legality of the additional issue of shares and their placement </li></ul>M&A and Corporate Deals and Cases (II):
  22. 22. <ul><li>We advice and represent our clients in the following </li></ul><ul><li>litigation & arbitration in courts, arbitrage or other regulative authorities: </li></ul><ul><li>Antitrust & Competition </li></ul><ul><li>Banking & Finance </li></ul><ul><li>Commercial & Trade Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Labour & Work Permits </li></ul><ul><li>Insolvency & Bankruptcy </li></ul><ul><li>Securities </li></ul><ul><li>Tax & Customs </li></ul><ul><li>Legal examination of controversial relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Taking lawful measures (negotiating, drafting of claims) to settle the dispute out of court </li></ul><ul><li>Representing clients in courts of all levels, as well as in arbitrations </li></ul><ul><li>Assistance in the enforcement (seizure, foreclosure on the property, coordination of executive action, etc.) </li></ul> Dispute Resolution Litigation & Arbitration team is headed by the Managing Partner of the Firm - Madina Sypatayeva. She is an Arbitrator of the Kazakhstan International Arbitration Court with an extensive experience in litigation and arbitration. Linkage & Mind is a permanent member of the State Property and Privatization Committee under the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan in all trials within Kazakhstan jurisdiction. We are experienced in many arbitration hearings and have successfully represented clients in various complex dispute resolution cases.
  23. 23. <ul><li>Unimilk: two cases of copyright protection in the territory of Kazakhstan </li></ul><ul><li>KPI: Representing Chinese national company with respect to construction of integrated gas chemical complex in Atyrau region </li></ul><ul><li>Representing Kazakhstan shareholders' of the Russian-Kazakh Joint Venture Company in the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan with respect to stock issues </li></ul><ul><li>Kulager Construction Corporation: Representing interest in a trial on railway construction project in East-Kazakhstan region </li></ul><ul><li>Tax issues and appeal against tax authorities </li></ul><ul><li>State Property and Privatization Committee under the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan: Investor claims on improper executions of the investment obligations </li></ul><ul><li>Representation of shareholders interests  of Kazakhstan in the court on the corporate dispute between the shareholders (to invalidate the issue of shares and their subsequent placement) </li></ul><ul><li>Representation of a major construction holding in the claim to the sub-contractor for improper performance of obligations under the contract for construction of railway in the East Kazakhstan region </li></ul> Litigation & Arbitration Deals and Cases (I):
  24. 24. <ul><li>Representation of  IT company in court for the suit against the insurance company for payment of the sum insured in connection with the failure of suppliers </li></ul><ul><li>Representation of construction companies  interests in court to recover penalties from the customer, for refusal to accept the work performed and for the illegal use of money </li></ul><ul><li>Appeal against actions of state bodies and officials (against Department of Labor and Employment on the issue of illegal dismissal, against the Office of the traffic police - the movement of large-sized transport without a special permit, against the competition committee about the results of the tender) </li></ul><ul><li>Representation of investors’ interests in the Committee for State Property and Privatization of the Ministry of Finance at the suit for invalidation of the contract of shares sale of JSC &quot;Almaty Heavy Engineering Plant“ </li></ul><ul><li>Representation of investors’ interests in the Committee for State Property and Privatization of the Ministry of Finance at the suit for improper execution of investment commitments </li></ul> Litigation & Arbitration Deals and Cases (II):
  25. 25. Intellectual Property Our Services: <ul><li>Linkage & Mind provides services </li></ul><ul><li>related to IP protection in Kazakhstan </li></ul><ul><li>both to local and foreign companies. </li></ul><ul><li>Our firm actively cooperates with the </li></ul><ul><li>state patent departments of </li></ul><ul><li>Kazakhstan and Russia, and also, through partners, in other CIS countries. </li></ul> <ul><li>IP agreements </li></ul><ul><li>Registration of trade marks, objects of the industrial property </li></ul><ul><li>Resolution of disputes in IP sector, including disputes concerning counterfeit production </li></ul><ul><li>Representing interests in the civil-law disputes related to infringement of IP rights and issues of confidentiality </li></ul><ul><li>Representing clients’ interests in patent, customs and antimonopoly departments of Kazakhstan, Russia and other CIS countries with respect to IP protection </li></ul><ul><li>Rights cession of IP objects under license and other contracts, supporting transactions, such as M&A and creation of joint brands </li></ul>
  26. 26. Public Private Partnerships <ul><li>Sectors : </li></ul><ul><li>Energy </li></ul><ul><li>Road construction </li></ul><ul><li>Water supply </li></ul><ul><li>Airport construction and infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Railway infrastructure and railway stations construction </li></ul><ul><li>Social infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Techno parks and special economic zones construction </li></ul> In 2009 Public Private Partnerships (PPP) became an integral part of the Kazakh economy in various sectors: transport, social and municipal infrastructure and energy. Linkage & Mind advises private businesses, investors, financial organizations and state bodies on PPP issues and infrastructure projects related to construction, reconstruction and management of infrastructure objects.
  27. 27. <ul><li>Efficient legal structuring </li></ul><ul><li>Minimization of legal risks </li></ul><ul><li>Equity – debt finance structuring </li></ul><ul><li>Transactional contacts drafting </li></ul><ul><li>Negotiations and interests defense with all government and business parties at all stages of a project </li></ul><ul><li>Drafting contractual and other documentation regulating legal relationships between SPV, sponsors, creditors, operators and other project participants </li></ul><ul><li>Compliance with tariff and antimonopoly regulation during investment projects </li></ul> Public Private Partnerships Our Services:
  28. 28. <ul><li>Social venture corporations of Kazakhstan (SVC Tobol, Ertys, Zhetysu): formation, development and reorganization at the stage of implementation of their investment projects </li></ul><ul><li>Construction a New University in Astana and Satellite city G4 City: legal support of the investment projects (state budget financing) </li></ul><ul><li>Concession projects: </li></ul><ul><li>- Almaty-Horgos highway, part of the Western Europe – Western China highway project </li></ul><ul><li>- Reconstruction and operation of Astana-Karaganda highway </li></ul><ul><li>- Construction and operation of Shar-Ust Kamenogorsk railway station </li></ul><ul><li>Aktau Foundry: supported in the process to acquire investor/participant status in the Road Map of Business and Industrialization </li></ul><ul><li>Development of an effective legal structure of PPP in the management of the fishing industry in the Atyrau region  </li></ul><ul><li>Development of PPP structures for managing energy and thermal systems in the city of Atyrau </li></ul><ul><li>Our lawyers participated in preparation of tender documentation for public procurement, assisted in concessionaires reviews for realization of concession projects, provided economic expertise of concession agreements, and fully supported multiple PPP projects. </li></ul>Public Private Partnerships Deals and Cases:
  29. 29. <ul><li>Review of ecological legislation infringements </li></ul><ul><li>Review of possible adverse consequences of ecological infringements including possibility of claims to the company, penalties, restrictions, activity stay </li></ul><ul><li>Protection from adverse consequences </li></ul><ul><li>Receiving necessary permits </li></ul><ul><li>Analysis of necessity and possibility for indemnification </li></ul><ul><li>Subsequent prevention of ecological infringements </li></ul>Environment & Ecology Our Services:
  30. 30. <ul><li>Energy & Natural Resources sector is one of the driving forces of global economic growth. Due to vast mineral resources reserves, Kazakhstan and other Central Asia countries are very attractive place for foreign investors. </li></ul><ul><li>Sectors: </li></ul><ul><li>Oil & Gas </li></ul><ul><li>Metal & Mining </li></ul><ul><li>Nuclear Energy </li></ul><ul><li>Power & Renewable Energy </li></ul><ul><li>Our Services: </li></ul><ul><li>C ontractual and regulatory aspects of oil & gas, metal & mining sector </li></ul><ul><li>Due Diligence of mineral and natural resources companies </li></ul><ul><li>L icense agreements and production sharing agreements (negotiations and drafting) </li></ul><ul><li>Negotiations with Government officials regarding licences and permits obtainment </li></ul><ul><li>M&A, joint production agreements and joint ventures in energy and natural resource sectors </li></ul><ul><li>Advising investors on nuclear energy and the renewable energy market of Kazakhstan </li></ul><ul><li>We have advised the biggest Kazakhstan companies such as KazMunaiGaz, KazTransOil, Kazakhstan </li></ul><ul><li>Petrochemical Industries, SPK-Tobol, NarGazEngineering, Ordabasi Corporation on major energy and </li></ul><ul><li>mining projects and conducted due diligence on exploration and production contracts and related </li></ul><ul><li>agreements in Central and South regions of Kazakhstan. </li></ul> Energy & Natural Resources
  31. 31. <ul><li>Antimonopoly legislation compliance </li></ul><ul><li>License and permit obtainment and compliance </li></ul><ul><li>Software and information technology advice </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic commerce and Internet relations regulation </li></ul><ul><li>Due Diligence for telecommunication, mass media, air and space projects </li></ul><ul><li>Representation of interests in regulating and controlling state bodies </li></ul><ul><li>Tax structuring for telecommunication companies </li></ul><ul><li>Space projects, leasing transactions on aircrafts legal support </li></ul><ul><li>Tenders on the space projects full documentation preparation and negotiations </li></ul><ul><li>Disputes settlement for air and space projects </li></ul><ul><li>Telecommunications and air space sectors are regulated by the fast developing legislation. Since it changes fast, legal compliance is very important. Linkage & Mind Law Firm timely secure your business. </li></ul> Telecommunications & Technology Our Services:
  32. 32. <ul><li>Altel: advice on funding for investment project </li></ul><ul><li>Republican center of space communication and electromagnetic compatibility of radio-electronic tools: expertise of the general contract on creation and start of the second geostationary satellite «KAZSAT-2» </li></ul><ul><li>Pretrial settlement of disputes between the telecommunication company and contract organization with respect to execution of contractual obligations </li></ul><ul><li>JV ARMAN: customs regimes compliance in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan </li></ul><ul><li>Logycom: preparation of foundation documents, advice on import of software products and inclusion it into the authorized capital for the joint venture </li></ul><ul><li>Altel - the largest operator in the field of telecommunications: drafting the tax accounting policy, tax structuring and advice </li></ul><ul><li>Russian telecommunication company: obtainment of the state license on rendering satellite mobile communication and data transmission services </li></ul><ul><li>Caspian Group: antimonopoly legislation compliance </li></ul><ul><li>Elisra: creation of the consortium in Kazakhstan </li></ul><ul><li>Legal analysis of the agreement on creation of a joint venture within the large-scale Kazakh-Russian project on the organization of a new space-rocket complex </li></ul><ul><li>Review of the state ownership and management documents for Baykonur city </li></ul> Telecommunications & Technology Deals and Cases:
  33. 33. <ul><li>Structuring of real estate transactions </li></ul><ul><li>Due Diligence of real estate acquisitions </li></ul><ul><li>Re-qualification and registration of property category </li></ul><ul><li>Tax optimization of real estate transactions </li></ul> Construction & Infrastructure Our Services We have considerable experience in real estate and construction and advise many of the market leaders in the sector for their industrial real estate and infrastructure, trading, office and inhabited development and management projects: <ul><li>Investment contracts </li></ul><ul><li>Construction contracts </li></ul><ul><li>EPC contracts and FIDIC </li></ul><ul><li>Permits and license </li></ul><ul><li>Joint ventures </li></ul><ul><li>Negotiations </li></ul>
  34. 34. <ul><li>Lemcon: joint venture creation on manufacture of car tyres in Kazakhstan </li></ul><ul><li>AgromashHolding: contracts on purchase of property complexes in 13 regions of Kazakhstan for creating a united network for distribution </li></ul><ul><li>ADIANA: splitting off a property complex according to debt and ownership shares </li></ul><ul><li>Rail.One: drafting of a contract for the project on ashes processing factory construction </li></ul><ul><li>Ak Aul Corporation: contract on development based on FIDIC model in Kostanay region </li></ul><ul><li>Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Kazakhstan: agreement on engineering design of a residential estate accommodation for employees of a large state company </li></ul><ul><li>Agromash Holding: license agreements on agricultural machinery </li></ul><ul><li>KPI: project finance structuring (purchase and sale, construction, rent, leasing, public utilities, withdrawal and buyout contracts and advice) </li></ul><ul><li>Sembol Group: assignment of creditors’ rights and other commitments </li></ul><ul><li>Akmola train-repair plant: contracts on purchase and sale of railway vehicles </li></ul> Construction & Infrastructure Deals and Cases:
  35. 35. <ul><li>Linkage & Mind’s lawyers have a considerable experience in the following sectors: </li></ul><ul><li>Machinery </li></ul><ul><li>Chemical industry </li></ul><ul><li>Food industry </li></ul><ul><li>Metallurgy </li></ul><ul><li>Light industry </li></ul><ul><li>Our practice includes legal assistance in registration, receiving the operational and industrial licenses, permits, drafting and analysing contracts for suppliers, advising on transportation, export and commissioning of the goods and industrial equipment, on protection of copyrights, patents, trade marks, on privileges under investment contracts and tax structuring. </li></ul>Industrials Our Services:
  36. 36. <ul><li>AMZ: post privatisation compliance regarding execution of investment obligations </li></ul><ul><li>Aktau Foundry: import of the industrial equipment from Iran </li></ul><ul><li>receiving the various permits and licenses for different companies from industry sector </li></ul><ul><li>Logycom: support in large leasing operation on the import of the industrial equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Rail.One: factory development in the territory of special economic zone “Astana - new city” </li></ul><ul><li>Lemcon: international tax structuring for a tyre factory construction in Kazakhstan </li></ul><ul><li>KAMKOR: receiving export/import licenses for separate kinds of the goods </li></ul><ul><li>Unimilk: protection of IP rights on the manufacture of dairy products </li></ul><ul><li>ChemFarm: complex due diligence for a chemical company </li></ul><ul><li>complex due diligence for affiliated company of KAZATOMPROM </li></ul><ul><li>Adiana Group: assets restructuring </li></ul><ul><li>: legal support of the investment project on the organization of textile manufacture in South-Kazakhstan region </li></ul> Industrials Deals and Cases:
  37. 37. MADINA SYPATAYEVA, LLM, MBA PARTNER T   + 7 7272 596 260, 597 560 F   + 7 7272 596 260 M  + 7 701 522 7051 E     [email_address]   ARNUR AMIRGALIYEV, MSc BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT PARTNER T   + 7 7172 200 701/703 F    + 7 7172 200 705 M   + 7 701 208 9984 E [email_address] Contacts ALMATY 188 Dostyk avenue 050000, Kazakhstan  T   + 7 7272 596 260, 597 560 F   + 7 7272 596 260 [email_address] ASTANA 7 Imanova Street 010000, Kazakhstan T   + 7 7172 200 701, 200 703 F   + 7 7172 200 705 [email_address] AKTAU 4 Micro district 130000 Kazakhstan   T   + 7 7292 336 757 F   + 7 7292 336 757 [email_address]