Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)

Gide's CIS group, operating from Moscow, provides legal services in all countries of the CIS region in which Gide does not have offices, namely in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) as well as in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Belarus and Ukraine. Our local team can also rely on a Central and Eastern Europe Desk, and a network of local partner firms.

Building on 20 years’ experience in the emerging and fast-expanding markets of CIS countries thanks mainly to our local office in Russia, our CIS group has developed unique expertise in providing tax and legal advice to international and domestic investors and institutions alike in all areas of business and financial law.

Where Gide has no direct presence, our lawyers work with a network of correspondent law firms that enjoy excellent local reputation and that have a solid understanding of the legal and commercial specifics of the respective countries in which they operate.

Our CIS group offers a "one-stop-shop" service representing international as well as regional clients in their cross-border transactions and foreign investments in the region. Our tailored expertise is based on the areas of law which we have identified as being the most commonly requested by our clients, including:

Our local correspondents have developed close ties with government departments and agencies and are therefore in an ideal position to guide our clients through all their administrative procedures and formalities and to afford them the benefit of their longstanding contacts.

By way of illustration, the CIS group has long been very active in one of the most dynamic former Soviet republics, Kazakhstan, where we regularly advise international investors, financial institutions and public authorities on a wide range of local law matters (corporate, finance, tax, etc.) and sectors (transport, energy, health, etc.).

Experience includes:

  • Advising a major French pharmaceutical group in Belarus, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Georgia in its corporate work, namely drafting various corporate documents, including resolutions and foundation documents, and providing updates on local legislation, together with our local correspondent law firms
     
  • Advising the Eurasian Development Bank (EDB), a Kazakh bank, on analysing the legislation of Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan regarding the specifics of regulating direct investment funds’ activities
     
  • Advising a major international player in the refining, petrochemical and natural gas industry, on establishing a joint venture in Kazakhstan with a local partner to provide consulting services in the field of energy efficiency
     
  • Advising the International Finance Corporation (IFC - World Bank Group), acting as transaction advisor for the Kyrgyzstan Government, on the privatisation of a Kyrgyz retail bank with some USD 80 million in assets
     
  • Advising the government of the Republic of Kazakhstan on a comprehensive review of legislative improvements to make Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) attractive to international financial institutions
     
  • Advising an international syndicate of major French banks on a USD 300 million syndicated pre-export finance facility for a Russian copper company, secured by the assignment of copper export contracts and guarantees of its Kazakh subsidiaries
     
  • Advising Rosbank (Société Générale group) on the sale of Belrosbank, a major Belarusian bank, to Alfa-Bank (Belarus)
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