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Subsurface Use

Subsurface use practice is very important and popular in our region and ORIS team has considerable experience in this area. Based on our experience of work with both national and international companies, having sufficient practical knowledge and understanding of the local specifics, we offer   comprehensive legal support of subsurface use projects.

Legal regulation of subsurface use still maintains its position as the most relevant issue, no state strategy or policy leave out of consideration the subsurface use sector as the main financial resource for economy transformation. Continuous amendments to Kazakhstan legislation lead to the necessity of legal risk management caused by such amendments and timely readjustment of such activities, subject to the vision and close attention by the State to this sector.

Our Services
Consultation on procurement of goods, work and services by subsurface users
Formal registration of pledges of subsurface users’ rights
Legal support in exercise, acquisition or alienation of subsurface use rights
Execution of and/or amendments to subsurface use contracts
Permits for land use (reservation) under subsurface use contracts
Legal support in procurement of permits and approvals issued by the competent authority
Process organization and comprehensive legal support in reorganization of subsurface use entities (transfer of assets, spin-off etc.), subject to the business specifics
Consultations on dispute resolutions concerning observation of contractual obligations by subsurface users
Execution of commercial contracts, such as tolling contracts, sales contracts and all ancillary agreements and procurement of appropriate authorizations


Our clients:
  • Air Liquide
  • Airbus (EADS)
  • EBRD
  • Kazakhtelecom
  • Mining International Company
  • Samruk Energy
  • Samruk Kazyna
  • Samsung
Our partners:
  • Allen & Overy
  • Chadbourne & Parke
  • Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
  • Clifford Chance
  • Clyde & Co
  • DLA Piper
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
  • Gide Loyrette Nouel
  • Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Jones Day
  • Latham & Watkins
  • Linklaters
  • Orrick
  • Proskauer Rose
  • Simmons & Simmons
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
  • Slaugther & May
  • Squire Sanders
  • SJ Berwin (King & Wood Mallesons)