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Sojuzpatent | Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, etc. | 3 May 2021

EAPO announces launch date of Eurasian industrial design patent applications

In 2019 the Protocol on the Protection of Industrial Designs to the Eurasian Patent Convention was signed in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. According to the protocol, rights holders will be able to obtain legal protection for their industrial designs in all member states through a single Eurasian patent. The Eurasian Patent Office recently announced that it will accept Eurasian design patent......
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Elias Neocleous & Co LLC | Cyprus, Kazakhstan, OECD | 13 Mar 2020

New double tax agreement between Cyprus and Kazakhstan

The Cyprus-Kazakhstan double tax treaty recently entered into force. The agreement – which is the first of its kind between the two countries and closely based on the latest Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Model Tax Convention framework – is to be welcomed in view of the possibilities for business, transactional work and business synergies that it may help to create......
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Norburg & Scherp | Global, Kazakhstan | 16 Feb 2017

Energy Charter Treaty award upheld in challenge proceedings

The Svea Court of Appeal recently rejected the Republic of Kazakhstan's request to declare invalid or set aside the arbitral award in Stati v Kazakhstan. In the award, a group of foreign investors was awarded substantial damages following the state's seizure of certain assets. The judgment indicates that it is possible to declare an arbitral award based on false evidence invalid due to public......
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Wilson Harle | Kazakhstan, New Zealand | 2 Aug 2016

Cloud storage operator ordered to disclose user details for use in foreign proceeding

The High Court recently ordered an internet cloud storage company to disclose user information to Kazakhstan for use in a US proceeding. The judgment provides a useful overview of the principles considered by courts when faced with requests for assistance from foreign courts and fuels discussion around balancing the provision of information with local privacy legislation against a background......
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Norton Rose Fulbright | Kazakhstan | 7 Dec 2012

Employing foreign specialists

New rules have amended the requirements for the employment of foreign workers. In order to employ foreign specialists, companies must obtain work permits from a local department for employment and social programmes from the available quota, as approved by the government annually.
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Baker McKenzie | Kazakhstan | 10 Apr 2012

New gas legislation lays foundations for developing market

The Law on Gas and Gas Supply seeks to provide a framework for the developing gas market in Kazakhstan, particularly for liquefied natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas and associated gas. In so doing, it seeks to secure the country's energy and environmental safety and to prioritise domestic gas supply. However, practical questions remain as to how the law will work in conjunction with......
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Baker McKenzie | Kazakhstan | 23 Jan 2012

Foreign labour permit exemptions raise questions for international companies

In 2011 several new restrictions for obtaining work permits - affecting the ratios of foreign to local employees - were introduced. The government, apparently in response to a backlash from large international oil and gas companies operating in Kazakhstan, introduced exemptions in connection with certain major oil and gas fields. However, certain aspects of the legislation raise practical......
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Baker McKenzie | Kazakhstan | 16 Jan 2012

Supreme Court clarifies prohibition against resale of imported power

A recent Supreme Court decision has provided guidance to the energy industry by clarifying its interpretation of recent legislative changes that prohibited the resale of power by power-supplying organisations. Its ruling resolves an issue which had divided the two industry regulators in Kazakhstan.
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Norton Rose Fulbright | Kazakhstan | 7 Nov 2011

Law on business licences promises easier commercial environment

A new law will shortly come into force to simplify norms in licensing legislation and lighten the burden for entrepreneurs by reducing the number of licences and permits for business activities. Among other things, when registering the termination of a legal entity's activities, it will no longer be necessary to submit an interim liquidation balance sheet and a notification of approval to the......
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Norton Rose Fulbright | Kazakhstan | 22 Aug 2011

When is a commercial dispute a corporate dispute?

The concept of a 'corporate dispute' is relatively new to Kazakh law, having been introduced in 2008 by amendments to the Civil Procedural Code. More recently, the definition has been broadened significantly, bringing a wider range of disputes within the competence of the commercial courts.
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