Ms. Manayenko's areas of specialization are corporate and commercial law, subsoil use law, construction and antitrust legislation.
Yelena has many times participated in the support of M&A transactions and due diligence of major Kazakhstan companies from different sectors of economy.
Ms. Manayenko's experience in the subsoil use sphere encompasses support of major transactions and projects, including production, processing and transportation of oil and gas, and mining production.
Yelena advises clients on the issues of structuring local and international transactions, drafting and coordination of commercial contracts, including sale and purchase agreements, as well as services, supply, construction, lease, franchise and distribution agreements, and represents clients' interests in relations with counterparties and governmental agencies.
Before joining AEQUITAS in 2016, Yelena worked as a senior associate at a local office of the international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright, and as a lawyer at a local branch of Hurricane Overseas Services Inc.
Ms. Yelena Manayenko graduated with honors from the Higher Law School Adilet (1998). In 2011, she graduated from the University of Dundee (Scotland) under “Petroleum Law and Policy” program.
Yelena is a member of the Kazakhstan Bar Association.
MOST REPRESENTATIVE PROJECTS
Construction & Real Estate
- Advice on port capacity increase under project “Construction of Marine North Terminal in Aktau (Kazakhstan).”
- Support of project involving Rahat Palace Hotel (Almaty, Kazakhstan) renovation, including drafting of respective contractual documents under FIDIC principles.
- Advice to JP Morgan Chase & Co. on coordination and conclusion of a services agreement on renovation of an office building subject to primary FIDIC principles.
- Ongoing advice on the matters of structuring a transaction involving alienation of a part of the Kazakhstan assets; full Due Diligence with the issuance of the Summary of Risks with respect to six Kazakhstan companies acting as subsoil users (oil and gas exploration and production). The complex and unique nature of the project is conditioned by a lengthy history of subsoil use of the inspected companies (e.g. since 1995) and application of legislation, which changed for several times during the effective term of the contracts. However, AEQUITAS accumulated significant 25 years' practical and theoretical experience in the sphere of subsoil use, which allows providing advice on the most intricate projects and any matters of either the current or the former, or drastically amended Kazakhstan legislation directly or indirectly affecting subsoil use sphere.
- Project support, including due diligence, drafting and coordination of sale and purchase agreements with counterparties, as well as obtainment of approvals from the competent governmental agencies with respect to the sale of a number of local gold ore fields to Polymetal International Plc.
- Project support, including due diligence, drafting and coordination of sale and purchase agreement, option agreement and other transaction documents related to the sale of shares of a Kazakhstan gold mining company to a national holding.
- Advice to a group of companies affiliated with ALMEX holding company on different issues in the sphere of construction, subsoil use, medicine, chemical industry, licensing, and issues related to the sale of a petrochemical complex.
- Advice to G4S, an international company, on organization of security activities and a number of corporate issues.
- Advice to National Company ROSNEFT OJSC with respect to a joint oil project with the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Chentsova O., Braynina N., Manayenko Ye. Kazakhstan Subsoil Code: What’s the Outcome? // Petroleum. – 2018. – No. 2 , – p. 52-62.
Manayenko Ye. Foreign Legal Entities Engaging in the Licensed Subsoil use Activities in Kazakhstan: Legal Opportunities vs. Practical Challenges // Petroleum. – 2016. – No. 5.
Chentsova O., Suleyeva T., Manayenko Y. Gas regulation: Kazakhstan // Gas Regulation in 35 Jurisdictions Worldwide. – 2006.