Drawing up a production sharing agreement (PSA) in relation to developing the Khvalynskoye field

Within the framework of a state contact with the Russian Ministry of Energy, Pepeliaev Group’s lawyers provided services that involved a legal analysis of the draft of a PSA for the use of mineral resources of the Khvalynskoye field. Our lawyers participated in negotiations with the investor representing the Russian government; they provided recommendations on the wording of the PSA, and expert support to the government's representatives to ensure that the project was as favourable as possible for the Russian Federation, and that the state's interests were protected. In the course of the project, we analysed the PSA’s terms and conditions from the standpoint of whether they were in line with the current legislation on PSAs, the legislation on mineral resources, and the tax regime on the use of mineral resources taking into account the specifics of international status of the Caspian Sea, etc.

While continuing to develop the draft of the PSA, our lawyers were holding negotiations with the Russian Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment, the Ministry of Finance, and other ministries and the investor’s members. In addition the lawyers were solving various legal issues relating to the legislation on PSAs, the use of mineral resources, environmental protection, and others. Our lawyers also developed amendments to the inter-governmental Agreement between the Russian Federation and Kazakhstan. This PSA was only the fourth in Russia. For this project, Pepeliaev Group won the 'European Tax Transaction of the Year in the Energy Sector' category at the ITR European Tax Awards.

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