Zangar Nogaibay is an experienced counsel of White & Case global M&A and Corporate Practice Group based in Astana.
Zangar's core expertise is civil law, corporate law, subsoil use regulation and private international law. He has over 15 years' experience in environmental law, with focus on oil and gas sector in Kazakhstan. Additionally, he has a broad experience in legislative work coordination, supervision of corporate, labour issues, restructuring and working with assets, mergers and acquisitions.
Zangar is an authority in the field of subsoil use regulation on oil and gas issues, has many years of experience in managing the legal unit of the largest oil and gas industry association and defending the interests of oil and gas companies at the legislative and practical levels.
He has a solid background of expert assistance and advising companies and state authorities on the most complicated issues of subsoil use law, including matters of regulatory nature.
He has a broad experience in interacting with state authorities and participating in the work of high-level advisory bodies on legislative, law enforcement and industry activities (the Interdepartmental Commission on Legislative Work under the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Scientific Advisory Board under the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan, etc.)
In 2015-2017 coordinated the work of group of experts on preparation of oil and gas part in the Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan "On Subsoil and Subsoil Use".
In 2020-2021 coordinated the work of group of authors on preparation of clause-by-clause Commentary to the Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan "On Subsoil and Subsoil Use".
Coordination of group of authors on preparation of clause-by-clause Commentary to the Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan "On Subsoil and Subsoil Use";*
Management of the legal division of "KAZENERGY" Association;*
Protection and representation of the interests of oil and gas companies on legislative work, as well as on controversial matters of law enforcement practice in the field of subsoil use;*
Supervising the work on such key legislative draft, such as:*
- the Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan "On Subsoil and Subsoil Use" (2015-2017);
- the Environmental Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan (2015-2016);
- the Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan " On Administrative Offenses", the Criminal Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Entrepreneurial Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan;
- other legislative acts;
Coordination of the preparation of the National Energy Report "KAZENERGY" in 2015 in collaboration with IHS CERA;*
Coordination of contractual and claim-related work of private holding companies;*
Legal support of the activities of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of Kazakhstan, including coordination of legislative work, claim-related and contractual work (including examination of contracts and supplements to them);*
Supervision of legal support of the activities of Joint Stock Company "Sovereign Wealth Fund "Samruk-Kazyna" on oil and gas and energy assets (corporate governance in portfolio companies, corporate documents and decisions, regulatory support on business profiles, supervising legal support matters for acquisitions of major assets, etc.);*
Coordination of group of authors on preparation of the Laws "On the Sovereign Wealth Fund" in 2009 and 2012; development of the structure and system, the specifics of the regulation of the activities of the Fund group in legal terms.*
Prior to joining White & Case Zangar was, particularly, an Executive Director in "KAZENERGY" Association, Head of Legal in Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan, a Deputy Director of Legal and Regulatory Work Department in SWF "Samruk-Kazyna", Head of Legal department in private holding companies having their assets in the field of subsoil use and fuel and energy complex.
* Experience prior to joining White & Case
Commentary to the Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan "On Subsoil and Subsoil Use" (Co-author, Kazakhstan, 2022)
A chapter on banking legislation in Kazakhstan within "Banking Legislation of Foreign States" (co-authored with Dr. H.J. Schramm, Germany, 2008, Springer)
Schutz der Minderheit und der Gläubiger der abhängigen Aktiengesellschaft im Konzern, a book on commercial law issues (protection of shareholders) in Germany, Russia, Kazakhstan and Georgia (Germany, 2005, Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Berlin)
A number of articles in Kazakhstan legal publications and books.
Letter of Appreciation from the President of the Republic Kazakhstan (2017)
Medal of the Ministry of Energy of Kazakhstan "For Contribution to the Development of the Oil and Gas Complex of the Republic of Kazakhstan" (2017)
Medal "20 years of Kazakhstan Constitution" (2015)
Industry Awards from "KAZENERGY" Association and Sovereign Wealth Fund "Samruk Kazyna"