On 28 April 2015 GRATA International  in pursuit of its expansion strategy to become a global law firm signed Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation with Arzinger & Рartners, one of the leading law firms in Belarus. Cooperation with Belarus legal practice will provide GRATA International clients with comprehensive legal support in Belarus and other countries where Arzinger & Рartners has presence. The parties will put all efforts to integrate all processes and extensive expertise of both teams.

GRATA International brief profile:  from establishment in 1992 our firm has grown to 120 lawyers. Our practice has expanded and has presence in Kazakhstan, where GRATA opened 17 offices, in Russia, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Mongolia. GRATA has number of representative offices in China (Beijing), Netherlands (Amsterdam), UAE (Dubai), United Kingdom (London) and US (New York). GRATA gained serious reputation as leading advisor in oil and gas, mining, banking and finance, telecommunications, transport and logistics, industry, retail, construction and real estate. For further details please visit the firm's web site www.gratanet.com.

Tlek Baigabulov, Senior Partner, GRATA International:

"We are very happy to join our efforts to develop a global law firm - GRATA International, with real experts and associates from Arzinger & Partners. We are confident that the synergies and ambitions of the cooperation will not only help to strengthen significantly our position in Belarus but also to expand presence of GRATA International in Eastern Europe and the Baltic States. We hope we will soon tell good news to our clients about expansion and opening full services practices in China, UAE and South Korea."

Arzinger & Рartners brief profile:  Arzinger & Рartners was established in 1990 in Germany. Over time company's offices were established in other countries such as Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Russia, Ukraine. In Belarus Arzinger & Partners opened its office in 2006 and became the first international law firm entering the Belarusian market of legal services. Arzinger & Рartners is one of the leading full service law firm in Belarus with focus on international investors in the area of energy, oil processing, telecommunications and construction. Arzinger & Partners is highly ranked by the international ratings such as Chambers Europe, Chambers Global, Legal 500, IFLR1000, Who's who legal, Corporate INTL. For further details please visit the firm's web site www.arzinger.by.

Sergei Mashonski, Managing Partner, Arzinger & Рartners:

"The cooperation is an important step in the development of our firms. Such integration is a logical step forward in view of strengthening of various associations in the CIS countries, including the EurAsEC (Eurasian Economic Community). Our association is not limited to the post-Soviet countries and taking into account the experience of Arzinger & Partners in working with European companies, together we intend to expand our geographical presence in other countries as well."