On 12 January 2009, at the 14th International Financing Review Awards ceremony in London, KazMunayGas National Company received IFR's Emerging EMEA Bond of the Year award for the US$3bn bond issue in June 2008.
The ceremony saw over 1,000 of the world's most senior investment bankers and company executives gather to celebrate achievements of the extremely challenging year of 2008.
The US$3 billion bond from KazMunayGas was the largest ever non-sovereign bond from the Central and Eastern Europe region and one of the largest bonds in the world.
KMG's successful roadshow in Asia, the US, and London gathered around US$6 billion of orders from investors. The joint bookrunners of the transaction were Citi, ABN AMRO and Credit Suisse, while the auditor was Ernst&Young. Legal counseling services were provided by Bracewell&Giuliani and White&Case.
KMG's landmark bond issue and IFR award contribute further to the strengthening of Kazakhstan's financial reputation in the world and demonstrate international investors' trust in the Kazakh economy and certainty in the further development of the country's oil and gas sector.
IFR said: "Multiple records were broken in the Central Asia and Eastern European debt markets when KazMunayGas launched its inaugural US$3bn dual-tranche transaction in June 2008."
EuroWeek said: "KazMunayGas overcame tumultuous markets and created a new liquid benchmark for the region."
JSC “National Company “KazMunayGas” is the Kazakh national upstream and downstream operator representing the interests of the state in the petroleum sector of Kazakhstan. 100 percent of shares in JSC NC “KazMunayGas” are owned by JSC “Sovereign Wealth Fund "Samruk-Kazyna.”