Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Valikhan Shaikenov
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
What the team is known for Reputed domestic team with extensive experience of representing clients in a broad range of domestic disputes in the oil and gas and services industries. Other areas of expertise include IP, construction and labour disputes and contractual and corporate issues. The team is also frequently engaged to provide Kazakh law expertise in international arbitrations.
Strengths Sources value the practice for a variety of excellent qualities, one describing them as: "Meticulous, highly responsible, commercially aware, utterly reliable and a tremendous pleasure to work with."
The team is also praised for its combination of detailed knowledge with responsiveness: "They have a profound understanding of the problem at hand and grasp all aspects thereof. They have good knowledge of procedural issues and ensure seamless and prompt communications."
Significant clients ED&F Man, ExxonMobil, Grain Export, Punj Lloyd, VTB Bank.
Work highlights Successfully acted for Can Agri in the arbitration of a EUR260,000 debt recovery claim and the subsequent recognition of the arbitral award by a Kazakh court.
Successfully represented Granite Services International in a dispute concerning the allegedly unfair dismissal of an employee.
Former judge Violetta Kim is widely recognised as "the leader of the litigation market in Kazakhstan." She lends her considerable expertise to high-value disputes where she represents large international corporate clients.
Managing partner Olga Chentsova maintains a strong reputation for a disputes practice of two decades' standing and continues to act on high-value construction disputes.
Practice head Valikhan Shaikenov has been called "one of the younger stars" in the disputes market. Increasingly visible in the market, acting for both international and domestic clients, he is also characterised as: "A guy you'd go back to. He's solid, commercially viable and gives realistic advice."