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Dispute Resolution — Kazakhstan


Aequitas Law Firm - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Market-leading domestic team highly capable of representing clients in a broad range of domestic disputes, including IP, construction and labour cases as well as contractual and corporate disputes. Domestic enforcement proceedings are another area of expertise. The team is also frequently engaged to provide Kazakh law expertise in international arbitrations.

Strengths One commentator applauds on-the-ground support and domestic law insight of the team, saying: "They have been responsive, thorough and logical. Their advice in English has been well written and well structured with clear answers provided."

Another source describes the firm as "simply superb: commercially sound, always reliable and highly responsive," and adds that the team are "an utmost pleasure to work with."

Work highlights Acted for a Romanian grain trader, Grain Export, in local enforcement and recognition of an international arbitration award rendered in London.

Represented Bettermann in a labour dispute with an employee alleging unlawful changes to their employment agreement.

Notable practitioners

Counsel Violetta Kim remains an influential figure in the market. She oversees complex projects, advising international corporates on the nuances of Kazakh law, and also acts as an arbitrator in the Kazakh courts. She continues to be "highly regarded" by peers.

Olga Chentsova is considered "a very experienced and resilient lawyer who is a top expert on Kazakh civil law matters." She oversees the practice, lending her expertise to complex, high-value disputes as well as acting as an expert witness on Kazakh law in international arbitrations.

Valikhan Shaikenov is described as "a very talented young lawyer with skills in deep analysis and problem-solving" by market commentators. He assists corporate clients in domestic disputes as well as international arbitration. Clients praise his market insight and expertise, one source explaining that: "He has a high level of theoretical and practical training, deep knowledge and experience."

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Dentons - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Substantial disputes practice, acting for domestic and international financial institutions across a broad range of contentious corporate and financial issues, including debt recovery, contractual and labour disputes and disputes with state authorities. Client base includes international industrial manufacturing companies, oil and gas corporates and domestic blue-chip companies.

Strengths Clients praise the firm's responsiveness and solution-oriented style, saying: "They're proactive, passionate and provide timely support."

Further commentators remark that they are "very good at providing advice," and in particular note the team's skill in advising on customs disputes.

Notable practitioners

Aigoul Kenjebayeva oversees the practice and acts as relationship partner for clients. She lends her vast experience and strategic input to complex disputes and is "well known as a strong litigator" in the market. As well as acting on domestic disputes, sources report that she is also "well respected and very good in arbitration."

Kanat Skakov focuses on financial disputes, including customs, debt recovery and tax matters. "He may be the best tax and customs Kazakh lawyer," clients say, noting that "his experience and knowledge really stand out." He principally represents international corporates in domestic courts, as well as advising prominent domestic clients.

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GRATA International - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Strong domestic firm with expertise in contractual disputes, including in construction, alongside regulatory matters and debt recovery. Experienced acting for international and domestic oil and gas corporates as well as players in the pharmaceutical and technology sectors, and remains a popular choice for international law firms requiring domestic representation or Kazakh law advice in international arbitrations.

Strengths Clients appreciate the work ethic of the team, highlighting that "they're dedicated, and the quality and cost of services is also very balanced as well," adding that "they always do their best to find positions to support us."

The breadth of the firm's knowledge base is also praised, with one client describing it as "a young, strong team capable of providing several legal options on virtually all matters that may arise during operations."

Notable practitioners

Bakhyt Tukulov enters the numerical rankings this year. Market sources consider him "highly capable and efficient" as well as "a very energetic, goal and client-oriented and motivated lawyer." He acts for international and domestic corporations in mid-market debt recovery, damages and employment disputes. He is recognised as "one of the rising stars" in the market by commentators who consider him "young, ambitious and dynamic."

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Baker McKenzie - CIS, Limited - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Compact practice known for its cross-border disputes practice. Benefits from its global network and international arbitration capabilities. Domestic litigation focuses on commercial disputes, often in the oil and gas and FMCG sectors.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Azamat Kuatbekov is experienced acting for multinational clients on disputes, particularly those arising in the energy and natural resources sectors. Clients say: "He's strong as a person, and as a lawyer he's charismatic."

Senior associate Alexander Korobeinikov is known to peers as an active voice in disputes and arbitration cases. Sources highlight his drive as a key strength, with one commentator remarking: "I'm impressed with his perseverance; he's a very august and dedicated guy."

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Kinstellar - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Compact team entering the rankings for the first time. Often works in conjunction with international co-counsel providing local law support to cross-border litigations and arbitrations. Also provides advice in disputes involving state bodies, including customs disputes, as well as on commercial disputes, often in the construction sector.

Strengths Sources appreciate the attention to detail and advisory strength of the team. Clients say: "They examine things from every angle, look at every issue, give proactive advice, offer support and give us well thought out legal opinions."

Other commentators note the team's "high professionalism and eruditeness, their reactiveness, their ability to quickly form a plan of all the pros and cons of a project, their litigation experience, and good monitoring of legislation."

Work highlights Represented Procter & Gamble in a series of customs disputes with state authorities regarding the alleged improper classification of imported goods.

Supported Enka İnşaat ve Sanayi in its dispute against KUSA KKB-2 arising out of alleged construction defects and other issues pertaining to two high-value residential developments.

Notable practitioners

Mukhit Yeleuov ascends to the top band of the rankings this year. Alongside his litigation skills he is praised for his market insight and his ability to explain complex domestic law issues to international clients. "He is very knowledgeable; he knows every detail and he pays attention to everything," remarks one client. Another source comments that working with him is "always a great pleasure" adding that "he is very strong in the logical structuring of a case." He has represented Procter & Gamble in a number of high-value customs disputes at various levels.

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Sayat Zholshy & Partners - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Stands out for its handling of disputes with state bodies, including antitrust and tax disputes. Also experienced across a wide range of commercial disputes, including corporate and contractual disputes and debt recovery cases. Represents heavyweight local clients and significant international corporate entities.

Strengths One client highlights the dedication of the team, saying: "We like that this company operates 100% to solve our problems."

Other sources describe the team as consisting of "very gifted, professional and high-level lawyers."

Work highlights Acted for Halliburton in a regulatory land ownership dispute against domestic authorities.

Represented online taxi aggregator InDriver in a regulatory dispute against domestic state bodies.

Notable practitioners

Vitaliy Vodolazkin predominantly acts for international corporations involved in domestic disputes. He acts on a wide range of matters, including disputes with state authorities, debt recovery issues and domestic shareholder disputes. His wide-ranging experience means that he is known as "a litigator who can handle any legal issue in court." Another source says: "He's smart, zealous, and quite impressive in getting results."

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SIGNUM Law Firm - Dispute Resolution Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Active domestic practice focused on commercial disputes across a broad range of industry sectors. Experienced in contractual and debt recovery disputes. Established track record representing clients' interests in tax and customs disputes as well as other contentious issues with state authorities. The practice is also noted for its niche experience in the environmental sphere.

Notable practitioners

Talgat Sariev is experienced representing clients in disputes with state authorities, including customs cases. He is well versed in tax matters and also represents clients in commercial disputes. Sources refer to his solid and strategic approach to problem solving, saying: "He makes well-formulated, good arguments."

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SIGNUM litigation lawyers are entrusted by its clients with the most sensitive and complex matters as well as day-to-day disputes. Having extended knowledge of Kazakhstan procedural legislation and court practice, our team of experienced and focused litigation lawyers advises on the most winning strategy and on effective solutions to protect the clients’ interests in Kazakhstan courts.

For each specific case, we create a special team involving litigation lawyers and lawyers specialized in practice areas related to the case. Our clients benefit from using our associated partners – advocates – who are engaged in criminal and administrative proceedings in Kazakhstan.

Our litigation lawyers have succeeded in numerous cases involving major Kazakhstan and international companies in different sectors – oil and gas, telecommunications, mining, transportation, service industries etc. Our litigation law team experience includes dispute resolution in different sectors, and our lawyers participate in complex and high-profile disputes involving international and local companies, governmental organizations and individuals.



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Senior Statesperson

Aequitas Law Firm

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Counsel Violetta Kim remains an influential figure in the market. She oversees complex projects, advising international corporates on the nuances of Kazakh law, and also acts as an arbitrator in the Kazakh courts. She continues to be "highly regarded" by peers.

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Eminent Practitioner

Aequitas Law Firm

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Olga Chentsova is considered "a very experienced and resilient lawyer who is a top expert on Kazakh civil law matters." She oversees the practice, lending her expertise to complex, high-value disputes as well as acting as an expert witness on Kazakh law in international arbitrations.

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Eminent Practitioner

Aigoul Kenjebayeva

Dentons

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Aigoul Kenjebayeva oversees the practice and acts as relationship partner for clients. She lends her vast experience and strategic input to complex disputes and is "well known as a strong litigator" in the market. As well as acting on domestic disputes, sources report that she is also "well respected and very good in arbitration."

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Band 1

Sergei Vataev - Sole Practitioner

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Sole practitioner Sergei Vataev is praised by market commentators as "a remarkable lawyer and legal analyst." Sources highlight his market insight and creative approach to problems as particular strengths, saying: "He's a very good disputes lawyer who can come up with interesting ideas to get around tricky situations." He is frequently called upon in cross-border disputes as an expert on domestic law.

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Band 1

Kinstellar

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Mukhit Yeleuov ascends to the top band of the rankings this year. Alongside his litigation skills he is praised for his market insight and his ability to explain complex domestic law issues to international clients. "He is very knowledgeable; he knows every detail and he pays attention to everything," remarks one client. Another source comments that working with him is "always a great pleasure" adding that "he is very strong in the logical structuring of a case." He has represented Procter & Gamble in a number of high-value customs disputes at various levels.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Dentons

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Kanat Skakov focuses on financial disputes, including customs, debt recovery and tax matters. "He may be the best tax and customs Kazakh lawyer," clients say, noting that "his experience and knowledge really stand out." He principally represents international corporates in domestic courts, as well as advising prominent domestic clients.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Azamat A Kuatbekov

Baker McKenzie - CIS, Limited

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Managing partner Azamat Kuatbekov is experienced acting for multinational clients on disputes, particularly those arising in the energy and natural resources sectors. Clients say: "He's strong as a person, and as a lawyer he's charismatic."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

SIGNUM Law Firm

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Talgat Sariev is experienced representing clients in disputes with state authorities, including customs cases. He is well versed in tax matters and also represents clients in commercial disputes. Sources refer to his solid and strategic approach to problem solving, saying: "He makes well-formulated, good arguments."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Valikhan Shaikenov

Aequitas Law Firm

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Valikhan Shaikenov is described as "a very talented young lawyer with skills in deep analysis and problem-solving" by market commentators. He assists corporate clients in domestic disputes as well as international arbitration. Clients praise his market insight and expertise, one source explaining that: "He has a high level of theoretical and practical training, deep knowledge and experience."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

GRATA International

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Bakhyt Tukulov enters the numerical rankings this year. Market sources consider him "highly capable and efficient" as well as "a very energetic, goal and client-oriented and motivated lawyer." He acts for international and domestic corporations in mid-market debt recovery, damages and employment disputes. He is recognised as "one of the rising stars" in the market by commentators who consider him "young, ambitious and dynamic."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Vitaliy Vodolazkin

Sayat Zholshy & Partners

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Vitaliy Vodolazkin predominantly acts for international corporations involved in domestic disputes. He acts on a wide range of matters, including disputes with state authorities, debt recovery issues and domestic shareholder disputes. His wide-ranging experience means that he is known as "a litigator who can handle any legal issue in court." Another source says: "He's smart, zealous, and quite impressive in getting results."

^ See whole ranking table

Associates to watch

Alexander V Korobeinikov

Baker McKenzie - CIS, Limited

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Senior associate Alexander Korobeinikov is known to peers as an active voice in disputes and arbitration cases. Sources highlight his drive as a key strength, with one commentator remarking: "I'm impressed with his perseverance; he's a very august and dedicated guy."

^ See whole ranking table