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Asia Guide

Corporate & Finance — Kazakhstan


Dentons - Corporate & Finance

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Band 1

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

What the team is known for  Market-leading team recently active in high-value financing projects, both domestic and cross-border. Remains actively engaged in corporate and transactional mandates, especially those in the natural resources and financial sectors. The firm provides local and English law support to leading international financial institutions and corporates.

Strengths  One source sums up its approach: "They are fast, motivated and diligent."

Another commentator describes the strengths of the firm as "professionalism, dedication and high competency."

Work highlights  Acted for Kookmin Bank in its sale of shares in a major Kazakh bank.

Notable practitioners

Abai Shaikenov is a leading banking and finance lawyer praised for his commercial insight, with sources saying: "He has a very good understanding of client interests." He regularly acts on project financing and cross-border investment projects as well as advising on corporate structuring mandates, including cross-border joint ventures.

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Kinstellar - Corporate & Finance

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

What the team is known for  Outstanding finance team, advising international financial institutions on inbound project financing and loan facility mandates, as well as offering strong capital markets capabilities. Also provides cross-border corporate structuring and transactional support to regional telecoms and natural resources corporates, with particular experience in the oil and gas sector. Regularly handles work with a Chinese component. A leading choice of local counsel for international law firms lacking a local presence.

Strengths  One client emphasises the pragmatism of the firm, saying: "I appreciated the most the fact that whenever some issue came up regarding the project, they were always able to find a solution that worked for us."

Another source describes it as "a strong team with good partners in a very good position in Kazakhstan, particularly in M&A."

Work highlights  Advised KAZ Minerals on a USD300 million credit facility from the Development Bank of Kazakhstan.

Acted for Halyk Bank on multiple matters, including the potential acquisition of a majority holding in Kazkommertsbank JSC.

Notable practitioners

Joel Benjamin oversees the practice. He is a go-to choice for European and US corporates with interests in the Kazakh market. Sources say: "He's one of the few foreign lawyers who really understands Kazakh law," adding that "he can provide a mixture of knowledge of Western law and Kazakh legal restrictions." He acted for a consortium of Western and Kazakh banks acting as arrangers of KazMunaiGaz's USD2.75 billion medium term note offering.

Maksim Grekov provides domestic law support to international financial institutions and corporates involved in inbound projects. He advises on project financing and transactions as well as capital markets mandates. He supported KAZ Minerals regarding a major credit facility with Development Bank of Kazakhstan.

Adlet Yerkinbayev is praised for his client-oriented and dedicated approach to projects. "He is always available when we ask for his availability at calls or meetings," one client reports, adding: "He showed real desire to work with us on this project in order to build a longer-term client relationship." He advises primarily domestic blue-chip companies on corporate and transactional matters, as well as assisting clients with project financing and capital markets mandates. He is known by commentators as "a good lawyer with good business insight and good communication skills."

Kairat Baizakov is considered "a strong lawyer" by market sources. An increasingly active player in the market, he advises domestic blue-chip corporates on mandates including transactions and corporate structurings.

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP - Corporate & Finance

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Band 1

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

What the team is known for  Exceptional team advances through the rankings this year. Broad-based experience including corporate/M&A, banking and real estate. Experienced in project financing, particularly within the construction sector and regarding PPP. Maintains a strong capital markets team, acting principally for major domestic and state-run institutions, supported by the firm's London office. Acts for a diverse range of international and domestic clients, including financial institutions, telecoms and manufacturing corporates.

Strengths  Sources appreciate the client-oriented approach of the team, with one saying: "They've always been accurate in their assessment and help," and describing the group as "very reactive, customer-oriented and conscientious about their responsibilities."

Another source concurs, saying: "They have provided helpful, clear and practical advice," and adding: "All our requests have been dealt with in a prompt and timely manner."

Work highlights  Advised GE Transportation on a 50% share acquisition in JSC Locomotive Kurastyru Zauty.

Notable practitioners

Aset Shyngyssov is described by clients as "a very high performer and a master of his job" who for one commentator "provides the best service imaginable." He advises on financing and corporate issues, including governance and transactions. He recently acted for the Kazakhstan Project Preparation Fund on a PPP project concerning a new penitentiary in South Kazakhstan.

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White & Case Kazakhstan LLP - Corporate & Finance

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Band 1

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

What the team is known for  Maintains impressive banking and finance capabilities and offers cross-border project financing and capital markets services to major international financial institutions, with a growing caseload of inbound investment from Chinese clients. Also assists regional and international banking institutions with corporate mandates, including M&A transactions. Also active on natural resource-focused corporate matters.

Strengths  The firm's pragmatic approach is highlighted by a client, who says: "What I like is they try to find solutions, they work with the other side to come up with the best approach."

Work highlights  Advised Kazakhstan Petrochemical Industries as the borrower of a USD2 billion financing provided by China Development Bank.

Notable practitioners

Maxim Telemtayev offers clients a "deep analysis of the situation" in the Kazakh market. He is a highly reputed figure with a broad range of commercial experience and is "very experienced doing big projects," according to market sources. He regularly advises international financial institutions and blue-chip domestic corporates. He recently assisted Kazakhstan Petrochemical Industries as borrower of a USD2 billion loan for the construction of a petrochemicals complex.

Pavel Kornilov oversees high-value financing projects, assisting domestic clients and international financial institutions. Sources appreciate the strategic market insight he offers, saying: "He takes a big-picture approach to things." Another market commentator describes him as "pragmatic, with deep market knowledge."

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Aequitas Law Firm - Corporate & Finance

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Band 2

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

What the team is known for  Leading domestic firm, assisting international clients on local law issues affecting cross-border mandates as well as representing domestic clients in local projects. Experienced in project financing support, debt restructuring and financing regulatory support. Particularly well regarded for corporate law advice and M&A expertise, its domestic market position makes it a popular choice for many international law firms seeking local law advice in Kazakhstan.

Strengths  One client praises the"great Russian and English language skills, very fast reactions and reasonable pricing" of the firm, considering it "one of strongest in Kazakhstan."

Another source highlights "the quality and depth of their advice" as a key strength.

Work highlights  Advised West Hydrocarbons Commercial Investment on domestic corporate and commercial legal issues related to the construction of an oil refinery.

Provided domestic law support to the Development Bank of Belarus for financing of an agricultural project.

Notable practitioners

Valikhan Shaikenov has been called "a respected rising star" in the corporate market. He provides Kazakh law advice and support to international law firms and corporate clients involved in inbound mandates.

Nurlan Sholanov primarily advises domestic and regional corporates and financial institutions. He is experienced in assisting with corporate structuring, governance and regulatory issues.

Yelena Pestereva recently joined the team from the Almaty office of Dechert LLP. She provides corporate structuring support to regional and domestic clients, often in the natural resources sector. Clients consider her "a wonderful specialist" in the field who is "very comfortable and pleasant to work with."

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CENTIL - Corporate & Finance

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

What the team is known for  This respected practice continues its rise through the rankings this year. The team is frequently engaged by leading international law firms and financial institutions to provide local law due diligence and regulatory advice. Experienced handling cross-border project financing, debt and restructuring matters as well as corporate mandates, including joint venture agreements and transactions.

Strengths  Clients appreciate "their ability to provide necessary solutions within a short period of time," and add that "they approach work with diligence and responsibility."

Other sources call the firm "a rising star" in the market.

Work highlights  Acted as local counsel to Pari-Match on a cross-border transaction.

Provided local law support to ZhenHua Oil as part of its corporate restructuring.

Notable practitioners

Ravshan Rakhmanov is a key client contact for English, Russian and Uzbek speakers.

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Dechert LLP - Corporate & Finance

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What the team is known for  Established practice with particular expertise in the handling of corporate structuring and large-scale transactions, regularly called upon for mandates in the construction, PPP and natural resources sectors. Provides international and local law support on major cross-border corporate and financing projects. Excellent track record acting on joint ventures across a broad set of sectors.

Strengths  Clients say: "They give prompt, good-quality legal advice," and appreciate that "they have a good understanding of the needs of their clients."

Work highlights  Acted for KazMunayGas on its USD2.75 billion Eurobonds issuance.

Assisted Kazakhtelecom through transactions and financing relating to its merger of its domestic business with Tele2 Sverige AB.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Victor Mokrousov is "experienced and insightful on Kazakh legislation," according to his clients, who describe him as "an even-keeled personality who's comfortable to work with." His primary areas of expertise include corporate transactions and joint-venture structurings. One commentator applauds his unique approach to problem solving, saying: "He's very creative, calm and methodical, he provides very good analysis, and he comes up with legal arguments no one has done before in Kazakhstan."

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GRATA International - Corporate & Finance

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What the team is known for  Provides local law support to inbound project financing mandates as well as offering domestic corporate governance and due diligence services to international financial institutions, corporates and law firms with clients active on the Kazakh market. Particularly active in the natural resources, manufacturing and FMCG sectors. Anti-monopoly issues are another area of expertise.

Strengths  One source appreciates the initiative of the team, saying: "They are very good at anticipating my questions and concerns and providing information proactively."

Work highlights  Assisted China Gezhouba Group Cement with local law issues related to establishing a joint venture with a Kazakh partner.

Provided local law support to Chocofamily in its acquisition of Foodpanda.

Notable practitioners

Shaimerden Chikanayev provides domestic law support to international financial institutions involved in local project financings. He is known in the market for his experience on PPP mandates. He assisted the EBRD with a number of high-value loan arrangements to prominent Kazakh banks.

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Artyushenko & Partners Law firm - Corporate & Finance

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

What the team is known for  Domestic construction and real estate-focused boutique. Assists clients with EPC contracts, construction project financing, real estate M&A and construction regulatory support. Maintains an active domestic client base and is increasingly called upon by international real estate corporates.

Strengths  The firm is widely recognised as "a leading legal boutique in construction law and real estate," with sources also noting "their very diligent approach to work."

Another source praises "their efficiency and the availability of explanations of legislation for non-lawyers," as well as "prevention in what risks exist and how they can be avoided."

Work highlights  Assisted Arizona Kazakhstan Development Group with local law issues related to a commercial real estate project.

Advised LG Electronics on Kazakh real estate regulation compliance.

Notable practitioners

Andrey Artyushenko is the key client contact for English speakers.

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Bolotov & Partners LLP - Corporate & Finance

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

What the team is known for  Well-recognised domestic boutique focusing on intellectual property law issues for domestic and international clients. Advises on registration, regulation, IP rights transfers, licensing and franchise agreements as well as contentious matters. Regularly represents major global corporate clients.

Strengths  The specialist focus of the practice is universally recognised by the market. One source says: "They are very good in IP law, they've worked in this market a very long time," and another concurs that "they are the biggest professionals in IP in the country."

Work highlights  Advised Toyota Europe as Kazakh law counsel regarding successful civil and court proceedings on parallel import of genuine goods.

Notable practitioners

Peers consider Yuri Bolotov to be "an intellectual property specialist, a real expert." He acts for international clients on all related commercial matters, including registration, patents, trade marks and copyright. He is universally considered"number one for intellectual property issues in Kazakhstan."

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Linkage & Mind LLP - Corporate & Finance

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What the team is known for  Domestic practice, offering local law support on cross-border corporate mandates. Also assists with Kazakh corporate structuring, due diligence and compliance issues for prominent international and domestic corporates, servicing clients from such sectors as power, financial services, manufacturing and healthcare. Also increasingly active on construction mandates.

Work highlights  Provided local support to METKA EGN during its acquisition of a local construction company.

Provided due diligence advice to PetroKazakhstan Oil as part of its debt financing project.

Notable practitioners

Madina Sypatayeva provides domestic law advice to international corporates across a variety of industries, including energy and infrastructure. She assisted the Shardara HPP Modernization Project on a broad range of financing and contract diligence relating to the modernisation of a hydropower plant worth over EUR75 million.

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Sayat Zholshy & Partners - Corporate & Finance

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What the team is known for  Noted for its handling of mid-market transactional mandates and a broad range of corporate structuring and antitrust issues. Acts for both domestic and international clients on corporate and financial matters and regularly advises international law firms on local issues. Experienced in sectors including natural resources and energy, telecommunications and logistics.

Strengths  Clients highlight that "being razor-sharp, hands-on and flexible all seem to be part of the firm culture."

Sources also appreciate the dedication of the team, saying: "They're very client-oriented, extremely helpful and ready to assist at any time."

Work highlights  Acted as local counsel for GE during its global merger with Baker Hughes.

Provided local law support to HeadHunter during its purchase by Elbrus Capital.

Notable practitioners

Arman Berdalin is well regarded as a commercial and goal-oriented practitioner by his clients. One client comments: "He's very polite, very intelligent, very smart. I only have the best impression of him." He regularly advises on transactions, joint ventures and other commercial projects. Clients appreciate his proactive approach, describing him as "an extremely hands-on, practical and client-oriented professional."

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UNICASE law firm - Corporate & Finance

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Band 3

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

What the team is known for  Advances into the rankings for the first time. Offers local law support to international corporates and law firms, including corporate governance and structuring, regulatory and compliance support. Expertise includes construction, natural resources and financing mandates.

Strengths  International sources appreciate the advisory services of the team, noting that "some of the law in Kazakhstan is quite complex and they're very good at explaining those issues."

Another says that "the abilities of the team to co-operate, negotiate and receive an outcome desired by the client is at the forefront of their working processes," adding that "they are passionate about the law and about their profession."

Work highlights  Acted as local legal advisor for the second phase of the construction and operation of the Great Almaty Ring Road (BAKAD).

Assisted Goldwind International with establishing a local energy subsidiary in Kazakhstan.

Notable practitioners

Raushana Chaltabayeva has "extensive experience in conducting thorough due diligence" for energy projects, with sources seeing her "performing excellent work with application of practical experience and understanding of local legislation." Clients in particular appreciate her ability to explain the nuances and peculiarities of the domestic market, with one commentator saying: "She hits the points just right, she understands your concerns and how to help." She has recently advised on local legal concerns for the USD1.25 billion Great Almaty Ring Road project.

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Zanger/Zan Hub - Corporate & Finance

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Commentary from the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

What the team is known for  Recently formed law firm with an experienced team building a reputation among regional and international financial instutitions for its due diligence, local law compliance and regulatory support. Principally active in the banking and finance sector. Also acts on corporate mandates.

Strengths  Sources highlight the commercially-oriented approach of the team, saying: "They're a practical and proactive firm to have on a transaction."

Commentators also appreciate the bedside manner of the group, with one remarking: "They know how to work with the client and provide the opinions without any questions from the client's side!"

Work highlights  Assisted the shareholders of KazMunaiGas Exploration & Production on Kazakh law issues of a proposed minority shareholder buyout transaction.

Advised MoneyGram on new Kazakh law banking regulations.

Notable practitioners

Semion Issyk advances through the rankings this year. He is well recognised for his dedication, with sources saying: "He goes the extra mile, he really wants to deliver for his clients." Another commentator highlights his "considerable experience of commercial negotiations," and adds that "he is praised by clients for his creative approach to complex structuring issues."

Aituar Madin is considered "responsive and proactive" by one client, who adds: "He is one of the first points of contact in Kazakhstan for us given his considerable experience of working on cross-border transactions with Kazakh companies." He is well versed in advising on financing pertaining to renewable energy and other green projects. His experience in the financial sector includes acting for Sberbank of Russia as Kazakh counsel on a USD400 million financing of a major gold mining operation. Market sources consider him "a very clever guy and a good specialist."

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Band 1

Kinstellar

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Joel Benjamin oversees the practice. He is a go-to choice for European and US corporates with interests in the Kazakh market. Sources say: "He's one of the few foreign lawyers who really understands Kazakh law," adding that "he can provide a mixture of knowledge of Western law and Kazakh legal restrictions." He acted for a consortium of Western and Kazakh banks acting as arrangers of KazMunaiGaz's USD2.75 billion medium term note offering.

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Dentons

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Abai Shaikenov is a leading banking and finance lawyer praised for his commercial insight, with sources saying: "He has a very good understanding of client interests." He regularly acts on project financing and cross-border investment projects as well as advising on corporate structuring mandates, including cross-border joint ventures.

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Aset A Shyngyssov

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Aset Shyngyssov is described by clients as "a very high performer and a master of his job" who for one commentator "provides the best service imaginable." He advises on financing and corporate issues, including governance and transactions. He recently acted for the Kazakhstan Project Preparation Fund on a PPP project concerning a new penitentiary in South Kazakhstan. 

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White & Case Kazakhstan LLP

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Maxim Telemtayev offers clients a "deep analysis of the situation" in the Kazakh market. He is a highly reputed figure with a broad range of commercial experience and is "very experienced doing big projects," according to market sources. He regularly advises international financial institutions and blue-chip domestic corporates. He recently assisted Kazakhstan Petrochemical Industries as borrower of a USD2 billion loan for the construction of a petrochemicals complex.

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Kinstellar

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Maksim Grekov provides domestic law support to international financial institutions and corporates involved in inbound projects. He advises on project financing and transactions as well as capital markets mandates. He supported KAZ Minerals regarding a major credit facility with Development Bank of Kazakhstan.

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Dechert LLP

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Managing partner Victor Mokrousov is "experienced and insightful on Kazakh legislation," according to his clients, who describe him as "an even-keeled personality who's comfortable to work with." His primary areas of expertise include corporate transactions and joint-venture structurings. One commentator applauds his unique approach to problem solving, saying: "He's very creative, calm and methodical, he provides very good analysis, and he comes up with legal arguments no one has done before in Kazakhstan."

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Adlet Yerkinbayev

Kinstellar

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Adlet Yerkinbayev is praised for his client-oriented and dedicated approach to projects. "He is always available when we ask for his availability at calls or meetings," one client reports, adding: "He showed real desire to work with us on this project in order to build a longer-term client relationship." He advises primarily domestic blue-chip companies on corporate and transactional matters, as well as assisting clients with project financing and capital markets mandates. He is known by commentators as "a good lawyer with good business insight and good communication skills."

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Sayat Zholshy & Partners

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Arman Berdalin is well regarded as a commercial and goal-oriented practitioner by his clients. One client comments: "He's very polite, very intelligent, very smart. I only have the best impression of him." He regularly advises on transactions, joint ventures and other commercial projects. Clients appreciate his proactive approach, describing him as "an extremely hands-on, practical and client-oriented professional."

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Bolotov & Partners LLP

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Peers consider Yuri Bolotov to be "an intellectual property specialist, a real expert." He acts for international clients on all related commercial matters, including registration, patents, trade marks and copyright. He is universally considered"number one for intellectual property issues in Kazakhstan."

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White & Case Kazakhstan LLP

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Pavel Kornilov oversees high-value financing projects, assisting domestic clients and international financial institutions. Sources appreciate the strategic market insight he offers, saying: "He takes a big-picture approach to things." Another market commentator describes him as "pragmatic, with deep market knowledge."

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Raushana Chaltabayeva

UNICASE law firm

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Raushana Chaltabayeva has "extensive experience in conducting thorough due diligence" for energy projects, with sources seeing her "performing excellent work with application of practical experience and understanding of local legislation." Clients in particular appreciate her ability to explain the nuances and peculiarities of the domestic market, with one commentator saying: "She hits the points just right, she understands your concerns and how to help." She has recently advised on local legal concerns for the USD1.25 billion Great Almaty Ring Road project.

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Shaimerden Chikanayev

GRATA International

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Shaimerden Chikanayev provides domestic law support to international financial institutions involved in local project financings. He is known in the market for his experience on PPP mandates. He assisted the EBRD with a number of high-value loan arrangements to prominent Kazakh banks.

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Zanger/Zan Hub

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Semion Issyk advances through the rankings this year. He is well recognised for his dedication, with sources saying: "He goes the extra mile, he really wants to deliver for his clients." Another commentator highlights his "considerable experience of commercial negotiations," and adds that "he is praised by clients for his creative approach to complex structuring issues."

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Yerzhan Kumarov of Norton Rose Fulbright is known as an experienced hand in the market, with many years of practice acting for clients in the natural resources, energy and financial sectors, covering a variety of corporate mandates. Peers say that "he has good communication with decision makers."

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Zanger/Zan Hub

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Aituar Madin is considered "responsive and proactive" by one client, who adds: "He is one of the first points of contact in Kazakhstan for us given his considerable experience of working on cross-border transactions with Kazakh companies." He is well versed in advising on financing pertaining to renewable energy and other green projects. His experience in the financial sector includes acting for Sberbank of Russia as Kazakh counsel on a USD400 million financing of a major gold mining operation. Market sources consider him "a very clever guy and a good specialist."

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Valikhan Shaikenov

Aequitas Law Firm

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Valikhan Shaikenov has been called "a respected rising star" in the corporate market. He provides Kazakh law advice and support to international law firms and corporate clients involved in inbound mandates.

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Aequitas Law Firm

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Nurlan Sholanov primarily advises domestic and regional corporates and financial institutions. He is experienced in assisting with corporate structuring, governance and regulatory issues.

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Madina Sypatayeva

Linkage & Mind LLP

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Madina Sypatayeva provides domestic law advice to international corporates across a variety of industries, including energy and infrastructure. She assisted the Shardara HPP Modernization Project on a broad range of financing and contract diligence relating to the modernisation of a hydropower plant worth over EUR75 million.

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Up and Coming

Kairat E Baizakov

Kinstellar

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Kairat Baizakov is considered "a strong lawyer" by market sources. An increasingly active player in the market, he advises domestic blue-chip corporates on mandates including transactions and corporate structurings.

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Aequitas Law Firm

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Yelena Pestereva recently joined the team from the Almaty office of Dechert LLP. She provides corporate structuring support to regional and domestic clients, often in the natural resources sector. Clients consider her "a wonderful specialist" in the field who is "very comfortable and pleasant to work with."

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