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Aequitas’ team has a strong skillset in corporate, commercial and M&A, with additional expertise in labour and employment matters. Managing partner Olga Chentsova heads the practice and is heavily involved in corporate and commercial matters. Corporate specialist Nurlan Sholanov is particularly active in complex public borrowing and restructuring issues and M&A expert Natalya Braynina is particularly strong on natural resources-related matters. Senior associate Larissa Yemelyanova is experienced in contract and labour law. Highlights included advising Hewlett Packard Enterprise on the Kazakh elements of its global merger with CSC and subsequent spin off into DXC Technology.

The ‘excellentDentons handles M&A and general corporate matters, particularly concerning the energy, real estate and construction sectors. Corporate and M&A expert Aigoul Kenjebayeva is ‘diligent’ and ‘proactive’ with ‘a deep knowledge of Kazakh law’. Also recommended are corporate transactions specialist Abai Shaikenov and commercial litigator Victoria Simonova.

Kinstellar LLP’s team handles complex M&A transactions and is particularly active in the banking, telecoms and natural resources spaces. Joel Benjamin and Adlet Yerkinbayev co-head the practice and are experts in M&A. Managing associate Kuanysh Kanlybayev is experienced in corporate, M&A and employment law. In a particularly impressive recent highlight, the group advised Halyk Bank on its acquisition of a majority stake in Kazkommertsbank JSC.

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited’s practice is led by Curtis Masters who handles cross-border M&A and corporate finance issues.

Centil Law is experienced in assisting with transactions, compliance and general corporate issues, and is known for its ‘swift feedback on any legal matter’, ‘deep legal analysis’ and ‘detailed legal advice’. Practice head Dinara Jarmukhanova is an expert in transactional and contentious work. Ravshan Rakhmanov handles corporate and M&A in sectors such as oil and gas, telecoms, mining and financial services.

Dechert Kazakhstan Limited handles corporate, commercial and M&A matters in the areas of energy and natural resources, infrastructure and financial services. M&A specialist and practice head Victor Mokrousov, who is particularly active in the mining, energy and banking sectors, is ‘an outstanding lawyer’ and is ‘highly knowledgeable’, ‘thorough’, ‘resourceful’, ‘responsible’ and ‘effective’.

The ‘very efficient and professionalLinkage & Mind LLP has strong expertise in transactions and corporate restructuring, and ‘can resolve very complex and unprecedented tasks’. Madina Sypatayeva and Yerzhan Manasov are key names.

The ‘excellentMorgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is skilled in advising on M&A, privatisations, public-private partnerships and joint ventures. Practice head Aset Shyngyssov is ‘always very helpful’ and has significant capabilities in M&A and corporate matters.

Reed Smith LLP’s Astana team works alongside its London office and is particularly active in transactions in the natural resources space. London-based James Wilkinson leads the practice and is an expert in cross-border transactions. Azhar Kuzutbayeva, Askar Zhansagimov and Adil Idrissov are also recommended.

Sayat Zholshy & Partners’ team has ‘a deep knowledge and expertise of Kazakhstan law and business specifics’ and is experienced in M&A, joint ventures and competition law. Managing partner Vitaliy Vodolazkin heads the practice and is an expert in corporate law. Arman Berdalin is ‘a great negotiator’ with ‘a solid theoretical background’ and has experience advising on cross-border transactions and joint ventures. Amir Begdesenovalways delivers high-quality and prompt advice’.

At Unicase Law Firm, the team handles M&A, joint ventures and general corporate issues, and has a core focus on natural resources and energy matters. Saniya Toleshova, Artem Timoshenko, Zhanar Abdullayeva and Raushana Chaltabayeva are notable names.

White & Case Kazakhstan LLP’s team is adept at handling corporate and M&A matters, notably in the banking and natural resources space. Maxim Telemtayev and Pavel Kornilov have strong transactional experience.

AGZ / Zan Hub focuses on corporate, regulatory and transactional matters. Madiyar Bekturganov and Aituar Madin are notable names.

Deloitte TCF, LLP’s group advises on due diligence exercises, shareholders’ agreements, structuring and reorganisation, and labour matters, among others. Practice head Agaisha Ibrasheva has extensive experience in assisting with due diligence and corporate structuring matters.

Eterna Law handles general corporate matters, where it is a key name for assisting with company setup and corporate governance mandates. Practice head Maksym Uslistyi is the key name.

Grata International focuses on M&A, corporate governance, antimonopoly and labour work. Bolat Miyatov is the key name.

Integrites’ team is experienced in corporate matters, M&A and contract law. Kurmangazy Talzhanov and Svetlana Shtopol are recommended.

KPMG Tax and Advisory LLC’s team is led by Rustem Sadykov, who has core strengths in corporate and employment law.

At Michael Wilson & Partners, Ltd., the team handles general corporate and employment matters. Name partner Michael Wilson is the key figure.

Olympex Advisers LLP handles general corporate matters and has expertise in compliance issues. Yessen Massalin is the key contact.

At PricewaterhouseCoopers Tax & Advisory LLP, the team predominantly handles corporate and due diligence matters, although practice head Rashid Gaissin also has experience advising on cross-border M&A.

Signum Law Firm handles corporate and M&A matters, and is particularly active in the oil and gas sector. Liza Zhumakhmetova and Abylkhair Nakipov are the key names.

At Synergy Partners Law Firm LLC, the team regularly handles M&A matters and also has expertise assisting with privatisations and public-private partnerships. Alzhan Stamkulov has expertise in M&A and joint ventures, and Nurzhan Stamkulov is also a key figure.

Verum’s team handles general corporate and commercial issues. Azamat Chinetov is noted.

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