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Chinese investment in ‘One Belt, One Road’ projects has raised the profile of Kazakhstan, which is also attracting interest from investors from elsewhere, particularly South Korea. In the short term, a global low in commodity prices has impacted Kazakhstan’s resource-based economy, with the World Bank predicting zero economic growth in 2016 but its huge natural resources, agricultural sector and rapid modernisation continue to provide mid and long-term potential.

Businesses operating in the market are able to choose between a range of home-grown and international firms. While Almaty remains a key city in the country with over twice the population of the capital Astana, the latter is becoming more of a business hub and there are plans to develop and open the Astana International Financial Centre. White & Case Kazakhstan LLP concentrated its resources in Astana, following the closure of its Almaty office.

Two firms saddled with confusingly similar names after an acrimonious split both rebranded: Centil Law is the new name for Colibri Law Firm, while Colibri Kazakhstan LLP is now known as Unicase Law Firm.

The following ranking coverage is divided by practice area for the first time this year. The local currency is the tenge (₸).

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