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Dentons' team is experienced in tax and customs disputes, representing clients across a range of industries in appeals against the state. Kanat Skakov provides international and local tax advice, and has defended natural resources companies, airlines and pharmaceuticals companies in court proceedings. He recently appealed to the Ministry of Finance against tax assessments on behalf of Louis Vuitton, supported by associate Stanislav Lechshak.

The team at GRATA International is 'responsive and provides clear and complete analysis', underpinned by a 'deep knowledge of local legislation'. Assel Ilyassova is praised by clients for her 'good and quick communication', as well as 'her ability to create a good strategy during hearings'. Counsel Kanat Adilbekov is a key figure, and advises on both procedural matters and litigation.

Sayat Zholshy & Partners is noted for its 'capability to generate tailor-made and effective solutions', and has a 'deep knowledge of tax and customs legislation'. The firm provides the full range of tax-related services, including tax optimisation, structuring transactions and litigation, which is recommended as its 'strongest service line'. Yelena Tyureikina is singled out by clients as 'an authority on Kazakh tax law', in addition to her 'professionalism, commitment and willingness to help'. She advised Gloria Asset Management on tax issues connected with transfer of real estate assets, and represented a pharmaceuticals client in court against tax notices. Rustam Ospanov acted for Tengiztransgas in a dispute against the tax authorities, having also advised the client previously on the taxation of cross-border transactions.

The tax practice at Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited's Almaty office provides local counsel to international corporations, with a particular emphasis on cross-border tax structuring advice. The team recently assisted a client in the oil and gas sector with appealing the results of a tax audit. Curtis Masters leads the team.

Deloitte TCF, LLP's tax lawyers are 'very competent in almost all matters' and provide a 'very prompt and productive' service. Director Yeldos Syzdykov and senior manager Aidana Abdaliyeva, who was recently promoted, are rated as 'good professionals' by clients.

KPMG Law combines audit experience with legal expertise to assist with tax legislation compliance, analysis of tax issues and court appeals. Rustem Sadykov recently advised a major bank on tax accounting issues and provided assistance in the client's appeal against the tax authorities. Inna Alkhimova provided legal counsel to a pharmaceuticals client to determine tax law compliance and whether the client could be charged with concealing tax obligations.

SIGNUM Law Firm has an active tax practice providing litigation as well as advisory services. The former is the key strength of the team, and Talgat Sariev recently represented employees of an energy company in court over allegations of non-compliance with tax regulation. Yekaterina Zhgutova and Sofiya Zhylkaidarova are also highly recommended.

AEQUITAS provides general customs advice, tax consultation services, assistance with regulatory compliance and representation in court. Natalya Braynina is the key contact for tax issues, while Yuliya Chumachenko handles customs matters.

Ernst & Young Kazakhstan LLP provides advisory services pertaining to tax and customs issues, and is particularly active in sectors such as oil and gas, fast-moving consumer goods, and construction. Practice head Borys Lobovyk regularly advises international clients on customs matters.

Integrites advises on transfer-pricing issues, tax risks in transactions, structuring of trading activities, as well as disputes. Kurmangazy Talzhanov manages the practice, with work heavily supported by the Moscow and Kiev offices.

Olympex Advisers LLP's tax and customs team is best known for regulatory advice and advising on civil legislation with the state. Galymzhan Zhakupov is recommended.

PricewaterhouseCoopers Tax & Advisory LLP provides services pertaining to tax inspection preparations, customs valuations and corporate structuring, as well as appeals in court. Michael Ahern provided legal advice to a food industry client on the new tax code, while Elena Kaeva provided court representation to an oil client.

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