Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon


Kyrgyzstan > Leading firms > Law firm and leading lawyer rankings


Index of tables

  1. Leading firms
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

  1. 1
    • Zhanyl Abdrakhmanova - Centil Law
    • Elena Bit-Avragim - Veritas Law Agency
    • Aisulu Chubarova - Arte Law Firm
    • Aicholpon Jorupbekova - Kalikova & Associates Law Firm
    • Nurlan Kyshtobaev - GRATA International
    • Maksim Smirnov - Kalikova & Associates Law Firm

Next generation lawyers

  1. 1
    • Shuhrat Akhmatakhunov - Kalikova & Associates Law Firm
    • Iskender Batyrbekov - GRATA International
    • Elvira Maratova - GRATA International

Who Represents Who

Find out which law firms are representing which Leading firms clients in Kyrgyzstan using The Legal 500's new comprehensive database of law firm/client relationships. Instantly search over 925,000 relationships, including over 83,000 Fortune 500, 46,000 FTSE350 and 13,000 DAX 30 relationships globally. Access is free for in-house lawyers, and by subscription for law firms. For more information, contact


GRATA International's Bishkek office is led by director Kanat Seidaliev, and has acted for major international clients including Procter and Gamble, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Mastercard. Seidaliev and counsel Elvira Maratova recently advised Fresenius Medical Care on a PPP project with the Ministry of Health. Associate Iskender Batyrbekov assisted on this matter; he and Nurlan Kyshtobaev also advised the EBRD on a major capital markets law reform project in the country. Working with the Moscow office of Hogan Lovells (CIS), the firm prepared an assessment of the regulatory environment in Kyrgyzstan and reviewed existing capital markets laws, liaising with relevant local authorities to provide supporting documentation for regulatory reform. Other notable cases include Kyshtobaev advising Tianjin Cement Industry Design and Research Institute Co on the $16m financing and construction of a cement factory, and a group of foreign investors on the acquisition of a controlling stake in a local bank.

Kalikova & Associates Law Firm's key focus is banking and finance, and the firm assists with investments, securitisations and due diligence of assets. This practice is led by Alexander Ahn, who recently advised a major bank on a financing transaction, working on audit issues and reviewing the loan agreements. He was assisted by senior lawyer Albina Rakhmidinova, who also acted on a major mandate for the Ministry of Health, advising on a large-scale healthcare PPP project. Maksim Smirnov heads the tax and customs practice, and regularly acts for international companies on matters relating to tax review and legislative compliance. Managing partner Aicholpon Jorupbekova acts mostly on energy and natural resources matters, and often works alongside head of construction and real estate Marina Lim; their recent highlights include advising Turkish mining company Eti Bakir on establishing a joint venture with Kyrgyzaltyn for project investment in Kyrgyzstan. The duo also advised a British company on subsoil use matters and foreign investment in Kyrgyzstan, which culminated in the drafting of an investment agreement. Magomed Saaduev is also a name to note; as head of the corporate practice she assisted Centerra Gold with the corporate restructuring of the Kumtor gold mine. Dispute resolution specialist Nurbek Sabirov defended the same company against public regulators in claims of alleged environmental offences and illegal payments. Shuhrat Akhmatakhunov is also highly recommended.

With notable strength in IP work, Arte Law Firm has acted for major international companies including Microsoft and Yandex. Omurgul Balpanova is the key name for IP, and recently advised Yandex on licensing and advertising matters relating to the launch of the Yandex.Taxi service. The firm continues its relationship with Russian IP firm Gorodissky & Partners, and has acted as the leading local counsel in Kyrgyzstan on the registration of new trade marks, including Henkel, Netflix and Kia Motors. Aisulu Chubarova assisted Air Manas airline with drafting aircraft charter and sale contracts, as well as with employment and regulatory matters. Both Balpanova and Chubarova are advising the High Technologies Park of the Kyrgyz Republic on various matters, including drafting and negotiating premises-use contracts. Saodat Shakirova is the firm's third partner, and recently assisted Balpanova in representing Microsoft in a software copyright infringement claim against a large Kyrgyz bank.

Centil Law's Bishkek team is led by a trio of partners, with specialisms in banking and finance, M&A, telecoms, aviation and infrastructure. Newly promoted Kerim Bergaliev handles the firm's trade and commerce practice, and continues to advise Reemtsma-Kyrgyzstan on the company's corporate liquidation, as well as assisting the firm's Tajikistan office with local matters. Zhanyl Abdrakhmanova leads the banking practice; she and senior associate Meerim Karybaeva have been advising General Electric on the drafting of a memorandum to cover issues relating to a corporate parent company guarantee under Kyrgyz law. Mining and infrastructure specialist Denis Bagrov is well versed in Tajik and Kyrgyz law, handling cases in both countries. He recently worked alongside Karybaeva to review requirements introduced by new banking laws and advise a local Kyrgyz bank on corporate governance matters.

Lawyers of Lorenz Law Firm are praised for their 'experience' and ability to provide clients 'with a level of trust that goes beyond what is normally found'; indeed, 'the qualities of the practice are reflected in the individuals'. Managing partner Chynara Esengeldieva heads the corporate team; recent examples of her work include assisting a Turkish investor with the acquisition of shares in a Kyrgyz gold mining company. Etienne Claes, who joined from an in-house position in Nassau, and counsel Samara Dumanaeva are noted for their 'high professional standards and sound advice'. Dumanaeva has assisted Esengeldieva on a number of mandates, most notably advising Glavstroy, a Kyrgyz construction company, on joint activity with a foreign investor and drafting an internal employment agreement. Senior associate Kymbat Ibakova is also highly recommended, and in her position as head of the employment team has assisted the Red Cross with the termination of employment contracts and with reviewing and amending staff regulations.

Consensus Law Bureau assists medium and large-scale businesses operating in various fields including banking, energy and hospitality. Director Elena Babitskaya specialises in corporate and commercial matters, as well as having experience in investment projects. Lola Feigina advises clients on subsurface use and projects, as well as construction and development.

Lex Law Firm works predominantly with domestic banks and businesses on finance matters, and is led by managing partner Vitaliy Yen. Recent examples of his work include providing ongoing legal support to Rosinbank and assisting local beverages producer Let's Go Drinks with obtaining a state loan through a commercial bank. Batyr Akim, assisted by senior lawyer Adina Anvarova, advised Alma-Insurance on a share transfer operation to fulfill a change of company ownership.

The 'truly remarkable' Veritas Law Agency's main strengths are banking and dispute resolution, and the firm acts for clients including Kyrgyzkommertsbank and the EBRD. Matters are led by the 'professional and trustworthy' Elena Bit-Avragim, supported by the 'strong and intelligent' Natalia Galliamova. The duo are praised for their 'reliability, honesty and experience', and clients 'can always rely on their expertise and skills'.

Press releases

The latest news direct from law firms. If you would like to submit press releases for your firm, send an email request to

Legal Developments worldwide

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • The Cayman Islands Data Protection Law, 2017

    The following information relates to the enactment of The Cayman Islands Data Protection Law, 2017 (" DPL "), which was expected to come into force on 29 January 2019, will now come into force in September 2019. The DPL will regulate the future processing of all personal data in the Cayman Islands.
  • The Mutual Funds Law (2019 Revision)

    The following information relates to the enactment of The Mutual Funds Law (2019 Revision) and the subsequent commencement of related sections of The Mutual Funds (Amendment) Law 2015. The changes require certain funds to notify the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority if they are active in EU jurisdictions.
  • Stuarts Success - Case Review: Toby -v- Allianz Global Risks US Insurance Company

    Toby ‚Äďv- Allianz Global Risks US Insurance Company, FSD 152 of 2013 (IMJ), Judgment delivered on 29 August 2018
  • Security Token Offerings in the Cayman Islands

    Security Token Offerings (‚ÄúSTOs‚ÄĚ) are an extremely popular means of fundraising for new projects and utilise blockchain technology to do so. Whilst no specific legislation has been passed by the Cayman Islands Government in connection with STOs and cryptocurrencies, it would be incorrect to say that STOs are ‚Äúunregulated‚ÄĚ.

    Black Friday is unquestionable one of the most profitable and busiest days of the year for retail, particularly online. Worldwide almost all online store do offer sales or special promotions on Black Friday or Cyber Monday. Already after this practice has established online, a trademark for " BLACK FRIDAY " was registered in Germany back in 2013. In 2016 a Chinese company acquired the trademark and then filed in 2017 for its extension to Austria. Based on the registered trademark, it granted exclusive rights to an Austrian company, which licensed usage rights to various partner stores against remuneration. Further, an exclusive " Black Friday-Cooperation Program " was established. Non-partners who used the event name or trademark were prosecuted and requested to either pay a license fee or refrain from running Black Friday promotions. Some followed the request and entered into license agreements. Some, however, did challenge the validity of the trademark. Finally, respective proceedings to check the actual protection of the trademark were initiated. Austrian courts now held that the trademark " BLACK FRIDAY " is not protected in Austria .
    - Dorda
  • The Zero Carbon Bill - a closer look

    ‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚ÄčThe long-awaited "Zero Carbon Bill" was finally released¬†on 9 May, but despite being greeted by considerable media interest there are a number of significant issues that have yet to come to the fore.
  • A link tax in New Zealand?

    ‚Äč‚Äč‚Äč‚ÄčA controversial payment to publishers for content in Europe has implications for New Zealand ‚Äď despite escaping mention in a recent paper that set out the key issues for review for our own copyright laws.
  • News media exemption under the Privacy Act: now a matter of "responsibility"?

    The role of the news media as the "eyes and ears" of the public, and the corresponding right of such news media to be exempted from the Privacy Act 1993 ( Privacy Act ), is entrenched and well accepted. However, the extent to which the news media exemption applies to non-traditional forms of "news" published by "civilian journalists", such as online commentary and blogs, is a hotly debated subject.
  • Quarterly Update on Trade Defense Cases in Turkey (June 2019)

    The authority to initiate dumping or subsidy examinations, upon complaint or, where necessary, ex officio , has been given from the Ministry of Economy to the Ministry of Trade ("Ministry"). Within the scope of this authority, the Ministry announces its decisions with the communiqués published on the Official Gazette.
  • Company Formations - A jurisdictional guide to setting up a business

    The following article contains the Foreword in the IR Global Virtual Series brochure on 'Company Formations - A jurisdictional guide to setting up a business'.

Press Releases worldwide

The latest news direct from law firms. If you would like to submit press releases for your firm, send an email request to