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AEQUITAS

47 ABAI AVENUE, OFFICE 2, ALMATY 050000, KAZAKHSTAN
Tel:
Work +7 727 396 8968
Fax:
Fax +7 727 396 8990
Email:
Web:
www.aequitas.kz
Almaty, Astana

Kazakhstan

Banking, finance and capital markets
Banking, finance and capital markets - ranked: tier 2

AEQUITAS

AEQUITAS advises on financial lending, transaction regulations and project finance. Yelena Pestereva leads the banking and finance team, supported by project finance specialist Nurlan Sholanov. The firm assisted Gazprombank on a number of separate projects, including amendments to a facility agreement with a foreign borrower. Associate Renata Tkach is noted.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

AEQUITAS

AEQUITAS has key strengths in restructuring, M&A and asset transfers, with notable expertise in labour law. The firm advised Knauf Gypsum in relation to the proposed acquisition of Bias Tech, which owns gypsum factories across Kazakhstan. Lead partner Nurlan Sholanov was supported by a large team that included Natalya Braynina and Yuliya Chumachenko. Braynina also advised a Chinese energy client on issues relating to the acquisition of Kazakh assets, namely a subsoil use company and parent company; senior associate Yelena Manayenko, who has experience in the natural resources sector, supported on this matter.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

AEQUITAS

AEQUITAS's dispute resolution team focuses on cross-border commercial disputes. Practice head Valikhan Shaikenov represented VTB Bank in a $30m dispute over jurisdictional governing and guarantee termination; he was supported by senior associate Lyailya Tleulina on this matter. The pair also acted on a debts dispute in the pharmaceuticals industry. Counsel Violetta Kim represented Auto Linoriss against a state-owned enterprise in a $40m dispute over improper termination of a supply contract for train cars. Senior associate Ardak Idayatova has acted on complex contractual disputes, most notably in the construction industry.

Leading individuals

Valikhan Shaikenov - AEQUITAS

Next Generation Partners

Ardak Idayatova - AEQUITAS

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Energy and natural resources
Energy and natural resources - ranked: tier 2

AEQUITAS

The team at AEQUITAS has a 'highly professional approach' and provides 'excellent quality of legal services'. Natalya Braynina led a team providing local counsel on a transaction involving the alienation of Kazakhstan assets with respect to six different subsoil use companies. In this matter, Braynina was supported by senior associate and fellow subsoil expert Yelena Manayenko, who clients praise as 'very professional'. Olga Chentsova is also highly recommended.

Leading individuals

Natalya Braynina - AEQUITAS

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Real estate and construction (including projects)
Real estate and construction (including projects) - ranked: tier 1

AEQUITAS

The team at AEQUITAS is best known for advising on the construction of major industrial and social facilities and large residential complexes in Kazakhstan. In addition, the firm regularly provides support to infrastructure projects. Olga Chentsova and Nurlan Sholanov lead the team.

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Tax and customs
Tax and customs - ranked: tier 3

AEQUITAS

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.

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