The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon


Work +7 727 396 8968
Fax +7 727 396 8990
Almaty, Astana

Nurlan Sholanov

Work +7 727 3 968 968

Work Department

Corporate law, Business law, Infrastructure Projects. Public-Private Partnership (PPP), M&A, Agriculture


Partner, Head of Corporate law


Nurlan Sholanov specializes in the area of civil, corporate, land and environmental law. He joined AEQUITAS in 1995, prior to which he was an adviser to the Office of the Supreme Soviet of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Mr. Sholanov possesses extensive experience in the area of corporate relations, construction, immovable property, securing of obligations and legal support of cross-border financial transactions. At present, he is focusing on project finance, deal structuring and various corporate matters related to the legal support of doing business in Kazakhstan, as well as environmental projects. He is also supervising interaction with governmental agencies in his areas of specialization.

He graduated in 1994 from the Law Faculty of the Kazakh State University, where he majored in civil and economic law.

He is a respondent for the World Bank's legislation monitoring in the Doing Business ratings.


English, Kazakh, Russian


Kazakhstan Bar Association
Working Group of the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Working Group of the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of the Republic of Kazakhstan for environmental legislation amendment issues


Kazakh State University (Law degree, 1994)


Musician, poet, singer.


Banking, finance and capital markets

Within: Banking, finance and capital markets

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.

[back to top]

Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

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.

[back to top]

Real estate and construction (including projects)

Within: Real estate and construction (including projects)

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.

[back to top]

Back to index

Legal Developments in Kazakhstan

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to