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Birzhan Zharasbayev

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Real Estate, Construction


Birzhan Zharasbayev is a Partner in Dentons’ Astana office. His expertise includes construction and real estate, infrastructure and PPP, corporate and commercial matters and M&A. He has acted as a lead lawyer on several major M&A and development projects and frequently represents clients in high-level negotiations with Kazakhstan's government.


Partner - Dentons Kazakhstan (formerly Salans LLP), Almaty (July 2013 to date); Of Counsel - Salans LLP, Almaty (January-June 2013); Senior Associate - Salans LLP, Almaty (October 2010-December 2012); Associate - Salans LLP, Almaty (2006-2010); Head of Legal Department - JSC Vokzal-Servis (2004-2005); Counsel to MP, Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan (2003-2004); Lecturer - Kazakh-American University (2002-2003).


Kazakh, Russian, English


Kazakhstan Bar Association


Kazakh-Turkish International University (Law Degree, 2000), the Kazakh Humanitarian Law University (Master of Laws, 2003) and University of Edinburgh (LL.M. with distinction, 2006).


Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Dentons is especially strong in M&A and joint-venture formation, and lawyers in the team are praised by clients for being able to 'complement or substitute in for each other when needed'. Managing partner Aigoul Kenjebayeva and Abai Shaikenov are recommended for their 'great commitment and honesty', as well as their availability 'in critical moments'. Shaikenov advised an Asian fund manager on its sale of assets and shares, and assisted a foreign company with investment into a local dairy business to fund expansion. Birzhan Zharasbayev represented SNC-Lavalin Europe in the acquisition of a design and construction company. Gani Ashimkhan is also highly recommended.

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Energy and natural resources

Within: Energy and natural resources

Dentons' energy and natural resources team is experienced in mineral and oil and gas projects, and advises major petroleum and mining companies on contracts and regulatory compliance. Aigoul Kenjebayeva is a veteran of the oil and gas sector; she advised Russian energy corporation PAO Lukoil on a $270m investment into exploration of the Caspian Sea alongside KazMunaiGas. Birzhan Zharasbayev advised Agip Karachaganakon a complex PPA arrangement with the Ministry of Energy. Senior associate Ruslan Nurbekov focuses on the commercial aspects of energy projects.

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Real estate and construction (including projects)

Within: Real estate and construction (including projects)

Dentons' real estate and construction lawyers provide legal advice on all aspects of construction work, including initial land use planning, procurement, financing and development. Birzhan Zharasbayev represented Orda Glass in preparing and negotiating construction contracts with China Triumph International Engineering, which replaced the firm's previous defaulted contractor. He also collaborated with the firm's Istanbul office to advise on a $400m PPP to develop transport systems in Almaty. Senior associate Ruslan Nurbekov assisted Wood Group with a land sale and purchase agreement, structured under both Kazakh and English law.

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