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Abai Shaikenov

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Banking and Finance, M&A.


Abai has been active advising clients throughout Kazakhstan and the CIS for more than 20 years. His primary practice areas are banking/finance and M&A. Abai’s work extends to advising on multilateral institution financing, structuring of transactions (including those related to Islamic finance), foreign investment and various corporate matters related to investing and doing business in Kazakhstan.

Abai is a regular speaker at conferences and is a contributing author to many local and international legal and business publications.


Partner - Dentons Kazakhstan (formerly Salans), Almaty (2005 - present); Associate - Salans, Almaty (1996 - 2004). Qualified in 1996.


Russian, English, Kazakh.


International Bar Association; Kazakhstan Petroleum Lawyers Association; Kazakhstan Bar Association.


TransAsional Summer University for international lawyers in Hong-Kong (Duke University, 1998); Kazakh State Legal Institute (Law Degree with honours, 1996).


Banking, finance and capital markets

Within: Banking, finance and capital markets

Dentons' banking and finance team advises local and international financial institutions and large corporations on lending, asset finance, project finance and capital markets. Clients include the EBRD, Citibank and Société Générale. Abai Shaikenov leads the team and advised the EBRD on developing a new derivatives and regulatory framework in Kazakhstan, offering legal opinion on current legislation and drafting the proposed amendment. He was supported by counsel Vassiliy Zenov and associate Ali Imanalin. The trio received support from the firm's Moscow office when advising a foreign bank on a syndicated loan made available to the Kazakhstan-China Pipeline. The firm also acted for an international financier in connection with listing $25m-worth of English law notes on the Kazakhstan Stock Exchange to fund an investment into KazFoodProducts.

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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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