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Aigoul Kenjebayeva

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Corporate, Energy and Natural Resources, Employment, IP&IT, Dispute Resolution.


Managing Partner, Almaty office. Her areas of specialisation have been acquired from over 35 years as a practicing lawyer and include energy/natural resources, infrastructure projects, corporate/M&A, IP, employment, competition law, and dispute resolution.


Managing Partner - Dentons Kazakhstan (formerly Salans), Almaty (1994 – to date). In-house Counsel - Oryx Energy Company, Dallas/Almaty (1993 – 94). Partner – Zan law firm, Almaty(1991 – 93). Researcher - Institute of Philosophy and Law, Almaty (1978 – 91). Qualified in 1978.


Kazakh, Russian, English.


International Bar Association; Kazakhstan Bar Association; Kazakhstan Petroleum Lawyers Association; Legal Working Group of the Foreign Investors’ Council under the Auspices of the President of Kazakhstan; Editorial Board of the Stockholm Arbitration Report, International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce


Duke University School of Law (LL.M., 1993), Tashkent State University (Ph.D., 1988), Kazakh State University (Law Degree with honours, 1978).


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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Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Dentons' litigation group handles banking, employment and tax disputes, and has an especially strong track record in construction litigation. Managing partner Aigoul Kenjebayeva recently assisted Kcell in successfully challenging a copyright infringement claim. She was assisted by associate Aliya Seitova, an IP and TMT specialist. Victoria Simonova and Kanat Skakov lead the practice.

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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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IP and TMT

Within: IP and TMT

Dentons has a strong track record in IP matters. Notable highlights included successfully representing a Kazakh telecoms operator in challenging a copyright infringement claim and assisting an oil and gas exploration company with a challenge to an identical brand name. Aigoul Kenjebayeva takes the lead on most matters, and works closely with the firm's Moscow office on large mandates.

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