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Dechert Kazakhstan Limited has strong capabilities in finance and international capital markets matters. The practice is led by Victor Mokrousov, who is assisted by associates Yevgeniya Nossova and Bolat Utebaliyev, who are all based in Kazakhstan; the wider team includes individuals from the firm’s international offices including Dubai-based Louise Roman and London-based Giles Belsey and senior associate Jennifer Buckett. Recent work highlights include advising Tengizchevroil on its issuance of $1bn-worth of bonds.

Dentons acts for lenders and borrowers on complex finance transactions. Abai Shaikenov advised KB Kookmin Bank on the sale of its shares in a major Kazakh bank. Of counsels Vassiliy Zenov and Gani Ashimkhan are other key contacts.

Kinstellar LLP focuses on finance transactions, as well as having notable capital markets experience. Joel Benjamin recently advised a number of financial institutions, as joint lead managers, on the update of a $10.5bn global medium term note programme and the issuance of up to $1bn of new notes under the programme. Associate Yerlan Akhmetov is experienced in banking and finance and capital markets.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s team frequently works with the firm’s London office and is active across financing, capital markets and restructuring. Aset Shyngyssov heads the practice, while London-based Carter Brod is also a key contact. The firm recently advised Turion Investment Group on obtaining a secured financing from the Development Bank of Kazakhstan, which will be used to finance a luxury hospitality project in the country.

White & Case Kazakhstan LLP has a strong skillset in capital markets and project finance work. The group recently assisted Kazakhstan Petrochemical Industries with $2bn-worth of financing from China Development Bank Corporation, which is intended for the development of a petrochemicals complex. Maxim Telemtayev and Pavel Kornilov jointly lead the practice.

Aequitas is particularly strong on the regulatory aspects of banking and finance, and its team is ‘very responsive and responsible’ and ‘provides well-structured and comprehensive consultations in limited timeframes’. Practice head Yelena Pestereva has particular expertise in financing transactions and capital markets, and provides ‘detailed, client-tailored advice’. Project finance specialist Nurlan Sholanov is also a key figure.

At Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited, Curtis Masters is an expert in corporate finance and of counsel Alexander Korchagin is experienced in capital markets mandates.

The ‘excellent’, ‘responsive’ and ‘cost-effective’ team at Grata International has strong capabilities in project finance and capital markets matters. Practice head Shaimerden Chikanayev has core strengths handling financial transactions and capital markets work.

Reed Smith LLP’s team operates between its Astana and London offices. Astana-based Askar Zhansagimov is experienced in capital markets work, as well as structured finance and banking matters.

AGZ / Zan Hub’s team is experienced in banking and finance and capital markets, and is known for its ‘creativity’ and ‘professionalism in stressful situations’. Aituar Madin is ‘highly professional’ and ‘always gives appropriate advice’.

Centil Law’s group assists with secured and unsecured loans, as well as municipal and government-guaranteed financing. The banking and finance practice is led by Dinara Jarmukhanova and Sofia Shaykhrazieva, who is based in Tashkent.

Integrites’ team is especially active in insolvency disputes. Managing partner Kurmangazy Talzhanov is experienced in project finance and Duman Akhmetov is also a key contact. Highlights included assisting a confectionary company with its €50m loan agreements with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Linkage & Mind LLP’s team predominantly handles project finance matters, where Madina Sypatayeva is the key name.

Signum Law Firm’s team focuses on project and debt financing deals. Liza Zhumakhmetova is noted.

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