Real estate and construction (including projects) in Kazakhstan

AEQUITAS

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.

Dentons

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.

GRATA International

The 'responsive and reliable' team at GRATA International 'quickly understands what the client needs', and provides 'practical responses to legal questions posed'. Yerzhan Yessimkhanov recently supported Mercury properties in the acquisition of several real estate facilities, which created the largest real estate development company in Kazakhstan. He also helped a client draft an EPC contract for the construction of petrochemical facilities in western Kazakhstan. Senior associate Darya Zhanysbayeva specialises in contract law and regularly supports Yessimkhanov.

Artyushenko & Partners Boutique Law Firm

Artyushenko & Partners Boutique Law Firm specialises in construction, development, real estate management and litigation, and is hailed for providing 'focus and knowledge in a narrow market segment'. Practice head Andrey Artyushenko advised Vinci Construction on licensing issues relating to upcoming contracts in Kazakhstan. In addition, he acted for a local engineering company in the $4m redesign and redevelopment of a building into a hotel. Changay Victoriya is highly recommended.

Kinstellar LLP

The team at Kinstellar LLP handles high-value real estate transactions in addition to development issues and construction disputes. Joel Benjamin leads on most matters and is often supported by senior associate Lena Makarenko and associate Assel Mussina.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP advises real estate clients on corporate and contractual matters. Aset Shyngyssov represents Aldar Properties in lease agreements for retail, office and residential premises in Abu Dhabi Plaza, a major mixed-use development in Nur-Sultan.

AGZ / Zan Hub

AGZ / Zan Hub advises on all stages of infrastructure financing, on behalf of clients including project companies, investors, borrowers and sponsors. Madiyar Bekturganov advises on infrastructure and construction, especially in the energy and power sector.

Integrites

Integrites focuses primarily on issues related to use of land plots, registration of property rights and public procurement consultation. Oleksiy Feliv is the key contact.

Linkage & Mind LLP

Linkage & Mind LLP advises on structuring project transactions, joint venture agreements and developments. Madina Sypatayeva handles project investment and PPP contracts.

Sayat Zholshy & Partners

Sayat Zholshy & Partners specialises in transactions across the real estate, construction and infrastructure sectors, most notably in the sale and purchase of power, mining and agricultural assets. Dmitriy Chumakov recently advised a client in connection with the development of a municipal recycling system in Almaty, including the construction of a sorting plant.