Firm Profile > Sayat Zholshy & Partners > Almaty, Kazakhstan

Sayat Zholshy & Partners
10TH FLOOR, KOKTEM BUSINESS CENTER
180 DOSTYK AVENUE
050051 ALMATY
Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan > Tax and customs Tier 1

With a 'profound knowledge of tax law', Sayat Zholshy & Partners provides wide-ranging expertise and 'creative thinking' for international clients seeking assistance regarding Kazakhstani law, including the issuance of legal opinions, structuring transactions for tax optimising, and systemic assessment of associated risks. Senior partner Rustam Ospanov is highly regarded and frequently defends high-profile energy and transportation clients in tax appeals. Yelena Tyureikina focuses on corporate tax planning and disputes.

Practice head(s):

Rustam Ospanov; Yelena Tyureikina

Testimonials

‘Profound knowledge of tax law coupled with broad legal experience and strong liaison with government authorities, plus high-level integration with the client’s team and commitment to the goal, make the SZP team so unique. ’

‘The most distinctive feature of this team is their creative thinking outside the box which allows them to offer sometimes unexpected, but highly efficient solutions. We value them for commitment to the work they are doing and to the client they are serving. Compared to their competitors they are very dexterous and agile. We would like to single out the leader of SZP tax practice, namely, senior partner Rustam Ospanov who is extremely hard working and responsible.’

‘We are impressed by the coherent, well-coordinated and highly efficient teamwork of Sayat Zholshy & Partners’ tax lawyers. They indeed have extensive experience and ample knowledge not only of tax law but of other related domains as well, such as corporate law and M&A. All of the above makes sure that the team always delivers well-thought-out, rigorous and effective solutions.’

‘We value this team for their operational excellence, ample experience and broad knowledge. We have found a reliable and experienced counsel with extensive and well-established tax practice and strong liaison with tax authorities and other government agencies serving the interests of their clients.’

‘It is worth mentioning that this team is hardworking and well-orchestrated. The most successful and efficient performance of Senior Partner Rustam Ospanov is worth special attention.’

Key clients

TengizTransGroup

Kazakhstan > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Sayat Zholshy & Partners represents clients in a wide range of disputes, including corporate and antitrust disputes, banking and finance litigation, and contentious construction and real estate cases, as well as major bankruptcy disputes. Practice leader Vitaliy Vodolazkin is a highly regarded litigator and frequently represents major international companies in significant cases. Amir Begdesenov provides additional support in IP and competition-related cases.

Practice head(s):

Vitaliy Vodolazkin

Other key lawyers:

Amir Begdesenov

Testimonials

‘We have been procuring dispute resolution services from Sayat Zholshy & Partners for quite a long time. We assign to the team only the most challenging disputes. Our key contact person in Sayat Zholshy & Partners is Senior Partner Vitaliy Vodolazkin. Vitaliy is an acknowledged authority on the resolution of disputes in Kazakhstan. Mr Vodolazkin represented our Corporation in numerous disputes with tax and antitrust authorities. Industry-specific knowledge is the most distinctive feature of Vitaliy that ensures high quality of the legal services he provides to us.’

‘Sayat Zholshy & Partners (SZP) has always had a diverse and impressive litigation practice. Unlike other Kazakhstan legal practitioners, SZP partners are strongly dedicated to and involved in all the projects pursued by our Company ensuring the highest quality of their services.’

‘Our key contact person in Sayat Zholshy & Partners is Vitaliy Vodolazkin. Whenever we have serious disputes with our counteragents, we immediately consult with Vitaliy whose advice more than once saved us from negative impacts and minimized adverse effects. Vitaliy is an excellent litigator who can be entrusted with the most sophisticated lawsuits in any area. It is also worth noting that he is available 24/7 and promptly responds to the most serious challenges. ’

‘Well-spoken and highly fluent in both Russian and English. The team is very professional and able to explain complex things in a simple way. It’s notable they have a strong attention to detail and a personal touch.’

Key clients

Air Astana

inDriver

Nomad Insurance JSC

PSN KazStroy JSC

KarTel (Beeline)

Resmi

PM Lucas

Halliburton

Philip Morris

Eurasian Foods Corporation

TengizTransGroup

Kazakhstan > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Sayat Zholshy & Partners has a strong corporate practice advising first-time clients entering into the Kazakhstan market on M&A, joint ventures and corporate structuring work. Additionally, it has a highly experienced corporate dispute resolution practice and frequently acts as local counsel. The group has seen recent growth in its work in the energy and natural resources, IT, banking and fintech, and transport industries. Practice head Arman Berdalin advises on corporate governance legislation and is an expert in Kazakh corporate law. Amir Begdesenov focuses on M&A and antitrust regulations, as well as litigation.

Practice head(s):

Arman Berdalin

Other key lawyers:

Amir Begdesenov

Testimonials

‘Sayat Zholshy & Partners is one of the oldest Kazakhstan law firms standing its ground in the Kazakhstan market of legal services. The firm focuses on specific areas of practice ensuring high-quality and prompt services at acceptable prices. In this particular area the team is renowned for its deep theoretical knowledge and vast practical experience.’

‘Amir Begdesenov started to collaborate with our firm over 10 years ago. He has adequate experience and knowledge of the power sector specifics which he successfully applies in M&A transactions. Furthermore, he is a powerful negotiator and has authority with his peers. These are the qualities enabling us to defend our interests in the most challenging negotiations.’

‘I have worked closely with Arman Berdalin, corporate partner and head of M&A at Sayat Zholshy & Partners. He is a very practical and down-to-earth professional who knows the market and the regulatory environment inside out and stays as a safe pair of hands when it comes to local law support on any M&A deal.’

Key clients

Special Rendering Technologies

Huntsman

August Storck

Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs

International Science and Technology Center

Yenisei Capital

Batys Transit JSC

Kazakhstan > Energy and natural resources Tier 3

Sayat Zholshy & Partners primarily advises oil and gas companies on matters relating to exploration, manufacturing, transportation and production issues. The team is also highly experienced in matters relating to the acquisition of subsoil use rights, licenses and permits, as well as contentious work. Practice head Amir Begdesenov advises on uranium issues, mineral rights, licensings and insolvencies; he works alongside Dmitriy Chumakov, who handles audits, antitrust issues, taxes and M&A work.

Practice head(s):

Amir Begdesenov

Other key lawyers:

Dmitriy Chumakov

Testimonials

‘I believe that Sayat Zholshy & Partners is the only Kazakhstan law firm with considerable experience in the power sector. Sayat Zholshy & Partners may be useful in any business process of a power company, including due diligence, M&A, tariffs, disputes with government authorities, funding, etc.’

‘We always engage our partner Amir Begdesenov in all power-related projects. His extensive experience and expertise in this area of practice ensures high-quality and prompt advice within a short time. Amir is available 24/7.’

Key clients

Batys Transit JSC

PM Lucas Enterprises

Kazakhstan > IP and TMT Tier 3

Sayat Zholshy & Partners combines IP experience with knowledge of antitrust law and experience of both arbitration and litigation. In addition, its team has a long history of acting as local counsel for international law firms. Practice head Amir Begdesenov handles trade mark registrations and IP-related disputes for clients in sectors such as tobacco, healthcare, TMT and power.

Practice head(s):

Amir Begdesenov

Key clients

Beeline Kazakhstan, part of VEON

The Center for the Development of Advanced Technologies (CDTA)

inDriver

Kazakhstan > Real estate and construction (including projects) Tier 3

The team at Sayat Zholshy & Partners handles a varied workload, including real estate transactions, development projects and leases. Also notable is that the firm's strong capabilities in the banking and finance arena make it well-suited to advising clients on project finance transactions. The firm also advises on matters involving distressed assets. Senior partner Vitaliy Vodolazkin, who is the head of the real estate and construction practice, is experienced in property acquisitions and disposals, as well as disputes. Amir Begdesenov is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Vitaliy Vodolazkin

Other key lawyers:

Amir Begdesenov

Testimonials

‘To the best of my knowledge, Sayat Zholshy & Partners is extremely knowledgeable and experienced in real estate and construction. The firm has a strong team of experienced tax experts with solid regulatory practice who have handled a number of high-profile court cases.’

‘I believe that Sayat Zholshy & Partners is one of the best Kazakhstan law firms specialising and experienced in real estate sale and purchase transaction support. SZP team includes nationally recognised tax lawyers who assist us with proper structuring of our real estate sale and purchase transactions.’

‘Our key contact person in Sayat Zholshy & Partners is Senior Partner Vitaliy Vodolazkin who is a top-notch real estate lawyer. He foresees all the risks involved in real estate investments and he has very good legal analysis skills in the real estate sector.’

Key clients

Batys Transit JSC

PSN KazStroy JSC

Nomad Insurance JSC

Resmi

Eurasian Foods Corporation JSC

TengizTransGas

Sayat Zholshy & Partners is one of the leading firms in the Kazakhstan market of legal services. For more than two decades, since December 25, 1998, the company has achieved unprecedented results, mainly because it has always adhered to its fundamental credo of being a sophisticated professional partnership following the model of leading international law firms.

As a Kazakhstan company, we understand the local legislation and culture perfectly, and at the same time we try to meet the international standards of work. Our strategy has proved to be feasible due to the fact that our clients, mainly international companies that require their consultants to comply with uniform international standards, entrust many of their problems to our firm.

Sayat Zholshy & Partners has established strong relationships with a number of leading international and large Russian law firms.

Sayat Zholshy & Partners is a partnership of highly qualified lawyers, where the partners themselves delve into the problems and problems of clients, trying not to shift their responsibility to junior lawyers. The firm consists of seven Partners, four of Counsel and a number of Associates who have been educated at the best universities in Kazakhstan, Russia, the USA, Germany and Poland. The partners give lectures at universities and publish their work in leading print and electronic journals.

The firm’s approach to document management attracts the most talented and flexible lawyers, providing excellent customer service.

The firm highly values teamwork and sincerely believes that only the well-coordinated work of highly specialized lawyers will lead to success. Thanks to a reliable system of human interaction, the company can adapt the most effective and non-standard solutions for each individual client.

For the most effective representation and timely legal support of clients in Kazakhstan, we have permanent placement offices in two key locations that are crucial for providing legal services in Kazakhstan, namely, in Almaty and Nur-Sultan. Nevertheless, geographically, our activities are not limited to these two mega cities, as we manage work in all regions of Kazakhstan and abroad.

We represent a great number of international companies operating in Kazakhstan.

Sayat Zholshy & Partners is rated by all leading international legal guides.

Department Name Email Telephone
Antitrust/competition Aidyn Bikebayev
Antitrust/competition Amir Begdesenov
Dispute resolution Vitaliy Vodolazkin
Dispute resolution Assel Sandybayeva
Corporate and M&A Arman Berdalin
Corporate and M&A Olzhas Daniyarov
IP and TMT Amir Begdesenov
Banking and finance Vitaliy Vodolazkin
Real estate and construction Assel Sandybayeva
PPP and infrastructure Amir Begdesenov
PPP and infrastructure Arman Berdalin
Tax Rustam Ospanov
Tax Yelena Tyureikina
Employment and work permits Aidos Kussainov
Licences and regulatory Dmitriy Chumakov
Restructuring and insolvency Vitaliy Vodolazkin
Family Dmitriy Chumakov
Law-making practice Arman Berdalin
Law-making practice Dmitriy Chumakov
White-collar crime Rustam Ospanov
Photo Name Position Profile
Mrs Gulmira Abenova  photo Mrs Gulmira Abenova Gulmira Abenova, Attorney-at-Law, of Counsel in Sayat Zholshy & Partners Within her…
Mr Amir Begdesenov  photo Mr Amir Begdesenov Amir Begdesenov is a Partner in Sayat Zholshy & Partners. He is…
Mr Arman Berdalin  photo Mr Arman Berdalin Arman Berdalin is a head of the Nur-Sultan Sayat Zholshy & Partners…
Mr Aidyn Bikebayev  photo Mr Aidyn Bikebayev Aidyn Bikebayev is a managing partner and founder of Sayat Zholshy &…
Mr Dmitry Chumakov  photo Mr Dmitry Chumakov Dmitriy is a partner and long-standing member of Sayat Zholshy & Partners.…
Mr Aidos Kussainov  photo Mr Aidos Kussainov Aidos Kussainov is an Of Counsel. He supervises all projects on obtaining…
Mr Rustam Ospanov  photo Mr Rustam Ospanov Rustam Ospanov is a Senior Partner in Sayat Zholshy & Partners.  The…
Mrs Assel Sandybayeva  photo Mrs Assel Sandybayeva Assel Sandybayeva is an Of Counsel and Attorney-at-Law in Sayat Zholshy &…
Mrs Yelena Tyureikina  photo Mrs Yelena Tyureikina Yelena Tyureikina is a Partner in Sayat Zholshy & Partners.  Yelena has…
Mr Vitaliy Vodolazkin  photo Mr Vitaliy Vodolazkin Senior Partner, Mr. Vitaliy Vodolazkin regularly participates in important large-scale Kazakhstan court proceedings…
Number of lawyers : 30
at this office : 27
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Polish
Russian
Chinese
Turkish
Republican Association of Commercial Lawyers
Kazakhstan Bar Association
Kazakhstan Association of Taxpayers
Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs
Almaty City Bar Association
Kazakhstan Lawyers’ Union
International Bar Association
Council for Protection of Competition under Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs
Kazakhstan Association of Patent Attorneys
Other offices : Kazakhstan, Nur-Sultan