Sayat Zholshy & Partners > Almaty, Kazakhstan > Firm Profile

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

Kazakhstan > Tax and customs Tier 1

Sayat Zholshy & Partners‘ team has experience of representing clients in tax-related administrative and court proceedings, and also assisted foreign investors with protecting rights to acceptable tax benefits, as well as handling tax planning. It is a member of the Scientific and Technical Council for Improvement of Kazakhstan Intellectual Property Law. The practice is led by Almaty-based senior partner Rustam Ospanov and partner Yelena Tyureikina.

Practice head(s):

Rustam Ospanov; Yelena Tyureikina

Testimonials

‘The strongest points of SZP include the availability of highly experienced and qualified lawyers and a long-term practical experience in all areas of law that might be required for the management and support of a large-scale business.’

‘Due care, high capacity for work, creativity, knowledge across many areas of law (first of all, profound knowledge of tax and customs laws), client-orientation, ability to foresee all potential risks and to effectively mitigate them – these are the qualities which we value in the SZP team providing services to us.’

‘We are happy to have found such a strong, highly professional team which helps us with resolving all our legal issues. We would like to single out the tax practice of Sayat Zholshy & Partners. In fact, not many Kazakhstan law firms can boast of such strong tax practice which is definitely a hallmark of Sayat Zholshy & Partners.’

‘Yelena has an outstanding expertise in tax law. She handles all our assignments with great care and diligence. Her performance is excellent. Despite many gaps and inconsistencies in Kazakhstan tax law, Yelena always finds right solutions to the most challenging and controversial issues at minimum risk for her clients.’

‘We appreciate the efforts of senior partner Rustam Ospanov, who stands out due to his business proficiency and skilful organisation of teamwork and liaison with the client. He always finds the most efficient solutions beneficial to the client.’

‘A unique combination of knowledge and skills in how to apply the national tax and customs laws with expertise and experience in applying foreign tax and customs laws; proficiency in applying and benefiting from bilateral and multilateral international tax and customs conventions; extensive and successful experience in challenging decisions and actions of tax and customs authorities – all the above makes Sayat Zholshy & Partners a one-off and highly demanded law firm.’

‘We would like to single out senior partner Rustam Ospanov with whom (and his team) we have been collaborating for over 20 years. We are impressed by the level of their engagement and teamwork attained amidst the pandemic and lockdowns. Despite all the difficulties and restrictions, we’ve managed to successfully implement very challenging and crucial projects.’

Key clients

Alautransservice LLP

TengizTransGaz LLP

CAIH Power LLP

RG Brands Kazakhstan

Nomad Insurance

Area Plus JV Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised TengizTransGaz and Alautransservice on cost and tax efficient corporate restructuring.
  • Represented Area Plus JV Ltd in a dispute with the Kazakhstan customs authorities regarding the forfeiture of an aircraft.
  • Advised on international tax structuring for CAIH Power LLP and its Ultimate Beneficial Owners.

Kazakhstan > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Sayat Zholshy & Partners primarily acts for international clients, often in conjunction with international law firms in need of local counsel. Tax, corporate and antitrust disputes constitute the heart of the practice, but the firm also demonstrates strength in disputes involving financial institutions, insolvency and restructuring matters, construction and real estate matters as well as investment disputes. Senior partner Vitaliy Vodolazkin in Almaty is the head of the practice which includes Amir Begdesenov, whose expertise includes competition and IP matters with a particular focus on the energy and natural resources sector, and Yelena Tyureikina  as the key tax expert.

Practice head(s):

Vitaliy Vodolazkin

Testimonials

‘We believe that Sayat Zholshy has a strong litigation practice and is skillful in resolving disputes with government authorities. Their dispute resolution team is very professional and focused on the client.’

‘Senior partner Vitaliy Vodolazkin has an excellent knowledge of law, Kazakhstani court practice and understanding of our industry.’

‘We always got clear advice, recommendations, and support during all stages of litigation.’

‘Vitaliy Vodolazkin is really hard-working and fully client-oriented, and he has impressive experience in dispute resolution.’

‘Sayat Zholshy has a winning, dedicated and very talented litigation team. Partner engagement in all our cases is exceptional. The firm has lawyers in various branches of law which allows us to cover all our needs. Sayat Zholshy & Partners’ dispute resolution team is the best in antitrust and tax disputes. They have close relationships with many leading international law firms and strive for their high standards.’

Key clients

PSN KazStroy JSC

Nomad Insurance

Batys Techno Services LLP

Area Plus JV Ltd

Eurasian Foods Corporation

RG Brands Kazakhstan

AK NIET

Air Astana

TengizTransGaz

Beeline Kazakhstan

Work highlights

  • Represented Nomad Insurance in several proceedings to appeal the claims of Kazakhstan customs authorities.
  • Represented Area Plus JV Ltd in court, including the Supreme Court, in a dispute regarding the forfeiture of an aircraft, securing a successful outcome for the client.
  • Represented Eurasian Foods Corporation in an antitrust investigation and dispute with the Kazakhstan Antitrust Authority.

Kazakhstan > IP and TMT Tier 2

Sayat Zholshy & Partners acts for some of the largest national and international telecommunications companies operating in Kazakhstan. It is a member of the Scientific and Technical Council for Improvement of Kazakhstan Intellectual Property Law. The practice is led by Almaty-based partner Amir Begdesenov.

Practice head(s):

Amir Begdesenov

Key clients

Beeline Kazakhstan, part of VEON

S&T AG

KWADRON

theSAY Pharma

Cintana Education

Hilti Corporation

Work highlights

  • Assisted S&T Group (Austria) with obtaining merger control clearance of the acquisition of the Iskratel Group.
  • Advised Hilti Corporation (Liechtenstein) on localization of software licence agreements.
  • Assisted Beeline Kazakhstan with the drafting and filing of applications for the registration of trademarks.

Kazakhstan > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Sayat Zholshy & Partners‘ work in the field of commercial, corporate and M&A has involved conducting legal due diligence on over 100 projects, structuring and supporting M&A transactions and setting up joint ventures. The practice is led by Nur-Sultan-based partner Arman Berdalin.

Practice head(s):

Arman Berdalin

Testimonials

This is the team on which you may fully rely. Very open minded, understanding the peculiarities of local business environment and law enforcement practices. Sayat Zholshy’s team possesses knowledge not only on local legislation, but also of the neighboring countries and the laws of jurisdictions of main economic partners, key concepts of EU laws, that makes their advice practical and helpful.’

‘Olzhas Daniyarov, senior associate, is our main contact in the team, practicing in corporate and M&A, but also managing overall legal support of our business in Kazakhstan. Olzhas is a mature lawyer, capable of providing an independent opinion and proposing practical decisions.’

‘I have immensely enjoyed working with Arman Berdalin, who has been a safe pair of hands for many years now, and I did not hesitate to involve him in one of my first matters at my new firm. Arman has not only the technical capability to do the work, but also a strategic vision of the market he operates in and the clients he has to work for or opposite.’

Key clients

Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs

S&T group

PPG Industries Inc.

KMG Engineering

TengizTransGaz and Alautransservice

CAIH Power LLP

Purmo Group

DynaEnergetics Europe GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised the S&T Group, Austria, on antitrust issues arising from the acquisition of Iskratel Group.
  • Advised PPG Industries Inc. (USA) on merger control clearance in Kazakhstan in connection with the acquisition of Tikkurila, a Finnish manufacturer of paints and lacquers.
  • Advised Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs on the development and implementation of corporate governance standards in Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan > Energy and natural resources Tier 3

Sayat Zholshy & Partners has an excellent reputation in the oil and gas and mining sectors in Kazakhstan, as is reflected by its work for foreign investors, suppliers of technology and equipment, and providers of transportation services to businesses operating in the energy arena. The firm is able to advise clients on the implementation of large projects by leveraging the experience of practitioners in areas such as corporate, antitrust, tax and dispute resolution. Having worked on projects including the construction of a 500kV transmission line connecting Western and Northern Kazakhstan, it now works with major national companies such as Premium Oil Trans, KMG Engineering and Alautransservice. The practice is led by Almaty-based partner Amir Begdesenov. Gulmira Abenova was promoted to of counsel in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Amir Begdesenov

Other key lawyers:

Rustam Ospanov; Dmitriy Chumakov; Gulmira Abenova

Testimonials

SZP was involved in the most important large-scale projects in Kazakhstan. This firm is capable of covering all legal aspects, such as commercial, antitrust, M&A, tax, etc. This is why we do not need to involve other advisors for our various projects.’

‘In each of our projects, we involve Amir Begdesenov, who has been a SZP partner since 2014. Amir is a business-focused lawyer who understands our business and has a good understanding of what we want.’

Key clients

PSN KazStroy JSC

TengizTransGaz

Alautransservice

CAIH Power LLP

KMG Engineering

Premium Oil Trans

Work highlights

  • Advised TengizTransGaz and Alautrans service on cost and tax efficient corporate restructuring.
  • Represented PSN KazStroy JSC – the largest provider of brownfield services to oil and gas companies – in a dispute over construction of facilities in offshore oil fields in the Caspian Sea.
  • Advised and represented KMG Engineering in antitrust dispute with respect to certain engineering services for oil and gas enterprises.

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

Sayat Zholshy & Partners acts for clients on real estate transactions, leasing matters and development and construction investment projects. It also leverages its banking practice to handle the financing aspects of real estate projects. Vitaliy Vodolazkin heads up the practice, which has particular expertise in matters involving distressed assets and encumbered real properties.

Practice head(s):

Vitaliy Vodolazkin

Testimonials

‘Sayat Zholshy & Partners law firm specialises in real estate transactions. I believe there are few specialists who can foresee all risks that might arise out of a real estate transaction in Kazakhstan. Our experience shows that Sayat Zholshy & Partners successfully copes with this challenge.’

‘We work with senior partner Vitaliy Vodolazkin. He successfully closes all real estate transactions – he is definitely adept at that. I would recommend him to anyone who wants to purchase or sell expensive real estate in Kazakhstan.’

‘Sayat Zholshy & Partners litigation team deeply understands all specifics of construction and real estate business – this is definitely their advantage.’

‘Senior partner Vitaliy Vodolazkin is our key contact in Sayat Zholshy & Partners. Vitaliy Vodolazkin knows a great deal about how to resolve construction and real estate disputes.’

Key clients

PSN KazStroy JSC

Nomad Insurance JSC

RG Brands Kazakhstan

Eurasian Foods Corporation JSC

Hilti Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised RG Brands Kazakhstan on the acquisition of a premium-class office facility from the developer.
  • Represented PSN KazStroy JSC in a dispute with a contractor over a subcontract for the construction of facilities in offshore oil fields in the Caspian Sea.
  • Represented Nomad Insurance JSC in a civil liability insurance dispute with a contractor engaged in the construction of a water main conduit in the Zhambyl Oblast, Republic of Kazakhstan.

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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
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
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Gulmira Abenova photoMrs Gulmira AbenovaGulmira Abenova, Attorney-at-Law, of Counsel in Sayat Zholshy & Partners Within her…
Amir Begdesenov photoMr Amir BegdesenovAmir Begdesenov is a Partner in Sayat Zholshy & Partners. He is…
Arman Berdalin photoMr Arman BerdalinArman Berdalin is a head of the Nur-Sultan Sayat Zholshy & Partners…
Aidyn Bikebayev photoMr Aidyn BikebayevAidyn Bikebayev is a senior partner and founder of Sayat Zholshy &…
Dmitry Chumakov photoMr Dmitry ChumakovDmitriy is a partner and long-standing member of Sayat Zholshy & Partners.…
Aidos Kussainov photoMr Aidos KussainovAidos Kussainov is an Of Counsel. He supervises all projects on obtaining…
Rustam Ospanov photoMr Rustam OspanovRustam Ospanov is a Senior Partner in Sayat Zholshy & Partners.  The…
Assel Sandybayeva photoMrs Assel SandybayevaAssel Sandybayeva is an Of Counsel and Attorney-at-Law in Sayat Zholshy &…
Yelena Tyureikina photoMrs Yelena TyureikinaYelena Tyureikina is a Partner in Sayat Zholshy & Partners.  Yelena has…
Vitaliy Vodolazkin photoMr Vitaliy VodolazkinSenior Partner, Mr. Vitaliy Vodolazkin regularly participates in important large-scale Kazakhstan court proceedings…
Number of lawyers : 30
at this office : 27
English
German
Kazakh
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

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 megacities, 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.

Areas of practice:
Antitrust (Competition) law
Criminal law
Family law
Dispute resolution
Tax law
Corporate law & Corporate Governance/ M&A
Labour law
Real estate and construction
Bankruptcy and Rehabilitation
Licence and Regulatory Permits
Intellectual Property
Law-making Practice
Foreign Employments Permits
Technical Regulation and Certification
Infrastructure Projects. Public-Private Partnership
Natural Resources. Manufacturing and Power
Banking and Finance
Food industry
Transport and Telecom
Agriculture

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Antitrust/competition Aidyn Bikebayevabikebayev@szp.kz+7-727-2222-711
Antitrust/competition Amir Begdessenovabegdesenov@szp.kz+7-727-2222-711
Dispute resolution Vitaliy Vodolazkinvvodolazkin@szp.kz+7-727-2222-711
Dispute resolution Assel Sandybayevaasandybaeva@szp.kz+7-727-2222-711
Corporate and M&A Arman Berdalinaberdalin@szp.kz+7-727-2222-711
Corporate and M&A Olzhas Daniyarovo.daniyarov@szp.kz+7-727-2222-711
IP and TMT Amir Begdesenovabegdesenov@szp.kz+7-727-2222-711
Banking and finance Vitaliy Vodolazkinvvodolazkin@szp.kz+7-727-2222-711
Real estate and Construction Assel Sandybayevaasandybaeva@szp.kz+7-727-2222-711
Natural resources. Manufacturing industry and energy Amir Begdesenovabegdesenov@szp.kz+7-727-2222-711
Tax law Rustam Ospanovospanov@szp.kz+7-727-2222-711
Tax law Yelena Tyureikinatyureikina@szp.kz+7-727-2222-711
Employment and work permits Aidos Kussainovkaydos@szp.kz+7-727-2222-711
Licences and regulatory Dmitriy Chumakovchumakov@szp.kz+7-727-2222-711
Restructuring and insolvency Vitaliy Vodolazkinvvodolazkin@szp.kz+7-727-2222-711
White-collar crime Rustam Ospanovospanov@szp.kz+7-727-2222-711
Infrastructure Projects. Public-Private Partnership Gilmura Abenovagulmira@szp.kz+7-727-2222-711
Family law Dmitriy Chumakovchumakov@szp.kz+7-727-2222-711
Law-making practice Arman Berdalinaberdalin@szp.kz+7-727-2222-711
Managing partner : 1
Senior Partner : 3
Partner : 3
Of Counsel : 8
Senior associate : 5
Associate : 10
English
Russian
German
Polish
Kazakh
Turkish
Chinese
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