Mr Amir Begdesenov > Sayat Zholshy & Partners > Almaty, Kazakhstan > Lawyer Profile

Sayat Zholshy & Partners
050051 ALMATY

Work Department

Intellectual Property

Antitrust Law


Amir Begdesenov is a Partner in Sayat Zholshy & Partners. He is a highly recommended lawyer in the area of antitrust and intellectual property law who provides a full range of specialised services to our clients, including legal advice, trademark registration, extrajudicial and judicial settlement of disputes (including support through audits and inspections conducted by justice, economic investigation and antitrust authorities, and advocacy), and economic concentration approvals.

Amir regularly writes articles and makes presentations on intellectual property and antitrust issues at various conferences and forums.

Amir’s clientele includes national and international companies operating in various sectors of economy, including tobacco, non-alcoholic beverages production, healthcare, TMT, power, etc.

Amir is a co-chairman of the Committee for Antitrust (Competition) Law Issues of the Kazakhstan Bar Association (KazBar), a public association of commercial lawyers.  He is also a member of the Council for Protection of Competition of the Kazakhstan National Chamber of Entrepreneurs, a board member of the Antitrust Alliance.


Amir joined Sayat Zholshy & Partners in June 2010 as an Associate, was promoted to a Senior Associate in January 2011 and became a partner in 2014.  Prior to joining Sayat Zholshy & Partners, Amir worked for about three years in the Tax Advisory Service of a Big 4 accounting firm.  Amir is a cum laude graduate of the Abylai Khan Kazakhstan University of International Relations and World Languages where he specialised in international law.  Further, in 2013, he completed a training course in the Allen & Overy Global Academy (London, UK).


Russian, Kazakh, English, Chinese


Kazakhstan Association of Patent Attorneys;
Scientific and Technical Council for Improvement of Kazakhstan Intellectual Property Law;
Board of the Antitrust Alliance;
Council of the Eurasian Antitrust Association;
Chairman of the Council on Identifying and Eliminating Barriers to Entry under the Almaty City Department of the Kazakhstan Agency for Protection and Development of Competition


The Abylai Khan Kazakhstan University of the International Relations and World Languages, International law, Graduated Summa Cum Laude

Lawyer Rankings

Kazakhstan > IP and TMT

(Leading individuals)

Amir BegdesenovSayat Zholshy & Partners

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.

Kazakhstan > Energy and natural resources

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.

Kazakhstan > Real estate and construction (including projects)

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.

Kazakhstan > Dispute resolution

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.

Kazakhstan > Commercial, corporate and M&A

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.