Ms Ardak Idayatova > AEQUITAS > Almaty, Kazakhstan > Lawyer Profile

ALMATY 050000

Work Department

Infrastructure & PPP, Construction & Real Estate, Dispute Resolution


Partner, Head of Infrastructure & PPP and Dispute Resolution


2007-present AEQUITAS Law Firm – Partner
1999-2007 Private companies – Lawyer


English, Russian, Kazakh


Kazakhstan Bar Association (KazBar)


1999Kainar University, LLB, Kazakhstan


Ardak Idayatova specializes in contract, dispute resolution, public-private partnership, construction and real estate legislation.

She has extended expertise in rendering all-round support to major infrastructure projects, primarily representing foreign investors, international development banks and foreign contractors.  During the past years, Ardak acted as one of the key counsel for the international development banks (EBRD, EDB and IsDB) in connection with financing (US$585 mln) of the first Kazakhstan concession project of special significance involving construction of the Big Almaty Ring Road (BAKAD).

Moreover, Ardak represents and renders expert assistance to clients in foreign commercial arbitrations mainly in connection with construction disputes arising out of different contracts based on FIDIC models (among others, on Red Book, Yellow Book and Pink Book).  Ardak participated in arbitrations seated in Stockholm, Paris and London under the ICC, UNCITRAL, LCIA and SCC rules, including local arbitrations.  For several years, Ardak has been ranked by The Legal 500 as the “rising star” and the “next generation lawyer” in the construction and dispute resolution areas.

Ardak’s clients are EBRD, IsDB, EDB, Salini Costruttori S.P.A., Todini Costruzioni Generali S.p.A., Exxon Mobil, VTB Bank, Punj Lloyd, Johnson&Johnson and others.

Lawyer Rankings

Kazakhstan > Dispute resolution

(Rising stars)

Ardak IdayatovaAEQUITAS

AEQUITAS is particularly well versed in major cross-border disputes for which the firm regularly joins forces with foreign firms through law network TerraLex. Established in 1993, the firm demonstrates particular strength in commercial arbitration and investment arbitration, with construction, employment and insurance disputes accounting for a significant portion of the recent caseload, including matters from the oil and gas sector. The team includes advisors with experience as representatives and arbitrator in arbitration proceedings, including those held under the auspices of the LCIA, ICC, UNCITRAL, GAFTA, SCC and International Commercial Arbitration Court (ICAC). The Almaty-based Ardak Idayatova and managing partner Olga Chentsova direct the practice, which includes a former justice of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Violetta Kim. Since publication, Valikhan Shaikenov and Aislu Shaikenova left the firm.