Dr Olga Chentsova > AEQUITAS > Almaty, Kazakhstan > Lawyer Profile

ALMATY 050000

Work Department

Energy & Natural resources, Environmental, Construction & Real Estate, Arbitration, Law-Making, Animal Law


Managing Partner


Dr. Chentsova’s areas of specialization are civil law, investment, environmental, oil and gas and mining legislation, private international law and construction.

Ms. Chentsova has been advising major global oil and mining companies and leading local companies on issues pertaining to civil, corporate and environmental legislation, investment, subsoil use, litigation and arbitration for more than twenty-seven years.

Ms. Chentsova was on several governmental working groups to develop important commercial legislative acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan (including the Civil Code, Foreign Investment Law, Petroleum Law, etc.). When engaged by the Scientific Private Law Research Institute under the Kazakh State Law Academy (Private Law Center), she participated in the discussion and preparation of proposals to improve the civil legislation, including the Civil Code, Subsoil and Subsoil Use Law and Petroleum Law and a number of other statutes and regulations.

During the recent years, Ms. Chentsova has been actively providing pro bono advice to animal protection organizations and lawmakers on the issues of regulation of relations between humans and animals. Moreover, she participated in numerous discussions and preparation of the Law on Responsible Animal Treatment.


1993-present AEQUITAS Law Firm – Managing Partner
1991-1993 Kazmetallexport – Head of contract and legal department
1990-1991 Supreme Arbitration Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Advisor
1981-1990 Kazakh State University – Lecturer of civil, economic and Roman law


English, Russian


International Bar Association (IBA)
Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)
Kazakhstan Petroleum Lawyers’ Association (KPLA)
Kazakhstan Bar Association (KazBar)
Central Council of the National Public Association “Kazakhstan Union of Lawyers”
Advisory Board of the Best Lawyers publication


1990  Kazakh State University, LLD, Kazakhstan
1981 Kazakh State University, LLB, Kazakhstan


Animal law and animal rights, public foundation and animal shelter “Tail Paradise”, culinary and restaurant, business books and publications

Lawyer Rankings

Kazakhstan > Tax and customs

AEQUITAS focuses primarily on advising international and Kazakh clients in the construction sector on tax-related matters concerning major industrial facilities, infrastructure projects, and residential complexes. Olga Chentsova and Nurlan Sholanov are the practice heads.

Kazakhstan > Energy and natural resources

(Leading individuals)

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The team at AEQUITAS frequently assists international law firms and corporations seeking to invest into Kazakhstan’s oil and gas and natural resources markets. The group is also experienced in labour and antitrust issues and subsoil user procurement mandates; it was the first local firm to draft subsoil contracts. Managing partner Olga Chentsova was notably involved in drafting the petroleum and subsoil use law; he and Natalya Braynina lead on handling key matters including corporate and environmental issues, subsoil use, litigation and arbitration proceedings.

Kazakhstan > Commercial, corporate and M&A

(Hall of Fame)

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Kazakhstan > Dispute resolution

AEQUITAS focuses primarily on complex multijurisdictional commercial disputes, as well as local Kazakh commercial arbitration cases. In 2019, the team became a participant at the Astana International Financial Center. Valikhan Shaikenov splits his time between Almaty and Berlin, and leads on major pro bono work. Ardak Idayatova, who was recently promoted to the partnership, primarily focuses on construction arbitration and litigation. Managing partner Olga Chentsova is an expert in international arbitration cases, particularly those concerning oil and gas, mining and construction.

Kazakhstan > Real estate and construction (including projects)

AEQUITAS excels in advising on the construction of major industrial developments, social facilities and large residential complexes. It handles mandates on a standalone basis and also frequently acts as local counsel to international firms on construction matters. In addition to undertaking non-contentious construction work, a significant portion of the workload involves representing clients in construction disputes. Elsewhere, the firm is noted for its work on structured transactions involving land plots, as well as securing obligations to foreign lenders. One of the names to note is Nurlan Sholanov, who primarily acts for clients on project finance transactions and infrastructure projects, including the development of renewable energy sources. Olga Chentsova is another key name.