Ms Yelena Pestereva > AEQUITAS > Almaty, Kazakhstan > Lawyer Profile

ALMATY 050000

Work Department

Banking & Finance, Environmental


Partner, Head of Banking & Finance practice


Yelena Pestereva leads the firm’s banking and finance practice and also specializes in corporate law including the establishment of, and acquisition of shares and interests in Kazakhstan companies, corporate compliance matters, subsoil use, and environmental law.

Yelena joined the team of AEQUITAS in 2016 after many years working in the Kazakhstan offices of international law firms Dechert LLP, Chadbourne & Parke LLP, and Denton Wilde Sapte.

For more than 10 years of work at law firms Yelena consulted major US, European, Russian and Asian clients, as well as Kazakhstan companies on a wide range of corporate and compliance matters, as well as providing legal advice on M&A projects and transactions with securities issued by Kazakhstan companies. Yelena also participated in the IPO KEGOC JSC at the Kazakhstan stock exchange.

In 2010, Ms. Pestereva was recognized by Best Lawyers as the best lawyer in the field of arbitration and mediation, banking and financial law. Chambers and Partners named her as a recognized expert in 2015, 2016 and 2019.


English, Russian


International Bar Association (IBA)
Kazakhstan Bar Association (KazBar)
Association of Financiers of Kazakhstan (AFK)


Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. (LLM, 2012)
Higher Law School Adilet, Kazakhstan (Law degree, 2004)
Kazakh State University of World Languages named after Ablai Khan (1997)

Lawyer Rankings

Kazakhstan > Banking, finance and capital markets

AEQUITAS assists clients with local business financing transactions, security issues, bank loans and acquisition financing mandates. The team also handles the issuance and placement of shares, depository receipts and bonds on financial markets. AIG is a key client for the practice, which also recently advised Deutsche Bank on a variety of matters. Yelena Pestereva leads the banking and finance team and is experienced in corporate and compliance mandates, including environmental legislation work. Nurlan Sholanov is also a noteworthy practitioner.