Mr Valikhan Shaikenov > AEQUITAS > Almaty, Kazakhstan > Lawyer Profile

ALMATY 050000

Work Department

Supervises banking & finance and dispute resolution teams


Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution and Arbitration practice


Valikhan Shaikenov is the head of AEQUITAS Dispute Resolution and Arbitration practice, and he exclusively focuses on disputes. He represents clients in the Kazakh courts of all levels and handles complex evidence heavy cross-border commercial disputes. He has represented clients as counsel and assisted them in other forms in commercial arbitrations under the SCC, LCIA, ICC, UNCITRAL, and GAFTA rules, as well as under the rules of several Kazakhstan arbitration institutes. He has acted as an expert in foreign court proceedings and investment arbitrations. Valikhan has received appointments as an arbitrator from the SCC (Stockholm) and the Arbitration Center of the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

He graduated with honors from the Adilet Academy of Jurisprudence and earned his LL.M. degree from the Georgetown University Law Center (Washington, D.C.) where he was majoring in international commercial and investment arbitration.  He received a fellowship from the United States State Department (via the Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program).

He completed legal and research internships at the Law Library of Congress and the International Law Institute “ILI” in Washington, D.C. and took legal internship with the international arbitration practice of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP in London, UK.

Valikhan has authored a number of serious analytical publications, which, alongside with outlining the dispute resolution legal issues topical for Kazakhstan, offer the ways to overcome these.

He is regularly speaking and moderating at panels of global professional events where speakers are the world’s best litigators and arbitration lawyers.  He is a Co-Chair of the Europe Caucasus Asia (ECA) Forum, which is the only IBA post-Soviet region focused conference and has 13-year track record.

Valikhan is a member of the working group that has been formed under a Memorandum of Understanding between EBRD, TheCityUK and the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) with a view to contribute to establishing the AIFC.

Under Valikhan’s supervision, the firm’s dispute resolution practice has been ranked in Band/Tier 1 by Chambers & Partners (in 2014 and 2018) and Legal 500 (in 2017 and 2018). The firm’s real estate and construction practice, significantly contributed by Valikhan, has been ranked likewise by the same directories in 2017 and 2018.


English, Russian


International Bar Association (IBA)
Kazakhstan Bar Association (KazBar)
Kazakhstan Petroleum Lawyers’ Association (KPLA)


Adilet Academy of Jurisprudence, Kazakhstan (Law degree, 2008)
Georgetown University Law Center , Washington, D.C. (LL.M. degree, 2012).


Hiking, traveling, reading, interviewing people

Lawyer Rankings

Kazakhstan > Dispute resolution

(Leading individuals)

Valikhan ShaikenovAEQUITAS

AEQUITAS focuses on complex, multi-jurisdictional commercial disputes including foreign and local commercial arbitration proceedings and cross-border litigation, and regularly acts for foreign investors in disputes with a Kazakh law element. The practice employs two ex-Supreme Court Justices; Aislou Shaikenova and Violetta Kim. Valikhan Shaikenov is head of the dispute resolution and arbitration practice, which also includes managing partner Olga Chentsova, who has represented major global oil and mining companies in claims pertaining to civil, corporate and environmental law; Chentsova also focuses on investment treaty protection issues and matters in the oil and gas, mining and construction sectors. Senior associate Ardak Idayatova specialises in civil, contract, land, tax and customs law.