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

ALMATY 050000

Work Department

Dispute Resolution and Arbitration


Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution and Arbitration practice


Valikhan is the head of AEQUITAS Dispute Resolution and Arbitration practice, and he exclusively focuses on disputes.  He represents clients in the Kazakhstan courts of all levels, handles complex evidence heavy cross-border disputes and acts as a counsel in arbitrations seated abroad and in Kazakhstan, as well as an expert in foreign court proceedings, investment and commercial arbitrations.

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 a 12-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.


English, Russian


Kazakhstan Bar Association, International Bar Association, Kazakhstan International Arbitration (KIA)


2008   Adilet Higher Law School, LLB, Kazakhstan
2012 Georgetown University Law Center, LLM, USA


Hiking, traveling, reading, interviewing people

Lawyer Rankings

Kazakhstan > Dispute resolution

(Leading individuals)

Valikhan ShaikenovAEQUITAS

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.