Mr Nurlan Sholanov > AEQUITAS > Almaty, Kazakhstan > Lawyer Profile

ALMATY 050000

Work Department

Corporate law, Business law, Infrastructure Projects. Public-Private Partnership (PPP), M&A, Agriculture


Partner, Head of Corporate law


Nurlan Sholanov specializes in the area of civil, corporate, land and environmental law.

Mr. Sholanov possesses extensive experience in the area of corporate relations, construction, immovable property, securing of obligations and legal support of cross-border financial transactions. At present, he is focusing on project finance, deal structuring and various corporate matters related to the legal support of doing business in Kazakhstan, as well as environmental projects. He is also supervising interaction with governmental agencies in his areas of specialization.

For many years in a row, he has been largely recognized as Kazakhstan’s leading corporate lawyer by international rating publications. Over the last several years, Nurlan, as a recommended local expert, has been personally engaged by Asian Development Bank to advise on complex public borrowing matters. Nurlan coordinated business restructuring of a major oil company in several Central Asia jurisdictions.


1995-present AEQUITAS Law Firm – Partner
1994-1995 Office of the Supreme Soviet of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Advisor


English, Kazakh, Russian


Kazakhstan Bar Association
Working Group of the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Working Group of the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of the Republic of Kazakhstan for environmental legislation amendment issues


1994  Kazakh State University, LLB, Kazakhstan


Musician, poet, singer.

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 > Commercial, corporate and M&A

The corporate and M&A team at AEQUITAS frequently advises local Kazakh companies on listings on the London and Kazakhstan Stock Exchanges. Additionally, it has also acted on major inbound acquisitions, the establishment of Kazakh subsidiaries, and the development of important corporate legislation. The team handles the full range of M&A-related work, from due diligence to applications for the approval of transactions by anti-monopoly government agencies. Nurlan Sholanov supervises on project finance matters and is particularly well-versed in M&A and private equity issues. Natalya Braynina leads on M&A, and Yuliya Chumachenko is also a key contact.

Kazakhstan > Banking, finance and capital markets

AEQUITAS advises international clients on local regulations, securities work, investment portfolios, and complex projects. The team also has a strong track record in cooperating with international law firms on IPOs. Head of the banking and finance team. Nurlan Sholanov supervises on key project finance matters. The group works frequently with the Astana International Financial Centre.

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.