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 is recognised for its expertise in the construction sector, where it handles the tax aspects of the construction of major industrial and social facilities, infrastructure projects and large residential complexes in Kazakhstan. Olga Chentsova and Nurlan Sholanov lead the team.

Kazakhstan > Real estate and construction (including projects)

AEQUITAS is recognised for its work handling the construction of major industrial and social facilities, and its involvement in large residential complexes in Kazakhstan; the practice recently assisted with the construction of an artificial island in the Caspian offshore zone, and advised on the construction of oil pipelines and infrastructure facilities. Group co-head Nurlan Sholanov focuses on renewable energy mandates and has extensive experience in project finance, deal structuring and corporate matters; fellow co-head Olga Chentsova is also a key contact for corporate-related issues. Counsel Kulyash M. Ilyasova recently joined from a role at Caspian University; she has experience advising leading oil companies operating in Kazakhstan on complex infrastructure projects.

Kazakhstan > Commercial, corporate and M&A

AEQUITAS frequently acts as local counsel on major international and regional projects, and is particularly active in M&A. The group has advised leading companies on their listings on the London Stock Exchange and Kazakhstan Stock Exchange, and recently participated in the development of key acts in Kazakhstan’s corporate legislation. With substantial experience in establishing joint ventures, M&A, corporate restructurings and management buy-outs, Nurlan Sholanov leads the corporate practice and also supervises project finance matters. Natalya Braynina is an expert in corporate and contract issues, while Yuliya Chumachenko specialises in civil, contract, labour and antitrust law.

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.