Ms Natalya Braynina > AEQUITAS > Almaty, Kazakhstan > Lawyer Profile

ALMATY 050000

Work Department

Energy & Natural Resources, Competition & Antitrust, Regulatory compliance


Partner, Head of Energy & Natural Resources


Ms. Braynina specializes in civil, investment, antitrust and corporate law, subsoil and healthcare legislation.

She provided legal support to clients in the course of privatization of a major Kazakhstan petroleum company, acquisition of a major Kazakhstan refinery, execution of a number of subsoil use contracts relating to oil and gas and solid minerals, transfer of subsoil use rights and attraction of financing secured by subsoil use rights and other property. Ms. Braynina represented clients in acquisitions of local companies and assets, including companies active in the oil and gas, mining and oil-related sectors, and represented clients in a number of litigations over subsoil use rights.

She took internship at the London office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (UK) and at a number of law firms in Philadelphia, USA, including Bespalov & Partners and Wagman & Partners.


1993-present AEQUITAS Law Firm – Partner
1991-1993 Kazakhstan-Turkey joint venture – Head of Legal Department


English, Russian


International Bar Association (IBA)
Kazakhstan Petroleum Lawyers’ Association
Kazakhstan Bar Association (KazBar)
Non-commercial Partnership Supporting Competition in the CIS Countries
Competition Protection Counsel of  National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of the Republic of Kazakhstan Atameken


1991 Kazakh State University, LLB, Kazakhstan

Lawyer Rankings

Kazakhstan > Energy and natural resources

(Leading individuals)

Natalya BrayninaAEQUITAS

The team at AEQUITAS frequently assists international law firms and corporations seeking to invest into Kazakhstan’s oil and gas and natural resources markets. The group is also experienced in labour and antitrust issues and subsoil user procurement mandates; it was the first local firm to draft subsoil contracts. Managing partner Olga Chentsova was notably involved in drafting the petroleum and subsoil use law; he and Natalya Braynina lead on handling key matters including corporate and environmental issues, subsoil use, litigation and arbitration proceedings.

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.