Firm Profile > AEQUITAS > Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

AEQUITAS
11 KABANBAI BATYR AVENUE, OFFICE 45
ASTANA 010000
Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan > Dispute resolution Tier 1

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.

Practice head(s):

Valikhan Shaikenov; Ardak Idayatova

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

TransGroup Systems L.P.

Kazakhstan > Real estate and construction (including projects) Tier 1

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.

Practice head(s):

Ardak Idayatova

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Syndicate of lenders comprising the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Eurasian Development Bank, and the Islamic Development Bank

Eurochem Karatau LLP

Kazakhstan > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 2

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.

Practice head(s):

Nurlan Sholanov

Testimonials

‘Very responsive and diligent. Great team and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Operative and exhaustive responses to the client’s queries, ability to work within the hard timelines and under pressure, detailed elaboration of a subject matter.’

Key clients

Gazprombank JSC

Kazakhstan > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

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.

Practice head(s):

Nurlan Sholanov; Natalya Braynina; Yuliya Chumachenko

Testimonials

‘The legal services provided by AEQUITAS have always been and remain at a decent and high professional level. Deep knowledge of their profession, speed and customer focus – all this adequately characterise the AEQUITAS team.’

‘Professional, structured approach to every project. Clear understanding of the client expectations & adaptation of the deliverable in accordance to the client needs.’

‘Very responsive and diligent. Great team and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Proactive approach, timely execution of any project.’

Key clients

Siemens LLP

The Kuwait Food Company

Marks & Spencer

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Kazakhstan > Energy and natural resources Tier 2

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.

Practice head(s):

Olga Chentsova; Natalya Braynina

Key clients

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

China Rising Energy International Co., Ltd.

Zhetysu Volframy LLP

Kazakhstan > Tax and customs Tier 3

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.


AEQUITAS Law Firm when carrying out its’ activities ensures compliance with the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion and prevents any discrimination towards its’ employees, candidates for employment and clients. Since the local legislation does not provide for any diversity and inclusion programs in companies, AEQUITAS does not have such policies and programs. However, we support any initiatives of our employees and clients on this issue and fully share the principles of equality for various segments of the population.