Firm Profile > Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited > Almaty, Kazakhstan

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited
SAMAL-2, 050051 ALMATY

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited handles high-profile transactions and covers the full spectrum of M&A legal services including advising on share and asset acquisitions, IPOs and securitisations, cross-border and local reorganisations, and legal due diligence. With experience in the transportation and oil and gas industries, the group works closely with the firm's offices across CIS, Europe, North America and the Middle East. Curtis Masters is director of the Kazakhstan office and is one of the pre-eminent foreign lawyers in Kazakhstan; he is an expert in cross-border financial transactions, M&A and privatisation issues. Igor Kolupayev specialises in tax and corporate matters, with notable experience in complex international corporate reorganisations.

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General Electric Company

Weatherford International


Dispute resolution Tier 2

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited focuses on international and local arbitration and litigation proceedings involving disputes with state authorities, including anti-monopoly and tax and custom authorities. The practice has experience in the oil and gas, energy, mining, infrastructure, agriculture and construction sectors, and leverages the firm's wider network on cross-border litigation and arbitration. Managing partner Azamat Kuatbekov has broad experience across complex litigation and arbitration matters, and newly promoted partner Alexander Korobeinikov specialises in commercial litigation and international and domestic arbitration. Andrei Yorsh focuses on IP infringement work and leads the local compliance and anti-corruption practice; he has notable expertise in compliance risk assessments, due diligence and anti-corruption investigations.

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Very efficient and proactive, responsive to the client’s needs and result-oriented. The dispute lawyers are dedicated and focused, keeping excellent communication line and making us feel well taken care of.’

Baker & McKenzie – CIS is a client oriented firm, always adheres to client’s budget and provides a wide variety of services of good quality.

Alexander Korobeinikov is a lawyer “to come back to”. He loves what he does, knows what he does and pledges to the client’s case more than you’d expect. Highly recommend.

Azamat Kuatbekov (partner) and Alexander Korobeinikov (associate) are commercially oriented, well experienced, attentive to clients, knowledgable; provide products of excellent quality and always meet deadlines.

Key clients

Metinvest Holding LLC

KazTransGas JSC

KAZ Minerals

United Cement Group plc

IP and TMT Tier 2

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited protects and enforces IP rights in Kazakhstan, and is involved in a number of major projects including the management of extensive trade mark portfolios. Managing partner Azamat Kuatbekov  has experience in complex cross-border transactions and disputes, and wider IP mandates; he leads the practice, which also fields Andrei Yorsh, who specialises in litigation in the CIS area and focuses on IP infringement work for trade marks and pharmacy patents. Senior associate Nurgul Abdreyeva is active in cross-border transactions and regulatory IP matters.

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British American Tobacco


Tax and customs Tier 2

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited provides complex cross-border tax structuring advice and also handles tax structuring mandates, tax and customs disputes, transactional planning and drafting work, and tax due diligence issues. Curtis Masters is a pre-eminent foreign lawyer in Kazakhstan, and specialises in cross-border financial transactions, M&A, privatisations and leasing issues, and acts for clients in the insurance, telecoms and real estate sectors. Igor Kolupayev is a tax and corporate counsel and primarily focuses on the tax aspects of M&A, general tax planning work and customs matters.

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Evraz Caspian Steel LLP


Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited has a diverse capital markets practice, which covers securitisation, debt capital markets and equity capital markets transactions. The department also advises on traditional forms of secured and unsecured lending, and has a small but growing Islamic financing practice; it recently advised on the only instance in Kazakhstan where an existing regular commercial bank became an Islamic bank. Curtis Masters, a US-qualified practitioner, is director of the Kazakhstan office and specialises in cross-border financial transactions, M&A, privatisations, leasings and labour and bankruptcy work, and mandates in the aviation, insurance and real estate sectors. Senior associate Gulnur Bekmukhanbetova advises clients on tax matters and also handles complex bankruptcy and insolvency issues; she is also a recognised expert in aircraft leasing and financing work.

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Harbour Litigation Funding

Energy and natural resources Tier 3

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited acts for foreign clients making investments in Kazakhstan and local companies, and has in-depth knowledge of local laws alongside experience in cross-border transactions; the group regularly works with the firm's network of foreign offices. Clients stem from the power, mining and oil and gas industries and instruct the team on licensing regulation work, real estate and construction matters, trade compliance issues and domestic litigation. Azamat Kuatbekov is head of the Almaty office's energy and natural resources practice, which also fields Nurgul Abdreyeva, who is active in cross-border transactions and regulatory advice.

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KazTransGaz JSC

Real estate and construction (including projects) Tier 3

Baker & McKenzie - CIS, Limited's broad practice advises clients on complex, high-end commercial, industrial, and infrastructure projects including drafting EPC and FIDIC contracts. Curtis Masters leads the group and specialises in cross-border financing transactions, M&A, privatisation work, aviation-related matters, leasings, labour law and real estate issues. Masters counts international hotel chains in Kazakhstan, foreign embassies, contractors and operators of renewable energy facilities on his client roster. He is assisted by counsel Igor Kolupayev and associate Kuben Abzhanov.

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United States Embassy

Leroy Merlin

Miral Asset Management

Metka – EGN

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Mr Azamat Kuatbekov  photo Mr Azamat Kuatbekov
Mr Curtis Masters  photo Mr Curtis Masters