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

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Kazakhstan > Commercial, corporate and M&A

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Curtis MastersBaker & McKenzie – CIS, Limited

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Curtis MastersBaker & McKenzie – CIS, Limited

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.

Kazakhstan > Tax and customs

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.

Kazakhstan > Real estate and construction (including projects)

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.

Kazakhstan > Banking, finance and capital markets

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.