Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP > Almaty, Kazakhstan > Firm Profile

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
KEN DALA BUSINESS CENTER, 5TH FLOOR
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050010 ALMATY
Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan > Legal market overview

Kazakhstan > Real estate and construction (including projects)

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP assists clients with real estate transactions, portfolio management, joint ventures and disputes, among other mandates. Managing partner and general director Aset Shyngyssov  heads up the practice and has experience of leading on M&A, oil and gas and infrastructure projects, among others.

Practice head(s):

Aset Shyngyssov

Other key lawyers:

Bakhytzhan Kadyrov; Karina Ilyussizova

Key clients

Airbus

VTB Bank PJSC

RG Processing

EBRD

Magnetic Oil Ltd.

Arcelor Mittal JSC

RG Processing LLP

EDGE Group PJSC

RTS Ltd.

Kusto Agro Pte.

Work highlights

  • Advised Aldar Properties PJSC on the development, drafting and negotiations of various lease agreements for retail, office, and residential premises in Abu Dhabi Plaza in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. There were more than 100 lease agreements/tenants in total.
  • Acted for VTB Bank PJSC on financing of KazTransGas JSC – the largest gas supply company and operator of Kazakhstan’s major gas pipeline system. The loan proceeds were used to refinance the borrower’s outstanding current debt applied in respect of project for construction of booster stations on main gas pipeline.
  • Advised RG Processing LLP on the construction of a gold processing plant.

Kazakhstan > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s team represents clients in high-value financial matters, including drafting, negotiating and providing advice to an energy company on a $250m trade deal involving Kazakhstan, Switzerland and the UK. More recent additions to its clientbase include a number of Kazakh and international clients. Managing partner and general director Aset Shyngyssov leads the Kazakhstan corporate and commercial practice, and has led M&A, oil and gas and infrastructure projects, among others, in his 20 years of work.

Practice head(s):

Aset Shyngyssov

Other key lawyers:

Karina Ilyussizova; Zhamilya Bilisbekova

Testimonials

‘Firstly, I would like to note the team’s excellent communication skills. We highly appreciated their attentiveness to our issue. They were able to quickly and comprehensively assess our situation and provide timely advice and assistance, extensive, detailed and responsive counsel.’

‘We have mainly worked with Aset Nakupov and Bakhytzhan Kadyrov. The individuals mentioned provided us with excellent product and legal service and practical advice; their vast knowledge of current legislation and considerable experience deserve special mention. The diligence and care shown by these lawyers in our case were very much appreciated.’

Key clients

Kusto Agro

Alstom Transportation

Compass Group / ESS Kazakhstan

Wabtec Corporation

EBRD

Air Astana JSC

Airbus

Kaznickel LLP

RG Processing LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised Kaznickel LLP (full project support on matters of Hong Kong, Singapore and Kazakhstan laws) on a proposed IPO at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX).
  • Represented EBRD in connection with financing of construction, operation and maintenance of solar photovoltaic power plant with capacity of 30MW located in Zhangiztobe village in the East Kazakhstan region.

Kazakhstan > Energy and natural resources Tier 1

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has a first-rate reputation in energy and natural resources projects in Kazakhstan and other neighbouring countries. Under the leadership of Aset Shyngyssov, its team is able to advise on M&A, financing arrangements, equity capital markets transactions, tax issues and dispute resolution. In 2020, Shyngyssov and Karina Ilyussizova were among the advisers to VTB Bank PJSC on the provision of circa $200m to KazTransGas as part of a debt refinancing. Bakhytzhan Kadyrov, Asem Bakenova and Marat Mukhamediyev are other practitioners of note at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Aset Shyngyssov

Testimonials

‘The collaboration with the team was excellent overall. The communication was quick, direct and effective. Their output was always timely, accurate and valuable.’

‘Skilled and very professional partners and associates. I would like to give a specific mention to Mr Aset Shyngyssov and Mr Bakhytzhan Kadyrov for their great business strategy vision that materialized through valuable insights and advice.’

‘The firm is extremely capable in energy practice, especially in renewables. Morgan Lewis supported most of the country’s significant transactions in the RE industry.’

‘Managing partner Mr Asset Shyngyssov and associate Ms Karina Ilyussizova are always ready and able to provide their outstanding knowledge of a subject matter. Partner Asem Bakenova is very experienced in EPC matters.’

Key clients

China National Oil and Gas Exploration and Development Corporation

Compass Group / Eurest Support Services

Magnetic Oil Ltd.

Arcelor Mittal JSC

Indian Oiltanking Limited

EBRD

RG Processing LLP

EDGE Group PJSC

Smape srl

AltynAlmas

Work highlights

  • Represented a Kazakhstan private investment group in connection with due diligence and successful acquisition of oil producing assets (two target companies) in the West of Kazakhstan from an international oil company. There was embedded financing and debt assignment.
  • Assisted a large international oil and gas company in connection with the proposed acquisition of 100% of shares in a subsoil user.
  • Represented VTB Bank PJSC in connection with financing of KazTransGas JSC – the largest gas supply company and operator of Kazakhstan’s major gas pipeline system. The loan proceeds were used to refinance the borrower’s outstanding current debt applied in respect of project for construction of booster stations on main gas pipeline.

Kazakhstan > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP’s corporate and business transactions and finance department represents clients in high-value financial and corporate work, including cross-border trade matters concerning Kazakhstan's natural resources. Managing partner Aset Shyngyssov leads the Kazakhstan corporate and commercial practice, and has led M&A, oil and gas and infrastructure projects, among others, in his two decades of work.

Practice head(s):

Aset Shyngyssov

Testimonials

‘They deliver very comprehensive advice, thinking outside the box. Very approachable.’

‘Asem Bakenova is very proactive and professional. She delivers very high quality advice and is extremely pleasant to work with.’

‘I want to note the ability of the firm to collaborate with other firms, and often around the world, to give us a clear direction even in some complex matters. I would recommend the firm to those clients who are facing cross-practice and multijurisdictional issues.’

‘I want to emphasize the excellent and constructive work with both Aset Shyngyssov and Bakhytzhan Kadyrov. The thing that impressed me most was their creativity. I am sure that they have an excellent understanding of finding creative ways of working within a legal framework, and, most importantly, they always answer the question: ‘How can we get the deal done?’’

‘Skilled and very professional partners and associates. I would like to give a specific mention to Aset Shyngyssov and Bakhytzhan Kadyrov for their great business strategy vision that materialized through valuable insights and advice.’

‘They know the answers to all the client’s questions, help to solve legal problems in the shortest possible time and are always extremely polite and delicate. They are the best in the market of legal services.’

‘The team historically have outstanding capabilities in the practice and is always ready to propose good advice based on their broad experience combining with knowledge of all new market’s legal and commercial insights.’

‘The firm’s managing partner Aset Shyngysov is a brilliant lawyer, one of the market leaders and is very reliable in terms of complicated M&A transactions. Karina Ilyussizova was our direct contact within the transaction. She has outstanding knowledge of the M&A market with brilliant negotiation skills, is very experienced in transactions, is highly reliable, and is always ready to go extra mile for her client.’

Key clients

Kusto Agro Pte.

Alstom Transportation

Compass Group

ESS Kazakhstan

Wabtec Corporation

EBRD

Air Astana JSC

Airbus

Kaznickel LLP

VTB Bank PJSC

RG Processing LLP

Work highlights

  • Representing Kusto Agro on a strategic unprecedented AIFC-based joint venture with Tyson Foods that will engage in creating agro-multi-protein industry in Kazakhstan, including work with the Kazakhstan Government to amend the Kazakhstan investment laws.
  • Represented a Kazakhstan private investment group in connection with due diligence and successful acquisition of oil producing assets (two target companies) in the West of Kazakhstan from an international oil company.
  • Represented RG Processing LLP on a large project in connection with the construction of a gold processing plant.

Kazakhstan > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP focuses on cross-border litigation and arbitration, frequently joining forces with the firm’s London office. Exclusively Kazakh disputes, including arbitration proceedings, are a growing line of work. The group’s expertise includes construction, oil and gas, corporate and tax disputes. The Almaty-based Aset Shyngyssov, managing partner and general director, is the head of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Aset Shyngyssov

Testimonials

‘They have a very strong, skilled and professional team led by Aset Shyngyssov. They are responsive and practical, and always get to the core of the issue. I and my colleagues can rely on Morgan Lewis and recommend them without reservations.’

Key clients

Compass Group/Eurest Support Services

Petrokazakhstan

MRC Global

Alstom Transportation

Smape srl

Wabtec Corporation

EBRD

Airbus

RG Brands

Skytanking Holding GmbH

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Corporate and business transactions Aset Shyngyssov
Corporate and business transactions Klara Nurgaziyeva
Corporate and business transactions Bakhytzhan Kadyrov
M&A Aset Shyngyssov
M&A Klara Nurgaziyeva
M&A Bakhytzhan Kadyrov
Energy transactions Jonathan Hines
Energy transactions Klara Nurgaziyeva
Capital markets Aset Shyngyssov
Real estate Aset Shyngyssov
Real estate Bakhytzhan Kadyrov
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Ms Aida Akhmetova photo Ms Aida AkhmetovaAida is an associate in Morgan Lewis’s corporate business transactions practice who…
Ms Yerke Alikhanova photo Ms Yerke AlikhanovaYerke is an associate in the firm’s corporate business transactions practice, which…
Mr Bakhytzhan Kadyrov photo Mr Bakhytzhan KadyrovKazakh and international companies turn to partner Bakhytzhan Kadyrov for advice on…
Mr Marat Mukhamediyev photo Mr Marat MukhamediyevMarat is an associate in the firm’s corporate business transactions team who…
Ms Klara Nurgaziyeva photo Ms Klara NurgaziyevaKlara is a partner in Morgan Lewis’s corporate business transactions team who…
Mr Aset Shyngyssov photo Mr Aset ShyngyssovAset is the managing partner of Morgan Lewis’s Almaty and Astana offices. He…
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