Mr Aset Shyngyssov > Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP > Astana, Kazakhstan > Lawyer Profile

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
010000 ASTANA

Work Department

Corporate Business Transactions


Aset is the managing partner of Morgan Lewis’s Almaty and Astana offices. He concentrates his practice on corporate law and corporate transactions, primarily mergers and acquisitions (M&A). Aset handles transactions in Kazakhstan and throughout Central Asia involving clients in the oil and gas, banking, capital markets and hospitality industries. Chambers, Legal 500 and International Financial Law Review consistently rank him among the top Kazakhstan lawyers for his experience in natural resources and corporate and commercial law. For more information, view Aset’s biography at


English, Russian, Kazakh


Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)


Indiana University School of Law, 1998, LL.M.; Muskie Fellow Kazakh State Law University, 1996, J.D. equivalent; Almaty Institute of Foreign Languages, 1993, B.A. equivalent.

Lawyer Rankings

Kazakhstan > Banking, finance and capital markets

(Leading individuals)

Aset ShyngyssovMorgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Led by firm managing partner Aset Shyngyssov, the finance offering at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in Kazakhstan advises corporates, banks, equity funds and sovereign wealth funds across a number of areas including secured financing and cross-border joint ventures. Alongside this, the firm is seen on a number of cross-border transactions in regions including the US, UK, France, UAE and Singapore. Aida Akhmetova  represents clients involved in cross-border investments and commercial transactions in Kazakhstan, whereas Asem Bakenova and Bakhytzhan Kadyrov  are both noted individuals from the firm. Senior Associate Anna Kornilova joined from Kinstellar LLP .

Kazakhstan > Dispute resolution

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP combines the expertise of its Kazakhstan-based and London-based dispute lawyers to advise global clients on complex cross-border disputes. The firm is present on cross-border international arbitrations alongside local litigation in Kazakhstan courts. Aset Shyngyssov heads the litigation practice and serves as a liaison partner between the London and Kazakhstan offices, while Bakhytzhan Kadyrov  helps clients with domestic and international litigation and arbitration matters. Asem Bakenova is based in Astana and has experience on administration proceedings and investigations, whereas Aida Akhmetova  represents clients in litigation involving international elements and state authorities.

Kazakhstan > Real estate and construction (including projects)

(Leading individuals)

Aset ShyngyssovMorgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP are a leading firm in the real estate and construction market within Kazakhstan, having represented corporate clients, real estate companies and investment banks, with the team having over two decades of experience within the region and the broader Central Asia and Caspian region. Aset Shyngyssov heads the practice and has led in numerous deals in the region, including large infrastructure and real estate projects, cross-border financings, and capital markets transactions. Bakhytzhan Kadyrov  has experience in the hotel management and hospitality projects, serving both owners and hotel managers on various Kazakhstan law matters.

Kazakhstan > Energy and natural resources

(Hall of Fame)

Aset ShyngyssovMorgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP fields an experienced energy and natural resources team that is supported by lawyers in London, US, Singapore and Hong Kong, with a track record in innovative transactions in the energy sector in Kazakhstan and elsewhere in Central Asia. The team advises clients in project development and finance within the oil and gas, mining and power industry. Aset Shyngyssov leads the team and handles M&A, financing and dispute resolution for significant clients in the oil and gas sector, while Asem Bakenova is engaged in complex energy projects and is noted for ‘valuable advice on EPC related matters.’

Kazakhstan > Commercial, corporate and M&A

(Hall of Fame)

Aset ShyngyssovMorgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP field a seasoned team in the corporate and business transactions space, representing major corporates, investment banks and sovereign wealth funds across different economic sectors including energy and natural resources alongside the transportation sector. The firm is prevalent in international cross-border transactions across Europe, US and the UAE. Aset Shyngyssov is well regarded for his experience in leading numerous mergers and acquisitions across the region, alongside Bakhytzhan Kadyrov  who is focused on M&A, antitrust and other corporate matters. Aida Akhmetova  represents clients involved in M&A, cross-border investments and commercial transactions, while senior associate Anna Kornilova joined from Kinstellar LLP in 2023.