Firm Profile > Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP > Almaty, Kazakhstan

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP
050059 ALMATY

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP represents the Republic of Kazakhstan in strategic, high-profile international arbitration cases, and its team is particularly noted for its experience of the oil and gas industry. Notably, the group acts for the national uranium producer of Kazakhstan regarding disputes concerning international joint venture arrangements. Based in Paris, Peter Wolrich and Geoffroy Lyonnet are involved in high-stakes arbitration for the Republic of Kazakhstan; located in Almaty, Askar Moukhitdinov supervises all work in Kazakhstan; operating out of New York, Eric Gilioli serves as lead negotiator for government entities in the Kazakh energy industry. Additionally, Hermann Ferre is lead disputes partner for construction arbitration. The team is fluent in English, Russian, and Kazakh.

Practice head(s):

Peter Wolrich; Geoffroy Lyonnet; Askar Moukhitdinov; Eric Gilioli; Hermann Ferre


‘The Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle legal team has, in my experience, a facility for dealing with complex technical and commercial aspects of international arbitration and ADR, at a level of understanding that is rare.’

Key clients

Republic of Kazakhstan



Energy and natural resources Tier 2

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP acts for the Republic of Kazakhstan, key national companies and Kazakhstan's sovereign wealth fund on significant and high-value project financings and handles international arbitrations in the oil and gas, uranium and natural energy sectors. Managing partner Askar Moukhitdinov leads on all major deals; Eric Gilioli focuses primarily on corporate and arbitration work; and counsel Nurlan Mukhitdinov is an expert in corporate, tax, subsoil and environmental issues in the oil and gas sector.

Practice head(s):

Askar Moukhitdinov; Eric Gilioli

Other key lawyers:

Nurlan Mukhitdinov

Key clients

Republic of Kazakhstan


The firm: Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, founded in 1830, was one of the first US law firms to develop a truly international practice. Dedicated to counselling clients involved with some of the most challenging transnational transactions and complex multi-jurisdictional disputes, Curtis represents multinational companies, international financial institutions, governments and state-owned entities, family and other privately held businesses, entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals. With offices in the United States, Central and East Asia, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East, Curtis is located in the key business centres where clients need the firm most.

Areas of practice: Curtis established its Almaty office in 2008. The firm’s attorneys in the region focus on oil and gas, energy, infrastructure development and public projects, investment management and international arbitration. The firm has served as legal advisor on some of the largest projects in Kazakhstan, counselling both private sector companies and government entities.

Curtis continues to be a trusted advisor to the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Justice on strategic oil and gas matters in Kazakhstan. In January 2017, Curtis partner Eric Gilioli was awarded a medal for Distinguished Labor in recognition of his legal work in the Kazakh oil and gas industry.

The office’s Kazakhstan lawyers work closely with commercial, tax and international arbitration lawyers from its London, Paris and New York offices.

The Almaty office is particularly strong in oil and gas and energy work in Kazakhstan, but also undertakes corporate and capital markets work, reflecting the developing legal services market in the country.

The firm’s market-leading international arbitration practice continues to represent the Republic of Kazakhstan in high-profile arbitrations. The team represents clients in matters ranging from complex “multiparty, multijurisdictional” disputes to mid-sized commercial arbitrations and mediations and is involved in all stages of the arbitration process, including drafting arbitration clauses and, in the event of a dispute, handling pre-arbitration negotiations and representing clients before arbitral bodies and in court proceedings to recognise and enforce arbitral awards.

The team’s practitioners have appeared before all the major European and international arbitral bodies in disputes arising under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the rules of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).

Resident attorneys in the Almaty office are admitted to practice in Kazakhstan. Curtis Mallet-Prevost (Kazakhstan) LLP is owned by Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP (New York).

Department Name Email Telephone
Competition and antitrust
Energy/oil and gas
Finance and capital markets
Hotels and tourism
Intellectual property
International and sovereign wealth funds
International arbitration
Investment management
Mergers and acquisitions
Private equity
Project development and finance
Real estate and construction
Restructuring and insolvency
Venture capital
Contact : Askar Moukhitdinov
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