Firm Profile > Dentons > Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

TALAN TOWERS, 16 floor
16 Dostyq Str.
Nur-Sultan, 010016

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Dentons is noted for its work advising local and international financial institutions and large corporations on complex syndicated bank lending, asset finance, capital markets, structured finance and Islamic finance mandates. The practice also has experience in cross-border transactions and regularly acts for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, and Citibank. Group head Abai Shaikenov actively advises clients in Kazakhstan and focuses on M&A and general corporate transactions including cross-border acquisitions and disposals, privatisations and corporate financing transactions. Counsel Vassiliy Zenov's expertise encompasses banking and finance, capital markets, financial regulations and PPP work, while Ali Imanalin made senior associate in 2019.

Key clients

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

International Finance Corporation

Asian Development Bank

China Construction Bank

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

With extensive experience and 'strong skills' in corporate and M&A, Dentons covers a broad spectrum of corporate issues and deals in Kazakhstan including cross-border foreign investment deals. Practice co-head Abai Shaikenov handles complex finance and M&A transactions in Kazakhstan, and recently advised on the financial restructuring of RBK Bank. Co-head Aigoul Kenjebayeva has notable experience dealing with the legal aspects and tax implications of investing in Kazakhstan, while Victoria Simonova advises on energy, corporate, construction and subsurface use mandates. Counsel Gani Ashimkhan is 'very helpful' and focuses on foreign investment issues, cross-border M&A and general corporate transactions.


The Dentons M&A team showed, as usual, strong skills and availability of resources.

One of the best teams in Kazakhstan. Very experienced and professional lawyers always ready to help.’

Gani Ashimkhan (Counsel) is very helpful in terms of availability and technical skills.

Abai Shaikenov is an extremely client-oriented lawyer with decades of experience, capable of proactively solving a wide range of legal problems in the M&A, corporate and commercial spheres.

Key clients

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Hitachi Construction Machinery Co.

Heidelberg Cement

Kazakhstan Infrastructure Fund C.V., Mubadala Investment Company PJSC

China Construction Bank

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Dentons fields a leading dispute resolution practice in Kazakhstan, and is highly regarded for its expertise in significant international arbitration cases, acting for global and regional companies; the group recently acted for Air Astana in a significant case. Aigoul Kenjebayeva is managing partner of the Kazakhstan and Central Asia offices with experience in arbitration and litigation, while leading practitioner Kanat Skakov co-leads the dispute resolution practice in Kazakhstan. Fellow co-head Victoria Simonova and Daniyar Toigonbaev are also active in the practice.


Dentons is one of top leading law firms in Kazakhstan. It has established a strong litigation practice in Kazakhstan. I have witnessed their professionalism during disputes associated with tax and environmental cases.

Aigoul Kenzhebayev and Kanat Skakov are top ranked lawyers in Kazakhstan. Both of them are not only professional in their areas but also pave ways to improve the lawyering practice in Kazakhstan.’

Key clients

Dalmond Trade House LTD.


HeidelbergCement AG

Air Astana

Salini Costruttori S.P.A.

Energy and natural resources Tier 1

As a recognised leader in the energy and natural resources sector in Kazakhstan, Dentons primarily focuses on mining and oil and gas issues. Highly experienced managing partner Aigoul Kenjebayeva leads the group and acts for oil and gas companies and governments on various high-profile oil and gas matters including upstream, midstream and pipeline acquisitions, greenfield project structuring work and product sales arrangements. Victoria Simonova handles energy projects including oil and gas projects and pipeline matters; while counsel Daniyar Toigonbaev advises on power and natural resources projects, and senior associate Ruslan Nurbekov specialises in M&A and commercial issues.


One of the best teams in Kazakhstan capable to handle complex matters in a very efficient way.’

Abai Shaikenov is a great lawyer with a perfect level of diligence, integrity and problem-solving approach.

Key clients


Shell Kazakhstan Development

Access Infra Central Asia

International Company for Water and Power Projects

IP and TMT Tier 1

Dentons is one of the only international law firms in Kazakhstan with a dedicated full-service IP practice. The group acts for a client roster, which includes telecoms and media companies, on the full spectrum of issues ranging from the registration of IP and complex franchising transactions to the implementation of IT projects. Aigoul Kenjebayeva heads up the department, which includes senior associate Nataliya Shapovalova, who is a patent attorney and specialises in the protection and enforcement of IP and media regulatory mandates. Associate Aliya Seitova is also a trade mark and patent attorney.


The team is strong in supporting clients on IP matters and trademarks registration.

Due to Dentons size as a global legal advisor, the contacts they have around the world is very impressive.

Aliya Seitova was not only very helpful in general, but carefully followed up on various open matters, which lead to very qualitative result. Galina Pogrebnaya showed strong skills and TMT registration matters.’

Key clients

Eurasian Group LLP

BTS Digital LLP

Pfizer Inc.


Daniel Wellington AB

Chapter 4 Corp.

Nostrum Oil and Gas plc

Real estate and construction (including projects) Tier 1

Dentons provides advice to clients on all aspects of construction work ranging from initial land use, planning and zoning matters to construction, financing, and development management work. The practice also handles regulatory and permitting issues relating to airport, road and motorway projects. Based in Nur-Sultan, practice head Birzhan Zharasbayev has experience in advising major companies on FIDIC and EPC contracts, and has acted on several major infrastructure and development projects. Abai Shaikenov primarily focuses on banking and finance, M&A and real estate mandates; senior associate Ruslan Nurbekov specialises in M&A and general corporate and commercial issues; and Bogdan Piskorskiy focuses on real estate and construction work, infrastructure projects and PPPs.

Key clients

IDOM (Almaty Akimat)

Access Infra Central Asia Ltd.

Shell Kazakhstan Development BV

KAZ Minderals plc

Tax and customs Tier 1

Dentons regularly acts in complex tax and customs disputes in Kazakhstan; the group also assists with the tax elements of natural resources projects and counts major airlines and manufacturing companies as clients. Kanat Skakov is a leading tax and customs lawyer and counts international and local natural resources companies, service providers, airlines, pharmaceuticals companies, banks and manufacturing businesses as clients. Associate Stanislav Lechshak focuses on tax and customs issues in the oil and gas, mining, construction, finance, retail and telecoms sectors.


Dentons in Kazakhstan has a strong knowledge and competency footprint in the country.

I acknowledge the good work of Stanislav Lechshak, specifically for his well-developed, business-oriented approach, care of clients and prompt response.’

Key clients

Schlumberger Logelco Inc.


Axiom Swiss Bank

Louis Vuitton Kazakhstan LLP

Samsung Electronics Central Eurasia LLP