Firm Profile > Dentons > Almaty, Kazakhstan

050000 ALMATY

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

The firm: Dentons is the world’s largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI client service 30 Award winner and recognised by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons’ polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which they live and work.

Dentons’ global team builds agile, tailored solutions to meet the local, national and global needs of private and public clients of any size.

In Kazakhstan, Dentons has been active for more than 20 years. With offices in Almaty and Astana, the firm is the largest, and the leading, international full service legal practice in the country with fully qualified legal and professional staff numbering well over 50. Dentons is consistently ranked #1 among law firms in Kazakhstan, with a leading position in oil and gas, mining, PPP/infrastructure, banking and finance, corporate, M&A, dispute resolution and intellectual property.

Areas of practice: Dentons’ lawyers and professionals provide services in the following practice disciplines and industry sectors::

Banking and finance: Dentons covers every aspect of banking and capital markets transactions in the world’s leading financial centres. Dentons helps clients access and invest new sources of capital, develop and use financial products, structure financing transactions, comply with regulations, respond to investigations and resolve disputes.

Competition and antitrust Dentons provides legal advice and judicial assistance in all aspects of national and EU competition law, consumer law, state aid, tender procedures and regulatory issues. Clients receive tailored, industry-focused advice on complex litigation, investigations by competition authorities, merger control, competition compliance, or commercial arrangements.

Corporate and M&A: Dentons provides clients with comprehensive legal advice on public and private M&A, joint ventures, corporate finance, private equity, disposals, corporate restructurings, and general commercial, antitrust and corporate governance issues.

Intellectual property: Dentons’ lawyers identify, protect and help commercialise IP in the most highly developed markets and in jurisdictions where IP laws and enforcement are still evolving. They represent global corporations, academic and research institutions, inventors and artists, venture capital firms and others invested in patents, trademarks, copyrights and proprietary property.

Litigation, dispute resolution and arbitration: Dentons’ highly reputable litigation and dispute resolution lawyers are particularly well known for helping clients resolve disputes in energy, construction and engineering, banking, restructuring and insolvency, life sciences and retail. The team is also highly experienced in EU trade disputes, investigations and international arbitration.

Energy: with one of the world’s leading energy practices, Dentons guides clients on strategy, market entry, transactions, political and regulatory issues and dispute resolution. Its clients include oil majors, independents, distributors, power generators and utilities, financial institutions, public entities and large customers, new energy and old.

Real estate: Dentons’ real estate practice is the largest in the world. The firm advises real estate owners, investors and lenders on some of the most complex development, acquisition, disposition, debt and equity transactions in today’s market.

Restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy: Dentons’ teams formulate strategies for trustees, bondholders, investors, traders, debtors, creditors and creditor committees around the world as they pursue claims for clients through negotiation and litigation.

Tax: with experience in worldwide jurisdictions, Dentons provides comprehensive tax advice to individuals, private companies, multinationals and other entities on tax planning, compliance, M&A structuring tax-advantaged investing, transfer pricing, disputes with tax authorities and more.

Department Name Email Telephone
Arbitration Aigoul Kenjebayeva
Banking and finance Abai Shaikenov
Capital markets Abai Shaikenov
Competition and antitrust Aigoul Kenjebayeva
Corporate and M&A Aigoul Kenjebayeva
Corporate and M&A Abai Shaikenov
Employment and labour Aigoul Kenjebayeva
Employment and labour Victoria Simonova
Energy Aigoul Kenjebayeva
Energy Victoria Simonova
Environment and natural resources Aigoul Kenjebayeva
Environment and natural resources Victoria Simonova
Infrastructure and PPP Birzhan Zharasbayev
Intellectual property and technology Aigoul Kenjebayeva
Life sciences and healthcare Kanat Skakov
Litigation and dispute resolution Kanat Skakov
Litigation and dispute resolution Victoria Simonova
Litigation and dispute resolution Aigoul Kenjebayeva
Private equity Abai Shaikenov
Real estate Birzhan Zharasbayev
Real estate Abai Shaikenov
Restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy Aigoul Kenjebayeva
Restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy Victoria Simonova
Tax Kanat Skakov
Banking and Finance, Capital Markets Vassiliy Zenov
Corporate, Commercial and M&A Gani Ashimkhan
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Daniyar Toigonbaev
Photo Name Position Profile
 Gaetan Hoyberghs  photo Gaetan Hoyberghs
Ms Aigoul Kenjebayeva  photo Ms Aigoul Kenjebayeva
Mr Heico Reinoud  photo Mr Heico Reinoud
Mr Abai Shaikenov  photo Mr Abai Shaikenov
Ms Victoria Simonova  photo Ms Victoria Simonova
Mr Kanat Skakov  photo Mr Kanat Skakov
Mr Birzhan Zharasbayev  photo Mr Birzhan Zharasbayev
Number of lawyers : 8,600+
at this office : 30
70+ languages including:
Other offices : Dentons now has 180+ offices in over 70 countries.