Firm Profile > Dentons > Almaty, Kazakhstan

050000 ALMATY

Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Dentons' banking and finance team advises local and international financial institutions and large corporations on lending, asset finance, project finance and capital markets. Clients include the EBRD, Citibank and Société Générale. Abai Shaikenov leads the team and advised the EBRD on developing a new derivatives and regulatory framework in Kazakhstan, offering legal opinion on current legislation and drafting the proposed amendment. He was supported by counsel Vassiliy Zenov and associate Ali Imanalin. The trio received support from the firm's Moscow office when advising a foreign bank on a syndicated loan made available to the Kazakhstan-China Pipeline. The firm also acted for an international financier in connection with listing $25m-worth of English law notes on the Kazakhstan Stock Exchange to fund an investment into KazFoodProducts.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Dentons is especially strong in M&A and joint-venture formation, and lawyers in the team are praised by clients for being able to 'complement or substitute in for each other when needed'. Managing partner Aigoul Kenjebayeva and Abai Shaikenov are recommended for their 'great commitment and honesty', as well as their availability 'in critical moments'. Shaikenov advised an Asian fund manager on its sale of assets and shares, and assisted a foreign company with investment into a local dairy business to fund expansion. Birzhan Zharasbayev represented SNC-Lavalin Europe in the acquisition of a design and construction company. Gani Ashimkhan is also highly recommended.

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Dentons' litigation group handles banking, employment and tax disputes, and has an especially strong track record in construction litigation. Managing partner Aigoul Kenjebayeva recently assisted Kcell in successfully challenging a copyright infringement claim. She was assisted by associate Aliya Seitova, an IP and TMT specialist. Victoria Simonova and Kanat Skakov lead the practice.

Energy and natural resources Tier 1

Dentons' energy and natural resources team is experienced in mineral and oil and gas projects, and advises major petroleum and mining companies on contracts and regulatory compliance. Aigoul Kenjebayeva is a veteran of the oil and gas sector; she advised Russian energy corporation PAO Lukoil on a $270m investment into exploration of the Caspian Sea alongside KazMunaiGas. Birzhan Zharasbayev advised Agip Karachaganakon a complex PPA arrangement with the Ministry of Energy. Senior associate Ruslan Nurbekov focuses on the commercial aspects of energy projects.

IP and TMT Tier 1

Dentons has a strong track record in IP matters. Notable highlights included successfully representing a Kazakh telecoms operator in challenging a copyright infringement claim and assisting an oil and gas exploration company with a challenge to an identical brand name. Aigoul Kenjebayeva takes the lead on most matters, and works closely with the firm's Moscow office on large mandates.

Real estate and construction (including projects) Tier 1

Dentons' real estate and construction lawyers provide legal advice on all aspects of construction work, including initial land use planning, procurement, financing and development. Birzhan Zharasbayev represented Orda Glass in preparing and negotiating construction contracts with China Triumph International Engineering, which replaced the firm's previous defaulted contractor. He also collaborated with the firm's Istanbul office to advise on a $400m PPP to develop transport systems in Almaty. Senior associate Ruslan Nurbekov assisted Wood Group with a land sale and purchase agreement, structured under both Kazakh and English law.

Tax and customs Tier 1

Dentons' team is experienced in tax and customs disputes, representing clients across a range of industries in appeals against the state. Kanat Skakov provides international and local tax advice, and has defended natural resources companies, airlines and pharmaceuticals companies in court proceedings. He recently appealed to the Ministry of Finance against tax assessments on behalf of Louis Vuitton, supported by associate Stanislav Lechshak.

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
Photo Name Position Profile
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
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