Ms Aigoul Kenjebayeva > Dentons > Almaty, Kazakhstan > Lawyer Profile

050000 ALMATY
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Energy and Natural Resources, IP&IT, Dispute Resolution, Arbitration


Aigoul Kenjebayeva is the Partner for Kazakhstan at Dentons.

She has led the practice in Kazakhstan ever since, and also served as Central Asia Managing Partner from 1994 until 2022.

Her particular areas of specialization, acquired from over 30 years as a practicing lawyer in Kazakhstan and 11 years as a researcher in the economics of law, include corporate/M&A, energy/natural resources, PPP/infrastructure projects, IP, competition law, and dispute resolution. She is widely considered a top choice for dispute resolution in Kazakhstan.

Since 2017, Aigoul serves as the first Kazakhstan lawyer appointed as a member of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce.

Aigoul currently serves for the fourth year as a member of the International Council under the Supreme Court of Kazakhstan. She is also a member of the arbitration panel of the International Arbitration Center at the Astana International Financial Center, a member of the Users’ Committee of the AIFC Court, a member of the Kazakhstan Bar Association Board, a member of the Kazakhstan Petroleum Lawyers Association Board and the Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of Norway in Almaty.

In 2019, Aigoul was awarded with the Certificate of Honor of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan for merit in public and social activities.

In 2020, Aigoul received a prestigious award from the Republic of Kazakhstan Supreme Court “For the Contribution to the Development of International Cooperation”.


Partner-Dentons Kazakhstan (1 January 2022- present)

Managing Partner – Dentons Kazakhstan (formerly Salans), Almaty (1994 – 2022). In-house Counsel – Oryx Energy Company, Dallas/Almaty (1993 – 94). Partner – Zan law firm, Almaty(1991 – 93). Researcher – Institute of Philosophy and Law, Almaty (1978 – 91). Qualified in 1978.


Kazakh, Russian, English.


  • Board Member, Kazakhstan Bar Association
  • Board Member, Kazakhstan Petroleum Lawyers’ Association
  • Member, International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, International Council of Kazakhstan’s Supreme Court
  • Member, Users’ Committee of the AIFC court
  • Member, International Arbitration Center at the AIFC


Duke University School of Law (LL.M., 1993), Tashkent State University (Ph.D., 1988), Kazakh State University (Law Degree with honours, 1978).

Lawyer Rankings

Kazakhstan > Dispute resolution

(Hall of Fame)

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Dentons‘ litigation and dispute resolution team offers clients a one-stop shop service for clients seeking assistance in contentious matters, with lawyers having experience in dealing with a wide range of disputes, including general contract litigation, banking litigation, tax and customs and property-related claims. Daniyar Toigonbaev heads the practice and has experience in advising clients on a variety of legal issues, including disputes on tax and other governmental authorities, while Aigoul Kenjebayeva has worked on disputes for the oil and gas sector. Victoria Simonova advises clients on international law issues, including IP and corporate matters. Artur Utarbayev and Nazym Bekturova are names to watch.

Kazakhstan > Energy and natural resources

(Hall of Fame)

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Dentons is a leading firm in the energy and natural resources practice area in Kazakhstan, serving as primary counsel for clients in the oil and gas, uranium and solid mineral mining sectors. The firm offers a one-stop shop service for its clients, representing them before a variety of agencies including government and state level, courts and arbitral proceedings. The team is also present on matters dealing with subsoil use licenses and contracts, and protecting clients interests. Daniyar Toigonbaev leads the team and is experienced in large-scale projects within power and natural resources. Aigoul Kenjebayeva represents clients within the mining industry, whereas Birzhan Zharasbayev ‘s expertise includes construction and real estate, renewable and green energy projects. Nazym Bekturova is noted for her advisory work to major mining companies.

Kazakhstan > Commercial, corporate and M&A

(Leading individuals)

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