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

(Leading individuals)

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Dentons‘ versatile practice includes commercial, corporate, tax and, increasingly, administrative disputes. The group is highly sought after by companies in disputes against the state, notably in investment disputes, and has experience in a wide range of international arbitration proceedings and litigation. In addition to its expertise in intellectual property disputes, the team is also well versed in employment, contract and real estate disputes. Daniyar Toigonbaev is the head of the practice which includes Aigoul Kenjebayeva, the managing partner for Kazakhstan and Central Asia, and Victoria Simonova, an expert in infrastructure projects. Counsel Artur Utarbayev is noted for his strength in litigation. Kanat Skakov left the firm in December 2020.

Kazakhstan > Commercial, corporate and M&A

(Leading individuals)

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Kazakhstan > Energy and natural resources

(Hall of Fame)

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Dentons has been a major player in the energy and natural resources industry in Kazakhstan for over 25 years. It has an outstanding reputation in oil and gas, uranium and solid mineral mining projects. Clients turn to the firm for advice on farm-outs, joint ventures and consortium agreements, well services and drilling contracts, M&A and procurement issues. Recent work included advice to clients on non-performance of obligations under subsoil use contracts because of Covid-19. Elsewhere, Ruslan Nurbekov and Birzhan Zharasbayev assist clients with issues arising from renewable energy and conventional power generation projects. Daniyar Toigonbaev leads the energy and natural resources practice. Aigoul Kenjebayeva is another key individual.

Kazakhstan > IP and TMT

(Leading individuals)

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