Mr Abai Shaikenov > Dentons > Almaty, Kazakhstan > Lawyer Profile

050000 ALMATY
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Work Department

Banking and Finance, M&A.


Abai is a Managing Partner at Dentons Kazakhstan.

Abai has been actively advising clients in Kazakhstan and across the CIS for more than 20 years. He focuses on M&A and general corporate transactions including cross-border acquisitions and disposals, privatizations, as well as corporate finance transactions. His experience includes advising on the most complex and unique finance and M&A transactions in Kazakhstan such as the financial restructuring of bank RBK as well as sale of the entire capital of JSC SB “RBS (Kazakhstan)” to Mr Igor Kim.

Abai leads Dentons’ Banking and Finance practice in Kazakhstan. He has been the preferred legal counsel to the leading financial institutions and private investment firms in Kazakhstan for many years, including Citibank, Bank of China, ICBC, EBRD, IFC, Verny Capital and ADM Capital. Abai is a regular speaker at conferences and is a contributing author to many local and international legal and business publications.


Managing partner- Dentons Kazakhstan, 1 January 2022- present

Partner – Dentons Kazakhstan (formerly Salans), Almaty (2005 – January 2022); Associate – Salans, Almaty (1996 – 2004). Qualified in 1996.


Russian, English, Kazakh.


Kazakhstan Bar Association.


TransAsional Summer University for international lawyers in Hong-Kong (Duke University, 1998); Kazakh State Legal Institute (Law Degree with honours, 1996).

Lawyer Rankings

Kazakhstan > Banking, finance and capital markets

Dentons‘ banking, finance and capital markets practice has notable experience representing local and international financial institutions, as well as large corporations, in high-value financial matters. The firm has been active in Kazakhstan for more than two and a half decades, with offices in both Almaty and Astana. Newly promoted partner Vassiliy Zenov leads the team, whose varied workload spans areas such as syndicated lending, asset finance, acquisition finance and aviation finance, among various others. Its recent work has also included a number of debt capital market transactions. Other key individuals include managing partner Abai Shaikenov  and senior associate Ali Imanalin.

Kazakhstan > Commercial, corporate and M&A

(Leading individuals)

Abai Shaikenov Dentons

Managing partner Abai Shaikenov and Gani Ashimkhan head the commercial, corporate and M&A practice at Dentons. The Almaty-based team has a notable track record in transactions for local and international clients, with expertise in areas such as acquisition finance, competition and joint ventures, among various others. Recent work spans the aviation, mining, construction and energy sectors. In a landmark deal, the team advised TAV Holding Airports on the acquisition of Almaty International Airport, with subsequent advice still ongoing. Another name to note is Victoria Simonova, whose focus is on infrastructure projects in the oil and gas sector.