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

050000 ALMATY
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Work Department

Banking and Finance, M&A.


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.


Partner – Dentons Kazakhstan (formerly Salans), Almaty (2005 – present); 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 > Real estate and construction (including projects)

Dentons‘ infrastructure team assists clients with all stages of construction projects, with work ranging from planning and zoning to advice on construction and procurement methods. Clients include international companies, developers, sub-contractors and vendors. The head of the real estate and construction practice is Birzhan Zharasbayev, who is an expert in infrastructure and PPPs, and leads on major infrastructure and development projects, as well as high-level negotiations with the Kazakhstan government. Abai Shaikenov advises on real estate matters. Senior associate Ruslan Nurbekov is also a key contact at the firm, as is Bogdan Piskorskiy.

Kazakhstan > Banking, finance and capital markets

The Dentons banking and finance team advises both local and international finance institutions on project financing issues and PPPs, structured finance work, capital markets mandates and Islamic finance matters. Clients also include high-profile players in the oil and gas, mining and natural resources sectors. With broad experience in cross-border transactions, banking and finance group leader Abai Shaikenov has a strong track record in advising on legislative frameworks and advising major lenders and borrowers on complex financing arrangements. Vassiliy Zenov, who was promoted to the partnership in 2020, is also highly experienced in PPPs and capital markets transactions.