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 Managing Partner for Kazakhstan and Central Asia at Dentons. She has been in role since the establishment of the Almaty office in August 1994.

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”.


Managing Partner – Dentons Kazakhstan (formerly Salans), Almaty (1994 – to date). 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 > IP and TMT

(Leading individuals)

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Kazakhstan > Dispute resolution

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The team at Dentons is highly experienced in representing clients in commercial disputes, as well as in contentious tax and customs matters. Additionally, it represents clients in banking litigation, general contract litigation, joint venture and partnership disputes, and IP disputes, among other work. Aigoul Kenjebayeva leads on all matters. Newly promoted partner Daniyar Toigonbaev represents international companies in Kazakh court; the highly regarded Victoria Simonova handles Kazakh and international law matters; and newly promoted counsel Artur Utarbayev is particularly experienced in commercial, contractual, and construction disputes.

Kazakhstan > Commercial, corporate and M&A

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Dentons provides on-the-ground experience in corporate and M&A transactions in Kazakhstan, supporting local and international businesses in the energy, mining, aviation and technology sectors on large cross-border foreign investment deals. New clients are predominately Russian, French and Chinese corporations investing into Kazakhstan. Managing partner Aigoul Kenjebayeva primarily handles corporate and M&A work, PPPs and corporate dispute resolution, and newly promoted partner and group head Gani Ashimkhan advises on foreign investments into Kazakhstan and cross-border M&A. Additionally, Dana Ibrayeva was promoted to senior associate in early 2020.

Kazakhstan > Energy and natural resources

(Hall of Fame)

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Dentons is primarily focused on projects in the mining and oil and gas sectors, including advising major petroleum, mining, and service companies, as well as major financial institutions in Kazakhstan and nearby CIS countries. Managing partner Aigoul Kenjebayeva advises on upstream, midstream, and pipeline acquisitions, structuring greenfield projects, and other key oil and gas projects. Additionally, Daniyar Toigonbaev frequently represents international companies in court and is an expert in subsoil use codes, while Ruslan Nurbekov advises on renewable energy work, infrastructure projects, PPPs and commercial matters.