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

050000 ALMATY
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Work Department

Corporate, Energy and Natural Resources, Employment, IP&IT, Dispute Resolution.


Managing Partner, Almaty office. Her areas of specialisation have been acquired from over 35 years as a practicing lawyer and include energy/natural resources, infrastructure projects, corporate/M&A, IP, employment, competition law, and dispute resolution.


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.


International Bar Association; Kazakhstan Bar Association; Kazakhstan Petroleum Lawyers Association; Legal Working Group of the Foreign Investors’ Council under the Auspices of the President of Kazakhstan; Editorial Board of the Stockholm Arbitration Report, International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce


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 > Commercial, corporate and M&A

(Leading individuals)

Aigoul KenjebayevaDentons

With extensive experience and ‘strong skills‘ in corporate and M&A, Dentons covers a broad spectrum of corporate issues and deals in Kazakhstan including cross-border foreign investment deals. Practice co-head Abai Shaikenov handles complex finance and M&A transactions in Kazakhstan, and recently advised on the financial restructuring of RBK Bank. Co-head Aigoul Kenjebayeva has notable experience dealing with the legal aspects and tax implications of investing in Kazakhstan, while Victoria Simonova advises on energy, corporate, construction and subsurface use mandates. Counsel Gani Ashimkhan is ‘very helpful‘ and focuses on foreign investment issues, cross-border M&A and general corporate transactions.

Kazakhstan > IP and TMT

(Leading individuals)

Aigoul KenjebayevaDentons

Dentons is one of the only international law firms in Kazakhstan with a dedicated full-service IP practice. The group acts for a client roster, which includes telecoms and media companies, on the full spectrum of issues ranging from the registration of IP and complex franchising transactions to the implementation of IT projects. Aigoul Kenjebayeva heads up the department, which includes senior associate Nataliya Shapovalova, who is a patent attorney and specialises in the protection and enforcement of IP and media regulatory mandates. Associate Aliya Seitova is also a trade mark and patent attorney.

Kazakhstan > Energy and natural resources

(Hall of Fame)

Aigoul KenjebayevaDentons

As a recognised leader in the energy and natural resources sector in Kazakhstan, Dentons primarily focuses on mining and oil and gas issues. Highly experienced managing partner Aigoul Kenjebayeva leads the group and acts for oil and gas companies and governments on various high-profile oil and gas matters including upstream, midstream and pipeline acquisitions, greenfield project structuring work and product sales arrangements. Victoria Simonova handles energy projects including oil and gas projects and pipeline matters; while counsel Daniyar Toigonbaev advises on power and natural resources projects, and senior associate Ruslan Nurbekov specialises in M&A and commercial issues.

Kazakhstan > Dispute resolution

Dentons fields a leading dispute resolution practice in Kazakhstan, and is highly regarded for its expertise in significant international arbitration cases, acting for global and regional companies; the group recently acted for Air Astana in a significant case. Aigoul Kenjebayeva is managing partner of the Kazakhstan and Central Asia offices with experience in arbitration and litigation, while leading practitioner Kanat Skakov co-leads the dispute resolution practice in Kazakhstan. Fellow co-head Victoria Simonova and Daniyar Toigonbaev are also active in the practice.