Ms Victoria Simonova > Dentons > Almaty, Kazakhstan > Lawyer Profile

050000 ALMATY

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Victoria is a partner in Dentons’ Almaty office with over 20 years ‘experience. She is active in litigation and dispute resolution. Her areas of expertise also include corporate, energy, infrastructure, and anti-monopoly legislation.


Partner, Dentons Kazakhstan (formerly SNR Denton), Almaty (2010 – to date); Senior Attorney, Denton Wilde Sapte, Almaty (2008 – 2010); Attorney, Denton Wilde Sapte, Almaty (2005 – 2008); Associate, Coudert Brothers, Almaty (2001 – 2005); Associate, LeBoeuf Lamb Green & MacRae, Almaty (1998 – 2001); Law Clerk, LeBoeuf Lamb Green & MacRae, Almaty (1997 – 1998); Lawyer, National Bank of Kazakhstan, Client Territorial Subdivision, Almaty (1996 – 1997).


Russian, English, Kazakh


Kazakhstan Bar Association; Kazakhstan Petroleum Lawyers’ Association; Legal Working Group of the Foreign Investors Council; Eurobak.


Duke University, 2005, LLM; Adilet Law School, 1998, degree, Law (with distinction).

Lawyer Rankings

Kazakhstan > Energy and natural resources

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.

Kazakhstan > Commercial, corporate and M&A

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.