Aequitas Law Firm

Dispute Resolution Department

Kazakhstan
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What the team is known for Highly reputed domestic team representing clients in a broad range of commercial disputes, including contractual and debt recovery cases as well as domestic enforcement work. The team is also frequently engaged to provide Kazakh law expertise in international arbitrations seated in London, Stockholm and Nur-Sultan. Regularly handles tax and intellectual property disputes. Often acts for international and domestic clients from the manufacturing, construction and pharmaceutical sectors.

Strengths A client appreciates the team's commercial and detailed approach, noting that it "devotes a large amount of time analysing risks and developing ways to minimise or eliminate them," before going on to add that "all solutions offered by Aequitas are clear, pragmatic and cost-effective."

Another confirms: "All the answers and recommendations were provided not only from a theoretical standpoint but also with a possibility of their practical implementation."

Work highlights Acted for TransGroup Systems on a recovery claim with its contractor.

Notable practitioners


Olga Chentsova
continues to be widely acknowledged in the market for her marked skill in domestic litigation and international arbitration. One impressed client notes: "She is our light in Kazakhstan."


Valikhan Shaikenov
is praised by market sources for his "good knowledge of law and amazing analysis." He possesses significant experience in cross-border disputes and provides expert Kazakh law advice in arbitrations. Interviewees also extol his academic expertise.


Violetta Kim
is recognised for her longstanding experience in domestic commercial disputes, as well as arbitration cases. She is also a former Supreme Court judge who attracts praise from market commentators.