Aequitas Law Firm

Dispute Resolution Department

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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. Often acts for international and domestic clients from the manufacturing, construction and pharmaceutical sectors.

Strengths Sources applaud the regulatory and legislative insight the firm can provide: "They are probably the best local firm; they're small, but a solid team which includes former Supreme Court judges."

Another interviewee reports: "They have a very good sense of teamwork and I came away with a very favourable impression of the entire firm."

Work highlights Represented a Kazakhstan and Singapore joint venture in a land use dispute.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Olga Chentsova is lauded for her "very impressive and very distinguished background in Kazakh civil law." She acts as a Kazakh law expert in complex international arbitration.

Practice head Valikhan Shaikenov focuses on cross-border disputes, and is considered "my first port of call on Kazakh law issues" by one impressed international client, who goes on to explain: "He really analyses the issues in front of him." Another international source confirms this, describing him as "a convincing advocate." He often provides domestic representation to international law firms without a presence in Kazakhstan.

Violetta Kim is a former Supreme Court judge who commands respect from all corners of the market. She lends her unparalleled market insight to major domestic entities involved in high-value and complex commercial disputes, including arbitrations.