Dentons

Dispute Resolution Department

Kazakhstan
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What the team is known for

Substantial disputes practice, acting for domestic and international financial institutions on a broad range of contentious corporate and financial mandates, including debt recovery, contractual and construction disputes as well as disputes with state authorities. Cross-border disputes, including international arbitration, and domestic enforcement proceedings are further areas of activity. Client base includes international industrial manufacturing companies, oil and gas corporates and domestic blue-chip companies.

Strengths

Sources highlight the depth and quality of the firm's bench. One describes a "very good team of people; they have lots of strong people there."

Work highlights

Represented Engineering Management Services in the Kazakh enforcement of a USD750,000 arbitral award, awarded by the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Aigoul Kenjebayeva continues to play a key role in the firm's dispute resolution practice. Her caseload includes handling a range of high-value debt recovery disputes and acting as a Kazakh law expert for international arbitrations.

Kanat Skakov has been described as a "very smart guy; solid, strong and very nice" by an impressed source. He acts on a broad range of commercial and regulatory disputes. He is particularly singled out for his expertise in tax cases, with one source praising him as "the best tax lawyer in Kazakhstan."