The opening of Dechert’s Almaty office in 2012 marked both the firm’s expansion into Kazakhstan as well as a significant enhancement of our global energy practice.
Our multilingual team of U.S. and Kazakh-qualified lawyers advise on domestic and cross-border transactions and disputes in Kazakhstan and the wider CIS. We conduct business in Russian, Kazakh and English with equal dexterity, and offer a range of services in Chinese and Turkish.
Areas of Focus
Energy and Natural Resources
Dechert’s Almaty team advises domestic and international clients on corporate transactions, financings and other aspects of their upstream, midstream and downstream operations, including exploration, production, transportation, oilfield and other energy services. We draft and negotiate industry-specific agreements relating to subsoil exploitation and handle all related commercial and regulatory issues, including environmental issues.
Our lawyers focus on commercial and regulatory matters relating to long-distance, cross-border oil or gas pipelines. We have handled dozens of transactions in energy subsectors and have advised on matters such as intergovernmental agreements, expropriation issues and pre-emptive rights around the world.
We advise national and multinational corporations, financial sponsors, regulated investment companies and investment banking firms on the entire range of corporate and general business law matters.
Our extensive experience includes the privatization of state companies and drafting of commercial laws for Kazakhstan. We have also represented clients in cross-border transactions in a variety of sectors, including energy, natural resources, banking and telecommunications.
Financial Services and Investment Management
Dechert is a leading advisor to asset managers, investment funds and other financial services firms, representing most of the world’s largest asset managers as well as smaller and emerging managers. We are the only firm with lawyers in all of the EU’s leading investment fund jurisdictions as well as numerous others throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Our Kazakhstan lawyers advise on fund formation across the full range of asset classes, management company issues, regulatory and compliance matters, fund and management company transactional matters, commodities and derivatives law, and financial institutions regulation. We also have extensive experience advising borrowers and lenders on finance transactions, and we have also been involved in numerous bank-related M&A transactions.
Litigation and Arbitration
We represent clients throughout Kazakhstan at all levels of the domestic court system in variety of litigation matters. We also offer a pre-eminent international arbitration practice. Our lawyers won the first tobacco consumer lawsuit in Central Asia and one of the first major arbitrations in Kazakhstan, and we have been involved in numerous tax litigation matters.
Regulatory, Compliance and Anti-Corruption
Our lawyers advise on an entire range of regulatory and compliance matters. Together with our offices in the United States and London, we offer a full range of anticorruption due diligence, training and advisory services.
Dechert Kazakhstan Limited, a private limited company registered in England & Wales (Registered No. 07978170), is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dechert LLP US. Legal services in Kazakhstan are provided by the Almaty branch of Dechert Kazakhstan Limited. A list of the names of the directors of Dechert Kazakhstan Limited is available for inspection at its registered office: 160 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4V 4QQ, England.