Roman Nurpeissov


Roman Nurpeissov


Almaty | Dechert Kazakhstan Limited, Dostyk Business Center, 43 Dostyk Avenue, Fourth Floor, Almaty 050010
+7 727 258 2089 | +7 727 258 8084

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Roman Nurpeissov focuses his practice on tax and customs litigation, general corporate law matters and natural resources law.

Mr. Nurpeissov has extensive experience in representing major oil and gas companies and their subcontractors, as well as international consumer goods companies, in their disputes with Kazakh tax and customs authorities. He also advises multinational corporations and banks on certain general corporate and transactional matters, antimonopoly law and licensing regulations.

Mr. Nurpeissov serves as a part-time assistant professor of law at the School of Law of KIMEP University in Almaty, teaching courses on international tax law and business litigation.

Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Nurpeissov worked in the Almaty office of a large international firm where he also focused on tax and customs litigation, general corporate and natural resources law. His prior legal experience also includes serving as general counsel to a printing company in Almaty and serving as a tax consultant to a major international accounting firm.

Significant Representations

Dispute Resolution

  • A major international cosmetics company in its two US$15 million worth disputes with tax and customs authorities over the deductibility of certain expenses and inclusion of royalty into the customs value of imported goods.
  • A global consumer goods company in a dispute against the Kazakhstan customs authorities, pertaining to multimillion-dollar claims against the company in connection with customs duties and penalties related to royalties. 
  • One of the largest oil consortiums in Kazakhstan in their dispute with environmental authorities worth US$38 million involving fines for emitting without a permit (drafted pleadings).
  • A major construction contractor in a dispute with a local subcontractor related to works and claims under a subcontract agreement. 
  • An international oil servicing company in its dispute with the customs authorities over the proper classification of blowout preventers. 
  • A major US-based international insurance company in a transnational compensation dispute. 
  • A subsidiary of a Chinese oil company during an audit by environmental prosecution authorities. 
  • A large oil and gas company in its US$74 million dispute with Kazakh customs authorities over customs clearance fees, import customs duties and import VAT (drafted pleadings). 
  • An oil company in its dispute with Kazakh tax authorities worth over US$10 million regarding the issue of deductibility of expenses incurred on geologic survey and exploration.
  • An international oil servicing company in its import VAT dispute worth US$3.7 million.


  • A local oil company involved in an ICC arbitration dispute worth US$96 million.
  • A major oil and gas consortium in its lengthy dispute with the government of Kazakhstan, leading to a US$3 billion settlement agreement. The dispute involved a host of various issues, including those over the corporate income tax (adjustment of aggregate annual income: administrative overheads fees, secondment of personnel, excessive loss of crude gas, costs acquiring fixed assets, costs of repair and maintenance of fixed assets, social and infrastructure costs, costs on rented facilities, costs of land recultivation and numerous other issues), withholding tax, value added tax, individual income tax, customs clearance fees, Kazakh and Russian export customs duties, criminal and administrative liability, transfer pricing issues, natural monopoly concerns, subsurface use law questions and more.
  • A major foreign oil company in its pre-arbitration process in a US$500 million tax dispute with the government of Kazakhstan. The dispute involved numerous issues, among which were those related to the CIT, withholding tax, VAT, transfer pricing and customs duties.


  • A major Chinese petroleum company on intergovernmental gas pipeline agreements.
  • A major Russian mining company in its process of applying for a state waiver and authorization for a sale of chrome ore-producing business. 
  • A national electricity grid operator in the preparation of a due diligence report for the IPO.
  • An international construction and engineering company on a range of corporate law issues and led the incorporation of its joint venture with a local company. 
  • Several Kazakh subsidiaries of a major Chinese petroleum company in drafting the lease and operational agreements and provided tax structuring advice to these clients. 
  • A major international oil servicing company on the issues of construction and design licensing regulations, work permits and tax registration regime. 
  • A large French oil company on tender and local content regulations. 
  • A leading U.S. university and its medical center on their draft contracts with Nazarbayev University (provided tax, copyright, personal data protection and general contracts law advice). 
  • An oil and gas transportation company on certain issues under the gas supply law.


  • Various clients including a major international oil servicing company and an international mining company in their negotiations with the antimonopoly agency: supervised drafting of applications to the antimonopoly agency to obtain authorization for economic concentration.

Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm.

  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 2009, Article Editor of the Michigan Journal of International Law
  • Kazakh-American University, LL.B., 2002, Recipient of four Golden Scholarships for Academic Excellence, Chairman of the Kazakh-American University Student Council
  • Vanderbilt University Law School, LL.M., 2003, Recipient of Bolashak Scholarship from the President of Kazakhstan
  • Kazakhstan
  • New York
  • Russian
  • English
  • Kazakh
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Honorable Thomas A. Wiseman, Jr.
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Honorable Eugene E. Siler, Jr.
Kazakhstan Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
American Bar Association