Dr. Olga I. Chentsova

Olga Chentsova’s areas of specialization are civil law, investment, environmental, oil and gas and mining legislation, private international law and construction.

After graduating from the law department of Kazakh State University, she was invited to work as a professor of civil, economic and Roman law at the University. Ms. Chentsova earned her Doctor of Law degree in 1990. Thesis subject “Civil Sanctions Mechanism in Capital Construction”. In 1990–1991, she worked as an advisor at the Supreme Arbitration Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan. From 1991 to 1993, Ms. Chentsova was heading the contract and legal department of Kazmetallexport, a state-owned foreign trade company. Since AEQUITAS establishment in 1993, she has been its Managing Partner.

Ms. Chentsova has been advising major global oil and mining companies and leading local companies on issues pertaining to civil, corporate and environmental legislation, investment, subsoil use, litigation and arbitration for more than twenty years.

Ms. Chentsova was on several governmental working groups to develop important commercial legislative acts of the Republic of Kazakhstan (including the Civil Code, Foreign Investment Law, Petroleum Law, etc.). When engaged by the Scientific Private Law Research Institute under the Kazakh State Law Academy (Private Law Center), she participated in the discussion and preparation of proposals to improve the civil legislation, including the Civil Code, the Subsoil Law and Petroleum Law and a number of other statutes and regulations.

Ms. Chentsova is an arbitrator for a number of Kazakh and international arbitration courts, including Center of Arbitration of the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, International Arbitration Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan (IAC), Kazakhstan International Arbitration (KIA), International Arbitration Tribunal of IUS Legal Center, International Commercial Arbitration Court (ICAC) and International Commercial Arbitration Court of the Eurasian Mediation Center.

Ms. Chentsova is a member of the International Bar Association (IBA), American Bar Association (ABA), Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), Vice-President of the Kazakhstan Petroleum Lawyers’ Association (KPLA), one of the founders of the Kazakhstan Bar Association and a member of its Governing Council, member of the Central Council of the National Public Association “Kazakhstan Union of Lawyers” and a member of the Advisory Board of the Best Lawyers publication.

For many years Olga Chentsova has been recommended as a leading lawyer in Energy, Natural Resources, Oil & Gas, Dispute Resolution and M&A areas by a number of reputable international editions, such as Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal.

Her articles on various aspects of commercial law and subsoil legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan are regularly published in foreign and local magazines and periodicals.

Firm Overview:

AEQUITAS, a Kazakh national law firm, was founded in 1993. One of the persons to found AEQUITAS was Professor Yuri G. Bassin, Doctor of Law, a forefather of civil law science in Kazakhstan.

In the early 90s, AEQUITAS was one of the first counsel to provide legal support both to foreign investors coming to Kazakhstan’s market and to the starting domestic businesses. First joint ventures with foreign participation in Kazakhstan were organized with AEQUITAS legal support.

AEQUITAS is one of Kazakhstan’s leading law firms acknowledged in the global legal services market. For many years, authoritative legal guides, including Chambers & Partners, Who’s Who Legal, Legal 500, Asialaw Profiles, Best Lawyers and IFLR1000, are rating AEQUITAS and its partners and associates as the country’s most recommended in the Energy & Natural Resources, Corporate & Finance, M&A, Dispute Resolution and other areas. Many publications specifically acclaim the firm’s Labor, Environmental and Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals practice.

AEQUITAS’s clients are companies active in the leading sectors of economy from more than 50 countries, including major international corporations, companies representing world famous brands, banks and financial institutions, most of them working with AEQUITAS for years. According to the rating agencies and the firm’s clients and business partners, AEQUITAS is one of the most client-oriented law firms in Kazakhstan. Alongside with providing legal services of invariably high quality, AEQUITAS is regularly informing its clients of the business-relevant changes in legislation and practice, organizing trainings and seminars and annually holding a Client Day.

AEQUITAS reputation is supported by close professional ties with the world’s largest international and national law firms, such as Allen & Overy, ALRUD, Baker Botts, Clifford Chance, Debevoise & Plimpton, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Pepeliaev Group, and others. The firm’s lawyers are well informed about the legal service markets of Russia, UK, USA and CIS countries. Thanks to cooperation with its international and national partners, AEQUITAS is prepared to provide services in different jurisdictions, without lowering their quality and timeliness.

The firm’s long presence in the legal market, reputation and extensive professional ties allow AEQUITAS engaging the leading Kazakh and foreign experts in all areas of law to participate in its projects and preparation of legal opinions. AEQUITAS’s consultants are renowned scholars, specialists from different sectors of economy and representatives of international organizations.

AEQUITAS team of lawyers is a team of professionals perfectly versed in the Kazakh legislation and specifics of the national market. The firm’s partners and associates are recognized experts both in Kazakhstan and abroad.

AEQUITAS and its lawyers are members in different professional organizations and unions, including International Bar Association (IBA), American Bar Association (ABA), Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), European Business Association of Kazakhstan (EUROBAK) and Kazakhstan Petroleum Lawyers’ Association (KPLA).

AEQUITAS partners are among the founders of Kazakhstan Bar Association (National Public Association) set up on the initiative of the leading Kazakh law firms, including AEQUITAS. Olga Chentsova, the firm’s Managing Partner, is one of the founders of Kazakhstan Bar Association and a member of its Management Board.

AEQUITAS partners and associates are on the lists of arbitrators for the following courts of arbitration and domestic arbitration tribunals: Center for Arbitration and Domestic Arbitration Tribunal Proceedings under the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan International Arbitrage (KIA), International Arbitration Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan (IAC), International Court of Arbitration of IUS Legal Center, International Commercial Arbitration Court of Eurasian Mediation Center and Arbitration Tribunal of Eurasian Mediation Center. AEQUITAS lawyers act as local law experts in disputes reviewed by the leading international courts of arbitration.

AEQUITAS is widely known for its research and analytical work. The firm is annually engaged to prepare reviews on different local law areas for IBA and World Bank. Analytical articles and reviews on different aspects of the Kazakh law and legislation by AEQUITAS lawyers are published in specialized magazines and analytical-and-legal compendia in Kazakhstan and abroad.

AEQUITAS experts have been actively participating in the development and improvement of the most important acts of Kazakhstan’s civil and economic legislation, including the Civil Code and such laws of key importance to the country’s economy as the Foreign Investment Law, Petroleum Law, Subsoil Law, Law on International Commercial Arbitration and a number of other regulatory legal acts.

The firm’s potential allows providing services to embrace practically all issues its clients may have arising, be it legal support in complex projects, advice on various civil law matters, establishment of new companies, or representation in courts at any level.

The firm has offices in Almaty and Astana (Kazakhstan).

Sofiya Zhylkaidarova

Sofiya Zhylkaidarova graduated with honors from the Kazakh State National University named after Al-Farabi and obtained Bachelor of Laws, with further Master degree from the same University. She participated in various trainings and workshops on legal and business skills and in oil and gas and mining trainings, has consulting experience in both local and international law firms, and in in-house/industry experience in an international oil and gas company.

Sofiya is currently an EMBA Candidate’2018 at INSEAD. She is an arbitrator of the Kazakhstan International Arbitration and International Commercial Arbitration Court of the Eurasian Mediation Center. She is an active arbitrator of ICC (Paris) and member of Managing Council of KazBar and Kazakhstan Petroleum Lawyers Association (KPLA). Sofiya is a native speaker of Kazakh and Russian and fluent in English.

Firm Overview:

SIGNUM is an independent Kazakhstan law firm that services domestic and international clients. The leading Kazakhstan law firm offers out-of-the-box thinking and world-class professional services.

SIGNUM is known for the depth and breadth of its experience, its reliable support of clients and its delivery of effective and creative solutions.

SIGNUM lawyers have successfully served as advisors on numerous complex transactions and high-profile matters involving major local and international companies in a wide range of business sectors.

Maxim Telemtayev

With more than a decade’s experience in sectors as diverse as energy, mining, power generation and banking, Maxim Telemtayev brings insight and know-how to major local and international clients.

Maxim works at the Firm’s office in Astana, but also supports companies with their corporate finance and commercial transactions across central Asia.

He delivers guidance and rigour to large and challenging public and private acquisitions, reorganisations and consolidations and applies his understanding to the transactional documentation and negotiations, legal due diligence and financing considerations of clients’ deals.

His clients benefit from his hands-on involvement in their public offerings and listings on the global capital markets as well as in all matters relating to their mergers and acquisitions.

Additionally, Maxim supports the Kazakhstan government and industry bodies in developing relevant foreign investment, natural resources and other legislation.

Bars & Courts:

– Kazakhstan


– Law Degree, Adilet Law School, Almaty
– Juridical Translators’ Certificate, Adilet Law School, Almaty


– Russian
– English

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