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).

Han Ming Ho

Han Ming Ho is a partner in Sidley’s Singapore office and co-head of the Asia Investment Funds practice. He focuses on fund formation and related regulatory matters and regularly advises fund managers on the establishment of business operations in Singapore, as well as the establishment, structuring and registration of investment funds in Singapore and various other Asian jurisdictions. In addition, Han Ming’s regulatory experience includes advising compliance and licensing issues relating to Singapore securities and financial advisory law as well as liaising regularly with the Singapore regulators.

Han Ming has extensive experience counseling clients on the structuring and formation of a broad range of investment funds, including hedge funds, private equity funds, real estate funds, exchange traded funds and other structured financial products. He has advised leading fund sponsors and managers, investment banks, financial institutions, venture capitalists and institutional investors.

Han Ming is ranked by Chambers Asia Pacific as one of Asia’s leading lawyers in investment funds for many consecutive years. He is ranked as Band 1 by Chambers Asia Pacific in the Singapore market rankings from 2008 to 2014. He is recognized as a leading authority in the funds area in Asia, having been involved in various significant landmark deals in the region over the last few years.

In Chambers Asia Pacific, Han Ming was described as “a premier name for real estate and private equity funds work and his wide range of expertise makes him a top choice for establishing, structuring and registering funds.” and he was also praised as one who “knows the market very well” and is a “terrific hedge funds lawyer.”

He was also recently recognized in the sixth edition of “Best Lawyers”, for the areas of Investment Funds and Mutual Funds in Singapore

Sidley Austin LLP:

Sidley provides a broad range of legal services to meet the needs of our diverse client base. The strategic establishment of our offices in the key corporate and financial centers of the world has enabled us to represent a broad range of clients that includes multinational and domestic corporations, banks, funds and financial institutions.

Sidley has a broad transactional practice. Major practice disciplines include corporate and securities, mergers and acquisitions, securitization, intellectual property, funds and other pooled investments, bankruptcy and corporate reorganization, bank and commercial lending, public finance, real estate, project finance, tax and employee benefits, as well as trusts and estates.

We offer clients extensive litigation experience in trial, appellate and arbitration matters spanning virtually every area of substantive law. Main practice areas include general and commercial litigation, regulatory and financial litigation, antitrust, white collar criminal defense, environmental, life sciences, patent and other intellectual property litigation, product liability and mass tort litigation, international commercial arbitration and dispute resolution, and international trade law.

Sidley’s regulatory practice in Washington, D.C., Brussels and elsewhere provides communications, energy, environmental, food, drug and device, healthcare, insurance, financial institutions and securities regulatory services to our clients in virtually every major industry, especially those industries that have been strictly regulated worldwide, such as the life sciences, energy, telecommunications and financial industries.

We are one of only a few US law firms with a continuous presence in Asia for the past 30 years. During that time, we have earned a reputation among our clients and industry publications as a leading law firm in the Asia Pacific region.

Dr Helene Rebholz

Helene Rebholz is a founding partner of König Rebholz Zechberger. Her key areas of practice cover investment law and corporate law.

Before joining the office she was managing partner of one of the oldest law offices in Liechtenstein. She studied law at the University of Innsbruck (Mag.iur. 2000, Dr.iur. 2006). She holds an LL.M. degree in European Law (Schloss Hofen 2002). She is admitted to the Liechtenstein (2004) and Austrian Bar (2005).

Her areas of practice are investment law, corporate law as well as banking and insurance, M&A, civil law and litigation.

She has co-authored a number of publications on litigation and arbitration in Liechtenstein and is the author of several articles on foundations and trusts was well as regulatory law developments.

Helene Rebholz is fluent in English and German and speaks French

Investment Funds, Banking and Insurance Practice:

Providers are faced with a huge number of recent and forthcoming regulatory requirements. We advise on and assist in implementing structures and processes and assist in structuring funds on the basis of Liechtenstein’s somewhat unique regulatory landscape.

We also offer advice with regard to the impact these new rules may have on your relationship with customers, business partners and service providers. We deal with the regulatory authorities on your behalf and represent your interests in court

Anwaltskanzlei König Rebholz Zechberger:

König Rebholz Zechberger Attorneys at law were founded as a spin-off of another Liechtenstein law office in January 2015. The desire to work on a more independent and client-focused basis led to the decision of the three founding partners to set up their own office. In contrast to many other law offices, König Rebholz Zechberger are not associated or indirectly connected with a trust-service provider or another financial intermediary.

Many years of practice in Liechtenstein with national and international clients, a well-established network together with the flexibility of a boutique office drive their desire to shape the perfect solution for each and every client.

Together the partners cover all major aspects of Liechtenstein law, with a clear focus on forensic matters (private client litigation) and regulatory law (banking, investment funds, etc.). Being specialists in their fields of material law and their experience in litigation and arbitration form the basis of their everyday work.