Kurmangazy Business Center
61a Kurmangazy Street
5th Floor
050000, Almaty

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55/16 Mangilik El Avenue
Block C 3.1, 3rd floor, Office Nos. 325-326
Nur-Sultan 010000

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Almas Zhaiylgan wins widespread praise from sources, who describe him as a "very bright" and "technically strong" specialist in the field.

Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2020

Almas  Zhaiylgan

Almas Zhaiylgan

+7 727 355 0558

Almas Zhaiylgan is a Counsel in the Almaty office. Almas has over 20 years' experience advising companies in the oil and gas and mining sector of Kazakhstan on upstream exploration and production projects. He also has broad experience in mergers and acquisitions and regularly advises clients on various corporate, regulatory and compliance matters.


  • A MAJOR PETROLEUM COMPANY on its acquisitions of interests in two Kazakhstan entities having rights to exploration and production assets*
  • A NATIONAL OIL COMPANY on the acquisition of a stake in the Kashagan oil field on the Kazakhstan sector of the Caspian Sea*
  • A MAJOR OIL COMPANY on its acquisition of an interest in an oil block in the North Caspian*
  • ENRC PLC, a diversified industrial group with large holdings in mining and metals, on its successful initial public offering (IPO) on the London Stock Exchange (LSE), which raised GBP 1.5 billion*

*Experience prior to joining Kinstellar.


  • 2004 – 2005: University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, USA, LL.M. in Energy, Environment and Natural Resources
  • 2004 – 2005: Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Almaty, Kazakhstan, Specialist in International Law, diploma with honors
  • 1995 – 1997: Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA, BS in Business


  • Member of Kazakhstan Petroleum Lawyers' Association
  • Member of Association of International Petroleum Negotiators
  • Arbitrator of the Kazakhstan International Arbitrage


English, Russian, Kazakh


  • Exploration and production of hydrocarbons within the framework of the Draft Subsurface and Subsurface Use Code, Oil and Gas of Kazakhstan, 2016
  • Proposed amendments to Subsoil Use Law, Doing Business in Kazakhstan, 2013
  • Recent Developments in Texas, United States, International Energy Law, Kazakhstan: Petroleum Regime Changes, Texas Journal of Oil, Gas and Energy Law (Vol. 1, No.1), 2006