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Deals March 2024

Kinstellar facilitates Araltuz's expansion in Kazakhstan: A landmark English Law transaction 

Kinstellar is thrilled to announce our firm's leading role in facilitating a significant transaction whereby the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has made an investment in Araltuz, a leading Kazakhstan-based producer of table and low-grade technical salt in Central Asia. Led by our outstanding team, including Joel Benjamin, Managing Partner for Central Asia, Kuanysh Shekerbekov, Counsel in Kazakhstan, and Bianka Kovács, Associate in our Budapest office, we provided expert counsel on this ground-breaking transaction governed by English law. Our collaborative effort, supported by Almas Zhaiylgan, Counsel in Kazakhstan, and other colleagues, demonstrated our firm's cross-border capabilities and deep

News March 2024

Kinstellar announces new promotions to Counsel

February 2024 – Kinstellar is delighted to announce the promotions to Counsel of: Yerlan Akhmetov, Kuanysh Shekerbekov (Almaty, Kazakhstan), Cătălin Dinu, Cătălin Graure (Bucharest, Romania), Barnabás Sági (Budapest, Hungary), Yulia Eismont, Maksym Tesliar (Kyiv, Ukraine), Michal Forýtek (Prague, Czech Republic),  Andrijana Kaštelan, Vedran Kopilović, Marija Vuchetich (Zagreb, Croatia). ALMATY Yerlan Akhmetov focuses on banking and finance, M&A and capital markets matters. Having been with the Firm for nine years, Yerlan has earned a reputation for cultivating strong client relationships, demonstrating leadership qualities and making significant contributions to our firm's success. He has played a key role

News February 2024

Kinstellar strengthens its team in Kazakhstan with the appointment of Ardak Idayatova as Partner

Kinstellar is delighted to announce that Ardak Idayatova has joined the firm’s Almaty office as Partner. Ardak Idayatova is an experienced practitioner with a career spanning 20 years. She focuses primarily on commercial arbitration (especially construction arbitration) and litigation, as well as on public-private partnerships and real estate. Ardak’s expertise includes providing comprehensive support to major infrastructure projects, primarily representing foreign investors, international development banks and foreign contractors. Additionally, she represents and provides legal assistance to clients in foreign commercial arbitrations, mainly in connection with construction disputes arising out of different

Deals January 2024

Kinstellar’s Kazakhstan office advises Kaspi.kz on historic NASDAQ IPO

Kinstellar's Kazakhstan office, a prominent legal advisor in the region, played a crucial role in guiding Kaspi.kz, a leading financial technology company headquartered in Kazakhstan, through its successful upsized U.S. Initial Public Offering (IPO) on January 23, 2024. The offering, featuring the sale of 11,300,000 American depositary shares (ADSs), raised an impressive USD 1.04 billion. This significant achievement builds upon previous successes in 2020, when the Kinstellar team acted as the Kazakhstan legal counsel involved in the simultaneous Kazakhstan and London dual offering/listing of Kaspi.kz. Kaspi.kz, originally established as a bank in 2008, has evolved into a fintech powerhouse, providing a comprehensive

Insights January 2024

Kinstellar contributes to International Employment Lawyer's Guide to Restructuring a Cross-Border Workforce

Kinstellar is delighted to have contributed to IEL’s Guide to Restructuring a Cross-Border Workforce 2023. In 2023, cross-border restructurings increased significantly – a trend that is expected to persist in early 2024. But conducting the process fairly, and thoroughly, poses a distinct set of hurdles for multinationals. The global guide examines and provides, across 45 jurisdictions, clear answers to the key questions facing employers when conducting a restructuring, under the following areas: Reduction in workforce Restructuring/Re-or ganisation of the business Changing terms and conditions Areas to watch Kinstellar employment team covered the following jurisdictions:

News January 2023

Kinstellar announces new promotions in Kazakhstan

Kinstellar is delighted to announce the promotion to Managing Associate of Yerlan Akhmetov (Banking & Finance, Corporate), Dina Berkalieva (Dispute Resolution) and Assel Mussina (Corporate, Real Estate) in our Almaty office.  In addition, Anna Kornilova, a Senior Associate in the Almaty office, will become Head of Competition for Central Asia. These promotions are in recognition of their importance to our firm and its future and to their commitment to delivering exceptional value to our clients.   Yerlan Akhmetov has over 15 years of experience in capital markets, banking and finance and M&A. He has taken the lead on numerous complicated financing transactions, and has been involved in high-profile M&A

Insights July 2022

Kinstellar contributes to the Clean Energy Tool launched by Simmons & Simmons

Kinstellar is honoured and delighted to have contributed, as exclusive authors, to the Czech, Hungarian and Kazakhstan sections of the Clean Energy Tool launched by international law firm Simmons & Simmons. The Clean Energy Tool provides reliable, consistent and easy-to-manage information to support investments in clean energy projects around the world. It gives investors online access to important legal and regulatory information concerning renewable energy projects. The tool is constantly expanding and already covers 44 jurisdictions. Information is developed in collaboration with premiere local counsel selected by Simmons & Simmons from across Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Australia and the Middle East.

Insights May 2022

5G auctions

As the process of 5G coverage expansion continues, we bring you a short status update on 5G auctions and 5G rollout in the Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia regions. Kazakhstan Frequency already allocated: 3.5 GHz. Announced / expected 5G auctions: Three lots each for 100 MHz around 3.5 GHz will be sold at auctions that are planned for the end of May 2022. One lot per city—Almaty, Nur-Sultan and Shymkent—will be offered. Stage of 5G auctions and auction method: The relevant law and regulations for holding auctions have been adopted. Auctions will be held in two stages. At the first stage the bidders' compliance with qualification requirements

News April 2022

Kuanysh Shekerbekov participates in a panel discussion in connection with the official presentation of the “VC Guide for Founders”

Kuanysh Shekerbekov, Managing Associate of Kinstellar’s Almaty office, participated as a speaker in a panel discussion in connection with the official presentation of the “VC Guide for Founders”. The event took place on 8 April 2022 and was organised by The AIFC Tech Hub, a subdivision of the "Astana" International Financial Center (AIFC), which has the task of promoting the development of the start-up ecosystem, the venture industry, e-commerce, corporate innovation and new technological directions in Kazakhstan (FinTech, GovTech, SatelliteTech, Industry 4.0. etc.). The purpose of the guide is to provide a clear understanding of the opportunities and advantages of the AIFC for structuring venture transactions and

Insights April 2022

Data Privacy Concerns in the Metaverse. May the privacy be with us!

All of us have concerns regarding data privacy in the metaverse. Countless questions come to mind, such as: What is the metaverse? Can a digital personality be considered as personal data? What happens if digital data is processed? In this short article we touch on the metaverse’s main data privacy concerns.  What is the metaverse? The metaverse is a virtual world that relies on multiple technologies such as virtual reality, blockchain, artificial intelligence, etc. There is no longer just one world like the real world anymore. A new virtual-world era has begun with the advent of different metaverses such as Horizon, Decentraland, Sandbox, and Upland, and it appears that their number will continue to increase.

Insights April 2022

Brief summary on requirements for setting up a private company for holding companies in AIFC

March 2022 –  Since the establishment of the Astana International Financial Center (the “AIFC”) in 2018, we have provided legal assistance to a large number of foreign clients in setting up their businesses in the AIFC. Based on our experience, we note that the most attractive and convenient legal vehicle for setting up a holding company in the AIFC is a company in the form of a private company. The purpose of this brief summary is to acquaint potential investors with the key features of private companies in the AIFC. This note does not contain requirements for regulated companies (such as financial organisations in AIFC). Requirement Description

Deals November 2021

Kinstellar advises the joint lead managers on the debut, USD 500 million bond issue by Kazakhstan’s sovereign wealth fund, Samruk-Kazyna

Kinstellar is pleased to announce that our team in Almaty has advised Citibank, MUFG, UBS Investment Bank and VTB Capital, as joint lead managers and joint bookrunners, on the successful USD 500 million bond issue (2% notes due in 2026) by Samruk-Kazyna, Kazakhstan's sovereign wealth fund. The profits will be used by Samruk-Kazyna to refinance existing debts and for general corporate purposes. The Kinstellar team was led by Partner Joel Benjamin and Pavel Kornilov (Counsel), with support from Yerbol Konarbayev (Senior Associate) and Alikhan Baizakov (Associate).  For more information please contact Joel Benjamin, Partner, at