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

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Nur-Sultan

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

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One source describes him as "the only expat lawyer who really understands Kazakh law and what's going on."His business-oriented approach is also praised. "He is someone who can take the commercial approach", explains one enthusiastic source.

Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2019

Joel Benjamin

Joel Benjamin

Managing Partner
+998 78 150 6221 (Tashkent) / +7 727 355 0530 (Almaty)

Joel Benjamin is the Managing Partner of the Almaty and Tashkent offices. He has extensive experience in M&A and corporate, and in banking, finance and capital markets transactions in various industries, including oil and gas, mining, banking, telecommunications and media.

RECENT ENGAGEMENTS INCLUDE ADVISING

  • AN INTERNATIONAL BANKING SYNDICATE comprised of JP Morgan, Citibank and Gazprombank on a USD 1 billion Eurobond issue by the Republic of Uzbekistan—the country’s first-ever foray into international debt markets
  • TELE2 SVERIGE AB on its joint venture with Kazakhtelecom JSC, the national telecoms operator and the combination of their cellular operations of their subsidiaries JSC Altel and Mobile Telecom-Service LLP (Tele2 Kazakhstan)
  • EBRD and UNICREDIT BANK on the USD 260 million project financing of Voskhod Oriel and Voskhod Chrome
  • JSC HALYK BANK KAZAKHSTAN on its acquisition of SB HSBC Bank Kazakhstan JSC
  • A MAJOR INTERNATIONAL OIL COMPANY on issues relating to entering into contracts with companies ultimately owned by politically exposed persons

    EDUCATION

    • 1984: University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, J.D.
    • 1984: Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, MBA in Finance
    • 1977: Cornell University, Ithaca, B.A. in Economics

    PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION

    State Bar of California

    LANGUAGES

    English, Russian