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050000, Almaty

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Business Center Congress Office
48 Sauran Street
010000, Nur-Sultan

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He is a go-to choice for European and US corporates with interests in the Kazakh market. Sources say: "He's one of the few foreign lawyers who really understands Kazakh law," adding that ''he can provide a mixture of knowledge of Western law and Kazakh legal restrictions."

Joel is called "thoughtful, creative and comprehensive" by clients.

Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2018


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.


  • 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
  • KCELL JOINT STOCK COMPANY, a leading cellular phone provider in Kazakhstan, on its USD 525 million initial public offering via a listing of GDRs on the London Stock Exchange and of shares on the Kazakhstan Stock Exchange*

*Experience prior to joining Kinstellar.


    • 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


    State Bar of California


    English, Russian


    • Corporate Acquisitions & Mergers 2014 - 2015, Kazakhstan chapter, Kluwer Law International (co-author)
    • Project Finance, Kazakhstan chapter 2012 - 2014, Getting the Deal Through (co-author)
    • Kazakhstan's Radical Bank Restructuring Law, Butterworths Journal of International Banking and Financial Law, January 2010 (co-author)