Morgan Lewis Opens Second Office in Central Asia: Firm Formalizes Existing Operations in Capital of Kazakhstan

Morgan Lewis has opened a new office in the Kazakhstan capital of Astana, formalizing its existing presence in the Central Asian country. The firm has operated and served its global clients in the region from Morgan Lewis’s Almaty office since 2012.

Morgan Lewis lawyers in Kazakhstan handle a wide variety of corporate, investment, energy, finance, telecommunications, utilities and other business transactions—both within the country and the broader Central Asia and Caspian region—with an emphasis on energy, banking and capital markets projects. The firm recently served as English, U.S. and Kazakhstan legal adviser to Intergas Central Asia, the operator of Kazakhstan’s national natural gas pipeline system on a successful consent solicitation involving $600 million in Notes.

“Our presence in Astana allows us to provide important support for our clients and facilitates our interaction with the Kazakhstan government agencies that drive many of their projects,” said Firm Chair Jami McKeon.

The office will be under the leadership of Aset Shyngyssov, who is also the Managing Partner of the firm’s Almaty office, and will initially host three resident lawyers. Mr. Shyngyssov has more than 15 years of experience handling complex transactions in a wide range of industries throughout Kazakhstan and Central Asia, and his presence in both offices enables their seamless cooperation and integration.

“Although we have been working with our clients in Astana for years, a permanent office in the capital brings us closer to many of them, further enhancing our ability to serve both our existing and future clients,” Mr. Shyngyssov said. “

Both offices in Kazakhstan offer local and international clients access to a full range of legal services, with a focus on significant mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate finance, debt and equity capital markets transactions, and disputes. Morgan Lewis lawyers also advise on matters involving intellectual property, real property, tax, environmental law, competition law, anti-bribery compliance, and corporate governance, among other matters.

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