K&T Partners

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About us

The partnership with limited liability «K&T Partners» has been established under the laws of the Republic of Kazakhstan on 1st November 2014 to conduct activities in the field of law which not associated with advocacy in courts, including comparative legal study research, expertise in the field of law and corporate governance, consulting services to its clients concerning organization and conducting their business activities.

Employees and experts of the K&T Partners offer their considerable experience of working within large Kazakhstani organizations performing in the financial and real sectors, foreign law firms, organizing and managing divisions for legal services and compliance control in large Kazakhstani banks and other financial organizations, active participation within international working groups for drafting model laws for the CIS countries, as well as a considerable track record of research activities related to issues of jurisprudence and corporate governance in authoritative scientific centers in Kazakhstan and abroad.

Our experts also have a successful experience of clients’ representation in negotiations with international financial institutions, conducting legal research in the field of Kazakhstani law, comparative legal studies and corporate governance within the schedule of our office scientific activities, as well as legal research and consultancy services for large international finance institutions and other organizations. Some of our analytical reports have been placed, with consent of our clients, on this web-site

Experts of K&T Partners have been numerous times involved in as specialists and experts on the law of Kazakhstan by local and foreign courts and for the purpose of international arbitration (including as experts in the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)), as well as in the capacity of arbitrators in international arbitration organizations under the Rules of Kazakhstan International Arbitrage (KIA), Arbitration Center of the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of the Republic of Kazakhstan “Atameken” and the Rules of International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC Rules).

In its activities the K&T Partners, all our employees and experts strictly observe requirements of the legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan and its own internal rules established to counteract legalization of proceeds derived from criminal conduct (money-laundering) and financing terrorism and extremism, to prevent bribery and corruption in business operations, to protect of personal data and other legally safeguarded secrets of our clients, business partners and employees.

We work and provide our services in Russian and English.

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Practice Areas

We offer the following high-quality professional services in the field of law and corporate governance, as well as related to organization and conducting businesses:

  • legal advice and legal support for entrepreneurial activities:
  • consultations and legal advice of specialists and experts concerning issues of the law of Kazakhstan and its application; review, analysis and provision of recommendations concerning organization and conducting legal work within business organizations; assistance in preparation of development strategies, business plans, action plans;

  • drafting and assisting in preparation of legal documents:
  • drafts of contracts, internal regulations for organizations, other types of legal documentation as well as their model and standard forms, drafts and models of legislative and regulatory acts;

  • assistance in negotiations and dispute settlements arising out of contract and other private-law relations:
  • assistance in developing legal positions; clients’ representation during negotiations; clients’ representation in judicial proceedings, arbitration and mediations;

  • co-operation with foreign law firms and legal counsels:
  • local counsel» services for foreign law firms, as well as for foreign business partners and clients in Kazakhstan; assisting clients in obtaining legal advice and having legal support in case when the law of a foreign jurisdiction is involved; assistance in creating business contacts with foreign specialists concerning conduct of entrepreneurial activity under a foreign law

  • assistance in improving corporate governance:
  • review and assessment of the state of corporate governance in Kazakhstan and foreign companies, recommendation on improvement of corporate governance; drafting corporate policies and internal documents taking into account internationally recognized practice of corporate governance, specifics of national jurisdictions and separate companies; conducting (or participation in) trainings on corporate governance and governance of environmental and social risks

  • organizing and conducting legal research, events related to improvement of professional qualification and exchange of practical experience:
  • preparation of analytical reviews of legislation and other regulatory requirements; research in the field of laws of Kazakhstan and private international law, as well as comparative law studies; organizing and managing events related to improvement of professional qualification and exchange of practical experience in different forms (such as conferences, master classes, round tables etc.); non-official translation of English and Russian language legal documents into Russian and English correspondingly.

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Experience

We issued expert reports and results of conducted researches to Kazakhstan and foreign companies, including law firms, busiensses and individuals. Among our clients are:

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Team

Prof., Dr. Farkhad Karagussov

Prof., Dr. Farkhad Karagussov- Chief Expert

Education

In 1993 graduated with distinction from the law faculty of the Kazakh national state university named after Al-Farabi; Doctor of Law (Higher Doctorate; 2003), professor of Jurisprudence (2010)

Professional Experience

since 1993 includes acting on the following positions: legal advisor to the Chairman of the Board of the JSC “Tsesnabank”; legal counsel, deputy of the chairman of the management board of the LLP “SB Capital”; member of the Board – independent director of the JSC “State Credit Bureau”; advisor to the Chairman of the Management Board, director of legal department, managing director, Chief legal counsel and Compliance controller of the JSC “Halyk Bank Kazakhstan”; associate of the Almaty office of Coudert Brothers; secondee the London office of Allen and Overy; senior expert, head of the division of economic legislation of the Department of legislation and judicial system of the Administration of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan; leading researcher of the Center of private law of the Kazakh State Law university; researcher and acting head of the Department of civil-law relationships and private international law of the Institute of State and Law of the National Academy of Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Since June 2019 acts as member of the Board of directors (independent director) at JSC «Central Securities Depository», JSC «Kazakhstan deposits insurance fund» and JSC «State Credit Bureau». From December 2018 also performs as a short-term consultant for the International Financial Corporation (Corporate Governance Region 6 – Europe): assessment and promotion of best practice of corporate governance; legal and contractual framework for family businesses, drafting family constitutions (Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine and other jurisdictions in Central Asia and Eastern Europe).

Membership and other Positions

Member of the Editorial Board (until 2017) / Advisory Board (since 2017) of the Review of Central and East European Law (since 2006). Member of the Editorial Board (since 2019) of the Journal of the National Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine .

Associate member of the International Academy of Comparative Law (Paris, France) (2013).

Arbitrator of the permanently functioning Kazakhstan International Arbitrage and the Arbitration Center of the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of the Republic of Kazakhstan “Atameken”.

Member of the National Council on Corporate Governance of the Presidium of the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of the Republic of Kazakhstan “Atameken”, as well as a member of the managing committee the Arbitration Center of the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of the Republic of Kazakhstan “Atameken”.

Perform/ed as the Kazakh law specialist and expert in courts of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Russian Federation, Switzerland (Geneva) and The Netherlands, the Court of International Commercial Arbitration (MKAS) within the Chamber of Trade and Industry of the Russian Federation and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA).

Performed as an arbitrator under the Rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

Publications

The most of the publications in their electronic form can be found here and here, as well as on this web-site

Professional Skills

Professional specialization: private law, corporate and banking legislation, private international law and comparative law studies.

Offers services in Russian and English.

Balzhan Baisheva

Balzhan Baisheva - Chief Expert

Education

In 1994, she graduated with honors from the Faculty of Philosophy and Economics of the Al-Farabi Kazakh State National University, having received the specialty of economist and teacher of political economy. In 2012, after two years of study at the University of Phoenix (US), she received a Master of Science degree in Psychology.

During her work, she studied at Visa Business School in Cambridge (United Kingdom), as well as at courses of international payment systems: (1) MasterCard: Key Management & Fraud management (Vienna, Austria) and (2) Visa: Risk Management & Chargeback Processing (London, United Kingdom). She has also completed a Crash Course on Creativity from Stanford University through Venture Lab, US.

Proffesional Experience

Since November 1997, she began her career as a manager in the information technology department of OJSC Halyk Bank of Kazakhstan. After two years of work creating a service network for bank customers, she moved to the position of head of the department and until July 2001 was engaged in projects of the international electronic payments business development.

From August 2001 to December 2002, as a methodologist and later on as a director of the department, she successfully implemented a project on issuing international Visa payment cards at JSC Texakabank.

From January 2003 to April 2005 she organized card business in JSC Alliance Bank, starting from the formation of a business strategy until the introduction of mass card issuance in all branches of the bank.

From April 2005 to August 2009, she worked as the head of the department and later on the director of the department at JSC BTA and completed several large-scale innovation and infrastructure projects, including changing the bank’s information systems, switching to chip products of payment systems, setting up an international processing center for servicing banks groups. In addition to successfully implemented projects, she optimized business and technological processes, as well as reengineered and strengthened the organizational structures of divisions to significantly improve productivity, efficiency, and quality of work. She also organized a system of education and training in all areas.

From May 2013 to November 2018, holding the position of Managing Director at JSC Tsesnabank, she organized the production and service of products of international payment systems (Visa, MasterCard, UPI), successfully implemented a processing solution for serving retail customers of the bank, as well as a business processes management system for bank branches.

All of the projects were performed observing the best ESG practices, following the strict rules of international payment systems, and under international quality and safety standards. The system of governance within the implemented projects included a decision-making system, risk management, fraud control, internal audit procedures, as well as a training and staff competency system. Environmental criteria were taken into account when choosing suppliers of information technology platforms, server equipment, terminals, ATMs, plastic, and consumables. Social criteria were mandatorily used in the construction and management of relationships with employees, suppliers, customers, and partners.

While studying at the master's program in psychology, she developed a methodology for the discovery of the human potential and capacity building in professional activities (professional identification). Since August 2012, she has been conducting studies on professional identification for graduates and young professionals. Moreover, since December 2018, she has been delivering lectures and courses on critical thinking for graduates and college students.

Since April 2019, she has been collaborating with InnoVision Management Consultancy on projects related to the development of digital businesses, building governance systems in commercial organizations, implementing information systems following ESG standards, organizing sales systems and management staff coaching.

Since August 2019, she has been working as an expert at K&T Partners on projects for the implementation of ESG standards, the development of an innovative technological platform for servicing transactions between market entities, as well as in the preparation of the regulatory framework and methodological base, which are the basis for the functioning of payment systems, payment organizations, financial services, and technology companies.

Professional Skills

Her professional specialization includes the following areas of competence: the implementation of information technology projects in financial institutions according to ESG standards, the development of a methodological base for the payment industry, crisis management, the implementation of business processes, the coaching of managers on goal setting, project management, marketing, and personnel management.

Offers services in Russian and English.

Alexey Bondarev

Alexey Bondarev - Expert

Education

In 2009 he graduated the juridical faculty of Adilet Higher Law School, Academy of Jurisprudence within Caspian Social University, diploma with distinctions. In 2010 he obtained master of law degree, diploma with distinctions and successfully defended the thesis on legal regime of derivative instruments.

Professional Experience

Since 2008 till 2013 he worked in Salans international law firm (currently Dentons) where he participated in due diligence, obtaining of antimonopoly consents for clients, advising international financial institutions regarding issues of securities and derivatives legal framework in the Republic of Kazakhstan. He also advised international organizations of financing local executive authorities, foreign clients on listing of the securities at KASE stock exchange, interactions with Unifies Registrar of Transactions with Securities, insurance, public-private partnership and etc.

In 2013 he worked in Grata Kazakhstan legal firm where he advised foreign clients in relation with financial transactions with Kazakhstan counterparties and drafted legal opinions regarding financial activity.

Since 2014 till 2016 he worked in the Department of compliance control of Tsesnabank JSC where he investigated affection of international sanctions on the relations of the bank with its counterparties, legal support of bank’s ongoing activity, and participated in the special project dedicated to development of channels of information interchange within Tsesna financial group and with state and third parties basing on legal requirements or contractual obligations.

Since 2016 he works in K&T Partners advising Kazakhstan and international companies regarding specific areas (corporate governance, interaction with state authorities), conductions on scientific researches on demand of clients and basing on K&T Partners’ plan of researches, he also participates in creation of studying guides, scientific reviews, and creation of innovative digital legal instruments for business and individuals.

Professional Skills

He specializes in civil law, securities law, corporate and banking legislation.

Offers services in Russian and English.

Contacts

farkhad.karagussov@katpartners.kz
alexey.bondarev@katpartners.kz
+7 (727) 292-20-37

🏠 office 42, 33 Bukhar zhyrau blvrd (Jenis BC), Almaty