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Global Leader

Arbitration 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

Peers and clients say

"She is a leading name in the market"
"Ms Kenjebayeva stands out for her formidable caseload and for her wide scope of projects in energy and natural resources"
"Widely recognised as a specialist in arbitration"


Aigoul Kenjebayeva is the managing partner for Kazakhstan and Central Asia at Dentons. Her particular areas of specialisation have been acquired from over 35 years as a practising lawyer and include corporate law, arbitration and litigation, energy and natural resources, infrastructure projects and competition law. She is widely considered to be a top choice for dispute resolution and also works on matters in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

Aigoul concentrates on international arbitration, both commercial and investor-state, and acts as counsel and arbitrator. She has been actively involved in a number of complex multibillion-dollar international arbitration matters at pre-arbitration, arbitration and enforcement stages, particularly in connection with disputes relating to investments in Kazakhstan. Aigoul has acted as counsel in arbitrations conducted under various arbitration rules, including those of the ICC, SCC, LCIA and UNCITRAL. She also acted as an arbitrator, in particular in SCC and ICC, as well as in domestic arbitrations. She has authored dispute resolution chapters on Kazakhstan in reputed international guides, including The International Arbitration Review.

Aigoul serves for the second year as a member of the International Council under the Supreme Court of Kazakhstan. In this capacity, she makes significant contribution to shaping Kazakhstan’s legislation and court practice, particularly in the sphere of investment protection.

Aigoul is the chairman of the Kazakhstan Bar Association Board and a member of the Kazakhstan Petroleum Lawyers Association Board. Aigoul is also a member of the board of the arbitration centre of the National Business Chamber of Kazakhstan, and an honorary consul of Norway in Almaty.

She consistently receives the highest rankings among the leading legal experts in Kazakhstan by Chambers GlobalThe Legal 500Who’s Who LegalIFLR1000, and Who’s Who in the Republic of Kazakhstan. Aigoul is listed regularly by The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration as the only lawyer from Kazakhstan nominated by clients and peers as one of the world’s leading arbitrators.

WWL Ranking: Recommended
WWL Ranking: Recommended
WWL Ranking: Recommended
WWL Ranking: Recommended
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