Zhanyl is a partner and has over 14 years’ experience. For the last five years she has focused on contract law, corporate law, international private law, M&A, and arbitration and mediation issues in both Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
Prior to joining the CENTIL team, Zhanyl held prominent positions within the Ministry of Justice, the government’s office and parliament. She has extensive experience in lawmaking and worked as the head of the legal department within the business association dealing with multi-billion dollar investments in Kyrgyzstan’s economy and representing the interests of investors at the state level.
Zhanyl has also worked as an independent national expert for international organisations including the United Nations Development Programme, The World Bank, and the UK’s Department for International Development, advising on issues relating to foreign investments and the protection of creditor rights.
Zafar’s major focus is governmental relations and business advisory work. He also heads the Partners’ Council.
Prior to joining CENTIL he worked for a leading international law firm and one of the Big Four auditing firms. Drawing on his managerial expertise, Zafar is involved in the firm’s project coordination and business development.
He advises domestic and foreign clients on the corporate, regulatory and tax aspects of structuring and organising for investment in property of all types. He is especially active within the areas of non-resident tax, repatriation and currency control matters.
Umid is a partner and is in charge of the firm’s energy practice.
He focuses on oil and gas development projects including PSA, LNG and GTL, integrated field development, pipeline, and processing projects. He has experience with the structuring, documentation and negotiation of oil and gas arrangements, farm-ins, operating agreements and transportation and sales contracts.
A graduate of Case Western Reserve University in the USA, he has been practising law for over 15 years and is fluent in English, Russian and speaks Uzbek.
Sofia Shaykhrazieva is a partner and leads our project finance practice.
Sofia focuses on multi-billion dollar project finance deals, multi-million dollar cross-border facility transactions involving the participation of major investment banks and bank consortia, bank acquisitions, aircraft leasing, sovereign guarantees, bankruptcy issues, ISDA master agreement issues, and collateral matters.
She has experience in structuring multi-jurisdictional financial transactions, negotiating the principal terms of foreign-law governed financing agreements with government and local parties, drafting and negotiating domestic-law governed project documents for lenders, as well as in providing comments to the ISDA Master Agreement. Her clients include international financial institutions, investment banks, investment funds, brokers, export agencies and insurance companies.
With over 15 years’ legal experience, she has previously worked for two leading international law firms and is a graduate of the University of Oxford.
Sofia has been recognised as the “top-ranked” and “leading” banking and project finance lawyer by Chambers Global 2006-2012 and Who’s Who Legal: CIS 2010-2012. She is fluent in English and Russian.
Ravshan is the partner in charge of CENTIL’s M&A and corporate practice in Uzbekistan.
He specialises in corporate law, competition and antitrust law, private mergers and acquisitions, reorganisations, as well as in labour and welfare matters.
Ravshan’s sector expertise includes subsoil and telecoms. He has advised on many of the highest profile investment projects in Uzbekistan, including within the automobile, oil and gas, and telecoms industries.
Ravshan has been practising law for 15 years and is fluent in English, Russian and Uzbek. Prior to joining our team he used to work for a leading international law firm.
Ravshan joined CENTIL in 2010 from a major international London-based law firm and is currently the head of the trade and contracts practice group.
His practice covers both transactional and regulatory work, including corporate matters and debt investment.
His transactional experience includes the negotiation and drafting of multi-billion dollar investment agreements and advising a wide range of foreign investors and legal entities operating and investing in Central Asia, with projects ranging from small projects (less than $1m) to large projects (up to $100m).
In addition to his clients in Uzbekistan, Ravshan has been actively involved in projects in the neighbouring jurisdictions of Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Ravshan is admitted to the New York Bar.
Otabek joined CENTIL in 2008, having previously worked for Uzbekistan’s largest insurance company.
His main areas of expertise are insurance, production and infrastructure projects. He has experience with structuring deals, advising foreign ship-owners and banks on bareboat and flagging issues, farm-ins, operating agreements and transportation and sales contracts.
Otabek currently works in our Almaty office in Kazakhstan, focusing on production and infrastructure projects, and also coordinates our Turkmen practice.
Otabek is a graduate from the prestigious University of Sheffield in the UK, and also spent just under a year working for AIG in the City of London.
He is fluent in English, Russian and Uzbek.
Denis is a partner in CENTIL’s Kyrgyzstan office. He has five years’ experience and considerable experience in the mining industry.
His recent activity includes advising foreign investors on the acquisition of gold, copper, iron and coal, as well as on uranium exploration and domestic mining projects. He also works on our Tajik projects, and recently advised on the SPO shares of the leading gold mining companies in Tajikistan.
Denis is fluent in English and Russian.
Azim is a partner in Almaty office in Kazakhstan. Prior to joining the firm, Azim had founded and managed two full-service legal practices in two jurisdictions.
Azim’s main areas of expertise are securities and mining.
His recent experience includes advising a large Russian hydropower company on a bridge financing transaction, a major telecom operator, and a leading Islamic bank on financial transactions with local microfinance institutions.
Azim is fluent in English, Russian and Kyrgyz.
Dinara Jarmukhanova joined CENTIL Law in 2016 as a partner and heads up the firm’s Kazakhstan practice. Prior to joining CENTIL, Dinara was one of the top legal counsel at a major international law firm in Kazakhstan.
Dinara’s extensive experience includes transactional and international dispute resolution, along with M&A, corporate restructuring, financial transactions, joint venture agreements and investments. Her work has covered both local and international transactions and disputes, including successfully representing a Kazakh bank in a $300 million litigation case before the High Court in London.
Dinara was included in the UK’s Best Lawyers list of outstanding lawyers for 2015. In addition to the Kazakh Bar, she is admitted to the New York Bar, having studied at both the Duke University School of Law (USA) and the University of Cambridge (UK).