Dentons to open second office in Kazakhstan after Kinstellar raid

Dentons has opened a new satellite office in Astana, its second office in Kazakhstan.

The new office will be headed by newly promoted partner Birzhan Zharasbayev, who joined legacy Salans’ Almaty office in 2006 and recently joined the partnership. Zharasbayev focuses on construction and real estate, infrastructure and PPP projects.

The satellite office in Astana is an integral part of Dentons’ existing Almaty office, headed by managing partner Aigoul Kenjebayeva. The two offices now have a combined 35 fee-earners, including six partners.

Dentons’ Europe chief executive officer Dariusz Oleszczuk said in a statement: “Kazakhstan is a rapidly growing economic hub in the CIS region, so strengthening our capabilities and presence in this country is of strategic importance to us.”

The expansion comes hot on the heels of a team exit from Denton’s Almaty office. Earlier this week it was revealed that Central and Eastern European (CEE) firm Kinstellar was to launch in the jurisdiction with a team of lawyers from Dentons (3 September 2013). The team of 10 lawyers are mostly from legacy SNR Denton’s central Asia practice, led by partner Joel Benjamin, who was formerly in charge of the firm’s banking and finance practice in the region.