Akhmetzhan is currently a Senior Partner at GRATA International, an advocate and an overall supervisor of GRATA's activities in Astana, Aksai, Aktobe, Baku, Tashkent and Bishkek.


In 1995 Akhmetzhan received a distinction from the law faculty of the Kazakh State University, he then undertook postgraduate study at the Institute for Government and Law within the Kazakh National Academy of Science.

Akhmetzhan has also undertaken training courses in both Kazakhstan and United Kingdom, including courses on Energy, Management and Bankruptcy. He also has experience of working for public authorities.


  • Russian

  • Kazakh

  • English 

  • Uigur

He is a regular speaker at oil and gas conferences and has numerous publications to his name.


  • Almaty Bar Association;

  • International Bar Association;

  • Kazakh Petroleum Lawyers Association.

Akhmetzhan has extensive experience in investment, natural resources and contract law. His practice is focused on multinationals, industry and financial institutions. He acts regularly for a number of high profile international and Kazakh clients.

He has extensive experience in negotiating with state bodies on behalf of multinationals, and in drafting new laws as part of various governmental working groups.

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GRATA International in Who's Who Legal: Mining 2018 issue

We are glad to announce that Aidar Sarymsakov and Akhmetzhan Abdullayev, Senior Partners, Saule Akhmetova and Almat Daumov, Partners have been identified as key legal experts in Mining field among 11 legal experts in Kazakhstan in Who's Who Legal: Mining 2018 issue.

Astana Economic Forum was held in Astana on 25-26 May 2016

On 25-26 May, Astana hosted an annual event in the area of economic and political life of the region - Astana Economic Forum.

GRATA Law Firm held a workshop titled: 'Kazakhstan - Russia: legal aspects of doing business'

On 24 April 2015, in Almaty there has been a workshop titled: 'Kazakhstan - Russia: legal aspects of doing business' held by GRATA Law Firm.

On 11-13 June 2014, the Fifth Anniversary Annual International Industrial Exhibition - Expo-Russia Kazakhstan 2014 was held in Almaty

GRATA Law Firm was represented at the event by: Tlek Baigabulov – Senior Partner, Akhmetzhan Abdullayev – Senior Partner, Almat Daumov – Partner, Shakhrukh Usmanov – Partner, Aizhan Mukhammad – Counsel, Bolat Assylkhanov – Senior Lawyer and Assem Tnalina – Lawyer.

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Senior Partner, Advocate