Nurlan Kyshtobaev is a Partner and a Head of Banking & Finance practice at GRATA International Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. He also focuses on general corporate and infrastructure projects, including real estate. Mr Kyshtobaev has an extensive experience with leading American law firms and an international financial institution based in London. His main practice areas are general corporate matters, including mining, capital markets, and banking & finance.

Prior joining GRATA International, Nurlan was an associate in the Office of the General Counsel of EBRD, where he advised bankers on lending, including direct investments in the EBRD countries of operation (CEE, CIS, Turkey and Mongolia) across different sectors (hydro energy, mining, transport, pharmacy, telecommunication and retail) and types of borrowers (sovereign, quasi-sovereign, financial institutions, private companies).

Mr Kyshtobaev also worked for the two American law firms; Chadbourne & Parke and Latham & Watkins. While being with those law firms, Nurlan was a part of various legal teams advising clients on a broad range of Russian law matters. 

Education:

  • 2007 - Moscow State Institute of International Relations.

Practices:

  • Finance;

  • Corporate;

  • M&A;

  • Real Estate.

Industry Sectors:

  • Banking & Finance;

  • Infrastructure;

  • Industry & Trade.

Languages:
  • English
  • Russian
  • Kyrgyz

Membership:

  • Member of the Centerra Gold Inc. Board of Directors.

Experience:

  • Advising the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on the local currency initiative framework, under which the EBRD extends its loans to Kyrgyz banks and non-banking institutions in local currency;
  • Advising Apple Inc. on tax implications of introducing new products into the Kyrgyz and Tajik markets;

  • Advising Citibank on the implementation of derivatives transactions involving Kyrgyz and Tajik counterparties;

  • Advising the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on the lease of premises for its Dushanbe regional office;

  • Advising a Chinese private equity fund on the acquisition of a group of Kyrgyz gold exploration companies;

  • Advising the Eurasian Development Bank on a secured loan facility to a major electricity company of Kyrgyzstan;

  • Advising the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on a syndicated loan to a Kyrgyz microfinance company;

  • Legal due diligence of a large bank in Kyrgyzstan for the benefit of a private foreign investor.

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GRATA International in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018

GRATA International performed exceptionally well in this year’s rankings as its Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan offices were ranked by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018, confirming GRATA International's dominant position in Central Asia.

GRATA International organised a practical seminar: Roadmap to Profitable Small Hydro Power Plant Development in Bishkek

On 30 November 2017 in Bishkek GRATA International organised a practical seminar: Roadmap to Profitable Small Hydro Power Plant Development, together with international engineering firm  ILF Consulting Engineers.

Nurlan Kyshtobaev conducted a guest lecture on “concession agreements”

On November 28th, 2017 Nurlan Kyshtobaev, partner of GRATA International Bishkek office conducted a guest lecture on “concession agreements” and “how law firms operate”. The lecture was read to the students of International Business Law department of the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) within the course “Investment Law and Sustainable Development”. Earlier this year, GRATA International in Bishkek signed a MoU with AUCA on cooperation. 

GRATA International took part in the SCO Business Council meeting

On 26 August 2016, GRATA International team took part in a working experience exchange meeting of the National Business Council of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.

Partner of Grata International was elected as an independent member of the Board of Directors of Centerra Gold Inc.

Partner of Grata International Nurlan Kyshtobaev was elected on 17 May 2016 by the shareholders of the company as an independent member of the company’s Board of Directors.

Financing Renewable Energy Projects in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan 2016

Applicable Legal Framework for Kyrgyzstan

GRATA International in Kyrgyzstan participated in presentation of IFC survey on Islamic banking

On February 8, 2016 Mr. Nurlan Kyshtobaev, Partner of GRATA International, participated in presentation of IFC survey on Islamic banking: "Islamic Banking: Opportunities in the segment of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in the Kyrgyz Republic."

Kyrgyz Republic adopted the Law "On Amendments to the Law on the state regulation on foreign trade activity"

In 6th May 2015 the Parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic adopted the Law "On Amendments to the Law of the Kyrgyz Republic on the state regulation on foreign trade activity" dated from 10 June 2015 № 128.

Counsel of «GRATA» Law Firm Nurlan Kyshtobaev made ​​a presentation at the Kyrgyz- Turkish business forum in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan)

On December 5, 2013 in Bishkek a business forum was held involving Kyrgyz and Turkish businessmen and companies operating in the field of textiles and light industry.

May 15 GRATA's specialists participated in the Bishkek International Financial Forum (BIFF 2014).

May 15, Kanat Seidaliev (Partner) and Nurlan Kyshtobaev (Counsel) participated in the Bishkek International Financial Forum (BIFF 2014).

On May 16th Nurlan Kyshtobaev, Counsel at GRATA Law Firm participated in a meeting organized by the Kyrgyzstan Union of Banks as part of "The Day of Russian Agricultural Machinery and Equipment 2014"

On May 16th, as part of the business mission "The Day of Russian Agricultural Machinery and Equipment 2014" Nurlan Kyshtobaev (Counsel) participated in a meeting organized by the Kyrgyzstan Union of Banks.


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Partner, Head of Banking & Finance Practice in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan offices

Dushanbe, Bishkek