Aigul Sabyr is a Partner and Head of Law Firms Division with GRATA International. She is in charge for building up solid relationships with law firms across the globe and an experienced legal expert on corporate and commercial law, M&A transactions, foreign investment regimes, banking and finance.

Aigul has an extensive experience having worked as an in-house counsel for Heineken and Nestle offices in Kazakhstan, being a legal director in Amun Capital private equity fund and its asset companies. 


  • 1999 - The Kazakh State Law University, LLB in Business Law.

  • 2004 - Erasmus University Rotterdam, LLM in International Law.

  • 2013- London School of Economics and Political Science, MSc in Law and Accounting.


  • Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Banking & Finance 

  • Corporate&Commercial 

Industry Sectors:

  • M&A

  • Corporate law  

  • Commercial contracts

  • Foreign investments
  • Banking and finance


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  • Advised in a transaction for acquisition of a stake in Kazkommertsbank;

  • Conducted due diligence and advisedin a transaction for acquisition of Channel 7 in Kazakhstan;

  • Conducted due diligence and advised in a transaction of acquisition of Marrone Rosso espresso and coffee chain;

  • Advised a vendor in a transaction for acquisition of a Kazakh WiMax operator to Telia Sonera;

  • Advised a vendor in a transaction for acquisition of Digital TV cable operator to Kazakhtelecom national telecom company;

  • Corporate legal support of Kazakh shareholders in Mobile Telecom Service (Tele2) in Kazakhstan;

  • Advised a large Kazakhstan oil drilling company on a potential IPO on the London Stock Exchange;

  • Advised a large Korean telecom company on a transaction for sale of shares with a large Kazakh mining company;

  • Conducted due diligence of Ramstore Kazakhstan and provided other corporate law advise in a M&A transaction on a vendor’s side;

  • Advised Petro Kazakhstan on Kazakh legislative initiative matters;

  • Advised a Chinese investor on financing of an infrastructure project in Kazakhstan for the amount of USD 100mln;

  • Advised Ahsel Holding and Samruk Kazyna Real Estate fund on a bank guarantee issue;

  • Advised Generali Group on anti-trust matters;

  • Advised MaviGroup on commercial contract matters;

  • Conducted due diligence of a Kazakh oil company and advised on prospectus for MIE Holdings Corporation in connection with Notes issue at New York stock exchange;

  • Advised OtokarOtomotive (Koc Group) on foreign investments regime and Investment contract with Kazakh government;

  • Advised Marriott on corporate and employment matters;

  • Advised Raiffeisen Bank on bank guarantee issues;

  • Advised Trakya Cam Sanayii on foreign investments regime in Kazakhstan;

  • Supported a Chinese investor on execution of an Investment contract with a Kazakh government for the construction of a steel production facility in Kazakhstan.

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Aigul Turetayeva- GRATA International’s new Partner

Aigul Turetayeva joined GRATA International as a Partner

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