Bakhyt Tukulov graduated with highest honors from International Law Department of al-Farabi Kazakh National University. He also holds a Master of Law degree in International Legal Studies (with distinction) from Georgetown University Law Center (District of Columbia., United States).


  • Dispute Resolution (Domestic and International)

Practice Focus:     

Litigation (commercial and administrative, including in aid of domestic and foreign arbitrations), arbitration in Kazakhstan and abroad, pre-dispute settlement negotiations, enforcement of foreign arbitral awards and judicial acts, legal due diligence, legal advice on the structuring of transactions from dispute resolution perspective (choice of law, forum, investment treaty protection, jurisdictional matters), legal support in the course of audits of state authorities. 



Russian, English, Kazakh


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Prior to joining our team, Bakhyt has worked for several years at one of the top international law firms. Bakhyt has represented clients in a wide variety of matters ranging from commercial disputes to disputes with state authorities. He has also represented clients in international arbitrations in Kazakhstan and abroad. On part time basis, Bakhyt lectures graduate students on the theory and practice of International Arbitration and Litigation. 

Recent deals:

  • Advising a client on Kazakh law in international arbitration worth approx. USD 300 million initiated at the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes under a Bilateral Investment Treaty and the Energy Charter Treaty;
  • Successful representation of a foreign investor in multimillion dollar international arbitration with its seat in Kazakhstan over the ownership of shares in a Kazakh mineral producing company (ended by settlement);
  • Assisting an arbitrator serving in tribunal formed under the Arbitration Rules of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce on Kazakh choice of law rules;
  • Representing a client in Kazakh courts in relation to enforcement of a foreign arbitral award worth approx. USD 30 million (ongoing);
  • Successful representation in District Economic Court of the winner of a tender for supply of complex electric equipment for the total amount of approx. USD 7 million in dispute initiated by a participant of the tender over the validity of the findings of the tender;
  • Successful representation in District Economic Court of two major suppliers of cement in Kazakhstan in antimonopoly dispute with the Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan for the Protection of Competition over unlawful inclusion of the cement producers into the Republican Register of Entities which Enjoy Dominant or Monopoly Status in a Commodity Market;
  • Successful representation in District Economic Court of one of the major suppliers of cement in Kazakhstan in a complex dispute with local Department of Environmental Protection over the alleged excessive pollution of environment;
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Shaimerden Chikanayev and Bakhyt Tukulov will Speak at the Kazakhstan Legal Forum 2017

On 28 September 2017, the Kazakhstan Legal Forum 2017 will be held in Almaty at the Inter Continental Hotel. 

Bakhyt Tukulov and Zeinebike Madybayeva will Speak at the Workshop on: ‘Practical Issues of Dispute Resolution’

On 15 September 2017, the workshop on ‘Practical Issues of Dispute Resolution’ will be held be held in The Ritz Carlton Hotel, Almaty.

GRATA International has been recognised as an ‘outstanding’ law firm according to Asialaw Profiles 2017

According to the results of the analysis, the Asialaw Profiles directory – one of the leading guide to the Asia Pacific region, has once again ranked GRATA International as an outstanding law firm in Kazakhstan.

Bakhyt Tukulov Spoke at the Legal Forum for Dispute Settlement

On 19 May 2017, the Legal Forum for Dispute Settlement was held in Astana hotel 'Kazzhol'.  The event was arranged at the initiative of 'Atameken' National Chamber of Businessmen and Lincoln Brown law firm.

GRATA International took part in the English Law Day Forum in Almaty

On 24 May 2017 in Almaty, Kazakhstan English Law Day Forum was held.

GRATA International organised a seminar on Infrastructure Disputes

On 12 May 2017 in Astana GRATA International organised a practical seminar:  Dispute Resolution In Infrastructure Projects together with German engineering firm  ILF Consulting Engineers. 

Dispute Resolution in Infrastructure Projects - Practical Seminar

12 May, 2017

Pro Bono: GRATA International acted as legal adviser to the Republican Physics and Mathematics School NJSC

GRATA International Law Firm has advised the Republican Physics and Mathematics School (RPMS) on state procurement and legal aspects of construction of a new school building.

Seminar: "Arbitration in Stockholm related to Kazakhstan"

GRATA International co-organised seminars with Mannheimer Swartling and Abritration Institute of SCC

GRATA International took part in the Annual Forum of Corporate Lawyers

On 3-4 November 2016, the XI Kazakh Forum of Corporate Lawyers was held in Almaty.

Asialaw Profiles 2017 ranked GRATA International among the best law firms in Kazakhstan

Asialaw Profiles – the guide to Asia-Pacific’s leading lawyers  and law firms has identified key legal practitioners in Kazakhstan

Protection of Trademark Rights in Kazakhstan: Important Issues for Business

Protection of trademarks becomes important with the growth of business and increase in competition at any market of goods and services. Manufacturers of goods (providers of services) sell their goods (services) under a particular “brand” or mark, so that consumers can distinguish a particular product among many other similar goods (services).

Litigation & Dispute Resolution: Kazakhstan 2016

Kazakhstan gained its independence in 1991 from the USSR. Kazakhstan’s judicial system is young, relatively underfi nanced, and thus not suffi ciently strong or independent. The system is in transition from a Soviet-style and judge-dominated, inquisition-type civil process to a more liberal, competitive judicial process. Corruption, although not common, is said to take place.

GRATA International representatives were included to the arbitrators list of the Arbitration Center of the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of RK 'Atameken'

On July 21, 2016 in Almaty (Kazakhstan) Bakhyt Tukulov, Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution Department, GRATA International and Zeinebike Madybayeva, Counsel of GRATA International were included to arbitrators list of the Arbitration Center of the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of the Republic of Kazakhstan 'Atameken'.

Risk of Secondary Liability of Directors under Kazakh Bankruptcy Law

Secondary liability of a director under the 2014 Republic of Kazakhstan Law “On Rehabilitation and Bankruptcy” refers to a situation where a director would be required personally to reimburse for the difference between the value of the company’s assets and the amount of creditors’ claims.

Modern rehabilitation and bankruptcy practice

On 3 June 2016, the seminar titled ‘Modern Rehabilitation and Bankruptcy Practice’ will be held in Almaty (Kazakhstan) at the Ritz-Carlton hotel. GRATA International will be represented in the vent by the speakers - Shaimerden Chikanayev, Partner, Head of Banking and Finance Department, and Bakhyt Tukulov, Partner, Head of Litigation Department.

GRATA International was ranked by Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific Guide 2016

A new edition of the most authoritative international rating - Chambers&Partners Asia-Pacific Guide 2016 has been published this month.

Enforcement of English Court Judgments in Kazakhstan? Why not?

Traditionally, Kazakh law has been very conservative in terms of enforcement of foreign judgments. According to general rule contained in the Code of Civil Procedure, which remained effective until 31 December 2015, Kazakh courts would recognize and enforce foreign court judgments only if there was an international treaty with relevant state on the mutual legal assistance. The number of such mutual legal assistance treaties has been very small (13+). None of the treaties were signed with western jurisdictions. As such, enforcement of judgments of English courts, for example, was not possible.

Rehabilitation Procedure under New Kazakh Bankruptcy Law: Another Way to Avoid the Claims of Creditors?

GRATA International is organizing a seminar: "The New Civil Procedure Code" in Ust-Kamenogorsk

Dear Clients, Dispute resolution department of GRATA International due to the recent economic developments in Kazakhstan, plans to hold a seminar on 21 December 2015, topic:"The New Civil Procedure Code".

GRATA International received high appraisals from Asialaw profiles in 2016

GRATA International was reviewed by Asialaw profiles 2016 as one of the leading experts and a premier law firm in Kazakhstan.

GRATA International Training Centre Held Training Seminars

On 15 and 16 October 2015, the Training Centre of GRATA International organised training seminars

Bakhyt Tukulov, Partner of GRATA International gave a lecture to students of the Graduate School of Business at Nazarbayev University

On 1 October 2015, Bakhyt Tukulov, Partner of GRATA International gave a lecture to students of the Graduate School of Business at Nazarbayev University

Как бизнесу заключать контракты в условиях плавающего курса тенге

Практические рекомендации о минимизации предпринимательских рисков, связанных с введением свободно плавающего курса тенге, дает читателям партнер судебной практики юридической фирмы GRATA Бахыт Тукулов

Dispute Resolution 2015 - Kazakhstan

Litigation in Kazakstan

Litigation: Kazakhstan

Dispute Resolution system in Kazakhstan

Laws Governing International Commercial Arbitration in Kazakhstan and Associated Risks

The main statute governing international arbitration in the Republic of Kazakhstan (hereinafter "RoK") was introduced in 2004.

Discussion of Available Means to Mitigate Legal Risks Faced by Foreign Investors Doing Business in the Republic of Kazakhstan

In this article, the author aims to briefly analyze the main strategies available for mitigating some of the legal risks mentioned above in the hope that readers will find them helpful.

Getting the Deal Through. Investment Treaty Arbitration 2014

The prevailing attitude of private businesses and local citizens towards foreign investment in Kazakhstan is positive.

Unconditional Bank Guarantees Issued Under Kazakhstan Law: Practical Difficulties Which Foreign Creditors Should Be Aware Of.

A guarantee, as a means of securing the performance of a commercial obligation, is widely applied among businesses operating within the territory of Kazakhstan and abroad.

Comparative Analysis of Injunctive Relief Available under English and Kazakh law: Practitioner’s Perspective

Why do so many wealthy businessmen strive to have their disputes resolved by the English courts?

An overview of important amendments into kazakhstan laws governing enforcement of judicial acts introduced in January 2014

Kazakhstan laws which govern enforcement of judicial acts were considerably amended in January of this year.

Getting the deal through – dispute resolution 2014

Kazakhstan’s court system is comprised of four tiers of courts: (i) Special District Courts and General District Courts; (ii) Appellate Courts; (iii) Cassation Courts; and (iv) the Supreme Court.

Overview of Recent Significant Developments in the Civil Procedure Code of Kazakhstan

On 17 November 2014 significant modifications were introduced into the Republic of Kazakhstan Code of Civil Procedure (CPC).

Kazakhstan - Law & Practice

The dispute resolution practice at GRATA is headquartered in Kazakhstan, with eight fee earners and three members of support staff.

07-08 February 2014 in Almaty the 2013 reporting conference of the EURASIAN LAW FIRM «GRATA»

07-08 February 2014 in Almaty the 2013 reporting conference of the EURASIAN LAW FIRM «GRATA»

International Fraud & Asset Tracing - Kazakhstan

As the interest of foreign investors in resource-rich Kazakhstan is growing, a large number of Kazakhstani companies are being listed in the world’s largest fi nancial centres to raise capital.

On April, 28 at Holiday Inn, Almaty the seminar “International Arbitration” organized By GRATA Law Firm jointly with Mannheimmer&Swartling, took place.

Thespeakers were Bakhyt Tukulov, Counsel at GRATA Law Firm and Fredrik Ringquist, Senior Assosiate at Mannheimmer&Swartling

Corporate Lawyers Forum was Held in Almaty with Participation of GRATA Representatives

On 6-7 November 2014 the IX Kazakh Forum of Corporate Lawyers was held in Almaty.

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