Bakhyt Tukulov is a Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution Department of GRATA International. He focuses on 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.

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.

Education:

  • International Law Department of al-Farabi Kazakh National University;

  • Master of Law degree in International Legal Studies (with distinction) from Georgetown University Law Center (District of Columbia, United States).

Practice:

  • Dispute Resolution (Domestic and International)

Industry Sectors:

  • Litigation

  • Arbitration

  • Legal due diligence

  • Legal support

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. 

Languages:

  • Russian

  • English 

  • Kazakh

Publications:


Rankings:


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Experience:
  • Representing a Ministry of Kazakhstan in pre-arbitration settlement negotiation with a foreign supplier;
  • Representing one of the largest European banks in the international arbitration seated in Kazakhstan;
  • Representing an international airport in the international arbitration seated in Kazakhstan in a dispute with a foreign airline;
  • Representing a foreign investor in the international arbitration seated in Kazakhstan in a dispute on the ownership of shares in a Kazakh minerals producing company;
  • Assisting an arbitrator serving in a 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 the enforcement of a foreign arbitral award worth approx. USD 30 million;
  • Representing a Kazakhstani supplier of complex electric equipment in Kazakh courts in a dispute worth approx. USD 7 million over the validity of the findings of a public bid;
  • Representing one of the largest poultry producers in Kazakhstan in Kazakh courts in a dispute worth approx. USD 400 thousand over breaches of a supply agreement;
  • Representing 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;
  • Representing one of the major suppliers of cement in Kazakhstan in a complex dispute with the local Department of Environmental Protection over the alleged excessive pollution of environment;
  • Representing one of the largest poultry producers in Kazakhstan in a USD 1.5 million environmental dispute with the local Tax Department and Department of Environmental Protection;
  • Representing a client in a labor dispute over allegedly illegal termination of a foreign employee working in Kazakhstan;
  • Representing a client in the complex shareholder litigation, which involves challenging illegal liquidation of a company and restoration thereof.

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GRATA International has been recognised as an ‘outstanding’ law firm according to Asialaw Profiles 2018

We are proud announce that GRATA International has been ranked as an Outstanding Law Firm by Asia Law Profiles 2018

GRATA International Took Part in the Kazakh Forum of Corporate Lawyers

On 2-3 November 2017, the XII Forum of Corporate Lawyers was held in Almaty. GRATA International took part in the Forum as speakers.

Bakhyt Tukulov: "It's awesome to be a lawyer!"

On 10 November, Bakhyt Tukulov, Partner, Director of the Litigation Practice, will speak at the Caspian University.

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?


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Partner, Director of Dispute Resolution Department

Almaty