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

He is a member of the following groups and organisations:

  • Member of Expert-Advisory Commission of the Supreme Court Council of the Republic of Kazakhstan

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 held a seminar on "Some of the main practical points of dispute resolution" in Nur-Sultan

On June 7, 2019, GRATA International Law Firm held a seminar on "Some of the main practical points of dispute resolution" in Nur-Sultan. The speakers of the seminar were Bakhyt Tukulov, Director of the Dispute Resolution Department of GRATA International and Baldykova Akslu Ishangaleyevna, Advisor on Litigation Disputes of GRATA International branch office in Nur-Sultan.

GRATA International participated at the Kazakhstan Forum for Resolution of Litigation

On May 30 and 31, 2019 representatives of GRATA International firm Shaimerden Chikanayev, Partner and Head of Banking and Finance Department, Bakhyt Tukulov, Partner, Director of the Department of Litigation, and also Zeynebike Madybayeva, Advisor of the Department of Litigation, participated in the Kazakhstan Forum on Resolution of Judicial disputes 2019.

GRATA International and CCIFK held a meeting of the working group on legal issues

On the May 22, 2019, GRATA International, together with the CCIFK, held a meeting of the working group on legal issues in the cities of Almaty and Nur-Sultan for managers and employees of legal departments of companies - members of the TPPFK. 

GRATA International at the Kazakhstan Forum for Resolution of Litigation

Representatives of GRATA International Shaimerden Chikanayev, Partner and Head of Banking and Finance Department, Bakhyt Tukulov, Partner, Head of Dispute Resolution Department, and Zeinebike Madybayeva, Counsel of Dispute Resolution Department, will participate in the Kazakhstan Forum on Resolution of Litigation.

GRATA International participated in Astana Legal Forum 2019

April 19, 2019, in Nur-Sultan, Astana Legal Forum 2019 was held at the Park Inn by Radisson hotel. At the Forum, four representatives of GRATA International spoke as speakers:

GRATA International and Kennedys held a joint interactive seminar on the topic "Aviation Insurance"

In tandem with American law firm Kennedys, GRATA International Law Firm organised the seminar: "Aviation Insurance". The event that took place on April 11 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Tashkent successfully addressed important and actual issues in the field of aviation and insurance. The speakers at the seminar are leading experts in the fields of aviation law and insurance.

GRATA International in Legal 500 EMEA 2019

Legal 500 has recently released its annual rankings of international law firms – Legal 500 EMEA 2019.

GRATA International and Kennedys held a joint Aviation Insurance seminar

On April 9, 2019, “Aviation Insurance” Seminar was held at the InterContinental Hotel. The seminar was organized by GRATA International and Kennedys law firms.

Aviation Insurance seminar, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

On 11 April 2019 GRATA International will be joining Kennedys to hold a joint Aviation Insurance seminar in Tashkent, Uzbekistan from 9.30AM – 4PM.

GRATA International in Chambers Global 2019

For yet another consecutive year, GRATA International enters the leading legal rankings and continues to be among the most outstanding law firms in Central Asia and the Caspian region. 

Chambers&Partners Asia-Pacific 2019 released

GRATA International has cemented its position as one of the leading firms in Central Asia and Caspian region, following the release of major international legal rating Chambers&Partners Asia-Pacific 2019. GRATA International has secured a ranking in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Partners of GRATA International were speakers at the XIII Kazakhstan Forum of Corporate Lawyers

On 8-9 November 2018, the XIII Kazakhstan Forum of Corporate Lawyers was held in Almaty.

GRATA International ranked in Asialaw Profiles 2019

For another consecutive year GRATA International received high appraisals from Asialaw profiles, one of
the leading legal guides to top law firms and practitioners in Asia-Pacific.

Bakhyt Tukulov gave a presentation about Dispute Resolution at the AIFC

On 20 September 2018, CCI France-Kazakhstan (CCIFK) held a monthly meeting.

On the Court and Arbitration at the Astana International Financial Center: A Practical Perspective on What They Can Offer to Kazakhstani businesses

In early July this year we witnessed the opening of the Astana International Financial Center (AIFC). We have seen a large number of reports in the media on the Court and Arbitration at the AIFC, but little has been said specifically on what exactly they can offer to Kazakhstani businesses.

 

Statute of Limitation under Kazakh law: A Practitioner’s Perspective

Rules relating to statute of limitation contained in the Civil Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan (the “Civil Code”) may seem relatively straightforward. However, in our practice we frequently encounter situations where rules relating to the calculation of the statute of limitation are erroneously applied or where their applications to relevant facts create disputes. In this article, the author has attempted to provide a practical perspective on some of the most frequently encountered questions relating to the statute of limitation under Kazakh law and express views on the interpretation of certain rules.

GRATA International took part at the English Law Summit

On 23-25 April, the English Law Summit was held in Astana and Almaty, where GRATA International Law Firm took an active part.

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 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.


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Partner, Director of Dispute Resolution Department

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