Education:

  • al Farabi Kazakh National University (International Law) (with honors).

  • Georgetown University Law Center (USA) (Bolashak Scholarship) Master of International Law (with distinction)

Languages:

  • Kazakh
  • Russian
  • English

Activities / Memberships:

  • Kazakhstan Bar Association (KazBar)
  • CEDR Certified Mediator
  • Member of the Expert Advisory Commission at the RK Supreme Judicial Council
  • Rights of Audience at the AIFC Court

Bakhyt worked for eight years at Kazakhstan’s largest law firm and led its Dispute Resolution Practice for over five years. Earlier, Bakhyt worked for four years at an international law firm. He represented clients in a large number of high-profile commercial disputes concerning Kazakhstan or Kazakh law. He has significant experience acting as an arbitrator in Kazakhstan's arbitration institutions. He frequently acts as an expert in cross-border litigation and arbitration proceedings.

Chambers & Partners, a prestigious international rating agency, has recognised Bakhyt among top commercial litigation lawyers in Kazakhstan for five years in a row. He is also recommended by Legal 500 and Who Is Who Legal.

Areas of Practice:

Complex commercial disputes, international arbitration, insolvency and restructuring, administrative disputes (appealing governmental actions and acts), and white collar crime (including fraud, corruption, etc.).

Professional Experience:
  • Advising a Chinese multinational corporation (a general contractor) in a US$ 300+ million construction dispute with a customer over an increased cost of work in the course of an oil refinery reconstruction project;
  • Representing and advising, for eight years, the largest oil and gas construction company in Kazakhstan in a wide variety of construction disputes (over 20) for tens of billions of tenge (recovering the cost of additional work, challenging of transactions, developing protection mechanisms, establishing grounds for the jurisdiction of Kazakhstan courts, bypassing arbitration clauses, challenging of bank guarantees, etc.);
  • Representing and advising Russia's largest state bank and its investment arm in over US$ 190 million insolvency concerning a Kazakh borrower and numerous pledgors of over 300 thousand hectares of pledged agricultural land;
  • Advising Kazakhstan's largest oil and gas construction company in a potential dispute with a large multinational corporation in a dispute over the validity of corporate guarantees worth over US$ 80 million;
  • Representing and advising a Kazakh Ultra High Net Worth individual (guarantor) in a US$ 60+ million dispute with a bank over recovery of debt, validity of guarantees, and insolvency;
  • Representing and advising a Kazakh Ultra High Net Worth individual in multiple Kazakh and US litigations, among other things, opposing a 28 US Code §1782 application;
  • Representing and advising world's largest crypto farm in a dispute with a US investor in a US$ 14+ million claim;
  • Representing Kazakh minority shareholders in several high-profile corporate litigations over the recovery of damages following a sqeeze out procedure and other violations of corporate law;
  • Representing and advising Kazakhstan’s largest metallurgy company in more than 10 court cases over fraud, damages, challenging of transactions, etc.;
  • Drafting many expert opinions to foreign courts and arbitral tribunals (in England, Russia, Cyprus, Germany, and US) on Kazakh commercial and civil procedure law, and well as insolvency and restructuring.
Publications:

Review of recent amendments to the Kazakhstan Law “On Rehabilitation and Bankruptcy”: a lot has changed

What a court’s proactivity means and what are its serious implications

AIFC court and arbitration: what do they bring to Kazakhstani businesses?

You have basically two months in a Kazakh court proceeding

Foreign court judgments are enforceable in Kazakhstan

Coronavirus in Kazakhstan: Ways to Mitigate its Legal Effect on Business

On restructuring, rehabilitation and bankruptcy procedures under Kazakh law

On the features and main issues of online court proceedings in Kazakhstan

Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards in Kazakhstan: Main Points and Useful Statistics

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

A Kazakhstan Chapter in the CDR Belt & Road Initiative

Personal awards

Chambers Global 2021

“Bakhyt Tukulov is really good at analysing legal aspects and understanding the commercial nuances of disputes.”.

Chambers Global 2020, Band 2

“Impressive as an expert and a litigator" and "an authority in dispute resolution”.

Chambers & Partners, Individual, 2020

"Impressive as an expert and a litigator" and "an authority in dispute resolution".

The Legal 500 (EMEA), Recommended Lawyer, 2020

"Bakhyt Tukulov is a highly professional specialist. He gives practical oriented advice and is always ready to answer all questions which arise."

"With Bakhyt on board, Grata significantly enhanced its practice. He is highly regarded by clients, competitors, judges and students."

Chambers & Partners, Distinguished Lawyer, Band 2, 2019

"His advice was very useful and he's been very good at protecting us as much as possible."

Another adds: "He understands what we need commercially as well as legally".