Bakhyt Tukulov



  • — Complex commercial disputes
  • — International arbitration
  • — Insolvency and restructuring
  • — Administrative disputes (appealing governmental actions and acts)
  • — White collar crime (including fraud, corruption, etc.)

Total experience

18 years


Kazakh / Russian / English

About partner

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 recognized Bakhyt in Band 1 in the Global 2024 Guide among the top commercial litigation lawyers in Kazakhstan, marking his ninth consecutive year of recognition. He is also recommended by Legal 500 and Who Is Who Legal: Arbitration 2024. Bakhyt is also been acknowledged as the sole ‘Lawyer of the Year’ at the AIFC 2024 Legal Awards among 106 registered lawyers at the AIFC Legal Services Board and more than 50 AFSA licensed law firms. 


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

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

Professional associations

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 Tukulov is a partner in Almaty. He is known in the market for advising notable local and international corporates on commercial disputes. He is also experienced in debt recovery proceedings, as well as providing expert Kazakh law advice on cross-border cases.".

Chambers & Partners Asia-Pacific 2024

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

Chambers Global 2021

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

Chambers Global 2020, Band 2

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

Chambers & Partners, Individual, 2020

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

The Legal 500 (EMEA), Recommended Lawyer, 2020

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".

Chambers & Partners, Distinguished Lawyer, Band 2, 2019

Projects experience All employee

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

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