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Established in January 1993, AEQUITAS is one of Kazakhstan's leading law firms offering high quality advice and services to a wide range of clients, companies and institutions. 

Our goal is to provide professional and customized legal services serving each client with the best possible outcome. 

We have built one of the strongest and highly recognised firms in Kazakhstan, well versed in providing expert advice across a wide spectrum of practice areas and industry sectors. With offices in Almay and Astana, our team of lawyers, partners and associates are recognized experts both in Kazakhstan and abroad.
 

Expertise

Our expert labor and employment lawyers cover a wide spectrum of labor and employment related issues.

Our labor and employment services include:

  • Drafting employment agreements to ensure both employers and employees are protected, should tension arise
  • Advice regarding the formalisation and termination of employer and employee relations
  • Preparation and drafting of legal documents on matters involving disciplinary liability of employees
  • Advice on occupational safety and labor protection issues, including settlement of on-the-job accidents and work place or labour conditions
  • Advice regarding Kazakhstani citizens' employment abroad, including under secondment to foreign companies
  • Client representation in the course of administrative proceedings conducted during labour and migration authority inspections, assistance in the preparation for, and how to behave during, inspections
  • Client representation in labour disputes resolution
  • Advice on personal data protection matters including; drafting of consent forms to personal data processing and their cross-border transfer
  • Development of long-term incentive programs for top management and other categories of employees as well as international incentive systems (including corporate pension plans) and employee share plans
  • Advice regarding workplace quotas for disabled persons, young specialists, foreign labor and other categories of employees
  • Advice on foreign citizens labour activities in Kazakhstan, including tax aspects; permitting and notification document issuance procedures for foreign labour engagement
  • Development and legal support in company restructuring and employee redundancy and dismissals
  • Legal support in changing labour conditions and work time regime

Ius Laboris

Ius Laboris is a global Alliance of leading employment, labour and pension law firms that provide companies employing an international workforce with first-class legal advice and support on all human resources issues.

We are passionate about all aspects of human resources law. From Mobility to Discrimination, and from Restructuring to Pensions, our local experts around the world provide deep market knowledge, wherever they are based.

We understand the challenges of managing an international workforce because that is our single focus. With over 1,400 employment lawyers in more than 160 cities worldwide, we always bring a genuinely cross-border perspective.

Ius Laboris firms have a distinctive global way of thinking, and with our trained team of project managers on hand to coordinate our offering around the world, we deliver a seamless integrated service to suit your requirements, wherever you need us.

Ours is a passionate, entrepreneurial and collaborative global community. Our culture of friendship and specialisation enables us to navigate all aspects of employing a workforce across borders with ease

Finally, and most importantly, we are all committed to excellence. With more ranked HR lawyers than our nearest rival (source Chambers Global Guide 2015), in more jurisdictions (source Legal 500, July 2015), Ius Laboris brings together more leading law firms than any other HR legal services organisation. That’s something we’re extremely proud of.

Our People

Olga I. Chentsova

Olga I. Chentsova

Partner

Office:
Almaty
Languages:
Kazakh
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English

Managing Partner at AEQUITAS. Ms. Chentsova's areas of specialization are civil law, investment, environmental, oil and gas and mining legislation and private international law.

Since AEQUITAS establishment in 1993, she has been its Managing Partner. Ms. Chentsova has been advising major global oil and mining companies and leading local companies on issues pertaining to civil, corporate and environmental legislation, investment, subsoil use, litigation and arbitration for more than twenty years.

Yuliya G. Chumachenko

Yuliya G. Chumachenko

Partner

Office:
Almaty
Languages:
Kazakh
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English

Yuliya Chumachenko is a Partner at AEQUITAS and specializes in labour, civil, contract, marriage and family, maritime, antimonopoly and investment law.  Before joining AEQUITAS in 1997, she worked as a civil law counselor to a number of companies.

Ms. Chumachenko is a lead lawyer on labor and family law matters and possesses extensive expertise in the field of corporate and contract relations, construction and securing of obligations.  She is also experienced in advising on maritime law matters, including registration and re-flagging of sea vessels, and has been continually representing companies in litigations/arbitrations.

Ms. Chumachenko is currently concentrating on contract and labor law issues, deal structuring and various matters related to the legal support of business in Kazakhstan. She is also supervising interaction with governmental agencies in the areas of her specialization.