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Kulzhan Mehrabi

Dispute Resolution and Commercial Litigation, Corporate & Commercial, International

Kulzhan Mehrabi is a dual qualified English-Kazakhstan lawyer in the dispute resolution department at Cubism Law. She is admitted in England and Wales as a solicitor and as an advocate in Kazakhstan.

Kulzhan has over 20 years of professional legal experience in corporate, commercial, energy, public international law and dispute resolution.

Kulzhan Mehrabi is a dual qualified English-Kazakhstan lawyer in the dispute resolution department at Cubism Law. She is admitted in England and Wales as a solicitor and as an advocate in Kazakhstan. Kulzhan has over 20 years of professional legal experience in corporate, commercial, energy, public international law and dispute resolution.

Her main areas of expertise include cross border dispute resolution involving commercial disputes, fraud, corporate, banking telecommunications, pharmaceutical, conflict of laws, asset-tracing and enforcement matters.  Her extensive experience covers a broad range of corporate and commercial transactions and dispute resolution, including a number of high profile cases that involved states, corporate, banks and high net worth individuals.

Prior to joining Cubism Law, she was a senior counsel and a partner at Russian and Kazakhstan law firms, and worked as a consultant and paralegal for a magic circle English practice on various high profile cases.  Her experience also includes working in house at an energy company, Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Justice and international organisations.

Kulzhan speaks English, Russian and Kazakh languages.  She has published articles in English and Russian on topical issues of legal services in England and Kazakhstan.

Kulzhan has received numerous academic accolades including First Class degrees from universities in England and Kazakhstan as well as an Award for Outstanding Academic Performance at the BPP Law School at Master level. 

 

Services

Dispute Resolution

International Arbitration

Corporate & Commercial

Mergers & Acquisitions

International Law

Private Client

 

 

Dispute Resolution

  • Acting for a defendant in a London seated complex arbitration matter brought by the EBRD under the guarantee agreement
  • Acting successfully for a Kazakhstan client in an HMRC claim in relation to an inheritance tax claim helping the client to keep their home and to reduce inheritance tax by over £1M
  • Representing a defendant in the defence of a claim against a major Kazakhstan corporation involving multi-million fraud by its former management and shareholders, Kazakhstan Kagazy Plc & Ors v Zhunus & Ors [2016] EWHC 2363 (Comm)
  • Representing a Kazakhstan client in an LCIA arbitration in a dispute arising under a share purchase agreement involving a major energy company
  • Acting for a Russian private bank in a claim in relation to a US$180 million fraud committed by former employees, Otkrytie International Investment Management Ltd. & Ors v Urumov & Ors [2014] EWCA Civ 1315
  • Acting for one of the largest Kazakhstan banks in its asset recovery claim concerning fraudulent transactions of over US$6 billion entered into by its former management, JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov [2013] EWCA Civ 928
  • Assisting a large Russian telecommunication company, in relation to their claim against the Kyrgyz Government for wrongful acquisitions and misappropriation of shares in a Kyrgyzstan-incorporated telecommunications company, Bitel LLC v Kyrgyz Mobil Tel Limited and Altimo Holdings and Investment Limited v Kyrgyz Mobil Tel Limited
  • Acting for a large international pharmaceutical company in relation to allegations of bribery committed by its Moscow based senior employee
  • Assisting in a matter in relation to the UK Office for Fair Trading (OFT) investigation into the hotel online booking sector, conducting legal research and preparing notes on calculations of penalties for price-fixing and a response to the OFT issued Statement of Objections against certain online booking agencies and hotels
  • Providing additional expertise and in-depth knowledge of Kazakhstan law by way of expert witness reports and legal opinions in relation cross-border dispute resolution
  • Conducting due diligence and pre-litigation investigation in respect of Russian and CIS companies and high-net-worth individuals in oil, financial and banking industries and their involvement in complex international and local disputes, including arbitration, litigation, fraud, asset recovery and corporate investigations

Corporate & Commercial

  • Acting for an on-line gambling company to provide advice on terms of business, compliance and regulatory, employment and tax matters
  • Acting for a Kazakhstan client to provide advice and legal assistance in setting up an investment fund to manage their extensive investment portfolio
  • Providing a creative solution for a range of business issues for the CIS clients generating millions in revenue and securing favourable contractual terms
  • Providing an advice matrix on distribution of various types of financial products into Kazakhstan for German Commerzbank
  • Facilitating successfully a number of corporate transactions by structuring and negotiating commercial contracts and providing overseas companies entrée into the Kazakhstan market including licensing, trademarks, copyrights, employee/labour policies, regulatory compliance, advertising and marketing, commercial real estate transactions and M&A
  • Representing Chinese shareholders in a shareholder dispute against joint venture partners arising out of a management contract in an oil and gas joint venture
  • Advising a number of international businesses and overseas companies on various aspects of Kazakh law for the purpose of establishing business operations in Kazakhstan and structuring their business locally
  • Advising CIS clients on a broad range of legal issues, coordinating and managing projects involving English law and the law of other jurisdictions
  • Providing legal opinions and expert reports on matters of Kazakhstan law and/or on topical issues including marketing activities, financial products and securities market, corporate and joint ventures, employment, investment and subsoil use laws, commercial contracts, enforcement of foreign court judgments and arbitral awards, fraud, corruption, etc
  • Advising clients in the context of M&A projects and drafting complex contractual documents

Career 

  • 2019 - Present, Consultant Solicitor, Cubism Law
  • 2015 - 2019  Senior Counsel, CIS London LLP
  • 2013 - 2015  Partner, Linkage & Mind LLP
  • 2012 - 2013  Paralegal, Hogan Lovells LLP
  • 2011 - 2012  Paralegal, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
  • 2010 - 2011  Consultant, Russian Paralegals Ltd
  • 2008 - 2011  Pro bono, Senior Costs Office; Citizens Advice Bureau; Islington Law Centre
  • 2004 - 2007  Legal Counsel, KazGerMunai JSV (Oil company), Kazakhstan
  • 2000 - 2004  Diplomat, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan
  • 1999 - 2000  Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of CIS, St Petersburg, Russia
  • 1997 - 1999  Senior Expert, Ministry of Justice of Kazakhstan

 

Education and Qualifications

  • 2018  Solicitor, England & Wales
  • 2017  Advocate, Kazakhstan
  • 2013 - 2014  LLM in Professional Legal Practice, BPP Law School (Distinction and Outstanding)
  • 2010 - 2012  Legal Practice Course (LPC), BPP Law School (Distinction)
  • 2008 - 2011  GDL and LLB Conversion course, BPP Law School (Upper Second Class)
  • 1993 - 1997  LLB in International Law, Karaganda State University, Kazakhstan (Distinction)

 

 

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