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Caspian Arbitration Society appoints new Board Member

The Caspian Arbitration Society is delighted to announce the appointment of a new member to the Advisory Board of the Society – Valikhan Shaikenov.

Valikhan Shaikenov is the head of AEQUITAS's dispute resolution and arbitration practice. He represents clients in the Kazakh courts of all levels and handles complex cross-border commercial disputes. He has represented clients as counsel and assisted them in other forms in commercial arbitrations under the SCC, LCIA, ICC, UNCITRAL, and GAFTA rules and under the rules of several Kazakhstan arbitration institutes. He has acted as an expert on Kazakh law matters in foreign court proceedings and investment arbitrations (ICSID). Valikhan's clients are mainly foreign investors, foreign contractors, and international development banks.

Valikhan has received appointments as an arbitrator in foreign-sited (Geneva, Stockholm) and domestic arbitrations with Swiss, English, and Kazakh laws as the governing laws of the relevant contracts. In addition to general transactional expertise, Valikhan has special experience in handling disputes in the field of construction (with a focus on FIDIC contracts, including Red, Yellow, and Pink Books), the international supply of goods, energy projects, oil and gas, shareholder disputes, debt restructuring, professional negligence, derivative transactions, insolvency and rehabilitation, and tax litigation.

In 2020 and 2021, Valikhan has been identified by Who's Who Legal (WWL) and Global Arbitration Review (GAR) independent research with clients and peers as being amongst the world's leading commercial arbitration experts.

He graduated with honors from the Adilet Academy of Jurisprudence (Almaty). He earned his LL.M. degree from the Georgetown University Law Center (Washington, D.C.) (via a fellowship from the U.S. State Department), majoring in international commercial and investment arbitration. He completed internships at the Law Library of Congress, the International Law Institute "ILI" in Washington, D.C., and with the international arbitration practice of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP in London. Valikhan is fluent in English and Russian. He divides his working time between Berlin and Almaty.

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