Valikhan SHAIKENOVPartner, AEQUITAS
Valikhan is the head of AEQUITAS Dispute Resolution and Arbitration practice, and he exclusively focuses on disputes. He represents clients in the Kazakh courts of all levels, handles complex evidence-heavy cross-border commercial disputes and acts as counsel in commercial arbitrations seated abroad and in Kazakhstan.
He graduated with honors from the Adilet Academy of Jurisprudence and earned his LL.M. degree from the Georgetown University Law Center (Washington, D.C.) where he was majoring in international commercial and investment arbitration. He received a fellowship from the United States State Department (via the Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program).
He completed legal and research internships at the Law Library of Congress and the International Law Institute “ILI” in Washington, D.C. and took legal internship with the international arbitration practice of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP in London, UK.
Valikhan has authored a number of serious analytical publications, which, alongside with outlining the dispute resolution legal issues topical for Kazakhstan, offer the ways to overcome these.
He is regularly speaking and moderating at panels of global professional events where speakers are the world’s best litigators and arbitration lawyers. He is a Co-Chair of the Europe Caucasus Asia (ECA) Forum, which is the only IBA post-Soviet region focused conference and has 12-year track record.
Valikhan is a member of the working group that has been formed under a Memorandum of Understanding between EBRD, TheCityUK and the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) with a view to contribute to establishing the AIFC.