On 16 May 2013, Almaty Hosted the First Conference of Kazakhstan Bar Association (KazBar)

On 16 May 2013, Almaty hosted the first Conference of Kazakhstan Bar Association (KazBar) where speakers and participants discussed numerous vital and pressing issues.

The event was conducted in the form of panel discussions split into four sessions covering the following topics:

- M&A transactions: corporate aspects;

- Kazakhstan tax and antitrust legislation highlights;

- management of natural resources in Kazakhstan: challenges and opportunities; and

- Kazakhstan labour law: balance of the employers’ and employees’ interests.

Sayat Zholshy and Partners was represented by Arman Berdalin, a partner, who made a presentation on corporate aspects of M&A transactions, and Dmitriy Chumakov, a partner, who discussed the issues related to the regulation of employers’ and employees’ interests.

All discussions were interesting and intensive.  The participants hotly debated the presentations of Anuar Tugel, a representative of Kazakhstan Attorneys’ Union, and Nikolay Turetskiy, a director of the Sapargaliyev Scientific and Research Institute of State and Law, regarding the quality of legal services in Kazakhstan, entry of major international law firms into the Kazakhstan market and their impact on general market trends.  The speakers also provided statistics on solicitation in Kazakhstan.

The final session of the event comprised a reporting and election conference where the KazBar performance was discussed and its plans and prospects where presented.  Besides, new members of the Management Board were elected and the Articles of Association were amended.

The guests were offered to participate in prize drawing arranged by sponsors.  A number of participants won tickets to Merci coffee house, Blukatik horror shop and other prizes.

Aidyn Bikebayev, the Chairman of KazBar Management Board, explained that this event was necessary to bring together lawyers in order to solve their common problems and to assist them with the acquisition of legal knowledge and application of laws.  The event deserved the attention of community and various legal experts.  KazBar is going to boost the strength of its members in order to promote the development of the rule-of-law state and to participate in lawmaking.