Rustam Ospanov

Rustam Ospanov

Senior Partner

Attorney at Law

Practice area:
  • Criminal Law
  • Tax Law

+7 (727) 2222 711 

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  • Almaty City Bar;
  • Kazakhstan Bar; 
  • Kazakhstan International Arbitration Court.


Rustam started his professional career in 1998 as a lawyer in a second-tier bank.

In 1999, he joined Sayat Zholshy & Partners as a lawyer and was admitted to partnership in 2001.

The tax practice of the Firm headed by Rustam Ospanov was justly recognized the best in Kazakhstan in 2009-2010. The team lead by Rustam advises numerous clients on tax issues and successfully protects the rights and interests of taxpayers in administrative and court proceedings.

Rustam acted as a legal counsel in the liquidation procedures of a major Kazakhstan bank and a number of large companies in the phosphor and power sectors. Rustam has an extensive experience in structuring and performance of M&A transactions in compliance with tax, corporate and antitrust laws.

On numerous occasions Rustam performed the due diligence of major Kazakhstan companies with regard to potential legal risks associated with business acquisition. He designed and implemented transactions for purchase of large-scale facilities in the power and gas transportation sectors and for reorganisation of individual entities and holdings.

In 2010, Rustam was recommended by Who is Who Legal: CIS as a respected Mergers & Acquisitions authority in Kazakhstan.
Rustam also handled cases on protection of clients’ (natural monopolies, dominants and other market players) interests in their relations with antitrust and fiscal authorities with regard to challenging and reversal of the decisions and acts issued by the above-mentioned authorities and officers.


Kazakhstan National University of Law, the Faculty of Business Law,  honours degree, 1998.


  • Russian;
  • English.