Senior Partner

Рustam Иl'zhanov



Rustam Ilzhanov

+7 727 2222 711

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Area of Practice:

  • International cooperation

Rustam Ilzhanov supervises all the firm's relationships involving foreign element. He is responsible for building and keeping networking ties with foreign partner law firms and legal organisations. Acts as a first point of contact for fellow lawyers and new clients from abroad, and subsequently liaises with them, ensuring proper communication and coordinating joint efforts. Assists the Managing partner in business development matters, and has responsibility for planning, designing and implementing firm's marketing initiatives.


Rustam started his professional career in 2000. Before joining Sayat Zholshy & Partners in 2001, he worked as a lawyer in a major liquefied gas transportation company.

Rustam was admitted to partnership in 2002. In February 2007, was appointed the Managing Partner of the Firm and, in January 2008, he became a Senior Partner of the Firm.

Previously Rustam was leading the team for legal support of subsoil use clients. Rustam worked on numerous transactions for sale and purchase of mining assets and for attraction of investments to major fields. He also drafted contracts for drilling, exploration and maintenance of facilities owned by oil and gas exploration companies, and participated in many other transactions. He actively participated in subsoil use projects for raising loans from Kazakhstan and international financial institutions, including a convertible loan from the International Financial Corporation.


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


  • Columbia University, New York (USA), LLM. Specialized in international commercial contracts,  regulation of foreign investments, legal aspects of WTO activities, 2000; and
  • The Kazakh State University of Law, the Faculty of International Law and Public Service, 1999. Recorded in the Gold Book of the University.


Settlement of disputes arising from the application of antitrust law in Kazakhstan // Current Issues in Kazakh Law — an Update for Foreign Investors and their Advisers, a seminar organized by the British-Kazakhstan Law Association (BrKLA), London, 26 October 2011.


  • Kazakh;
  • Russian;
  • English.


Head Office in Almaty:
10th Floor, Koktem Business Center, 180 Dostyk Avenue, 050051, Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan
+7 727 2222 711

Office in Astana:
Office 1306, 13th floor, Marden Business Center, 14 Beibitshilik Str., 010000, Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan

+7 7172 76 90 06