Baker & McKenzie Partner Curtis Masters spoke at a recent Kazakhstan's Supreme Court Roundtable held on the protection of investments in Kazakhstan. Mr. Masters' topic was on "Recent Developments in the Jurisdiction of Investment Disputes in Kazakhstan". Alexander Korobeinikov, Senior Associate of the Almaty office of Baker & McKenzie, also spoke at the Roundtable on "New Arbitration Legislation". The Roundtable was chaired by Kairat Mami, the Chairman (Chief Justice) of Kazakhstan's Supreme Court.
Mr. Masters is a Member of the International Council of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kazakhstan, which consists of leading international legal experts appointed by the Supreme Court Chairman. In addition to this, he serves as a Governing Board member and Secretary of the Kazakhstan Foreign Investors Council Association. Baker & McKenzie is the only law firm personally selected by President Nazarbayev to be a member of his prestigious Foreign Investors Council, which directly advises the President on matters relevant to the foreign investment community in Kazakhstan.
Mr. Masters’ practice focuses on financial, corporate, M&A, labor, cross-border trade and real estate advice to leading international companies operating in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and other countries in the region. He is the director of the firm’s Kazakhstan office, where he has been resident since 1996. Mr. Masters holds a JD from Harvard Law School and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Mr. Korobeinikov specializes in dispute resolution, energy & natural resources and antitrust & competition issues. Mr. Korobeinikov is included in lists of a number of European and Central Asia international arbitration institutions. He is also a Head of the Kazakhstani Branch of the Supporting Competition in the CIS Non-commercial Partnership. Mr. Korobeinikov is a member of SCC Young Arbitrators Stockholm and ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (Paris), and also he is a member of ICC European Arbitration Group (Paris). Also, Mr. Korobeinikov is a member of Kazakhstan Bar Association.
Baker & McKenzie was the first international law firm to open an office in Kazakhstan, which serves as the firm’s hub for the Central Asian countries. It is ranked in Tier 1 of Kazakhstan law firms by Legal 500 EMEA 2016.