Curtis Masters

Curtis Masters

Branch of Baker & McKenzie - CIS Limited in the Republic of Kazakhstan


Curtis Masters practices in the areas of corporate finance, telecommunications, privatization and general corporate law. From 1993 to 1994, Mr. Masters practiced in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia as special legal counsel to Gov. Boris Nemtsov. He also was a special legal advisor to the regional offices of Russia’s Federal Agency for Insolvency and Federal State Property Committee. Mr. Masters serves as co-chairman of the Legal Working Group of President Nazarbayev’s Investors Council, and has published numerous articles about investment issues concerning Central Asia.

Practice Focus

Mr. Masters focuses his practice on international corporate finance, cross-border mergers and acquisitions and inward-bound investments in the former USSR. He routinely represents major international corporations with on-ground investments in the Central Asian republics of the former Soviet Union, including those engaged in cross-border transactions in Central Asian countries. His wide client base includes companies in all major sectors of the local economy — including banking and finance, oil & gas, mining, transportation, leasing, telecommunications, shipping and construction.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • State Bar of California


  • Oregon~United States (1984)
  • California~United States (1981)
  • Illinois~United States (1977)
  • Registered Foreign Lawyer - Kazakhstan


  • University of Chicago (M.B.A.) (1983)
  • Harvard University (J.D.) (1977)
  • University of Illinois (B.S. cum laude) (1974)


  • English
  • Russian

Previous Offices

  • Moscow

Speaker, "Selected Legal Aspects of Securitization of Assets in Kazakhstan", VII Inter-Banking Conference, Almaty, September 2006

Author, "Kazakhstan Amends Its Subsoil Legislation", Russia /Eurasia Executive Guide, January 2005

Author, "New Amendments to Tax Code Include Key Changes For Investors", BNA's Eastern Europe Reporter, January, 2005

Author, "New License Requirement Set For Hazardous Business Operations in Kazakhstan", BNA's Eastern Europe Reporter, April 2004