Howard Kennedy spin-off enters Kazakhstan market with joint venture

Howard Kennedy spin-off Burlingtons Legal has launched a joint venture in Kazakhstan, working with a local client to form Burlingtons Kazakhstan LLP.

The office, which is located in the commercial hub of Almaty, will be led by economist Gaukhar Biyekenova, supported by a team of five Kazakh and internationally qualified lawyers.

The base will specialise in energy and natural resources work, and comes after the five-partner practice opened in Geneva last year.

Senior partner Deborah Mills commented: “Opening in Almaty allows us to broaden and deepen the resources and expertise available to our clients. By focusing on the energy, mining, natural resources, banking and corporate sectors we can continue to meet the globalised needs of our clients.”

Other law firms with a presence in Kazakhstan include Baker & McKenzie, Magisters and Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle.

Burlingtons, which was formed by a team which broke away from Howard Kennedy in March last year, is led by energy and projects partner Mills alongside projects partners David Hill and Andrew Pike.

The firm is also planning to open bases in Dubai and Doha later this year, with longer-term ambitions in Singapore, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

The Mayfair-based firm recently won a place on the Rugby Players Association (RPA) legal panel alongside Manchester practice Brabners Chaffe Street. Partner Katie Simmonds, who leads Burlingtons’ sports law team, is the UK’s first female rugby union and rugby league agent.

Related: Magisters launches new five-lawyer office in Kazakhstan.