Marina Kahiani is a partner of GRATA International. Marina focuses her practice on a wide range of finance transactions, including project finance and capital markets, infrastructure transactions as well as M&A transactions, financial services regulation and workouts and debt restructurings in many industries. Her clients include international finance institutions such as Asian Development Bank (ADB), China Development Bank (CDB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Export-Import Bank of the United States, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD), the World Bank; foreign financial institutions such as Bank of China (Hong Kong), the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, BNP Paribas, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, MasterCard, UBS, UniCredit Group and major local financial institutions including banks and microfinance organizations.

Ms. Marina Kahiani joined GRATA Law Firm as a London representative office in September 2008, relocated to Almaty head office in September 2009. Previously Ms. Kahiani also worked for two years as a Banker at BTA Bank, International Funding Department. Marina has over 8 years of experience in Kazakhstani legal services market as well as experience in matters dealing with former Soviet Union.


2009 - LL.M. from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE),

2006 - Kazakh Master Degree with distinction from Kazakh Humanitarian Law University (specialisation - International and European Law),

2004 - Bachelor degree with distinction from Kazakh State Law Academy (specialisation – Civil and Corporate law).


Banking and Finance

Industry Sectors:

Capital Markets

Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions

Insolvency and Bankruptcy

Foreign investment




Publications and Articles:

'Law in Transition' (EBRD Magazine, 2012)
Legal framework of securities market (including IPOs and Eurobonds) in the Republic of Kazakhstan (2015)
Major Kazakhstan legislation changes for 2015
Corporate Governance 2016: Kazakhstan
Corporate Recovery & Insolvency 2016: Kazakhstan
Public Procurement 2017: Kazakhstan
Aviation Law 2017: Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan - Data Protection in the Financial Sector 2017
Kazakhstan: New user identification requirements "further regulate social relations"
Renewable energy projects – next destination for investments in Kazakhstan (2018).

Almaty, Казакстан